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Issue 1 January 2008
In This Issue
Sturgeon Bay - Year Round!
Folk Music at White Gull - Fish Creek
A Special Place: Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor

Sturgeon Bay: The Old Steel Bridge
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Sturgeon Bay, a year-round travel destination

By Donna Marie Pocius

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Don't miss an opportunity to visit Sturgeon Bay now.


This city, located on the Door Peninsula, is a year-round community with diverse attractions. And when you travel here during the winter and spring, you can enjoy a different pace, as compared to touring the city during the summer when parking spaces may be difficult to find and traffic a tad heavy at times.


"It's not the hustle-bustle of summer. It's a more leisurely pace. That, in itself, is more relaxing," said Todd Trimberger, of winter and spring in Sturgeon Bay. He is executive director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC), located at 36 South Third Ave. (a great first stop and place to ask questions of knowledgeable staff and pick-up informative The Shallows Resort Bannerbrochures and maps).   


Now open are Sturgeon Bay-based museums including the Door County Maritime Museum and Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art (one of this writer's favorites). Also find great restaurants and shops, unique galleries, charming B&Bs and large hotel properties.


Businesses are open daily, because Sturgeon Bay is populated by about 10,000 local residents, many of whom work in their hometown.


Don't miss the Fire and Ice weekend winter festival set for Feb. 15 to 17. People can see ice carvers create large-scale sculptures from huge blocks of ice throughout the city. Another highlight is a dinner dance Feb. 16 with live music by Streetlife, the Milwaukee Bucks house band.


New this year is Groovin' Sisterhood weekend April 25 to 27. SBVC is inviting women to travel to the city for seminars, shopping, wine and food tastings, decorating and fashion ideas. A B&B tour and entertainment are on tap as well.


"We want to keep people intrigued about Sturgeon Bay," Trimberger said.

To learn more, visit or call 800/301-6695.



Come inside and hear folk music fireside

By Donna Marie Pocius

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Come inside and hear live folk music at the White Gull Inn, Fish Creek. The 110-year-old White Gull Inn, the oldest operating inn on the Peninsula, features fireside performances by singer/songwriters on select dates through April (March 12, April 9 and April 30).


The idea came from house concerts, where touring performing artists played in people's homes in exchange for meals and lodging.


"We thought we would try it. We have rooms to offer and food," said Andy Coulson, the innkeeper.

"Over the years, it has gotten so popular.  And it's a real nice series this year.  It has been a way to do something on an off-night in winter.  In the dining room, we always have a fire going. And there's not a bad seat in the room."


Beer and wine are served as guests arrive and during breaks, but not during the concerts.  "So there is no clinking of glasses when the concert starts. Everyone is quiet. And it has a coffee house feel," Coulson added. 

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A Special Place:

Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor

What's it about:

Woodwalk Gallery is an art gallery and painter's studio located in a converted barn. The studio (where Margaret Lockwood paints) is made from straw bale, which gives the walls a wavy and sculptural appearance.


The well-lit and welcoming gallery showcases Lockwood's large-scale atmospheric and contemporary oil paintings, as well as work by 30 other artists working in a variety of media -- ceramics, jewelry, wood, paint and more.


Why it's special: Lockwood's art is jaw-dropping. A hallmark of her painting is the combination of colors. As for subject matter, many viewers perceive trees. But Lockwood said her paintings are truly about light and invented places.


"My paintings, in my mind, are not really about trees or skies. They are about light coming from inside of something," she said. "I'm inventing everything. But I still want it to feel like it can be a real moment or a real place-even though it isn't."


Well, Woodwalk Gallery is really a special place. 


Quick facts: Open during the winter from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6746 Cty. Rd. G, Egg Harbor. Call to confirm hours and learn more, 920-868-2912.

Donna Marie Pocius