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Issue 65May 2013
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"A Peek Inside the Door:" Orchard Country Winery & Market
Something Going On: Midsummer's Music Festival
Door County Happenings

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Yes - it is FINALLY Springtime!  We have waitied a long time!

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! 

So the 3 newsletter features look like this:

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!


In The (BIG) News!  

New Mobile App!  In April, we launched our new Door County On the Go(tm) FREE mobile app!  So get it for your smart phones and mobile devices at

Or scan this QR Code with your smart phone now!  Everything at your fingertips before you go to Door County, and especially when you are in Door County - people love it so far!



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  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!
  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!  Also, another 45,000 households in Northern Illinois's Kane, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties will air the show in about a month on Channel 17.
  3. Share your Door County Memories - ger published!   So look for "Your Stories of Door County" and submit a story!  So write it up now and submit it.
  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. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. The May Giveaway is on! Win two nights at Little Sister Resort in Sister Bay!  Enter Now!
  8. "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!
  9. Facebook: Join our Door County fan page on Facebook! We have over 9,500 fans - join us and be part of the excitement!
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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . Spring is (finally!) here so make your plans now on using our Trip Planner (register to use)!

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

Orchard Country Winery and Market

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to



Orchard Country Winery & Market is a long-time family-owned and operated destination, offering a large variety of Door County and Wisconsin-made products as well as complimentary wine and product tasting.  



The expansive 100-acre property at 9197 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, includes a market, farm, art gallery and more.  TheThe Shallows Resort Banner   Lautenbach family, who own and operate the business, also host popular events including tours and the upcoming Door County Wine Trail Weekend May 17 to 19-an opportunity to partake in wine, cheese and chocolate pairing as well as enjoy live music. 


And mark your calendar for Orchard Country Winery & Market's Ninth Annual Summer Harvest Cherry Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27.  Activities will include pick-your-own cherries, cherry pie eating contest and a cherry pit spit competition. In September, the grounds are the site for the Ninth Annual Fall Harvest Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28.  Pick-your-own apples, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and more are on tap.  


Carrie Lautenbach-Viste, marketing & production director at Orchard Country Winery & Market, shared more highlights of her family's business and the 2013 season.


Q. What are Orchard Country's new offerings?

Carrie:  In June, we will be introducing a new white wine made with Seyval grapes as well as a non-alcoholic spumante made with estate-grown Honeycrisp apples. We are also enhancing our tour experience with an updated video and viewing room.


Q. What's most popular?

Carrie:  Some of our most popular offerings are our cherry wines, cherry salsa, tart cherry juice and other products featuring the ever-popular super fruit:  the Door County cherry. Our estate-grown grape wines have also become very popular.


Q. What makes Orchard Country Winery & Market unique?

Carrie:  What makes us so unique is our spacious grounds (100 acres) and many year-round activities with estate-grown fruits. Visitors can experience picking, touring, watching us make those same fruits into juice and wine as well as  sample the home-grown products, enjoy picnics, hop on a trolley visit the art gallery in the big red barn or go on a winter sleigh ride.


More information is available online at or by calling 920-868-3479, and please - tell them that sent you!



Something to do:

Midsummer's Music Festival

Performs Concerts in Unique Places


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to 



From lovely Door County restaurants and elegant homes to historic churches and dairies and intimate galleries, Midsummer's Music Festival transforms diverse Door County places to performance spaces.


"Bursting with Passion" is the theme for Midsummer's Music Festival 2013 chamber music concert series. Concerts will take place from June 7 to July 17 with a Midsummer's Music Festival Finale Aug. 28 through Sept. 2.


This summer music festival involves a world-class ensemble performing music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and more in unique venues throughout Door County.Newport Resort Banner

For example, this year's concert schedule includes a dinner cruise on July 11 to the Historic Dairy on Washington Island and a finale in a mega Door County estate overlooking Green Bay Waters. 


James Berkenstock, Midsummer's artistic director, estimates that over the years Midsummer's musicians (principal players with Chicago's Lyric Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Pro Arte Quartet) have played in more than 100 different rooms across the local landscape.


"We have turned a lot of spaces into concert halls. We look for places where the music will sound good and where people will have a good experience," he explained.


Here's a look at the 2013 concert schedule with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.


Program A: "In an English Country Garden," with Gerald Finzi's Interlude in A Minor, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Quintet in D Major and Charles Villers Stafford's Quartet in F Major, Op. 15.

June 7:  Gala Opening Night, Birch Creek Performance Center, Egg Harbor

June 8:  St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Sister Bay

June 12:  Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor

Program B:  "Blessed Spirits," with Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Dane of the Blessed Spirits," Ferdinand Thierot's Octet in B-flat Major, Op. 62 and Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major, Op 20.

June 14:  Hardy Gallery, Ephraim

June 15: Sister Bay Moravian Church

June 16:  Archetype Inc., Green Bay (4 p.m.)

June 18:  Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor
June 20: Old Gibraltar Town Hall, Fish Creek (6:30 p.m.) followed by dinner at Whistling Swan Restaurant.

Program C: "International Colors," with music by Pietro Bottesini, Ernst von Dohnanyi and Faure.

June 21: Birth Creek Music Performance Center, Egg Harbor

June 22: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ephraim

June 25: Hellmich residence

June 27: St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Program D:  "Color and Character," with music by Brahms, Franz Vincent Krommer and Beethoven.

June 28: Hardy Gallery, Ephraim

June 29: Sister Bay Moravian Church

June 30: Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor

July 2:  Golobic residence, Sister Bay

Program E: "Adventurous Currents," with music by Mily Balakirev, Frederic Kalkbrenner, Charles Gounod and Mendelssohn.

July 7: The Clearing, Ellison Bay

July 9: Redfield residence, Ellison Bay

July 10:  Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek

July 11:  Dinner cruise to Historic Dairy, Washington Island (leaving at 4 p.m.)

Program F: "Elegance, Elan and Energy" with compositions by Haydn, Heinrich Hoffman, Mendelssohn.

July 12: Dude residence, Baileys Harbor

July 13: Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor

July 14: Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor

Midsummer's Music Festival Finale with music by Mozart, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Sergei Liapunov.

July 17: 7 p.m. Ellison Bay Estate

Program G: "Three's Company" with music by Jan Ladislav Dussek, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Aug. 28: Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor

Aug. 29: Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Egg Harbor

Aug. 30: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Sister Bay

Sept. 1: 3 p.m. The Clearing, Ellison Bay

Program H:  "Grand Eloquence," with music by Mahler, Paul Shoenfield and Cesar Franck.

Aug. 31: Ephraim Moravian Church

Sept. 2: 3 p.m. Ellison Bay Estate (benefit for United Way of Door County)




More information, including ticket prices, is online at or by calling 920-854-7088.  And please - tell them that sent you - thanks!



Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!


Two iconic Door County writers recently died:  Norbert Blei, author, teacher and artist, who resided in Ellison Bay since 1968 after relocating from the Chicago area, died April 23 at age 77. Also, long-time Door County Advocate columnist, Keta Steebs, died April 26. She was 88.


The village of Sister Bay is in the process of developing a Downtown Redevelopment Plan and ImplementationScandinavian Lodge Banner  Strategy.  Highlights of the redevelopment draft plan are: 

Market Alley Area-proposed as a public roadway to allow for increased retail Downtown and to provide additional resident and visitor attractions.

Waterfront Park Recreation Area-an expansion of Waterfront Park and adjacent Mill Road to offer targeted recreation and waterfront-oriented business and lodging development.


School House Overlook-restoration of this iconic gateway as a destination for retail/visitor oriented activities.

Village Center Mixed Use Site-a combination of upscale modern hotel, condominium and retail on a 1.9 acre site privately owned.


On Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay, the former Antiques and Things space is being renovated for a new consignment store called Honeypicker, set to open in May.


Installation of a J-turn at Hwy. 57 and County C in Brussels, proposed by the state Department of Transportation, was supported by the Door County Board earlier this month.


The Cupcake Bakery--baking cupcakes from scratch and offering coffee, soft drinks and more--is a new business in the former Drink Coffee location, Sister Bay

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