Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-03

Door County Lighthouse Festival Introduces New Tour, Schedule


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Lighthouse Festival will feature some minor changes when it returns this summer. In addition to some schedule adjustments, the annual event has added a new water based tour cruising near the Range Lights and the Bird Cage Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and a number of different shipwrecks. Door County Maritime Museum Special events coordinator Mary Stephenson says the Door County Lighthouse Festival still gives guests amazing access to some of the area's treasured spots.

 



 

The Door County Lighthouse Festival runs from June 9 to 11. Door County Maritime Museum members can buy tickets now, while the general public will have to wait until April 3 to buy theirs. You can learn more about this year's festival online with this story.

 

 

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Public Arts Initiatve Of Egg Harbor Puts Out Call For Sculptors


By Tim Kowols




A new public arts group wants to do its part to beautify the village of Egg Harbor. The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor (PAI) recently obtained their non-profit status and has already made plans to display pieces of art across the village. Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise says he is excited the group is so eager to get to work.

 



 

The Celebrate! Wisconsin Sculptors public art exposition will be displayed from Memorial Day to October 15. Sculptors have until March 31 to submit their pieces. You can learn more about PAI online with this story.

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Gibraltar High School Senior Putting On A Local Talent Show


By Paul Schmitt




A Gibraltar High School Senior has come up with a project to involve all Door County and discover talent.  Hadley Reetz created an on-stage talent show that will take place next month to raise funds for the school's Arts Programs.  Reetz explains how she came up with the idea.

 



 

Reetz says the event is open to anyone with any type of talent.  Every Gibraltar senior is required to do a project that benefits the community.    The talent show will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 7 PM at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.  You can find contact information on entering the talent show online with this story.

dctalentshow2017@gmail.com

(photos submitted)

hadley-reetz

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Artists Answer Guest Curator's Challenge In Most Recent Miller Art Museum Exhibit


By Tim Kowols




The newest exhibit at the Miller Art Museum challenged artists to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. "The Garden: An Artist's Interpretation" will include 40 artists in an exhibition that forced them to think outside the box in the middle of winter with a changing season approaching. Issuing a challenge to artists to create something beautiful has been a tactic guest curator Michael Nitsch has used before in his 36-year career, often with great results.

 



 

The exhibit runs at Miller Art Museum until April 17.

 

1.     Bridget Austin, "Garden Dreams" watercolor

2.     Liz Maltman, "Over the Fence" pastel

3.     Rebecca Venn, "Secret Garden, Under the Lilacs" ink

4.     Lynne Laluzerne, "Wall Platter" ceramics

5.     Joseph Kaftan, "Beets" glass mosaic

 

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Write On, Door County, Southern Door School District Partnership Continues With Author Visit


By Tim Kowols




A partnership with Write On, Door County has created an opportunity for Southern Door School District students to interact with a published author this week. Poet and fiction writer Naomi Shibab Nye will visit Southern Door School District along with other stops during her two-day visit to the county as a part of the Writings on the Door Poetry Conference March 23 through 25. Superintendent Patti Vickman says it is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about a creative path.

 



 

This marks the second year in a row Write On, Door County and Southern Door School District have partnered together to bring an author to meet students, which led to Cameron Rass joining the non-profit group as its first student on the board of directors. Nye will also host a public reading at the Door Community Auditorium on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

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pat mAcdonald Passions Run Deeper Than His Music


By Paul Schmitt




Music and Door County has been two of pat mAcdonald's passions throughout his five decades of singing and songwriting.  mAcdonlad, who received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987 as a member of Timbuk3, says his mother got him interested in music at very young age and played with three bands during his high school days.

 



 

mAcDonald also toured Europe for seven years in the 1990's.  After Timbuk3 broke up,  mAcdonald and his sister Christie Weber founded the Steel Bridge Songfest in 2015 to save the Michigan Street Bridge.  He used that motivation to write a song.

 



 

mAcdonald and singer melaniejane operate the Holiday Music Motel in downtown Sturgeon Bay which features a Thursday night Writer's Night to showcase local talent and the Love on Holiday event every year.  mAcDonald says he'll never forget his roots and love for the area as well as the music since his great-grandfather Joseph Zettel was one of the first orchard owners in Door County.

 

Full Interview with pat mAcdonald and melaniejane

 

 

 

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Bipartisan Bill Aims To Show Role The Arts Could Play In Wisconsin Economy


By Tim Kowols




A recently introduced bill in the state capitol could help Wisconsin grow economically with help from the arts. The bipartisan effort is known as "Wisconsin Creates," which encourages public and private partnerships to develop workforce opportunities and expand innovation practices throughout the state. Birch Creek Music Performance Center Grants and Development Manager Kate Rericha says this bill would have a large impact on an area like Door County.

 



 

The bill is included in the 2017-2019 biennial budget, which will be voted on later this year.

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Kewaunee County Fair Grabs Two National Acts For 100th Anniversary


By Tim Kowols




Two major recording bands will be making stops in Luxemburg this summer for the 100th Kewaunee County Fair. Country acts Diamond Rio and Ricochet will be headlining the midway stage on Friday and Saturday nights respectively during the four-day event. Al Hoppe from the Kewaunee County Fair says months of hard work goes into booking major acts for people to enjoy.

 



 

Hoppe says the tractor pull and enduro race will return as grandstand entertainment for the Kewaunee County Fair, which runs July 20 to 23.

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Sturgeon Bay Expecting A Chilly Day For Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday


By Paul Schmitt




Sturgeon Bay will be turning green a week early this year for St. Patrick's Day.  The Annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be a held this Saturday even though St. Patrick's Day is Friday, March 17.    The parade route will begin at the Sawyer Park on the city's west side and proceed over the Maple-to-Oregon Bridge and down Third Avenue.  Entries are still being taken and certificates will be awarded to the Best Irish Entry and three other categories.  Parade goers enjoyed unseasonably warm 60 degree temperatures last year.  The weather forecast is calling for partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 25 degrees Saturday.

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