Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-04

Kewaunee Chamber event helping restore Kewaunee Lighthouse

By Paul Schmitt    

A historic cause will benefit from a huge event at Lakehaven Hall in Kewaunee Saturday.  The Kewaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding the annual Sip, Savor & Support that drew over 250 people last year.  Molly Srnka from the Kewaunee Chamber says proceeds from the event will go towards the Kewaunee Lighthouse Preservation.  She adds that the Kewaunee High School is involved in raising funds as well.



 

The Sip, Savor & Support will be held from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturday and will also offer samplings of food, beer, and wines.  The Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir and Jazz Band will be performing as well.  Tickets are $10 for adults 21 years and older and $5 for anyone under 21.

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Luxemburg-Casco teacher celebrates book release

By Tim Kowols       

Students in Scott Winkler's English classes at Luxemburg-Casco High School do not have to look very far to find someone with an infectious enthusiasm for writing. Winkler has been a teacher by day for 25 years, but he is also a published poet, academic writer, and most recently, the author of the novel, "The Meadow." The historical fiction book is about a young man at a crossroads between what he wants to be and the future his father expects of him.  Winkler says his love of writing has helped him relate to students during his eight years at Luxemburg-Casco.

 



A book signing and release celebration will take place at Luxemburg-Casco High School beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. You can hear more about the book and Winkler's writing inspiration online with this story.

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Door County Historical Museum prepares new exhibits for 2018 opening

By Tim Kowols       

World War I and paleo-Indian history will be featured when the Door County Historical Museum reopens for the season next week. Named the "best small museum in the Midwest" by the Chicago Tribune, the two exhibits will complement popular attractions like the wildlife taxidermy and historic fire trucks. Ginny Haen from the Door County Historical Museum says the exhibit on the paleo-Indian Cardy Camp Site in Sturgeon Bay will be very interesting when it opens later this summer.

 



 

The Door County Historical Museum is open daily May 1 through October 31.

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Open Door Pride Festival adding musical headliner and other activities during week

By Paul Schmitt    

The Open Door Pride is planning a festival to celebrate diversity and Pride Month in June.  Last year, the inaugural event was called a picnic and featured live music, art activities, and LGBTQ friendly vendors.  The second annual event will again be held at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.  Set for Saturday, June 23 from 11 am until 5 pm the Open Door Pride festival looks to grow slowly, according to founder and musician Cathy Grier.  She says this year's musical line-up will include a headliner.



 

Other performers will include local talents like Dorothy Scott, Jeanne Kuhns and Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers.  The plan is to have a Pride Week of free activities including a movie night, a "What's my Pride" project and a writers night showcased as well as a dance night the Friday before the Open Door Pride Festival.

(photo of Megan Lundahl, Kelly Catarozoli, and Cathy Grier at last year's Open Door Pride Picnic with Sturgeon Bay's proclamation plaque declaring it Open Door Pride Day in Sturgeon Bay on June 24, 2017)

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"Old Rugged Cross" celebrates 105 years at Friends Community Church

By Eric Fischer



 

A well-known hymn will be celebrated where it debuted  105 years ago. In January of 1913, Reverend George Bennard traveled from Michigan to Sturgeon Bay to what is now Friends Community Church as part of a week-long crusade to teach the word of God.  While in Sturgeon Bay, Bennard completed the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" and debuted it on his final day in Sturgeon Bay at a service that went past midnight. Pastor Nancy Bontempo says people travel from all over the world to see the church and the marker created in 1947 to commemorate the iconic song.



A celebration service and hymn sing will be April 29th at 1 pm followed by a coffee social.

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Another Secret Treasure of Door County: The White Lace Inn

By Tom Jordan       

"The White Lace Inn is one of those rare gems that established a tradition the day it was opened." That quote from a magazine article in 1984, two years after the Inn began, is a favorite of the Inn's owner, Dennis Statz.  Those who have stayed at the White Lace Inn over the years have shared many similar compliments.

 

Sturgeon Bay has often been called "The B&B capital of the Midwest," because of all the stately mansions that grace the city and offer a place for travelers to be pampered with king-sized beds, fluffy pillows, fresh bakes scones and made from scratch breakfasts.  But one such B&B has the distinction of being around the longest and offering more rooms than any other: The White Lace Inn.

 

"When my wife Bonnie and I opened this place, a lot of people were somewhat confused about the concept of a Bed and Breakfast, " Statz remembers. "Some people thought they had to share a bathroom. I have no idea where that misperception came from."

 

Not only does each room at the White Lace Inn have its own bathroom, many have whirlpool baths, fireplaces and king or queen-sized beds.  And if you look at the Inn from the street, you miss seeing some of the other buildings that surround the courtyard that also are part of the Inn. In fact, Dennis and Bonnie own four homes overall and provide eighteen different rooms. Each has a distinctive charm. Some folks want to return to the exact same room they've had in the past. Others want to try a different room, with a different view.

 

One recurring theme you may notice at the Inn is that Teddy Bears grace many of the rooms. No coincidence, Bonnie Statz has run the Dancing Bear Toy Store on Third Avenue since 1994, so the bears are a natural tie-in.

 

"Bonnie spends her time at the store and I'm usually right here at the Inn," Statz adds.

 

Dennis is quick to add his support for all the other B&Bs in town. "I know how much work it is to make a B&B successful and each one adds to the charm of Sturgeon Bay. Together, I think we make this city that much more unique."

 

 

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Zellner attributes Donny's Glidden Lodge's "Best of" status to employees, family

By Tim Kowols       

The winner of four Best of Door County awards, Donny's Glidden Lodge owner Tim Zellner remains humble about the honors, deflecting praise to almost everything else that makes the restaurant so popular. From more than 15,000 votes, Donny's Glidden Lodge won for best view, best fine dining, most romantic dining experience, and best old fashioneds. Thanking his employees for making sure everything runs smoothly, Zellner attributes much of their success to his parents for their experience in the restaurant industry and perfecting their popular old fashioned mix.

 



 

Donny's Glidden Lodge was also chosen last fall by Travel Wisconsin as one of the top 10 supper clubs in the state.

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Rogue Theater performs for the first time at Algoma PAC with murder mystery

By Paul Schmitt     

The Rogue Theater is taking the show on the road this weekend with a special murder mystery at the Algoma Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Stuart Champeau, "Eat, Drink and Be Murdered" will be performed at 7 pm Saturday night.  The play, which was written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, is about an Irish family feud, according to Champeau.



 

This will be the first time Rogue Theater has performed at the Algoma Performing Arts Center.  You can find ticket information and upcoming scheduled performances of the murder mystery "Eat, Drink and Be Murdered" with this story online.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and available at Bank of Luxemburg and Nicolet Bank in Algoma.

Friday 6:30 pm at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay (Dinner Show $35)

Sunday 2 pm at Jaycee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay

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Belgian Heritage Center Booyah and Bread event moved to April 29

By Paul Schmitt     

Booyah lovers will have to wait another week to enjoy some heritage fare at the Belgian Heritage Center near Brussels.  The "Booyah and Bread" lunch that was scheduled originally for this Sunday will instead be held on April 29.  Co-president Joe Alexander says the event is a great way for people to experience a traditional meal and see the new improvements at the Belgian Heritage Center.



 

The lunch is from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, April 29 with all proceeds benefiting the center in its mission to preserve and promote the area's unique culture, history and architecture.  The Belgian Heritage Center is located just west of Brussels in the old St. Mary of the Snows Church.  You can find more information with this story on the link below.

www.belgianheritagecenter.org     

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Tax day Tuesday, Algoma Community Band After Tax concert due to perform on April 25

By Paul Schmitt     

With Tuesday being the official tax day, the Algoma Community Band and Lakeshore Singers are offering a night of musical favorites and memories on April 25 to celebrate.  The "After Taxes" concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Algoma and include a unique trio and a polka arrangement.  President of the Algoma Community Band Sue Hepp shares the new trio that will be featured at this year's performance.



 

The Lakeshore Singers will open the evening with "It's a Grand Night for Singing".  The "After Taxes Concert" is free to the public and is scheduled for 7 pm next Wednesday, April 25.

(photo compliments of Algoma Community Band)

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Journalist with Door County ties to have book featured on PBS

By Tim Kowols      

Spending time in Door County helped inspire a career for Green Bay native Dan Egan, leading to his book on the health of the Great Lakes getting national attention. A reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and a senior water policy analyst at UW-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, Egan's book, "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes," was selected as the PBS News Hour-New York Times book club's April Book of the Month. The book details the effect invasive species and algae blooms have had on the Great Lakes over the years. Egan spent a lot of time visiting his parents and both sets of his grandparents in Door County, and says it played a role in his career path after returning to Wisconsin after spending time in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

 



 

Egan is pleased with the feedback from the book and hopes it spreads the word on what has happened and what needs to be done. PBS will feature Egan on PBS News Hour on April 27.

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High school students "LEAP" on authenticity during weekend performances

By Tim Kowols    

More than sixty Door County high school students and nine adult facilitators will see their approximately six months of hard work realized this weekend when LEAP: The Human Kindness Project puts on a pair of public performances this weekend. In its fourth year, the student-led LEAP, which stands for Learning to Empower and Appreciate all People, will tackle a number of social issues while exploring the concept of authenticity in a multimedia presentation of song and dance. LEAP facilitator Terry Lundahl says the show is  a moving experience for parents and other community members coming to see it.

 



 

In addition to shows at the different Door County schools, LEAP will have two public performances April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. You can learn more about the performances and how to get tickets online with this story.

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Deaths Door Knockers to hold informational meeting April 19th

By Eric Fischer



A startup theatre group is searching for people over fifty interested in reclaiming part of their childhood.  Deaths Door Knockers, an improvisational theatre group for those who, as founder Ross Dippel says, "are closer to death than birth",  will be holding an informational meeting  at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay, Thursday April 19th at 7pm.  Dippel says that this form of theatre can challenge the brain and recapture playing as a kid.



Dippel says that if there is interest they will set meeting times to go over the "Harold style" games and become familiar with the basic principles of improv before performing.

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Kewaunee students, celebrity guests prepare to settle who is smarter in joint event

By Tim Kowols              

Jeff Foxworthy will not be needed to determine who is smarter when Kewaunee School District and the Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County host a take-off of his show on April 11 inside the high school gym. "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader" will pit Kewaunee Elementary students against adults including those from local media and sports teams. Bob Garfinkel from Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County got the idea from a Literacy Partners group he helped start in Marinette and Oconto and says it will be a great opportunity for the kids to show off what they know.

 



 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County's tutoring efforts and Kewaunee School District's libraries. You can learn more about the evening by visiting this story online.

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Friends Community Church continues to carry 'The Old Rugged Cross'

By Tim Kowols       

When the Sturgeon Bay Friends Church hosted the Reverend George Bennard for evangelistic meetings in 1913, it did not know it would be the site of the first performance of one of the most recognizable hymns in history. "The Old Rugged Cross" was first performed on January 12, 1913 after one of those meetings went well after the midnight hour. To this day, pilgrims come to the now Friends Community Church to see where the famous hymn was first performed. Friends Community Church pastor Nancy Bontempo says while it reached the peak of its popularity as a favorite song of returning World War II soldiers, it still has an impact on Christians all over the world.

 



 

While a marker was created in 1947 to commemorate the event, the hymn will be honored with a day of celebration April 29 at Friends Community Church in Sturgeon Bay as a special part of that day's services.

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