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Issue 87February 2015
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Door County From A to Z: D & E
Something To Do: Peninsula Music Festival
Door County Happenings

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Throughout the year, Navigator News will address the entire alphabet and give you abundant tips for how and where to enjoy Door County in our 12-month series, Door County:  From A to Z. This month, we're on D and E. By December, we'll end with X, Y and Z.  You get the idea.  

We will also have our Something to Do section as well as Door County Happenings!


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Door County:  From A to Z!

This month's feature:  D and E
By Donna Marie Pocius

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In the "Door County: From A to Z" series, you'll pick up some facts about the area's history as well as learn about travel destinations. The series continues this month with D and E.


Death's Door is how the county got its name.  Death's Door is actually a strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island; early explores named it "Porte des Morts (or Death's Door) for the treacherous nature associated with waters of Green Bay meeting Lake Michigan. 


Travel to Washington Island is safer now due to construction improvements made over the years, and the ominous portion of the Door County name has faded away.


Egg Harbor, Ephraim and Ellison Bay
are three Door County coastal towns affording travelers with diverse lodging, unique shops and arts and natural sites. And while we're on the subject of the origin of Egg Harbor Lodge Banner names, Egg Harbor's story is associated with an egg fight that took place in June 1825 among a group of traders who came ashore in small boats.


Today, the community beckons music lovers (and students) with the renowned Birch Creek Music Performance Center. People enjoy Egg Harbor-famed sunsets from Murphy Park and Harbor View Park. And Egg Harbor is also a pleasant shopping destination with many shops conveniently clustered together in centers.  For example, Main Street Shops and Liberty Square are each home to numerous galleries, apparel and home accessory shops.  You can pick up bread and gelato made in Egg Harbor, too, and eat at fine restaurants. 


Ephraim is Just north of Egg Harbor, the pretty-in-white village.  Its renowned annual event, the Fyr Bal, celebrates Scandinavian heritage as well as the beginning of summer. Here, bonfires on the beach at the summer solstice symbolically burn the winter witch. Also along the Green Bay waters and inland, you can rest in picturesque B&B inns and hotels. Within walking distance of most accommodations are shops and galleries set in century-old barns, log homes and vintage houses.


Ephraim is home to its own wetlands preserve (there's a video on our site), historical buildings open for tours and the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts on the Anderson Dock-a national landmark.  


Ellison Bay, located near the tip of the Door Peninsula, is home to popular Newport State Park, abundant galleries, restaurants offering unique fish boils and more. Ellison Bay was founded in 1866 by Johan Berndt Ellison, who came to the U.S. from Denmark. Plan a visit anytime, but an especially fun time to head to Ellison Bay is during Olde Ellison Bay Days (set for June 26 to 28 this year) or during an art crawl.


Check Door County for places to stay in Egg Harbor, Ephraim and Ellison Bay as well as details on upcoming events.

 Something to do:    


Peninsula Music Festival

 offers chamber concerts to warm souls 

By Donna Marie Pocius

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The Peninsula Music Festival is hosting chamber music concerts to warm people's souls during February.


The February Fest concerts continue at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay. Artists and programs are as follows:


Thomas Rex Kluge, violin and viola, and Judith Jackson, piano, perform Feb. 21. They will perform Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in a minor, Opus 23 for piano and Scandinavian Lodge Banner violin; and Johannes Brahms: Sonata in A Major, Opus 100, for violin and piano. After an intermission they will continue with Johann Sebastian Bach Suite in C major for viola, solo BMV 1009; and Rebecca Clarke Sonata for viola and piano.


February Fest continues Feb. 28 with Igor Yuzefovich, violin, and Boris Slutsky, piano.  performing Bach:  Chaconne for violin; Frank: Sonata for violin and piano; and Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60.


This last concert of the fest also will feature Ravel: From Mirroirs-Oiseaux Tristes, Alborado del Gracioco; and Fralov: Concert Fantasia violin and piano on the themes from Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess.


More information is available by calling the Peninsula Music Festival, 920-854-4060.

Door County Happenings

  By Donna Marie Pocius

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There's so much happening now. Don't miss out. Here are noteworthy items:  


Businesses have reportedly reopened in Sturgeon Bay after moisture caused partial collapse of a building.  A portion of Bayside Bargains collapsed Jan. 4.


Maxwelton Braes Golf Course in Baileys Harbor has a new owner; the name is not expected to change.


A new pharmacy, called Bay Hometown Pharmacy, has opened in Sturgeon Bay; new owners are reportedly former pharmacists at Bay Pharmacy.


The Miller Art Museum, inside the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, is hosting an exhibition through March 3 Newport Resort Banner entitled, "Celebrating Forty with Festive Art About Food."  Many Door County artists have works in the exhibition which celebrates food as a theme.


Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor, has released its 2015 seminar schedule. Included are many programs taking place June through October such as "The Beatles: Four Lads Who Shook the World, July 12 - 17;" "Europe and the Modern World:  1920-2015," Aug. 9 - 14; and "Fall's Glorious Trees and Shrubs" Sept. 27 - Oct. 2.

Also, the Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, has announced its 2015 offerings. The staff invite people to attend "transformative workshops in a supportive intimate setting."


A "Music Heals" concert series continues with Pat Macdonald, Corey Carlson and Dorothy Scott in concert Feb. 20, at the Fire Company, Sturgeon Bay; and Peter Mulvey playing 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Caffe Tiazo, Algoma.