Events

Celebrate Water, an initiative of Healthy Water Door County, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc., has a great line-up of events all focused on preserving our greatest resource, water. If you would like to submit an event for consideration you can download and fill out the form below. Forms can be emailed to celebratewater@givedoorcounty.org or dropped off at the offices of Peninsula Publishing & Distribution or the Door County Community Foundation.

If you would like to hold an event but have no venue space, you can still submit your event and we will reach out to those who volunteered use of their space and get back to you.

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Events Calendar, 2018-2019

Make sure to check back as we get more events and details!

2018


October

October 1-20: Muskie Love

Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy 42, Fish Creek
Organized by: Northern Sky Theater
Muskie Love is a musical comedy first produced by Northern Sky in 2004 by Dave Hudson and Paul Libman. It is a laugh-a-minute fish tale that the whole family will love. Set on the shores of Green Bay, in Gills Rock, is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and follows the exploits of Ben and Bea – rival fishing guides. Showing Tuesday-Saturday.

October 1-30: Tugboat Tours

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society
The tug John Purves will be open for tours docked behind the museum.

October 1-30: Moon-Tide Poems, 6am-11pm

Newport State Park Poetry Trail, 475 County Rd NP, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Poems composed during the rise of the August full moon over the waters of Newport State Park are displayed on the poetry trail.

October 1-19: Daily Eagle Bluff Light Station Guided Tours, 10am-3:30pm

Eagle Bluff Light Station, 10249 Shore Rd, Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
Organized by: Door County Historical Society
In the aftermath of the Civil War, pioneers made their way to northeastern WI. Boats, carrying the newcomers, navigated Green Bay’s treacherous waters and were guided ashore by the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. You are invited to walk in the footsteps of the keepers who served the lighthouse from 1868-1926.

October 1 – 6: Exhibit: Great Lakes Small Streams, 10am-3pm

Heritage Village at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Door County Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society’s traveling display “Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin” explores our state’s long relationship with water and the impact we have had on our vast waterways. We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival.

October 4: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “Death Rides the Ferry” by Patricia Skalka.

October 6: Twilight Tours at Eagle Bluff Light Station, 6-8:30pm

Eagle Bluff Light Station, 10249 Shore Rd, Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
Organized by: Door County Historical Society
Join us as the Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be in residence to share tales of the sea, and lighthouse lore, perform traditional music, and recite legends in verse.

October 6-7: Fall Lighthouse Festival

Throughout Door County
Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society
The fall festival is an abbreviated version of the larger June Lighthouse Festival. More details to come.

October 11: An Evening with Tracy K. Smith, United States Poet Laureate, 7pm

Southern Door Community Auditorium, 2073 County Rd DK, Brussels
Organized by: Write On, Door County
A reading and talk by Tracy K. Smith, United States Poet Laureate. Her latest collection (April 2018), Wade in the Water, addresses issues of water conservation, from the Yangtze River in China to watersheds in the U.S.

October 15: Eagle Bluff Light Station Lamp Lighting Celebration, 10am-12pm

Eagle Bluff Light Station, 10249 Shore Rd, Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
Organized by: Door County Historical Society
150th Anniversary of the Lamp Lighting; flag ceremony; tours, music by Gibraltar High School Band; resolution; quilt raffle drawing; presentation; book signing; and anniversary cake.

October 27: “Guys on Ice”, 2pm & 7pm

Trueblood Performing Arts Center, 870 Main Rd, Washington Island
Organized by: Trueblood Performing Arts Center
A musical about life, love, and the one that got away (both fish and women), while keeping warm with a healthy appreciation of good bait, cold Leinie’s, and the Green Bay Packers. $25/adults. $20/students. $1/12 & under.

November

November 1-30: Moon-Tide Poems, 6am-11pm

Newport State Park Poetry Trail, 475 County Rd NP, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Poems composed during the rise of the August full moon over the waters of Newport State Park are displayed on the poetry trail.

November 1: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour” by Thomas Shevory.

November 26: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, 6pm

Prince of Peace Church, 1756 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Door County Historical Society
No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Rochelle Pennington delves into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

December

December 1-6: Moon-Tide Poems, 6am-11pm

Newport State Park Poetry Trail, 475 County Rd NP, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Poems composed during the rise of the August full moon over the waters of Newport State Park are displayed on the poetry trail.

December 6: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “Door Ways” by Norbert Blei.

2019


January

January 3: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan.

January 27: Door County Reads

Throughout Door County.
Organized by: Door County Library
Join Door County Reads 2019 in their 12th year of encouraging everyone in Door County to read the same book and get together to discuss it. Two books will be highlighted in 2019, both about water, our precious resource. Titles to be released.

February

February 7: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “Safe from the Sea” by Peter Geye.

March

March 7: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast” by Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer.

April

April 4: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “Words on Water 2017” by Richard Purinton.

May

May 2: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am-12pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as subject matter or as setting are discussed with a facilitator from Write On, Door County. This month: “Barksins” by E. Annie Proulx.

May 20: Peninsula Symphonic Band Celebrates Water, 7pm

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Peninsula Symphonic Band
The Peninsula Symphonic Community Band will perform a spring concert featuring water themed musical pieces for all ages to promote the celebration of water in our community.

June

June 4-6: Celebrate Water Summit

Landmark Resort, 4929 Landmark Dr, Egg Harbor
Organized by: Celebrate Water Door County
3 days of fun and informational presentations from experts in various fields. The first night features keynote speaker Jill Heinerth, with Dan Egan leading a luncheon discussion the next day. The second day features breakout sessions and the last day features on site field trips. Speakers, registration, and more are to be announced!

The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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