Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-12

Accomplished mystery author to hold meet-and-greet in Sturgeon Bay

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By Connor Harbit

 

Patricia Skalka, an author whose mystery novels take place in Door County, will visit Sturgeon Bay Friday to hold an author reading and discussion event. The event will be held at Novel Bay Booksellers, and is a chance for fans of the series to meet the author and ask questions about Skalka’s inspiration or methods. A native of the Chicago area, Skalka said she chose Door County as the location for her series because the diversity allows for a lot of material.

 

 

 

 

Skalka’s novels center on Sheriff Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago cop who solves various murders and mysteries in Door County while trying to overcome his own personal problems as well. She said Cubiak works as a protagonist because the reader can see him as more than just a character in a book.

 

 

 

 

Skalka said her books have been well-received by residents of Door County. After her visit to Sturgeon Bay, she will also visit Algoma on Saturday for a similar event. Skalka’s next book, the fifth in her series, is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release.

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Community hits all the right notes with Washington Island student

By Tim Kowols

 

The story of Washington Island student George Findlay’s “Opus One” being played by the community band started long before the conductor ever raised its baton. Findlay is just seven years old, but has already taken over a year of music classes thanks to the community’s generosity and support of the school. Findlay’s teacher, Donna Briesemeister, is funded by the Washington Island Music Festival. She says now is a great time for students to start developing their musical literacy.

 

 

 

 

His favorite music is rock and roll, but Findlay lists his classmates as his influences.  He says his first song started with just a few notes.

 

 

 

 

Briesemeister hopes other students learn from Findlay’s time in the spotlight as encouragement to write music of their own. Findlay says students should do it because it is fun.

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The Great Holiday Light Contest returns to Kewaunee County

By Paul Schmitt

 

Kewaunee County residents still have time to show off and register their creative, outdoor decorations for the 2nd annual Great Kewaunee County Holiday Light Contest.  The contest is sponsored by the three Kewaunee County chambers.  Algoma Area Chamber Executive Director Sara Krouse explains the easy way to register your holiday light display.

 

 

Krouse says you can also register by calling the Algoma Chamber.  Entries must be in by 5 pm Friday and online voting will then run from December 7 through December 20.  New this year, there will be winners from Luxemburg, Kewaunee, and Algoma areas with again one overall winner.  You can find more information on the Kewaunee County Great Holiday Light Contest with this story below.

 

www.algoma.org/lights

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Gibraltar celebrates Christmas at the historic Noble House

By Jonathan Bregman

Christmas kicks off in Fish Creek with the annual tree lighting and caroling event at the historic Noble House Museum.  Laurie Buske, the director of the Gibraltar Historical Association, described some of the activities that will be available at the event.

 

 

 

 

The Christmas celebration will take place this Saturday, December 8 at 5:00 PM at the Noble House on Main Street in Fish Creek.

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Coast Guard predecessor highlights upcoming Maritime Speaker Series presentation

By Tim Kowols

 

Northern Michigan University’s Frederick Stonehouse will take attendees of Thursday’s Maritime Speaker Series event back to a time when Sturgeon Bay could have been known as Wisconsin’s U.S. Lifesaving Service City. Prior to the introduction of the current U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Lifesaving Service had posts scattered throughout the Great Lakes region, including several along Door County’s coasts. As their duties grew, the U.S. Lifesaving Service was replaced by the Coast Guard in 1915 after over 40 years of service.  Their unofficial motto of “regulations say we have to go out, they say nothing about coming back” is something that really sticks out to Stonehouse.

 

 

 

 

Stonehouse will give his presentation on the U.S. Lifesaving Service at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 7 p.m.

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TJ Walker students' Peter Pan musical starts Tuesday

By Paul Schmitt

 

Sturgeon Bay Allied Arts students from TJ Walker Middle School will be putting on their version of Peter Pan starting on Tuesday.  The classic story of a boy who never grew up will be performed on stage at the Sturgeon Bay High School Auditorium.  Choir Director Amber Spude says the popular musical will be a good challenge to her students.  She says the audience will also be impressed with the dancing.

 

 

You can find ticket information and the five scheduled performances of Peter Pan JR. including Tuesday’s special free performance for senior citizens with this story below.

 

TJ Walker Allied Arts in Sturgeon Bay will hold a special free performance of Peter Pan JR.. for senior citizens on December 4 at 10:30 am.  A free luncheon, hosted by the Student Council, will follow the show.  Performances for local schools will be held on December 5 at 9:00 am and December 6 at 12:30 pm, and December 7 at 9:00 am.  The public performance of Peter Pan JR. will be on December 7 at 7:00 pm.  All performances will be at the  Sturgeon Bay High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the SBHS auditorium beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 7.  For more information, please call/email Amber Spude at 746-5753 or aspude@sbsdmail.net

 

Senior Citizen Performance- December 4th 10:30 AM
Elementary Performance- December 5th 9:00 AM

Elementary Performance- December 6th 12:30 PM

Middle School Performance- December 7th 9:00 AM

Public Performance- December 7th 7:00 PM

 

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