There was a little ice close to shore in Jackson Harbor where the seagulls gathered, living "on the edge". The lower picture was the view over West Harbor. Although there is some ice most of the harbor was open water. No ice at Schoolhouse Beach, some in Figenschau Bay. Detroit Harbor there was a little ice, again near the shore
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" will be shown at the TPAC on December 27th. This is a great way to start unwinding process for the children and adults.
Come out to the Sportsman's Club on the Island and watch and/or participate in the annual New Year's Day Shoot beginning at 10 A.M. There will be a lunch of hot chili and beverages for lunch. See who wins the competitions.
It's not too early to plan on taking "the plunge" at Schoolhouse Beach on January 1st at noon. It's hard to believe there are usually about a dozen "polar bears" led by Jens Hansen. Last year there were only 7 Polar Bear swimmers. A hole had to be cut in the ice for the plunge. It was about 5 degrees but it was
a sunny blue sky day. Interestingly, the water temperature was warmer than the air.
A thank you is given to Joel Gunnlaugsson for his two terms as Town Chairman. The Chairman and Supervisors are members of multiple town committees adding to the time that they serve. Joel has announced that he will not be a candidate this year. To date, Noel Ryder has submitted his paperwork to run for Town Chairman. Incumbent Supervisors, John Rader and Randy Sorensen, will run for their positions. The final date to submit paperwork to be listed on the spring ballot is January 6th.
So far snow has been a "no show" for the Island. It barely qualifies as a white Christmas but maybe over the next days before Christmas we will see some flakes.
Coach for the boy’s basketball team is Pete Nikolai with assistants Andy Munao III and Jim Rose. Coach for the girl’s team is Sarah Gibson with help from Anna Gibson and Rylee Johnson. The boy’s team includes: Ryan Jorgenson, Atlas Beneda, Michael and Christopher Cornell, Jonathan Bass, Bradley Jordan, Max and Ben Johnson, Shammond and Josh Ervin. Alex Johnson serves as a team manager. The girl’s team includes: Kayla Ervin and Korrina Ervin, Hailey Jorgenson, Molly and Breanna McGrane, Lydia Schultz, Elena Waldron, Tiffany Wacaser, Katy and Karoline Jordan, Miriam Gregg, Elena Waldron, and Paige Gunnlaugsson. Both teams lost their away games against Stockbridge on December 20th. The Island teams are "The Bucks" with a logo of a buck deer and blue and silver colors.
There was just enough snow on the ground to brighten the landscape and beckon Christmas.The Bethel Church van was full for caroling last night with ages ranging from 4 to 79. What a great time with community members bringing Christmas songs to many including new Island residents and elderly who are primarily home bound. At Velkommen a resident told about a late family member singing a carol in German. What a surprise when Ellie McClanathan sang one for her. She had taken German back in junior high. One stop included welcoming the new pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church and when it was realized he was practicing with the Trinity choir at church, it was decided to go ahead and sing for them. Director, Dan Hansen, was gracious with the "choir crash" and they all joined in to sing along. It was a night of blessing to the carolers and the people who were sung to. Pastor Ryan drove the carolers around the planned route. Jennifer Munao had her "tuner" with to help us get on key. After the caroling, Herb and Marianna Gibson hosted the singers with hot chocolate and treats.
Inside walking opportunites are available at the Community Center gym. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you can walk from 7:30 A.M. to 9:10 A.M. and from 12:20 P.M. to 2:25 P.M. On Tuesday from 7:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. and 12 noon to 2:25 P.M. On Thursday, from 7:30 A.M - 2:25 P.M. Note: Another event may become scheduled during these times so check to make sure the gym is available for walking.
Activities brightened the overcast, sometimes foggy weekend. There was the Bethel Builders Cookie Walk today at 2 P.M. Besides offering decorated cans for cookies there was free cake and coffee. The lovely array of Christmas cookies offered tempting favorites. Yesterday there was a community potluck at the Washington Island School followed by a holiday presentation at the TPAC. This included Island students performing a variety of entertainment to get attender in the Christmas spirit. After the TPAC, it was back to the school for desserts. A sweet ending to the day. Earlier on Saturday, Santa made an appearance at Mann's Store. Many parents got a great photo op and an idea of what their little ones wanted for Christmas. Today there was also the annual Christmas Bird Count.
There is a special town meeting on December 16th in the gym of the community center at 6 P.M. to set the town's tax levy.
The Washington Island School is hosting a community potluck dinner December 13. It will be held in the Commons Room at the school and it begins at 6 P.M.The potluck is followed by the TPAC (Trueblood Performing Arts Center) program which includes performances by students. After the program, come back to school for special desserts. NOTE that the 3rd and 4th graders and their teacher, Mrs. Kickbush, will have a final silent auction during the potluck dinner and dessert to raise money for the planned Weatherbug Station.
Island Players has planned their February performance on the 20, 21, 22. It’s a comedy titled “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon and is based on humorous stories by Anton Chekhov. Howard Scott will direct it. December 11 and 12 there will be auditions for parts at the school commons room at 7 P.M.
School students on the boys basketball team played their first against Wolf River Lutheran High today. Boys' coach is Pete Nikolai and assistants are Andy Munao and Jim Rose. The girls team also played against a team of Island alumnae. Coach for the girls is Sarah Gibson with help from Anna Gibson and Rylee Johnson. The boys team includes: Ryan Jorgenson, Atlas Beneda, Michael and Christopher Cornell, Jonathan Bass, Bradley Jordan, Max and Ben Johnson, Shammond Ervin, Josh Ervin. Alex Johnson serves as a team manager. The girls team includes: Kayla Ervin, Korrina Ervin,Hailey Jorgenson, Molly McGrane, Lydia Schultz, Elena Waldron, Tiffany Wacaser, Karoline Jordan, Miriam Gregg, Elena Waldron. The girls won the game against the "older" ladies. The boys won their first game.
There are special events scheduled for the weekend of December 13. On the 13th there is a Holiday Show at the TPAC at 7 P.M. including school student participation. On the 14th is the Children's Christmas program at Bethel Church. The Island Christmas bird count is on Monday the 15th. The annual Cookie Walk is on December 14th at 2 P.M. at Bethel Church. On the 12th is a Christmas breakfast at school sponsored by the Door County Family Center, the WISH group, the student council. This is for age 50+ and the cost is only $4.50. Contact Laura Findlay Hagen for a reservation by December 10th.
Icy fingers shine brilliantly in the sun. Ice has formed in West Harbor and Detroit Harbor already. There are only patches of snow.
Island boys and girls basketball starts Saturday December 6. The girls game is at 10:30 A.M. at the Community Center gym. The boys game is at noon. Come out and cheer them on.
There will be a show at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center December 13 at 7 P.M. It will feature performances by student and adults of Christmas songs.