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Issue 63March 2013
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"A Peek Inside the Door:" Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
Something Going On: Expo Coming!
Door County Happenings

Door County - 

Lookin' Good! 

Door County Sunsets Are Great!
Door County Sunsets are Great!
Spring is Coming!
Spring is Coming!

Early Spring Sunburst
Early Spring Sunburst

Pancakes - :)
Yummy Pancakes!

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Eagle Tower View

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We continue our new lead feature: "A Peek Inside the Door." We'll profile a Door County business by sharing a special Q and A online interview with the owners.  This supports our Cable TV show that is on in Chicago by the same name! 

Get the inside scoop from people who are leading key businesses in Door County. Find out what they have planned for 2013, highlights of their hotels and attractions, how they got started in Door County, their tips for enjoying the Peninsula and much more.  Be sure also to watch our "A Peek Inside the Door" cable television show airing in Chicago on Comcast and RCN every week, and online on our website and YouTube Channel.  So for 2013, our new format will include: 

1) "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" lead story, giving you special insight into some of Door County's wonderful businesses - right from the owner's mouth!

2) Something to Do!  We will always detail something fun and exciting to do in Door County!

3) Door County Happenings!  Find out what changes have taken place recently in Door County, from openings to closings and lots more.

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). 


In The News!  

  1. Why is all you need!  Trusted Reviews, and videos! You will find the best in Door County on - your only Trusted Source!  More fun stuff, like User Reviews, coming in 2013!  And our mobile app too!
  2. Chicago proper and have Comcast or RCN? Tune in to Channel 25 on Mondays at 3:30PM, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:30.  Let us know what you think!
  3. Have Door County Memories to share?    You can get your Door County memories published on our site!  So look for "Your Stories of Door County" and submit a story!  So write it up now and submit it - it's winter - what else do you have to do?!  Haha!
  4. Door County Online Jigsaw Puzzles(tm)  now available for your playing pleasure - all on our website! Play now!  Wow!  More new puzzles were recently added!
  5. Convenient videos and Visual Reviews(tm) dominate our site because they offer you the best information about Door County that there is - anywhere!
  6. Find Me A Room(tm)  continues to be a huge hit - especially as we move into the big trip planning season for 2013 - let us know if you need help: Click the Find Me A Room(tm) button on any page!  Also, register to use our Trip Planner etc. right now at let us know what you think!  Use the Trip Planner, Advanced Search and more!  Register now!
  7. Always check our DC Marketplace tab for interesting postings by Door County businesses - especially check the Rooms Available part for last minute rooms on busy weekends!
  8. The March Giveaway is on! Win two nights at the fabulous Newport Resort in Egg Harbor!  Enter Now!
  9. "Social Media" is bigger than ever! You can now follow on Twitter!  Yes!  Look for DoorCountyInfo or click below and follow our Twitter posts.   Follow us on Twitter!
  10. Facebook: Join our Door County fan page on Facebook! We have over 8,900 fans - join us and be part of the excitement!
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . Spring is on the way so make your plans now on using our Trip Planner (register to use)!

Dan Silvestri

Take "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" this month with:

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse plans events

to celebrate a 50th anniversary

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Fish Creek, is one of the rare Door County beacons accessible to the public. The lighthouse was built in 1868 and automated in 1926. Located inside Peninsula State Park, the lighthouse is open for guided tours mid-May through mid-October.


The lighthouse actually opened its doors to visitors for the first time on Sept. 1, 1963. And this year Eagle BluffParkwood Lodge 2010 banner  Lighthouse staff and volunteers are celebrating 50 years of welcoming visitors from around the world to the yellow brick lighthouse.


We recently caught up with Patti Podgers, the lighthouse's curator, on what is unique about this lighthouse and plans for the upcoming season.

Q. There are so many lighthouses in Door County. What makes Eagle Bluff Lighthouse unique?

Patti: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in Door County that features a docent-led tour. Our docents are knowledgeable and very animated and enthusiastic.


Secondly, we continue to operate as a lighthouse under the U.S. Coast Guard.


Thirdly, as of this year, the lighthouse has been completely restored. Although initial work was completed 50 years ago, the lighthouse required constant upkeep. Much needed work was completed in the past two years-thanks in great part to Kelli Burns, Peninsula State Park superintendent.Newport Resort Banner  Today, the lighthouse appears just as it would have when Peter Coughlin (lightkeeper from 1918 to 1926) left in 1926.


Q. Tell us some highlights of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse history

Patti: The first lightkeeper was Henry Stanley, who served from 1868 to 1883. Originally, the lighthouse was fueled by kerosene. But in 1916 the lighthouse lamp was automated with a form of gas. Today, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse continues to guide ships-both commercial and recreational-through the Strawberry Islands with a solar lamp.


When the lighthouse was automated in 1926, Peter Coughlin's lightkeeper position was eliminated as there was no need for a residential keeper. The lighthouse--save for the lamp which continued to function--was dark until 1960. In that year, the Door County Historical Society was granted a lease to restore the lighthouse and open it to visitors. For three years volunteers donated their time and energy to bringing the lighthouse back to life. And on Sept. 1, 1963, the lighthouse doors were opened to visitors for the first time.


Although there is no firm documentation, it is thought that Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is the first restored, open to the public lighthouse in the United States.

Q. What is the anniversary celebration about?

Patti: This season we are celebrating 50 years of welcoming visitors from around the world to our little yellow brick lighthouse. And we will be featuring many special events. Guests will include plein air artists painting on-site, members of the local quilt guild, storytellers, Civil War re-enactors and musicians.


Theme tours will be featured throughout the season focusing on the quality life at the lighthouse, children in the lighthouse, the woman's role in the lighthouse and the operation of the lamp. A special tour will also highlight Door County and the Civil War, as well as the story of William Duclon (lightkeeper from 1883 to 1918).


Q. Why is William Duclon's story important?

Patti: William Duclon served for a remarkable 35 years. And because he served so long, we have significant documentation of what life was like at the lighthouse. Also, William's son, Walter, was living when the lighthouse was restored and contributed to the history and family stories that we share today.


Q. How can people tour and learn more?

Patti: The lighthouse will be open for weekends Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 27. The lighthouse will open daily on Friday, May 31. Docent-led tours are available from 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. The lighthouse closes daily at 4 p.m.


Admission is adults $5; students age 13 to 18 $2; youth age 6 to 12 $1; and children age 5 and under free.

Something to do:

Door County Expo Set for March 23rd and 24th!


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to

People can find out what's new in home building and remodeling and meet area experts during the Door County Home & Garden Expo March 23 and 24 at Stone Harbor Convention Center in Sturgeon Bay.


This year's event, sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA), runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Bridgeport Waterfront Resort   Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


Highlights of the Home & Garden Expo include exhibitors with educational information about remodeling, building, interior design, kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, heating and air conditioning, energy, decks, landscaping, banking and more. Door County Interiors & Design will be on hand too!


Also, free seminars will run throughout the two-day event.  Included are Saturday sessions: "Getting Your Construction Project Started," by Joe Porten, PortSide Builders, Inc. at 11 a.m.; "Financing and Coordinating the Payment Process of Your Construction Project" with Amy Demain, North Shore Bank, and Dawn Honold, Title Services of Door County, at 1 p.m.; and "Creating and Maintaining Your Backyard Pond" by Paul Mancheski, WaterScape Designs, at 3 p.m.


Planned Sunday seminars are: "Getting Acquainted with Lesser Known & Very Useful Wisconsin Natives," by Clifford Orsted, Door Landscape & Nursery at 11 a.m.; andScandinavian Lodge Banner  "Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems: the process, Investment, Incentives and Paybacks" by Ron Poupore, Action Heating & Cooling, at 1 p.m.


Tahna Evers, of Door County Custom Cakes & Cookies, will demonstrate cookie decorating and give kids a chance to participate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Other guest exhibitors include Door County Floral presenting plants, hanging baskets, bulbs fertilizer and more; and Renard's Cheese with handcrafted cheese, sausage and other Door County products.


Admission cost of $5 is good for both days and all seminars.

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!


Here are some recent Door County Happenings:

The Bayview (highway) Bridge is closed for rehabilitationThe Shallows Resort Banner  and expected to reopen July 4. Traffic is being re-routed through downtown Sturgeon Bay during repair work.


"Almost Maine," a romantic comedy under the northern lights, is being performed through March 17 at Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay.


The 136 Wine Bar and Restaurant, 136 N. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay, opened Feb. 14 and is serving lunch Monday through Wednesday and lunch and dinner Thursday through Saturday; closed Sundays. It is owned by Sharon Peterson, who previously owned Gourmet a Go Go on the west side of Sturgeon Bay.


In Fish Creek, the Blue Horse Beach Café, 4113 Main St. has reopened effective Feb. 2.  It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for coffee, tea, soup, salads, sandwiches and weekly specials.

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