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Issue 91June 2015
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Door County From A to Z: J & K
Something To Do: Shakespeare & Summer
Door County Happenings

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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
L and M. 
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: L and M

By Donna Marie Pocius

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The "Door County: From A to Z" series continues this month with more ideas for enjoying the Peninsula.  It's summer and time to enjoy Door County's lake and maritime heritage (AKA "L" and "M" topics).  


Lake Michigan:  Door County sits on a peninsula. So, it's important we acknowledge that great surrounding body of water, Lake Michigan, one of the five great lakes of North Egg Harbor Lodge Banner America).  Lake Michigan is shared by Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.  It has a surface area of 22,300 square miles, making it the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. and the fifth largest lake in the world, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


The DNR calls it a "working lake" as it is critical to the state's economy. Many industries came to Lake Michigan's shores because of the ability it afforded to transport goods.


In Door County, Lake Michigan affords vacationers with abundant recreational opportunities.  From watching a sunrise over the lake in Jacksonport to seeing a sunset on the Green Bay waters side (Green Bay is the lake's largest bay), you'll find many diversions.


Visit beaches like the beach in Whitefish Dunes State Park; it stretches across Lake Michigan.  Or head to the Green Bay side to work on your tan at beaches in Fish Creek downtown, Egg Harbor (at Murphy Park) and Ephraim Beach.


Rent a boat at the Sister Bay Marina and get on Lake Michigan waters to see Door County from the water.  You can also partake in charter fishing excursions from Baileys Harbor, Gills Rock, Sturgeon Bay and other locations.  Find Panfish, Largermouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.


And, because of the lake, you just can't get lost in Door County. As one local business person pointed out, "you walk until your hat floats."


Maritime:  Door County has a rich maritime history.  This is evidenced by lighthouses, fishing opportunities and shipbuilding companies that continue to be a vital force today.

Perhaps the best way to experience the maritime flavor of Door County is to visit a lighthouse or the Door County Maritime Museum.  The Door County Maritime Museum actually offers three museum locations:  in Sturgeon Bay, north of Baileys Harbor in the Cana Island Lighthouse, and in Gills Rock.


The Door County Maritime Museum main site in Sturgeon Bay has four expansive galleries that feature lighthouses, model ships and boats, shipwrecks, the area's shipbuilding companies and more, according to the museum's Web site.  

The museum opened earlier this spring a "Sea Dogs" exhibition to explore the role dogs play in maritime history.  Another current feature is an in-water exhibit of a tugboat that was built in 1919 and served to early 2000.


Head to Cana Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1869. It's located on an island, just north of Baileys Harbor. You can actually walk to it as the lake there has a dry bottom.  Climb 97 steps up the light's tower, tour the keeper's home and explore the grounds.


And in Gills Rock, the Door County Maritime Museum location shows a wood fishing shanty, the fishing tug, "Hope" and exhibits on ice fishing, shipwrecks, maritime life-saving techniques and more.  A special exhibit tells the story of Dan Seavey, a Great Lakes pirate.

 Something to do:    

   Shakespeare and Summer in Door County 


By Donna Marie Pocius

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Shakespeare, summer and an outdoor garden seem to play well together in Door County.


This year Door Shakespeare will produce William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Tempest." Both are directed by Leda Hoffman and will be performed in the garden at Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Ln., Baileys Harbor.


"Romeo and Juliet" is Shakespeare's classic tale of a pair of star-crossed young lovers as they navigate a world rife with conflict.  It's a poetic tale, Door Shakespeare reports, of love, strife, family and fate that will unfold in a Door County outdoor setting.


And "The Tempest" is a story set on a remote island. There, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, summons spirits and uses magic to restore himself and his daughter, Miranda, to their rightful place. Prospero conjures a Newport Resort Banner tempest to lure his usurping brother, Antonio, and King Alonso of Naples to the island, Door Shakespeare explains. Once stranded there, Prospero goes on to bring about a spellbinding tale of love, illusion, redemption and the complexity of the human soul.


Door Shakespeare is a professional theatre company employing members of the Actors Equity Association.  It performs works by Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. Information about tickets, performance dates and times and more is available by calling 920-839-1500.  

Door County Happenings 

 By Donna Marie Pocius

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Here are some Door County Happenings!

Free concerts are coming to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor. Included is Wifee and the Huzz Band, a Door County-born and based 10-piece band offering "rockin' soul" on June 21.


Sister Bay will offer this summer Movies in the Park using a brand-new 20-foot screen outside the Village Hall.


Fish Creek's concerts in the park run June through August this summer. 


In Baileys Harbor, Eclectics opened at 8085 Hwy 57 (the former Novel Ideas bookstore site).  It features products Scandinavian Lodge Banner and art by local residents.  Included are paper art, jewelry, paintings, knitted items and collectibles.


A Cut Above is the new hair salon at Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek.


Cadence, a company supplying advanced products, technologies and services to medical, life science and other industries broke ground for a new facility on Neenah Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.


Two-hour tours of The Clearing grounds in Ellison Bay will be offered Saturday and Sundays in June and July (except July 11). They will begin at 1 p.m. starting at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center.


In Ellison Bay, The Fireside is a new restaurant located in in the Hillside Inn.


Lola's Bakery & Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch (and later in summer will open for dinners). It's located at 306 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay.


Chives, a reportedly popular restaurant that opened in Baileys Harbor last year, has reopened for the season.


Second Story Restaurant at Ephraim Shores has opened for the season; the new owner also operates other restaurants in Wisconsin.


The Sandpiper Restaurant has reopened (after three years) in a new location inside Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor. The original location was purchased by The Ridges for its new interpretive center.


Farmers markets are also opening.  Included is the Baileys Harbor Farmers Market open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays on the Town Hall lawn.  Also, in Sister Bay, the first market of the season will be June 27 at The Corner of the Past.