Eagle Harbor Inn Newsletter
December 2013
In This Issue
Wonderful Winter in
Door County
    I love Door County in the winter so much so that I  prefer it to the summer. I could give you thousands of reasons why but instead I 'll just give you my top 10.
 10. Feeding the Chickadees at the Nature Center in Peninsula State Park. They'll eat birdseed right out of your hands or out of the top of your hat! Peninsula State Park
9. Sitting in the sauna at Eagle Harbor Inn's  Commons , followed by a jump in the pool. The sauna warms you enough to become a little sleepy then the pool wakes you right up for round two. Follow that with dinner at Mr Helsinki or The Waterfront!
8. Taking a class. Whether it's at the Clearing or Peninsula School of Art, it doesn't matter. It's a great way to feel accomplished and 'updated'-something we all need periodically! 
7. Ice Skating at the rink in Sister Bay. It's a wonderful rink, complete with a fire pit, warming hut, night lights for an evening skate, snacks, and skates to rent. Sister Bay Ice Rink
6. Hot Chocolate at Base Camp after a long day outside. They'll have a fire going to warm you on the outside as the Hot Chocolate warms you inside. Base Camp
5. Candlelight Cross Country Skiing in January & February at one of our wonderful  state parks in Door County. Door County State Parks
4. A winter hike. On a clear night with a full moon (or almost full) the night sky will strike you with awe: its a free show, summer or winter, actually!
3.Driving around the County in winter. I love being able to see things differently in the winter, leaves are off the trees, and snow turns all the green to white. New paths offer themselves up taking me to places I have yet to discover.
2. SOUP! It's a fund raiser at Peninsula Art School. The community comes together to make bowls to sell  for soup. Restaurants donate the delicious soup. And the participants choose their bowl then they get to have tastes from each or any of the soups offered. It's a wonedful event. Peninsula School of Arts
1. My favorite activity of all time, is to enjoy the live music available throughout the winter. The White Gull Inn has House Concerts on Wednesdays once a month with an amazing dinner before if you so choose. The Door Community Auditorium features small concerts in the intimate Fireside Room. Interact with the performers fireside and if you should be so lucky to be there on a snowy night the huge windows give a front row seat to the beauty outside.
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From our house to yours, we think of all of you, reflecting on our times together and we sincerely wish you the very best of this special season of family, hopefullness and love, to warm you and keep you safe now and into the new year! Cheers to All! Nedd, Natalie & The Staff at Eagle Harbor Inn!  
the Forward Thinking Fred Lubar Family
The Nature Conservancy announced that it has protected St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan, which is located about five miles from Washington and Rock islands at the tip of the Door Peninsula.
One of the larger islands in a chain that stretches from Wisconsin's Door Peninsula to Michigan's Garden Peninsula, St. Martin Island provides critical stopover habitat for birds that migrate through the Great Lakes each spring and fall, as well as habitat for fish and other wildlife.

The Conservancy acquired nearly 1,244 acres, or 94 percent, of the island from the Fred Luber family of Milwaukee. Luber is the former chairman and CEO of Super Steel Products Corporation. The Lubers have owned and cared for their land on St. Martin Island since the 1980s. They sold it to the Conservancy for $1.5 million, a price substantially below fair market value, making a gift of more than 60 percent of the land's value, or $2.85 million, in order to see it protected.

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Gaudete Brass
Presented by Midsummer's
 Music Festival

      For almost a decade, they have accomplished this by means of teaching and performing both classical and contemporary compositions for brass. All across the USA, their concerts and workshops have infused audiences with a newfound awareness of the intimate art of brass arrangements. Midsummer's Music Festival brings them to Door County for their premier performances here at three different venues from December 12 -14.


       Each of the Holiday Concerts will include readings by Door County pastors including Kerry Krauss from the Sister Bay Moravian Church, Joe Mitchell from the United Methodist Churches and Sue Gunderson from Immanuel Lutheran Church.


       The Gaudete Brass Quintet will not only perform three concerts but in addition, will conduct master classes with Gibraltar's high school and middle school band students.

The Midsummer's Music Festival Winter Concert Series highlights the Gaudete Brass Quintet on Saturday, December 14 at the Max Supper Club in Baileys Harbor with a Holiday Dinner at 5:30 pm and Concert at 7 pm. Advanced reservations for the dinner and concert are required at $60 per person.  Concert-only tickets are available at $25 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 17 are welcome to attend at no charge.


  For more information and ticket reservations please call Midsummer's Music at 920.854.7088 or visit www.MidsummersMusic.com. 

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
from the Simply Organic Website
  • 1 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • cup unsalted butter, melted
  • cup packed dark brown sugar 
  • cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, warmed to room temperature
  •  8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  •  4 cups confectioners' sugar
  •  2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for garnishing teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins or 24 mini muffin tins.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, molasses and egg.
  4. Add cup of the milk to the melted butter mixture plus half of the dry mixture, stirring well. Add remaining dry ingredients and milk until combined.
  5. Pour batter into muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool on a rack for at least a half hour.
  6. While the cupcakes are cooking and cooling, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  7. Add sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
  8. Add the milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is just spreadable. Do not add too much milk. If the frosting is warm, cover and place in refrigerator for a few minutes before frosting cupcakes.
  9. Once the cupcakes are completely
     cooled, fill a piping bag with frosting and pipe large swirls onto the tops of each cupcake. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top of frosting for decoration

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