Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-10

Area schools get ready for fall musical season

By Tim Kowols       

Big name musicals will take the stage at area high schools over the next two weeks. Sevastopol students will perform "The Sound of Music" this weekend beginning on Friday, though its Saturday performance has been moved to Monday so the musical's band can perform at the high school's state championship football game in Stanley, Wis. Kewaunee students will perform "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" while Southern Door will perform one of the country's first renditions of "Mamma Mia." Southern Door Superintendent Patti Vickman says musical director Bonnie Weydt acted quickly when word got out that the show would be available for high schools to perform.

With a different spin on the arts, Luxemburg-Casco will have its annual variety show next weekend. You can find more information on the performances online with this story.


United States Coast Guard kicks off area Halloween celebrations

By Tim Kowols       

Door County is getting a head start on the Halloween celebrations this weekend starting with the United States Coast Guard's Ghost Ship. For over 35 years, Coast Guard members have welcomed the community onto its barge to get spooked, share in some hot chocolate, and collect items for local food pantries. Petty Officer Aaron Ross says it is a great way for them to give back.

Ghost Ship tours start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday for a fright-free tour for small children followed by a "lights off" experience for older kids and adults beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek will host Halloween celebrations this weekend while Casco, Forestville, and Luxemburg host some of the first trick-or-treat hours of the season on Sunday. A full listing will be available at



Fish Creek: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (during Jack O'Lantern Days)
Forestville: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday
Casco: noon to 2 p.m. Sunday
Luxemburg: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Sister Bay: 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31
Jacksonport: 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Sturgeon Bay: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Baileys Harbor: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Kewaunee: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31
Algoma: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31



L-C High School Variety Show more student driven this year

By Paul Schmitt    

The Luxemburg-Casco High School is presenting this year's Variety Show as a journey from freshman year through graduation.  The show will be held from November 9th through the 11th and feature songs from hit Broadway musicals including "Hairspray".  First-year L-C Choir Director Margaret Meder says this variety show will challenge students in organizing and executing the event.


The Luxemburg-Casco Variety Show will be held at the school auditorium with tickets going on sale starting on November 5th to the general public.  You can find more information below.


Sturgeon Bay: The HeART of Door County.

By Tom Jordan      

Our entire Peninsula is blessed with some of the finest artists in the entire Midwest. But the heart of all this fine art, emanates from its hub, Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay itself is the largest defined area in the entire county. It sweeps from County MM in the south to the edge of Bailey's Harbor in the north. In that area you will find art of every variety, ranging from fine art, weaving, glass, blacksmithing, wood crafting, live, original music, and live theatre, year-round, and so much more. And let's be sure to include the Miller Art Museum, which has been called one of the finest small museums in the Midwest.


Also, most of Sturgeon Bay artists are open year-round. In addition to all the fine artists working in their studios, you'll find the glass being blown at Popelka, the sparks flying at Ric Furrer's blacksmith shop and lively performances at the
Third Avenue Playhouse and Rogue Theatre. Stop by any Thursday night at the Tambourine Lounge next to the Holiday motel and enjoy the open-mike with area singer-songwriters.


All in all, when you consider the art of Door County, you'll find the heart in Sturgeon Bay.


U.S. Poet Laureate to visit Southern Door Schools Thursday

By Tim Kowols       

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will visit Southern Door School District Thursday as a part of its partnership with Write On, Door County. For the last three years, the district has hosted poets and authors to work with the freshman class on their writing skills. Smith was appointed as the 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate in 2017. Southern Door Superintendent Patti Vickman says it is a great opportunity for students to work with an accomplished writer like Smith.

In addition to working with students at Sevastopol earlier in the day, Smith will host a free reading and discussion at the Southern Door Auditorium Thursday night beginning at 7:00.


Kewaunee County 4-H hosts annual fall fest and open house Saturday

By Jill Jorgensen, Kewaunee County UW-Extension 4-H Educator      

More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, October 7th – 13th. This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career. This year's theme resonates in the Kewaunee County 4-H program where we help young people build life skills like confidence, curiosity, teamwork, courage, compassion, resilience, and character. National 4-H Week is an opportunity to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the county who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.


Are you interested in finding out more about joining 4-H in Kewaunee County? Would your children like to make some arts and crafts project or learn about animal projects? To celebrate National 4-H Week Kewaunee County 4-H is having a 4-H Fall Fest and Open House on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00am-12:00pm (noon) in the Exhibit Building located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. This event is free for both 4-H families and the community at large.


4-H is open to any youth between grades of kindergarten through grade 13 (one year past high school). 4-H Fall Fest will feature 4-H clubs, projects, and programs. Youth and parents will have the opportunity to speak to 4-H leaders and older youth about the 4-H experience and learn how they can join a 4-H club in Kewaunee County. In addition, there will be fun, hands-on activities like pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, and free food. We hope you can join us!


Fall Fest doubling down on family fun

By Tim Kowols       

Fall Fest is expanding from its downtown location to host more family activities in Sister Bay this weekend. In addition to a new Ferris wheel, bouncy houses, and kids shows near Sister Bay's Waterfront Park, Fall Fest will also feature a Family Fair at the Country Walk Shops with kids games and food. Sister Bay Advancement Coordinator Louise Howson says they wanted to make sure there was plenty to do for everyone attending.

Fall Fest, which runs Friday through Sunday, will still feature a daily lineup of music, a Saturday parade, and the Sunday Ping Pong Ball Drop. You can find a full schedule of events and information on new places to park online with this story.


Northern Sky Theater's creative campus speeding along to 2019 opening

By Tim Kowols       

One of the most popular comments on the weekly hard hat tours at the future Northern Sky Theater creative campus is how fast everything is coming along. After breaking ground in Fish Creek in May, the home for Northern Sky's production and storage facility just needs some interior work before it is finished. The shell of the campus' larger building, which will host the 250-seat theater and administrative offices, is nearly complete. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says it is great to have visitors take in their surroundings from where the facility's new stage will be.

As weather permits, people interested in checking out the progress of the creative campus project can contact Northern Sky Theater to set up a Friday hard hat tour.


Special Veterans Dinner planned for November 10

By Paul Schmitt    

Veterans Day is November 11, but area military veterans will be honored a day earlier in Sturgeon Bay with a free dinner and program.  "A Salute to Veterans" will be held at the Corpus Christi parish social hall honoring those who served in the military from the greater Sturgeon Bay area.  The event is sponsored by the Greater Catholic Community of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Veterans Office.  Bill Sauve of the parish mission says the evening will include a special speaker.


Suave adds that the program will also include a presentation of colors, entertainment, and dinner.  Two complimentary tickets are available exclusively to all Sturgeon Bay area veterans through October 14.  Any remaining tickets will then be offered to the public for $15 each.  All proceeds from the November 10th event will benefit the Door County Veterans Council to provide help to veterans in need.


For more information contact Bill Sauve at 920-746-7656


Curtains soon to close for Northern Sky Theater run at Door Community Auditorium

By Tim Kowols       

It will be the end of an era when the last notes of "Muskie Love" are played later this month as the musical closes at Door Community Auditorium. After 10 years of making the Fish Creek facility its fall home, Northern Sky Theater will move to its own creative campus just a few miles away next year. Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst says the Door Community Auditorium has been a fantastic host for the past decade, it just was not theirs.

"Muskie Love," Northern Sky Theater's take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, runs through October 20.


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