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Issue 69September 2013
In This Issue
"A Peek Inside the Door: "Open Hearth Lodge"
Something Going On: American Folklore Theatre
Door County Happenings

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Loving Fall
Alpine Benches
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Fall, Water and Bluff
Fall is on the way!

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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!

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! 
3) Door County Happenings!


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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

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Thanks for your readership, and here we go . . . Fall is here - 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:

Open Hearth Lodge

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to



If you are looking for a lovely place to stay in a good Door County location, consider Open Hearth Lodge, 2669 S. Bayshore Drive in Sister Bay. 


The lodge is open year-round and affords guests with abundant activities to do on the property (there's an indoor pool and whirlpool as well as lounge with stone fireplace) as well as in nearby Sister Bay and other Door County towns.


We recently caught up with Nora Zacek, who has owned and operated Open Hearth Lodge with her husband John since 2004. 


Q. How would you describe the key amenities here?

Nora:  We have 30 rooms; most have two queen-size beds or a king-size bed.  There are two whirlpool king-size bed rooms. And the Evergreen Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms separated by a living room/kitchenette. 


Our lounge area has a stone fireplace. The Nest is the breakfast room for the daily continental breakfast; it's also used for gatherings during the day or evening--families have pizza here, friend playing games, cards or dominoes.  There's a patio out back near the pool and whirlpool, a firepit area out in the grass and picnic tables.


Q. What's is new at Open Hearth Lodge?

Nora:  We replaced sinks, faucets and countertops. We are working on adding new rustic room furniture in a few rooms at a time.


Q What makes Open Hearth Lodge unique?

Nora:  We are on six-plus acres, and there is a loop path that goes through the meadow for a walking.


Q. Anything else?

Nora:  We've been welcoming more bicyclers, Door Peninsula Century participants, PAW tour groups.  Our guests can use the garage for bike storage, and we have maps of recommended routes.


More information on Open Hearth Lodge-including an online video and Trusted Review are at 


Something to do:  

American Folklore Theatre (a Door County original!)

presents "Victory Farm"


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to   


Learn about Door County history while enjoying music and a fine storyline during a performance of "Victory Farm."


"Victory Farm" is an American Folklore Theatre-created musical running through Oct. 19 at Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.  It launched last year, receiving rave media reviews.


"Victory Farm" tells the story of a Door County cherry orchard in 1944 when a war was raging overseas and a Scandinavian Lodge Banner labor shortage was taking place in the U.S.  The character, Edna, and her daughter, Dottie, are uncertain how their farm will make it through the tough times. But then help arrives in an unexpected way. 


American Folklore Theatre describes "Victory Farm" as "an uplifting take of family, forgiveness and fruit of our labor."  The book and lyrics are by Emilie Coulson and Katie Dahl with music and orchestrations by James Valcq. 


American Folklore Theatre is a nonprofit professional art organization that produces original musical shows in repertory from June through August in the Peninsula State The Shallows Resort Banner Park amphitheater.  Shows continue during the fall at Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, as well as town halls. 


"Victory Farm" show times are 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. More information is available by calling American Folklore Theatre, 920-854-6117.

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!


There's a lot happening now.  Take a look: 



On Deck now has its sale store in two locations:  the lower deck sale store in downtown Fish Creek (below Main Street Newport Resort Banner Market) and in uptown Sister Bay in the Village Exchange.


Door County Creamery is a new specialty shop at 10653 N. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay. It's promoting fresh goat cheese, gelato, hand-cured meats and more.


Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, has opened its Exhibit V of the 2013 season.  It features three artists' glasswork, paintings and jewelry as well as the work of many other artists Edgewood Orchard Galleries represents.


Mark your calendar for these fun fall festivals: Harvest Festival & Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 21, Sturgeon Bay; Autumn Fest Sept. 28, Baileys Harbor; Pumpkin Patch Festival Oct. 12-13, Egg Harbor; and Fall Festival Oct. 18 - 20, Sister Bay.