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Issue 98January 2016
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Door County' Dozen Destinations: Fish Creek
Something To Do: Door Community Auditorium Events Now!
Door County Happenings

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Door County's Dozen Destinations:
Fish Creek

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to  
Door County is not just one place, but at least 12 different areas. Each destination is unique in what it offers, how it was established and why it appeals to travelers. In 2016, Navigator News will explore Door County's Dozen Destinations, profiling one area at a time with an emphasis on activities and ways for readers to get involved.
This month's feature is Fish Creek, which residents call a "settlers' community that thrives with heritage and a touch of modern day lifestyle."
Fish Creek backstory: Centrally located on the Door Peninsula, Fish Creek is a popular village, welcoming travelers year-round.  It is known by some as the "gateway to Peninsula State Park," a Wisconsin state park offering (at this time of year) cross country skiing, sledding/tubing, snowshoeing/hiking, snowmobiling and winter camping.
Fish Creek affords travelers with pristine views of Lake Michigan as well as islands, fields and forests vistas. It is a shopper's mecca with more than 40 shops and galleries, many open winter weekends.  Also, the village offers a wide variety of places to dine and stay. Lodging 
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options vary from resorts and hotels (such as AppleCreek Resort offering room specials) to historic B&Bs (including White Gull Inn and Thorp House Inn)--each with its own story to share.  Many lodging and dining options are included online at .
What to Do:  And Fish Creek affords travelers with plenty of things to do.  At this time of year, two ideas come to mind: Fish Creek Winter Festival, taking place Feb. 5 to 7 and a winter concert series at the White Gull Inn. Here are some details on each:
Fish Creek Winter Festival, Feb. 5 - 7:  This is the 28th year for Fish Creek's longest standing event, the Winter Festival.  This year's three-day event offers family-friendly games, music and food under a large heated tent overlooking frozen Green Bay waters, organizers say. 
Consider taking part in the kickball tournament (sign-up form available online) on the harbor or checking out the chili cook-off. Also planned: minnow racing, a bike toss, candlelight skiing (at Peninsula State Park), and the sixth annual Fruit Loop run (which begins 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the tent and ends there, too). Look for ice sculpture carving demonstrations and a fireworks display Saturday, followed by the rock and roll snow dance.  

Winter Concert Series: The White Gull Inn continues its Winter Concert series with these upcoming performances.  An optional dinner is available before the music plays.
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. 
 Something to do: 
Performing Arts:
Door Community Auditorium hosts concerts, lectures, movies

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, has announced a wide variety of performances taking place this season.
Included is the annual Coffeehouse Concerts, which is a series of performances in the auditorium's fireside lobby.  Also planned is the Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Saturday morning talks by St. Norbert College instructors. A Movies at the Door Series is also on tap. Here are details on what's coming soon to this venue.
Upcoming Coffeehouse Concerts
Small Forest, 7 p.m. Jan. 23:  Small Forest, a progressive folk rock trio featuring Jeanne Kuhns, Marybeth Mattson and Patrick Palmer.  This is a Door County-based band that the Door Community Auditorium says will take the Egg Harbor Lodge Banner audience on a "musical storytelling journey."
Deathfolk, 7 p.m. Feb. 20:  Deathfolk is Jess Holland and Nick Hoover, who say they came together for a love of dark folk songs.  The style is a natural combination of acoustic guitar and banjo, accompanied by captivating harmonies, the auditorium announced.
Words on Fire, 7 p.m. Feb. 27:  A true coffeehouse feeling is promised as musicians pair with poets in music and verse.  
Distinguished Lecture Series
Geologic Time-The Geology of Wisconsin & Related Thoughts, 9 a.m. Jan 23, with Dr. Tim Flood, professor of Geology, St. Norbert College: Dr. Flood will explore geologic time and provide insights on how geology impacts us today and how it may impact us in the future.
The Geological & Environmental History of Wisconsin Trout Streams, 9 a.m. Jan 30 with Dr. Nelson Ham, professor of Geology and Environmental Science, St. Norbert College:  In a few short decades beginning in the 1800s Euro-American settlers quickly destroyed much of the coldwater streams that supported native brook trout. Why this happened and how the fishers may recover are among the points Dr. Ham will address.
The Effects of Disturbance in Aquatic Ecosystems, 9 a.m. Feb. 20 with Dr. Carrie Kissman, assistant professor of Biology & Environmental Science, St. Norbert College: Dr. Kissman will discuss various disturbances in Wisconsin waterbodies over the past few decades. How they affect lakes and implications for recreational boating and fishing industries will be explored.
African American Settlement in 19th Century Northeast Wisconsin, 9 a.m. Feb. 27, with Dr. Victoria Tashjian, professor of history, St. Norbert College: There has been a continuous African American presence in Northeast Wisconsin since shortly after the arrival of French fur traders, the auditorium says.  And Dr. Tashjian will address a near-lost strand of local history, drawing upon rich sources of information from area archives.
Movies at the Door Series
"The Theory of Everything," 7 p.m. Jan. 29
"Feed the Fish," 7 p.m. Feb. 5
"Lord of the Rings I," - The Fellowship of the Ring, 7 p.m. Feb. 26
"Lord of the Rings II-The Two Towers," 7 p.m. March 4
"Lord of the Rings III - The Return of the King," 7 p.m. March 11
For details on admission costs (the movies are free) and performance times, contact the auditorium box office, 920-868-2728. 

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Door County Happenings 

 By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to

Here are some Door County Holiday Happenings! Check out to learn about other events.  this is "News You Can Use!"

The Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbook Company is closing its Egg Harbor location in the Main Street Shops.  Aspects of the shop will move to the business's Jefferson Street, Sturgeon Bay location.
Sturgeon Bay Florist property, 142 S. Third Ave., was recently acquired by Adam Goettelman and will become the new location for Goettelman's business, the Healthy Way Market.

In Egg Harbor, plans are underway for a new $3.57 million, 9,200 square foot library and community building. The opening may be fall 2017.

Angela Lensch Gallery is reportedly also fea
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turing a line of Liz Moriarty's handmade herbal products.  Included 
are medicinal teas and tisanes, herbal honeys, body oils and butters and more.  The gallery is located at 7653 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor; check for opening hours.

The Clearing Folk School winter classes are now in session.  Included are classes in arts, fine crafts, humanities and nature studies that run through Feb. 26. Contact The Clearing for possible available spaces.
The inaugural Door County Wedding Expo is planned for Feb. 12 and 13 at the Lodge at Leathem Smith.  Planned features are workshops, exhibits, door prizes and samples.
Jefferson Street Books is open at 616 Jefferson St., Sturgeon Bay.

Also, The Door County Fire Company is open for lunch and dinner at 38 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay. 
In Fish Creek's Founders Square area, The Craic offers coffee, sandwiches and  bakery. | Egg Harbor | Door County Wisconsin | WI | 54209