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Issue 50February 2012
In This Issue
What A Place!! Dovetail!
Something to Do! Fire & Ice!
Door County Happenings

Door County - 

Lookin' Good! 

Ice in the Bay - Eagle Tower
Ice in the Bay - Eagle Tower
Ephraim Beach Winter
Ephraim Beach

Snowy Fence
Snowy Fences

A Crossroads
A Crossroads

Founder's Square
Founder's Square

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Some of Our Favorite
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Greetings!, is in its 13th year already!  Thanks for being such a big part of it!  
This year we will have a monthly feature:
1) called What A Place! which will detail a delightful inn or other special place that we think you will like with lots of details!
2) Something To Do! which will lead to to fun things to do in Door County!
3) Some Door County Happenings!  Find out the latest and greatest on the Door County Peninsula!
If you have missed our past Navigator News(tm) issues or are longing to reread some, you can!  Visit our archive: archived" copies of Navigator News(tm).
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In The News! 
  1. From the Lake to the Bay, our new weekly column on our Homepage just launched!  In each article, you will discover more and more about Door County!  Read it regularly - you won't want to miss a word!
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . winter is definitely here and Door County is a winter wonderland - so plan a trip now!

Dan Silvestri
  What A Place!


A Place to Go:

Dovetail Gallery/Studio & Egg Art Museum


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


As spring and Easter approaches, people's thoughts turn to eggs.


But Kathy Mand Beck's decorative eggs are popular all the time in her Door County gallery, Dovetail Gallery/Studio & Egg Art Museum, which is located, of course, in Egg Harbor.


"Egg art is a memory from a Door County trip. It's a different form of art," says Beck, who began carving andEgg Harbor Lodge Banner creating with delicate egg shells in 1990 after working in floral design and glass art.


Dovetail Galley has egg sculptures by Beck as well as egg art by other U.S. artists. Egg shells can also be custom made with people's names, wedding and anniversary dates or even company logos. 


But egg art is not the only medium for sale in this intriguing gallery which is open year-round at 7901 Hwy. 42 (look for the egg-shaped mailbox).


Also appealing to people with spring fever is Dovetail Gallery's line of copper garden sprinklers handmade in Egg Harbor by Beck's husband, Tom Mand. 


The sprinklers come in a wide variety of designs with names like Illusion, Olympian and Wavelength. They stand about 35-inches to 45-inches tall and are made for a garden hose to be connected to them for an artful spray of water.


Dovetail Gallery is all about "a magical blend of art and nature," Beck says.  Indeed, the entire feeling at this gallery is magical, friendly, accessible and a tad offbeThe Shallows Resort Bannerat-and that's just what Beck was going for.


Pet doves coo in a cage as you browse the collection of egg art, paintings, clay sculptures, batiks and jewelry by many artists.


The gallery is also home to an Egg Museum that includes wild bird, dinosaur and Faberge eggs.  The building, which overlooks Green Bay waters, is a compelling attraction itself. It is an 1873 hand-hewn dovetail log home that Beck restored after discovering it on the market in 1992 during her semi-annual trip to Door County.


"I didn't want the kind of gallery with white walls and pieces sitting on a pedestal.  This has an ambiance that's warm. It is friendly. That's what I wanted it to be," Beck says.


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Here's Something to Do!

Sturgeon Bay hosts

Fire & Ice Festival


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


What makes the Fire & Ice Festival so special in Sturgeon Bay is that you can participate in so many different ways. One way is to simply walk or drive through the downtown streets and watch carvers on the sidewalks turn snow and ice into works of art-shapes of animals, people and more.


You can also cast your vote for the People's Choice award. Vote in advance of ice block judging taking place at 2Parkwood Lodge 2010 banner p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. awards ceremony at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, 36 S. Third Ave.


The festival runs Feb. 17 through 19, and the carvers being work at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Event maps with ice and snow block locations are available at most businesses throughout the weekend or at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office.


The annual Fire & Ice Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday at Stone Harbor Resort.


Participants will enjoy dinner and music of the 1950s to theScandinavian Lodge Banner present by Little Vito & the Torpedoes.  


Sturgeon Bay shops and restaurants often run sales and specials during the festival days. More information about the Fire & Ice Festival is available by calling the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, 920-743-6246 or 800-321-6695. 


 Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Art & Soul Weekend, Feb. 17 - 19, is being hosted by three northern Door County businesses-Viva la Cottage, the Spa at Sacred Ground and Pipka's of Door County.Newport Resort Banner  Weekend activities include zumba lessons, collage lessons, a fashion show, massage and more.


Peninsula Music Festival's February Fest continues 7 p.m. Feb. 17 with the "Music of Jane Austen."


The Blue Horse Bistro will re-open this spring; the owners purchased property across the street from Fish Creek beach and plan to reopen there.


Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor has released its 2012 seminars brochure. Bjorklunden promotes vacation with a focus; learn about an intriguing topic while also staying in the lovely lodge on Lake Michigan.  Include is "Poetry of Place: A photographic Experience" with Suzanne Rose, a Door County photographer.


Light flurries are expected for Door County over the next few days. No measurable snow accumulation is anticipated.


Registration for the Door County Half Marathon & Nicolet Bay 5k is already open. It's limited to 500 participants and will take place May 5 at Peninsula State Park.


Watch our Winter Videos from our Homepage!