The 33rd Kewaunee/ Door Salmon Tournament began July 25 and ends August 2. There is a $10,000 CASH first prize! The Island port for registration and weigh-in is Krueger’s Kap’s Marina.
Port prize winners so far at Kap’s:
Saturday, Day 1- Martin Anderson with a 19.30# salmon.
Sunday, Day 2 - Bob Swanson won with a 20.91#salmon.
Monday, Day 3 – James Lindgren with 21.57# salmon.
* An estimated 300+ people participated in 2015 Rec Run. This year there was an Anonymous Challenge Grant plus Island donors for their Matching Challenge Fund for the Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Washington Island Foundation, Inc. (WIFI) and the Mosling Recreation Center (The Rec). The turnout was a great community effort to help support these organizations. Runners were from Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, California, New York, Florida, and Connecticut. There were 30 participants in the 2K; 39 for the 10K; and 101 for the 5K. Walkers in several categories are estimated to be about 130.
The 22nd annual Rec Run was this past Saturday. Rec Center Manager Katie McGrane stood at the start line and called each race to "go" in the specific categories. Participants ranged from the very young to senior citizen status.
10 K overall race winner: Damian Bednorz.
5 K overall race: Zach Herman. (Washington Island Clara Williamson placed second);
2K overall winner was Andrew Novak. (Washington Island Atlas Beneda came in 2nd).
Winners by age groups follow:
2 K top winners -
males 12 and under was Atlas Beneda, Washington Island;
males 13-19 was Andrew Novak;
males 40-49, Hoyt Purinton, Washington Island;
females 12 and under winner was Abby Fitzgerald;
females 20-29 was Kayse Dusik;
40-49 winner was Sarah Hallowell, Washington Island;
50-59 winner was Vicky Whelan.
5 K top winners -
males 12 and under was John Griffin Jr., Washington Island;
males 13-19 was Zach Herman;
males 20-29 was Alec Reiss, Washington Island;
males 30-39 was Patrick O’Connor;
males 40-49 was Thomas Keller;
males 50-59 David Whelan;
males 60-69 winner was Bob Dekeyser;
males 70 and over winner was David Clowers.
Females in the 5K age 12 and under group: Kyra Flesvig;
13-19 age females was Elizabeth Whelan;
20-29 females was Clara Williamson, Washington Island;
30-39 was Alise Coen;
40-49 was Darcy Strasman;
50-59 was Donna Davis;
60-69 was Su Perkins;
70+ was Betsy Boshka, Washington Island.
10K winners -
males age 13-19 winner was Trever Olson, Washington Island;
males 20-29 was Scott Pamperin;
age 30-39 was Damien Bednorz;
40-49 was Daren Dexheimer;
50-59 was Tom Kissner;
60-69 Bob Richards.
Females age 13-19 was Marina Swanson, Washington Island;
20-29 Gabriella Falter;
30-39 was Kirsten Purinton, Washington Island;
40-49 was Jana Keller;
50-59 Susan Reynolds-Smith;
60-69 Nancy Rollins.
Many also turned out to participate in the 2K and the 5K walks.
The 22nd Rec Run is history now. It began at 10 this morning with a great turnout. Rec Center Manager Katie McGrane stood at the start aInd finish line and called each race to "go" in the specific categories. There was a check-in sign up set-up in the Community Room inside the Rec. Outside on the lawn was a healthy treat tent, buckets of ice, the official timer van, a map where runners could put a pin in where they were from. A great gathering of people ranged from the very young to senior citizens. It was hot and humid but a light breeze helped make the heat more tolerable.
The 33rd Kewaunee-Door Salmon Tournament starts tomorrow and runs through August 2. There is a $10,000 CASH first prize! The 2014 K/D champion fish was a 29.27-pounder reeled in by Rick Berken of Omro. The Island port for registration and weigh-in is Krueger’s Kap’s Marina.
The first annual "All Things Lavender Festival" was held at Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm and Shop. On Friday attenders enjoyed a sunny warm summer day with a light breeze. It was a perfect backdrop for this event. The lavender in the fields was blooming, there was a variety of foods, music, and seminars. There were also demonstrations on the use of lavender in every day life. There were tours of the Lavender Barn where the lavender is processed. The tent above had tables of lavender products for sale. There was face painting and jugglers. Crowds gathered to enjoy this first time event.
Continuing in July are Wednesday Pioneer Days: July 22 is making bird house gourds; July 29 is old-fshioned candy making. Visit the family friendly Farm Museum. Next to the Fiddler's Green.
This weekend, July 17-19 the Island Players will present the play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams at the TPAC.
The 18th is the 62nd Lion's Club Fly-In Fish Boil at the airport. Times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great family event and there are hot dogs for sale for those who don't prefer the fish meal. Watch the variety of planes landing and taking off.
On July 25 at the TPAC is the Hagen Family Christmas in July presentation. This is a multi-generational, multi-talented family. 7:30 P.M.
This Friday starting at 11:30 is the Salad Luncheon at Bethel Church Memorial Hall. Fruit, vegetable, and pasta salads, breads, dessert. Bring the whole family!
About 500 were reportedly served at the 4th of July Fire Department Pancake Breakfast. The turnout was probably the same or more for the American Legion fish boil dinner. At about 8 p.m. the children's parade began led by the police cars and fire trucks. One of the firetrucks parked by the W.I. Electric Plant with the ladder extended and a huge American flag attached to the end and flying high over the parade route. There was also a good group of horses in the parade ridden by youth involved in 4-H horsemanship.The parade started at the Legion Hall and ended at the ballpark where each child was given $1 by the American Legion Post #402. Bikes and children (sometimes pets) were decorated in reds, whites, and blues in celebration of the 4th.At dusk the fireworks display began and it was the best yet with innumerable vehicles parked up and down streets and the ballpark stands full. Thanks to all who make the fourth of July events family oriented and fun!
There are multiple activities to take in this weekend. Tonight there are fireworks from Krueger's Kap's Marina plus Ships Wheel restaurant choices after the fireworks. Tomorrow, the fourth, there is a pancake breakfast at the Fire Department. There will be lunch on Rock Island. For the evening meal, enjoy a fish boil at the Legion Hall on Main Road downtown. "Birds of Chicago" are performing outside at the Fiddler's Green tonight. The regular fireworks display will be held tomorrow, the 4th, at the ballpark at dusk. The children's parade precedes the 4th fireworks, gathering at the Legion Hall and ending at the ballpark. Other activities include the colonial re-enactment at the W.I. Farm Museum. The Art and Nature Center has a special canvas "quilt" display in celebration of their 50th anniversary plus other artistic venues and of course, the nature room. The summer fun has begun!