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Issue 23 November 2009
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Holiday Events Galore!
Twelve Days of Christmas!
A Special Place: White Rose Healing Arts Studio

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Many Merry Holiday Events

in Door County

 By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


From open houses to trees lighting up and craft shows, Door County has a lot of celebrating going on around the holidays.


Sister Bay encourages travelers to "capture the spirit."  The village is hosting a tree lighting ceremony 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 at Sister Bay Waterfront Park, (the corner of Mill Rd. Scandinavian Lodge Bannerand Hwy 42).  Events will include the arrival of Father Christmas, music, refreshments and lighting the tree, of course.  Afterward, the Sister Bay Café will host storytelling and singing with Father Christmas.


An arts and crafts show takes place throughout the day Nov. 27 and 28 at the Sister Bay Village Hall, and the streets will be lighted with luminaries. 


Another fun thing to do is tour homes that are all dolled up for the holidays. The Holiday Home Tour runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.  Five homes and one historic church are on this year's tour; the cost is $20 with proceeds benefiting the Northern Door Children's Center. 


Included is a house that really rocks. Called the "quarry house," this Fish Creek home, owned by Mitch and Mary Heinrichs, is actually built on the site of a former working quarry in Door County. In fact, as you tour the home, you'll see how the homeowners actually built the home's interior around the quarry. You'll walk on quarry flooring in one room. A dramatic focal point is a 35-feet-long portion of quarry wall inside the house.


Also on the tour are homes in Juddville, Baileys Harbor and the Calvary United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor.


You can continue touring decorated places in Sturgeon Bay, which hosts its Bed & Breakfast (B&B) Walk on Sunday, Dec. 6. Included is the Inn at Cedar Crossing, where innkeepers Steve and Kelly Hellmann welcome people to tour their historic inn, housed in an 1884 building. The brick building is located on historic Third Ave., once known as Cedar St.  It was a drugstore, tailor shop, soda fountain, shoe and clothing stores and dentist's office before becoming an inn in 1988.  


"I think the late 1800s aspect of the building is still important. It gives a certain character and Bridgeport Waterfront Resort distinctiveness that you don't find in recent architecture," Hellmann said.  "And part of being a B&B is letting people take a look because you are unique," he continued.

The B&B Walk is part of Sturgeon Bay's Christmas by the Bay activities, which actually begin Saturday, Dec. 5 with a holiday parade at 10 a.m.  The city used to have Santa appear at its Nov. 20-21 tree lighting weekend show, but people thought that was a tad early for Santa sightings, according to organizers. So now he parades down Michigan Avenue, Third Avenue and Jefferson Street on Dec. 5.   


Oh, and don't forget Egg Harbor Holly Days Nov. 27 and 28 with a tree lighting at Harborview Park on Nov. 27 as well as an "elf hunt" for the kids.  What's an elf hunt?  Kids 12 and under are encouraged to look for elves in participating Egg Harbor businesses.  When they see an elf, they write his or her name on an elf list. After the list is complete, it can be deposited at the tree lighting, where prizes will be awarded (must be present to win).
Bay businesses invite people to celebrate the arts as well as the holidays at a Holiday Open House Nov. 28 and 29. Ellison Bay is home to long-time Door County craftsmen working with clay, fiber and more. It's a special place to find one-of-a-kind gifts such as handmade clothing and accessories, pottery and homemade chocolate.

Midsummer's Music Festival performs

"Twelve Days of Christmas" - With A Twist

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


December affords still more opportunities to hear performers of Midsummer's Music Festival in Door County.


The nonprofit arts organization, offering chamber music in unique Door County locations, has announced A Renaissance Christmas program. 


A unique interpretation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," will be played Friday, Dec. 11 at Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor; Saturday, Dec. 12 at Egg Harbor Lodge BannerShepherd of the Bay, Ellison Bay; and Friday, Dec. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ephraim.


The program will feature performances by the Chicago Early Music Consort: Stephanie Sheffield, soprano; Gary Berkenstock, recorder, crumhorn, racket, shawn and dulcian; Joel Spears, lute and theorbo; and Phillip Serna, vielle, viola da gamba.   


As to that twist to the "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme, Berkenstock will share the actual cost of items in the song like five golden rings, seven swans a swimming, eight geese a laying and, well, you get the idea.


"Early signs point to another dramatic rise in the cost of 'seven swans a swimming,'" he said.  "As the highest priced item in the Christmas Price Index, the swans cost $5,600 last year, which was a 33% increase over 2007," he continued, adding that the performers will tie in the costs as each item is introduced in the song.


"I think the audience will love it. And it will help break up a very long song," Berkenstock said. 


"The Twelve Days of Christmas" celebrates the holiday season with imagery of gifts and dancing and music and was first printed in the 1780 children's book, "Mirth without Mischief."


The event at Bjorklunden includes wines and hors d'oeuvres, a holiday dinner by Alexander's, followed by desserts. MidSummer's Music Festival will host receptions following the concerts at the other venues. More information is at

A Special Place: 
White Rose Healing Arts Studio 

 By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
What's it about:  White Rose Healing Arts Studio shows art you might not expect to find in Door County. Gale Ritchey is a professional psychic/healer who creates fractal portal energy paintings. They don't depict landscapes or still lifes. Indeed, these are richly textured and colorful paintings, done in acrylics, intended to help viewers meditate, find insights and be enlightened.
"I'm a very different kind of artist with the work I do," Gale says. "My art comes from a pure source that we are all looking to get more in touch with." 
Why it's special: Gale is a delight and a good person to have around you--literally. Her paintings are spectacular, and each comes with Gale's writing and  interpretation. A current body of work is "Lovers and Friends." Other fractals help entrepreneurs, for example, "stir energy and get to the depth of purpose, to get your deep drive out," Gale says.
In addition to creating and selling her paintings, Gale is available to counsel people on enhancing their creative potential and much more.  "I live very intuitively aware of things," Gale says. Her studio The Shallows Resort Bannerand gallery, constructed last year, is housed in a lovely chapel-style building. Gale's art hangs on all the walls, and she has an easel in the middle of the floor, where she paints. You'll feel peaceful looking at it all the fractals. "Some people like several of them and have to pick one. They will be here three or four hours," she says.
Quick facts: White Rose Healing Arts Studio, 9281 Maple Grove Rd., Fish Creek,  Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Call 920-421-2344.