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Door County Entertainment News for the July 4th Holiday

4th of July on the Door County peninsula means fireworks and parades, but it also means music. Lots of music. So here is a schedule of both this weekend:

Baileys Harbor: Parade at 10am. Arts, crafts, live entertainment, children’s games and spectacular fireworks at dusk. For more information call 920-839-2366 or visit

Egg Harbor: Parade begins at 1pm. For information call 920-868-3717 or visit

Fish Creek: Venetian boat parade at dusk, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the bay at Clark Park (next to marina). For more information call 920-868-2316 or visit

DOOR COUNTY FIREWORKS: six opportunities to see the Door County sky lit up!
Egg Harbor: Friday July 3rdfireworks display at dusk from Harbor View Park. 920-868-3717 or visit

Baileys Harbor: Saturday, July 4thfireworks over the water at dusk. 920-839-2366 or visit

Fish Creek: Saturday, July 4thfireworks display at dusk at Clark Park (next to marina). 920-868-2316 or visit

Gills Rock: Saturday, July 4thfireworks at dusk over Hedgehog Harbor. 920-854-2972 or visit

Sturgeon Bay: Saturday, July 4thfireworks display at dusk from Sunset Park. 800-301-6695 or visit

Washington Island: Saturday, July 4thfireworks at dusk at the ball park on Main Road. 920-847-2179 or visit


Friday, July 3

Jeanne Kuhns’ Lost Mothra Band, Friday July 3, at Woodwalk Gallery
The Lost Mothra Band is Jeanne Kuhns, Lynn Gudmundsen,
George Sawyn and Patrick Palmer

Saturday, July 4
Baileys Harbor 4th of July Celebration
Starting at 9 a. m. on July 4th enjoy the sights and sound of 3 Beer ’til Dubuque.   Three Beers, also known as, That Beers Band, started in 1997 with 12 members primarily playing one bar in La Crosse.
Starting at 1:30 p. m. get your 80’s “rock on.”  Bad Medicine, a definite 80’s cover band, is the number 1 Bon Jovi tribute band in the country.
Sunday, July 5
Dorothy Scott will be among the performers at the Peg Egan Center

Dorothy Scott will be among the performers at the Peg Egan Center

Peg Egan PAC at 6pm
Sunset Concert Series – Folk Festival: Featuring: Corey Carlson, Dorothy Scott, Peter Mulvey, The Son’s Of The Never Wrong,
Eric Lewis & Doc Heide.

Concert is free to the public. For more information visit: Sunset Concert Series.

Door County Family Events: Ephraim Sing-Alongs

Ephraim Sing-Alongs began in the 1930′s and have proved an enduring favorite for all ages. This season begins Sunday, June 28 at 7:30 PM and will continue through August 2. Sponsored by the Ephraim Historical Foundation, each sing-along features a song leader and pianist.  The crowds are good, often standing room only and is free.

2009 Ephraim Sing-Along Season Schedule:

June 28:  Marvin Doerksen, song leader / Doris Doerksen, pianist
July 5: Sigrid Ostrem, song leader / Gladys Austgen, pianist
July 12: Don Makuen, song leader / Gary Doudna, pianist
July 19: Marvin Doerksen, song leader / Doris Doerksen, pianist
July 26: Sigrid Ostrem, song leader / Doris Doerksen, pianist
August 2: Don Makuen, song leader / Gladys Austgen, pianist

Opening reception at Door County artist Kim Waters gallery in Sister Bay

Re-posted From Door County Style Magazine:

Waters Gallery Opening in Door County, June 27

Kim Waters and Tim Erskine announce The Waters Gallery Opening, Saturday, June 27 from 5 – 8 pm

Newly decorated, The Waters Gallery of Sister Bay, Wisconsin will feature the irresistible, fantasy-filled illustrations of Kim Waters, as well as the photography and distinctive graphic art of Tim Erskine.

Kim Waters’ artistic achievements have been commented on by Donovan, George Harrison, and pop-artist Andy Warhol, who said of Waters’ works, “I love all of the illuminations… the colors are so beautiful.

Nrshingha by Kim Waters

Nrshingha by Kim Waters

Waters’s paintings and illustrations draw freely from Indian spiritual imagery, Persian miniature painting, Medieval and Renaissance illumination, Celtic folklore and Victorian book design. Employing her own unique combination of Western alchemical symbols and intricate borders, Waters introduces viewers to a rich and intriguing fantasy world.

The works of Tim Erskine in photography and graphic design bring technology and science to the forefront of artisting imaging. As a mechanical engineer himself, and the son of a nuclear physisist and an artist, Erskine draws inspiration from his knowledge of science and his enduring love of the arts. His contributions to Waters Gallery include a new series in the concept of circlism. With this series Erskine examines the relationships between solid matter and the cosmos, and, as in all of his works, hopes to show his own internal world of beauty. Both intrinsically simple and infinitely complex, Erskine brings the natural and divine into graceful and chic pieces that draw your eye and hold your gaze.

Waters, called “far more competent and elegant than your average art star…” by the Washington Post, opens the doors of Waters Gallery Saturday, June 27 at 5 pm. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, and the music of both Erskine and Waters unil 8 pm. Waters Gallery is located at 2263 Waters End Road, Sister Bay, Wisconsin. For more information check out or call 920.854.9808.

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery Second Artist Reception of 2009, Saturday, June 13

Four artists with distinct styles and mediums are the focus of Fine Line Designs Gallery’s Exhibit II, which opens from Friday, June 12 and rins through Tuesday, July 7. Fabric and embroidery artist Martha Fieber, furniture builder Leonard Fieber, pastel artist Alberta Marana, and oil painter Kathie Wheeler are the featured artists for Exhibit II. The artist’s reception for Exhibit II is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 from 4 – 8 pm.

Martha Fieber calls her artwork “landscape in thread,” and focuses on texture, technique, pattern, and detail to express her interest in our human connection to the natural world.  “I needed a change,” Fieber say when asked why she left her primary career in engineering for the art world. Her intricate embroideries often take as many as 60 hours to complete, depending on how intense the design is. Fieber is completely self-taught and focuses primarily on the landscapes and beauty that surrounds her Upper Michigan home. “I want to show everyone how beautiful it is,” says Fieber. “Many landscapes tempt me to record them.”

Furniture artist Leonard Fieber has been working with wood for over 40 years.  His most recent body of work, Beaver Chew Furniture, is made from sticks left behind after beavers have eaten the leaves and bark. “I’ve built furniture all my life,” says Fieber, “but this body of work is really special to me. I feel like the beaver and I are collaborating together.” A lover of the outdoors, Fieber enjoys that his furniture can provide a connection to nature in someone’s home.

Both Martha and Leonard Fieber will be on hand for an artist’s demonstration on Sunday, June 14 from 11am – 2 pm.

Alberta Marana, a pastel artist, says she finds solace in nature from the chaos of the world – and is attracted to the vibrant colors of the wildflowers and grasses in the summer, the dynamic red and golds of the autumn, and the wonderfully moody blues of the evening. “I love looking at the landscape, but I also enjoy working in the landscape,” Marana says. “I really try to convey the emotional experience I get when I look at nature – I like to call it ‘the wow.’”

Oil painter Kathie Wheeler was drawn to the work of the American Impressionists as a child, who would take to the fields and woods with their sketchbooks and paints to record the beauty of their surroundings.  “All of my paintings are scenes from my own experiences,” Wheeler says, going on to say that her farm in Southern Wisconsin is responsible for much of this inspiration. Wheeler has been painting “as long as she could hold something in her hand.”  Kathie was the winner of the Quick Paint at the 2008 Door County Plein Air Festival.

Fine Line Designs Gallery is located at the north end of Ephraim at 10376 Highway 42 and features original paintings, sculpture, custom wood furnishings, and fiber art from over 90 renowned artists.  The gallery also hosts the annual Town Line Art Fair every year on Columbus Day weekend.  Gallery hours are daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  For more information about Fine Line Designs Gallery or its artists and exhibitions, please call (920) 854-4343 or visit

Northern Door County’s first festival of the season: Ephraim’s 45th Annual Fyr Bal Festival June 19-21, 2009

From the Ephraim Business Council’s Press Release:

Ephraim celebrates its 45th Annual Fyr Bal Festival June 19-21, 2009. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal, pronounced fear ball, is Norwegian for bonfire. The festival re-creates customs of early Norwegians celebrating Midsummer’s Eve. Evening bonfires on Saturday represent the burning of the ‘winter witch’ and welcome in the long days of summer. The weekend is fun for the entire family along the shoreline of Eagle Harbor.


Treat your ears to an eclectic music lineup at Harborside Park on Saturday: first, the acoustic sounds of D’Arez & Friends, and then pat mAcdonald and melaniejane of Steel Bridget Songfest in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The duo teams up to create a sound rich in low-end, heavy in groove.

Saturday boasts the majority of Fyr Bal festivities. Music begins at 9am with MC and acoustic musician Tim Byers. Byers will keep crowds up-to-date on activities throughout the day. The Ephraim Library invites you to peruse the myriad of hidden treasures at their annual Used Book Sale. Along the shoreline, over 25 artisans from throughout the state will display their craft at the annual Fyr Bal Arts & Crafts show. Showcasing works in wood, clay, glass, jewelry and fiber textiles. Be sure to visit the Summerwind Alpacas and Iron Wood Croft Llamas at the Ephraim Visitor Information Center, where you can pet the animals and even purchase wool.

Young fiddlers, under the direction of Christine Whyatt, will treat festival-goers to traditional Scandinavian music Saturday and Sunday. Whyatt and her husband Nelson, who will accompany the group on accordion, are originally from Minnesota, where she taught music for over 30 years. Whyatt is happy to have a dozen former students and their families make the trip to Door County for Fyr Bal Festival weekend. In 2005 many members of the group traveled to Dalarna County in Sweden, the center of traditional folk music and craft in that country, to play at one of the largest midsummer festivals. They are a delight to watch in their authentic Scandinavian costume.

Don’t miss Ephraim’s traditional Scandinavian blowout!

HIgh Point Neighbors: Paulson’s Mill Road Café at Green Gables

Paulson's Mill Road Cafe at Green Gables

Paulson's Mill Road Cafe at Green Gables

Marc and Judy Paulson welcome you!

Some guests of the county might remember the first Mill Road Café which we operated in Sister Bay at the Walkway Shops from 1984 – 86.  After 20 years of business in Ephraim at the Old Orchard Inn and Windflower Gifts, we’re once again serving food to friends and guests at our new Mill Road Café, located at the Green Gables Shops in Ephraim.

Many of the recipes we were famous for are now being served in our cozy and comfortable new space.  Marc makes excellent home-made soups, gourmet salads, and terrific deli and specialty sandwiches.  For breakfast you can enjoy Judy’s homemade sour cream coffee cake, muffins or Café granola, as well as New York bagels. Paulsons have always been famous for their quiche.  It’s made with a hand-rolled all-butter crust, and filled with fresh ingredients and a rich egg custard. Guests can eat in the dining area which boasts a TV for sports fans and free wireless internet.  Or they can sit outside on Green Gables’ beautiful garden patio.

The Mill Road Café is proud to feature Alterra coffee, roasted and blended in Milwaukee.  The Café has a complete coffee bar, with espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks, as well as icy-blended coffee frappes and fresh fruit smoothies.

Windflower Gallery and Gifts is located within the Café space.  Our shop features Ephraim Faience Pottery, hand thrown and glazed in the Arts-and-Crafts tradition. We also display and sell the photography of local artist Daniel Anderson, including many of his unique Door County color prints. You can also find a piece of lovely jewelry, a greeting card for every occasion, Woods of Windsor toiletries, and much more.

Come join us for lunch or a latte.  Stay for the conversation, browse through the shop, and stroll through Green Gables’ award-winning flower gardens.  We’ll be delighted to see you!

High Point Neighbors: 42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops

42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim

42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim

As customers enter 42nd Street Accents, they are treated to the soothing sounds of Newell Oler.  Whether they are looking for a distinctive jeweled accent of amber, larimar, or other fine jewelry, or the perfect accessory for their home – handblown glass vases, bowls, lamps, or pottery – 42nd Street Accents is a “must see” for every Door County shopper!

In addition, 42nd Street Accents is now a Vortex optics dealer.  Put your eyes behind a pair of our Viper binoculars, named “Best of the Best” by Field and Stream, and enjoy the beauty of Door County!

“One of my friends says ‘You only want to hear Oler’s music on days of the week ending in “Y.”’ Frank O’Byrne – Ranchester, WY

“Just walking through the door was enough…the energy of calm and beauty pervaded!” Doris Klein, Milwaukee, WI

“42nd Street Accents has some of the most beautiful vases and tapestries!” Jim Brundahl – Wauwatosa, WI.

“Very tasteful!  Very beautiful!  42nd Street Accents has a unique elegance!” Cathy Neumeier – Gleason, WI

42nd Street Accents is located in the Green Gables Shops in Ephraim –just minutes away from High Point Inn.  Get all your shopping done under one roof.  Visit us at the Green Gables, one of Door County’s favorite shopping destinations!

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery First Artist Reception of 2009, Saturday, May 23

Fine Line Designs Gallery Artist's Reception

Fine Line Designs Gallery Artist Reception

Three artists inspired by sweeping landscape and nature set the scene for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s first exhibit.   The artist reception for Exhibit I is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Featured artists  Sally Mortenson-Korolewski, Ken Bronikowski, and Gene Reineking will be on hand to meet and greet visitors as well as discuss their work.  Reineking will also be part of a special artist demo on Sunday, May 24 from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. Exhibit I runs May 15 – June 10.

Sally Mortenson-Korolewski’s medium of choice is egg tempera with watercolor – and says that this specialized technique allows her to build layers of color into her paintings – “similar to the layers of an onion.”  “The egg/water mixture, when added to the paint, creates this beautiful luster,” she says.  “The depth and color that can be achieved is simply beautiful.”  The last student of the late Gerhard C.F. Miller, Mortenson loves to paint grand landscapes and architectural subjects – anything with a “strong element in the work.”  “Gerhard always said that watercolor was the ‘sportiest medium,” Mortenson says, “And I wholeheartedly agree.  It’s an unpredictable and often uncontrollable medium – and that’s precisely why I’m intrigued with it.”

Oil painter Ken Bronkowski often paints with a limited palette of only four or five colors, and he says that these few colors “keep him honest” in his work.  “I try to be very honest in my art, concentrating on draftsmanship, values (light and dark), edges, temperature, and color.”  The particular concentration on temperature rather than values is of great importance to him – an ideal instilled in his from his studies under William Mosby at the Academy of Art in Chicago.  “Mosby’s favorite quote was ‘Never change a value in a painting until you have to. Always change the temperature first – and that’s why I tend to paint warm to cool instead of light to dark.”  Bronkowski tends to paint landscapes and still lifes, but finds that he especially enjoys painting portraits, which are a constant learning device for him.  “Art is a continual learning experience for me,” he says.  “A new painting is akin to attending school.”

A former studio potter, Gene Reineking turned to wood sculpture after a hand injury, and began to draw his inspiration from the creatures and forms that inhabit the woodlands, lakes, and streams that surround his studio in the glacial moraine country of Central Wisconsin.  As a result of his surroundings, his work for the Fine Line show will consist primarily of stylized mammals and birds such as hawks, herons, eagles, and sandhill cranes – “mostly animals that I know,” Reineking says.  “It’s so much more enjoyable to carve something I’m farmiliar with.”  Carving out of wood burl from trees growing in Oregon and California that are often five feet wide by ten feet high, Reineking’s free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures can range anywhere from two to six feet. Gene will be onsite demonstrating his carving techniques on Sunday, May 24 from 11-2pm.

High Point Neighbors: The Shops & Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables, located in North Ephraim on Hwy 42, are home to a variety of shops and a great cafe.  However, the beautiful perennial gardens, created and lovingly tended by Peter Buergin-Witt, have become the “billboard” for this unique shopping complex.

During one season, hundreds of people stop to stroll, photograph or just enjoy the delightful sights and smells of “Peter’s Gardens”.  Peter graciously gives of his time and knowledge (which reaches far beyond gardening) to lead FREE tours of the gardens every Wednesday at 11:00 am. These tours have become a “Door County Must Stop” for both amateur and master gardeners alike.

Located within Green Gables are the following establishments:

The Perfect Beads (for both professional and amateur beaders)
American Folklore Theatre (Ticket Office)
Scrimshanders Gallery (scrimshaw by resident artist, Gary Kiracofe)
42nd Street Accents (a boutique like no other)
Rustic Fish Gallery (carvings by Eric Rinkleff)
Windflower Gifts (home decor and Ephraim green pottery)
Mill Road Cafe (great lunches featuring Judy’s own recipes)

More information can be found at