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Issue 101April 2016
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Door County' Dozen Destinations: Ephraim
Something To Do: Birch Creek
Door County Happenings

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Door County's Dozen Destinations:

By Donna Marie Pocius
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Door County is not just one place, but at least 12 different areas. This month we continue our Door County Dozen Destinations year-long tribute with a feature story about Ephraim.


Ephraim backstory: Ephraim is Door County's pretty-in-white village.  It sits on the shores of Eagle Harbor.  Historical sites, including some on the National Register of Historic Places, form a pretty village skyline.

Plan a visit to historical attractions such as the Anderson Dock, built in the late 1850s, and the Anderson Warehouse. The historic warehouse has been transformed as the Hardy Gallery, which stages many exhibitions of local and regional art and organizes educational programs. Another way to experience history is to take a walking tour of the village, which was settled in 1853 by Norwegian Moravians.

During walking tours of Ephraim, people hear the village's story from settlement to the present, according to the Ephraim Historical Foundation wh ich coordinates the tours.  The 90-minute tours leave from the Anderson Warehouse on Fridays and Saturdays June 24 to Oct. 5. Cost is $8 for adults.

What to do:  Ephraim celebrates its Scandinavian roots as well as summer through the  annual Fyr Bal.  Set for June 18, this year's Fyr Bal will feature bonfires on the beach as a symbolic burning of the winter witch and welcome of summer solstice.  Then, fireworks will launch over Green Bay waters. Speaking of water, Ephraim affords convenient access to beaches and swimming.

Or take a sailboat, Jet Ski, kayak, or paddle board ride.  Some families rent pontoon boats and enjoy the panoramic view of Ephraim and nearby Peninsula State Park from the water. 


Back on land, Ephraim offers shoppers and arts lovers abundant choices.  Many of the boutiques and galleries are in town and within walking distance from hotels and the beach.  A favorite is Hanseatic Art Gallery, 3060 Hwy. Q (Church St.), where Karsten Topelmann and Ellen Sprogoe-Topelmann present their paintings.  Pet lovers never miss a visit to Pet Expressions-Ephraim, 9922 Water St.

Head north from town to visit City Farmer, 10432 Hwy. 42.

This is a unique home and garden store situated in a converted century-old barn.  A few rooms are expertly decorated with home furnishings, accessories, pottery, garden art, handbags, and more.

Ephraim's central location makes for a good base for a Door County stay.  Accommodations range from B&Bs to resorts and hotels.  They include Eagle Harbor Inn, Ephraim Guest House & Condominiums, Ephraim Shores Motel & Restaurant, Harbor View Resort & Restaurant, High Point Inn, Pine Grove Resort, Pioneer Acres Cottages, Somerset Inn & Suites, Village Green Lodge, Hillside Inn of Ephraim, and Water Street Inn. Check out their lodging details and other overnight options at our Ephraim lodging page on or in our mobile app, Door County On the Go. 

As for restaurants, travelers should not miss Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, established in 1906. The iconic Wilson's, 9990 Water St., affords diners on the porch with a water and sunset view.  It's a nice place for a burger, a home-brewed draft root beer, and other fun fare. 

Learn more about places to dine in Ephraim as well as village activities and events by visiting

 Something to do:  
Birch Creek Music Performance Center -
a Summer Place to Be 

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor is the place to be summer evenings. The rural atmosphere, live music in the Dutton Concert Barn, and the gracious and welcoming Birch Creek team all make for a unique Door County travel and performing arts experience.
Here are highlights of the Birch Creek summer 2016 concert season.
A Percussion & Steel Band Session runs from June 23 through July 2.  Dan Moore, Director of Percussion at the University of Iowa, will be the program's
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The concerts will feature a diverse range of styles from "Island Hoppers" and "Caribbean Cruise" themes to "Steel Panoramic" with Liam Teague and "A Star Spangled Percussion Spectacular." 
Next, Symphony Session concerts will be featured July 4 through 16. With Director Ricardo Castaneda and Conductor Brian Groner, the orchestra will perform works by Wagner, Brahms, Vivaldi, and other classical mainstays, Birch Creek announced.   

Birch Creek's Annual Independence Day Concert, "An American Anthem," will take place July 4, and a "Classical Blast" performance by the Symphony Faculty will be staged July 13.

Then, Jazz concerts are on the Birch Creek schedule July 20 through 30, Aug. 3 through 6, and Aug. 10 through 13.  Returning to Birch Creek are Program Director Jeff Campbell and the Birch Creek Academy Jazz Orchestra.  Jazz and faculty performers from throughout the U.S. will play big band jazz favorites by Ellington, Basie, and many others, Birch Creek said.  Students will perform in pre-show events and big band numbers, too.

Birch Creek is located at 3821 County E, Egg Harbor. More information, including concert times and tickets, is available by calling 920-868-3763.
Door County Happenings 

 By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to

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

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Ecology Sports is changing its name to Ecology and has moved to a new location in Sister Bay:  10740 North Bay Shore Drive.  The location in the Sister Bay Old Town Hall closed April 2.

Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor has new owners: Andrew Seefeldt and his wife, Jillaine Burton.  The first exhibition of the year, taking place Memorial Day weekend, is titled "Metamorphosis," reflecting the art as well as the gallery's change in ownership from artist Margaret Lockwood and Allin Walker to the current pair.

In other gallery news, the owners of the Flying Pig in Algoma announced they are planning to relocate and will have limited gallery space and hours of operation.
Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park will reportedly reopen in Spring 2017 following work that needs to be done on the structure.

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has merged with May Realty, and a grand opening was recently held in the office at 19 N. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay.

Mark calendars for key sport events:  the Door County Half Marathon & Nicolet Bay 5k May 7; the Peninsula Century Spring Classic June 18, the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge Sept. 17; and the Hey Hey 5k Sept. 24.

The Lighthouse Festival will run June 10 to 12, featuring three days of boat excursions and guided land-based tours to Door County's 11 historic lighthouses. | Egg Harbor | Door County Wisconsin | WI | 54209