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Issue 78May 2014
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"Escape to Door County: "Frontier Wilderness Campground+""
Something Going On: Midsummer;s Music Festival
Door County Happenings

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In April, we continue with our Escape to Door County theme! 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!"  

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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!
May Edition! 


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to    


Come to Door County now, and relish wonderful springtime weather and activities while avoiding the summer crowds and crunch. Here are some of our many ideas for enjoying this northeast Wisconsin peninsula.


Overnight:  This is the time of year when many families contemplate camping. Door County has many fine campgrounds offering pretty sites, convenient amenities and events. Consider, for example, Frontier Wilderness Campground, 4375 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor.


The property offers more than 200 sites and a few cabins on its woody and sprawling grounds.


Included services are water and electric hook-up and a picnic table. High-speed Internet access is available throughout the property. Toilets and changing areas can be found throughout the property, too.


Frontier Wilderness Campground is offering spring and fall specials. Stay three nights, and get your fourth night free in May, June, September and October.  A number of events are also planned including Donuts for Dad June 14, a Dog Training Seminar June 21, and a chili cook-off and annual pig roast (dates to be determined).


Also, guests may enjoy an activity center and indoor pool. Outdoor attractions include a nine-hole mini golf course, three playgrounds, sand volleyball court, horseshoe court, basketball courts, ball field and sauna.


Learn more about Frontier Wilderness Campground and other campgrounds and fine places to stay at


Food and wine: Trio Restaurant, a favorite in Door County, opened May 9.  Located at 4655 Cty. Rd. E, Egg Harbor, Trio presents country French and Italian food in a bistro atmosphere. The menu changes monthly, but many dishes Newport Resort Banner come back to tempt you year after year-like the bowtie pasta with salmon. Also, look for cassoulet, spaghetti bolognese, lamb shank and more.  Desserts often include the locally made gelato, tiramisu, bread pudding and others.   

Must see/do:   Don't miss your opportunity to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and crafts at local farmers markets throughout the summer.  Check out the Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market on Saturday mornings (starting 9 a.m. June 2) at Market Square, Michigan Street and Fourth Avenue, and the Jacksonport Farmers Market (starting 9 a.m. June 10) in Lakeside Park on Hwy. 57. 


Chic shopping: The Shops at Liberty Square in Egg Harbor are worth a visit. Find eight connected shops specializing in women's and children's clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, gourmet foods, wine and more. The complex is near downtown Egg Harbor on Hwy. 42-easy to find and convenient to other stops you may need to make.


For arts lovers:   Two beloved art fairs are coming soon. Opening up the Door County art fair season are the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair and the Maifest Art Fair in Jacksonport on May 24 and 25. Peruse fine art and crafts from local as well as Midwest and national artists. Children's activities and refreshments are also available.   


 Something to do:  


Midsummer's Music Festival shares 2014 schedule of concerts


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to  

Midsummer's Music Festival is a rare gem in Door County. Unlike other performing arts organizations, Midsummer's Music Festival takes its shows on the road-literally.


The nonprofit organization produces a series of chamber music concerts in various venues in Door County, giving visitors and locals opportunity to enjoy diverse settings as they hear the music. Choose from concerts in charming churches or galleries to performances in elegant restaurants or private homes.


The music is performed by professionals associated with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet and other world-renowned organizations.


Midsummer's Music Festival's concerts run from June 13 through July 15 with its Labor Day series is scheduled for Aug. 26 through Sept. 1.


Here's a look at the programs and some of the many featured composers.  Check the organization's Web site or call 920/854-7088 for details on ticket prices (including two new levels of subscriptions) and dates and times.


Program A:  "French Ambiance," with Phillippe Gaubert's "Medailles Antiques" and compositions by Theodore Dubois Egg Harbor Lodge Banner and Ernest Chausson playing at Birch Creek Performance Center, Bjorklunden and Sister Bay Moravian Church on June 13, 14 and 15, respectively.


Program B:  "Expressive Utterances" featuring compositions by Mozart, Strauss, and more at Hardy Gallery, Stella Maris Parish and Woodwalk Gallery June 20, 21 and 22, respectively.


Program C:  "International Exchanges" highlighting music by Bohuslav Martinhu and others being performed at the Melarvie residence, in a dinner/concert at Mission Grille/ St. Luke's Episcopal Church and at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County June 24, 27 and 28, respectively.


Program D:  "Classically Romantic" with compositions by Brahms, Ferdinand Ries and more on June 29, July 1 and July 2 at Woodwalk Gallery, Fine Line Designs Gallery and Maxwelton Braes Resort June 29, July 1 and July 2, respectively

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Things are happening now. Take a look: 


5th and Jefferson Café is the new name of the café (formerly known as Java on Jeffferson).  Located in Sturgeon Bay, it offers a variety of coffee drinks, teas and food. Breakfast and lunch are available featuring egg bake, burritos, soups and bakery as well as daily specials. A popular drink is the peanut mocha.  


Also new in Sturgeon Bay is Sunflour Artisan Bakery selling products made on site. Included are breads, brownies, Scandinavian Lodge Banner cookies, scones and sticky bones.  It's located at 611 Jefferson St.


The Neighborhood Pub, Sturgeon Bay, has closed. Soon the location will be home to a CVS Pharmacy.


The Door County YMCA has purchased the former Sneakers and Boots building in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial park, and plans to use it as a facility for its 11-week-long summer camp program.  

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