STURGEON BAY MARITIME WEEK—A SALUTE TO THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
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Sturgeon Bay—The City of Sturgeon Bay will once again honor its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun events taking place between July 31 to August 10. Officially titled “Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard”, the celebration includes many long-standing annual waterfront events along with a growing list of new and exciting activities. In addition to focusing on Sturgeon Bay’s extraordinary maritime history, the week honors the area’s local Coast Guard personnel, past and present, for their service and many contributions to the community.
Maritime Week gets underway with the Sail Thru the Avenues Side Walk Sale on Thursday, July 31. A Sturgeon Bay tradition for both residents and visitors, this is THE Sidewalk Sale to attend. Centered on 3rd Avenue, the sale stretches throughout Sturgeon Bay’s historic downtown encompassing Madison Avenue and Jefferson Street on both sides of the bay. Visit the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center website at www.sturgeonbay.net.
The weekend of August 2 and 3 is literally packed with maritime activities on Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront. Saturday, August 2, opens with the first day of the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on the grounds of the Door County Maritime Museum and concludes with a host of “Evening on the Bay” events at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. The always popular Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition and “Paint the Bay” plein air painting event return along with a remarkable assortment of classic and wooden power, sail, and rowing vessels. Enjoy toy boat building, Bob the parrot, the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s robot boat “Coastie”, the Museum’s “Pirates – Ship to Shore” exhibit and much, much more. Tickets for the event cover both Saturday and Sunday and include admission to the Maritime Museum, deck tours of the immaculately restored tug John Purves and all Boat Festival activities. Visit the Maritime Museum’s website, www.dcmm.org, for details.
The Evening on the Bay events at the Yacht Club include kid’s games, live music and the annual “Venetian Night” boat parade followed by fireworks. All events are open to the public. Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details on all the “Evening on the Bay” events.
On Tuesday, August 5 the Family Centers of Door County celebrate Maritime Week with an outdoor movie at St. Joseph's School. Everyone is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a movie. Concessions will be available. Visit the Family Center website at www.familycentersdc.com.
The Harmony by the Bay Summer Concert Series continues the Maritime Week festivities on Wednesday, August 6. The Peninsula Symphonic Community Band will entertain with a patriotic musical tribute. This free concert kicks off at 7:00 pm at the band shell in Martin Park. Don’t miss this fun and entertaining event reminiscent of the community band concerts of old. The playing of the armed forces service songs and tribute to veterans is a concert highlight. Veterans are invited to wear a hat, t-shirt or other garment signifying their particular branch of service. This is a wonderful opportunity to thank our veterans for their service to our nation.
The Salute to the Coast Guard Golf Tournament highlights festival activities on Thursday, August 7. This public golf event celebrates the Coast Guard’s birthday on August 4 with a fun four-person scramble format at Idlewild Golf Course. Cost is $65 per player and includes cart and lunch along with a host of prizes and special events. Contact the Maritime Museum for an entry form and additional details.
Thursday activities also include the “TGIT” Sail Racing and dinner buffet at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club that evening. Enjoy a great meal as you cheer on your favorite local sailor. Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details.
New this year, is a Coast Guard Spouse appreciation breakfast hosted by the Greater Green Bay Council of the United States Navy League at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Friday morning, August 8. This event is by invite only and is not open to the public.
Maritime Week continues on Saturday August 9 with a picnic at Coast Guard Station Sturgeon for all active, reserve, retired and former Coast Guard personnel and their families. The picnic is hosted by the city’s Coast Guard Committee and sponsored by local veteran groups, merchants and businesses. All Coast Guard personnel, past and present, and their families are invited and encouraged to attend. Festivities begin at 11:00 am on the grounds of the Coast Guard Station at 2501 Canal Road. Contact the Maritime Museum at (920) 743-5958 for details.
Maritime Week wraps up on Sunday, August 10 with the annual Mariner Award and Coast Guard Person of the Year dinner at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Initiated in 2010 by the Door County Maritime Museum and Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Mariner Award recognizes individuals, both living and deceased, who’ve had a significant, positive and lasting impact on the Door County maritime community. Sponsored by the Greater Green Bay Council of the United States Navy League, the Coast Guard Person of the Year award recognized a local active duty Coast Guardsman who exemplifies the service’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Reservations required. Please contact the Maritime Museum at (920) 743-5958 for details and to make your reservation for this very special event.
Sturgeon Bay’s recent designation as an official Coast Guard City makes this year’s celebration even more special. Sturgeon Bay is one of only sixteen communities nationwide to be named a Coast Guard City and is the first, and only, in Wisconsin!
Photo Caption: Classic wooden Whitehall skiff loving constructed at the Door County Maritime Museum. Raffle tickets available at the sidewalk sale and Classic & Wooden Boat Festival during Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week
Media contact: Bob Desh, Maritime Museum Executive Director; 920-743-5958; firstname.lastname@example.org
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