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Friday, January 29, 2010

New Door County Happenings Podcast is up on the site!

Our third Door County Happenings podcast is out and up on our site!  Listen to it now and find out "what's happening" in Door County right now!  It's a fast and informative listen!

Thanks - let us know what you think!

Whitefish Dunes State Park Candlelight Ski Cancelled for Jan 30th

According to the Peninsula Pulse, the scheduled candlelight ski event for January 30th in Whitefish Dunes State Park has been cancelled due to icy and bare trails. Not to be rescheduled. Full story on the Peninsula Pulse website.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Orchard Country Winery & Market 5th Annual Wine & Cherry Fest! Feb. 6th

One of our favorite stops in Fish Creek is Orchard Country Winery & Market!  And it's time for the annual Wine & Cherry Fest - YOU can be the next cherry pit spitting champion!  See below for all the details!

Lautenbach's Orchard Country Winery Escape the winter blues and attend Orchard Country's 5th Annual Winter Wine & Cherry Fest on Saturday, February 6th from 10 am - 5 pm. The festival will include horse-drawn sleigh rides, wine and product tasting, live music, free trolley rides and much more! The cherry pit spit competition begins at 1:30 pm and is open... to all ages. Sleigh ride reservations can be made by contacting John Mayberry at 920-421-1152.

And please tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you over!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Harbor Market Fish & Grille 2 For 1 Savings Now!


Here is another GREAT special deal that our users can get in on!    Print the coupon and bring it in to this fabulous restaurant and save!  We love this place and you will too!  See what this great restaurant sent to us below.  Work out all details directly with the restaurant, and make sure you print out the coupon and bring it in! Read our Review!
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HARBOR FISH MARKET & GRILLE -
BAILEYS HARBOR



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Harbor Fish Market & Grille
8080 State Highway 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
920-839-9999 and say, DoorCountyNavigator.com sent us!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Special Deal At Eagle Harbor Inn for our Users!

This just in from Eagle Harbor Inn!  We LOVE this place and you will too!
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Read our Review!

Door County Happenings Podcast 2 is up! Listen to it now!

We just posted our second "Door County Happenings" podcast - learn what's happening throughout the County through these podcasts and through our Fresh Paint on the Door section of DoorCountyNavigator.com

This is a fun, fast, and easy way to learn about "What's Happening!"  So listen now and pleae support our sponsors who make it possible - tell them you heard about them on DoorCountyNavigator.com, please!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rock 'n Roll Art Night at Hands On Art Studio!!



Rock 'n Roll Art Night at Hands On Art Studio


February 5, 2010, 6:30 - 10 PM
Music, art and fun!



Join us at Hands On Art Studio, Friday night, February 5th for an evening of fun making art projects and listening to the eclectic mix of cover tunes, rock and jazz from Big Mouth Trio. Bring your own beverages and snacks if you wish. We are providing free pizza and popcorn, free coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Bottle beers and beer on tap for sale.

We make art fun! Paint your own ceramics, glassware,t-shirts and birdhouses. Spin-paint a canvas. Experiment with fused glass and lampworking. Make a mosaic. Weld a metal sculpture. Create silver jewelry with precious metal clay. Stay for the evening!

Hands On Art Studio, 3655 Peninsula Players Rd., Fish Creek, WI. 54212

920-868-9311/ 888-868-9311 http://www.handsonartstudio.com/

 
Click on this graphic below for even more details!  What a fun event!
 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Haitian Benefit January 23rd At Door Community Auditorium

DoorCountyNavigator.com just received this important Press Release just in.  Support the cause if you can.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2010
Media Contact
Larry Thoreson
Vice President
Door Community Auditorium Corp.
920 854-2774
potterthor@hotmail.com



DOOR COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM TO HOST BENEFIT

FOR HAITIAN RELIEF, SATURDAY, JANUARY 23



In response to a groundswell of community desire to assist the victims of the Haiti earthquake, the Door Community Auditorium will host a benefit concert Saturday, January 23 at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6 pm, admission is free and no tickets are needed.

All monies collected from free will donations will be sent to the local Red Cross agency with designation to be used for Haitian relief. All contributions, either cash or check, are tax deductible. Representatives from the local Red Cross chapter will be on hand.

Larry Thoreson, vice president of the Auditorium board of directors and producer of the holiday show Christmas at the Door, is organizing the effort. He is currently contacting local professional and amateur performers and will confirm their appearance during the week. The DCA Web site, www.dcauditorium.org, will contain up to the minute postings of changes. Interested individuals are urged to visit the site at their convenience for updates.

“We will have a wonderful, fun filled evening,” Thoreson said, “but we must remain mindful of the reason for the gathering.”

Door Community Auditorium is located on the north end of Fish Creek on State Highway 42. Callers may reach the box office at 920 868-2728, or by email at boxoffice@dcauditorium.org

Door County Idol Coming Soon!

DoorCountyNavigator.com just received this press release about Door County Idol!  What a show coming soon!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2010
Media Contact:
Kristy Nelson
Door Community Auditorium
868-2728
421-0260 (cell)


6th Door County Idol Competition at DCA



Eight Contestants from Washington Island to Southern Door



Eight Door County teens will compete for the title of the 2010 Door County Idol at the Door Community Auditorium on Saturday, February 6 at 7 p.m. For the first time in Door County Idol history, due to an overwhelming number of audition participants, this year’s group has grown from the standard six to a group of eight, and includes two competitors from Washington Island.

The eight finalists, selected from over 30 teens that auditioned, represent all of Door County’s high schools. The Door Community Auditorium hosts the event, which is additionally supported by Cynthia Stiehl, The Fish Creek Civic Association, On Deck Clothing Company, Novel Ideas Book Store and The Bistro at Liberty Square.

Each contestant will perform two songs of their choice. Two young men represent Washington Island this year. Conrad McDonald is a talented musician, accompanying himself often on guitar or piano. Also from Washington Island is Ainslie Cornell, whose deep voice is reminiscent of one of his favorite musicians, Johnny Cash..

Last year’s runner-up, Monica Lenius, from Southern Door, is the sole returnee from last year’s group. Monica’s original style features passionate lyrics and piano self-accompaniment. Another vocal and piano composer is Gretchen Hathaway from Sturgeon Bay High School. Gretchen performed at the Steel Bridge Songfest last summer. She performs around the community with fellow competitor Rachael Wilson. Rachael is a senior at Sevastopol High School, and an avid cross-country running competitor. The girls can be heard singing at local Sturgeon Bay coffee shops as well as school and church productions.

Sturgeon Bay Sophomore Lauryn Davison is the youngest of the group at 15. Upon being asked if she would prefer to wait until next year to perform, Lauryn replied, “I’m ready now!” Rounding out the group this year are Gibraltar juniors Whitney House and Lilli Nelson. House accompanies herself on guitar and enjoys performing in church, school choir and plays. Nelson speaks four languages fluently, but for the Idol show, will sing in English!

The Door County Idol show is based on the popular American Idol, but rather than an elimination series, crowns its winner in just one night. Audience participation is crucial, as each audience member will have the opportunity to vote. Three judges will critique the performances as they occur and will also vote, with weighted votes, at the end of the performances. Performers are sometimes accompanied by Ben Larsen on guitar, with a backup CD, a pianist, or self-accompaniment on piano or guitar.

Nick Freimuth, DoorCounty DailyNews.com broadcaster, and his wife Karyn, will serve as co-hosts of the event. Friemuth is an accomplished singer himself and hosts a special radio program weekly dedicated to the arts.

Judges for Door County Idol traditionally change each year and represent various aspects of the local entertainment and business community. Christie Webber is a co-founder of The SteelBridge Songfest, along with her brother, recording artist Pat mAcdonald. Christie will be “scouting” for next summer’s event, along with her judging duties. David Eliot is the co-owner, publisher and production manager of the Peninsula Pulse newspaper. He also serves on the board at the Door Community Auditorium. Alan Kopischke is the development director at the Peninsula Players.

Last year’s show featured the previous four “Idol” winners, and a surprise performance from Eli Mattson, runner-up of “America’s Got Talent, 2008”. “The bar was certainly raised last year,” comments Kristy Nelson, producer of Door County Idol. “But this year we had our largest response to auditions and responded by having eight incredibly talented Door County youths make the cut.”

Assisting Nelson is co-producer, Holly Feldman and student interns, Sophie Nelson and Tanner Lundquist. Feldman holds a degree in Arts Management and Theatre and serves as the Isadoora Theatre president. She works extensively with the contestants to help them with song choices, stage comfort, movement and trying new styles of music. Sophie Nelson has watched the show each year and now will get the opportunity to see how it all goes together. Lundquist interned last year, and served also as the opening entertainment pianist. This year, he will assist in production details.

Tickets for the Door County Idol Show are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, 18 and under. All tickets are available at the Door Community Auditorium box office, by phone (920.868.2828), or via the www.dcauditorium.org. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Katie Dahl Stars at DDCA Fireside Coffee Concert!


DoorCountyNavigator.com just received this press release for the Door Community Auditorium Fireside Coffee Concerts!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2010
Media Contact
Dick Sandretti
Executive Director
Door Community Auditorium
868-2728

Accomplished Singer/Musician/Songwriter, Katie Dahl,
Stars at DCA Fireside Coffeehouse Concert, Saturday, Jan. 30

When Katie Dahl picked up a guitar for the first time, it was the music of Cheryl Wheeler, Pete Seeger, Dar Williams—all of her favorites—that she choose to play. Today, the accomplished singer/musician/songwriter no longer needs to perform other artists’ music. She brings her music and her unique style to the Door Community Auditorium Fireside Coffeehouse on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 pm. Tickets are $14.

Last July, Katie celebrated the release of her debut record, County Line, which she has described as “a folk-infused exploration of love and the American landscape.” The album contains two cover songs--"Gibraltar Town," by Katie’s songwriting hero, Fred Alley, and "Paradise," by John Prine--and eight Dahl originals, including "America" (a conflicted love song to the titular nation), "Katharine Hepburn Waltz" (a whimsical look at the difficulties of falling in love), "Southern Star" (a Shakespeare-infused journey into the mind of John Wilkes Booth), and "Freedom Song" (a 1960s-style belt-it-out singalong). These songs epitomize the thoughtful, literate lyricism and straightforward melodic sense that characterizes all of Katie’s songwriting.

Katie was 19 years old when she slipped on the ice at her southern Minnesota alma mater, Carleton College, and broke her wrist. Forced to take a two-month break from playing the oboe, Katie decided to use her newfound free time to learn guitar, strumming the strings with her stiff right hand and teaching herself chord positions with the other. She started out playing covers of songs by the songwriters she’s always loved and gradually gathered the courage to begin writing songs of her own.

Since then, this honey-voiced musician has turned her musical attention entirely to the acoustic folk music she’s always loved, singing everywhere from the cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to a canal boat in southern France, to an outdoor theater nestled in the pines of northern Wisconsin. Katie currently makes her home in northern Door County, and is fast making a name for herself with her rich alto voice, honest vocals, intricate fingerpicking, and incisive lyricism.

One reviewer enthused, “In a rich alto voice, Dahl brilliantly paints to life vivid scenes of cherry orchards, wide-open deserts and early-morning cities, as well as characters of depth, introspection and purpose.

“The title track of County Line is an infectious story about leaving home and the ache to return. Later in the album, this theme is beautifully mirrored by John Prine's "Paradise." With a nod to Pete Seeger, "Freedom Song" evokes the most classic melodies of Americana.

“Dahl's skill for combining both outstanding lyrics with sweet melodies is a rare one. These qualities are amplified by the caliber and sensitivities of the musicians who accompany her. Since I opened Robin Jay Music four years ago, I have never heard as many people harmonizing and humming along with any other recording as much as this one.”

Tickets for the Katie Dahl Fireside Coffeehouse concert are $14 and may be purchased on line at www.dcauditorium.org, by phone at 868-2728, or at the Auditorium box office Monday and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm and the day of the concert from 11 am to 3 pm

The "Big Read" Schedule is Here!

Just received this Big Read Schedule of events - enjoy!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Alan Kopischke
920 868 3841 or 920 370 1034

The Big Read Door County 2010: Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia”
Peninsula Players and Door County Library present
month-long series of events to begin January 11


January 15, 2010—Fish Creek, WI— The Big Read Door County, now in its third year, has quickly become a cherished Door County tradition. Anticipation of this year’s celebration and exploration of Willa Cather’s remarkable “My Ántonia” is so great that all of the 650 free books provided by the Friends of Door County Libraries have already been taken by eager readers. The library still has many copies to loan.

This year’s events, once again brought to the community by Peninsula Players in partnership with Door County Library, will start with a kickoff at Door Community Auditorium on January 11 at 6:30 p.m. Highlights of the kickoff will include Miss Door County Katie Sawyer speaking on literacy, Dr. Estella Lauter discussing several compelling themes and unique aspects of the book, an opportunity to learn an authentic American Folk Dance presented by Door County Folk Alliance, the unveiling of a commissioned artwork depicting Willa Cather and Big Read Producer Alan Kopischke previewing events.

Other featured events include a keynote speech on “Landscape as Home Place” by Professor Susan Maher, vice president of the Willa Cather Foundation, sponsored by Door County Land Trust and held at Crossroads at Big Creek; a special Peninsula Music Festival concert at Shepherd of the Bay featuring Dvořák and other Bohemian composers; Miller Art Museum’s “Barbara’s Farm” exhibit, featuring Daniel Anderson photos of rural farm life; a Peninsula Players staged reading of “My Ántonia” at Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall; two American Folk dances, film screenings at Third Avenue Playhouse and at library branches, classes at the Clearing, book discussions, school programs, family events and much more.

“Cather’s depiction of the immigrant experience, her loving remembrances of friendships and the land and her creation of the vibrant Ántonia make for a thoroughly enjoyable read and provide us tremendously rich material to explore from different angles in venues throughout the county,” said Big Read producer Alan Kopischke, Peninsula Players development director. “Part of what makes Door County’s Big Read unique is the infusion of arts throughout our events and the incredible array of enthusiastically collaborating organizations – more than 30 of them this year.”

Funding for The Big Read is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Friends of Door County Libraries and Door County Community Foundation’s Arts Fund. The NEA also provides reader’s guides and audio guides, available at each Door County Library branch, as well as providing teacher’s guides to each Door County school district.

Previous Big Reads focused on John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” and Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” drawing a total of 4,000 participants to the many events in the winters of 2008 and 2009.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information about The Big Read visit www.neabigread.org. Event listings can be found there or at www.peninsulaplayers.com.

“We’re very excited to have received yet another NEA grant to continue our year-round connection to the community as we lead into our historic 75th anniversary season,” said Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler. Peninsula Players, founded in 1935, is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and the oldest professional theater in Wisconsin. The Players will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its first performance on July 25, 2010.

Peninsula Players is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and is unique in the country for its diverse productions, continuing loyalty to a resident company, and its beautiful setting of 16 wooded acres along the cedar-lined shores of Green Bay. In the past 73 years, the theater has become a Door County landmark and its cornerstone arts institution, attracting audience members from throughout Wisconsin and across the country.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. For more information, visit www.imls.gov.
Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.artsmidwest.org.

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Mon, Jan 11, 6:30 – 8:00pm The Big Read Door County 2010 Kickoff Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek
Highlights include Miss Door County Katie Sawyer speaking on literacy, Dr. Estella Lauter discussing several compelling themes and unique aspects of the book, an opportunity to learn an authentic American Folk Dance presented by Door County Folk Alliance, the unveiling of a commissioned artwork depicting Willa Cather and Big Read Producer Alan Kopischke previewing events.
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Thu, Jan 14, 3:00 – 4:30pm Door County Library / Film about the Life of Willa Cather Door County Library, 107 South 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay
& Tue, Jan 19, 3:00 – 4:30pm, Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library, 2323 Mill Road, Sister Bay
The film biography "Willa Cather: The Road is All," part of the acclaimed PBS American Masters series, will be presented at the Door County Library.
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Sat, Jan 16– Tue, Mar 2, Barbara's Farm Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Color photographs of childhood memories by Daniel Anderson. These photos of rural farm life are evocative of the scenes described in Willa Cather's "My Ántonia."
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Sun, Jan 17, 1:00 – 3:00pm Sugar on the Floor Family Dance Sturgeon Bay YMCA, Sturgeon Bay
Relive the summer nights Ántonia, Jim and Lena spent at the dancing pavilion. Bring the whole family to the Y for American folk dancing in the gym! Presented by the Door County Folk Alliance and Family Centers of Door County.

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Mon, Jan 18, 7:00 – 8:30pm "My Ántonia" by Stephen J. Miller Birch Creek's Juniper Hall, 3821 Cty Hwy E, Egg Harbor
Peninsula Players company members present a creatively staged reading of Stephen J. Miller's stage adaptation of "My Ántonia," directed by Joe Foust, with set and props by Sara Ross, and performed by Sean and Linda Fortunato.


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Fri, Jan 22, 7:00 – 9:00pm Landscape as Home Place in Willa Cather's "My Ántonia" Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
University of Nebraska English Professor and Willa Cather scholar Susan Maher offers The Big Read’s keynote address. Maher will discuss the powerful connection people have to the lands that surround them, particularly as reflected in "My Ántonia." Professor Maher currently serves as vice president on the executive board of the Willa Cather Foundation. A commissioned artwork depicting the woman upon whom Ántonia was based will be unveiled. Sponsored by the Door County Land Trust.

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Sat, Jan 23, 2:00 – 4:00pm, 7:00 – 9:00pm Film Screening: My Ántonia Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay
Screening of the 1995 USA Network film starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, and the effervescent Elina Löwensohn as Ántonia.
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Thu, Jan 28, 2:00 – 3:30pm Plants of the Plains; Posies of the Prairies Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
PowerPoint presentation will discuss the ecological significance of prairie plants including images of some of the characteristic flowers of Nebraska.

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Thu, Jan 28, 6:30 – 8:30pm Door County Library / Peninsula Genealogical Society - Trace Your Pioneer Ancestors Door County Library, 107 South 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay
The characters of Antonia and her family are based on real people. The Sadilek family traveled from Bohemia to settle on the plains of Nebraska in 1880. The Peninsula Genealogical Society will hold a workshop in the Door County Library on tracing your pioneer ancestors. Members will illustrate the paths their own families traveled, and there will be a chance to learn about the many resources available in the library for both beginning and experienced genealogy researchers.

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Sat, Jan 30, 7:00 – 9:30pm Sugar on the Floor Barn Dance Ephraim Village Hall, Ephraim
Relive the summer nights Ántonia, Jim and Lena spent at the dancing pavilion. Join the Folk Alliance for traditional American folk dancing.


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Thu, Feb 4, 7:00 – 8:30pm From the Door Peninsula to the Nebraskan Plains: Passages that Honor our Sense of Place Door County Land Trust Northern Door Office, 10547 Koessl Lane, Sister Bay
Readings by Local Door County Authors interspersed with Passages from the Works of Willa Cather

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Fri, Feb 5, 11:30am – 4:30pm "Ántonia's True Heart" Blood Drive Northern Door YMCA, Fish Creek
Show your "true heart" (as in Jim's description of Ántonia) and donate blood at Northern Door YMCA.


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Mon, Feb 8, 7:00 – 9:00pm (or Feb 9) Public Reading of Scott Schwartz' "My Ántonia" Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, Ephraim
A public reading of Scott Schwartz' stage adaptation of "My Ántonia" performed by Clearing class members under the direction of Alan Kopischke.

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Wed, Feb 10, 7:00 – 9:00pm Peninsula Music Festival Concert Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay
Music of Bohemian composers performed by members of the Peninsula Music Festival. In addition to Ántonia's father being a Bohemian violinist, music plays a prominent role in almost all of the books written by Willa Cather. Through music and narration, learn of the influence of music on Willa Cather's writings and her life as well as discover the wonderful music of the Bohemian composers of her time: Dvořák, Suk, Martinu and Kalliwoda.
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Book Discussions
Tue, Jan 12, 6:30 – 7:30pm Door County Library / Readers Rampant Book Discussion Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library, 2323 Mill Road, Sister Bay
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00 – 2:00pm Door County Library / The Outpost Book Discussion 4690 Rainbow Ridge Court, Egg Harbor
Thu, Jan 21, 2:00 – 3:00pm Door County Library / Crossroads Log Cabin Book Discussion Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Fri, Jan 22, 11:00am – 12:00pm Door County Library / Fiddler's Green Book Discussion Fiddler's Green, 1699 Jackson Harbor Road, Washington Island
Mon, Jan 25, 6:00 – 7:30pm Door County Library / Teen Book Discussion at Sonny's Pizzeria 43 S Madison Ave , Sturgeon Bay
Tue, Jan 26, 1:00 – 2:00pm Door County Library / Noble House Book Discussion Noble House Museum, 4167 Highway 42, Fish Creek
Tue, Jan 26, 2:00 – 3:00pm Door County Library / Novel Ideas Book Discussion Novel Ideas, 8085 State Highway 57, Baileys Harbor
Wed, Jan 27, 3:00 – 4:00pm Door County Library / Booktalker for Kids and Grownups Door County Library, 107 South 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay
Thu, Jan 28, 2:00 – 3:00pm Door County Library / Scandia Village Book Discussion10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay
Mon, Feb 1, 7:00 – 8:00pm Door County Library / East Maplewood Homemakers / Maplewood Community Club Book Discussion Forestville Town Hall, 7705 County H, Sturgeon Bay
Tue, Feb 2, 6:30 – 8:00pm Door County Library / Book Discussion led by Gary Jones Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library, 2323 Mill Road, Sister Bay
Wed, Feb 3, 11:00am – 12:30pm Door County Library / Ephraim Historical Foundation Book Discussion Ephraim Historical Foundation, 3060 Anderson Lane, Ephraim
Fri, Feb 5, 1:00 – 3:00pm Door County Library / Learning In Retirement Book Discussion Door County Library, 107 South 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay
Classes
Wed, Jan 13, 9:00am – 12:00pm The Big Read Gallery Talk with Kärin Kopischke The Clearing, Ellison Bay
Mon, Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 2010 9:00am – 12:00pm The Big Read Onstage: Cather's "My Ántonia" with Alan Kopischke The Clearing, Ellison Bay
Family Events
Wed, Jan 13, 3:00 – 5:00pm Door County Library / Crossroads Pioneer Crafts for Kids Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay

Wed, Jan 20, 3:00 – 5:00pm Door County Library / Pioneer Films for Families Door County Library, 107 South 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay

Wed, Feb 3, 3:00 – 5:00pm Door County Library / Crossroads Pioneer Games for Kids Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay

The Big Read Continues!

Just got this press release from the Peninsula Players
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Alan Kopischke
January 15, 2010 920 868 3841 or 920 370 1034

The Big Read Continues

Keynote Address Among Week’s Highlights

January 15, 2010—Fish Creek, WI— Door County’s popular Big Read program welcomes keynote address speaker, Dr. Susan Maher, to Crossroads at Big Creek on Friday, Jan 22 at 7:00 p.m. Maher, chair of the University of Nebraska English Department and Willa Cather scholar, will discuss the powerful connection people have to the lands that surround them, particularly as reflected in the 2010 Big Read selection, "My Ántonia." Dr. Maher currently serves as vice president on the executive board of the Willa Cather Foundation and has published widely on the literature of the American and Canadian West. She is currently working on a book-length study of Plains nonfiction writers entitled Deep Maps: A Literary Cartography of the Great Plains.

Dr. Maher’s address, “Landscape as Home Place in Willa Cather’s ‘My Antonia’” is being sponsored by the Door County Land Trust, the White Lace Inn and Crossroads at Big Creek. Laurel Hauser, development director for the Door County Land Trust, explains that the land preservation community has strong ties to the artistic community in Door County. “We often hear from and work with writers and artists who find inspiration from Door County’s landscapes and open spaces. The bluffs and orchards and old fields are what make Door County unique and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to explore how a region’s landscapes can inform its literature.”

The Big Read Door County kicked off its third year with a crowd of 156 people at the Door Community Auditorium enjoying the preview activities Jan 11. The evening included an enthusiastically received speech by Dr Estella Lauter on the major themes of the book and the appeal it holds for a variety of readers, a lively collection of teens and adults learning traditional American folk dance with the Door County Folk Alliance, and the unveiling of a historical rendering of Willa Cather that will be sold through silent auction to raise funds for next year’s Big Read. The second rendering, of Ántonia model Anna Pavelka, will be unveiled at Crossroads at the keynote address.

Other events included the opening of “Barbara’s Farm,” an exhibit of Daniel Anderson’s rural landscape photography at the Miller Art Museum running through March 2 and a professionally staged reading by Peninsula Players company members Sean and Linda Fortunato of Stephen J Miller’s stage adaptation of “My Ántonia” directed by Joe Foust at Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall on Monday.

Events celebrating and exploring Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” continue through February 10. Third Avenue Playhouse will screen the 1995 USA Network film version of “My Ántonia” Saturday Jan 23. The film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Robards, Eva St Marie and Elina Löwensohn.

The full range of book discussions, family activities and other events can be found at peninsulaplayers.com or doorcountylibrary.org. The Big Read Door County is produced by Peninsula Players in partnership with Door County Library and in collaboration with dozens of community organizations and schools throughout the county.

Funding for The Big Read is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Friends of Door County Libraries and Door County Community Foundation’s Arts Fund. The NEA also provides reader’s guides and audio guides, available at each Door County Library branch, as well as providing teacher’s guides to each Door County school district.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information about The Big Read visit www.neabigread.org.


Peninsula Players is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and is unique in the country for its diverse productions, continuing loyalty to a resident company, and its beautiful setting of 16 wooded acres along the cedar-lined shores of Green Bay. In the past 73 years, the theater has become a Door County landmark and its cornerstone arts institution, attracting audience members from throughout Wisconsin and across the country.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. For more information, visit www.imls.gov.
Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.artsmidwest.org.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

New "Door County Happenings" Weekly Podcasts!


We just launched a brand new feature on DoorCountyNavigator.com! Want to know "what's happening" in Door County Wisconsin?

Well, then listen to our "Door County Happenings" podcast which will be brought to you weekly! The first audio podcast is available right now. Look for the "Door County Happenings" button on our Homepage, or click right here, right now and go listen to the first exciting podcast!

New ways to bring you useful information about Door County Wi!

Friday, January 15, 2010

January Issue of Navigator News(tm) About to Go Out! Sign Up Now!


The January 2010 issue of Navigator News(tm), DoorCountyNavigator.com's FREE monthly e-newsletter, will go out about 1PM CST today!

Each lead article this year will highlight a Door County town, and this first issue will take a look at Fish Creek!

If you have not signed up for our FREE e-newsletter yet, there is still time right now to get the January 2010 issue delivered to you today! Sign up on our website, right here, right now!

Thanks - you will really enjoy your copy of Navigator News(tm) which has 3 articles and beautiful photos of Door County too. Do it now!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Isadoora Theatre Company - "The Dinner Party"

Cast selected for February production! See Press Release below.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Holly Feldman, 920-493-3667

Isadoora Announces Cast for “The Dinner Party”

Isadoora Theatre Company (Door County, WI) is pleased to announce the cast for their February production of Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party.” The play, directed by Henry Timm, will show at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on February 11-14 & 18-21.

“The Dinner Party” begins when a mysterious invitation brings six divorcees together for dinner at a swank Parisian restaurant. In this humorous yet profound examination of marriage, the group speculates wildly about their conspicuously absent host, the apparent secrecy regarding the invitation, and the party’s true purpose. The Dinner Party is perhaps Simon’s most personal play, as sharp and frequently painful truths lurk behind the laugh lines – truths that should be evident to anyone who has ever undergone marriage followed by divorce.

The cast features some faces very familiar on the TAP stage along with a couple of newcomers to Isadoora: Stuart Champeau as Claude, David Smrz as Albert, Dan Hitt as Andre, Lola DeVillers as Mariette, Clara Wendland as Yvonne, and Chris Milton as Gabrielle.

The director Henry Timm is backed by an experienced production team including Stage Manager Elizabeth Bobbe, Lighting & Sound Designer David Alley, Costume & Prop Designer Margaret Magle, Set Builder Steve Graf, and Assistant to the Director Kathleen Harris.

“The Dinner Party” will be performed at the Third Avenue Playhouse, 239 N. Third Ave in Sturgeon Bay, on February 11-14 & 18-21. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30 PM with a matinee on each Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students. You may purchase tickets for “The Dinner Party” by contacting Third Avenue Playhouse by phone at (920) 743-1760, at their box office (hours Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 3:00 pm), or at the Dancing Bear, 12 N Third Ave, Sturgeon Bay (open seven days a week).

The mission of Isadoora Theatre Company is to celebrate theatre through its basic elements of movement, music, story and thought. Isadoora Theatre provides theatrical experiences of intellectual integrity fulfilled by open self-examination and artistic risk for the educational and cultural enrichment of our community.

Isadoora is always looking for willing hands to help with any number of projects, including backstage help. Visit www.isadoora.com or email info@isadoora.com to learn how YOU can get involved!

Wildflower B&B Reviewed! New!


In Egg Harbor, within walking distance of Main Street and lots Egg Harbor has to offer sits the Wildflower B&B. It is very homey, and Judy, the owner, is very nice too. So take a look - we just reviewed this B&B for the first time, so Read our Review now!

More on the way

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fish Creek Winter Festival Coming Up! Feb 5 - 7th!

We just received this press release! We LOVE the Fish Creek Winter Festival - it is a lot of fun for all of us kids :) Check our Calendar of Events for more info, and our whole site for some great reviews, video and more!
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FISH CREEK, WI, DEC. 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FROM: FISH CREEK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
CONTACT: JAMES “DIGGER” DEGROOT
OFFICE: 920-868-2316 OR 800-577-1880
FAX: 920-868-9425
EMAIL: MANAGER@FISHCREEKINFO.COM
WEB: WWW.FISHCREEKINFO.COM

“GIBBY” THE WHITEFISH RESCUES FISH CREEK’S WINTER FESTIVAL TENT IN THE SHALLOWS OF HORSESHOE ISLAND.
THE TENT IS BACK FOR 2010!

Fish Creek’s 23rd annual Winter Festival brings the tent back for 2010.
The weekend of fun activities, February 5th, 6th and 7th, will be held in a large, outdoor, heated tent in Clark Park on the shores of the Fish Creek harbor.

“In order to preserve Winter Festival as the premiere winter event in Door County, we felt it was critical that we return the tent to Clark Park,” said Bonnie Spielman and Bonnie Smith, Civic Association board members. “The tent represents a gathering place with a sense of community for locals and visitors alike. It provides a festive atmosphere, with a little warmth outdoors in February.”

The tent will open Saturday the 6th at 10 AM with games, prizes, music, raffles food and drinks. “We are pairing local businesses with Door County non-profit organizations to sponsor games and activities to raise money for the community. Join in such traditions as the bike toss, ice bowling, minnow races, football toss, toilet seat toss, snowshoe dancing and more.

Help celebrate winter by joining in the fun of Fish Creek’s zany hometown parade at 10:30 AM on Main Street (Hwy. 42) and meet “Gibby” the whitefish, our festival mascot and hero….remember, he found our tent!

The annual soup fundraiser at Peninsula School of Art begins Saturday at 11 AM. Buy a bowl made by a local art student and enjoy homemade soup. Proceeds will benefit Feed My People.

At 3 PM on Saturday, the Annual Chili Cook-off will once again take place in the tent, with a spirited competition by proud chili cooks. The individual chili will be judged with the winner taking home a $250 prize and the kudos of the best chili in Door County. Enjoy sampling the chili and judging the People’s Choice Award.

For the 6th year in a row, internationally and nationally renowned kite fliers, makers and designers will fill the skies over Fish Creek with kites of all shapes and sizes for Kites Over the Bay. Fish Creek Kite Company owners Toby Schlick and Val Murre-Schlick are coordinating the event sanctioned by the American Kite Fliers Association. “We’ll have kite designers and makers who make beautiful kites,” Schlick said. “Al Sparling, one of the most active giant kite fliers in the world will be joining us with his collection of giant kites including an 88 foot long octopus and a 90 foot trilobite.”

Join our party in the tent and on the bay on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 and help save us all from a case of the winter blues.

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 2010 Giveaway Begins!


Wow - it's 2010 already and our Third Year for our BLOG and e-Newsletter (Navigator News tm). If you have not signed up for our Navigator News(tm) e-Newsletter, do so now! the next issue comes out around January 15th - so there is still time! You will find out lots of great info, and when we send our our Giveaway announcements, you will get some secret hints on how to earn extra entries :)

For now, the January 2010 Giveaway is underway! You can win a fabulous 2 night stay at the Cornerstone Suites in Egg Harbor. This is a unique and fabulous place - all in an old barn. Don't believe it? Check out this video and our review - we LOVE this place!

So come to DoorCountyNavigator.com right now and enter - everyday!

November/December Super Giveaway Winners Notified!

Check your emails! The November/December Super Giveaway Winners have been notified via email!

Check and REPLY!!