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Issue 32August 2010
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Door County Getaway: Washington Island
Peninsula Music Fest
A Special Place: Country Lady

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Door County Getaway:

Washington Island
          By Donna Marie Pocius             
Special to


After making the trip to Door County, go just a tad further and stay on Washington Island.   Ferry transportation from the Peninsula (at Northport Terminal) to the Island makes it easy to add Washington Island to an itinerary or make it a primary destination.  You can take your bike or car with you on the ferry, too.


What's to do? Outdoor recreational activities-including kayaking, swimming, charter fishing--abound on the Island. It's especially comfortable to bike here, as the roads are not so busy with traffic. And it's easy to find your way around and take in key Island sites.  


Or tour the Island on the Cherry Train.   Ride in an open-windowed trolley car making three stops during a 15-mile, 90-minute narrated tour.


One of the most popular stops is the Double K-W Ostrich Farm. A family runs this farm, and they have ostriches, ostrich eggs for painting and carving and ostrich sticks-which are kind of like beef sticks but more heart healthy, according to the locals.


The train travels north to Washington Harbor and Schoolhouse Beach, one of five places in the worldScandinavian Lodge Banner decorated by white limestone rock. This is a beautiful beach, where people love to discover polished stones created by nature at the development of the ice age. They are as smooth as eggs and feel like silk in your hands.


Schoolhouse Beach is a spot for picnics, too. Other beaches and parks include Percy Johnson County Park, Jackson Harbor Ridges, Red Barn Park/Gislason Public Beach, Sand Dunes Beach and Rock Island State Park (access is at Jackson Harbor).


Or go golfing at Deer Run Golf Course and Resort. There's a challenging nine hole regulation course offering up demanding greens, elevated tees and much more. Also find an 18 hole miniature golf area.  Washington Island also promotes a Heritage Nature Trail near the Welcome Center and stable and trail rides at Field Wood Farm.


Don't miss a visit to the Art and Nature Center, located in an old schoolhouse. Here, local artists display their work inBridgeport Waterfront Resort the art gallery.  A Nature Center portion has exhibits that the entire family may enjoy. There are also a variety of shops on Washington Island.


What to buy: Fiber art is popular purchase on Washington Island. Head to Sievers on Jackson Harbor Rd. Crafts handmade by teachers and students from the Sievers School of Fiber Arts are available here as well as yarns, books and supplies for fiber artists.  Other shops feature Scandinavian art, books, clothing and sportswear, sporting goods, home décor and more.


Also popular is the annual Scandinavian Festival in August. Coinciding with this festival is the Uniques and Antiques sale, where handcrafted furnishings, fiber art and more are sold. 



Historical highlights:  Washington Island is rich in history.  Jean Nicolet, an early explorer, came to the area in 1635 followed by traders and missionaries. Washington Island was named after the schooner Geo. Washington in the summer of 1816; it was sailing from Mackinaw to Green Bay with a contingent of soldiers who were establishing a fort there, according to the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce. The islands were home to Potawatomi Indians prior to 1850.  Early settlers were fishermen. Still others--from Norway, Sweden and Denmark--brought farming, logging and other occupations and ways of life.  Eventually, Washington Island became a place where many visitors escaped urban stress or established a summer home.


Explore Island heritage by visiting Stavkirke in spring and fall. The Norwegian-style church was constructed by Island craftsmen. Also check out the Farm Museum, which gives an idea of Island life on farms during the 1880s, and the Jacobsen Museum. Still another place to visit is the Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum, which, of course, focuses on the Island's maritime trade.     


Where to eat:  There are many places to dine, enjoy coffee or drinks. Learn more about these and others at  and Fiddler's Green, Findlay's Holiday Inn Restaurant, Washington Hotel Restaurant, KK Fiske Restaurant, Nelsen's Hall Bitters Pub and Sailor's Pub.


Where to stay:  Choose from places ranging from the historic Washington Hotel to the convenient Findlay's Holiday Inn. Find out more about these accommodations and more at Dor-Cros Inn, Townliner Motel, Viking Village Motel, Cedar Lodge and Sunset Resort of Washington Island.   There are B&Bs on the island as well!


To learn more: Check out locations of businesses, hours and more details at or call 920-847-2179. 

On Stage in August: Peninsula Music Festival


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


In Door County, August is all about the Peninsula Music Festival. Tickets are available for all concerts running through Aug. 21 at the Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek.


The Peninsula Music Festival's 58th annual season presents nine different symphonic concerts in three weeks. Classical music is performed by the festival's orchestra along withParkwood Lodge 2010 banner world class guest artists.  Renowned musicians performing this year are: Grammy winning violist James Ehnes, pianist Steward Goodyear and percussionist Lisa Pegher.


Check the full concert schedule at or call 920/854-4060.  The ticket office is located at 3045 Cedar St., Ephraim, and all concerts take place at 8 p.m. at the Door Community Auditorium with the exception of the Aug. 14 concert which begins at 7:30 p.m.

 A Special Place: 

Country Lady
By Donna Marie Pocius

    Special to



What's it about:  Country Lady is a boutique carrying quality clothing for women.  It specializes in casual clothing and updated classics.  Women's apparel availableEgg Harbor Lodge Banner includes: coats, jackets, sweaters, slacks, blouses and vests.  A variety of summer attire is still available, and fall 2010 styles are also on display.  Brigitte Sonne, the owner of Country Lady, said she is seeing fall styles with large collars on sweaters and jackets. Also coming forward in the upcoming season are jackets in bold pattern of red and black.  "People tell me over and over that they prefer to come to Door County to buy here, because they appreciate the selection and taste we have here in Door County," Brigitte says.


Why it's special: Brigitte, a former fashion designer in Germany, has wonderful taste!  The clothes she chooses for sale in her store are suitable for work as well as weekend and special occasion.  Brigitte offers advice to customers, but is not "pushy."


"My style is not to be a pushy salesperson. If they ask my opinion about how something looks, I'll give an honest opinion-even if I lose a sale. That is important-to win the trust of your customers," Brigitte says.


She just moved her boutique earlier this year from Liberty Square in Egg Harbor to Main Street shops, also in EggNewport Resort Banner Harbor. The remodeled space is quite lovely with new carpeting, light and contemporary interior wood walls and partitions (for displaying clothes), pretty blue pendant lighting over a new display case/counter and more.


Quick facts: Country Lady, 7828 Hwy. 42 (Unit 1 N) in Main Street shops, Egg Harbor. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays, 920-868-1642.   Tell them sent you!