Team Work Makes the Dream Work, Pt. 1

A celebration includes demonstrating one’s enthusiasm and support for an important event. May 5, 2018 was the start of a year long celebration of Door County waters. The Celebrate Water’s slogan states, “Together we can make waves.” The summer newsletters will showcase some of the organizations making waves of support and enthusiasm for the waters of Door County.

Open Door Bird Sanctuary (OBDS) took part in the May 5th kick off providing a meet and greet with some of their birds. “Open Door Bird Sanctuary raises avian awareness and inspires coexistence with the rich natural world of Door County, of Wisconsin…” The sanctuary’s 34 acres is home to birds of prey that are unable to live in the wild. The sanctuary includes two large outdoor aviaries with more construction planned. Because some of the sanctuary’s birds are very dependent on water, a contaminated water supply would harm not only the environment, but affect the birds’ safety. Jillaine Burton from ODBS explained, “A Barred Owl lives near a water source and depends more on that specific habitat for food.” ODBS is collaborating with Celebrate Water to raise people’s awareness of how water supports all aspects of the environment. Be sure to catch one of their programs on the beach at Peninsula Players before the show. More information on volunteering and programs can be found at

Mona Christensen of Birch Creek Music Performance Center expressed her delight in being a part of the Celebrate Water initiative. “The arts play an important role in communicating the many facets of the human condition. In this celebrative phase of the initiative, it is important that Birch Creek, Door County’s only residential summer academy, spreads the love of water-themed music, and also brings this issue to light with our students and faculty, their families and our audiences.” The residential music academy houses close to 200 students, 100 faculty and staff, and 50 adults in an enrichment band camp. The health and safety of everyone depends, in part, on the condition of the water. Being filtered, softened, and UV treated, Birch Creek’s waters are pure and healthy. It is a constant concern for everyone living in Door County as the county is on bedrock.

Birch Creek is also using the initiative to perform some of the best known water-themed musical pieces. They hope the many attendees of their concerts will become more aware of Celebrate Water and join the initiative. Percussion in Paradise: Musical Waves from Tropical Shores is scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2018. See their full schedule at

On April 26th interested storytellers gathered at Crossroads at Big Creek to perform a Japanese style of storytelling. Using the “pecha kucha” or chit-chat format, storytellers shared the importance of water in the Wild Words program sponsored by the Door County Land Trust and Write-On Door County. Each storyteller had six minutes and forty seconds to share twenty pictures for twenty seconds. The participants’ goal was to share images and writing that demonstrate their connection to nature. Door County Land Trust has one goal: to permanently protect Door County’s exceptional lands and waters forever. Executive Director Tom Clay believes that clean healthy water is in the best interest of everyone. “It is the basis for all living things.” The Land Trust partners with local land conservation groups and government agencies to protect the 31,000 acres that contribute to the ecological life and beauty of Door County.

The summer is full of continued celebration of water and the land programs through Door County Land Trust.  The next activity is on June 9th and claims to be, “a wild citizen science adventure at the Door County Land Trust’s Three Springs Nature Preserve…” Explore their web page at to learn more about the impact the DCLT has on the preservation of the county and about their upcoming events.

Sharon Grutzmacher, Executive Director of Peninsula Music Festival, believes, “Without the tourism draw of Lake Michigan, the bluffs, our landscape, the Peninsula Music Festival would not have an audience.”  PMF performed its first orchestral concert in 1953, making this the 66th season of musical enrichment. Their mission statement explains their commitment “…to the presentation of excellent performances by a professional symphony orchestra and the enhancement of music appreciation and education in Door County, Wisconsin.” There will be nine symphonic concerts in August including August 14th Suite No. 2 from Handel’s Water Music.

Like other organizations in Door County, Peninsula Music Festival recognizes the many faceted importance of healthy water. A representative from Celebrate Water will be in the lobby of the Door Community Auditorium for the August 14th concert to continue the awareness of the healthy water initiative and answer questions. Their program book will also have information about Celebrate Water and upcoming events. The concert schedule, deeper history, tickets, and seating can be found at

By volunteer writer Lynn Herman. Herman is a retired Gibraltar teacher and former school board member.

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