The Death's Door Bar-B-Q is over til next year. It was a rainy day but that did nothing to dampen spirits of the teams or the crowds in attendance. There were delectable tastes of pork, port ribs, brisket, chicken, and even dessert entries. Other stands included the Detroit Harbor Ladies Aid, the Danish Mill, T-shirt sales, Pop's Kettle Korn, ice cream - and more! Several planes arrived to attend the event. In the morning hours Julian Hagen provided live music and afternoon the Alex Wilson Band played. The Lion's big tent provided a large area for people to sit and eat, sit and listen to the music, or just to sit and visit. The winning entries were announced after 4:30 P.M. The grill and half hog drawing were won by Jens Jacobsen. Go to the DDBBQ web site for further information. Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that make this such a successful event.
Saturday September 3rd there will be a fireworks display at Kap's Marina in the evening. They will have pizza and other snacks available. Celebrate the weekend! This is a fundraiser for the Washington Island Rec Center.
The Door County Maritime Museum will be highlighting some of its new and existing exhibits at
its Gills Rock Maritime Museum on Sunday, September 4, from noon until 4 p.m. Maritime
guests and experts will be available, including Trygvie Jensen, author of several books about area maritime history.
A 2016 Mariner Award went to Dick Purinton. He has worked for over 40 years with the Washington Island Ferry Line progressing through the ranks to company president and owner. The award was a hand-crafted original work by woodcarver David Frykman. The Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club annually honor individuals that have had significant impact on maritime history. The dinner was held recently at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.
August 20 was the Island Fair. The theme was “What does the future hold for Washington Island?” It poured down rain til almost the end of the Fair. The parade was postponed an hour in hopes the rain would lighten up or stop. It didn’t. One of the main floats, the Art and Nature Center, was beautifully decorated with a windmill, Smokey the Bear, drawings along the sides depicting flowers for pollinators, organic farms and gardens, water conservation and more. The oldest citizens rode in the Community Van this year versus the usual convertible. Mitt Austin was on the side I was on. The Van had a sign that drivers were needed. The Lions Club had members riding in a red farm wagon. Candy was thrown from Lions Club float and from several other parade entries to the onlookers. The rain didn’t dampen the kid’s enthusiasm for collecting the treasures. The plucky Red Hatters had a vehicle decorated and some of the members riding the red three-wheel bicycles that are for rent at Pop’s Kettle Korn next to the Albatross. Police cars and several emergency vehicles ran their sirens. Due to the heavy rainfall, the parade entries were fewer than usual. The food stands were tented and the usual sandwiches, snacks and desserts were offered. There were three“bouncy house” inflatables sponsored by the Rec Center. Inside the Community Center were all the displays of food, art, garden produce and more with their blue, red, and white ribbons. BINGO was played under the big tent in the afternoon offering a reprieve from the rain. Toward the end of the Fair, the skies cleared and the sun came out in time for people to pack up and head home. The Washington Island Lions Club raffle ticket winners were: 1st prize, $2,000 cash, was won by Kelly Jorgenson; 2nd prize, $1,000 cash, won by Ray Cook; 3rd prize, $500 cash, won by Robert Cornell; 4th prize, $250 won by Noel Ryder. Thanks to the Lions Club for sponsoring the event and to all others involved and/or attending. After talking to several Lions Club members, they couldn’t remember a rain out like this year.
The Washington Island School staff this year includes:
Superintendent: Mati Palm-Leis;
AdministrativeAsst/Business Manager: Sue Cornell;
Guidance Counselor: Barbara Krueger;
Special Ed: Michelle Jordan;
High School English: Leila Nehlsen;
Spanish and HS History: Michael Gillespie;
Technology Director: Thomas Waldron;
Speech and Language Pathologist: Marjory O’Connor;
K-12 Art: Melanie Enger;
4K and Kindergarten: Margaret Foss;
3rd and 4th grades: Marleen Johnson;
Middle School English, Reading, and RTI: Miranda Szcepanski;
Middle School Math and Science: Henry Mohn;
Grades 1 & 2: Alyssa Wagner;
HS Science and Tech Ed: Tony Nuskiewica.
The building that will house Pop's Kettle Korn has been painted to match the colors of their stand and logo.
The road yellow lines were refreshed today.
A BIG Island History Potluck Picnic and Exhibit, planned by Rick Heineman and organized by Donna Russell, was held last Sunday afternoon at the Red Barn park. It was a lovely sunny day. There were exhibits including over 300 photographs of Island ancestors on display. The stage was
set up for Jake Ellefson to speak about. Islands history. There was a potluck lunch. There was music. Gloria Small had Island history books for sale to raise money for the Archives. There were fun activities geared for children. There is hope that this could become an annual event.
Remember the big rummage sale under the tent on the school grounds. It is Sunday after the fair from 9-1.
Rainbow before the Scandinavian Fest began.
A sunset that declares the Glory of God.
The 68th Scandinavian Fest is over but the songs and the sights will live on in the minds of children and adults. You may think it is the same each year but that is not true. There are the time-honored favorites but always something different is added. New this year, previous Fest teachers, piano players, and some of the first dancers in the Fest were honored. It takes many to orchestrate this event.
Also this year, in the program of this year's dancers, Kari noted those that were 3rd and 4th generation dancers. Kari herself is a 3rd generation.
There were 18 preschoolers and over 100 dancers this year. Who but Kari Sena Gordon could get stellar performances from all ages? Neither heat, nor rain, nor humidity can put a damper on the spirits of those participating.
The Scandinavian Dances actually began earlier than 68 years ago, but the dances weren't a regular annual event until 1948.
Entrants generally choose among four flag stickers that indicate they have paid: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish. This year, in honor of the late Bill Benson, Swedish stickers were encouraged. Another special mention is Jake Ellefson. He has been one of the gate collectors for many many years. His sister, Grace Ann Carpenter, is his assistant.
At the beginning of the Fest a rainbow presented in the eastern sky and later, in the west, the sunset was a blazing gold.
The theme of this year's Island Fair Float is "What does the future hold for Washington Island?" Let's see some creativity!
The Lion’s Club sponsored Island Parade and Fair will be held August 20. Start planning your
float and check out the many opportunities to enter flowers, foot items, handmade items and MORE!
Responding to a fire call yesterday was the Washington Island Fire Department with assistance provided by the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department. SBLGFD sent a brush truck, 2 UTVs, a utility truck, Hose Company 25, a chief, and a manpower squad. They got the fire under control control but the Island Fire Department stayed at the scene to make sure there were no more fire breakouts.
The 34th Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament is over. The largest was caught on the first day.
The final top ten were as follows:
(1. Jason Worden, 7/23, BH, 35.46, $10K cash, mount, salmon ring);
(2. Andy Lange, 7/26, A, 30.58, $2K cash, Kinn’s Sportfishing trip);
(3. Cameron Commerford, 7/23, K, 29.89, $1K, Fishin’
Magicians charter, Howie’s Tackle $250 shopping spree);
(4. Aaron Larson, 7/30, K, 29.86, 975);
(5. Brockston Dufek, 7/30, WI, 29.59, 950);
(6. Andrew Jurcykowski, 7/27, WI, 29.25,925):
(7. Joe Vober, 7/26, WI, 28.86, 900);
(8. Mike Englund, 7/30, A, 28.70, 875);
(9. Josh Johnson, 7/29, BH, 28.49, 850);
(10. Jeff Gunnlaugson, 7/28, WI, 27.90, 825).
Underlined ones were weighed in at Kap’s. K=Kewaunee, WI=Washington Island, A=Algoma, BH=Baileys Harbor.
177 salmon made the cut in the K/D this year. The committee decided to pay down to a 22.58-pounder.
It was a record-setting tournament, with more than 3,000 tickets sold. Daily Port winners at Krueger’s Kap’s Marina are:
Eric Christman, 7/23, WI, 24.99
Rob Gunnlauggson, 7/24, WI, 24.96
Victor Novak, 7/25, WI, 26.54
Joe Vober, 7/26, WI, 28.86. ---
Andrew Jurcykowski, 7/27, WI, 29.25
Jeff Gunnlaugson, 7/28, WI, 27.90, 825
Gary Carlson, 7/29, WI, 27.41,775
Brockston Dufek (age 14) , 7/30, WI, 29.59, 950.
A BIG Island History Potluck Picnic and Exhibit, planned by Rick Heineman and assisted by Donna Russell, will be held at the Red Barn on Sunday, August 14th at 1 P.M. There will be
photo displays of people, places, and events. Learn more about your ancestors and Island history. The theme is “Honoring Islanders through the Generations.” The Islands oldest & youngest citizen will be honored with a photograph that will be sent to the Washington Island Archives and there will be many other activities for all ages.
The Rec Run occured on July 30th. Results are tabulated by official counters, Tortoise and Hare:
Position/Bib #/Name/Finish/ Pace/Age/ Gender/City/State.
DIVISION: 10K 1/1050/ Bednorz, Damian/35:36.1 5:45/36/M/ Bensonville IL;
DIVISION: 5K 1/368/Carlson, Cory/17:16.3 5:34/18/M/Sturgeon Bay WI;
DIVISION: 2K 1/262/Kokes, Zack/7:44.3/16/M /Naperville IL.
For all results go to tanhtiming.com There was a matching funds drive again for sponsorships this
year that will benefit the Rec Center. An added attraction was an Artwalk for vendors to sell their items during
the Rec Run.
Athletes seen around the Island July 28-30 were part of an ‘Endurance Racing on an Island’. Athletes had 36, 24, 12 or 8 hours to successfully complete as many full triathlons a possible in the allotted time. The full triathlon consisted of a completed swim leg, bike leg and run leg in any order.
The 68th Scandinavian Fest is THIS SATURDAY on August 6th at the outdoor stage by the
Community Center. Starts at 7:30 pm. Director, Kari Sena Gordon. There are 109 dancers, from the very young to the mature. There are 3rd and 4th generations represented. Thanks to Kari for her many years of dedication following her mother’s (Connie Sena) many years as director. Kari is herself a 3rd generation.
The 14th annual Folk Music Festival, “Out at the Red Barn” isthe night before the Scandinavian Festival, Friday the 5th of August. The theme this year is “International” so it includes American Folk Music.
Director, Dan Hansen.