Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-06

Communities collaborate to make Independence Day last all week

By Tim Kowols       

Fireworks lovers in Door County can conceivably catch three different displays during the holiday week thanks to crafty scheduling. Egg Harbor kicks off the celebrations on July 3 with their fireworks while Gills Rock, Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, Washington Island and Maplewood have their displays on Independence Day. On Saturday, Sister Bay and Fish Creek take their turn celebrating the holiday with festivals during the day and fireworks at night. Sister Bay Advancement Coordinator Louise Howson says communities are working together to promote their bigger holiday celebrations.



In Kewaunee County, visitors can catch fireworks on two different nights. The Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce will host a day-long celebration and fireworks on July 3 while Luxemburg residents can enjoy dirt track racing and fireworks on July 4 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. You can see a full schedule online with this story.

Egg Harbor: Fireworks on the 3rd, Parade on the 4th
Kewaunee: Parade and Fireworks on the 3rd
Baileys Harbor: Parade and Fireworks on the 4th
Sturgeon Bay: Fireworks on the 4th
Washington Island: Fireworks on the 4th
Gills Rock: Fireworks on the 4th
Maplewood: Fireworks on the 4th
Luxemburg: Fireworks on the 4th
Sister Bay: Fireworks on the 7th
Fish Creek: Fireworks on the 7th

Click on the link for more detailed information

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Deadline for Door County Fair exhibit registration

By Eric Fischer



 

For the first time ever, the Door County Fair is using an electronic registration for fair entries.  There are two categories for registering, the Junior Fair, open for school-aged kids in 4-H and FFA, as well as the Open Fair which does not have any age restriction.  Sara Mueller, Secretary of the Door County Fair Board, says the registration deadline is coming soon.



To register, go to the Door County Fair Website, click the "Exhibits" tab and select the Junior Fair Link or Open Class link. If you do not have access to a computer, you can register at the UW-Extension office until the Friday before each deadline.  The Door County Fair is August 1-5 at John Miles Fair Park in Sturgeon Bay.

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YMCA hosts summer events for the community

By McKenzie Konop       

The YMCA is kicking off the summer with two upcoming events.  The first event is called Broadway on the Bay and is located at the new Kress Library Center on July 12.  Broadway on the Bay will include a dinner and a reception before along with a performance by local Peninsula musicians.  The second event is a golf outing at Horseshoe Bay on July 30.  According to the CEO of Door County YMCA, Tom Beerntsen, says the events signify the start of a new fiscal year for the organization's campaign to help raise money for the community.



 

Beerntsen says the previous YMCA campaign raised about $508,000 which exceeded the original goal of $500,000.  The YMCAs in Door County are located in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek.

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Open Door Pride Week wraps up with festival

By Eric Fischer



Nearly two hundred people came together Saturday afternoon for the Second Annual Open Door Pride Festival.  While last year's festival was a picnic, this year Open Door Pride held a weeklong celebration filled with events to bring the community together.  Cathy Grier, one of the events cofounders says she is proud to be a part of a group where people can feel comfortable and accepted.



Grier adds that Open Door Pride is already planning for next year's festival as well as other events throughout the year.  If you're interested in joining the group or becoming an ally you can visit the Open Door Pride website at this link.

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Northern Door libraries kick off summer reading programs

By Eric Fischer



 

Northern Door County libraries will be rocking this week as the summer reading program continues.  This summer's theme for the Door County Library system is Libraries Rock, and there are two programs this week dedicated to the theme.  On Tuesday morning at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove location, there will be a summer dance party at 10:30 am, and on Wednesday morning, kids can make their own instrument at the Egg Harbor branch.  Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken says these events are very kid friendly and act as the kickoff to the summer reading program at each location.



Both events are free to attend and require no prior registration.  To sign up for the summer library program, you can contact any of the Door County Library branches or visit this link.

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Casco celebrating 82nd annual church picnic Sunday

By Paul Schmitt    

The village of Casco's population is about 578 people, but this Sunday you can look for that to significantly increase.   Holy Trinity Catholic Parish will bring the community and visitors together for their 82ndannual church picnic.  The celebration, which draws hundreds of attendees every year, will start Sunday morning after the nine o'clock mass. Co-chair Lois Vandermeuse says the Casco Church Picnic always provides family-friendly activities and food.



 

Live music will be provided all day until the picnic wraps up at about 6 pm, according to Vandermeuse.   The proceeds from the Holy Trinity Church Picnic, which usually nets about $20,000, goes towards maintaining the church and elementary school.

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No "mystery" to the success of Carefree Travel's favorite tour

By Paul Schmitt    

One of the most popular tours booked by a local tour director is a unique trip with an unknown destination for its passengers.  Kathy Nooyan of Carefree Travel in New Franken has been scheduling tours for nearly forty years and the mystery tour remains an excursion that needs five bookings a year to meet the demand.  She shares the only hint provided to her customers when the frequent question of where the motor coach is headed is asked.

 



 

Nooyan says the mystery tour, with a 56-person capacity on the motor coach, can be anywhere from a three day trip to a weeklong adventure.  Carefree Travel's next scheduled mystery tour is next week and it'll be a five-day trip.....to who knows where?

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Northern Sky Theater shows keep its woods in mind

By Tim Kowols       

Even though musicals like "Lumberjacks in Love" and "Guys on Ice" have experienced great success outside of the confines of its Peninsula State Park setting, Northern Sky Theater still keeps its home in mind. "Dairy Heirs" and "Boxcar" are the latest in the line of world premiere musicals written by either local writers or people that have come up through Northern Sky Theater's ranks over the years. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says writers know their limitations based on their location and the family audiences they want to draw.



Herbst says the advent of the Internet is making it easier for other theater companies to access their past works for their consideration and give Northern Sky Theater productions new life outside of Door County. You can hear the full conversation with Herbst about his experience with Northern Sky Theater and this year's shows from last Saturday's Ask the Expert broadcast online with this story.

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Brussels playing host to antique tractor pull Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

Some classic and heavy farm equipment will be competing and featured this weekend in Brussels.  The Brussels Antique Pullers are hosting the first of two tractor pulls this summer.  Formerly known as the ABC pulls, President Mike Baudhuin shares what is in store for attendees on Saturday.



 

Baudhuin says there will be 20 classes competing in the antique tractor pull starting at noon on Saturday.  The free event will be held at the Mike Kinnard property at 1062 Pit Road in Brussels. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event starts at noon and is expected to run until approximately 5:00 PM.

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Steel Bridge Songfest comes to a close

By Eric Fischer



 

The 12 Annual Steel Bridge Songfest came to an end Sunday, after bringing hundreds of people from around the state to Door County.  The three-day festival hosted over 120 musicians playing original music at venues like the Holiday Music Motel, the Red Room, Brick Lot and more.  Sara Bichler, traveled from Green Bay to attend the festival and says she came to discover new music in a festival atmosphere.



Bichler adds that Geri X, who performed at the Red Room on Friday, was her favorite artist she saw play.  The Steel Bridge Songfest website features music from many of the artists who played over the weekend.

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Birch Creek prepares for opening night concert

By Eric Fischer



 

Birch Creek Music Academy is preparing for opening night as students arrive at the camp on Sunday.  The first session for the summer is Percussion and Steel Band with Opening Night scheduled for June 21st with a theme of Positively Percussion.  Mona Christensen, Executive Director of Birch Creek, says the session features a wide range of music.



Students in the session will perform a total of seven concerts, with performance dates of June 21st-23rd and June 27th-30th.  Following the percussion and steel band session, Birch Creek will host a symphony session and two big band jazz sessions.  For tickets, visit the Birch Creek website at this link.

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Open Door Pride Week begins Tuesday

By Eric Fischer



 

Door County's LGBTQ community will be holding the second annual Open Door Pride Festival as part of Open Door Pride Week in Sturgeon Bay.  June is National Pride Month and to celebrate Open Door Pride is expanding on last year's single-day festival to include an entire week of events beginning Tuesday, June 19th with a Pride-themed film.  Events throughout the rest of the week will lead up to Open Door Pride Festival, with musicians, vendors, and more at Martin Park.  Co-organizer of the event, Cathy Grier says she hopes that the group can one day expand into a resource the community can use year-round.



Admission to all events for Pride Week is free.  For a full list of times and events, visit the Open Door Pride website at this link.

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Steel Bridge Songfest rocks Sturgeon Bay this weekend

By Paul Schmitt    

The 12th annual Steel Bridge Songfest will be filling the downtown and business venues throughout Sturgeon Bay this weekend.  Songwriters are performing original music Friday evening that was created in the past week.  melanie jane and pat mAcdonald have been organizing the event that was spurred by his sister Christie Weber to save the historic bridge.  melanie jane says the festival will continue with outdoor concerts at the Holiday Motel on North First Avenue.



 

Musician Jackson Browne, who was at the inaugural event, will be on hand along with over 120 other musicians performing through Sunday.   You can find the Steel Bridge Songfest's listing of venues and musicians for this weekend with the link below.

https://steelbridgesongfest.org/

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Father Daughter Ball this Saturday at Door County YMCA

By Paul Schmitt    

Young girls and their fathers in the area will be dressing up and celebrating a special night this weekend. The 9th annual Door County YMCA Father-Daughter Ball is this Saturday night. YMCA CEO and President Tom Beerntsen says the evening has become a big tradition over the years.



 

Beerntsen says all community members are welcome and should pre-register for the "Father-Daughter Ball" which will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA location. For details see below.

 

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Wilson embraces first Door County visit with wife

By Tim Kowols       

While his time on TV's "The Office" may give him name recognition, Rainn Wilson will allow participants a chance to see his depth as an actor and writer this week at the Door Kinetic Fine Arts Festival in Baileys Harbor. Wilson has ties to Wisconsin thanks to his wife Holiday Reinhorn and other family members, but his residency at Bjorklunden will mark the first time he has visited Door County. Festival artistic director Eric Simonson is a big reason Wilson is in the area as the two are working on a screenplay about the life of Stetson Kennedy, a Georgia author who is credited as being one of the biggest contributors to the demise of the Ku Klux Klan. Wilson says the experience will help get the screenplay ready for its potential future as a film.



After hosting a viewing and discussion of his film "Thom Paine" Monday night, Wilson will be hosting a book signing with Reinhorn Wednesday in Egg Harbor before reading his Stetson Kennedy screenplay later that evening in Baileys Harbor. You can find a complete schedule of the Door Kinetic Arts Festival here and our interview with Rainn Wilson below.

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Ephraim celebrating Fyr Bal festival Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

The tradition of the Fyr Bal festival continues this Saturday in Ephraim.  The 54th annual event will blend a few new features with the old Scandinavian customs.  The huge bonfire Saturday night to symbolically burn the "winter witch" will be especially appreciated this year, according to Ephraim Business Council Tourism Administrator Lane Sauve.  She highlights some of the Fyr Bal happenings.



 

The Fyr Bal will come to a climatic ending with fireworks after the 54th chieftain will be announced and the ceremonial bonfire is lit on the Ephraim beach.  You can find the complete schedule for the Fyr Bal with the link below.

(photo compliments of Ephraim-DoorCounty.com)

http://ephraim-doorcounty.com/wp-content/uploads/EBC-18-FyrBal-Poster-24773_FINAL.pdf

 

https://youtu.be/t9z7GWRnWBo

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Public Art Initiative begins 2018 campaign

By Eric Fischer



 

The second year of the Public Art Initiative will bring more statues to the Town of Egg Harbor. Last summer the town debuted four statues as part of the "Natural Wonders" collection to increase the public art experience in the area. The goal continues this summer as Egg Harbor Administrator Ryan Heise says this year there are even more statues around town.



Heise adds that he is proud to see the town embracing a "creative economy" that draws people to Egg Harbor from across the state. The goal of the Public Art Initiative is to establish Egg Harbor as an art destination community.

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Student musicians returning to Birch Creek for summer

By Eric Fischer



 

Some of the top professional musicians from around the country will descend on Door County next weekend in preparation for the Birch Creek Music Academy.  The Birch Creek Music Performance Center has hosted students ages 13-19 since 1976 and offers four, two-week camps where students receive intense mentoring to help further their music education and serve as a test to see if they are ready for a career in music.  Mona Christensen, Executive Director for Birch Creek says it's not the traditional summer music camp.



The first concert of the season will be performed on Thursday, June 21st beginning at 7 pm.  The summer will start with the percussion and steel band group, followed by the symphony, and then the two big band jazz groups to finish the summer.  For tickets visit the Birch Creek Music Academy website.

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Midsummer's Music ready for Opening Night Gala

By Eric Fischer



 

Midsummer's Music is gearing up for the summer concert series following a record-breaking kickoff event.  May 26th was the kickoff to the season with the Pro Arte Quartet performing in the Kress Pavilion to a crowd that broke the record for a May event.  The Opening Night Gala and debut of the Disparate Spirits set is scheduled for Friday, June 15th.  Allyson Fleck, the executive director for Midsummer's Music, says she always looks forward to starting the season.



The Opening Night Gala will be at Birch Creek and starts at 7 pm.  Tickets are available for $60 on the Midsummer's Music website.

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Sturgeon Bay library debuts unique outreach strategy

By Eric Fischer



 

The Sturgeon Bay branch of the Door County Library system is starting a new campaign to engage the public this summer.  Every Saturday in the month of June, the library will be hosting book sales, beginning at 9 am and lasting until noon.  Aside from the popular book sales, Youth Services Librarian Beth Lokken, says the library will also be active during Sturgeon Bay's farmer's markets this summer.



Both ideas are part of the Door County Library's summer reading program, meant to spark reading for children and adults.  The Ephraim branch of the library system will also be hosting its Annual Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 16th.

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Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble to perform in Ellison Bay

By Paul Schmitt    

Shepard of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will play host to a unique musical concert in June.  The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, which includes 16 ringers and 73 different handbells and hand chimes, will showcase their talents on Friday, June 22 at the church.  Concert series chair Greg Beem of Shepard of the Bay Lutheran Church says the audience will be amazed at the precision of the musical performers.



 

The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. John Behnke who conducted a hymn festival last fall at the church.  The ensemble has performed all around the Midwest over the past 15 years.  The concert is free to the public at will begin at 7 pm on Friday, June 22.

www.shepherdofthebay.org

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Music in the Park starts tonight (Thursday) in Luxemburg

By Paul Schmitt    

Live music will be heard throughout Fireman's Park in Luxemburg Thursday evenings again this summer.  Every Thursday bands ranging from polka to classic rock music will be featured.  Volunteer Dan Porath says the evenings are a great way for the community to get together.



 

Music in the Park is every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm and is subject to change.  Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments.  You can find a complete schedule of bands that will perform through August 23 with this story online.

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Open Door Pride Fest expanding to weeklong celebration

By Paul Schmitt    

June is National Pride Month as the LGBTQ community in Door County is planning a weeklong celebration.  Open Door Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, June 23 at Martin Park from 11 am to 5 pm but many events will be held leading up to the fest.  Co-organizer Brit Gartner says the festival and week will include more than great music.



 

Mayor Thad Birmingham has proclaimed June 18-24 as Open Door Pride Week in Sturgeon Bay.  Open Door Pride's mission is to affirm the community's diversity through inclusion for all.  Over 170 people attended last year's Open Door Pride Festival.

 

www.opendoorpride.org

 

 

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Door County Lighthouse Festival kicks off Friday

By Tim Kowols       

Maritime enthusiasts are preparing for the 25th edition of the Door County Lighthouse Festival. Presented by the Door County Maritime Museum, travelers can journey by land and by water on twelve unique tours going as far as the Plum and Rock Islands or as close as a cruise around Sturgeon Bay. Carrie Dorski from the Door County Maritime Museum says the annual event gets visitors up close to lighthouses and other interesting locations they otherwise are not able to see.

 



 

Running Friday through Sunday, there are still tickets available for some of the tours including trips to Chambers Island and through Death's Door. You can find more information on the Door County Lighthouse Festival online with this story.

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Rogue Theater presents solo show exploring peril of Scientology

By Tim Kowols       

A Nebraska native and veteran performer is bringing her experiences with Scientology to the forefront when her solo show "Squeeze My Cans" opens on Thursday in Sturgeon Bay. Cathy Schenkelberg, a popular voice-over artist who also appeared on Chicago Fire and The Bozo Show, was a member of Scientology for 14 years before leaving the church in 2009. The show explores the twists and turns her life makes during her journey, including the harassment she faced when she left. During her travels around the world performing the show, Schenkelburg says she has been able to connect with young people about their own run-ins with Scientology.



Schenkelburg's show opens on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a "pay what you can" performance benefitting Help of Door County and runs through the weekend at home of Rogue Theater, the Jaycee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay. You can find more information about this show here.

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Sister Bay celebrates tradition with Roofing of the Goats

By Tim Kowols       

Sister Bay will go to the goats this Saturday when the village hosts its sixth annual Roofing of the Goats and Goat Parade. Visitors to Sister Bay flock every summer to its downtown to catch a glimpse of the goats that have trekked to the peak of Al Johnson's Restaurant since 1973. Sister Bay Advancement Association coordinator Louise Howson says there is a lot more going on than just a couple goats going on a roof.

 



 

The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m with activities continuing all day long at Hendricksen Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to the event to support the Koinonia Kupboard food pantry.

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Death's Door Maritime Museum reopens June 6

By Tim Kowols       



 

The newly renamed Death's Door Maritime Museum will make its season debut on Wednesday after roofing issues delayed its opening by over a week. The Gills Rock museum houses pieces of Death's Door shipwrecks, the Plum Island Fresnel Lens, and the fishing tug Hope in addition to recently added augmented reality displays. The Door County Maritime Museum recently had to make the roof repairs to the building at a cost of $67,000, something Executive Director Amy Paul said last week will have an unfortunate consequence.



The Death's Door Maritime Museum will be officially renamed in a ceremony during Gills Rock's Fourth of July festivities. It will remain open through October.

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Sculpture Garden provides "Secret Treasure of Door County"

By Tom Jordan       



 

Right off Highway 42, as you approach Fish Creek, you'll see a sign for Edgewood Orchards Gallery.  A lot of people have visited the gallery over the past half century. But more recently there is an added attraction that not everyone is aware of: The Sculpture Garden.

 

According to J.R. Jarosh, co-owner with his wife Nell, the garden was actually the result of him being a sleep-deprived father of infant twins. "One would cry and I'd get up and then the other would cry and I would get up and one night in a foggy moment I wrote down an idea I had for a garden. I forgot all about it until I saw it on the table the next day," remembers Jarosh.

 

He shared the crude drawing with his wife who saw the potential right away. This was in November in 2006. Work began in 2007 and the garden opened in May 2008 with just a handful of works. But these pieces were from artists of great reputation and that soon attracted even more artists from around the country.

 

Today there are over eighty different pieces strategically placed along the trails of this ten-acre plot of woods.  They range in price from as little as twenty dollars to as much as sixty-five thousand dollars.  The average price for the artwork is anywhere from one to five thousand dollars.

 

Jarosh doesn't really plan to expand the garden. "I began my career as a physical therapist," Jarosh explains. "That helps you develop a sense of proportion. I don't want it to be too much. That's also why you'll find benches along the way, so people don't have to walk until they become tired."

 

If you drive by in the winter you can spot the sculptures still there in the woods. They never go into storage. "Each of theses pieces is meant to be outside in all kinds of weather. This proves you wouldn't be buying something that won't hold up," Jarosh adds. "Besides, you see those little fish on a metal spike? When it snows the snow moves around the fish and it looks like they're swimming. It's really cool."

 

The Garden, and the Gallery, are open from May to October.

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Art celebrates water at Door County Community Foundation gallery opening

By Tim Kowols       

Celebrate Water Door County continues its year-plus long commemoration with a gallery opening at the Door County Community Foundation on Saturday. The organization routinely features artist's works, but the pieces submitted by Emmett Johns of Fish Creek keep water as its theme. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says the gallery opening is just another event that allows people to pay tribute to the area's natural beauty.

 



 

The opening reception for the "Water Works" exhibit will take place at the foundation's offices from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Miller Art Museum acquires works from Sandra Martinez--on display this afternoon

By Paul Schmitt    

A local Jacksonport artist has the distinction of having her artwork purchased for display in the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay.  Sandra Martinez of Martinez Studio will have a painting of "Pinon Weaving Study" and a weaving of the painting by her daughter Malena.  Martinez says that she and her husband, Wence, have two pieces of artwork in the Smithsonian as well as a piece in the Museum of Mexican-Art in Chicago and the Wisconsin Museum of Art in West Bend.  She says they were honored to find out their artwork was being acquired by the local Miller Art Museum.



 

The works were purchased with funds in memory of Lorraine Mengert, the former curator and director of the Miller Art Center.  The Martinez family they have been working together for over 30 years and showcasing their artwork in Door County.  You can see images of the "Pinon Weaving Study" artworks acquired by the Miller Art Museum on display as of June 1 with this story below.

Pinon Weaving Study



Painting



Malena Martinez

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