Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pink Floyd in Door County? Not Quite But . . .


July 15, 2010

Door Community Auditorium
3926 Hwy. 42 • PO Box 397
Fish Creek, WI 54212-0397
(920) 868-2728

Pink Floyd in Door County? No, But the Next Best Thing

On Saturday, July 31, the Door Community Auditorium will resound with the well-loved songs of the English rock band Pink Floyd, as performed by internationally acclaimed cover band The Machine. For twenty years, The Machine has traveled the world, carrying on Pink Floyd's legacy, while at the same time creating a legacy of their own. The Machine's knack for recreating Pink Floyd's music is uncanny (The Village Voice calls them "dead-on"), and their innovative jamming skills and elaborate light displays make their live shows unique, unforgettable experiences.

Over the years, The Machine has accumulated a devoted legion of fans, performing everywhere from symphonic orchestra halls to psychadelic clubs. The wide-ranging appeal of their music has sold out their shows in countless theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Floyd devotees and newcomers alike will find something to like in The Machine's new, contemporary take on Pink Floyd's classic repertoire.

Rolling Stone magazine writer Matt Diehl raves of The Machine's live performances, “The Machine duplicates the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy." Matthew Weber of Spin magazine concurs: "The Machine sounds exactly like Pink Floyd." Even Bob Ezrin, co-producer of Pink Floyd's classic album The Wall, is enthusiastic about The Machine: "These guys are great!"

Tickets for The Machine's performance (which begins at 8 p.m.) range from $22 to $30 and can be purchased in person at the Door Community Auditorium on Highway 42 in Fish Creek, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at The performance is sponsored by

Door County Humane Society Fundraiser Coming Up!

We just received this press release!  Support the Door County Humane Society!  We do!


Door County Humane Society Contact: Carrie Counihan
3475 County PD, Box 93 920-746-1111, ext. 4
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


Door County Humane Society Fundraiser Scheduled for Friday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, WI (July 23, 2010) – The Door County Humane Society’s annual “Swing for the Shelter” fundraiser is just a week away, and tickets are selling fast. With limited seating available, time is running out for securing space at this cool, elegant, one-of-a-kind evening event.

“Swing for the Shelter” kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6 under the Big Top by the Bay in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park. Tickets are $75 each and are available by calling (920) 746-1111, extension 4; $50 of each ticket is tax-deductible, and proceeds benefit the humane society.

“The buzz has really picked up,” said Carrie Counihan, DCHS’s executive director. “Especially since the Sister Bay Village Board has proclaimed the first week of August ‘Friends of Door County Humane Society Week.’

“But that’s not all,” she added with a chuckle. “We’ve finalized the secret recipe for our Pet Passion Potion cocktail, we’ve confirmed that the Harbor Fish Market and Grill will provide its popular mini lobster rolls, and we’ve heard a rumor that radio personality Chuck Lakefield will be showing off his zoot suit. No one’s going to want to miss that!”

And the lobster rolls won’t be the only fuel on hand for enthusiastic swing dancers jumping and jiving with the Mr. Big Note orchestra. More than 20 of Door County’s top restaurants and chefs will be under the Big Top, providing a variety of savory and sweet treats. They include the Waterfront Restaurant, T Ashwell’s, Mission Grille, Harbor Fish Market & Grille, Inn at Kristopher’s, Alexander’s, Gordon Lodge, Horseshoe Bay Pub & Restaurant, The Cookery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Mr. Helsinki’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Al Johnson’s Restaurant, Mink River Basin, Trattoria Dal Santo, Hickey Bros. Fisheries, Schreiber Foods, AC Tap, Casey’s, Second Story Restaurant, FlourGirl Patissier, Door County Coffee & Tea Company, Savory Spoon Cooking School and Feast Catering.

And when guests are taking a break from all the refreshments and dancing, they can visit the special Tribute Tree. For a donation, DCHS will honor special pets — those who are still living and those who have passed on.

“This is such a valuable fundraiser for us,” Counihan said. “From the tickets to the cocktails to the Tribute Tree, every dollar helps us offset the hefty cost of our operations and services, which runs approximately $900 per day. But perhaps even more importantly, the event also gives us a wonderful opportunity to create memories with our members, friends and the entire Door County community.”

To learn more about the Door County Humane Society and its special events, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (920) 746-1111 or or visit And, to stay up to date on the latest news, become a DCHS fan on Facebook.

The Door County Humane Society provides a safe haven for lost or homeless pets while working to reunite them with their owners or place them with a new loving family. We provide the highest level of care and compassion to each and every animal while providing a friendly, welcoming environment for customers. The Door County Humane Society encourages responsible pet ownership through education, training and spay/neutering. We encourage the public to please come out and visit the shelter and to become a member of the Door County Humane Society.


Lots of New Stuff On Navigator!

We posted a lot of new reviews this week, including The Shops at Liberty Square,  Bistro Bar & Grille, Gourmet Deli, Katie Gingrass Gallery, The Board Room at Liberty Square, The Ashbrooke, Family Thyme restaurant, Casey's BBQ & Smokehouse and more!  Check our New Reviews page on our website.

Also, NEW VIDEOS this week: The Shops at Liberty Square (including the Bistro), Wilkins and Olander, women's apparel and accessoris (including Vera Bradley, Pandora and SwitchFlops)!

Let us know what you think!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cherries Anyone?!

It's cherry pickin' season in Door County - early this year - peak picking between July 10 and 25th, so come up now!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Baileys Harbor Farmer's Market!

This press release just in!

Press Release

July 16, 2010

For immediate release

The Baileys Harbor Community Association is proud to announce starting in August we will be having a farmers market on Saturdays outside the Town Hall from 2-4pm. While shopping for your favorite food items you can take in a concert at the park. We are looking for vendors who have locally grown or made food items to sell. Space is free to set up your display area but limited to folding tables only. Set up is from 1-2pm and tear down is from 4-5pm. Any questions can be directed to Michelle Drover at

Friday, July 16, 2010

Door County Happenings(tm) Week 25 Podcast is Up!

Hi all!

Thanks to listening to our weekly Door County Happenings podcasts!  We have had a lot of very nice comments about them, so please spread the word to your friends!

Week 25 is up, Sweets, Eats and Nav News so tune in now and listen - you can listen to all 25 and learn a lot about what's happening in Door County!

Let us know what you think by leaving a Comment here and on our Facebook page!  Thanks!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Heading to Caseys

For dinner and then to John Henrys
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John Henry's in Egg Harbor Tonight!

Who of our loyal users are IN Door County right now?  Come to John Henry's toinight in Egg Harbor and meet us there - we'd love to meet ya! Come on down!

Someone has to do it :)

Re-testing coconut and caramel gelato at Double Delites in Egg Harbor - come in now!
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Lunch at Watcha Have

We just ordered a "sea dog" and a cuban sandwich at Watcha Have in Egg Harbor. Can't wait to eat! Come on in!
Dan + crew
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Checking out South Shore Pier (pontoons, waverunners) + Wisc. Water Wings parasailing - beautiful!
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In Ephraim

At Bay Breeze Resort getting updates from managers.... What a view, what a place, what a day!
-Dan + crew
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At Kangaroo Lake Resort

An idlyic setting, lovely cottages on Kangaroo Lake! We are meeting w/the owners, Pat and Arps, sitting out near the dock. Wonderful spot here at Kangaroo Lake Resort. Read our review!
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Lunch Time!

At Pelletier's in Fish Creek! Getting my usual: whitefish sandwich - yum. Ask for Angie to wait on you (sit near front) - she's great!
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Touring Ashbrooke!

We just re-reviewed The Ashbrooke, a wonderful inn in Egg Harbor. Fred + Debi continue to keep this property looking brand new! Awesome.
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Liberty Square

Here are the 2010 colors of Liberty Square in Egg Harbor - beautiful!
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In Door County? Get 1/2 Lb. Salt Water Taffy FREE . . .

In Door County this week? Well from July 12th through July 17th, head over to Door County Candy on 3rd & Michigan Streets in Sturgeon Bay - purchase one pound or more of their great fudge, and Terry will give you a half-a-pound of salt water taffy FREE!

Tell them sent you in for the deal!

Monday, July 12, 2010

At Bayside

At Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek! In town? Stop in and say hi!
Dan and crew
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At Malibu Moo's in Fish Creek

Ahh - great day for a shave ice at Malibu Moo's in Fish Creek, down by the dock behind Bayside Tavern.
-Dan and crew
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Dining at Family Thyme

We are at Sturgeon Bay at Family Thyme Reataurant. - a new entry in 2010. Look for review coming!
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Like Switchflops(tm)? Well it''s founder is heading to Door County and to one of our favortie hops, Wilkins & Olander!  See press release below.



Contact Info:
Carol Overland, Owner
Wilkins & Olander
(920) 743-8718


On Friday, July 23, from 2pm - 5pm, Wilkins & Olander will host a meet and greet for SwitchFlops founder Lindsay Phillips. The event will take place at Wilkins & Olander’s Third Avenue location in Sturgeon Bay.

Lindsay Phillips first came up with her revolutionary business idea, SwitchFlops, in a high school ceramics class. Since then, 25-year-old Lindsay has parlayed her creative interchangeable flip-flops into a tremendously successful business, selling her trademark SwitchFlops as well as a complete collection of versatile shoes, scarves and bags at boutiques around the country.

Wilkins & Olander customers will be invited to learn about the brand and its founder firsthand when Lindsay heads to Sturgeon Bay on Friday July 23rd. In the spirit of Lindsay’s accessible approach to fashion, attendees can mix and match the latest Lindsay Phillips styles to correspond with any outfit and occasion.

As an added treat, Lindsay will be bringing some samples from her new fall line, which will be arriving at Wilkins and Olander in late August. There will also be drawings, gift with purchase items and refreshments.

Carol Overland, owner of Wilkins & Olander adds, “The SwitchFlops line has been tremendously popular with our customers. We’re so fortunate to have Lindsay come visit us here in Sturgeon Bay. We hope her fans here in Door County and beyond take this opportunity to meet the genius behind the shoes!”

Since 1990, Wilkins & Olander has been a purveyor of distinctive updated traditional sportswear, shoes and accessories for women. Visit the Sturgeon Bay location at 120 N. Third Avenue or the Fish Creek shop located in Founders Square on Main Street. For hours and inquiries, please call 1-800-926-3610 or visit and shop online at .

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Week 24 Door County Happenings Podcast is up!

We just posted our 24th week of our Door County Happenings(tm) podcast!  This one covers Green Groups, Real Estate mergers, Cherries and New Reviews, so listen in right now - listen to all 24 and learn a lot about Door County!

Have fun and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's Cherry Time in Door County!

Just got this press release - and the cherries are looking good - waiting for you to pick 'em!


Contact Info:
Terry Sorenson, President, Wisconsin Cherry Growers


A bit early, but still abundant, the cherries are ripe and ready in Door County. According to Terry Sorenson, President of the Wisconsin Cherry Growers, mechanical tart cherry harvest has just started with sweet cherries 10 days or so into their harvest.

“The mild spring has everything bumped up a bit,” commented Sorenson. “And although we’ve had some loss because of a couple of cold snaps, there will still be plenty of fresh cherries available through the end of the month.”

For more information on where to pick or purchase delicious Door County cherries visit

Friday, July 2, 2010

Through the Eyes of Sophia . . . Egg Harbor Fun Park!

Through the eyes of Sophia (8 years old)……

I went to the Egg Harbor Fun Park and I beat my dad in mini golf! I have been coming here for three years, usually with my dad. There’s mini golf, a cool arcade, go-karts, water games and other gun stuff to do here. I always play mini golf because there are a lot of fun things on the course to shoot around. There is a party room where I had my 8th birthday party. We had pizza and it was awesome! I like the go-karts and arcade the best. My favorite holes for mini golf are numbers 7 and 13. There is a new basketball trampoline game that looks really fun. I can’t wait to try it. Some of the food I think other kids would like are fresh baked cookies, chips, candy, ice cream, hot dogs, chicken strips, soft pretzels and milk. There is a lot more!

I love the Egg Harbor Fun Park. It is fun, colorful and awesome! There lots of stuff to do and I get to spend time with my dad. If you are on vacation ask your mom and dad to bring you here!

Through the Eyes of Sophia! Sophia Reviews Watch Have?

Here is Sophia's first review!
Through the eyes of Sophia (8 years old)……

I have ate at Watcha Have 3 times. I always get the naked dog. This is a regular hotdog with nothing on it. I put ketchup on it only. The hot dog is really good and I like the bun. I met Chuck the owner and he took a picture of me and my dad. They are having a hot dog eating contest on the 4th of July and my dad entered it. My sister likes the fresh squeezed lemonade and I like the kind of milk they have. The food is good and there are fun things for kids to eat like the P.P.B & J which is a warm peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich on special bread. They also have corndogs, chicken tenders, nachos, French fries, caramel apples, caramel corn and cheese corn for kids to eat. I like to order at the counter and then sit at a table by the window.

I like going to eat at Watcha Have because I love their hot dogs and everyone is very friendly. After I am done with my hot dog I like to go to the park that is right next door. You should go to Watcha Have because the food is good and the people are nice.

Editor's note:  For the BLOG:

First annual hot dog eating contest held at Watcha Have. Starts just after the parade on July 4th. Everyone welcome. Cost is just 10 bucks and gets you all the dogs you can eat and a T-shirt! The proceeds go to the Egg Harbor Historical Society.

Introducing . . . Sophia! An 8 Year Old Who will Write for Us As A Favor!!

Exciting news!  Sophia, the daughter of one of our great helpers at, Leif Lautenbach, will from time to time give us a kid's perspective on places in Door County!  So those of you traveling with family, tune in to Through the Eyes of Sophia whose "column" will appear here on the BLOG and on as well from within our regular reviews!

Here is Sophia's Bio!
Hi, my name is Sophia. I’m 8 years old. I have a big sister, a mom, and a dad. Their names are Allison, Amy and Leif. I had 3 pets. Two cats and a dog but my dog died on March 23rd, 2010 so now I only have 2 cats. Angel and Pretty are their names. My dog's name was Rudy. I broke my leg when I was 6 and I had a pink cast. My favorite color is turquoise. My favorite animal is a dog and baby bunnies. I play softball. I play for North Shore Bank. My favorite flower is a tulip and a rose. I go to Sevastopol school, home of the Pioneers. I like going to Hong Kong Buffet after my softball games. I like going camping at Vista Royale in the middle of the summer with my cousins the McCormicks and my mom and dad's best friends. While camping I almost caught a 1 foot catfish. Thank you for reading my reviews and please come back to read more about my adventures in Door County.

Sophia is the daughter of Leif Lautenbach who is a member of the DoorCountyNavigator sales team and 10 year advertiser. Sophia will be in third grade next year. Her reviews of kid friendly places in Door County is called Through the Eyes of Sophia.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Peninsula Players: "Over the Tavern" Opens July 7th!

July 1, 2010 920 868 3287
Dudzick’s Comedy “Over the Tavern”
Up Next on Peninsula Players stage

Fish Creek, Wisconsin – Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, presents Tom Dudzick’s delightful comedy “Over the Tavern” from July 7 through July 25. Even the Cleavers would be at a loss to give advice when wise-cracking Rudy starts to question ruler-cracking Sister Clarissa. “Over the Tavern” is a rollicking comedy filled with warm humor, nostalgia and coming-of-age mischief. Dudzick’s hit comedy “Greetings!” was produced by Peninsula Players in 2008.

“Over the Tavern” is set in 1959. Eisenhower is president; Ed Sullivan rules Sunday night; the superpowers are in a Space Race, and the Pazinski family is trying to raise four teenagers over a tavern in Buffalo, New York.

Life in their cramped apartment is no walk in the park as parents navigate sibling rivalries, school girl crushes and sugary cereal while the kids wonder why their parents are so strict and not like those they see on “Father Knows Best.”

Everything hits the fan when the youngest, Rudy, is more interested in developing his Ed Sullivan impression than studying his Catechism. Sister Clarissa visits the home when Rudy pronounces he is shopping around for a more fun religion.

“I have wanted to bring this comedy to Door County for years,” said Greg Vinkler, the Players Artistic Director. “Finally this season it fit the bill, and I was able to find some really talented actors to play the children. It’s a show that any family can identify with because it looks at all of the various relations within a family, mother, daughter, sister, brother, etc., and does it in a loving and caring way. On top of that, it’s very funny – it really makes me laugh out loud!

“Having gone to a Catholic school myself and been taught by a very strict nun, the play does hit home for me, but you don’t have to have been raised Catholic to understand Sister Clarissa in the show. She’s the scary teaching figure probably everyone who has been a student has experienced at one time or another. It’s a great night of theater.”

“Over the Tavern” is under the direction of Kristine Thatcher who last appeared on the Players’ stage as Eliza in “Pygmalion” and LCDR JoAnne Galloway in “A Few Good Men.” She wrote the Door County-themed play “Apparitions” that the Players commissioned for its 1995 season. Thatcher has directed several plays for BoarsHead Theater in Lansing, Michigan where she was artistic director from 2005 – 2009 and is founding director of Stormfield Theater.

Returning to the Players stage are Neil Friedman and Karen Janes Woditsch as the parents coping with four teenagers and Peggy Roeder as Sister Clarissa. Friedman was in past Players’ productions of “Born Yesterday,” “Greetings!,” “Into the Woods” and “Unnecessary Farce.” Woditsch was last seen at the Players in “Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure” and Roeder in “Cabaret.”

These actors have extensive credits in Chicago theaters such as Writer’s Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman and Steppenwolf. Roeder’s additional credits include film credits in “Road to Perdition,” “Stranger than Fiction” and “Groundhog Day.” Friedman recently performed at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Woditsch in Writer’s Theater’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

Making their Players debut are the actors playing the four teenagers. Zachary Keller is the 12-year-old wisenheimer Rudy. Keller’s stage credits include “Ragtime” and “A Christmas Carol” with Drury Lane Oakbrook, City Lit Theater’s “Macbeth” and a Munchkin in the national tour of “The Wizard of Oz” at The Chicago Theatre. Andrew Keltz plays the eldest brother Eddie. Keltz’s recent credits include “The Snow Queen” and “Jacob and Jack” at Victory Gardens.

Jessie Mueller is cast as Annie, the only sister in the family. Her recent credits include “Animal Crackers” and “A Christmas Carol” with Goodman Theater and Drury Lane Oakbrook’s regional premier of “Curtains.” Isaiah Spetz, a student in Door County, is cast as Georgie, the middle brother who is mentally challenged. Spetz played the Candlestick in “Beauty and the Beast” and Philippe the Chef in “Little Mermaid” with the Door County Music and Art School.

The design team for “Over the Tavern” includes scenic designer Tom Burch, costumes by Samantha Jones, props by Sarah Ross, lighting by Stephen Roy White and sound by Cecil Averett, all seasoned Players veterans.

“Over the Tavern” will be on stage July 7 through July 25. Curtain times are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., except the closing performance July 25 at 4 p.m. Group and individual tickets are available. Individual ticket prices range from $29 to $36; there are no performances on Mondays.

The Saturday, July 24 performance is the 75th Timeless Theatrical Treasure celebration of Peninsula Players birthday with a picnic dinner served on the theater grounds before the show. Tickets for July 24 are $51, $48 and $44. For more information or to reserve tickets phone the Peninsula Players’ box office at 920-868-3287 or visit the website at

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 75 years, the theater has become a Door County landmark and its cornerstone arts institution, attracting audience members from throughout Wisconsin and across the country. For more information, please visit

Peninsula Players Theatre
2010 Playbill – 920-868-3287
Over the Tavern a delightful comedy by Tom Dudzick (July 7 - July 25)

A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award–winning masterpiece (July 28 – August 15)

Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn named by Time Magazine as "one of the 10 best plays of the past decade." (Aug. 18 – Sept. 5)

Panic by Joseph Goodrich, 2008 Winner of Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award for Best Play (Sept. 8 – Oct. 17)

Curtain Times:
July 7 – Sept. 4, Tuesday - Saturday 8 p.m; Sunday 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 –October 16, Tuesday - Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 7 p.m.
EXECEPT SUNDAYS July 25, August 15, Sept. 5, Sept. 26, and Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.
Ticket prices: Rows 1-10 $36, Rows 11-14 $33 and Rows 15-18 $29, Group rates available

Mission Statement
Peninsula Players Theatre is committed to preserving America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre in its unique setting on 16 forested acres along the shores of Green Bay. The theatre’s mission is to support, without reservation, the most exciting theatre company possible; to preserve the Theatre in a Garden’s natural beauty; to provide artists the freedom, tools, and facilities they require to entertain, uplift, and inform our audiences; to foster future generations of theatre professionals through the internship program; and to maintain fiscal policies that insure the future security of the theatre.

  • America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre, established in 1935 by Caroline and Richard Fisher, a brother and sister team who envisioned an artistic utopia in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
  • Actors are members of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
  • Peninsula Players is a non-profit theater with 501(c)3 status.
  • Voted Favorite Door County Theatre by the readers of Door County Magazine