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By Terry KovarikThe 2018 Door County Fair is just weeks away from opening day. While registration is closed for this year’s exhibitors, the registration process went online for the first time. Door County Fair Educational Liaison Dawn VandeVoort says help sessions were offered to answer questions and get help. But she calls the first online signs a good start for the future. [/audio]   VandeVoort says she noticed a number of first-time exhibitors signing up. But it’s too early to credit online registration.
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By Paul Schmitt     One of the legendary rock bands of the 1970’s and 80’s is coming to Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay later this month.  Head East will be performing at the Harmony by the Bay concert Wednesday, July 25.  The free music concert is part of a series all summer long provided by the city of Sturgeon Bay.  Head East keyboardist and original band member Roger Boyd says that the band’s first Door County performance ever is at the perfect venue. [/audio]   Head East was formed in 1969 and has had three top 100 hits in the late 70’s including “Never Been Any Reason” and “Since You’ve Been Gone”. Boyd adds that the band will be sticking around after the 90-minute concert to meet with those in atten...
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By Paul Schmitt     Local musician Cathy Grier and her band The Troublemakers returned to play last Friday at the "world’s biggest music festival".  Performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee last week on the US Cellular One stage, Grier and her band jammed out numerous original blues songs for over 90 minutes.  Grier says the crowds and atmosphere at Summerfest were amazing. [/audio]   Grier, a native of New York who moved to Door County two years ago, says the only stage she has performed on that was larger was in France.  This was the second year in a row that Grier and The Troublemakers have performed at Summerfest.   (Photo by Ty Helbach)
Jul 09, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Three friends are bringing their love of beer to Washington Island as a new nanobrewery. Erika Gonzalez, Diego Anderson, and Alex Anderson were all frequent visitors to Washington Island growing up and last year created the idea to start Brews on the Rock. A production brewer for Appleton’s Stone Arch Brewery, Gonzalez hopes Brews on the Rock can work with a number of different businesses to bring a flavor of the town to their beer. [/audio] Two of the special beers Gonzalez says the nanobrewery will produce will include a pair of island staples: lavender and bitters. After kicking off their Kickstarter campaign on Saturday, Brews on the Rock hopes to open their tap room in May 2019.
Jul 08, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Master taxidermist Mike Orthober will be showcasing his skills at the Door County Historical Museum next Saturday, July 15. The “Season of Life” exhibit at the museum has been growing over the past twenty years. Orthober has mounted a variety of specimens including birds and mammals. He will be mounting a new bird and talking about the art and science of taxidermy. Well known for his work in taxidermy, Orthober has won national and world-wide awards, including the “Best in World” for warm-water fish. He shares some of the more challenging subjects he has worked on in the nature diorama. [/audio]   Orthober will be at the Door County Historical Museum from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. next Saturday wi...
Jul 07, 2018
By Russ Warren     Performing a program on Bastille Day cries out for an all-French program. Midsummer’s is featuring two well-known Parisian composers and two who are not so well known, including the very talented female composer, Cecile Chaminade, and the rock star pianist of his age – deemed equal to Franz Liszt – Charles-Valentin Alkan.

Chaminade was the first woman composer to win the Légion d’Honneur and among the first musicians to record her piano pieces via the gramophone. Today, these are highly sought after. Alkan wrote mostly piano pieces, which he used in his extensive concertizing. Alkan was of Jewish heritage, which he valued highly as revealed by the Jewish melodies he incorporated into his works. Fluent in Gr

Jul 06, 2018
By Emily Maher    Music is in the air at Birch Creek. String, Wind, Brass, and Percussion players have arrived on campus for the 2018 season of the Symphony Session at Birch Creek. Each day, students and faculty are working on perfecting their technique in sectional instruction throughout practice rooms and rehearsal halls.   The Birch Creek Symphony program is unique in orchestral and chamber music education in that it incorporates a student/mentor approach in virtually every aspect of training. Students rehearse and perform alongside their teachers, receiving an abundance of personal attention. In such a nurturing environment, students progress at an amazing rate. Seven public performances of five completely different orchest...
Jul 06, 2018
By Russ WarrenMidsummer’s Music is growing in more ways than one in its 28th season. Eight new musicians will join the ensemble this summer, including second-generation Midsummer’s Music cellist Zachary Preucil. His parents Walt and Stephanie have been a part of traveling chamber music ensemble since Midsummer’s Music began touring Door County’s collection of churches, galleries, and other unique venues in 1990. At over 30 scheduled performances this season, Executive Director Allyson Fleck says Midsummer’s Music keeps putting together strong programs. [/audio] Midsummer’s Music will kick off a series of Bastille Day Celebration concerts on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion with additional perfo...
Jul 03, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Local musician and producer Hans Christian of STUDIO 330 celebrated his tenth anniversary of opening his musical studio in Sturgeon Bay last week.  Christian has been working on local, regional, national and international projects in the past decade.  He says that he loves producing all types of music and does not have a favorite. [/audio]   Christian worked with Jeanne Kuhns and other local musicians in releasing new CDs in the past month.  He will be performing his only planned solo concert in Door County this Saturday with his cello in Egg Harbor.  You can find details of his upcoming performance and a video of his cello playing with this story below.
Jul 03, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The Door County Maritime Museum will recognize a Northern Door tradition Wednesday when it dedicates a statue honoring the area’s commercial fishing industry at its Gills Rock campus. The commercial fishing industry has longed partnered with the newly renamed Death’s Door Maritime Museum since it opened in 1975 by donating artifacts and helping curate exhibits. Executive Director Amy Paul says the statue created by Mary Ott Davidson is a fitting tribute. [/audio] The museum’s renaming and statue unveiling ceremonies start at 2 p.m. with speakers set to present beginning at 3 p.m.
Jul 02, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Fireworks lovers in Door County can conceivably catch three different displays during the holiday week thanks to crafty scheduling. Egg Harbor kicks off the celebrations on July 3 with their fireworks while Gills Rock, Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, Washington Island and Maplewood have their displays on Independence Day. On Saturday, Sister Bay and Fish Creek take their turn celebrating the holiday with festivals during the day and fireworks at night. Sister Bay Advancement Coordinator Louise Howson says communities are working together to promote their bigger holiday celebrations. [/audio] In Kewaunee County, visitors can catch fireworks on two different nights. The Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce will host a day-...
Jun 29, 2018
By Eric Fischer   For the first time ever, the Door County Fair is using an electronic registration for fair entries.  There are two categories for registering, the Junior Fair, open for school-aged kids in 4-H and FFA, as well as the Open Fair which does not have any age restriction.  Sara Mueller, Secretary of the Door County Fair Board, says the registration deadline is coming soon. [/audio] To register, go to the Door County Fair Website, click the “Exhibits” tab and select the Junior Fair Link or Open Class link. If you do not have access to a computer, you can register at the UW-Extension office until the Friday before each deadline.  The Door County Fair is August 1-5 at John Miles Fair Park in Sturgeon Bay.
Jun 27, 2018
By McKenzie Konop       The YMCA is kicking off the summer with two upcoming events.  The first event is called Broadway on the Bay and is located at the new Kress Library Center on July 12.  Broadway on the Bay will include a dinner and a reception before along with a performance by local Peninsula musicians.  The second event is a golf outing at Horseshoe Bay on July 30.  According to the CEO of Door County YMCA, Tom Beerntsen, says the events signify the start of a new fiscal year for the organization’s campaign to help raise money for the community. [/audio]   Beerntsen says the previous YMCA campaign raised about $508,000 which exceeded the original goal of $500,000.  The YMCAs in Door County are located in St...
Jun 27, 2018
By Eric Fischer Nearly two hundred people came together Saturday afternoon for the Second Annual Open Door Pride Festival.  While last year’s festival was a picnic, this year Open Door Pride held a weeklong celebration filled with events to bring the community together.  Cathy Grier, one of the events cofounders says she is proud to be a part of a group where people can feel comfortable and accepted. [/audio] Grier adds that Open Door Pride is already planning for next year’s festival as well as other events throughout the year.  If you’re interested in joining the group or becoming an ally you can visit the Open Door Pride website at this link.
Jun 24, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Northern Door County libraries will be rocking this week as the summer reading program continues.  This summer’s theme for the Door County Library system is Libraries Rock, and there are two programs this week dedicated to the theme.  On Tuesday morning at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove location, there will be a summer dance party at 10:30 am, and on Wednesday morning, kids can make their own instrument at the Egg Harbor branch.  Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken says these events are very kid friendly and act as the kickoff to the summer reading program at each location. [/audio] Both events are free to attend and require no prior registration.  To sign up for the summer library program, you can co...
Jun 23, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The village of Casco’s population is about 578 people, but this Sunday you can look for that to significantly increase.   Holy Trinity Catholic Parish will bring the community and visitors together for their 82ndannual church picnic.  The celebration, which draws hundreds of attendees every year, will start Sunday morning after the nine o’clock mass. Co-chair Lois Vandermeuse says the Casco Church Picnic always provides family-friendly activities and food. [/audio]   Live music will be provided all day until the picnic wraps up at about 6 pm, according to Vandermeuse.   The proceeds from the Holy Trinity Church Picnic, which usually nets about $20,000, goes towards maintaining the church and el...
Jun 22, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     One of the most popular tours booked by a local tour director is a unique trip with an unknown destination for its passengers.  Kathy Nooyan of Carefree Travel in New Franken has been scheduling tours for nearly forty years and the mystery tour remains an excursion that needs five bookings a year to meet the demand.  She shares the only hint provided to her customers when the frequent question of where the motor coach is headed is asked.   [/audio]   Nooyan says the mystery tour, with a 56-person capacity on the motor coach, can be anywhere from a three day trip to a weeklong adventure.  Carefree Travel’s next scheduled mystery tour is next week and it’ll be a five-day trip… who kno...
Jun 20, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Even though musicals like “Lumberjacks in Love” and “Guys on Ice” have experienced great success outside of the confines of its Peninsula State Park setting, Northern Sky Theater still keeps its home in mind. “Dairy Heirs” and “Boxcar” are the latest in the line of world premiere musicals written by either local writers or people that have come up through Northern Sky Theater’s ranks over the years. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says writers know their limitations based on their location and the family audiences they want to draw. [/audio] Herbst says the advent of the Internet is making it easier for other theater companies to access their past works for their consideration and give Northe...
Jun 19, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Some classic and heavy farm equipment will be competing and featured this weekend in Brussels.  The Brussels Antique Pullers are hosting the first of two tractor pulls this summer.  Formerly known as the ABC pulls, President Mike Baudhuin shares what is in store for attendees on Saturday. [/audio]   Baudhuin says there will be 20 classes competing in the antique tractor pull starting at noon on Saturday.  The free event will be held at the Mike Kinnard property at 1062 Pit Road in Brussels. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event starts at noon and is expected to run until approximately 5:00 PM.
Jun 19, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The 12 Annual Steel Bridge Songfest came to an end Sunday, after bringing hundreds of people from around the state to Door County.  The three-day festival hosted over 120 musicians playing original music at venues like the Holiday Music Motel, the Red Room, Brick Lot and more.  Sara Bichler, traveled from Green Bay to attend the festival and says she came to discover new music in a festival atmosphere. [/audio] Bichler adds that Geri X, who performed at the Red Room on Friday, was her favorite artist she saw play.  The Steel Bridge Songfest website features music from many of the artists who played over the weekend.
Jun 18, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Door County’s LGBTQ community will be holding the second annual Open Door Pride Festival as part of Open Door Pride Week in Sturgeon Bay.  June is National Pride Month and to celebrate Open Door Pride is expanding on last year’s single-day festival to include an entire week of events beginning Tuesday, June 19th with a Pride-themed film.  Events throughout the rest of the week will lead up to Open Door Pride Festival, with musicians, vendors, and more at Martin Park.  Co-organizer of the event, Cathy Grier says she hopes that the group can one day expand into a resource the community can use year-round. [/audio] Admission to all events for Pride Week is free.  For a full list of times and events, v...
Jun 16, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The 12th annual Steel Bridge Songfest will be filling the downtown and business venues throughout Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  Songwriters are performing original music Friday evening that was created in the past week.  melanie jane and pat mAcdonald have been organizing the event that was spurred by his sister Christie Weber to save the historic bridge.  melanie jane says the festival will continue with outdoor concerts at the Holiday Motel on North First Avenue. [/audio]   Musician Jackson Browne, who was at the inaugural event, will be on hand along with over 120 other musicians performing through Sunday.   You can find the Steel Bridge Songfest’s listing of venues and musicians for this weeken...
Jun 15, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Young girls and their fathers in the area will be dressing up and celebrating a special night this weekend. The 9th annual Door County YMCA Father-Daughter Ball is this Saturday night. YMCA CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the evening has become a big tradition over the years. [/audio]   Beerntsen says all community members are welcome and should pre-register for the “Father-Daughter Ball” which will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA location. For details see below.  
Jun 13, 2018
By Tim Kowols       While his time on TV’s “The Office” may give him name recognition, Rainn Wilson will allow participants a chance to see his depth as an actor and writer this week at the Door Kinetic Fine Arts Festival in Baileys Harbor. Wilson has ties to Wisconsin thanks to his wife Holiday Reinhorn and other family members, but his residency at Bjorklunden will mark the first time he has visited Door County. Festival artistic director Eric Simonson is a big reason Wilson is in the area as the two are working on a screenplay about the life of Stetson Kennedy, a Georgia author who is credited as being one of the biggest contributors to the demise of the Ku Klux Klan. Wilson says the experience will help get the screenplay read...
Jun 12, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The second year of the Public Art Initiative will bring more statues to the Town of Egg Harbor. Last summer the town debuted four statues as part of the “Natural Wonders” collection to increase the public art experience in the area. The goal continues this summer as Egg Harbor Administrator Ryan Heise says this year there are even more statues around town. [/audio] Heise adds that he is proud to see the town embracing a “creative economy” that draws people to Egg Harbor from across the state. The goal of the Public Art Initiative is to establish Egg Harbor as an art destination community.
Jun 11, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Some of the top professional musicians from around the country will descend on Door County next weekend in preparation for the Birch Creek Music Academy.  The Birch Creek Music Performance Center has hosted students ages 13-19 since 1976 and offers four, two-week camps where students receive intense mentoring to help further their music education and serve as a test to see if they are ready for a career in music.  Mona Christensen, Executive Director for Birch Creek says it’s not the traditional summer music camp. [/audio] The first concert of the season will be performed on Thursday, June 21st beginning at 7 pm.  The summer will start with the percussion and steel band group, followed by the symphon...
Jun 11, 2018
By Eric Fischer   Midsummer’s Music is gearing up for the summer concert series following a record-breaking kickoff event.  May 26th was the kickoff to the season with the Pro Arte Quartet performing in the Kress Pavilion to a crowd that broke the record for a May event.  The Opening Night Gala and debut of the Disparate Spirits set is scheduled for Friday, June 15th.  Allyson Fleck, the executive director for Midsummer’s Music, says she always looks forward to starting the season. [/audio] The Opening Night Gala will be at Birch Creek and starts at 7 pm.  Tickets are available for $60 on the Midsummer’s Music website.
Jun 10, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The Sturgeon Bay branch of the Door County Library system is starting a new campaign to engage the public this summer.  Every Saturday in the month of June, the library will be hosting book sales, beginning at 9 am and lasting until noon.  Aside from the popular book sales, Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken, says the library will also be active during Sturgeon Bay's farmer's markets this summer. [/audio] Both ideas are part of the Door County Library's summer reading program, meant to spark reading for children and adults.  The Ephraim branch of the library system will also be hosting its Annual Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 16th.
Jun 09, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Shepard of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will play host to a unique musical concert in June.  The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, which includes 16 ringers and 73 different handbells and hand chimes, will showcase their talents on Friday, June 22 at the church.  Concert series chair Greg Beem of Shepard of the Bay Lutheran Church says the audience will be amazed at the precision of the musical performers. [/audio]   The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. John Behnke who conducted a hymn festival last fall at the church.  The ensemble has performed all around the Midwest over the past 15 years.  The concert is free to the public at will begin at 7 pm on Friday, June 22. ...
Jun 09, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Live music will be heard throughout Fireman’s Park in Luxemburg Thursday evenings again this summer.  Every Thursday bands ranging from polka to classic rock music will be featured.  Volunteer Dan Porath says the evenings are a great way for the community to get together. [/audio]   Music in the Park is every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm and is subject to change.  Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments.  You can find a complete schedule of bands that will perform through August 23 with this story online.
Jun 07, 2018
By Tim Kowols       A Nebraska native and veteran performer is bringing her experiences with Scientology to the forefront when her solo show “Squeeze My Cans” opens on Thursday in Sturgeon Bay. Cathy Schenkelberg, a popular voice-over artist who also appeared on Chicago Fire and The Bozo Show, was a member of Scientology for 14 years before leaving the church in 2009. The show explores the twists and turns her life makes during her journey, including the harassment she faced when she left. During her travels around the world performing the show, Schenkelburg says she has been able to connect with young people about their own run-ins with Scientology. [/audio] Schenkelburg’s show opens on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a “pay w...
Jun 06, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Sister Bay will go to the goats this Saturday when the village hosts its sixth annual Roofing of the Goats and Goat Parade. Visitors to Sister Bay flock every summer to its downtown to catch a glimpse of the goats that have trekked to the peak of Al Johnson’s Restaurant since 1973. Sister Bay Advancement Association coordinator Louise Howson says there is a lot more going on than just a couple goats going on a roof.   [/audio]   The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m with activities continuing all day long at Hendricksen Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to the event to support the Koinonia Kupboard food pantry.
Jun 05, 2018
By Tim Kowols          The newly renamed Death’s Door Maritime Museum will make its season debut on Wednesday after roofing issues delayed its opening by over a week. The Gills Rock museum houses pieces of Death’s Door shipwrecks, the Plum Island Fresnel Lens, and the fishing tug Hope in addition to recently added augmented reality displays. The Door County Maritime Museum recently had to make the roof repairs to the building at a cost of $67,000, something Executive Director Amy Paul said last week will have an unfortunate consequence. [/audio] The Death’s Door Maritime Museum will be officially renamed in a ceremony during Gills Rock’s Fourth of July festivities. It will remain open through October.
Jun 03, 2018
By Tom Jordan          Right off Highway 42, as you approach Fish Creek, you’ll see a sign for Edgewood Orchards Gallery.  A lot of people have visited the gallery over the past half century. But more recently there is an added attraction that not everyone is aware of: The Sculpture Garden.   According to J.R. Jarosh, co-owner with his wife Nell, the garden was actually the result of him being a sleep-deprived father of infant twins. “One would cry and I’d get up and then the other would cry and I would get up and one night in a foggy moment I wrote down an idea I had for a garden. I forgot all about it until I saw it on the table the next day,” remembers Jarosh.   He shared the crude drawing wi...
Jun 03, 2018
By Tim Kowols       Celebrate Water Door County continues its year-plus long commemoration with a gallery opening at the Door County Community Foundation on Saturday. The organization routinely features artist’s works, but the pieces submitted by Emmett Johns of Fish Creek keep water as its theme. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says the gallery opening is just another event that allows people to pay tribute to the area’s natural beauty.   [/audio]   The opening reception for the “Water Works” exhibit will take place at the foundation’s offices from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Jun 01, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A local Jacksonport artist has the distinction of having her artwork purchased for display in the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay.  Sandra Martinez of Martinez Studio will have a painting of “Pinon Weaving Study” and a weaving of the painting by her daughter Malena.  Martinez says that she and her husband, Wence, have two pieces of artwork in the Smithsonian as well as a piece in the Museum of Mexican-Art in Chicago and the Wisconsin Museum of Art in West Bend.  She says they were honored to find out their artwork was being acquired by the local Miller Art Museum. [/audio]   The works were purchased with funds in memory of Lorraine Mengert, the former curator and director of the Miller Art Cent...
Jun 01, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A popular festival that features a unique cultural delicacy and music will again be featured at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  The annual Side Pork Festival is this Saturday.   Organizer Ryan Hoffman explains how the side pork will be cooked on the day of the event. [/audio]   Side Pork Festival 2018 will be from 9 am until about 6 pm Saturday at Martin Park and include over 30 vendors, as well as a, featured a “kids zone”, according to Hoffman.  Proceeds from the event will go towards programs at the Door County Sheriff’s Department like the K-9 project and other causes.
May 30, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     The ceremonial first step in a two-building campus for the Northern Sky Theater started this past weekend.  One of Door County’s oldest and best-known outdoor performance companies broke ground on Sunday on the corner of County A and F in Fish Creek.  Artistic Director Jeff Herbst says the new campus, as well as improvements at the Peninsula State Park venue, are critical to the long-term future of Northern Sky. [/audio]   Construction on the production and storage facility has started with the second building, a creative center that will house administrative offices and a 250-seat theater that should be open in the fall of 2019.  Northern Sky Theater’s 2018 shows begin on June 13. (Photo subm...
May 30, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Music Mondays began this week at Donny’s Glidden Lodge in Door County.  Local musician Ruby James who is a solo artist and the lead singer of Wifee and the Huzz Band will be providing a weekly blend of her favorite songs on Monday evenings during the season.  James says her music influences include two iconic women of rock and blues. [/audio]   James, who has performed around the United States, began playing guitar and writing songs while she was attending college.    She attributes a lot of her love for this area to songwriter pat Macdonald, who she considers one of the greatest of all time.
May 28, 2018
By Eric Fischer   The Miller Art Museum is hosting a Milwaukee artist as part of the county-wide Celebrate Water Door County initiative. As part of the “Our Water Stories” exhibit focusing on water, artist Melanie Ariens will be speaking at the museum on June 14th, sharing her passion for the Great Lakes and how it inspires her artwork. Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Miller Art Museum executive director, says there will be diversity in the type of works on display in the exhibit. [/audio] Meissner-Gigstead adds Ariens also uses her passion for art to inspire local leaders and community members to engage in environmental issues, especially the water we all share. There will also be an opening reception for the exhibit on J...
May 27, 2018
By Tim Kowols       After a month of being on the road doing mystery dinner performances, Rogue Theater returns to its friendly confines at the Jaycee Clubhouse to perform a new show. “Beer for Dinner” is about a group of middle-aged buddies reuniting for a “guys weekend” before the appearance of the wife of an absent friend sets off a battle of the sexes. Rogue Theater’s Stuart Champeau has high hopes for the show, which debuted on Thursday.   [/audio]   “Beer for Dinner” playwright Sean Grennan will be in town next week for a performance before Rogue Theater ends its run on June 3.
May 25, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The newest exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum makes landfall Saturday as it takes a look at the ill-fated ships of the Great Lakes. “Shipwrecks of Door County” will allow visitors to get up close to artifacts from the damaged vessels as they learn about the over 275 located near the coastline. Executive Director Amy Paul says she loves how great the exhibit will be for people of all ages.   [/audio]   A full schedule of activities is planned for the opening day of “Shipwrecks of Door County” including guided tours and speakers. The exhibit received a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to help kick off its expected three-year run.
May 25, 2018
By Tim Kowols       The Sister Bay Historical Society will celebrate its Corner of Past Museum’s 20th season of displaying the area’s history when it opens on Friday. What started as a single historic house, the Corner of the Past Museum has expanded to 15 buildings all filled with historical pieces from Sister Bay and the surrounding area. Curator Roberta Kutlik says volunteers are hard at work getting the museum ready for its 2018 debut.   [/audio]   The Corner of the Past Museum opens for the season Friday at 10 a.m. and will be open Tuesday through Saturday through the month of October. Their weekly farmer’s market begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. and also runs through October.
May 24, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay will play host to the annual Fine Art Fair this Saturday and Sunday.  The event that started as a one-day happening twenty years ago with about 40 artists has grown to nearly 100 exhibitors.   Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center Executive Director Pam Seiler says the array of artists displaying their work will be diverse. [/audio]   The Fine Art Fair will also have a “paint your own sturgeon” for children to participate in as well, according to Seiler.  Cathy Grier will be providing live music along with strolling musicians all weekend long. The Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair will be held Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm at Sunset Park on North Thi...
May 23, 2018
By Paul Schmitt     A Door County native is featured extensively in a new documentary film that was released earlier this year.  John Adams, founder and editor of the Montana Free Press, is featured in “Dark Money” a documentary about the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that essentially opened the door for anonymous political spending on elections by big corporations.  Adams, 39, says his investigative reporting on dark money spending during primaries where challengers were being backed by big money groups is prominently shown in the film.  He shares how he connected with the movie’s director Kimberly Reed to star in the documentary. [/audio]   “Dark Money” premiered at the Sundance Fe...
May 23, 2018
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By Casperson Funeral HomeJames Allen Ray was born in Sturgeon Bay to Herbert and Ruby (Miller) Ray. He married Dyanne Mines on December 30, 1992. He is survived by his loving wife Dyanne, his three children, Jay, Missy (Mike) Hoeft and Scott. He was proud of and loved his four grandchildren: James, Gavin, Lauryn and Morgan. He is survived by his brothers Don (Kathy) and Ken (Anna), Sister in law Nina (Charles) Fowler, Brother in law Jimmy Hyatt and nine nieces and nephews: Linden, Jerry, Jon Pau...
Jul 14, 2018
By Casperson Funeral HomeRoy G. Holmquist passed into eternal life on July 11, 2018, at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Roy was born on December 6, 1929 in Chicago, IL. In Barrington, IL, he owned and operated his own Ceramic Tile business for 50 years. Roy was the father of 6 children: Jan, Roy Jr., Lon, Guy, Kim, Jon and step-father to: Cindy (deceased), Charlotte, Chuckie, and Curt. Grandfather to: Hillary, Danny, Carrie and Nicholas. Roy adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cr...
Jul 12, 2018
By Huehns Funeral Home Lee Vlaming, 73, of Whitefish Bay in the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay with family at her side.      She was born Myrna Lee DeVries on August 10, 1944 on the south side of Chicago, IL, the daughter of Richard G. and Martha (Laughlin) DeVries. Lee graduated from Carl Schurz High School on the northwest side of Chicago in 1962. She began working fo...
Jul 12, 2018
By Forbes Funeral Home Steven John Schmelzer, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly on July 11, 2018, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin while surveying a parcel of land on Mathey Road. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Lillian Potier and Anthony Schmelzer on August 21, 1951.  He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Recupero Schmelzer; sons, Josiah, Noah, Luke (Lucy Hatfield) and daughter, Linnea; sisters, Ann Buchberger, Christine (Robert Siigers) Reid, Margaret (Mark) Furdek; brother, Tom (Barb) Schmel...
Jul 12, 2018
By Forbes Funeral HomeRobert J. Schlicht Jr., 68, of Sturgeon Bay, was called home to heaven on July 9, 2018.  He was born on June 22, 1950, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Robert was the oldest of five children born to Robert and Viola (Exley) Schlicht.  He attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Logan High School in 1968 where he was active in sports. On January 9, 1971, he married Johnita ‘Johnny’ McBain in La Crosse, WI at Immanuel Lutheran Church. ...
Jul 12, 2018
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