Wake Up The TPAC Garden and BULB SALE! Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Volunteers invited to join and bring your gardening tools. Again this year Jerry Landwehr will be on hand to answer your pressing gardening questions! At the same time is the BULB SALE! Day Lily Bulb sales will be on-site (33 varieties)and Peony orders will be taken - 10 varieties. (Delivery TBD)
Jake and Shirley Ellefson
"Long Tall Texan" peformance. Left to right: Howard Scott, Larry Russell, Donna Russell
Above: Deputy Larry Russell assisting at the jail.
Toe Tapping Time
The music of laughter, talking, singing, eating, and dancing brought high notes to the Country Time Island Party. Décor included a real saddle for attenders to sit on for a western style photo and a hanging frame to pose behind with props such as mustaches, hats, and more. There was a jail constructed by Larry Russell. The pre-tested comfortable limit was four but more could fit if necessary. It cost money to put someone in and more money to get them out. The sheriff, David Small and Deputy, Larry Russell, took care of arrests for various funny and creative offenses. The bond lady was Karen Taylor.
On the stage the black curtain was brightened by large silver stars reflecting the lights strung across the ceiling. Walls were brightened by colors of red, white, and blue mesh. Blue jeans, cowboy hats and kerchiefs were displayed from the ceiling beams. Each of the pants legs of the jeans had country singers names painted on them by Donna Russell. Table centerpieces were handmade by Donna Russell and featured mason jars with bright flowers and a seed packet attached. These were given as prizes to certain marked dinner places.
The buffet dinner prepared by Lois Jessen and her capable crew included a lovely array of appetizers and entrées of chicken and pulled pork. The side dishes complimented the country theme. Dessert included multiple choices.
After dinner, the tables were folded up and chairs moved to the sides of the room. The band began to play and toes started tapping. Several of the band members got out on the dance floor to demonstrate the basic moves and to encourage others to join in.
“Sugar on the Floor”, the band from Door County, played for free. The Community Center Committee provided them overnight accommodations, dinner at the Island Party, breakfast, and ferry tickets for the sound equipment van and other vehicles and the band members. The band plays regularly at different venues throughout Door County donating their time and talents to bring contra, square, and Celtic dancing to people and events. The band was organized through the efforts of Cy Rosenthal. After his untimely death, the group decided to honor him by continuing the tradition. They re-organized as a non-profit group, Door County Folk Alliance. (For further information you can go to their website. Just type in the name: Door County Folk Alliance.)
There was a silent auction set up and attenders could bid and keep watch on the action and up the bid if necessary. Three tables displayed the items generously donated by businesses and individuals including a wet-dry vacuum, bird feeders, a variety of business gift certificates, beautiful hand-made items, baked goods, and much more. The top bid of the evening was $1,000 for a framed painting donated by well known artist, Rodger Bechtold. Thank you to the many who donated and those who made bids. Your support of this event is greatly appreciated.
During intermission a song was sung by two young cowgirls, Paige Gunnlaugsson and Ellie Isaacson. The next act included Donna Russell as a country singer, Larry Russell as a cowboy, wearing a huge cowboy hat and boots on his knees so he looked very short, and Howard Scott as horn player, all “performing” to the song “Long Tall Texan”. On a more serious note, Jennifer Munao, violin, and Ryan Schmitz, guitar, Tom Pratt, drum, played a soulful instrumental.
Toward the end of the evening, the raffle tickets were drawn and MC Jim Sorensen announced the winners. 1st Prize: $500 was won by Larry Russell; 2nd Prize: The swing hand-crafted by Larry Young was won by Bill Krieger; 3rd Prize was a year’s membership at the W.I. Rec Center won by Gloria Small; 4th Prize was ferry booklets for passenger and auto won by Terry Maiken; 5th Prize was lunch at the Time Out Concession stand and tickets to Rock Island on the Karfi for four.
The Community Center Committee donates all monies after costs are covered. They give toward the improvement and maintenance of the Community Center, pay the costs to provide free Red Cross swimming lessons each year (including the certification of the swimming director), help support Red Barn Park events, and present the Scandinavian Fest each summer. The main project at the Community Center this year is the updating and remodeling of the Community Center kitchen. It is a well used facility by the school and community and has not been remodeled since the building was first erected.
On Wednesday May 20th there will be an Awards Ceremony for the kids in 4K through 12th grade. Watch for time and place.
Baccalaureate will be at Bethel Church at 7 P.M. on Wednesday June 3rd. Bethel Church and Trinity Lutheran Church take turns hosting Baccalaureate with both pastors and the Catholic priest participating.
Friday, June 5th is high school graduation & dinner with scholarship presentations to the senior class. It starts at 7 P.M.
The annual Town of Washington meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th at 6 P.M. in the gym at the Community Center. The current town chairman will report on the past year and the new chairman will take the oath of office along with the re-elected supervisors.
The Sportsman's Club Dinner fundraiser was held last night at Karly's. Atlas Beneda was the winner of the 12 ga. Mossberg Turkey Gun, Emma Mann was the winner of the Hoyt CrossBow, and Robert Bjarnson was the winner of the Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle. There were 100 in attendance. Butch Young had a wonderful presentation about Island animal tracks. There was also a contest to identify the various animal tracks cast in plaster of paris. Christian Cornell was the winner of that and received a $50 prize. George Nelson was honored for his work with the 4-H marksmanship group as well as his teaching/shooting class "For Ladies Only". Both were held at the Sportsman's Clubhouse.
The 9th annual Door Islands Bird Festival will be May 29-31. Experience special bird habitats, get help with spotting and identification of local bird species by sight as well as their songs and calls, and additional related information. On Friday 7-8 PM is check in at Gibson’s West Harbor Resort and participants will receive folders and instructions. For further information go to the Door Islands Bird Fest website.
The Vet, Dr. Schilling, will be on the Island for his first visit of the year on April 24 and 25. Call Liz Holmes for an appointment.
Live band! Great selection of silent auction items! Square dancing! Raffle prize drawing! Delicious dinner! Crazy intermission performance! Saturday night, April 25th, Karly's, with hors d'ouevres starting at 5:30 P.M.
Congratulations to the Washington Island Ferry Line in their 75th year of service.
Since there was a lot of public input about the historic gate on Rock Island it has been decided to re-address the issue.
There is still ice in Washington Harbor today but it looks like a slushy surface. The water is moving in further to tke over the ice. A good blow in the right direction and it should be dislodged.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is planning to dismantle the 80 year old gate at Rock Island. The gate is known as the Thordarson Gate, named after its bulder, Chester Thordarson who owned much of Rock Island. The DNR purchased property from Thordarson's heirs in 1965. It is planned that pictures of this unique gate along with its history will be on display where the gate was.
The election results are in from yesterday. Jim Hanson is Town Chairman. Supervisors, who were running as incumbents, were elected: Randy Sorensen and John Rader. Tom Jordan was written in and voted in for School Board. The second position had several write-ins but no one came out ahead in the vote. On the Island a vote to increase money to go to Northeast Tech School was voted down, but it passed county wide. A referendum to increase support of the Island school passed.
Waking up to a blanket of white snow does nothing to the anticipation of spring. April fools.
There is a community celebration of Easter at sunrise (about 6:15) at Percy Johnson (East Side) Park at east end of Lakeview Road.