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


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 1-30: Exhibit: Wonderful Water, The Door County Water Effect

The Link Gallery of Children’s Art, 3926 Hwy 42, Fish Creek
Organized by: The Link Gallery and Friends of Gibraltar
Featuring artwork from the five Door County school districts. Artwork represents the effect living surrounded by water has on them. Both artwork and artist statements are specific to Door County waterways.

September 1-6: Water Lines: Local Poets write About Water, 6am-11pm

Newport State Park Poetry Trail, 475 County Rd NP, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Members of four Door County poetry groups exhibit their water-themed poems along the Poetry Trail.

September 1-6: Water Lines: Local Poets write About Water, 6am-11pm

Newport State Park Poetry Trail, 475 County Rd NP, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Members of four Door County poetry groups exhibit their water-themed poems along the Poetry Trail.

September 1-30: 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.

September 6-30: 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.

September 1: “Creative Aquifers”, 3pm

The Clearing Folk School, 12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Midsummer’s Music
Featuring Dover Beach, Op. 3, by Samuel Barber and features a mezzo soprano; Adagio for Strings, Op. 11, by Barber; Three Rhapsodies (2011) by Paul Schoenfield; and Piano Quintet in A Major (“The Trout”), D. 677, by Franz Schubert. Tickets are $29/adults, $40/students, and Free/12 & under.

September 1-30: 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.

September 2: The Waters that Surround Us, 1-2:30pm

Whitefish Dunes State Park, 3275 Clarks Lake Rd, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Whitefish Dunes State Park
Learn about the Great Lakes and interact with a cool watershed model at this drop-in program at the Amphitheater. Free. Park vehicle sticker required.

September 2: “Creative Aquifers”, 3pm

Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S 12th Ave, Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Midsummer’s Music
Featuring Dover Beach, Op. 3, by Samuel Barber and features a mezzo soprano; Adagio for Strings, Op. 11, by Barber; Three Rhapsodies (2011) by Paul Schoenfield; and Piano Quintet in A Major (“The Trout”), D. 677, by Franz Schubert. Tickets are $29/adults, $10/students, and Free/12 & under.

September 3: “Creative Aquifers”, Annual Benefit, 3pm

Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor
Organized by: Midsummer’s Music
Featuring Dover Beach, Op. 3, by Samuel Barber and features a mezzo soprano; Adagio for Strings, Op. 11, by Barber; Three Rhapsodies (2011) by Paul Schoenfield; and Piano Quintet in A Major (“The Trout”), D. 677, by Franz Schubert. Tickets are $95/adults, $75/students, and Free/12 & under.

September 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: “Hidden History of Sturgeon Bay” by Heidi Hodges and Kathy Steebs.

September 8: Read When the Moon is New, 6-7:30pm

Newport State Park Poetry Trail, 475 County Rd NP, Ellison Bay
Organized by: Write On, Door County
Poets will read poem created on Aug. 26 as they experienced the full moon rising over the waters of Newport State Park.

September 11 – 30: 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.

September 13 – 15: Washington Island Literary Festival: Words on Water

Trueblood Performing Arts Center, 870 Main Rd, Washington Island
Organized by: Washington Island Literary Festival
The 2018 theme is “Words on Water,” celebrating, reflecting upon, and generating literature with a focus upon topics, plots, issues and ideas concerning water. Surrounded by water as we are, a world apart yet vitally connected, we are ideally situated for focus upon watery themes. With a special Creative Laboratory Day on Sept. 13.

September 15: WaterFEST, 11am-4pm

Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Crossroads at Big Creek
This family fair will have activities, displays, adult and kid programs and much more all designed to Celebrate Water. Free and open to the public.

September 15: Harvest Festival, Car Show & Street Auction, 9am-5pm

Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Organized by: Sturgeon Bay Visitor Bureau
A festival featuring a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, children’s activities, and live entertainment. The “Benches by the Bay” auction will include the bench “Falling Water”, created in honor of Celebrate Water.

September 29: Blow the Man Down and Other Watery Tunes, 7:30pm

Trueblood Performing Arts Center, 870 Main Rd, Washington Island
Organized by: Trueblood Performing Arts Center
Julian Hagen and other local musicians perform songs relate to the Great Lakes and water.

September 29: 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

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.

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 on board for a luncheon the next day. The second day features breakout sessions and the last on site field trips. More information to come!

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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