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Saturday, August 30, 2008

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Marshall Tucker Band - September 7th!


Yep - Marshall Tucker Band is coming to town soon at the Door Community Auditorium! Here is the Press Release we just received:

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The Door Community Auditorium
Presents
The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker Band has been a powerful force in the music world since its founding in 1972. Performing everything from Southern rock, country, blues, and all things in-between, the South Carolina natives are powerful musicians. Appearing for one night only on the Door Community Auditorium stage, The Marshall Tucker Band will perform on Sunday, September 7th at 7:00 pm.
The story behind The Marshall Tucker Band begins with founding member Doug Gray. Teaming up with brothers Tommy and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle, and Jerry Eubanks, the new band took its moniker from a key ring with the name of a piano tuner.
And so The Marshall Tucker Band was born. In their very first year the band signed with Capricorn Records, the label that guided a number of groups to fame including The Allman Brothers and Wet Willie. The following year The Marshall Tucker Band opened for the Allman Brothers, but within the span of 12 months the group was headlining their own shows.
With a platinum-plus sales debut album as evidence of their immediate success, The Marshall Tucker Band won raves from fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone magazine reviewed The Marshall Tucker Band’s first album calling it “a moving piece of work…it’s tight, smoking music, with sharp, ringing lead guitar work and sure vocals that are grittily felt but never strained…music from the Carolina soil, full of blues and gospel influences. Each cut is a real song…”
In the course of their 36-year career, The Marshall Tucker Band has been awarded seven consecutive gold or platinum albums and multiple hit singles. Performing no less than 150 concerts each year, the band continues to play and record the classic rock and country music that has earned them a faithful following of fans.
All-time favorite Marshall Tucker songs include “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On the Mountain,” and “Take the Highway.” According to Gray, “People have gotten married and buried to Marshall Tucker classics ‘Desert Skies’ and ‘Can’t You See.”’ The band’s most recent CD, “The Next Adventure,” was released last year.
The Marshall Tucker Band’s definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel has influenced major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, and Travis Tritt. And as the recent generation “experiences” the music of this classic band, new fans are discovering The Marshall Tucker Band all over again.
“As we’ve become older our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But no matter how older we get, we can still rock your socks off,” Gray grins.
Tickets for The Marshall Tucker Band are $40, $35, and $30, and are available at the Door Community Auditorium box office, by phone (920.868.2728), or via the www.dcauditorium.org. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 – 3 pm; weekend show days, 11 – 3 pm; and one hour prior to a performance. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sherlock Holmes Comes to Peninsula Players Stage!


Peninsula Players sent us this Press Release reminder! You may think it's elementary, but Sherlock is in town!

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Fish Creek, Wisconsin –Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, opens Steven Dietz’s “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle. For the first time in the Peninsula Players 73 years, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Professor Moriarty, all literary icons, will grace the Players’ stage, Sept. 3 – Oct. 19.

Dietz took William Gillette’s four act-play “Sherlock Holmes” and several of Doyle’s short stories including “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem” and blended them together to create the new stage work. “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” was awarded the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery play.

Dietz’s version, as Gillette’s, has the Victorian super-hero duo of Holmes and Watson rescuing a kidnapped damsel in distress, seeking a scandalous photo in Victorian London’s seamy underworld and an inventible battle against the Napoleon of crime, Professor Moriarty.

Early in Doyle’s writing career he was approached by Broadway producer Charles Frohman to write a play. Doyle did so to shore-up his bank account. Frohman tactfully asked the very successful American actor and playwright William Gillette to take a look at it.

After reading the script, Gillette asked Doyle for permission to revise it. Doyle agreed, and when the actor asked permission to alter the Holmes persona, Doyle said, "You may marry him, murder him, or do anything you like to him." By the time Gillette's revisions were sent back, little was left of Doyle's original script. The author's pithy comment to Gillette was: "It's good to see the old chap again."

Gillette, a handsome matinee idol in his time, knew to have box office success a bit of romance for Holmes was needed and added the character of Alice Faulkner. Likewise, Dietz adds romance to Holmes’ life. Dietz, however, adds a female intellectual known in the Holmes’ canon as Irene Adler into the plot. Adler is referred to as “The woman” by Watson and Doyle in Holmes stories. Holmes’ famous female rival, Adler, is the adventuress who was a former love of the King of Bohemia.

Dietz admits he is not an expert on Sherlock Holmes, but rather he is a writer of plays. In the notes to his script Dietz says Holmes tales are proudly and unapologetically archetypal stories where bad people do bad things, good people suffer and a coolly rational detective, armed with little more than guile and wit, solves the crime. The stories last because readers remember the man. Holmes is complex; he craves adventure, solitude, escape and elations. He is anxious, moody, vain, opinionated, caustic and empirical. He could wipe the floor with Donald Trump.

Peninsula Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler will don the infamous deerstalker and play the legendary Sherlock Holmes with fellow Players’ veteran James Leaming as Dr. Watson.
Vinkler has played other historical figures at the Players including Sir Thomas Moore in “A Man for All Seasons” and Salieri in “Amadeus.” He also portrayed characters in Players’ mysteries “The Woman in Black” and “The Mousetrap” as well as last fall’s comedy “Be My Baby.”

For his work with the Players, Vinkler was honored with the inaugural Door County Artist of the Year Award. Vinkler has appeared at Chicago Shakespeare in 32 productions – most recently “The Comedy of Errors” and “Othello” and at Goodman, Steppenwolf, Writer's, Northlight, Marriott Lincolnshire and Victory Gardens. He has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards (and been nominated 12 times), two Artisan Awards, and an After Dark Award. He has performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, playing Falstaff in the two parts of “Henry IV” for Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Leaming, in his eighth season at the Players, will be familiar to audience from his roles in “The Foreigner,” “Caught in the Net,” “Red Herring,” “Be My Baby,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “Born Yesterday,” “Mousetrap” and “Cabaret.” Leaming’s most recent Chicago credits include the world premiere of “Botanic Garden,” directed by Olympia Dukakis with his wife Carmen Roman at Victory Gardens.

Cast in the roles of Irene Adler and Professor Moriarty are Karen Janes Woditsch and Bill Bannon. Woditsch is in her fourth season with the Players where past roles include Mrs. Kendall in “The Elephant Man,” Alexandrina in “The Uneasy Chair” and Dunyasha in “The Cherry Orchard.” She has performed on various Chicago stages which include Writers’ Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. She will be at the Goodman again this winter as Mrs. Cratchit in “A Christmas Carol.”

Bannon made his Players’ debut this season in “Rumors” and steps into the shoes of Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty. Bannon has been an actor in the Chicago area for more than 20 years, performing on the stages of Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Court, Steppenwolf, TimeLine, Victory Gardens, Pegasus Players and Strawdog Theaters. Recently he played Maish Resnik in Shattered Globe’s acclaimed production of “Requiem for a Heavyweight.”

Directing “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” for the Players is Jim Corti. Corti last appeared on the Players stage in “Out of Order” and choreographed “Crazy for You.” Corti debuted on Broadway in “Candide,” performed in “A Chorus Line” and appeared and disappeared as Harry Houdini in the original cast of “Ragtime.” Corti’s Broadway national tours include “Cabaret,” Bob Fosse's “Dancin’” and “Urinetown.” In Chicago, he earned Jeff Awards playing Otto Kringelien in “Grand Hotel” at the Marriott Theatre, for choreography of “Singin’ in the Rain” at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace and for directing “Blues in the Night” at Northlight Theatre.

Also under the direction of Corti in “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will be Kevin McKillip, as a suave gentleman with diabolical intentions; Maggie Carney as Madge, Adler's maid; Ted Evans as a masked man seeking Holmes’ services; Joe Foust as a henchman of Moriarty’s, and Katie Clark playing the roles of post-boy and young Swiss man.

“Adventure never ends, Watson,” Holmes said. “It is a series of lessons with the greatest for last.” “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will be at the Players through Oct. 19.
The Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance at 4 p.m., Sunday October 19. Ticket prices are $32.25 and $29; there are no performances on Mondays. For more information on “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” or to reserve tickets, phone the Players’ box office at 920-868-3287 or visit the website at www.peninsulaplayers.com.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New "Real People" Video Released Tonight!


Continuing our popular Real People video series, we just posted our fourth Real People video: Real People in Egg Harbor so come on by and take a look! From our Homepage, you will see it listed and linked on the upper left hand side - under New Videos!

Our Egg Harbor Look-Around continues to be one of our hottest videos too - so take a look at both and let us know what you think right here on the BLOG!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Para-Sailing Review Just Posted!


We just posted another brand new review - this one for para-sailing (remember our BLOG a few weeks ago?) with Wisconsin Water Wings in Ephraim. Head to the South Shore Pier in Ephraim and enjoy a fantastic journey!

Read our Review in our New Reviews section!

Friday, August 8, 2008

4 New Reviews Added on Navigator!


Go to our New Reviews section and see - we've added 4 new reviews:

- Wilkins & Olander (women's clothing & cool accessories - stores in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay)

- Black Walnut Guest House - a great B&B in Sturgeon Bay

- Stiletto Sailing Cruises - we just went on their twin-hull catamaran last week! Very cool! See them at South Shore Pier in Ephraim!

- Cindy Koutnik - with Century 21 Action Realty Group - a super Manager Broker who can help you buy or sell property in Door County! She offices out of Sturgeon Bay.

Go check them out!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Green Grapes Make Good Business, Not Wine


We received this Press Release from one of Door County's premier wineries - read on!
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Door Peninsula Winery offers eco-friendly incentive
Sturgeon Bay, WI - July 28, 2008 -
Kayaking, hiking, hybrid vehicles and granola will have to make room for wine in Door County. You no longer have to gauge your greenness when you decide to visit the tasting room at Door Peninsula Winery, Wisconsin's largest producer of wine in the state and Door County's original winery. July marked the start of their effort to be more environmentally responsible in all aspects of growing, production, fulfillment and sales.

"We've always been aware of water conservation, primarily because we have a holding tank," notes Chief Operating Officer and Door County Green Fund board member Rob Pollman. "More recently, we've turned the microscope on ourselves in other areas because of observations made from staff. It's a topic that is on many people's minds and there are social habits that we need to engrain into our business."

The eco-friendly nature of the winery starts in the vineyard. "We don't practice scorched earth farming," said winemaker Paul Santoriello. No pesticides are used in the small, hand-tended, eight acre vineyard and only an occasional herbicide is spot applied as needed. "We also source local when possible and use fruit juice instead of full fruits to cut down on waste. For example, for our well known cherry wines, we use cherry juice pressed off-site and the cherries are dehydrated and sold as dried fruit. If we would use the entire cherry in wine production, the solid fruit would have to be discarded."

Recycling is just the beginning at the Door Peninsula. Annually, approximately 7,200 wine bottles (about nine pallets) just from the retail area/sampling bar are recycled and 550 cubic yards of cardboard. Recycled paper, default print preview software, reuse of ink cartridges, energy efficient lights and bulbs in the parking lot, natural light through large windows, low water use spigots and toilets, employee ride share, and recycled paper (egg carton) shipping containers are all ways the winery is green. You will even notice some creative house wares at the winery that use bottles that have been reformed for plates and tea light lanterns.

Door Peninsula Winery is trying to share their green message with an offer for a reusable six bottle wine carrier. Anytime you reuse the bag at the winery, you receive an instant $2.00 savings on your purchase. If you fill the bag with six bottles, you still receive the 10% off wine discount. "It's just an incentive for people to understand we're serious and not just jumping on the green band wagon," said Tyson Wegman, retail manager."Part of being green is education and that includes our clients."

Door Peninsula Winery is exploring the Travel Green Certification offered in Wisconsin, but intends to continue their green habits regardless of the certification.
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About Door Peninsula Winery
Door Peninsula Winery is the largest producer of wine in the state of Wisconsin and Door County's original winery located in the old, 1868 Carlsville schoolhouse. For more information, contact Jaime Forest at dpwmarketing@wildblue.net or 800-551-5049.

August Giveaway is Rolling - Newport Resort!


The August Giveaway is rolling - so come on by the site and enter now - you might win a 2-Night Stay at Newport Resort in Egg Harbor!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay Wins Award!





We just heard from one of our favorite places, and they sent us this Press Release! See below.

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Birchwood Lodge Receives 2008 Best of Sister Bay Award

U.S. Local Business Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., July 29, 2008 -- Birchwood Lodge has been selected for
the 2008 Best of Sister Bay Award in the Hotels category by the U.S.
Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding
local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies
companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success
in their local community and business category. These are local
companies that enhance the positive image of small business through
service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the
winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on
quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information
gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based
organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and
small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business
through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in
their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business
owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce
and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to
be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business
entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Local Business Association
Email: PublicRelations@USLBA.net
URL: http://www.USLBA.net

Sunday, August 3, 2008

More Menu Enhancements on Navigator!


We are continuing to migrate to a more usable menuing system on DoorCountyNavigator.com, thanks to your feedback. We recently added a drop-down menu on the Homepage to clean-up some of the clutter that we had, and we have now added updated Navigation Button on the upper right of each screen - added some updated graphics for Food/Dining, Lodging, Shopping, Activities, Reviews - and two new permanent buttons, one for Real Estate (For Sale) and one for our Sights & Sounds video page (the film reel image).

We have add the updated Navigation Buttons and the additional Drop-Down menu to all major category pages, and will continue to update all the sub pages! This will make your navigation even easier!

Please let us know what you think by leaving a Comment below!

Friday, August 1, 2008

At The Hof Dining


At the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor dining at The Hof. While waiting for our table, we shot a game of pool in the game room of the resort. this is a fun resort, and nice restaurant. They added cloth chair covers this year, which really brightens up the place and makes it look more cozy. Ahh - shrimp cocktail is here - gotta go!
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Teeing Off . . .


at Pirate's Cove mini-golf in Sister Bay! Great course! Lots of fun. . .
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