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Issue 90May 2015
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Door County From A to Z: H & I
Something To Do: Festivals & More!
Door County Happenings

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Near Cana Island Lisghthouse
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In 2015, we're making it as easy as ABC! Our alphabet soup continues in May!  

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 H and I. By December, we'll end with X, Y and Z.  You get the picture!  

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: J and K

By Donna Marie Pocius

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Thee "Door County: From A to Z" series continues this month more ideas for enjoying the Peninsula. They just happen to start with "J" and "K." 


Jacksonsport (and JJ's of Jacksonport, too!): Jacksonport is a Door County lakeside town steeped in farming, logging and commercial fishing history.  People soon found Jacksonport, with its access to Lake Michigan, a prime vacation area and built cottages in the 1920s.  Today, travelers stay at the Square Rigger Lodge and Gallery as well as other lodging properties in Jacksonport. 


The root cellar in the Erskine rest area (located at the southwest corner of Hwy. 57 and Cty Rd. V) was the site Egg Harbor Lodge Banner for the Eureka House, an early hotel and post office in Jacksonport. Recently restored, the root cellar kept vegetables, cheese and milk cold for the hotel.


Other historical sites include Jacksonport churches: St. Michael's Church, completed in 1878, Hwy. 57; United Methodist Church, built in early 1890s, Cave Point Dr.; and Episcopal Church, built in the mid-1880s, Cty Rd. V.


Jacksonport celebrates its history and gathers locals and visitors together for activities, music and food at many events throughout the year. Jacksonport is home to Lakeside Park, site for Maifest on May 23 and 24 and the New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim. 


Visitors also shop for crafts and antiques in the town's stores.  And don't miss an opportunity to enjoy lunch or dinner at JJ's of Jacksonport.  It offers an upbeat casual atmosphere and a menu with a variety of sandwiches, burgers and Mexican specialties.


Kangaroo Lake (and kayak tours!):  You can enjoy Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor aboard a kayak. Lakeshore Adventures, Baileys Harbor, offers Kangaroo Lake Eco tours in partnership with the Ridges Sanctuary.  The organizers say you may view sandhill cranes, bald eagles, ducks, bats, frogs and turtles while cruising these fresh and calm waters.


The 1,156-acre lake, with a maximum depth of about 12 feet, also affords people access from a public boat landing and public parks.  Many people fish the lake, home to Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

 Something to do:    

  Peninsula Players Announces 2015 Playbill


By Donna Marie Pocius

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An evening at the Peninsula Players Theatre is something many people look forward to all year. After all, this is a special venue, set on the shore near Fish Creek. Theater-goers can watch a sunset over the water before heading into the recently reconstructed theater to see one of five plays on this year's schedule.


And during intermission, the woods and garden welcome arts lovers to wander and contemplate all they have heard and seen. Here's an overview of stories the Peninsula Players will perform on stage during the 2015 season: Newport Resort Banner

"A Real Lulu," June 16 to July 5:   This play tells the story of Ned Newley, who knows nothing about politics but still became governor of Vermont.  A political advisor and a pollster try to change him. Or does Ned change them, the Peninsula Players ask.


"Dial M for Murder," July 8 to July 26: By Frederick Knott, "Dial M for Murder" is reportedly an intensive and mesmerizing thriller laced with passion and betrayal.  It's set in 1950s London and tells the story of an ex-tennis professional, Tony, who believes his wife, Margot is having an affair.


"Lend Me a Tenor," July 29 to Aug. 16:  The Peninsula Players ask:  "Is 1934 Cleveland ready for the fiery temper of "Il Stupendo" opera sensation Tito Mereli?  Mayhem ensues when Tito passes out on opening night, and an aspiring singing assistant fills in. 


"Outside Mullingar," Aug. 19 to Sept. 6:  This is billed as a "lyrical Irish romantic comedy that reminds us it's never too late to take a chance on love."  Anthony and Rosemary are 40-something neighbors in rural Ireland caught in the middle of a family land dispute. When Anthony's father threatens to disinherit him, Rosemary sees an opportunity for love.


"Nunsense," Sept. 9 to Oct. 18:  The Peninsula Players invite audiences to join Reverend Mother, a former circus performer, and her four remaining sisters as they take on the eighth grade production of "Grease" and stage a variety show.


For details on ticket prices, show times and more, contact the Peninsula Players 920-868-3287. 

Door County Happenings 

 By Donna Marie Pocius

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Here are some Door County Happenings!


The Ephraim Inn is being reconstructed after a fire affected the business in December 2013. New accommodations are anticipated to open in July or August, and a new name for the inn is planned.


Holey Cow is a new business offering doughnuts and ice cream in Sturgeon Bay.  It's located on the lower level of Scandinavian Lodge Banner Sonny's Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria, 129 N. Madison and has promoted build-your-own doughnuts and ice cream desserts.


Coun's C Club, Brussels, has new owners and has been renamed Marnie's Supper Club and Banquet Hall.


Also under new ownership is The Healthy Way in Sturgeon Bay.  The new owner reportedly plans expansion of organic food offerings, continuing supplements and is changing the name slightly to Healthy Way of Door County.


Many businesses that were closed over the winter have now reopened. Included in Ellison Bay is The Viking Grill.


The fourth annual Door County Beer Festival will take place June 20 at Baileys Harbor Town Hall Park.


Door Community Auditorium's 2015 line-up of acts includes Melissa Etheridge, Charlie Daniels Band and Lyle Lovett.