Participate in the 28th Annual Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival

June 14th, 2018

The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival is set for August 11 & 12, 2018. Now is the time to make plans to participate in the exciting events – exhibit your boat, compete in the Sikaflex Challenge or volunteer your time to help celebrate Door County’s classic and wooden boats.

The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival annually features a remarkable assortment of vessels competing for best in show. Registered boaters are invited to participate in a private bay-to-lake cruise and cocktail reception on the Friday before the festival, showcase their boat for the weekend and compete for awards and ribbons. Boats will be displayed on trailers throughout the parking lot, along the waterfront and on the lawn. To exhibit a boat, register with Bill Freyman at dcclassicboatfestival@gmail.com.

The Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition returns this year! Construct a boat on Saturday, add decoration on Sunday morning and race for points on Sunday afternoon. Sikaflex Challenge building restrictions make for fun and exciting sea trials. The Sikaflex Challenge is limited to 12 two-person teams so register early for a spot in the challenge. Registration costs are $20.00 and the form can be completed online or at the museum.

Volunteer your time at the famous Boat House Sale, help with the children’s activities or support the concession stand on Saturday and Sunday. The Door County Maritime Museum is a nonprofit organization that appreciates volunteer assistance with all community events.

With new vendors, U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, plein air artists, classic boats, wooden boats, great food and the Maritime on Madison festival happening so close by – the second weekend in August is sure to be a great time on Sturgeon Bay’s west side waterfront.

The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is comprised of three locations; Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information, please visit www.DCMM.org or call (920) 743-5958.

Door County Fourth of July Fireworks 2018

June 11th, 2018

From Festivals to Fireworks, you will not want to miss this year’s Fourth of July Celebrations in Door County. You will find food, cold drinks, live music, parades and more throughout the county as you celebrate Independence Day 2018.

July 3, 2018
Egg Harbor
Where: Harbor View Park and Downtown
Egg Harbor, WI 54209

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Sturgeon Bay
Where: Sunset Park
North Third Avenue and Florida Street
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Maplewood
Where: Robert Baumann Memorial Ball Park / Forestville Town Hall
7705 County H
Maplewood, Wisconsin 54235

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Washington Island
Where: Baseball Field
Main Street
Washington Island, Wisconsin 54210

July 4, 2018
Baileys Harbor
Where: Baileys Harbor Community Association
2392 Cty F – Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

July 4, 2018 at Dusk
Gills Rock
Where: Downtown Gills Rock
Ellison Bay, WI 54210

July 7, 2018
Fish Creek
Where: Clark Park
4174, 4150 Maple Street
Fish Creek, WI 54212

New Shipwrecks Exhibit Unveiled at Door County Maritime Museum

May 21st, 2018

Take a journey through the new immersive exhibit at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Start your journey on land, aboard the freighter Elba, experience the ship sinking to the bottom of Lake Michigan and explore the lake floor for shipwrecks. The new “Shipwrecks of Door County” exhibit takes you through the history of scuba diving to plunging beneath the surface of Door County’s waters to exploring the history of the shipwrecks surrounding us. Learn about the watery graves of some of the over 200 historic losses that now call Door County waters their permanent home.

On Saturday, May 26, “Shipwrecks of Door County” opens to the public with an exciting day-long Grand Opening event sponsored by Lakeshore Adventures LLC. Join us for engaging activities; learn about shipwrecks from maritime speakers, follow along on guided curator tours and hear about historic shipwrecks from a lighthouse keeper’s perspective. Bring the little ones along for educational and entertaining children’s activities to include a shipwreck scavenger hunt, paper boat building, and don’t forget to pose with the nautical props at the selfie station.

With the purchase of standard admission, visitors can discover the new exhibit, explore the three other galleries highlighting Door County’s maritime history and enjoy the opening celebration events.

This new exhibit delivers a fascinating look into Door County’s historical shipwreck tragedies. Use a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) simulator to locate and explore a shipwreck, explore a sunken vessel, discover artifacts among the shipwreck debris field, learn about the preservation of Door County shipwrecks and watch footage of underwater discoveries in the exhibit theater.

Saturday, May 26 – Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM             Museum Opens
10:15 AM             Amy Paul | Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum
Ribbon Cutting & Opening Comments
10:30 AM             Victoria Kiefer | Maritime Archeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology and Door County Shipwrecks
11:30 AM             Joan Forsberg | Maritime Historian and Author
Shipwrecks at Death’s Door
12:30 PM             Amy Paul | Executive Director, Door County Maritime Museum
Laughing Loon Kayak Raffle Drawing
1:30 PM                Ed Miller as Henry Gattie | Lighthouse Keeper
Find Mr. Gattie amid the “Sentinels of the Shore: Lighthouses of Door County” exhibit. He’ll share the history of the old Baileys Harbor light and how it may have been the cause of some shipwrecks.
1:30 PM              Joan Forsberg | Maritime Historian and Author
Book Signing – Shipwrecks at Death’s Door
2:30 PM                Philip Byrd | Curator, Door County Maritime Museum
Guided Walk Through of “Shipwrecks of Door County”
3:30 PM                Philip Byrd | Curator, Door County Maritime Museum
Guided Walk Through of “Shipwrecks of Door County”

The Door County Maritime Museum is comprised of three locations; Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island Lighthouse, and Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. For more information and to plan your visit, please visit www.DCMM.org or call 920-743-5958.

Lifetime Achievement Award

April 30th, 2018

Congratulations to Bridgeport Resort founder, Fran Shefchik – recipient of Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Bridgeport Resort is a sponsor of the Door County Economic Development Corporation.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation announced April 24th, 2018 that Fran Shefchik was awarded the very first Door County Lifetime Achievement award. This award was created to recognize an individual who has made a substantial impact on the business community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during their career in Door County. The award presentation was made during the sold out DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Throughout his life, Fran Shefchik has graciously shared his time, his talents, and his resources, both corporate and personal, for the betterment of others.

He is the founder of PortSide Builders which has served many in Door County and beyond for 40 years. He started the company on 18th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, emphasizing three key elements: Customer Focus, Respect, and Teamwork. He engaged his employees in new and innovative ways, has ensured they are able to take pride in their work, and provide for their own long-term financial security.

Fran has worked continuously, both in the forefront and behind the scenes, to promote all small businesses in the community. He believes a strong business community benefits everyone.

Fran’s generosity and compassion towards others are well-known throughout Door County. He has given greatly of himself to all types of local causes. Whether it is a charitable event, a civic need, or a local resident with a medical situation, Fran is there to assist.

Bridgeport Resort in the early years…

 

 

 

Gluten Free Cheese Fondue

April 25th, 2018

Spring Women’s Weekend at Bridgeport Resort in Door County was a huge success! This fun women’s weekend was created to pamper women and their friends. The weekend included a Friday Welcome Reception with Women’s Specialty Vendors and Cheese Fondue! The ladies had numerous opportunities on Saturday to pamper themselves. Complimentary chair massages and makeovers were provided. There were three different work out sessions and women’s wellness speakers provided at no charge. Find out more about the Wellness Speakers by visiting our blog, “Bridgeport Resort Spring Women’s Weekend Speakers.” The Fall Women’s Weekend will take place November 16th to 18th, 2018… Make your reservation now!

Here are the recipes from the Cheese Fondue… the Spinach Artichoke Fondue was delicious! All six recipes are actually Gluten Free Cheese Fondue recipes… although we served ours with fresh bakery bread from Scaturo’s Bakery, you could serve it with your favorite gluten free bread! We hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Cheddar Cheese Fondue

1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Salt, Optional
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
3 Cups Whole Milk (24oz)
4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (16oz)

Melt butter; stir in cornstarch, salt if desired, mustard, pepper and Worcestershire sauce until smooth.
Gradually add milk.
Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Reduce heat.
Add the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted.

Serves 16

Cheddar Beer Cheese Fondue

1 ½ Cups Light Beer (12oz)
½ Teaspoon Ground Mustard
1 Garlic Clove, Crushed With a Press
¼ Teaspoon Hot Sauce
4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (16oz)
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

Heat beer, mustard, garlic and hot sauce.
Wisk in cheddar tossed with cornstarch until smooth.

Serves 16

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Fondue

1 Cup Dry White Wine (8oz)
1 Clove Garlic
2 Green Onions , Sliced
3 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded (4oz)
1 Cup Swiss Cheese, Shredded (4oz)
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded (4oz)
1 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/2 Pound Bacon, Cooked Crisp and Crumbled
4 Ounces Jalapeno Peppers, Drained and Chopped

Simmer wine, garlic & green onion for 2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted.
Toss all shredded cheeses with flour. Add Cheese a handful at a time over low heat until melted.
Stir in remaining ingredients.

Serves 12

Spinach Artichoke Fondue

1 1/2 Cup Gruyere Cheese, Shredded (6oz)
1 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded (6oz)
3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shredded (3oz)
3 Teaspoon Cornstarch
1 Cup White Cooking Wine (8oz)
3 Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
2 1/4 Cup Chopped Baby Spinach
1 Cup Artichoke Hearts, Drained and Chopped

Combine the cheeses in a bowl and sprinkle with the flour.
Toss to evenly coat, set aside.
Pour cooking wine and garlic into a pot and cook over medium-high heat.
Once it starts to boil add the spinach and artichokes, stir until the spinach wilts.
Stir in the cheeses and keep stirring until the cheese is stringy and melted completely.

Serves 15

White Cheddar Fondue

1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
3 Cups Milk (24oz)
4 Cups Shredded White Cheddar Cheese (16oz)

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt your butter.
Whisk in dry ingredients and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to smell nutty.
Slowly start drizzling in your milk and Worcestershire and whisking all the while a couple of tablespoons at a time and whisk it in until it’s smooth before adding more.
You’ll initially have a very thick mixture, but it will eventually thin out from a paste to a sauce.
Once you’ve added all the liquid, allow it to cook, still stirring slowly, until you start to see bubbles. If you worked slowly enough, it should already be pretty well thickened.
Add your cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

Serves 16

Swiss Wine Fondue

Garlic Clove
4 Cups Shredded Swiss (16oz)
2 Tablespoon Cornstarch
2 Cup Dry White Wine (16oz)
Fresh Thyme Bundle
2 Tablespoon  Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Zest

Rub inside of fondue pot with a fresh clove of garlic.
Bring wine, thyme and lemon juice to a simmer.
Discard Thyme bundle and begin to slowly add cheese mixture, stirring constantly until smooth and velvety.

Serves 16

LODGING DIRECTORY CONTEST FINALIST

April 9th, 2018

Bridgeport Resort has Been Chosen as a Finalist in the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Vote for Bridgeport Resort by Visiting 2019 Lodging Directory The Contest Runs Until May 3rd, 2018. *Employees and Owners of Finalist Properties are Not Eligible to Vote. Duplicate Votes Will Not be Counted.Bridgeport Resort has Been Chosen as a Finalist in the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest!
Please Vote for Bridgeport Resort by Visiting the 2019 Lodging Directory
The Contest Ends May 3rd, 2018.
*Employees and Owners of Finalist Properties are Not Eligible to Vote.
Duplicate Votes Will Not be Counted.

12 spectacular finalists have been chosen in the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest. Pick your favorite and cast a vote – just click the image and leave your name, city and email address. Only votes with an email address will be counted. Please only vote one time for one photo. Duplicate votes will not be counted. Voting ends at 11:59 pm CDT on Thursday, May 3. Check the Stay in Wisconsin Blog on May 11 when the winner is announced!

Bridgeport Resort has Been Chosen as a Finalist in the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Vote for Bridgeport Resort by Visiting the 2019 Lodging Directory The Contest Runs Until May 3rd, 2018. *Employees and Owners of Finalist Properties are Not Eligible to Vote. Duplicate Votes Will Not be Counted. Bridgeport Resort has Been Chosen as a Finalist in the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Vote for Bridgeport Resort by Visiting 2019 Lodging Directory The Contest Runs Until May 3rd, 2018. *Employees and Owners of Finalist Properties are Not Eligible to Vote. Duplicate Votes Will Not be Counted.

Bridgeport Resort Spring Women’s Weekend Speakers

April 2nd, 2018

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort will be hosting their Annual Spring Women’s Weekend Friday, April 20th, 2018 to Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. This special weekend will include the following complimentary services: a Friday Night Reception, Complimentary Massages, Four Group Exercise Opportunities and Women’s Wellness Speakers.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Spring Women’s Weekend Speakers

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bridgeport Waterfront Resort will be hosting their Annual Spring Women’s Weekend Friday, April 20th, 2018 to Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. This special weekend will include the following complimentary services: a Friday Night Reception, Complimentary Massages, Four Group Exercise Opportunities and Women’s Wellness Speakers.
Food Allergies, Intolerances & Sensitivities What’s a Person to Do?
Dr. Ronda Behnke ND, CHom, RN
Homeopathic Centers of America

If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, you are not alone. Up until now, the only treatments have been an Epi-Pen or avoiding the food altogether. Dr. Ronda Behnke ND, CHom, RN will talk about the common causes of food-related illnesses and how to manage these reactions, as well as options for removing the cause and restoring health and vitality. Open up a whole new world of food options!

 

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort will be hosting their Annual Spring Women’s Weekend Friday, April 20th, 2018 to Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. This special weekend will include the following complimentary services: a Friday Night Reception, Complimentary Massages, Four Group Exercise Opportunities and Women’s Wellness Speakers.1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Creating Family Connections

Dr. Brookh Lyons
The Envelope System
Help your loved ones navigate more clearly through their life, by being there when they need you most! Dr. Brookh keeps her classes interactive so participants are engaged and motivated to capture more. During class time, we will purposefully think about and assess our lives, so we can make decisions and take steps toward our success. This will impact our families and also our businesses, friendships and personal life satisfaction. In this mindful workshop, you will begin to explore times when you needed support, and guide your loved ones through your life’s stories and experiences.

 

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.Bridgeport Waterfront Resort will be hosting their Annual Spring Women’s Weekend Friday, April 20th, 2018 to Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. This special weekend will include the following complimentary services: a Friday Night Reception, Complimentary Massages, Four Group Exercise Opportunities and Women’s Wellness Speakers.
Essential Oils for Healthy Living

Gretchen Jandrin
Green Bay Essential Oils
New to essential oils? Here is a simple class to help you get started in your essential oil journey. Learn common ways to use essential oils in your everyday life. The class will provide a brief explanation of what essential oils are and how they can be used including time for individualized questions and answers. Participants will receive a complimentary gift.

TICKET SALE OPENS TO GENERAL PUBLIC FOR LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL

March 22nd, 2018

Tickets for the 25th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival go on sale to the general public Monday, April 2, following a two-week pre-sale for museum members.

  

Many of the boat excursions are unique to the Lighthouse Festival weekend.  Following the successful members-only pre-sale, a few of the lighthouse tours are almost sold out but ample tickets remain for a variety of land-based tours and boat excursions set for the weekend of June 8-10. Tickets can be obtained online on the museum’s website, www.dcmm.org, by calling the museum at (920)743-5958 or stopping in the museum in Sturgeon Bay at 120 N. Madison Avenue. 

The ever-popular Rock Island excursion on Friday, June 8, from Gills Rock to Rock Island will likely be sold out by April 2. New this year is a second excursion to Rock Island leaving from Sister Bay on Saturday, June 9, with a larger-capacity boat, so those wanting to visit the Pottawatomie Lighthouse will have a second offering available.

 

Last year was the first year for the Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise out of Baileys Harbor. This popular tour returns offering the opportunity to see a number of lights from the water, including Cana Island Lighthouse, the old Baileys Harbor “bird cage” light as well at the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. The possibility of seeing several shipwrecks also exists on the tour.

Returning boat trips include the popular excursion from Gills Rock to Plum Island. 

There are four tours, two each on Saturday and Sunday with limited seating available. The excursion includes a walking tour of Plum Island presented by the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands. Because of its limited capacity, this tour traditionally sells out quickly so it is advised to call the museum or check online for ticket availability.

The excursion to Chambers Island is another once-a-year opportunity. Although a large-capacity boat permits more people to visit Chambers Island, it will continue to be a hot ticket item. Participants enjoy a scenic island hike covering three miles round trip to the lighthouse and back to the dock.

Another popular weekend tour from Gills Rock will circle Plum and Pilot islands. Also, a one-of-a-kind schooner trip aboard the “tall ship” Edith Becker from Sister Bay is among the offerings this year with trips under sail past the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and ending with a cannon salute.

The Chicago Fireboat will be offering its regular daily tours from the Door County Maritime Museum as well as a special sunset dessert cruise on Friday evening.

Two different day-long, land-based narrated trolley tours visit the five mainland lights: One trip each day on Saturday and Sunday departs from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, the other from the Door County Trolley Depot in Egg Harbor. The always popular Ghost trolley tour leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum on Friday evening.  Another land-based tour, the naturalist-narrated tour on a mini-bus, leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay on Friday only and also visits the five mainland lights.

 

Cana Island and Eagle Bluff Lighthouses maintain regular seasonal hours throughout the weekend. Additionally the Eagle Bluff lighthouse will be having evening tours the weekend of the lighthouse festival on Saturday, June 9, from 6 pm to 9 p.m.  Both the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Light are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and offer free admission over this weekend only. The range lights located at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, with its restored lower light and with restoration underway in the upper, will also welcome visitors from 11 am – 2 pm Friday through Sunday for a $5 per person fee.  Make sure to visit the sanctuary’s stunning welcome center.

 

For more detailed information on tours and pricing or to request a brochure, please visit www.dcmm.org. Tickets can be ordered on the website or by calling (920)743-5958.

Media contact:
Mary Stephenson, Event Coordinator
(920)743-5958
mstephenson@dcmm.org

Sturgeon Bay Hosts Annual Shipyard Tours

February 19th, 2018

STURGEON BAY, WI, May 2017-The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 25th Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 5, 9am-2pm.

On one very special day, you are invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. For over a century this industry has been critical to Door County’s economy. The shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay have designed, built and repaired vessels–commercial, military and pleasure craft–that have traveled to ports around the globe.

One of the largest shipyards on the Great Lakes, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services will once more open their doors to the public on the first Saturday of May. Both facilities are located on First Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services will offer guided walking tours of their ship repair, new ship construction and service facilities. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

The Westside “working waterfront” is again included in the tours this year. Show your shipyard tour ticket and receive half off admission at the Door County Maritime Museum and tug John Purves tours on both Saturday and Sunday. At the Door County Maritime Museum, you can visit the museum, tour the tug John Purves and the USCG 41-footer. From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, representatives will be stationed by the Selvick tugs to converse with guests and the Fred A Busse (Chicago Fireboat) will be open FREE of charge to tour from 9 am until 2 pm. At 2:30 pm the Fred A Busse will be taking paying guests on a 90-minute cruise.

Back by popular demand, this year the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has arranged for the 140-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay to be open for guided tours FREE of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay, from 9am-2pm. We will also have the Emergency Rescue boat from the Canal Station along with the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat on location for tours. 

Two busses will be running for the event to shuttle guests between the three stops; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Centerpointe Yacht Services and the Door County Maritime Museum. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tours at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding take around an hour and are on gravel and pavement. Street parking is available along the Third Avenue by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and First Avenue near Centerpointe Yacht Services. Parking is also available in the Door County Maritime Museum’s large parking lot.

Tickets will be available at all three locations on the day of the event and will be available for purchase prior to the event at both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $6 for students ages 11-17. Guests ages ten and under are free.

The event is brought to you by the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club and proceeds will benefit the Door County Rotary Youth Interact, an international service organization for teenagers ages 14-18 and other Door County projects.

For more information about the Shipyard Tours or Rotary Interact, please visit www.sturgeonbayrotary.org and on Facebook.com/RotaryShipyardTour. Contacts include Rotarians and Shipyard Tour Chairs Scott Bader, srbader@coldwellbanker.com, Keith Mutchler, keith.mutchler@yahoo.com, or Interact Director Lee McConkey, lmcconkey@doorcountyymca.org . Thank you and see you on May 5—bring your boat nerd friends!

Media contact:
Scott Bader
Co-Chair of Rotary Shipyard Tours
srbader@coldwellbanker.com
(920) 493-2107

DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM OFFERS FREE KIDS DAYS IN FEBRUARY

January 31st, 2018

 Every Sunday in February, the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will be offering free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult. The Door County Maritime Museum hopes to encourage more children to take interest in the importance of our local maritime history.

“In order to understand what history is this is a precious opportunity to spend time outside the classroom teaching children their local history,” says Amy Paul, museum executive director. “It encourages them to experience history first hand and learn why it is important to all of us. It is a pleasure to offer this chance for families to learn and play together.”

Kids can take their turn steering the Elba through the Sturgeon Bay Canal with the use of the interactive simulator. The Elba pilothouse is the actual bridge from the 420-foot steam freighter located in the Horton Gallery. Seven video screens fill the windows and simulate a real-time experience while visitors pilot their way through fog, clouds and bridges. The wheelhouse’s audio environment will include Kahlenberg engine sounds and on-board radio traffic to give the impression that the “captain” is actually navigating a ship.

Children and families can explore the four galleries with educational and interactive maritime history. Inside the Peterson Gallery, visitors will find the authentic periscope removed from the USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644).  The fully working periscope allows a full view of the working waterfront and the shipyard and boatyards nearby. Children will delight in experiencing the view from a real working periscope.

Several interactive games are located throughout the museum, encouraging a hands-on learning experience for children. The Sentinels of the Shore exhibit allows them to get up close and personal with a full-size replica of the Door County Sherwood Point Lighthouse lantern. This 4th order Fresnel lens is usually 61 feet in the air. Visitors can see it close up and examine its multiple layers of glass prisms designed to concentrate the light and cut through a pitch-black night or thick fog. Also in the Sentinels of the Shore exhibit is the interactive lighthouse map. Both adults and kids can use it to illuminate individual lighthouses and track their beams as well as directing their light.

The Door County Maritime Museum is located at 120 N Madison St, Sturgeon Bay, WI. It is open seven days a week from 10 am – 4 pm. Museum admission is $10 for adults. Call the museum at (920)743-5958 or visit www.dcmm.org for more information.

Media contact:
Mary Stephenson
Special Events Coordinator
(920) 743-5958
mstephenson@dcmm.org