Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-05

Side Pork Festival is back this weekend in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

A popular festival that features a unique cultural delicacy and music will again be featured at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  The annual Side Pork Festival is this Saturday.   Organizer Ryan Hoffman explains how the side pork will be cooked on the day of the event.



 

Side Pork Festival 2018 will be from 9 am until about 6 pm Saturday at Martin Park and include over 30 vendors, as well as a, featured a "kids zone", according to Hoffman.  Proceeds from the event will go towards programs at the Door County Sheriff's Department like the K-9 project and other causes.

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Northern Sky Theater breaks ground on new campus

By Paul Schmitt    

The ceremonial first step in a two-building campus for the Northern Sky Theater started this past weekend.  One of Door County's oldest and best-known outdoor performance companies broke ground on Sunday on the corner of County A and F in Fish Creek.  Artistic Director Jeff Herbst says the new campus, as well as improvements at the Peninsula State Park venue, are critical to the long-term future of Northern Sky.



 

Construction on the production and storage facility has started with the second building, a creative center that will house administrative offices and a 250-seat theater that should be open in the fall of 2019.  Northern Sky Theater's 2018 shows begin on June 13.

(Photo submitted)

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Singer Ruby James featured on Music Mondays

By Paul Schmitt    

Music Mondays began this week at Donny's Glidden Lodge in Door County.  Local musician Ruby James who is a solo artist and the lead singer of Wifee and the Huzz Band will be providing a weekly blend of her favorite songs on Monday evenings during the season.  James says her music influences include two iconic women of rock and blues.



 

James, who has performed around the United States, began playing guitar and writing songs while she was attending college.    She attributes a lot of her love for this area to songwriter pat Macdonald, who she considers one of the greatest of all time.

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The Miller Art Museum announces its next "Our Water Stories" exhibition

By Eric Fischer



 

The Miller Art Museum is hosting a Milwaukee artist as part of the county-wide Celebrate Water Door County initiative. As part of the "Our Water Stories" exhibit focusing on water, artist Melanie Ariens will be speaking at the museum on June 14th, sharing her passion for the Great Lakes and how it inspires her artwork. Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Miller Art Museum executive director, says there will be diversity in the type of works on display in the exhibit.



Meissner-Gigstead adds Ariens also uses her passion for art to inspire local leaders and community members to engage in environmental issues, especially the water we all share. There will also be an opening reception for the exhibit on June 2nd that's free to the public beginning at 6:30 pm.

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Kress Pavilion showcasing Midsummer Music and Pro Arte Quartet Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

Midsummer's Music will be kicking their festival concerts beginning June 15, but a special performance by Wisconsin's famed string quartet will be featured at the new Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor Saturday evening.  New Executive Director Allyson Fleck, who will remain as the assistant creative director, says the Pro Arte Quartet brings a world-class performance to the audience.



 

Fleck says the Kress Pavilion offers an incredible venue with outstanding acoustics.  The Pro Arte Quartet performance is Saturday evening starting at 7pm in Egg Harbor.  You can find the complete schedule of Midsummer's Music concerts with this story online.

http://www.midsummersmusic.com/events/

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Rogue Theater comes off the road to have "Beer for Breakfast"

By Tim Kowols       

After a month of being on the road doing mystery dinner performances, Rogue Theater returns to its friendly confines at the Jaycee Clubhouse to perform a new show. "Beer for Dinner" is about a group of middle-aged buddies reuniting for a "guys weekend" before the appearance of the wife of an absent friend sets off a battle of the sexes. Rogue Theater's Stuart Champeau has high hopes for the show, which debuted on Thursday.

 



 

"Beer for Dinner" playwright Sean Grennan will be in town next week for a performance before Rogue Theater ends its run on June 3.

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"Shipwrecks" exhibit makes debut Saturday

By Tim Kowols       

The newest exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum makes landfall Saturday as it takes a look at the ill-fated ships of the Great Lakes. "Shipwrecks of Door County" will allow visitors to get up close to artifacts from the damaged vessels as they learn about the over 275 located near the coastline. Executive Director Amy Paul says she loves how great the exhibit will be for people of all ages.

 



 

A full schedule of activities is planned for the opening day of "Shipwrecks of Door County" including guided tours and speakers. The exhibit received a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to help kick off its expected three-year run.

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Corner of the Past Museum prepares to celebrate 20 years

By Tim Kowols       

The Sister Bay Historical Society will celebrate its Corner of Past Museum's 20th season of displaying the area's history when it opens on Friday. What started as a single historic house, the Corner of the Past Museum has expanded to 15 buildings all filled with historical pieces from Sister Bay and the surrounding area. Curator Roberta Kutlik says volunteers are hard at work getting the museum ready for its 2018 debut.

 



 

The Corner of the Past Museum opens for the season Friday at 10 a.m. and will be open Tuesday through Saturday through the month of October. Their weekly farmer's market begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. and also runs through October.

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Fine Art Fair celebrates 20th anniversary this weekend

By Paul Schmitt    

Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay will play host to the annual Fine Art Fair this Saturday and Sunday.  The event that started as a one-day happening twenty years ago with about 40 artists has grown to nearly 100 exhibitors.   Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center Executive Director Pam Seiler says the array of artists displaying their work will be diverse.



 

The Fine Art Fair will also have a "paint your own sturgeon" for children to participate in as well, according to Seiler.  Cathy Grier will be providing live music along with strolling musicians all weekend long. The Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair will be held Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm at Sunset Park on North Third Avenue and is free for the public to attend.

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Door County native Adams stars in political docu-thriller movie

By Paul Schmitt    

A Door County native is featured extensively in a new documentary film that was released earlier this year.  John Adams, founder and editor of the Montana Free Press, is featured in "Dark Money" a documentary about the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that essentially opened the door for anonymous political spending on elections by big corporations.  Adams, 39, says his investigative reporting on dark money spending during primaries where challengers were being backed by big money groups is prominently shown in the film.  He shares how he connected with the movie's director Kimberly Reed to star in the documentary.



 

"Dark Money" premiered at the Sundance Festival in March and will be in select theaters this summer.  It will be also shown on Public Television this fall, according to Adams.  You can watch the movie trailer of "Dark Money" below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/DarkMoneyFilm/videos/1760628967357287/?t=0

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Maifest in Jacksonport highlights weekend activities in Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

The unofficial start of the summer of festivals begins in Door County this weekend.  The 46th annual Jacksonport Maifest is Saturday and Sunday.  Sponsored by the Jacksonport Advancement Corporation, the event with multiple activities begins at 10:30 Saturday morning with the parade followed by a Flag Ceremony to honor servicemen and women.  Committee Chair Ann Sheridan says something new this year includes the Open Door Bird Sanctuary bringing some of their birds of prey this Saturday.



 

Maifest includes a juried art fair, midway activities and plenty of food along with a car show and live music.  Sunday activities include a 10K run and two-mile fun run in the morning and a 4-H Horse and Pony Drill Team and Frontier Farmers horse pull at 1 pm.  You can find the details of Jacksonport Maifest activities with the link below.

www.jacksonport.org/maifest/

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Roof damage endangers artifacts at Deaths Door Maritime Museum

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Maritime Museum hopes to raise $67,000 for a new roof in order to protect the artifacts and exhibits worth millions of dollars inside its Gills Rock campus. The newly renamed Death's Door Maritime Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, but the roof is showing its age due to years of severe winter weather on the peninsula, including this April's record-breaking snowstorm. Artifacts inside the museum include pieces of Death's Door shipwrecks, dug-out canoes dating back to the 17th century, and the Plum Island Fresnel lens. Executive Director Amy Paul says having to take out a loan to do the necessary repairs could have an effect on future programming.



The Death's Door Maritime Museum, which usually opens in time for the Memorial Day weekend will be closed until further notice. You can find details on how you can help online with this story.

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Egg Harbor comes together for Kress Pavilion ribbon cutting

By Eric Fischer



Unity and a focus on the future were the themes of the day, as the Village of Egg Harbor and Door County Library officially cut the ribbon to the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion on Saturday morning. Librarian Holly Cole started the event with a story of a community coming together to build a library, with speeches by Door County Library Director Tina Kakuske, Nicolet Federated Library System Director Tracy Vreeke, Wisconsin Library Association Executive Director Plumer Lovelace, and Donald Kress. Kress says he didn't donate the money to have his name on a building, but to see the joy the building will bring to the community.



Village Administrator Ryan Heise also spoke at the event, documenting how the community came together to make this idea into reality. For full video coverage, click the video below.

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Baileys Harbor parades Scotties, blesses fleet during weekend celebration

By Tim Kowols       

The town of Baileys Harbor will host one of the first festivals of the spring this weekend when it hosts its Blessing of the Fleet and Scottie Parade. The annual celebration honors the area's link to the fishing and maritime industries with a blessing by Stella Maris Parish Pastor David Ruby. Along with guided lighthouse and fishing boat tours is the Door County Scottie Rally, which brings over 100 dog owners for a themed parade. Baileys Harbor Community Coordinator Brynn Swanson is proud of how much the event has grown.

 



 

The Blessing of the Fleet celebration runs Saturday and Sunday. You can see the full schedule, which includes the 11:30 a.m. Scottie parade, online with this story.

 

Schedule of Events:
Saturday:
9am-4pm Arts & Crafts on the Town Hall Lawn

10am-2pm Guided Lighthouse Tours • Sorry no dogs allowed

10am-4pm Lighthouse Society Stamps available at Visitor Center

11:30am Door County Scottie Rally "Parade of Scots"

12pm Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony with Father Ruby at the Town Marina

12:30-3:30pm Live Music by Water Street Hot Shots at the Town Marina

11 am - 5pm

Food & Drinks at Marina

Tour the Charter Boats & Commercial Fishing Boats

Commercial Fishing & The Health of the Fishery in Baileys Harbor - Dennis Hickey of Hickey Bros. Fisheries & Baileys Harbor Fish Company
Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board - Charlie Henriksen of Henriksen Fisheries
Wooden Boats and Iron Men and Through Waves and Gales Come Fishermen's Tales - Trygvie Jensen, Author
5pm-Close: Lake To Table: A Taste of Baileys Harbor Culinary Event at various local restaurants. See below for details
Sunday:
9am-1pm Kick off of the Sunday Farmers Market at Town Hall

10am-2pm Guided Range Light Tours every 30 minutes

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Southern Door successful at State Solo and Ensemble

By Southern Door High School Correspondent Delilah Rose



 

This year, Wisconsin's state Solo & Ensemble was held on May 9th. Southern Door was
represented by 44 choir and band students. Southern Door High School music departments are
conducted by Naomi Files for band and Bonita Weydt for the choir. Mrs. Weydt was very
pleased with the results of her students. She said that she enjoys working with all of these
talented youth and that seeing them improve with the growth that they have made over this
school year.
Southern Door's state chorus consisted of 14 students. A few of the choir students stated that the
challenging aspects of their state pieces were making sure that they do not forget the words and
staying calm. After learning their songs, they said that it is tricky to maintain the quality of the
piece.
The state band consisted of 30 students, many of them participating in both solos and duets. The
band students positions entailed both percussion groups, woodwind ensemble, saxophone choir
and flute choir.
After talking with the Southern Door High School music department, Southern Door is very
proud of their successful musically inclined students. Just as last year, they believe that these
students have held up Southern Door's good reputation and achievements for Solo & Ensemble.

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Peninsula Singers holding free Spring Concerts

By Eric Fischer



 

The Peninsula Singers invite you to join them for their annual Spring Concerts Saturday, May 12th, and Sunday, May 13th.  Saturday's performance will be held at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay at 7 pm and Sunday's matinee is at the Door County Auditorium at 3 pm.  This year's theme for the group will be "How Can I Keep from Singing" and as Peninsula Singers Board Secretary, Mary Lou Schroeder says, will feature a variety of music styles.



The concerts are free to attend but the group appreciates donations.  Schroeder adds the Peninsula Singers are always looking to add new members.  

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Trueblood Performing Arts Center continues to amaze guests, performers

By Tim Kowols       

Even after 14 years of operation, the Trueblood Performing Arts Center surprises performers and guests from the moment they walk through the doors. As one of Washington Island's few year-round facilities, the home of two arts festival and the Island Players also doubles as the town's movie theater and an auditorium for Washington Island School District activities during the offseason. Managing Director Betsy Wallman says it is able to give students the opportunity to perform on a real stage with state of the art equipment while giving other artists a break from the routine of a usual tour stop. After some community members questioned the need for such a facility, she believes the Trueblood Performing Arts Center is winning more people over every year.

 



 

The Trueblood Performing Center will celebrate their "greatest hits" over the last 14 years with acts like Janet Planet and the Tannahill Weavers when their season kicks off next weekend.

 

Photo by Don Buntman

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Showcase of Homes featured this weekend in Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

From Gardner to Gills Rock, seven featured properties will be participating in the Door County Home Builders Association's annual Showcase of Homes starting this weekend.  The showcase includes new spacious ranch-style homes as well as waterfront cottages.  The open houses will be held this Friday and Saturday as well as next weekend, May 18- 20.  Jeff Dorner, Treasurer for the Door County Home Builders Association, describes what visitors can look forward to touring.



 

Dorner says the past fourteen years of the event have been great exposure for the building industry in Door County.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at the visitor center, area banks, and area businesses.  You can find a map and description of the seven featured homes with the link below.

http://dchba.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DCAShowcase2018.pdf

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Kewaunee Chamber Choir performs National Anthem at Miller Park

By Paul Schmitt    

The Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir had a unique opportunity to sing at one of the major venues in the state in front of over 35,000 people Tuesday evening.  Miller Park was the setting for the choir to perform the Star Spangled Banner prior to the Milwaukee Brewer game.  Choir Director Amy Smejkal says the opportunity is one that really challenges the singers'skills.



 

This is the eighth consecutive year that the Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir has performed at Miller Park, according to Smejkal.  She says that the eight-member choir had to send an audition tape to the Milwaukee Brewer organization before the season began in order to be selected to sing the National Anthem at Miller Park.  You can watch a video of their performance with this story online.

 

https://www.facebook.com/erin.carter.92/videos/1775800619108624/?t=82

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Another Secret Treasure of Door County: Cherry Hills Golf Course

By Tom Jordan       



 

Door County is blessed with some fabulous golf courses. But some are too challenging. Some are not challenging enough.  Some are so popular it's hard to get a tee time. And some are just too expensive. Which is why my favorite eighteen-hole course is Cherry Hills.  Challenging, without being too tough and yet surprisingly affordable and accessible.

 

About ten years ago the course was not in the best of shape. In fact, some of the greens resembled a lunar landscape. That all changed four years ago when Jon Martell took over the operation. He has invested a lot of time, effort, energy and money into improving the course, the clubhouse, the overnight accommodations...even the driving range.

 

Jon Martell has a long history of being around golf courses. When he was eleven-years-old he got his first job as a caddie. Over the years he has worked at some of the most prestigious courses in the country, including Whistling Straits, Redstone Golf Club, and most recently, Liberty National. "I've been in love with golf my whole life," Martell said. "Having the opportunity to make major improvements here at Cherry Hills is like a dream come true. It's been a lot of work but it's really paying off."

 

The improvements go beyond carefully refining and grooming the golf course. Every room in the lodge has been updated and the restaurant/bar had a complete makeover. "On a Friday night we'll often get a big crowd for our fish fry," Martell adds. "And the pub can be very active after a round of golf."

 

More and more people are booking rooms for the week, playing a lot of golf and then using Cherry Hills as a "home base" for visiting the rest of Door County. With a staff of nearly twenty, Cherry Hills is a vibrant, hustling place that just seems to get better and better.

 

"I've worked at some very prestigious golf courses, so I know we're on the right path," Martell said. "If you haven't played Cherry Hills in the past few years, I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised."

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Northern Sky Theater experience leads to "Best of Door County" designation

By Tim Kowols       

Even taller than the trees its stage is nestled in, Northern Sky Theater was able to stand out from other performing arts facilities in the area to earn 2018 "Best of Door County" honors. While their name has changed over the years, the theater group has been performing in its outdoor setting inside Peninsula State Park since 1970. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says the award is a testament to its setting.

 



 

Northern Sky Theater's  2018 season, which includes two world premiere musicals and a sing-a-long version of its popular Lumberjacks in Love, begins June 16.

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The Clearing brings old trades back to life

By Tim Kowols       

Hidden in the trees of Ellison Bay, The Clearing Folk School continues to give students an opportunity to experience activities often forgotten. Through week-long and day classes, courses include everything from painting and smartphone photography to the fiber arts and blacksmithing. The Clearing Executive Director Michael Schneider says for over 80 years visitors have been able to learn in a relaxing atmosphere.

 



 

Schneider says last year's installation of The Clearing's forge was one of the most exciting moments in the campus' history since he took over the executive director post 19 years ago. The first weeklong summer courses begin May 6 while day workshops begin June 11. Both options continue through October.

 

Photo Credit for program's cover art to Dan Eggert

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