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 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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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!