Weekend Roundup – June 8, 2018

As the summer in the county starts to pick up, so are events for Celebrate Water. Those who are participating in the year-long initiative all about protecting and celebrating the waters in the county, are filling up the summer with activities that can appeal to people of all interests. Here is a breakdown of what is happening with Celebrate Water throughout the month of June.

Many galleries have participated, and continue to participate, throughout the year. Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Egg Harbor, Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay, and Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor continue their water themed art exhibits. A new exhibit at the Door County Community Foundation opened on June 2 that features works by Emmett Johns. At the end of the month, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery holds their opening reception for their July show, “Water and Wax.”

This weekend the Door County Library gears up to start a series of activities that all focus on shipwrecks, Great Lakes fish, and pollution. The series includes a number of programs including “Shipwrecks of Door County”, “Plastics in the Great Lakes”, “All the Water in the World”, and “Let’s Go Fishing for our Great, Great Lakes Fish.” All of the programs are presented by Anne Moser, Senior Special Librarian from the UW-Madison Wisconsin Water Library.

Live music events are also in the works this month for Celebrate Water. Birch Creek Music Performance dedicates one of their percussion concerts to the initiative with music from tropical shores. This year Celebrate Water will make an appearance at Steel Bridge Songfest, make sure to come by and see if you can spot Dewy!

Literature and informational programs round out the month of June. Write On, Door County hosts a reading program that is led by their writer-in-residence Dr. Debotri Dhar. The Door County Environmental Council brings in Todd Ambs to discuss water policy in a presentation that is sure to educate all of those in attendance.

All of this and more will be available throughout our year of celebrating.

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