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Issue 94September 2015
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Door County From A to Z: R & S
Something To Do: Birch Creek
Door County Happenings

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Door County is as easy as ABC! Our alphabet soup continues in August!  
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R and S. 
By December, we'll end with X, Y and Z.  You get the picture!  
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Door County:  From A to Z!
This month's feature: S and R

By Donna Marie Pocius
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The "Door County: From A to Z" series continues this month with restaurants and ways to honor the area's Scandinavian heritage.
Restaurants: Foodies, take heart. You can sample classic American fare, ethnic flavors, generous desserts and more at Door County dining establishments. Restaurants are  located throughout the Door Peninsula, some affording diners with views of the water. Others are part of resorts or B&Bs, but they welcome travelers as well as guests.  For example, White Gull Inn Restaurant, 4225 Main St., Fish Creek, is a great stop for breakfast before a day of sightseeing and shopping. Its cherry-stuffed French toast was recognized a few years ago by ABC's Good Morning America.

Nearby, Arroyo Bay Grill, 3931 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, is open year-round serving Mexican and American food as well as homemade pizza.  The managers also oversee Summer Kitchen Restaurant, Ephraim.  Gibraltar Grill, 3993 Main St., Fish Creek, has a patio bar and is a music venue.  Its dinner entrees range from locally caught whitefish to steak and crusty pork loin schnitzel. Read on to learn of food and restaurants that are Scandinavian-style.

Scandinavian: Travelers can celebrate Door County's Scandinavian culture by staying in Swedish and Norwegian-inspired resorts and partaking in dining experiences such as the Scandinavian fish boil.  Diners enjoy a platter of locally harvested whitefish (after seeing it boil outdoors) and potatoes followed by cherry pie. Head to the Viking Restaurant, 12029 Hwy. 42, Ellison Bay. It bills itself as "home of the original Door County Fish Boil."
Lodging businesses honoring the Door Peninsula's Scandinavian Lodge Banner Scandinavian heritage include Little Sweden Resort, 8984 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek.  Here, building exteriors are painted in colors like those in a Swedish village. Norwegian rosemaling, natural woodwork and a "valkommem" sign greet guests. Another resort with international flavor is Scandinavian Lodge, 264 Hwy. 57, Sister Bay.  Décor includes large wooden trolls, bright scrollwork and more. 
And don't miss a visit to Bjorklunden, 7500 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. On the grounds of this lodge and education center stands the Boynton Chapel. It was handcrafted beginning in 1939 and inspired by chapel architecture in Norway.  Summer tours give people an opportunity to get inside and see the frescoes and ornately carved furnishings and wood trim.

You can savor Swedish food and admire Norwegian craftsmanship at Al's Swedish Restaurant, 702 N. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay.  Available all day are Swedish pancakes, accompanied by Swedish meatballs and lingenberries.  The adjacent boutique carries clogs, Norwegian-brand sweaters and more.
 Something to do:    
Birch Creek Hosts Fall Concert Series  

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
Birch Creek Music Performance Center is not just a place for summer concerts.  The Egg Harbor-based summer music academy for advanced young musicians has posted a series of fall concerts on its Web site. Newport Resort Banner
Proceeds from the concerts are aimed at students and the Birch Creek Scholarship fund.  Music will be performed by the academy summer faculty members, musicians from Door County and the Midwest.  The schedule is as follows:

Percussion & Steel Band Faculty, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19:  Liam Teague, Dan Moore, Ben Wahlund, Yuko Asada and Dane Richeson return to Birch Creek for what the organization billed as "Door County's favorite percussive jazz and world music."

Talk of the Town, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26: This concert will feature authentic New Orleans Swing/Dixieland Jazz, according to Birch Creek. It will be led by Kevin Van Ess, who has played with Pete Fountain, Bob Hope and other performers.

"Bach to Broadway," Sunday, Oct. 11, a fall fundraiser with catered dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.).  This event will feature Symphony Session faculty pianist Jodie DeSalvo, student and Burton Scholarship winner Jonathan Bass and accomplished mezzo-soprano Cynthia Stiehl.

All concerts will take place in Juniper Hall, 3821 at Birch Creek, 3821 Cty. Rd. E, Egg Harbor. More information, including ticket prices, is available by calling 920-868-3763.
Door County Happenings 

 By Donna Marie Pocius
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Here are some Door County Happenings! 

Mark calendars for September festivals including Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction, Sept. 19 in Sturgeon Bay. And Autumnfest & Classic Auto/Motorcycle Show takes place Sept. 26 & 27 in Baileys Harbor.

Looking to October, don't miss a chance to see the county ablaze in fall colors as well as these festivals: Pumpkin Egg Harbor Lodge Banner Patch on Oct. 10 & 11, Egg Harbor; and Fall Fest, Oct. 16 to 18, Sister Bay.

In Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, the 75-foot Eagle Tower is being torn down this fall pursuant to an engineer report about its safety. No plans have yet been announced about possible replacement of the structure.
Kick Coffee, Sturgeon Bay, has changed hands. A former Kick coffeehouse employee and a ceramic artist, Liz Gilbert, is the new owner of the business located at 148 N. Third Ave.

In other coffee news, Buttercups Coffee is open in the Main Street Shops, Egg Harbor. It serves coffee as well as wine, beer, Paninis and more.

In Sister Bay, work is going on as part of the Bay Shore Drive Reconstruction Project. A designated detour route is available. Completion is set for late May 2016; included will be new concrete paving, decorative street lighting , wayfinding signage, widened sidewalks, bicycle accommodations and increased storm sewer management capacity.