Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays to All!

Happy Holidays to all our DoorCountyNavigator.com visitors! We hope that you enjoy the holidays season with your family and friends, and that we see you on our site again in the new year!

Hope you like our little Happy Holidays skier on the homepage at DoorCountyNavigator.com!

So Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Here and there
So many great gift ideas here on the Door Peninsula, and a lot of places have wonderful sales. Over the past years, I have given family members and professionals I work with flavored oils from Curt’s Oilerie, Fish Creek, and cheese assortments from Renard’s, Sturgeon Bay. I had fun at the sales this fall and early winter. City Farmer, Ephraim, continues its 50 percent off sale, and Nicole’s in Main Street Shops, Egg Harbor, had fun arty clothing for sale. Country Lady, Liberty Square, Egg Harbor, has many winter coats for sale. Also, Junction Center, a yoga studio and shop, Egg Harbor, had 25 percent off yoga clothes and props. Bath Essentials, Fish Creek, is always a great place to go this time of year. The skin care products there are so important during the winter, and there are many markdowns there too. So, not enough snow yet for cross country skiing, but the shopping is plentiful, to be sure. See you here and there on the Door Peninsula, Donna Marie Pocius, freelance writer.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Winter Video and Things to Do!

We have just released a new winter video, More Winter Magic!

In addition, our winter Things-To-Do List is up, and additional winter videos are here for your viewing pleasure - so grab a cup of coffee (Door County Coffee & Tea Company coffee of course) and enjoy!

Let us know what you think . . .Have a magical winter, and come up to Door County!

Go to our HOMEPAGE right now and enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Toys for Tots in Door County

We just received this press release regarding Toys for Tots donations in Door County. If you happen to be heading to Door County and you would like to donate, see below.

The Door Community is Designated
Toys for Tots Drop-off Location

For the more than 60 years the United States Marine Corps Reserve has collected toys for distribution to needy children during the Christmas season. Initiated in 1947 under the direction of Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and a group of Los Angeles Marine Reservists, 5,000 toys were collected and distributed. Officially named “Toys for Tots” in 1948, the campaign has distributed more than 370 million toys to 173 million children.
This year, the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek has been designated a drop-off location for Toys for Tots which collects new, unwrapped toys, games, and books for children who might not otherwise have a merry holiday.
And the phrase “what’s in a name” is especially relevant for Door County’s collection. A nationally organized effort, Toys for Tots is administered locally by the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees under the name “Toys for Kids” to benefit Door County’s children.
“By collecting under the name Toys for Kids all donated toys, books, and games will be distributed in our county. Monetary donations to Toys for Kids will enable us to purchase the balance of what we need for our children. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to participate in the spirit of the season,” said Toys for Kids coordinator Marsha Price.
From its humble beginnings the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, supported by a not-for-profit foundation, has grown to play a major role in the development of America’s most valuable natural resource, her children. Today, Toys for Tots is a distinguished award-winning campaign that earned a 4-Star rating from the Charity Navigator in 2005 and 2006.
Every fall—October through December—Toys for Tots collects toys for distribution in the community in which the campaign is conducted. In 2006, 558 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands collected toys in the most extensive campaign to date.
The familiar red train logo so recognizable on the Toys for Tots donation boxes was designed by Walt Disney. Locally, the boxes are scattered throughout locations in Door County. In 2007 the Toys for Kids Program supplied 450 families with gifts and collected $6,000 in donations.
Donations to the Toys for Kids collection boxes can be made through Thursday, December 18. The boxes will be collected by retired Marines on Friday, December 19. All contributions are tax deductible. For information on contributing contact Marsha Price at 920.495.0319. To become a donation site contact Donna Franklin at 920.818.0286.
The Door Community Auditorium box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 – 3 pm; weekend show days, 11 – 3 pm; and one hour prior to a performance. For additional information contact the DCA office at 920.868.2728 or visit www.dcauditorium.org. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Door Peninsula Winery Wins Another Award!


Door Peninsula Winery was awarded another gold medal this fall for it's Sweet Apple wine. The very popular wine is often standing in the shadow of sweet cherry, another abundant locally grown fruit, but certainly holds its own in competitions. A total of 1,974 entries representing 470 wineries came from several states and countries for the Long Beach Grand Cru wine and food tasting competition in California. "Locally grown apples and their pressed juice is used for the apple wine that is in many of our blends," said winemaker Paul Santoriello. "We're proud of the award and the quality it brings to our other apple blend wines."

Door Peninsula Winery uses apple wine in Sweet Apple, Cranberry Apple, Peninsula White, Hallowine and Sunset Splash.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Home for the Holidays with American Folklore Theater!

Great holiday event coming up!

Home for the Holidays with AFTDecember 27-31 at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek.
The popular Holiday Show will feature AFT Favorites Chris Irwin and Eric Lewis.
All shows take place at 7:30 pm except for the December 31 show, which will take place at 4:00 pm. There will be an additional matinee performance at 4 p.m. on December 28. Traditional holiday music, songs from past AFT shows and some of the performer’s own personal favorites. $17 for adults and $11 for children. Advance tickets are available by calling (920) 854-6117, or at www.FolkloreTheatre.com.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Door County Artist, Ed Fenendael, Featured in NY!

One of our very own is featured in an exhibit in New York!
Ed also owns the Inn at Windmill Farm B&B in Baileys Harbor. You can read this review on our website!

Door County Artist Ed Fenendael is Featured in an
Exhibit in Brooklyn Heights, New York

Artist Edward Hopper is recognized as America’s foremost artist of the inter-war period, his paintings a reflection of solitude and introspection. A comparison to Hopper’s works is justifiably the highest compliment an artist could hope to achieve. It is, therefore, a great compliment for Door County artist Ed Fenendael to have earned such praise. And like Hopper, Fenendael is being lauded for his artistic merit.
One of peninsula’s premier artists, Fenendael’s beautiful landscapes and florals--painted in the mediums of watercolor, pastel, oil, and ink--are headed to Brooklyn Heights, New York for a new “one-man” gallery exhibit. Opening on December 4th, the exhibit will be hosted by the Callahan Center for the Arts.
That’s a long way from home for the Wisconsin native who grew up on a farm in rural Pound on the other side of Green Bay. Even as a boy, however, Fenendael recalled, I loved the scent of a new box of crayons or a freshly sharpened pencil.” Today, the artist who honed his craft over more than 30 years is delighted his paintings draw comparisons to the artist who achieved greatness in the mid-1900s.
“A visitor to one of my exhibits once said of my work ‘it has the stillness of Edward Hopper.’ That couldn’t have made me happier. What that woman recognized in my work is ‘true.’ It is also what I identify with in Claude Monet’s paintings. The Impressionists found beauty in the simple, rural, pastoral scenes that surrounded them. I am moved by those subjects, as well,” Fenendael smiled.
Fenendael’s upcoming New York exhibit completes his “triple crown.” In the past year the artist, who is represented at the Watergate Gallery in Washington, D.C., has also been exhibited in Giverny, France. The site of Monet’s home and gardens, the setting could not be more appropriate for an artist whose watercolor paintings are alive with spontaneity.
“To exhibit in France—and most especially in Monet’s village--is a dream come true,” said Fenendael. “I never thought this would actually happen. I couldn’t be more pleased. More than 5,000 visitors tour the gardens daily, and now they will have an opportunity to view my work. It’s a gift.
“I have visited Paris often and my experiences there have been significant to my development as an artist. To work in the city that is so important to some of the world’s renowned artists have been wonderful, a real boost to my painting,” Fenendael shared.
A second “crown” was presented to Fenendael earlier this fall when the Door County Art League named him 2008 Master Artist. Awarded annually, the Master Artist award recognizes an outstanding Door County artist. "I was overwhelmed to be chosen; to be selected from so many wonderful artists in the region,” Fenendael said.
In Door County, Fenendael exhibits his artwork at Ephraim Clayworks, The Bridge in Egg Harbor, and his own Morning Mist Studio in Baileys Harbor. His paintings are also exhibited in corporate and private collections worldwide, and in the Miller Art Museum’s permanent collection.
A world traveler and observer of his environment, Fenendael is never at a loss for inspiration. Pastoral scenery and rural landscapes tempt and tease him to take brush in hand. The Baileys Harbor resident encourages the emerging artist to “paint what you know, what is close to your heart.”
A graduate of Marquette University, Fenendael regularly teaches and conducts workshops in locales both abroad and in the United States. Internationally, he has instructed students in Italy and France. Regionally, Fenendael has held workshops in Florida, California, and Kansas City.
He also teaches classes at Morning Mist Studio at Windmill Farm in Egg Harbor and the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. The recipient of a multitude of awards, Fenendael was named a Top-100 Artist in 1998. He is a member of the Door County Art League and the Kansas Watercolor Society, and is a founding member of the Missouri Watercolor Society.
The renowned artist and teacher Robert Henri encouraged his student Edward Hopper to “make a stir in the world.” The emerging artist who lived from 1882 – 1967 is quoted as saying of his craft, “The man’s the work. Something doesn’t come out of nothing.”
With the premiere of his work in New York, Fenendael is making his own stir in the art world. He is worthy of sharing Hopper’s sentiment, an embodiment of the world he views with an artistic eye and readily shares with the viewer.
“Every artist is inspired in a different way. I am inspired by the nature, the beauty of the world around me,” Fenendael shared. “I feel an incredible surge when I paint a piece that sings with soul.
For additional information about Ed Fenendael and his artwork visit www.watercolorexcitement.com. The Callahan Center for the Arts is located at 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights. An opening reception for Ed Fenendael’s exhibit will be held on Thursday, December 4, from 5 – 7:30 pm.

"Season's Greetings" November 29th!

Another press release - announcing Season's Greetings to be staged on November 29th at the Door Community Autitorium in Fish Creek. Family fun, so check it out below!

The Door Community Auditorium celebrates the magic of the holidays…
Season’s Greetings

Presented by Theatreworks USA

In the tradition of masterful magician Harry Houdini, Tim and Robin Balster wave their wand, or possibly it belonged to Harry of Hogwart fame, as the curtain rises on a fun-filled family performance. Celebrating the world’s holiday traditions, Season’s Greetings will be presented at the Door Community Auditorium on Saturday, November 29 at 3 pm and 7 pm. It is a not too be missed treat for every age!
Staged in a winter wonderland, Season’s Greetings features the colorful magic of mischievous elves, toy soldiers, and snow white doves. Children and adults will delight in the mystery and surprise of magic, some tricks traditional while others are new and innovative. Performed with lightning-fast speed, the Balsters are adept at casting a spell that lingers long after the show has concluded.
With a nod to Houdini who immigrated to Appleton, Wisconsin from Hungary in 1874, the Balsters are wizards at creating mystifying magic. Doves soar, candles disappear, and a Christmas elf floats in air…the finale even features one of Houdini’s “the metamorphosis,” one of his most famous tricks.
Established in 1961, Theatreworks USA annually presents professional theatre for youthful audiences and their families. A non-profit organization, Theatreworks USA seeks to enlighten, entertain, and instruct through a variety of productions including Season’s Greetings.
Designed to introduce festive holiday traditions from around the globe, Season’s Greetings introduces new vocabulary terms to its audiences, as well as emphasizing a respect for individual beliefs and property. More than 78 million people in 49 states and Canada have enjoyed Theatreworks USA productions, learning while being entertaining.
Whether celebrating Christmas with a bright shining tree, commemorating Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah, or honoring African heritage during Kwanzaa, Season’s Greeting brings peoples of all cultures and traditions to a place of universal understanding. This one-hour program will kick off the holidays with a rare combination of fun and frolic.
Tickets for Season’s Greetings are $18, $14, and $10 for children 12 years of age and under. All tickets are available for purchase at the Door Community Auditorium box office, by phone (920.868.2728), or online at www.dcauditorium.org. Regular box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 – 3 pm. Additional holiday hours include Saturday, November 22, 11- 3 pm; and Friday, November 28, 11 – 3 pm. On show day Saturday, November 29 the box office will open from 11 – 7 pm. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.

"Telling Stories with Quilts & Words"

New Exhibit through December 30th 2008 at the Door Community Auditorium! DCN just got this press release!

The Door Community Auditorium Link Gallery
Announces a new exhibit…
“Telling Stories with Quilts and Words”

With the pull of a thread and the scratch of a pen, the Trillium Quilt Guild and the Wallace Group have created and crafted a unique collaborated exhibit. “Telling Stories with Quilts and Words” is a demonstration of artistic talent expressed in two very different mediums.
Currently on display in the Door Community Auditorium’s Link Gallery through December 30, the exhibit features the words and works of 20 quilters and 14 poets. “Telling Stories with Quilts and Words” is the first collaboration for the two groups.
Separate organizations, Trillium Quilt Guild and the Wallace Group share members, one of whom is directly responsible for developing the concept of a joint exhibit. “Each year both groups exhibit at Scandia Village,” explained Judy Roy, a published poet and accomplished quilter.
“I thought it would be a wonderful to host a joint exhibit. It is an interesting concept and nothing like it has been done before. Quilts speak to us through their designs and colors. To write about the quilts seemed a natural extension of their themes and patterns.”
“Telling Stories with Quilts and Words” is a collection of original quilts 16” x 20”, many of which are based on patterns created by Lori Smith. The completed quilts were then distributed to the poets who found inspiration in their beauty.
The largest quilt guild in Door County, Trillium boasts 55 members who meet throughout the year. A selection of their quilts is displayed in an annual quilt show; bi-annually they exhibit at Corner of the Past, a historical site in Sister Bay.
The Wallace Group is an outgrown of a Clearing class in 2001. Each month the group of nine poets meets to discuss poetry, and critique each other’s work. A selection of poems written by local members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is included in this exhibit.
Quilter Fran Burton’s square is a patch of red poppies, their centers an array of buttons. Barbara Larsen wrote of the blooms, “Each flower stands on tiptoe, shoots up to kiss the sun.” Adorned with baskets and bunnies, Laurie Moegenburg’s quilt suggested “warmth…and the wisdom of many cultures” to Joan Traver.
Like Joseph’s coat of many colors, the many shades of fabric art and poetry are a wonder to behold. Whether “writing” a story with scraps of fabric or descriptive adjectives, the members of Trillium Quilt Guild and the Wallace Group have created a memorable exhibit with needle and ink.
“Telling Stories with Quilts and Words” concludes its tour of Door County with the Link Gallery exhibit. The show has previously been exhibited at the Meadows in Scandia Village, the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, and the Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art.
The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42. For enquiries please contact the box office at 920.868.2728, or visit 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.
For information about the Trillium Quilt Guild or the Wallace Group contact Judy Roy at 920.839.9169. Trillium Quilt Guild also provides information at www.geocities.com/trilliumguild/trilliumguild.html.

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade!

If you are in Door County for Thanksgiving (which is always fun) make sure to check out the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Jacksonport! We just received the pressreleae below:

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton Serves as the Grand Marshall
of the 12th Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade

Before the turkey is carved and the pumpkin pie sliced, everyone is invited to the only Thanksgiving Day parade in Wisconsin. And it’s right here in Door County. This year the Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade will step off at noon on Thursday, November 27th with Wisconsin Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton serving as Grand Marshall.
“The parade is fun and funky. Floats are often simple; cars or trucks decorated with freezer paper banners that are colored with magic markers and paint,” said parade organizer Jeri Taylor. But entertaining as it is, what began as a simple community activity has turned into a major fundraising event.
“The parade actually started when I suggested the idea to my neighbor Verlin Kiehnau. He thought it sounded like fun and agreed to ask some horseback riders to ride in the parade. The first year we didn’t think anyone to come out and watch so we threw bird seed instead of candy,” recalled Taylor. “But much to our surprise several people did show up, and we decided to make it a fundraiser.”
Each year since the inaugural parade in 1997, participants have collected contributions along the route to benefit an organization and/or Christmas family. “Some of the charities have been a local person or family that is going through hard times or medical problems,” explained Taylor. Past recipients have included the Jacksonport First Responders, Sunshine House, and Breast Cancer Awareness.
“This year as we have done every year, we are adopting a family in need of Christmas through Feed My People,” said Taylor. “This event is about neighbor helping neighbor on Thanksgiving Day. We will be accepting donations during the parade, but contributions can be made any time.”
Stepping off from the Jacksonport Fire Station at the intersection of Highway 57 and County V, the parade proceeds south, turns at Mike’s Port Pub, and heads north to the Square Rigger Lodge & Restaurant, where participants return to the parade “head.” “It starts and ends in the same place; what a deal! Spectators can actually watch the parade go by three times if they’re standing in the right place,” Taylor noted.
“People just show up; everyone loves a parade. We have well-mannered pets and some exotics, horses, kazoo bands, cars and trucks and a baton twirler—me! We’ve had Santa, Irv Johnson, arrive in my little black Jeep, an easy chair on a flat bed trailer, and finally in John Mayberry’s horse drawn carriage. Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade.”
“This is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season of giving,” Taylor smiled. “The parade has become a real family tradition,” Taylor emphasized. “It truly is the ‘little parade that could.’”
Everyone is invited to the pre-parade banner party at Pen Pub on Sunday, November 23rd at 5 pm. Parade participants are asked to begin lining up at 11:30 am on Thanksgiving Day. Mike’s Port Pub will be open from 11 – 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day in honor of the parade.
For additional information contact Jeri Taylor at 823.2075 or 559.0586.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner, Anyone?

We just received this notice from one of our favorite fine dining establishments in Door County! So check out their Thanksgiving dinner!


Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet at
Harbor Fish Market & Grille
Baileys Harbor Location
Make your reservations today --

By popular demand, we are pleased to announce our 6th annual Thanksgiving Day buffet at Harbor Fish Market & Grille in Baileys Harbor!

We'll be serving Oven Baked Turkey with all the trimmings, Cider Glazed Pit Ham, Poached Salmon and Chef Carved Prime Rib -- plus all the side dishes you would expect to have here at Harbor Fish Market & Grille - Baileys Harbor -- like Montrachet whipped potatoes, potatoes au gratin, rice pilaf, specialty salads, freshly baked breads and our Exceptionally Decadent Dessert Selection!

Reservations encouraged, serving from 11 am until 7 pm. - just call 920.839.9999!

$18.95 per person
$8.95 for children under 11

Early Christmas Shopping
Gift cards from Harbor Fish Market & Grille make a perfect Christmas present! Cards can be used at either Harbor Fish Market & Grille location (Green Bay - Baileys Harbor - or both!) and never expire. Cards are available in any denomination and a complimentary "gift box" is included! Call 920.839.9999 for more information.

8080 Hwy 57
Baileys Harbor, WI

Distinctive waterfront dining in the heart of Door County

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall Sundown Video Released!

We just released a brand new video, Fall Sundown! Beautiful pink skies, rippling waters - fabulous views!

Find it linked on our Homepage, and on our Sights & Sounds page, under New Releases, and Seasonal!

Enjoy and have fun - let us know what you think of our new videos - hit the Comment button below and BLOG!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Super Giveaway Is Rolling!

The Super November - December Giveaway is ON right now! This Giveaway runs from November 1st through December 31st 2008, and includes 7 prizes to the Grand Prize winner, including a 2-night stay, carriage or sleigh rides, trolley rides and lots more!

There will also be a second prize this time. The second name drawn will win an authentic DoorCountyNavigator.com sweatshirt from our online store!

So come to the sight right now and start to enter - you can enter everyday to increase your chances of winning. Start right now!

Save Money! Harbor Fish Market & Grille - Coupon Good Through May 1 2009!

Wow - one of our favorite places to dine for fine food has just told us about a special deal they have going through May 1 2009! And you can benefit from it right here! Harbor Fish Market & Grille, in Baileys Harbor (and Green Bay now) is offering a special coupon!

We are posting their coupon here so you can print it out and bring it in! And please remember to tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

Enjoy - this is a great place to dine and now lots of choices at special prices! Read our Review - print out this coupon and head to Harbor Fish Market & Grill in Baileys Harbor!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! And Last Day of October Giveaway!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all DoorCountyNavigator.com visitors! Have a great and safe day for you and yours!

And, being October 31st, it is the LAST DAY of the October Giveaway - YOU can win a two-night stay at the Scandinavian Lodge in Sister Bay - so hurry and enter now!

Harbor Fish Market & Grille Goes Wireless!

Not only has the Harbor Fish Market & Grille opened a second restaurant in Green Bay now (with the original in Baileys Harbor), but they just informed us that in both locations, they now have free wireless Internet access! Here is some info they just sent to us:

Complimentary Wireless Internet!
Baileys Harbor & Green Bay
We are pleased to announce that we now have complimentary wireless Internet at both of our locations -- Baileys Harbor and Green Bay. You bring the laptop, we provide a great wireless connection and fun atmosphere! A perfect way to enjoy a glass of wine, appetizer, cup of cappuccino -- or just relax with a beautiful water view.
The wireless works perfectly throughout both buildings -- in the dining room and/or in the bar. Stop in soon or call for more information!

Our Baileys Harbor restaurant is open seven days a week -- all year -- for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Green Bay restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2 New Videos released Tonight! Ellison Bluff Park & More Tranquil Moments!

Just released a few minutes ago, two new videos grace out site!

By popular demand, we created More Tranquil Moments because you picked our original Tranquil Moments as one of your favorite videos and wanted to see more! I think you will enjoy this one!

Also, we just released Ellison Bluff County Park - here we take you right to Ellison Bluff County Park in Ellison Bay - high atop the limestone bluffs, overlooking the Green Bay waters - and we caught a beautiful sunset!

We know you will enjoy these new videos. Find them in our Sights and Sounds section, under New Releases at the top of the list.

Hit the Comment button below and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fall Concert Series at the Settlement Courtyard Inn to Begin!

We just heard from one of our farocite loding establishments, and their Fall concerts are about to start happening! Fun times - check it out!


Fall Concert Series at the Settlement Courtyard Inn

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Steve Cohen and Peter Roller
Steve Cohen returns to the Settlement Courtyard Inn Fall Concert Series with guest Peter Roller to present a unique selection of music from jazz, rock and ragtime to Brazilian, blues and original tunes. This masterful duo is inspiring.
Tickets $12, advance purchase recommended.
9126 Hwy 42, Fish Creek

Fall Concert Series at the Settlement Courtyard Inn

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Julian Hagen, Mark Paffrath and Marise Redmann
Join local favorite Julian Hagen as he teams up with Racine guitarist and singer Mark Paffrath and Settlement Courtyard Inn owner Marise Redmann playing an eclectic assortment of music and originals with sweet three-part harmonies.
Tickets $12, advance purchase recommended.
9126 Hwy 42, Fish Creek

Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Video, New Review: Greens N Grains!

We just posted a new review of Greens N Grains, a natural food store in the heart of Egg Harbor! this is a fabulous shop, with fresh local produce, some sulfite free wines, vitamins and supplements, bulk seeds and nuts, frozen free-range chicken, organic and fair trade coffees and a whole lot more - one stop shopping you can feel good about! So read our review!

ALSO - we just posted a video of the Greens N Grains shop too! Watch the video right now - it's about 40 seconds and a great use of your time!

Friday, October 3, 2008

October Giveaway Begins on Navigator!

The September winner will be posted soon on our website, DoorCountyNavigator.com - but the October Giveaway has officially begun!

Come to DoorCountyNavgator.com right now for a chance to win a two-night stay at teh Scandinavian Lodge in Sister Bay - fabulous place - you will LOVE it!

Enter everyday to increase your chances of winning - an email blast will be going out later today to our subscriber base (for our Navigator News(tm) newsletter and information emails). If you have not yet registered, see the form on the Giveaways/Newsletters page on our site. If you receive the email, there may be a hint in there for extra entries!

Friday, September 26, 2008

DoorCountyNavigator.com In The Air!

This morning DoorCoutyNavigator.com was among two guests on Wisconsin Public Radio - talking about wines in Wisconsin, and in Door County!

It was fun - the show started at 6AM - wow!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ellison Bay Sunset

We are in the woods at Ellison Bluff County Park shooting a glorious sunset over the water - simply beautiful and so Door County!

Dan and Gus, the DCN crew
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Gills Rock

In Gills Rock shooting video and saying hi to Mary at Shoreline Restaurant - great place - see our video on DoorCountyNavigator.com!

Back to the video . . .
Dan and Crew
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Sister Bay for Ice Cream

In Sister Bay at the Door County Ice Cream Factory and Sandwich Shop for a little respite: a double dip Door County Cherry in a waffle cone and a strawberry sorbet.
Great - Todd and company make their own ice cream - great stuff!

Dan and crew
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Stopped in a couple of our favorite Door County wineries this morning - Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville and right now we are at Orchard Country Winery and Market in Fish Creek.
Great stuff!

DoorCountyNavigator.com will be on a radio show Friday morning talking about DC wineries - what fun!

Dan + DCN crew

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

At John Henry's

In Egg Harbor - ballgame on
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Dinner Time!

We are sitting at a table in the fireplace room/main dining room at the English Inn in Fish Creek waiting for a nice grilled salmon dinner and a Door County whitefish dinner.

Can't wait - great place - dine here next time and tell them we sent you!

Dan and Gus the DCN video team
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Sunset in Ephraim

We just shot more video in Ephraim - magnificent light as the sun sinks. Look for this video in an upcoming Tranquil Moments Again
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Break time at C&C

Finished our Fish Creek shoot - break time at the C & C Supper Club in Fish Creek. Stop in for a drink and say Hi to Mike behind the bar, or dine (great food) and say to Chris - she's great!
Dan/Gus, relaxing
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Video-ing in Fish Creek Again

What a beautiful day in Fish Creek for a video shoot! We are in downtown Fish Creek so if you see us say hello!
Dan and Gus - the DCN guys
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Thursday, September 18, 2008


If you have ever been to the Peninsula Players Theater on the lake in Fish Creek, then you know what a spectacular facility and experience this is. The new thearer building is aawesome, and they are trying to close out their capital campaign. See below, and contribute, as we do, if you see fit! Thanks!


Contacts: Brian Kelsey – Managing Director
Alan Kopischke – Development Director


September 18, 2008 - Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Three years after announcing the capital campaign to restore and preserve a Door County tradition, Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre, appeals to the community to help close the campaign that enabled the theatre to construct a state-of-the-art stage house, audience pavilion, scene shop and concession stand.

“For 73 years Peninsula Players has been distinctive among summer theaters in the United States for the quality and diversity of its productions and its beautiful setting along the shores of Green Bay,” said Brian Kelsey, managing director. “Three years ago, the Players and many of its supporters invested in the future by funding the building of a beautiful and ecologically responsible new theater. In a day and age where summer theaters of this caliber have dwindled in numbers, the Players is one of few whose operating expenses are exclusively covered through ticket sales. To ensure that this tradition of financial stability continues, we ask the public to help us close our capital campaign.”

The goal of Curtain Call is to raise $1.5 million and bring the curtain down on the theater’s capital campaign. “Raising the final $1.5 million will allow us to focus on the future and enable the organization to continue the growth of community outreach and educational programming,” said Board President, Ted Laitner. “As we approach our 75th anniversary, we ask you, our community, to continue to support the oldest arts organization in Door County by making a contribution, no matter how large or small, to this initiative. This commitment will help secure the future of the Players and usher in great theatrical performances for the next 75 years.”

In 2005 Players audiences first saw the new concession stand, built as an example of the architectural style upon which the new theatre would be based. The new scene shop quickly followed, which thrilled the Players, who for the first time in 70 years could build scenery indoors in case of inclement weather. At the close of the 2005 season, the old theater was demolished and construction began, continuing through the winter so that in June 2006 the Players could open the season in their new home.

“The construction of these new structures has not only improved our patron’s experience but also enhanced our artistic flexibility and the overall quality of our shows,” stated Artistic Director Greg Vinkler. “While the old stage magic of theater often effectively hides what goes on behind the scenes, it became impossible for us to ignore the fact that the old stage house was the original one built more than 70 years ago. Time has revolutionized the industry and we were unable to keep up with these advances. The new facilities now allow us to produce more challenging productions and provide audiences with a similar, yet more comfortable and rewarding experience.”

The Players’ new stage house incorporates a flexible proscenium, orchestra pit, costume storage and a 55-foot high flytower which enables the Players to enhance artistic productions with such capabilities as “flying in” scenery and backdrops. For audience comfort new padded seats and in-floor radiant heat were added as was an assisted listening device system. For ease of accessibility for patrons with wheelchairs, a private restroom for their use is in the pavilion. A green roof overhead was installed to ease the run-off of rain, dampen its sound echoing on the roof and serve as a natural insulation in both summer and autumn. The new pavilion, which used Wisconsin contractors and suppliers, was selected as one of 12 finalists in an international Solid Steel Design competition for its unique design and construction.

“Whether you have already supported the Peninsula Players capital campaign or are new to this initiative, we welcome you to take your bow before we bring the down the curtain,” said Alan Kopischke, development director. “Once the theater was completed, many original donors were so delighted by the results of the project that they stood back up and donated to the campaign a second time. Additionally, every member of our board has made a new contribution this year and we look forward to many of you following their lead and helping secure the Players future.”

To make a contribution to Curtain Call or to receive more information about the Peninsula Players Theatre, please contact Alan at (920) 868-3287 or via email at alan@peninsulaplayers.com.

Since 1935, when the Peninsula Players’ founders first staged a production of “Hay Fever” behind the former Bonnie Brook Cottage/Motel in Fish Creek, the theater has been committed to developing the arts and artists in Door County. Over the years, Peninsula Players has mounted more than 500 productions at the Theatre in a Garden, have trained hundreds of young theater professionals and has attracted over a million patrons. Peninsula Players’ open-air, garden-like setting is located three miles from Fish Creek and one-half mile west of State 42.

Orchard Country Winery & Market Celebrates 4th Annual Fall Harvest & Wine Fest!

Don't miss the Fall Fest at Orchard Country! Coming soon! See Press Release below!

Orchard Country Winery & Market Celebrates 4th Annual Fall Harvest & Wine Fest

The leaves are turning to shades of red and gold…the air is crisp and hints of fall. As the frost settles on the pumpkin Orchard Country Winery & Market prepares a celebration of the season with a festival of fall delights. On Saturday, September 27 the 4th Annual Fall Harvest & Wine Fest hosted by the Lautenbach family will feature fun activities for the entire family. Beginning at 10 am, a variety of activities will entertain visitors young and not so young.
The Lautenbach’s fourth-generation farm orchard has planned a host of activities that promise to delight visitors of every age. Painting cherub faces or bowling with round plump pumpkins, the children’s activities will be fun-filled. Clowns creating balloon art and painted faces, fun inflatables, horse-drawn wagon rides…the activities will tickle every fall fancy.
Surrounded by acres of ripening apples, guests are invited to pick the ever-popular Gala or traditional Macintosh or come inside for the ever popular Honey Crisp. With the approach of the holidays, remember that someone special with a gift from the Orchard Country’s extensive selection of jams and jellies, a basket of apples or a cookbook. Visit one of the outdoor craft booths and choose from a variety of unique handcrafted gift and food items.
An array of meaty treats will be prepared by Door County Custom Meats. Taste test their pig roast or bite into a steamy cherry or apple brat; gooey caramel apples, and sticky cotton candy will satisfy every sweet tooth. Fresh fall bakery items—apple pies, donuts, turnovers, and apple strudel—are waiting to make the trip home.
Special guests Dick Skare, Democratic candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly and his wife Carol will serve as celebrity judges of the apple pie recipe contest at 1 pm. The owners of The Cookery Restaurant in Fish Creek, the couple are experienced chefs and taste testers. Jack Moneypenny, Door County Visitor Bureau executive director, will also lend his expertise as a pie connoisseur to the contest. Visitors are invited to bite into apple and pumpkin pies during eating contests at 11 am and 2 pm.
In the past 23 years, award-winning fruit wines have become the hallmark of Orchard Country; the winery currently produces 34 blends. Complimentary wine tastings of favorite blends such as Honey Crisp apple and Autumn Harvest will be accompanied by offerings of Lakefront Brewery’s popular pumpkin and cherry beers. And of course no party is complete without music. Beginning at 10 am a DJ will set feet tapping followed by bluegrass favorites from “Bent Grass” performing from 1 – 6 pm. The Door County Trolley will offer tours throughout the festival. Or hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a ride through the orchards; it’s all in a day’s work.
Orchard Country is open daily from 9 – 5:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy the outdoor patio as well as walk the grounds. Free guided winery tours on the 27th will begin at 10 am and continue until 5 pm. Orchard Country Winery & Market, located at 9197 Highway 42 just south of Fish Creek, is open year round. Visit the website www.orchardcountry.com for additional information.

Lorrie Morgan Coming to Door Community Auditorium!

Press Release just received - Lorrie Morgan Comes to Door Community Auditorium. See below.

The Door Community Auditorium
Lorrie Morgan in Concert

Lorrie Morgan literally grew up in music. The daughter of Grand Ole Opry star George Morgan, she made her musical debut at age 13 and has continued to earn top honors for her authenticity as a country artist ever since. The Door Community Auditorium welcomes Lorrie Morgan to its stage for a concert on Friday, October 3rd at 8 pm. Performing some of her all-time hits including “Something in Red,” “Dear Me,” and “Out of Your Shoes,” Morgan shares her life story through her music.
Watching her father perform, Morgan showed little interest in pursing a singing career in country music. It wasn’t until her father persuaded her to take the stage that the teenager found her life’s calling. The response to her debut performance of Marie Osmond’s “Paper Roses,” however, changed the course of her life. “I knew what I would be doing the rest of my life,” Morgan recalled. The teenager toured with her father until his death in 1975. Following his passing she carried on the family’s musical legacy touring with his band before going solo a few short years later.
In the early years of her career Morgan performed as the opening act for George Jones, and regularly performed with the Grand Ole Opry. Charting her first single in 1979, the country artist was granted membership into the Opry, the most coveted establishment in music, five years later.
Morgan’s career took wing with her 1989 release “Dear Me,” which became a Top-10 hit. Singles “Five Minutes” and “What Part of No” were followed by In the course of the next ten years Morgan released three #1 singles: “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No,” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” Her platinum debut album “Leave the Light On” (1989) was followed by “Something in Red” (1991) and “Watch Me” (1992), both of which also earned platinum status.
The Country Music Association (CMA) has nominated Morgan for numerous awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, the Horizon Award, Top Vocalist of the Year, and Female Artist of the Year. Her recording “’Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” was nominated for Single of the Year in 1991. Morgan was awarded Vocal Event of the Year honors in 1990, and “Common Thread” was named 1994 Album of the Year.
Additional awards include the Country Music Television (CMT) 1992 Female Vocalist of the Year; TNN/Music City New Awards 1991 and 1997 Vocal Collaboration of the Year; and 1994, 1996 – 98 Female Artist of the Year.
Morgan has continued to demonstrate versatility in her career choices. She has appeared on major television programs and made her acting debut in the television movie “Proudheart” for which she received a Cable Ace Award nomination.
“Show Me How,” Morgan’s 12th album released in 2004, is a collection of 11 songs that examine life from the perspective of “lessons learned and wisdom earned. I wanted it to be parallel to my life,” Morgan said of the album. “I didn’t want to record anything that I couldn’t relate to, that I haven’t lived or haven’t experienced and everything we found, I think, was very mature sounding, livable, very seasoned songs.”
Tickets for Lorrie Morgan are $50/$45, and $37, 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.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Orchard Country Winery & Market Limited Edition Door County Lighthouse Wine Receives Bronze and Most Unique Title Awards

We recently received this press release regarding Orchard Country Winery & Market, and a unique wine they are producing! Also, check out the Orchard Country's Fall Fest, September 27th. See below!


Orchard Country Winery & Market Limited Edition Door County Lighthouse Wine Receives Bronze and Most Unique Title Awards

The Mid-American Wine Competition honors the finest wines from 14 Midwestern states including Kentucky and Tennessee. During the July competition, more that 640 wines were evaluated by 14 judges whose expertise embraces all aspects of wine production and consumption. During the three-day event Orchard Country Winery & Market received two awards: a bronze medal for its special limited edition Door County Lighthouse wine released this May; and a medal for its artwork kin Most Unique Wine Label category.
The award-winning limited edition Door County Lighthouse wine is a special blend of Riesling grapes and local Montmorency cherries. The wine arrives in a blue lighthouse-shaped bottle whose label features a Kathy Glasnap painting of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse located on Rock Island.
“We were thrilled to be honored for this wine,” said Carrie Viste, co-manager of Orchard Country. “This is a very special limited wine and we are pleased that it has been recognized for its qualities. And it has been well received by the public; we have only 20 cases remaining.”
One of the county’s original “farms,” Orchard Country is an old world blending of vineyard, wine tasting room, and country market surrounded by one hundred acres of trees laden trees. Under the direction of her father Bob Lautenbach, Viste and her sister Erin Lautenbach manage the fourth-generation farm. Country Orchard is consistently recognized for its award-winning fruit wines, refreshing ciders, and wide selection of home-made Door County products.
In the past 23 years, award-winning fruit wines have become the hallmark of Orchard Country. The winery currently produces 33 blends. The Door County Lighthouse Wine is the first in a collector series that will be introduced each spring. Information on submitting original artwork for the label series will be available this fall.
“We are so pleased to feature a local artist and Kathy Glasnap was the perfect choice. It is a wonderful showcase for her love of lighthouses,” said Viste. “I hope our guests will enjoy the new blend and the lighthouse-shaped keepsake bottle. It is about taking home a bit of Door County.”
Kathy Glasnap’s original artwork and prints are available for purchase at Cottage Row Framing & Gallery located in the historic barn behind the Orchard Country Winery & Market. Orchard Country is open daily from 9 – 5 pm. Orchard Country Winery & Market, located at 9197 Highway 42 just south of Fish Creek, is open year round. Visit the website www.orchardcountry.com for additional information.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Breakfast time!

Just sat down at the White Gull Inn for breakfast- ahh one of our favorite places!
Dan and the DCN Crew
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

At John Henry's

Talking to John Henry (owner) and others and shooting some pool!

Dan the the DCN Crew
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At Casey's

We're eating dinner right now at Caseys in Egg Harbor: BBQ wings with signature sauce, BBQ brisket, pulled-pork skins, all awesome.
Off to John Henry's next.
Dan and DCN Crew
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At the Bayside!

Almost 7PM - Taking a break at the Bayside Tavern - the crew is drinking a drink we invented: a Floating Island beer - it's Island Wheat beer with a floater of Guinness. Great! Stop in and join us!

Dan and the DCN crew
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Shooting Video in Fish Creek!

We are wrapping up a full day in Fish Creek for an upcoming video - more to shoot tomorrow - say HI if you see us!
Dan and DCN Crew
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Lunch in Fish Creek

We're doing more video shoots in Ephraim and Fish Creek, so we're stopping for lunch at the Blue Horse Bistro and Espresso. If you see us, stop and say "hi."

Dan and the DCN video crew
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Autumn is Here! It's Fall, For You! Videos and More!

Fall is one of the most gorgeous times to be in Door County - so plan your Fall trip right now! In Door County, there is a Fall, For You - just waiting!

We just released all of our Fall information!

- Fall Article on the Homepage (and continuing)
- 26 Things to Do This Fall in Door County
- Autumn Awe video (you will like it!)
- Autumn Again video (you can't get enough of Fall in Door County)!

Get to all this information right from our Homepage! And the Autumn Awe and Autumn Again videos are ALSO posted our our Sights & Sounds page under Seasonal (and now also under New Releases). Under Seasonal, you will also find a third Fall video, A Door County Fall.

So get ready for some great Fall Festivals in Door County, and for some great Fall fun!

Leave a Comment below and let us know what you think of the Fall material and the brand new videos!

September Navigator News(tm) Newsletter Almost Ready!

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Review - Parkwood Lodge!

In Fish Creek, Parkwood Lodge, formerly Beowulf Lodge, is undergoing lots of improvements with the new owners. So we just re-reviewed Parkwood Lodge and posted the review on our sight in the New Reviews section.

So take a look - and please tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September Giveaway is Running! Westwood Shores!

Our September Giveaway is up and running! You could win a fabulous stay for 2 nights at the beautiful Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay! Right on the water, this resort is first-class!

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

If you are subscribers to our our email and to our newsletter, Navigator News(tm), you would have found some secret words in the email that just went out announcing the September Giveaway! They can earn you 10 free, extra entries! You can always Subscribe Now for future issues of Navigator News(tm) and our emails!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fall Stuff Coming This Week!

Hope you are all enjoying Labor Day! We're busy at work on the site, and later this week we will be posting all of our Fall materials on the Homepage, including two new Fall videos!

So look for it later in the week, and let us know what you think. And keep having fun in Door County :)

New "Real People" Video Released Today!

We just released Real People in Egg Harbor 2 today! The new video continues our series of our interviews with real people on the streets of Door County. Learn about what real people like to do, where they like to stay, and where they dine through this series of videos! there are 5 complete Real People(tm)videos on the site now!

So look for Real People in Egg Harbor 2 right on our Homepage under New Videos, just above Summer Sundown. It is also on our Sights & Sounds page under Real People!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

You Can Subscribe To Our DCN BLOG , Ya Know!

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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:


The Door Community Auditorium
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!


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.