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Issue 75February 2014
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"A Peek Inside the Door: "White Gull Inn"
Something Going On: Door Community Auditorium
Door County Happenings

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The long winter continues!  Some of us are looking forward to Spring, but winter is still beautiful in Door County! 

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New for 2014! Escape to Door County!
Each edition of Navigator News will have our picks on where to stay, eat, must see/do, chic shopping, something for arts lovers. We'll keep it fun and include our popular something to do story and Door County happenings too - so that you are "in the know before you go . . . and when you get there!"


So the 3 newsletter features look like this:

1) Escape to Door County with our fun picks, as     above!   
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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Escape to Door County!


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to    


Here are some February picks for places to stay and enjoy in Door County, Wisconsin. 


Overnight: This may be the ideal time to stay at Bay Shore Inn, 4205 Bay Shore Dr., Sturgeon Bay. This popular waterfront inn has suites affording guests with sunset views over Green Bay waters. So, it's not so easy to book a room in the middle of July.  

But come now, and take advantage of seasonal values while enjoying the ambiance of this sprawling award-winning historic inn that has preserved its character while adding comfortable guest amenities and conveniences. Each suite has a separate bedroom with king-size bed, two-person Jacuzzi and a fully equipped kitchen with new granite counter tops and wireless Internet access.  

And the current offers include the Winter Wonderland Wine Trolley Tour package, which is available on Friday-Saturday nights through March 29. You get a one-bedroom waterview suite, a $25 gift certificate for use at Door County businesses, trolley pick-up up for travel to two local wineries, a sleigh ride and a fireside lunch at the English Inn. The cost is $338.   

Still another offer at Bay Shore Inn now is a third night free when you stay two nights through May.

Learn more about Bay Shore Inn and out other fine places to stay at Door County this winter at  


Food & wine: Warm bread satisfies any time of year, but it is especially appealing right now. So, it's a good thing that MacReady Artisan Bread is open year-round at 7836 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor (check hours in advance).  The main attraction here is the artisan bread-created in small batches (no more than 12 loaves at a time) with quality Scandinavian Lodge Banner ingredients.  MacReady Artisan Breads are Italian Semolina, Multigrain Happy Hippie Bread, Bagel Bread, French Country, Caraway Rye, Cinnamon Raison and others.  

Michael and Jenny MacReady make the daily breads as well as hearty soups, sandwiches, pecan sticky buns and more. Learn more about them at MacReady Artisan Bread. 


Must-see/do: The folk concert series at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek continues this winter and spring with performances by Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line Feb. 19, Rita Hosking March 12 and Red Molly April 19.   Learn more at

Chic shopping: Everyone loves a sale-especially one that marks down quality clothing.  On Deck, with creatively decorated stores in Fish Creek, Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, is promoting half-off some merchandise including clothing, footwear, outwear and accessories.  


For arts lovers The Meadows Art Gallery, in a unique location at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, is showing this month the work of an Ephraim couple who have made art for most of their adult lives.  Loraine and Don Brink share creative statements in most traditional art forms and media, but the commonality is that "all creations were made for art's sake first," the gallery said. 

Something to do:    


Door Community Auditorium open this winter

Main stage events, coffeehouse-style concerts and lectures going on     

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to  


Some venues in Door County never close; one of them is the Door Community Auditorium, which is hosting main stage events, coffeehouse-style concerts and lectures this winter and early spring.


Read on to learn what is coming soon to this popular Fish Creek arts center: 


A Feb. 16 event promises to take audiences back "to a time lone gone."  "The Door County Opry" will bring an afternoon of country, gospel and bluegrass music to the main stage 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.  


Looking to Saturday, Feb. 22, two events are taking place at the Door Community Auditorium.  As part of this venue's Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Jamie O'Brien will speak on Newport Resort Banner "Does National Culture Matter in Management?" at 9 a.m.   

O'Brien is an assistant professor of management on the St. Norbert College Business Administration faculty.


He will address five dimensions of national culture that have an impact on how organizations might manage most effectively across countries:  power distance, individualism masculinity, uncertainty avoidance and long-versus short-term focus.


And at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, the auditorium's lobby-outfitted with a fireplace where small concerts take place-will bring together Door County poets and musicians under the banner Words on Fire. The local artists will perform music and verse, and a bonus feature is Al DeGenova returning to the county with his saxophone and words on fire, according to the Door Community Auditorium staff.


Coming to the Door Community Auditorium's main stage is Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, an Emmy-award company based in Chicago and performing in Door County 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6.  


The Jump Rhythm Jazz Project reportedly "celebrates the communal core of jazz performance-dancing, singing and storytelling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, swinging jazz, funk, hip-hop and world music."

Later this spring, Door Community Auditorium will present Tent Show Radio LIVE with Michael Perry and Big Top Chautauqua's Blue Canvas Orchestra at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25.


The show features New York Times best-selling author Perry (who is also a songwriter, radio host and amateur pig farmer) along with Big Top's Blue Canvas Orchestra and special guests.


Door Community Auditorium is located at 3926 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek.  Information about tickets and details on the auditorium's schedule are available by visiting the box office or by calling 920/868-2728.

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Things are happening now. Take a look:


The American Folklore Theatre, Fish Creek, will change its name effective in 2015.  Input from the community is Egg Harbor Lodge Banner invited.  A new name is being sought to better reflect how the company has evolved over the years.  

The Diocese of Green Bay announced that the Door County Chambers Island retreat is closing.  

CVS-Caremark got approval by the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission to build a pharmacy with a drive-up window at 1407 Egg Harbor Rd., Sturgeon Bay.