Sven’s April 29th Column


Everybody is encouraged to join Olga and me as well as the folks from the Forest Recovery Project and the Nature Conservancy at the Mink River Preserve at 9:00 A.M. today to help infill plant 1,900 itty bitty trees!!!! If you decide to help us out please dress for the weather and bring a shovel if you own one. Also, don’t forget your boots and gloves. . . The Mink River Preserve is located at the intersection of Badger and Birchwood Roads. Travel 1.5 miles north of Ellison Bay on STH 42, take a left on Badger Road, go about a mile, and you’re there. The tree planting session is expected to last until about noon, so after that we’ll be heading over to the Clearing off Garrett Bay Road for the premier showing of the film, “The Great Ledge”, which is slated to begin at 1:30 P.M. “The Great Ledge” takes viewers on a trip along Wisconsin’s 230 mile segment of the Niagara Escarpment, and features the geology of the Escarpment, caves, Native American pictographs, lime kilns, flora and fauna, wineries and more.

My friend, Raoul, informed me that the show featuring Door County poets has now been installed at the Meadows!!! The title for this show is “Paper Thin” and it is really cool. . . Included with the poetry is a collection of pieces of Origami by Nancy Akerly. Some of the poetry is incorporated into visual art, some of the poets illustrate their written work with separate visual pieces, and some of the poems stand on their own without any visual components. A public tea and reading of the poems will be conducted on May 10th at 1:30 P.M. in the Meadows dining room next to the gallery, and everybody is invited. The gallery is open from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on a daily basis, and is located in the Meadows wing of SCAND. Enter under the main entrance portico and turn right at the main hallway. Then proceed through the double doors to enter the Meadows Gallery. If you have any questions about this show please contact Raoul at 920-854-4416.

From 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, May 10th an “Asian Tea” will be conducted at the Sister Bay Moravian Church, which is located at 10924 Old Stage Road, and the cost of admission, which includes one door prize ticket, is only $20.00 per person!!! Wickman House in Ellison Bay will prepare a variety of Asian delicacies, Amanda Shepit of Ellison Bay will provide Taiwanese desserts, the Linden Gallery of Ellison Bay will be donating beautiful Asian items as door prizes, and Jeanee Linden will be on hand to talk about the history of the Asian countries which will be featured. Door prizes, entertainment, and a “fortune cookie challenge” will complete a delightful “Asian afternoon” in Door County. Of course, there will also be tea. . . Just for the record, I love fortune cookies if anybody wants to share. . . All proceeds from the Asian Tea will go to the Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministries “Matthew 25” Program. For further information please contact Cheryl Lubahn at 920-854-0007 or e-mail her at

At 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 11th, Alison Staudinger, Associate Professor at UWGB, will make a presentation and lead a discussion on women’s work during prohibition for the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s ShopTalk series at the Village Hall. The discussion will be hosted by the Sister Bay Historical Society, and will focus on the stories of real Wisconsin women, including Sister Bay “bootleggers” and their families. An exhibit of prohibition era Sister Bay characters and businesses, featuring artifacts and photos will be available for review at 4:30 P.M., and a “pop-up” display board and table will be available for anyone who wants to bring items to share for the evening. “We really want folks to get into it” says Roberta Kutlik, Curator at the Sister Bay Historical Society. Prohibition era beverages will be served unless you learn the password for the “speakeasy”, where beer and wine will be available, the Al Capone meets Great Gatsby style “Soup Kitchen” will open at 5:15 P.M., and all are welcome. Hearty home-made soups, breads, salads, and desserts will be served. The event is FREE to friends and members of the Sister Bay Historical Society, but seating is limited to 100 people, so come early. If you have any questions please call 920-854-7680.  

The Community-Wide Rummage Sale will be conducted from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 20th!!! (Olga’s been busy cleaning out closets as she wants to be prepared for the Rummage Sale ahead of time. I never knew that we had so many “treasures” laying around.) My friend, Chris, informed me that the registration forms for the sale are now available. For a fee of only $15.00 anybody living in or around Sister Bay who participates in the sale will receive publicity in newspapers and websites throughout Wisconsin, two brightly colored Rummage Sale signs for their yard, and their sale site and a list of some of the items they will be selling will be listed on official Rummage Sale Maps. What a great deal!!!! If you have any questions or to obtain a registration form please call Chris at 920-854-3230.

I’m pleased to announce that there will be an exciting event conducted in the Village on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. . . A car and motorcycle show will be conducted at the Country Walk Shops!!! Antiques, classics, muscle cars, rat-rods, motorcycles and trucks are all welcome, and my buddy, Charlie, promises that everybody who attends the show will have a great time. Spectators will be admitted to the show grounds for free, and the show participant entry fee is only $5.00 at the gate. The Sister Bay Lions will again be selling food and drinks, so I’m certain that nobody will go away hungry or thirsty, and there will also be live entertainment on the grounds. On top of that bargains will abound at the Country Walk Shops. The show will simply be a “gear heads” dream come true. . .

Violinist Frank Almond and pianist Andrew Armstrong will be returning to Door County for a special fundraiser for the Peninsula Music Festival!!! At 7:30 P.M. on Friday, June 9th 40 lucky attendees will get to enjoy an intimate concert at the home of Dianne Trenchard at Bay Ridge Golf Course, and, guess what, I’m one of them. . . I plan on doing a lot of “mingling” with the musicians, and definitely will enjoy “hanging out” at Dianne’s beautiful home. . .

“Belated Happy Birthday” wishes are extended to my buddy, Alec Pigford, whose special day was Friday. Alec works in the Parks Department, and came to our fair Village all the way from Fremont, NC. I’d also like to welcome the new Administrative Assistant, Heidi Teich. Welcome Alec and Heidi!!!!

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. If you know of any special events which will be occurring in the Village, or would like to have me publicize birthdays or anniversaries of folks who live or work here, please provide that information to my friends in the Village Office at least one week in advance of the special day(s).

Have a great week!!!!     


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