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Gift Ideas By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Thinking about sending someone a holiday gift from Door County? Here are some good ideas that can be purchased online, by phone, or in person.
A holiday wreath, creatively designed by Door County artisans from locally harvested greens, is a perfect idea for business colleagues, neighbors, teachers and others who may be on your Christmas list.
"I'm sure it's pretty exciting to open a package and have a fresh Door County wreath. It has got to smell amazing when they open that box," said Josiah Robben, co-owner of Robbens Nest Farm, which sells handmade wreaths in a variety of locations in Door County as well as online at www.cupofcolor.com
Robben and his partner, Joseph Lopez, display their wreaths, in many festive shapes and natural varieties in a shop at the corner of Jefferson Street and 5th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. You can't miss it; it's adorned with their fluffy and creative greenery. Another new location for them this year is Great Northern by Design in Fish Creek. And the designers return to display the wreaths in the old white barn next to the Patricia Shoppe in Egg Harbor.
Robben and Lopez harvest the greens on 20 acres of family land in Egg Harbor. Cedar, pine, white pine, spruce, fir and more varieties are used in the wreaths. Each wreath is made up of different greens. Shapes include traditional round wreaths (in various sizes), as well as candy cane, cross, Christmas tree and heart shapes. Also sold are swags, wall sconces and garland.
"We like to offer wreaths for all tastes," Robben said.
Oh, and speaking of taste, if you prefer a gift that tastes good and will keep someone warm this winter, buy Door County Coffee. More than 100 flavored and non-flavored coffee varieties are made in Carlsville and sold nationwide. Check out doorcountycoffee.com
Door County Coffee uses specialty class one Arabica coffee beans, which are among the top two percent of beans grown nationwide. Vicki Wilson, owner, said she also purchases high-end flavorings.
The coffee is packaged, at this time of year, in colorful red and green bags; 12 ounce and 1.5 ounce sizes are available. And some of the seasonal flavors include Door County Christmas, Butter Rum, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Gingerbread and White Christmas.
"Door County Christmas is our Number one flavor. It is so awesome. People go crazy for it-all the spicy notes like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. It has it all and reminds you of Christmas," Wilson said.
Gifts of art, made in Door County, will remind people of you as well as the Peninsula. And what better way to recognize the Peninsula's Scandinavian heritage than with a purchase of a Nisse ornament carved from basswood?
Jerry Waite, a Sturgeon Bay wood carver, makes the charming ornaments, which are about four and one-half inches high with a brass hook on back. He said he was inspired by folklore about Nisses, renowned by people in rural Scandinavia as mythical creatures.
The Christmas Nisse wears a green jacket and red pointed hat. Mrs. Nisse, with blond braids, wears a red blouse, green skirt with a white apron. The ornaments may still be available at Door County Interiors & Design in Egg Harbor, doorcountyinteriors.com.
Door County Interiors & Design, open daily year-round, also shows other art by Door County artists including Karin Miller-Knutson's limited edition print of Door County icons. The lively and colorful painting is entitled, "Your Door County."
The signed photo giclee print (50 available) shows the Peninsula, surrounding islands and waters. Also presented in the 21 by 28 inch piece, done in watercolor and ink, are symbols and Miller-Knutson's own writing that communicates festivals, lighthouses, parks, towns and more. Activities such as arts events, eating ice cream, a ferry ride and a roaring fish boil are also among the things depicted.
The painting and prints were specially commissioned by Carol Trimberger of Door County Interiors & Design, who said customers desire home accents that show the entire look and feel of the area.
"Karin has included the essence of Door County, and she is a local artist doing this," Trimberger said.
Sit Fireside and Hear Music
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Sitting by the fire and listening to live music in Door County just sounds like the perfect thing to do during the long winter, doesn't it?
Try making one or a few of the Fireside Coffeehouse Concerts at Door Community Auditorium 3926 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, in 2010. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and cost $14 per person. Door Community Auditorium transforms its lobby area or Fireside room to an intimate coffee house setting, filled with tables, chairs and a stage. Ecology Sports Base Camp sells the coffee, and read on for a look at the performers.
First up is Lynn Gudmundsen & Friends on Jan. 16. Gudmundsen says she does a little bit of everything from bluegrass and jazz to Irish blues, folk, original compositions and classical music as well. Katie Dahl plays near the fire on Jan 30. . She's a singer/guitar player/songwriter who released her debut album "County Line" in 2009.
Bluegrass, country and folk music by Highland Road will fill the coffee house-like setting Feb. 20. Then, Melaniejane, an award-winning singer/songwriter, will pick up a wide variety of instruments when she performs March 6.
The series concludes March 27. That's when Michael Ammons and Rich Higdon play classic tunes from the blues, string band and jug band traditions. Also hear ragtime, "hokum" party music and solid originals.
"We think the 'clubby' atmosphere of the Fireside room, the coziness of the fire, the type of talent, the refreshments - coffee and desserts - make the concert series special," said Dick Sandretti, executive director of the Door Community Auditorium.
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Interfibers Design Gallery
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
What's it about: Interfibers is a 625-square-foot gallery and studio filled with art by Wendy Carpenter, a fiber and paper artist and jewelry designer. Interfibers displays and sells Carpenter's fiber art and jewelry as well as mixed media art by Ruth Philipon, oil paintings by Daryl Asbury, mixed media copper repousee by Isabel Beaudoin, wood furnishings and much more.
Carpenter's vast artistic skills include weaving, dyeing, papermaking and basketry. Her hand-woven fiber wall sculptures often integrate fabric with found objects, such as twigs. Some pieces are made on the loom, located inside Interfibers. Carpenter also takes custom orders for her hand-woven fiber art and often delivers and installs pieces in people's homes.
Why it's special: The gallery has evolving exhibitions, so it's enjoyable to come back a few times each year. It's a bright gallery with a pitched ceiling, skylights, loft, light wood flooring and a fireplace. Catching the eyes is fiber wall art by Carpenter called "The Four Elements of Science." It's a 13-foot tall colorful decorative wall hanging blending hand-woven fiber by Carpenter with paper crafted by Beaudoin. Carpenter's woven infant carriers, suggested by those in China, are recent additions to the gallery. Also displayed is framed art titled "Grandmother's Lace." Here, Carpenter cut up a vintage tablecloth, alternating pieces of it with her hand-made paper.
"I always have new ideas. And I love to create-whether it's a wall hanging, jewelry or paper," Carpenter said.
Quick Facts: Interfibers Design Gallery, Cty. Rd. F, Fish Creek, two miles east of Hwy. 42. Open May through October or by appointment this time of year at 920-868-3580.