Island Players

Posted: 1/25/2015

Rehearsals have begun for the Island Players winter plays. The scenes include humor, poignancy, and unpredictable endings. There are 20 people involved in the production, some with multiple parts. Director is Howard Scott and Joyce Morehouse is producer. Dates are February 20, 21, 22 at the TPAC.

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Sunset over water and ice

Posted: 1/25/2015

Sunset On Water

Sunset Ice Bergs

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Shanties

Posted: 1/19/2015

I counted 9 shanties in Detroit Harbor today. Fishermen have been travelling to the shanties by sno-mobile but there was one truck on the ice today. They've been catching some perch. There are several points for accessing Detroit Harbor. In the background is Detroit Island.

Det Hrbr Shanty

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Pancake fundraiser

Posted: 1/19/2015

There will be a Valentine's Day Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center on February 14th. This is a fundraiser for a student trip to Washington D.C. Serving is from 7 A.M. to 10 A.M. Ages 13+ cost is $8. Ages 3-12, $5. Under 3 eat free.

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Quilts donated

Posted: 1/18/2015

The Tuesday quilters that meet at Trinity Lutheran Church at 9 A.M. each week have completed about 250 quilts over the past year. Quilts were donated to Lutheran World Relief and area shelters. The quilters also craft quilts for the high school graduating class each year paying particular attention to their special interests. In addition there are lap quilts made and presented to veteran's shelters and nursing homes. There were quilts to bid on at the Island Fair. Monies collected are donated to chosen organizations and to keep the sewing machines working and to purchase supplies needed. You can donate material for this project and anyone is welcome to join this group.  

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Calendars for sale

Posted: 1/18/2015

The Washington Island 4-H Club is selling 2015 barn quilt calendars as a fundraiser for the Island 4-H Club. They are for sale at Mann's Mercantile and K.K. Fiske for $15 each.

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Winter Play

Posted: 1/18/2015

Island Players will present a series of scenes as part of the play, "The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon. Most of the presentations are humorous. All have interesting conclusions. There are two Acts and a total of 12 scenes all connected by the narrator. Many participants are involved. Director is Howard Scott. Producer is Joyce Morehouse. Be sure to take in this winter production on February 20 and 21 at 7 P.M. at the TPAC or Sunday the 22 at 2 P.M.

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February activities

Posted: 1/18/2015

It weill be February before you know it and there are events to plan on attending. The Lion's Club Fish Derby begins February 7th and culminates on the 15th with lunch at Nelsen's Hall followed by B-I-N-G-O. At noon the winners of the derby are announced. Entries hang outside for the following: northern, brown trout, perch, lawyer, and walleye.

There is a Chili Dump fundraiser sponsored by the Art and Nature Center on February 7th from 6-8:30 P.M.

The annual Chili Cook-off will be held as part of the Fish Derby Weekend, on February 14th at Karly's. Entries must be in by 11 A.M. to be included in the contest.  

On February 14th the annual Ice Party will held on the ice in Detroit Harbor. This is a family affair that starts at 1 P.M. and goes til everyone goes home. There is a big bonfire, food (bring a dish), beverages, some sale items and fun. There is usually ice cleared for skating and saucer rides for the kids.

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Ice fishing

Posted: 1/14/2015

Shanties can be seen in Detroit Harbor. The number will undoubtedly increase as the date of the February Lions Club Fish Derby nears.

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Ken Koyen and Julian Hagen and friends

Posted: 1/10/2015

Julian Hagen and musicians Switchback will be performing at FitzGeralds in Berwyn, Il
on February 7. Other musicians and singers are welcome to participate. Ken
Koyen will be serving Island whitefish boil dinner. Admission to the music,
prizes and fun is $15 and add $17 for the delicious dinner. There will be an
Island slide show. For more details go to www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com  

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FOPPI stats

Posted: 1/10/2015

The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands welcomed 32 visitors to Plum Island for the
Door County Maritime Festival, 18 for the Door County Festival of Nature, 18
visitors for the Niagara Escarpment Group and 85 for the FOPPI annual meeting.
Two open access days were held. These are just a few of the accomplishments of
this group of dedicated volunteers. Check out the FOPPI website for more details.

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Island players production

Posted: 1/9/2015

On February 20, 21, and 22 there will be  presentations from "The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon. Director is Howard Scott. Producer is Island Players. Cast members are being developed and practices will begin next week. Each of the scenes to be presented relate to the overall title. There is humor and situations that the audience will be able to easily relate to themselves.

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Artists exhibit

Posted: 1/9/2015

According to a recent article in the Door County Advocate, members of the Washington Island Art Association are exhibiting their artwork at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery in Ephraim in Door County. Those named were: Bob Anderson, Bruce Boeck, Julia Bresnahan, Jeanne Cauldwell, Karen DeNoto, Gary Hanks, Irene Hoeff Kuiper, Steve Lynch, Cathy Meader, Gretchen Misselt, Jane Miller, Betty Proper, Kathy Sorensen, Martha Wagner, Joel Wish, Pat Wright, Judy Yamamoto, Margaret Young.

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School board candidates

Posted: 1/9/2015

There are two openings on the School Board. Taking out papers to run again is incumbent Tom Jordan. The election is in April.

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Town board candidates

Posted: 1/9/2015

Those who have signed up to be on the spring ballot for Town Chairman are Noel Ryder and James Hanson. Town Supervisors running are incumbents John Rader and Randy Sorensen.

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FOPPI Year in review

Posted: 1/6/2015

Information from the FOPPI page on FaceBook.

"As we look back on our progress we're quite proud of the work that our volunteers have given their time, treasure and talents to. Our 2015 plans are even more inspirational, as we continue to prepare the island for public access and continue planning the building preservation. We are in the process of raising funds to finance the Historic Structures Report, which will assess the condition of the buildings on Plum Island and assist us with preservation priorities. Donations can be mailed to Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, PO Box 61, Washington Island WI 54246.

 Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/plumandpilot), Twitter (twitter.com/plumandpilot), Pinterest (pinterest.com/plumandpilot/) and on the web (plumandpilot.org).

Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI)  2014 Year in Review:

-  Welcomed 32 visitors to Plum Island for the Door County Maritime Festival
 - Welcomed 18 visitors to Plum Island for the Door County Festival of Nature
-  Welcomed 18 visitors to Plum Island for the Niagara Escarpment Group
 - Welcomed 85 visitors to Plum Island for our annual meeting
- Hosted two open access days on Plum Island
 - Presented a tour of Plum, Pilot and Rock Islands to a group of travel writers
 - Hosted the 2nd year archaeological dig on the first Lighthouse ruins (special thanks to Deb & Lew
   Clarke for their hospitality)
 - Cleared the entire patrol trail that traverses Plum Island
 - Added trail signage (created by a Washington Island HS student)
 - Added safety railings and porta potties
-  Assembled the visitor’s kiosk
- Taped a segment of ‘Wisconsin Life,’ to share stories about the lights, USCGS and the Women in
   Preservation program
 - WIP program featured in an article in the US Fish & Wildlife newsletter
 - WIP program welcomed 10 first-time visitors to Plum Island to work on various projects
- WIP program raised funds and built 15 Aldo Leopold-style benches
- Paul Schumacher and Mary Beth Volmer presented ‘Sailing Past Plum and Pilot Islands’ to the
  Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
 - Added membership chairs, Jean Fox and Gordon Vieth, to maintain our membership base
 - Added merchandise chair, Danielle Ware, to market and promote our FOPPI gear
 - Increased our board of directors roster to attract more talent to our team
- A pair of sandhill cranes returned to nest on Plum Island
 - The Plum Island eagles successfully bore three eaglets
 - Witnessed the monarch migration and were pleased that they once again chose Plum Island as a
   stopover
 - Increased our Facebook reach to over 725 supporters
- Began repair of the Life-Saving Station’s porch roof
 - Added vents to Lighthouse Keepers building to control interior humidity levels.
 - Completed the Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant for Engineering Assessment of the waterside
   structures.
 - Applied for grant to repair ends of pier and breakwall

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Windy wintery day

Posted: 1/4/2015

Wind moved chunk ice into Washington Harbor and moved fields of ice over the lake. The morning ferry trip was cancelled but the afternoon one was able to cross. Picture below of Washington Harbor and one of the finished roofed platform by Schoolhouse Beach.

Schse Ice

Bldg Schoolhouse

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Winter day with water steaming

Posted: 1/3/2015

Icey Peninsula

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Winter time changes

Posted: 1/3/2015

The Post Office changes hours effective  January 10th. The window will be open 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. and 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. On Saturdays the window will be open from 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Remember to check the winter ferry schedule and to call for vehicle reservations. There is a link to the ferry line on our site. 

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Happy New Year!

Posted: 1/3/2015

It's winter - the days shouldn't be going by so fast! It's already the 3rd of a new year! It was a brown Christmas. We got a light dusting last night and the weatherman says more is coming so we'll see. There is ice along the shorelines and some low water harbor areas have ice but colder temps predicted for next week should increase the ice coverage.

The New Year's day plunge included 9 people. There was a ridge of ice to cross to get into the water. There were also EMT's present including two guys in ice water suits in the water to make sure no one had problems during the plunge. All went smoothly. It was sunny but at least not the bitter cold like last year.

The Sportsman's Club had their New Year's Day shoot and chilli lunch at the club grounds. Karly's served their traditional Tom and Jerry's.

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