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Issue 26 February 2010
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Door County Getaway: Sturgeon Bay
Isadoora Plays in Door!
A Special Place: Wienke's Market

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Door County Getaway: Sturgeon Bay

By Donna Marie Pocius

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From its shipbuilding and maritime history to the tempting

From its shipbuilding and maritime history to the tempting galleries, museums, shops, B&Bs and restaurants, Sturgeon Bay has a lot to offer.


Sturgeon Bay-yes, it's actually a part of Door County-beckons visitors and locals to experience the city all times of the year.  Shop for a day or two, take in a concert or play, and attend one of its many renowned events.


"We are a year-round community. All you can do and partake in here is open all year-long," said Todd Trimberger, executive director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC).


What's to do? Experience Sturgeon Bay during one of its annual festivals. One coming up Feb. 12 to 14 is called Fire & Ice.  Champion ice carvers (with Italy Winter Olympic and U.S. National and State championship experiences) will be on streets starting 9 a.m. Saturday, transforming blocks of ice to stunning masterpieces.  More information is available on an event map, which can be picked up at the SBVC (always a good place to check out during a Sturgeon Bay visit), 36 S. Third Ave.  Also, a Fire & Ice dinner dance will take place at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center 6 p.m. Saturday. Other events in Sturgeon Bay include Groovin' Sisterhood weekend April 23 to 25, Fine Art Fair May 29 and 30 and the Maritime Museum Port of Call June 25.


Don't miss a visit to Potowatomi State Park, 3740 County PD on the shore of Sturgeon Bay and just west of the city.  Programs are free and open to the public, but a park sticker is required for entry.   


What to buy: This is a great shopping destination. That's because the area offers vast galleries and boutiques in unique buildings and convenient locations. It's easy to park the car and see a bunch of shops.  You can even walk to all three major shopping districts-Third Avenue, Jefferson Street, Madison Avenue. Spin is a lavish knitting shop housed in a 1920s former bank building on Madison. Abundant yarns and fibers are sold, and knitting and crocheting classes for crafters of all levels are available. Also on the west side is Popelka Trenchard Glass. Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard make fine art here and sell it throughout the country.


On Jefferson Street, Monticello is one of many shops to see. Nearly all the clothing and accessories are made in the U.S. Also sold are books, handbags and jewelry.  Nearby is Cornucopia, a store with intriguing kitchen gadgets, cookware and more for cooking and entertaining. Bliss is a great place to pick up a home decorating accent such as a lamp, wall art or pretty throw pillows.  By the way, stores on Jefferson are featuring their "Clean Sweep sale" with 20 to 75% off in-stock merchandise through Feb. 15.  On Third Avenue, On Deck has a lovely store with clothing by major brands for women and men; it also has a great winter sale going on. Nearby is Door Country Gifts and Tee Shirt Gallery with casual pieces with the Door County logo.


What to eat: Speaking of Third Avenue, visit the restaurants on this historic street. Sage offers fine American cuisine. And there is a wine bar for meeting and greeting. The Inn at Cedar Crossing Restaurant has a diverse menu of seafood, pastas, sandwiches and more. The dining area has original tin ceilings, exposed brick walls. They make all their bakery goods on site. 


Historical highlights: We would be remiss to not write about the iconic steel bridge on Michigan Street (now being refurbished).  It was constructed in the early 1930s and designed in such a way to withstand weather conditions and vehicle use. But a lot of wind, huge trucks and big SUVS have crossed the bridge since then; hence the need for a facelift. Nearby, is the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave. Exhibits explore the city's shipbuilding history, the Peninsula's lighthouses and more.  Other museums to check out are the Door County Historical Museum, 18 N. Fourth Ave., and the Miller Art Museum, 107 S. 4th Ave.


Where to stay:  From charming B&Bs to mega resorts and conference centers, Sturgeon Bay welcomes travelers looking to have fun or do business.  "We have the most B&Bs per capita in the U.S. There are rooms priced around the gamut. That allows for a cross-section of people to come here and enjoy Sturgeon Bay," Trimberger says.  Check out Sturgeon Bay lodging on www. 


To learn more: Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, 36 S. Third Ave. or online at or call 800-301-6695 or 920-743-6246

Isadoora Plays in Door

By Donna Marie Pocius

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Whenever the Isadoora Theatre Company announces a performance, it's a good idea to go and catch them while you can.  Isadoora is performing "The Dinner Party," a play by Neil Simon, on February 11 to 14 and 18 to 21.


The play, directed by Henry Timm, will show at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.  "The Dinner Party"Scandinavian Lodge Banner begins when a mysterious invitation brings six divorcees together for dinner at a swank Parisian restaurant. 


In this humorous yet profound examination of marriage, the group speculates wildly about their absent host, the apparent secrecy regarding the invitation and the party's true purpose, according to Isadoora.  The play is perhaps Simon's most personal one, as sharp and frequently painful truths lurk behind the laugh lines-truths that should be evident to anyone who has ever undergone marriage followed by divorce, organizers say.


The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays with a matinee each Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students.

A Special Place: 
Wienke's Market

 By Donna Marie Pocius
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What's it about: In a few words, Wienke's Market is about "a taste of Door County."  Walk in and browse this market on your way up to Door County. Nearly everything here is made here. Included are baked goods, home canning, homemade fudge, Norwegian Lefse and fresh produce.  If you can't make it to this farmstead on Cty. Rd. S (open year-round), you can see some of the Wienke staff during the Farmer's Market on summer Saturday mornings in Sturgeon Bay.


Why it's special: Try the pickles (Florence's dill spears) and the jams (go for the no sugar added cherry jam; it's wonderful) to find out for yourself what they mean by a "taste of Door County." The products are fresh, flavorful and tasty. They also make and sell mustard, honey (native Door County), pie fillings, Door County cherries (chocolate covered, dry and others) and much more. Gift baskets are on display, too.


Quick facts: Wienke's Market, 292 Cty. S between Sturgeon Bay and Algoma, 920-743-7014 or 920-487-5722