The peninsula never lacks for activities any time of the year, but it is during the winter months that the summer entertainment is created. Each organization comes together to brainstorm and plan what the season will bring. The venues are varied and often take advantage of the beauty of the surroundings to incorporate their own celebration of water.
As the Winter Witch departs with the summer solstice, the sun partners with humidity to melt any remnants left of that spiteful hag! Midsummer’s Music, providing chamber music, joins the celebration throughout the summer. Co-founded in the early 1990’s by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Midsummer’s Music performs chamber music along the length of the peninsula , from Washington Island to Green Bay. (Chamber music, consisting of a small group of musicians on a variety of instruments such as wind and string instruments and piano, originally played in intimate spaces for small groups such as palace chambers.) This season Midsummer’s Music is performing at Bjorklunden, The Clearing Folk School, churches, and homes as well as other venues. Russ Warren, media consultant for Midsummer’s Music, explains, “We are in the unique position of taking our music to the people.”
Celebrate Water is a featured theme in four of the nine programs performed this season: Disparate Spirits, The Million Dollar Quartet, Bastille Day Celebration, and Creative Aquifers. Each program book includes a special insert on Celebrate Water highlighting the celebration of this vitally important resource in Door County with the Celebrate Water wave logo next to each of the water-related concert listings.
The development of Midsummer’s Music, from 1991 with less than one week of five concerts to the present with nine concerts and over thirty performances, attests to the success of chamber music in the cultural world of Door County. For more information visit their website at midsummersmusic.com.
The Door County Environmental Council (informally known as DCEC) was founded in 1969 by citizens who saw looming threats to the county’s waters, bays, wild shores, bluffs, sand dunes, woodlands, wetlands, farms, orchards and fields. Recognizing these threats became the motivating force for this group to become actively engaged in preservation and protection of these natural wonders.
This year’s theme for The Door County Environmental Council is “It’s Our Water.”
To date two programs have been presented: “The Waters of Green Bay” and “The Impact of Water Pollution on Door County Tourism, Property Values and Business.” Future topics will include a speaker’s panel, presentations on the effects of pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics, and high capacity wells. Addressing these themes demonstrates the DCEC’s mission to “advocate for the protection and preservation of our natural resources for all of Earth’s inhabitants and future generations.”
Like many of the other organizations involved with Celebrate Water, the Door County Environmental Council believes that working together, we can make a difference. For more information on the Door County Environmental Council and how you might participate,, visit the website at www.dcec-wi.org.
The Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC) is another organization collaborating with Celebrate Water. It is a regional network for the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. They have produced a powerpoint, “Preparing for Climate Change Impacts – Door County” which lists climate changes with the potential of affecting the future of Door County. These changes include the following: increased summertime rains, more frequent extreme heat, lake level changes, algae blooms, habitat loss, coastal wetland loss, and coastal erosion. The Climate Change Coalition’s goal is to educate the public which in turn will motivate community members and politicians, “…at all levels to address the causes and challenges of climate change and to help communities adapt to its impacts.”
Katie Krouse from the CCCDC explains. “We must all come together to protect our water, and this starts with conversation. We want folks to see how critical our waters are for our enjoyment and survival.”
One way to participate in the protection of our environment in Door County is to join the Climate Declaration. This declaration was created in 2013 by Ceres and Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy to raise awareness of climate change among business leaders. For more information please visit climatechangedoorcounty.com/climate-declaration. Over 125 Door County businesses have signed the declaration. In signing the Climate Declaration these businesses have committed to foster innovation, encourage efficiency, enhance public health, create new jobs and bring technological advances to the market.
Celebrate Water hopes to celebrate our most important natural resource and, by doing so, raise awareness of the threats and challenges to our waters. These participating organizations, Midsummer’s Music, DCEC and CCCDC, are doing this with great enthusiasm and energy. If we work together, we can make changes….together we can make waves!
P.S. Be sure to see Celebrate Water Door County’s Facebook page. Dewy, the Droplet, can be seen hanging around different spots in the county. The “Friday Featured Photo” showcases water pictures submitted by locals and tourists alike. Remember that the Facebook page has all of the Celebrate Water happenings. Check it out!
By volunteer writer Lynn Herman. Herman is a retired Gibraltar teacher and former school board member.