September 11th is the date of the fourth annual Packer Tailgating Party at the Community Center. Travelling here with his Packer van and cooking brats for lunch is Brian Frisque with help from Arne Thompson, Mark Moeller and Jake Erickson.
They will be here from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. If you want to attend call Nelvie Cauldwell 847-2270 to make a reservation. All are welcome. Cost is $11 for those younger than 60 and $4 for those over 60. The Red Hatters will be there again this year along with the school children.
This is a great way to kick off the Packer season. Thanks to Brian and his crew!
About a dozen planes flew in for the DDBBQ at the airport in spite of the lack of advertising of this aspect of the DDBBQ. With word of mouth and advertising in the future, more are expected next year.
The winner of the raffle drawing was Mildred and Dewey's granddaughter, Ann Herr.
It was estimated by some of the BBQ teams that there were at least 4,000 people in attendance.
Although it rained Friday night and Saturday morning, the sky cleared and the sun came out by the time of the 10 AM opening to the public.
Many businesses sponsor the event and over 30 volunteers help to make it a success. Any profits are given to the Washington Island Food Pantry.
Music was heard in the morning by Tom Pratt and friends and in the afternoon by the Alex Wilson band. Sound tech was Emmett Woods.
The DDBBQ committee includes Chairman - Dick Jepsen; Treasurer - Amy Rose; Grounds - Tom Nikolai and Bill Nauta; W.I. Chamber of Commerce President - Mary Andersen; Volunteer Co-ordinators - Janet Hanlin and Cathy Meader.
Besides the overall championship, there were five winners in each meat category. The winner of each category received $500, second place $275, third place $200, fourth place $125, and fifth place $75
Death’s Door BBQ 2015 Unofficial Results: The first 5 were awarded prize money but 10 were announced in each category. (The following winners as I heard them.)
1. Grand Champion = T-Mac Smokin’
2. Full Belli Deli
3. Smoke Infusion
4. Above the Bridge
5. Smokin’ C's
1. T-Mac Smokin’
2. Full Belli Deli
3. Crack House
4. Fox River
5. Above the Bridge
1. T-Mac Smokin’
2. Tim’s Full Belli Delli
3. Smokin’ C's
4. Hot Ash
1. Smoke Infusion
2. Crash Test Smokers
3. Tim’s Full Belli Deli
4. Freeman Brothers
1. Smokin’ C's
2. Fox River
3. Chefs Gone Grillin’
4. Above the Bridge
5. T-Mac Smokin’
1. Crash Test Smokers
2. Tim’s Full Belli Deli
3. T-Mac Smokin’
5. Da Rev and the Animals
Teams have been arriving and are setting up. 36 teams planned to be here which is up from last year! Besides the BBQ, there will be additional venders selling food and other items and there will be music and extra activities for the children, Planes were invited to attend also so there be additional action at the airport. Join in the family fun event and celebrate the last weekend before Labor Day!
The variety show at the TPAC, “Something to Talk About”, included professional performers, Birds of Chicago, with Jeremy Lindsey (JT) who has Island family ties. The Birds of Chicago have recorded albums and toured in the U.S. and Europe. The show was a fundraiser for the TPAC and Rec Center matching fund drive. There is a thermometer outside of the TPAC showing the progress of the monies received and what is left to achieve.
“Wisconsin Historical Society underwater archaeologist, Tamara Thomsen, was on Plum Island (8/22/2015) with a dive team to survey and document the wreck of the "Grapeshot", an 1855 schooner that sank in 1867 just off Plum Island's north shore. Thomsen's visit aboard the Sea Grant Institute's research vessel "Dawn Treader" was arranged in large part by Friends of Plumand Pilot Islands volunteer MaryBeth Volmer. …The information gathered by divers through August 30th, will result in a Wisconsin Maritime Trails marker which will be placed along the Plum Island shoreline near the site of the wreck….Research collected will also lead to the creation of a National Register of Historic Places nomination to be submitted in 2016….” (reprinted in part from the Plum and Pilot Islands web site.) Thomsen will present an educational program on Wisconsin shipwrecks August 27th at the Rutledge Room.
Island Fair day was hot and sunny. There were great food booths, booths with items for sale, a raffle for a sail boat (that also appeared in the parade), displays of a variety of items inside the community center, multiple
bouncy “houses” for children, quilt raffle, and more. A big crowd attended and gathered at noon for the parade. The ambulance led the parade followed by the Legion Color Guard and musicians Jim Morris (flute) and Fritz Damler (drum). Other parade entries included the Red Hatters, Washington Island Electric Company, Hansen’s Oil and Propane Company, Micki and Ivan for Poopsie’s Pots, Baylake Bank, Maritime Museum (with the sailboat that will be raffled off in October), convertibles with newest moms and babies and oldest couple, 4-H youth on horseback, the Lions Club, the Town Chairman. Four fire trucks were at the end of the parade.
The Lions Club raffle drawing resulted in the following winners:
(1st) Tim Lyons;
(2nd) Tim Lyons won the drawing but gave it up for another drawing and that winner was someone from off the Island,
(3rd) Larry Harvell
(4th) Paula Hansen.
Float winners were:
(1st) Hansen’s Oil and Propane,
(2nd) Poopsie’s Pots,
(3rd) W.I. Electric Company,
(4th) Baylake Bank.
(1st) Red Hatters
(2nd) Maritime Museum.
It won't be long now til delicious barbeque from professional BBQ teams will tempt your taste buds. The date is August 29th from 10 am - 5 pm. This is the fourth annual BBQ event on the Island and this year it will include a fly-in. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) there will be a payout of $7,500 in prize money. 36 professional BBQ teams have filed entries to compete here. Six states represented by the teams include Florida, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. The contest is judged by 100% KCBS certified judges from Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The four categories are BBQ chicken, pork ribs, pork, and beef brisket plus an additional dessert category. The judges follow strict rules and regulations.
In addition to BBQ for sale, some of the teams have sauces and rubs for sale. There will also be Island vendors with other items for sale. There will be children's games from 10 am to noon, live entertainment during the day, plus an all day "paint a pig".
The raffle prize is donated by Mann's Mercantile and it is a Traeger Smoker and a half a hog, cut-up, wrapped and frozen and packed donated by Robert and Patricia Cornell. The awards ceremony will be at 4:30 pm.
There is free parking and free entry. All profits go to the Island Food Pantry. Go to www.deathsdoorbbq.com website or go to the Death's Door BBQ facebook page for more information. Thanks to all the organizations and individuals that make this event so successful!
This Tuesday, the 18th, there will be a benefit concert for the Washington Island Matching Fund Drive at the TPAC. There is complimentary champagne, olive and cheese bar from 6:30-7:30 followed by a performance without intermission from 7:30-8:45 pm. Performances by Island favorites plus some surprise guests. Adults $15, students $10. Under 12, $5. "Something to Talk About".
The traditional delicious food booths just opening.
There were multiple bounce "houses" this year for the kids.
Mildred and Dewey Jacobsen ride in the parade as the oldest couple. Also riding in the car was young at heart, Shirley Ellefson.
Two new moms rode in the parade with their babies.
The Washington Island Electric Co-op had a great float and it sounded like they would offer some demonstrations during the afternoon.
Summer sail through the parade route. Maritime Museum entry.
Baylake Bank float.
There were other entries for the fair parade that included the emergency vehicles, pollice cars, firetrucks, the Red Hatters did dance steps to music, there were horse riders, including 4-H members, horse pooper scooper was behind the horses (Tom Jordan) to shovel up any "natural" disasters. Also represented: Hansen's Oil, Island dogs and owners, Candy was thrown to bystanders from almost every float getting the kids to scramble for the treats. Deep pockets were a plus. The Town Chairman rode in a jeep, there was the usual Legion Color Guard at the front of the parade followed by Fritz Damler on drum and Jim Morris on flute. The Lions Club had their large wagon with members aboard. George Nelson drove is silver convertible with a senior passenger. Micki and Ivan Johnson were in their antique truck representing "Poopsies Pots". There was a red convertible (didn't catch who was in it), two motor cycles,
It was a hot sunny day (about 80 degrees at noon) with a very light breeze. There were booths on the grounds with items for sale, display of entries inside the community center, raffle tickets to buy, and more. With summer drawing to a close it was a perfect day to take in this family fun event.
The 24th annual Music Festival continues through August 14.For further information go to the web site www.washingtonislandmusicfestival.com
The 33rd Kewaunee/ Door Salmon Tournament began July 25 and ended August 2. There was $10,000 CASH first prize plus a free mount of the winning fish by Scott Mansur of Northland Taxidermy and a custom-made silver salmon ring with a diamond eye by Paul Spanbauer of wisconsincharm.com . The Island port for registration and weigh-in was Krueger’s Kap’s Marina. Port prize winners at Kap’s:
July 25, Saturday, Day 1- Martin Anderson with a 19.30# salmon.
July 26, Sunday, Day 2 - Bob Swanson won with a 20.91#salmon.
July 27, Monday, Day 3 – James Lindgren with 21.57# salmon.
July 28, Tuesday, Day 4 – 24.56-pound chinook caught by Jeff Gunnlaugson.
July 29, Wednesday, Day 5 – Ted Gunnlaugsson, 23.47#..
July 30, Thursday, Day 6 – Mark Kissner, 20.08#.
July 31, Friday, Day 7 - Kristen Gunnlaugsson, 19.78#
August 1, Saturday, Day 8 - Victor Novak, 24.32#
August 2, Sunday, Day 9 – Michael Cornell.
The top 10 winners overall: (1) Mark Hahn, Jr., age 15 was a member of “Team Hahn” BH, 7/31, 31.41# (2) Michael Eaton, BH, 7/31, 25.32# ( 3) Jeff Gunnlaugsson, WI, 7/28, 24.56# (4) Tod Torgerson, SB, 7/29, 24.52# (5) Victor Novak, WI, 8/1, 24.32# (6) Mark Fissore, BH, 7/28, 23.68 # (7) Ted Gunnlaugsson, WI, 7/29, 23.47# (8). Jeffrey Kuntz, SB, 8/1, 23.33# (9) Brad Hendricks, SB, 7/26, 22.44 # (10) Jill Hendricks, A, 8/1, 22.24#. (BH= Baileys Harbor; WI= Washington Island; SB= Sturgeon Bay; K= Kewaunee; A = Algoma.) Most (not all) fish 17 pounds and up earned anglers a spot in the final payout in the 33rd annual K/D Salmon Tournament! 157 contestants got in on the final payout, and a record 2,974 tickets were sold. The lucky winner of the T9.9 Yamaha to be awarded by Shipyard Island Marina Yamaha on Washington Island is Arkansas angler Leon Thielman, who has fished the tournament for the past five years. His name was drawn from among eight finalists, one chosen from each ticket outlet.
August 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church the Archives will present “Early Island Land Ownership.”
World-wide speaker featured Labor Day Weekend
Josh McDowell is an articulate speaker and has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Now he will be featured on the Island at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Saturday, September 5th at 6 p.m. in the evening, and at the TPAC Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m., September 6th. He will be speaking on the authenticity of the bible by examining the evidences found in both the Old and New Testament.
A Hebrew Scroll dating back to the 1500’s will be on display for people to see and touch. His final presentation, “The Perfect Storm”, will be at Bethel Church for adults only on Sunday evening, September 6th at 6 p.m. He will concentrate on what can be done to counter act the easy access via the internet of sexual temptations.
Josh McDowell grew up in an alcoholic home and he suffered sexual abuse from the age of 6 by a worker at their farm. Having experienced a difficult childhood, he believed Christianity wasn’t worth his time. Later, when he was required to write a research paper to disprove the truths of the Bible, he found instead overwhelming evidence that what the Bible stated was all true. He came to accept Jesus as his Savior and since has dedicated his life to spreading the word of God to people of all ages around the world. Josh has authored or co-authored about 115 books including More Than a Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict.
During his travels for Josh McDowell Ministries he began to see poverty and hunger that affected him so deeply, he founded Operation Carelift in 1991 to help those in orphanages, schools, hospitals, and prisons in the countries that had once been a part of the Soviet Union. In food, clothes, and medical supplies, the foundation has delivered over $46 million worth of humanitarian aid.
All presentations on the Island are free and are sponsored by Bethel Church as part of their 150th year celebration (a free will offering will be taken). This is an amazing opportunity to hear from a noted speaker and author. There will be a special late night ferry boat available Saturday night for those wishing to return to the main land. For ferry service, times and rates please visit www.wisferry.com.
May God use this event to bless and strengthen you.
Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) Booth at the Island Fair
- If you have been wondering what WICHP is about, come see us at the Fair and find out. We will have a booth at the Island Fair Sat. Aug. 15th and will have information about our programs. Free blood pressures will also be offered from 11 am to Noon and again from 1 to 1:30 pm. Take a few moments to come meet our friendly board members, executive director and ask questions about what we do. See you there! – from Director, Christine Andersen.
The annual Scandinavian Dance Fest will be held tomorrow August 8 at the Jacqueline
Foss Memorial Stage adjacent to the Community Center. Director is Kari Sena
Gordon. There were over 100 dancers this year from preschool age through adult. This is the 67th year of the Fest.
The Washington Island Fair, sponsored by the Lions Club, will be held August 15th. The theme
this year is “Rockin’ to the Island Beat”.