Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-08

Tom Jordan's "Secret Treasures of Door County" book garners international acclaim


By Paul Schmitt




Author/photographer Tom Jordan is enjoying great sales of his second book about the peninsula, "The Secret Treasures of Door County".    The popular book was one of three finalists for Best Photography International Book Awards".  Jordan shares some of the inspiration that was behind his books.

 



 

Jordan also credits the area people he interviewed in helping make his books tell a story.  Monies from the book sales benefit the Door County Community Foundation.  Jordan is currently finishing up a book about the 100th anniversary of the Milwaukee Athletic Club that should be published and released by the end of the year.  You can information on Tom Jordan books with this story online.

https://www.amazon.com/Sturgeon-Bay-Secret-Treasures-County/dp/1495142035

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Northern Sky's Stoeger sings Door County's praises


By Tim Kowols




Whether it is inside or outside, Northern Sky Theater's Chase Stoeger loves playing in front of Door County audiences. Stoeger has played multiple shows for Northern Sky Theater over the course of eleven seasons, including three currently playing at its amphitheater inside Peninsula State Park. Living in Milwaukee during the off-season, Stoeger says he enjoys performing in Door County because of the people coming to support the shows, whether it is watching or volunteering.



 

After Northern Sky Theater's summer season closes this Saturday, Stoeger will star in the fall season's world premiere of "Naked Radio" beginning September 1.

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Belgian Heritage Center celebrating community kermis this Sunday


By Paul Schmitt




The annual Belgian Kermiss is this Sunday at the Belgian Heritage Center in Door County.  A Kermis is a traditional harvest celebration that is open to the whole community and features Belgian food, beer, music, and presentations.  Joe Alexander, co-president of the heritage center, says you don't have to be of Belgian-descent to enjoy the kermis and ethnic food.

 



 

Old fashion ice cream will be made on-site as well, according to Alexander.  The Belgian Kermis will include a special presentation on "When Walloon pioneers emigrated to Wisconsin" at 12:30.  Kermisses were traditionally celebrated in Belgian settlements on consecutive weeks prior to Labor Day and extending into October.  The event will be from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The Belgian Heritage Center is located on County Road DK west of Brussels on the curve in Namur.

www.belgianheritagecenter.org

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Sturgeon Bay Blues Musician Cathy Grier Wins Solo Performer Award


By Paul Schmitt




Musician Cathy Grier of Sturgeon Bay will be taking her notable songwriting and performing skills to Memphis, Tennessee in January.  Grier recently won the Paramount Music Association's People's Choice Award for solo performer and will represent Wisconsin at the International Blues Challenge in January.  She says it was quite the honor to be selected.

 



 

Grier who has been playing since her childhood in the 1970's says she has been influenced by the music of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Etta James to name a few.  A native New Yorker, Grier moved to Door County less than a year ago after living and performing around the country including Key West, Florida.  Her guitar solo career started in 1977 in Connecticut as a high school senior.

 

Cathy Grier performing at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay back in June.

https://youtu.be/PWBpB4IsTZk

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Sister Bay Celebrating "Door County Festival Of Fine Arts" This Saturday


By Paul Schmitt




Door County's  Festival of Fine Arts will be held Saturday on the waterfront in Sister Bay.  The day will showcase live music and hands-on activities for all ages as well as feature local artisans demonstrating their skills and fine pieces of craftsmanship.  Sister Bay Advancement Association Coordinator Louise Howson says the free festival will have a special activity center for children to enjoy.

 



 

The Door County Festival of Fine Arts will be held on the beach across from the town hall and run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday.

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Door Shakespeare's "The Heart Of Robin Hood" Bringing Audience Of All Ages


By Paul Schmitt




A classic play is capturing hearts of young and old at Door Shakespeare in Baileys Harbor with "The Heart of Robin Hood".  The Garden at Bjorklunden has been transformed into Sherwood Forest this summer and Artistic Director Amy Ludwigsen says the reaction by the audience to the David Farr's adaptation of Robin Hood has been incredible.

 



 

The last performance is set for Saturday, August 19.  Door Shakespeare is also performing "Twelfth Night" by David Farr as well this summer.  You can find details about both performances and show times that remain this for this year's Door Shakespeare with this story online.

http://www.doorshakespeare.com/the-plays/

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Miller Art Museum's "Arts & Treasures Sale" Allows Visitors To Take Home Original Door County Art


By Paul Schmitt




You have the opportunity to purchase and bring home some original Door County Art as the Miller Art Museum is hosting the 12th annual Art's & Treasures Sale the next two weeks inside the Sturgeon Bay Library.  Executive Director of the museum Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead says the annual sale is a cross between an estate sale and a yard sale.

 



 

Proceeds generated from the Art & Treasures Sale benefit the museum's exhibitions, programming and community outreach, according to Meissner-Gigstead.   Admission is free to the Miller Art Museum which is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily except for being closed on Sundays.  The Art & Treasures Sale is located on the mezzanine level of the museum through August 19.

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Birch Creek Looking For Additional Musicians For "Adult Band Camp"


By Paul Schmitt




Birch Creek Music Performance Center is looking for musicians to participate in the annual "Adult Band Camp" performance coming up later this month.  Executive Director Mona Christensen says you don't have to be a professional to join in on the fun experience headed up by three award-winning directors.

 



 

Christensen says that community band members from five states, including as far away as California, are participating in the four days, three nights camp August 19-22.   You can find more information and a link to online registration for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center Adult Band Camp with this story online.

 

www.birchcreek.org/adult/

 

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Rogue Theater Reprises First Play From Depot Run Beginning Next Week


By Tim Kowols




Rogue Theater is going back into the vault when it debuts its newest play next week in Sturgeon Bay. Written by John Ford Noonan, "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking" was the play chosen by Rogue Theater to open its residency at the Depot Performing Arts Center, a venue the troupe played in from 2013 to 2015. Rogue Theater co-founder and "Coupla White Chicks" director Stuart Champeau says reprising the play is good for people who may have missed it the first time.

 



 

The play, starring Rachel Seizer and Rogue Theater co-founder Lola DeVillers, runs from August 10-20 at the Jaycee Clubhouse.

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Progress Being Made On Northern Sky Theater's Constellation Campaign


By Tim Kowols




As performances continue on their stage inside Peninsula State Park, Northern Sky Theater is happy progress is being made with their future home away from home. The public phase of Northern Sky's Constellation Campaign kicked off in June to raise $6.7 million for a Fish Creek facility that would include a 250-seat indoor theater and space for offices, set and costume design, and rehearsal space. Artistic director Jeffrey Herbst says he is confident they will be able to raise the money necessary to break ground in the near future.



 

Northern Sky Theater currently uses space in four different municipalities across Door County before their shows get to their outdoor amphitheater during the summer season and the stages at the Door Community Auditorium and Old Gibraltar Town Hall during the fall and winter.

 

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