August 2015
"A House in Mourning"
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Alexander Noble House Museum presents “A House in Mourning”, turn back the clocks to mark the hour, drape the mirrors and cover the windows in black.  The funeral of all funerals is about to transcend on Fish Creek.  Alexander Noble is lying in state.  The house is respectfully prepared and coffin, flowers and apparel have been set.  Come and see what a true Victorian funeral setting is like.  Museum hours 10-3:00 Tuesdays-Saturdays. 4167 Main Street


For more information:
Laurie Buske
(920) 868-9021
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Rev. Phil Sweet

The Spiritual Discipline of Work

Max Planck, the German physicist, said: "Nobody comes into this life or this world with any kind of guarantee of life itself or happiness or good fortune or success. Therefore for every hour of happiness that you enjoy and for every good thing that comes to you, you owe an obligation, you contribute back to that from which you derive your blessing." The putting back, I equate with work. Work ought to be of love, it is your way of finding your place in the universe; it's the goal of all education, to help you find your true vocation. A Labor Day reflection.

Phil Sweet is a long-time friend of UUFDC, and a marvelous and insightful story-teller. He served as minister of Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay and two rural churches in western Minnesota.

Music: Gerri Friedberg; UUFDC Choir, Cynthia Stiehl, conductor, and Donna Russell, accompanist

Service Leader: Carol Boyd

For more information:
Pat Crow
(920) 854-7559
Traditional Belgian Kermiss
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A Kermiss is a traditional Belgian harvest celebration that is open to the whole community featuring Belgian food, beer, music and camaraderie. 

The popular band, Mad Cats, will be providing their mix of high energy music from 12:30 to 3:30.  Other activities include craft exhibitions and guided tours of the nearby Belgian American Clubhouse, formerly a Catholic school and chapel.  This year the author Christine DeSmet will be signing copies of her new book, Five-Alarm Fudge, which takes place in the heart of the Belgian Heritage District of Door County. 

The large bucket raffle provides an opportunity to win a variety of gifts all donated by local businesses and individuals who are committed to the mission of preserving the area’s unique Belgian heritage. 

The Belgian food served will include booyah, trippe (a Belgian sausage similar to a bratwurst), hamburgers, jutt, Belgian pie, tortes, and old fashioned ice-cream made on site by using the power drive on a tractor.  All proceeds will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center and its ongoing projects. 

You are invited to bring old family and community pictures for volunteers to scan and include in the organization’s collection.  There will also be genealogy assistance available for those interested in exploring their own Belgian heritage. 

Kermisses were traditionally celebrated in each small community in the Belgian settlement in consecutive weeks beginning before Labor Day and extending into October.  The celebration would begin with a Catholic Mass followed by gatherings in the homes, taverns and dancehalls.  Relatives and friends would come from all the neighboring areas to partake of the abundance of food, especially huge numbers of Belgian pies.    



Hymn Sing
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The public is invited to attend an evening of music and testimony on Sunday night, August 30 at 6:30.  Friends Community Church (204 W. Maple, Sturgeon Bay) will hold the third hymn sing of their summer series that evening, welcoming special musical guest, Linda Ehlers, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Ms. Ehlers is an accomplished soloist who is currently a member of the Florentine Opera Chorus. Her past work also includes singing with the Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Choral Artists and the Concord Chamber Orchestra, all located in Milwaukee.

Refreshments will follow the service and a free-will offering will be taken for the restoration of the grand piano in the sanctuary. 

For more information:
Nancy Bontempo
(414) 344-4401
Midsummer's Music Festival Concert
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Enchantment Parisienne

Suite in the Ancient Style, Opus 127/1, by Melanie Bonis (1858-1937) for Flute, Violin, Viola and Piano

Quartet in A Minor, Opus 67, by Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano

Quartet in B-flat, Opus 41, by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1924) for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano

Tickets $30

For more information:
Russ Warren
(920) 854-7088