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Issue 96November 2015
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Door County From A to Z: V & W
Something To Do: White Gull Inn Concerts
Door County Happenings

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Door County:  From A to Z!
This month's feature: V and W

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to  
The "Door County: From A to Z" series nears its end in a big way.  We travel to vineyards and enjoy Whitefish Dunes State Park.
Vineyards. Think wine, and northeast Wisconsin vineyards probably do not come to mind as quickly as Tuscany and Sicily or northern California. But think again. Natural aspects of Door County have yielded development of vineyards and wineries throughout Door County especially over the past 20 years. 

Red Oak Vineyard, located just off Hwy. 42/57 (3017 Enterprise Rd., Sturgeon Bay) invites people to come, see and taste the wine experience for themselves. In fact, Scandinavian Lodge Banner their large-scale highway-facing windows seem to represent the business's commitment to "transparency-so all can see what is going on at Red Oak," said the owner. 

Here, five acres of vineyards are home to two varieties of grapes used in the Red Oak Vineyard wines.  The grapes are St. Pepin and Marquette.  The popular St. Pepin is used to make semi-sweet white wines. Meanwhile, Marquette grapes produce a semi-sweet blush wine. A wine-making process that focuses on preserving fruity characteristics of the wine is a focus here. More than 20 different wines are produced, and people can taste some of them while seeing parts of the process.
Red Oak Vineyard is one of eight wineries on the Door County Wine Trail; many with their own vineyards.  They cold-hardy vineyards make it possible for the wineries to produce estate grown grape wines as well as renowned fruit wines including cherry and apple.

One way to see some of the wineries is a Door County Trolley Premier Wine Tour; it's a five-hour tour available June through October. More information about the tour, vineyards and wineries is online at .

Whitefish Dunes State Park. A true Door County gem, Whitefish Dunes State Park appeals to hikers, swimmers, skiers, history lovers, sunbathers and more. Located near Jacksonport at 3275 Clark Lake Rd., Sturgeon Bay, Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

People can stroll on the beach along Lake Michigan or on the boardwalk, hike trails through sand dunes and forests and visit the park's nature center for displays on history.
For example, the park's sand dunes are a key attraction on the red trail, a 2.8 mile wide path that can take people to "Old Baldy," the tallest dune in the park at 93 feet.  The diverse yellow trail, at 4.2 miles long, makes it possible for hikers to traverse meadows, a pine forest, small hills and more.

The Whitefish Dunes area drew early settlers for its good location providing abundance of fish including whitefish, of course.  The earliest settlers were the North Bay people (100 B.C. - A.D 300), pointed out the DNR. Fast forward to 1930s, when conservationists including Jens Jensen articulated need for preservation of Whitefish Dunes.  The state park was established in 1987; 230 acres of the 867-acre park were designated as a state natural area. 
 Something to do:     
White Gull Inn becomes winter concert hall  

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
For the 32nd year, people can count on the White Gull Inn to provide something to do on cozy Wednesday winter nights in Door County. Here's a look at the Fish Creek's inn's line-up for its 2015-16 Winter Concert Series; an optional dinner is available before the music plays.

Tim Grimm, Nov. 18:  His songs are full of rural rumblings that have shaped his life-rich with descriptive details and sung with warmth and intimacy, the White Gull reports. Newport Resort Banner Grimm has released nine albums and won awards for Best Discovery in Roots Americana Music by the Chicago Sun-Times and 2004 Male Artist of the Year by the Freeform American Roots DJ's.

The Special Consensus, Dec. 9: This is a bluegrass group founded in 1975 by banjo player Greg Cahill, White Gull Inn notes on its Web site. Their recording, "Scratch Gravel Road" was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award.  The group's recording of "Country Boy:  A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver" led to two songs receiving International Bluegrass Music Association awards in 2014.

As to the optional dinner, it will be beef bourguignonne over mashed Yukon golds, spinach pear and pomegranate salad with cranberry pie as dessert.
Johnsmith with Dan Sebranek, Jan. 17:  Johnsmith, a Wisconsin based singer-songwriter, describes himself as a Bard: "The role of the Bard in in every society is to hold up a mirror to that society, to convey and reveal through the mysterious alchemy of music and words and performance the secret inner language of the heart delivered with that ineffable feeling called 'Soul,'" he explains on the White Gull Inn Web site.

He will be joined by his long-time musical collaborator Dan Sebranek, who has been playing music since he started with the banjo at age 10. He also added the acoustic guitar to his repertoire and plays and sings in the bluegrass band the String Ties or in concert with Johnsmith.
The optional dinner is chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole garnish, chips with homemade salsa and dessert of flan.

A February concert will be announced by White Gull Inn representatives.

Mipso, March 9: Four North Carolinians are touring the country in support of their 2013 release, "Dark Hollow Pop."  The band consists of Joseph Terrell on guitar, Wood Robinson on double bass, Jacob Sharp on mandolin and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, White Gull Inn said.
Optional dinner is stout braised short ribs over horseradish scented mash potatoes, greens, pears tossed with champagne, vinaigrette and blue cheese and dessert of chocolate orange Guinness cake.

10 String Symphony, April 6:  This is a Nashville due consisting of Rachel Baiman (fiddle, banjo and vocals) and Christian Sedelmyer (mandolin, fiddle, vocals). With love of the five-string fiddle and its musical possibilities as focal point, the band's mission statement is "Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music," White Gull Inn reports. 

The optional fixed dinner is chicken Marsala over linguine, garlic focaccia, greens tossed with red wine vinaigrette and dried cherries and dessert of carrot cake.
More information, including concert and dinner prices (dinners begin at 6 p.m.), may be obtained by calling White Gull Inn, 920/868-3517. The inn is located at 4225 Main St., Fish Creek.   And tell them sent you!
Door County Happenings 

 By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to

Here are some Door County Happenings!
Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is being sold and will be under new ownership of Amy and John Burris, who are relocating from Wisconsin Rapids this month. Joe and Sue Jarosh are reportedly retiring and moving to another Door County location.
City Farmer home and garden store in Ephraim has Egg Harbor Lodge Banner announced its 19th annual sale with items-ranging from accessories and linens to wall and garden art--reduced up to 50%.
Also, Sister Bay Trading Co has a clearance and remodeling sale with up to 70% off floor models.
The Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, is planning a major expansion and renovation; a fundraising campaign announced in a museum news release said $4.3 million is the goal.
In Sister Bay, the Theresa K. Hilander Memorial Ice Rink is set to open Dec. 18 (weather permitting) for ice skating, broomball and hockey. There will also be skate and hockey equipment rentals and concessions offering hot chocolate and more. | Egg Harbor | Door County Wisconsin | WI | 54209