Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-02

Tall Ship Experience Focus Of Final Maritime Speakers Series Presentation

By Tim Kowols

Being the captain of 1,600-ton power and sail boats had nothing on the 500 miles Mike Peters got to experience as a crew member of the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II last summer. His journey will be the focus of the final presentation of the Door County Maritime Museum's Speakers Series next week in Sturgeon Bay. Peters finally got to live a dream of working on a tall ship after filling out a crew position application when the Pride of Baltimore II pulled into port in Sturgeon Bay on its way to the Tall Ships Festival in Green Bay. According to Peters, you get a new appreciation for the ships when you are out on the open water.



The Maritime Speakers Series will take place on March 2 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but a non-perishable food item donation is encouraged.


Southern Door FFA Alumni To Host Wine and Cheese Gala March 10

By Tim Kowols

Forty different cheese varieties and six different wineries will be featured when the Southern Door Future Farmers of America Alumni hosts their annual Door County Wine and Cheese Gala on March 10. The annual event has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships for FFA students and helps defray the costs to attend leadership conferences and different competitions. Rich Olson from the Southern Door FFA Alumni says its members have gotten to take part in some different opportunities that they might not get anywhere else.



Olson estimates the organization raises close to $12,000 over three different events throughout the year to help support its current and graduating members. You can find information on the event and learn about one member who benefited from the generosity of the Southern Door FFA by clicking here.


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Local Author Explores Indian Warfare In Gills Rock

By Tim Kowols

You can add author to the resume of commercial angler and Gills Rock business owner Matt Velguth. His book, "The Gills Rock Petragraphs: Archives of Stone" tells the true story of a 1600s-era battle between the Anishinabe and Iroquois Federation tribes. Told now only through the Pottatomie oral tradition and by faded rock paintings found near the water, Velguth says the preservation of these stories of Indian warfare is important for future generations.



The book is available at select northern Door County businesses and online. Velguth says efforts are underway to build a dock to provide educational tours and help protect the area to preserve its history.

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Kewaunee Young People's Theater Hopes To Match Last Year's Donation Total With "Hooray For Hollywood"

By Tim Kowols

A long-running event in Kewaunee returns this weekend to make a positive impact on 26 different local organizations. The Kewaunee Young People's Theater's "Hooray for Hollywood" production will feature three nights of close to 20 short skits performed and produced by local actors and residents. Kevin Dax from the Kewaunee Young People's Theater says while it is a lot of work, it is made easier through the support they get from local businesses and community members.



Last year's "Hooray for Hollywood" production raised $45,000 for local Kewaunee County groups. You can still buy tickets for this year's Friday and Sunday night shows. You can find more information about the event online with this story.


Lighthouse Next Topic Of Kewaunee County Historical Society History Presentations

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse is the next topic in a series of presentations on Saturdays in February focusing on the county's history. Mike Kostka, Jim Schaller, and Dr. Robin Nelson will be the main speakers during the presentation as members of Kewaunee's lighthouse preservation committee. In the midst of $300,000-plus campaign to restore the lighthouse, Nelson told earlier this year how the structure could tie together the rest of Kewaunee.



All February history presentations will be held at the Kewaunee County Historical Society Center on Ellis Street in Kewaunee beginning at 1 p.m Saturday. Upcoming topics in the series include a look back at local Belgians that served during the Civil War and the 150th anniversary of St. John Lutheran Church.


Winter Fun Takes Over Door County

By Tim Kowols

After a challenging winter for many outdoor enthusiasts, residents and visitors alike were treated to a beautiful Saturday full of activities across Door County.




In Fish Creek, the annual Winter Fest brought out many who wanted to participate in some of the quirky events people have grown to love over the last 30 years. Taylor Jorgenson from Sturgeon Bay volunteered at his first Winter Fest manning the toilet seat toss area. Jorgenson, representing the Door County YMCA, said it was great to see the support for all the local organizations.





In Baileys Harbor, players went back to the roots of their sport during the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Steve, playing for Hamm's Hounds from Madison, said it was a great to be back for the tournament after taking 2016 off.






In Sturgeon Bay, about 100 fat bike riders took to the trails at the Snowkraft Nordic for the third annual Koldwave ride. Snowkraft Nordic owner Tom Parsons says it was a great day for riders to be on the trails.



The Fish Creek Winter Festival concludes Sunday morning with the annual Fruit Loop Run beginning at 10:30 a.m. outside the tent in Clark Park. We will have results posted on our sports page as soon as results are available.

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Fish Creek Readies For 30th Winter Fest

By Tim Kowols

A tradition created to address winter boredom by Fish Creek businessmen and civic leaders reaches 30 years this weekend when the Winter Fest kicks off on Friday. Highlighted by quirky games like the toilet seat toss and the Sunday Fruit Loop Run, the Fish Creek Winter Fest has remained a constant on the calendar while its activities continue to evolve. Jackie Campbell from the Fish Creek Civic Association says even though kickball had to be cancelled due to ice conditions, many of their favorite events will be back.



The Fish Creek Winter Fest runs through Sunday with many of the events taking place inside the main tent at Clark Park. You can see a complete schedule of events online with this story.


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