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Issue 16 April 2009
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Fairs & Fests!
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A Special Place: Door County Interiors & Design

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Fairs and Fests 2009:
Art, Outdoors and Local Flavor 
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
Wondering when to schedule your 2009 visits to Door County? Try planning your itinerary around an art fair or community festival.
These events are usually outdoors, providing opportunity to see scenic areas throughout the Peninsula. Also, enjoy getting to know artists, craftspeople and business owners in a relaxed ambiance. 
Read on to learn highlights of some of the many fairs scheduled May through October 2009.
Wool Gathering, Fine Art and Crafts Galore
The annual Shepherds Market takes place May 16 and 17 at Whitefish Bay Farm, Sturgeon Bay.  Local sheep, goat and llama shepherds sell fibers as well
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort as one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. It's a don't-miss event, especially for people who knit, weave and love unique wearable art. 
Another favorite is the Fine Art Fair on May 23 and 24 at Sunset Park along the Sturgeon Bay waterfront and close to shipbuilding businesses. Art is the main attraction at the juried show, where Midwestern artists exhibit their wares in watercolor, clay, wood, paper, photography, metal and other media. 
There's a great silent auction, children's art activities, roaming musicians and a grill going near the water-a great place to eat.
Leave enough time to head over to Maifest, Jacksonport, also scheduled for May 23 and 24.  Find garden accessories, handcrafted soap and lotions, wearable art and much more here.
Ban the Winter Witch
In Ephraim, celebrate a Scandinavian custom that bans the winter witch and welcomes summer. The village's 45th annual Fyr Ball Festival runs June 19 to 21 with the bewitching bonfire and most activities taking place Saturday, June 20, along the Eagle Harbor shoreline. 
That's when the village crowns the new chieftain, a local resident chosen by the locals for his/her work in village arts, education or business.  "The chieftain comes in as the sun is setting. It is quite dramatic. You can't see who it is, and there is always a lot of speculation," says Sally Jacobson of the Ephraim Historical Foundation.
Lakeside on the Fourth
Head to the lakeside July 4 to celebrate Independence Day in Baileys Harbor.  Most activities take place near the beautiful marina on one day only.  After the parade, walk through the outdoor art show.
Also, the shops along Hwy. 57 are open and sell antiques, clothing, furniture moccasins and more. The fantastic fireworks show, handled by the town's Fire Department volunteers, lights up the sky over the lake at dusk.
Later that month, businesses in Carlsville celebrate Carlsville Day on July 25. One of many activities on the special day is a pet contest, which will award prizes to dogs that do the best trick and who are the biggest, smallest and youngest, to name just a few of the categories.
"Sometimes it gets to be a tight race-with the length or size," says Verna Kreutz, owner of Pet Expressions in the Carlsville Marketplace.
Color at Fall Fests
Celebrate autumn's bounty during Sturgeon Bay's Harvest Festival and Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 19.  
Portions of the city will be transformed into a street fair, where arts, crafts and food vendors will sell their wares.  Many will be area residents offering locally made and grown fare. Children's entertainment, autumn displays and music are part of the day, too.
Then, on Sept. 26, Baileys Harbor presents its intimate and appealing Autumn Fest with arts crafts, food and entertainment.
The popular Pumpkin Patch Festival is set for Oct.10 and 11 this year.  Decorated scarecrows and
Egg Harbor Lodge Bannerpumpkins are the main attractions throughout Egg Harbor during the festival as well as on days preceding the event. View displays, sponsored by businesses and created by volunteers, as you walk or drive. But really be certain to get around the entire village.
Also don't miss the Sister Bay Fall Fest, Oct. 16 to 18 this year. The artists and craftspeople now set up their exhibits along Mill St., providing more space
Scandinavian Lodge Bannerto see their displays and buy their wares.  Your purchase of food and drink benefits non-profit organizations in Door County.
Learn more details about these and other Door County festivals and fairs at - visit our Calendar Now!

Get Inside Door County Homes

During Showcase of Homes in May


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Drool, dream and plan your Door County home during the annual Showcase of Homes, which takes place May 8 and 9 and May 15, 16 and 17.


Thirteen new houses, all dolled up by area designers, are open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA).


"Now is a great time to build or remodel.  Interest rates are low, and building materials are priced right," says Jeff Dorner, sales representative at Van's Lumber and Custom Builders and treasurer of DCHBA. 


One showcase homes is a spectacular 8,000 square foot home, which sits on Green Bay waters.  Construction is by WE Builders and interior design is by Door County Interiors & Design, Egg Harbor. 


The home has a cedar and stone exterior and a steel roof. Inside, look down at the stunning walnut floors and then up at the ceilings-many have intriguing angles and adornments such as exposed wood beams.


There are five fireplaces; the woodburning/gas fireplace in the stunning great room has locally quarried stone. Two more are on the lower level-one is accented by century-old tile from Italy, and the other-in the home's own pub - has a rustic European flair.


The kitchen has celadon green cabinets, in-cabinet glass shelving and lighting and diverse countertop surfaces. Don't miss the eye-catching backsplash of distinctive travertine tile and its pencil edging.


"The home doesn't give you the feeling of a castle. There is the warmth of colors, and your eye is constantly taking in all the beauty," says Ron Trimberger, co-owner of Door County Interiors & Design.


Ethan Jorns, co-owner of WE Builders, says people who attend the Showcase of Homes support local students interested in construction, learn about area builders and designers and garner ideas.


"People can come in, and stay here all day if they want and look at everything. This is home to get a lot of good ideas," he says.


The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. More details are online at

A Special Place:

Door County Interiors & Design


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


What's it about:  Door County Interiors & Design (DCID) is an Egg Harbor-based home store and interior design resource.  The 10,000 square foot store includes a showroom of furniture, accessories and art. An adjacent area and Newport Resort Bannerconference space presents vast samples of window coverings, fabrics (ordered by the yard), flooring, countertop and backsplash finishes, rugs and more.   DCID employs 13 people, who are specialize in furniture, flooring, interior design, overall project management and more.


Why it's special: Whether you are shopping for a new comfortable chair (quality brands are represented here), or planning new window coverings or interior finishes for a new home, this is a place to come.  The staff really wants to educate you about interior choices available. They take the time to explain how products are made, ask you questions about your decorating style, goals and color preferences and really listen to what you say before they recommend.


"Our main function here is to help people. We do that by showing them different products," says Carol Trimberger, co-owner, DCID. "We are here to offer advice and our thorough knowledge of the products we work with."


DCID also has a commitment to green and carries furniture, accessories, art and finishes that are sustainable or made in eco-friendly ways.  "We are stressing here to be a green company, to sell green products and work with green manufacturers," says Ron Trimberger, co-owner of DCID.  "We feel as a business that we have an obligation to the beautiful County we live. We are charged with it on this Earth, and we are interested in our present customers' and future customer's lives." 


Quick facts: Door County Interiors & Design, 7266 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor, or 920-868-9008, and please tell them you read about them on!