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


February

February 1: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

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: “Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes” by William Rapai.

February 1: Maritime Speaker Series, 7pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

“Life on the Great Lakes,” presented by George Oram. Oram focuses on his life sailing on ore boats and freighters and what life is like away from your family, feeding the guys, and living aboard a ship for months at a time. All speaker series are free with a donation of a non-perishable item.

March

March 1: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

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: “Torn in Two” by Michael Schumacher.

March 1: Maritime Speaker Series, 7pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

“Exploring Door County Lighthouses—Beacons That Guide the Way,” presented by Barb and Ken Wardius focuses on the county’s lighthouses with archival and contemporary photography highlighting the presentation. All speaker series are free with a donation of a non-perishable item.

March 9-31: Exhibit: Lee Radtke & Opening Reception (March 9), 5:30-8:30pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Exhibit features Radtke’s maritime-focused oil paintings. The opening reception will feature cold appetizers, wine, and a chance to meet Radtke. Held in the Asher Upper Lobby.

March 10: Meet the Artist Day, 11am-2pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Come see demonstrations and meet the artist Lee Radtke.

April

April 1-30: Exhibit: Lee Radtke

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Held in the Asher Upper Lobby.

April 5: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

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: “Harborless” by Cindy Hunter Morgan.

April 5: Maritime Speaker Series, 7pm

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

“Restoration of Plum and Pilot Islands,” presented by Paul Schumacher, Board of Directors of Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, talks about the restoration of Plum and Pilot Islands. All speaker series are free with a donation of a non-perishable item.

April 28: Protect Our Groundwater, 9am-12pm

Sturgeon Bay High School Commons, 1230 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: League of Women Voters Door County

UW-Oshkosh professor Maureen Muldoon and USDA Agricultural Researcher Mark Borchardt will provide an overview of Door County’s unique geology. They will explain the challenges it presents in protecting our groundwater as supported by current scientific information. A local panel consisting of Grant Thomas (Door County Corporation Council), Chris Olson (Assistant County Sanitarian), and Erin Hanson (County Conservationist) will explain what efforts have taken place historically (in the county) to protect groundwater contamination from both human and animal wastes.

May

May 1-31: Exhibit: Lee Radtke

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Held in the Asher Upper Lobby.

May 1-31: 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.

May 3: Great Lakes/Great Books Club, 10:30am

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

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: “Cherry Harvest” by Lucy Sanna.

May 3-27: Exhibit: Art of Water II

James May Gallery, 213 Steele St., Algoma

Organized by: James May Gallery

An art exhibition and event celebrating water on the shores of Lake Michigan. By celebrating water we hope to better protect it.

May 4: Exhibit: Art of Water II, Opening Reception, 5-9pm

James May Gallery, 213 Steele St., Algoma

Organized by: James May Gallery

An art exhibition and event celebrating water on the shores of Lake Michigan. By celebrating water we hope to better protect it.

May 5-31: Exhibit: Celebrate Water Benefit Show & Season Opening Reception (May 5), 10-5pm

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Rd, Fish Creek

Organized by: Edgewood Orchard Galleries

We are proud to open our 50th gallery season with a group show featuring artwork that celebrates the beauty and importance of water. The goal for this group show is to raise awareness and funds for Celebrate Water Door County. Featuring a season opening reception on May 5, 10am-5pm.

May 26-31: Exhibit: Mystical Waters

Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 County Rd G, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Woodwalk Gallery

An art exhibit featuring Brian Sullivan, Nikki Kaftan, Gary Hanks, and Barbara Ottum who will reflect the many mystical aspects of water in various art mediums.

May 26: Exhibit: Celebrate Water Benefit Show, Reception, 4-7pm

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Rd, Fish Creek

Organized by: Edgewood Orchard Galleries

We are proud to open our 50th gallery season with a group show featuring artwork that celebrates the beauty and importance of water. The goal for this group show is to raise awareness and funds for Celebrate Water Door County. Come meet the artists for the Celebrate Water show.

May 27: Exhibit: Mystical Waters, Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm

Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 County Rd G, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Woodwalk Gallery

An art exhibit featuring Brian Sullivan, Nikki Kaftan, Gary Hanks, and Barbara Ottum who will reflect the many mystical aspects of water in various art mediums. Featuring Anne Egan, Chairperson of Celebrate Water Door County, speaking on behalf of the initiative and protecting our precious resource, water (5:30pm).

June

June 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.

June 1-12: Exhibit: Celebrate Water Benefit Show

Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Rd, Fish Creek

Organized by: Edgewood Orchard Galleries

We are proud to open our 50th gallery season with a group show featuring artwork that celebrates the beauty and importance of water. The goal for this group show is to raise awareness and funds for Celebrate Water Door County.

June 1-27: Exhibit: Mystical Waters

Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 County Rd G, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Woodwalk Gallery

An art exhibit featuring Brian Sullivan, Nikki Kaftan, Gary Hanks, and Barbara Ottum who will reflect the many mystical aspects of water in various art mediums.

June 1: Exhibit: Lee Radtke

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Last day to check out the artwork of Lee Radtke. Held in the Asher Upper Lobby.

June 2-30: Exhibit: Water Works & Opening Reception (June 2), 4:30-6pm

Door County Community Foundation, 342 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Community Foundation

See works by Emmett Johns that focus on water as the theme.

June 2 – 30: Exhibit: Water Theme

Miller Art Museum, 107 S 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay

June 8-10: 25th Annual Lighthouse Festival

Throughout Door County

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Eleven lighthouses will be featured. Members will be able to sign up for tours starting March 19, while the general public may purchase tickets starting April 2. There are many different tours available; some by land and most by boat.

June 22: Percussion in Paradise: Musical Waves from Tropical Shores, 7:30pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County Rd E, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Percussion and steel band performances by academy students and faculty from all over the world.

June 30: Whoo’s at Home with Water, 1-2pm

Open Door Bird Sanctuary, 4114 County Rd I, Jacksonport

Organized by: Open Door Bird Sanctuary

This is a program featuring live birds of prey, including a Barred Owl, who is dependent on watery habitats. This program will also explore unique water aspects of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary property.

July

July 1 – 18: Exhibit: Water Theme

Miller Art Museum, 107 S 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay

July 1-31: 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.

July 1-31: Exhibit: Water Works

Door County Community Foundation, 342 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Community Foundation

See works by Emmett Johns that focus on water as the theme.

July 1: Fishstock Concert

Fishstock, 3127 Cty Hwy F, Fish Creek

Organized by: Fishstock

A concert to promote environmental/conservation issues in Door County. The concert will feature a John Denver tribute artist – Will Kruger. Make sure to stop by the Celebrate Water, or other environmental groups, table that will be set up before and after the concert to learn more about what we are doing and trying to accomplish.

July 4: Gills Rock Maritime Museum Renaming

Gills Rock Maritime Museum, 12724 Wisconsin Bay Rd, Ellison Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Opening of the Gills Rock museum under its new name, the Death’s Door Maritime Museum. Also featuring a special statue unveiling to honor Door County’s fishing industry and traditions.

July 5: Water Music and Birch Creek Stars, 7:30pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County Rd E, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Symphony performances by academy students and faculty from all over the world.

July 6-7: Dancing Silver Stream, 7:30pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County Rd E, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Symphony performances by academy students and faculty from all over the world.

July 12: A Down River Journey, 7:30pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County Rd E, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Symphony performances by academy students and faculty from all over the world.

July 13: The Mighty River, 7:30pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County Rd E, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Symphony performances by academy students and faculty from all over the world.

July 14: Finale: Port of Arrival, 7:30pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County Rd E, Egg Harbor

Organized by: Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Symphony performances by academy students and faculty from all over the world.

July 28: Whoo’s at Home with Water, 1-2pm

Open Door Bird Sanctuary, 4114 County Rd I, Jacksonport

Organized by: Open Door Bird Sanctuary

This is a program featuring live birds of prey, including a Barred Owl, who is dependent on watery habitats. This program will also explore unique water aspects of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary property.

August

August 1-31: 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.

August 1-27: Exhibit: Water Works

Door County Community Foundation, 342 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Community Foundation

See works by Emmett Johns that focus on water as the theme.

August 11-12: 28th Annual Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N Madison St., Sturgeon Bay

Organized by: Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society

Enter your classic and wooden boat or come to admire other boats; see demonstrations; purchase nautical items at the Boat House Sale; join in the Sikaflex boat building and sea trial challenge; bring the kids for games and boat coloring; and eat, drink, and be merry!

August 14: Peninsula Music Festival: Handel Water Music Suite #2

Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy 42, Fish Creek

August 25: Whoo’s at Home with Water, 1-2pm

Open Door Bird Sanctuary, 4114 County Rd I, Jacksonport

Organized by: Open Door Bird Sanctuary

This is a program featuring live birds of prey, including a Barred Owl, who is dependent on watery habitats. This program will also explore unique water aspects of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary property.

September

September 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.

September: 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.

September 11 – 30: Exhibit: Great Lakes Small Streams

Heritage Village at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay

September 14 – 16: Washington Island Literary Festival: Words on Water

Trueblood Performing Arts Center, 870 Main Rd, Washington Island

October

October: 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.

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 – 6: Exhibit: Great Lakes Small Streams

Heritage Village at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay

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.

2019


January

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.

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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