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The Taste and Tunes of Door County, WI June 12-15, 2014: Steel Bridge Songfest, DC Beer Fest, and Sip & Savor w/ Paddlefest

Get a taste and a tune in Door County this weekend! June 12-15, 2014 is Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay. This Saturday, June 14th is Sip & Savor with Paddlefest in Sister Bay, as well as Door County Beer Fest and the Ride For Nature in Baileys Harbor, and July 15th is Father’s Day – so bring Dad for all the festivities and toast to his health! Sample local beers, wines, and hard ciders, and treat the taste buds to dishes from a variety of local food vendors while you treat the ear buds to lots of live music. Skip the paisley tie this year and give Dad a six pack or two of a new brew or a few bottles of his favorite wine, and don’t forget that most of the musicians performing throughout the county this weekend sell CDs of their original music – which make great Father’s Day gifts too!


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The Tambourine Lounge, located next door to the Holiday Music Motel on 1st Ave. Sturgeon Bay, WI

Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay runs Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15, 2014. This is an astonishing festival in that all the musicians who perform volunteer their time, and those who participate in the “Construction Zone” (there are some 70 this year) spend the entire week prior to the festival spinning a whiskey bottle to form groups in which they co-write dozens upon dozens of original songs which they record at the Holiday Music Motel, then perform for audiences at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.

CLICK HERE for the Steel Bridge Songfest Venue Line-Up of Performers!

GLAS to Help United Way of Door County

POSTED ON January 10th  - POSTED IN Coffee & Tea, coffee shop, Dining, News

United Way DC logoDuring the month of January, GLAS, located in the Cellcom building, Sturgeon Bay, is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every cup of tea sold during the month of January, 20% will be donated to United Way of Door County. The funds donated will go towards meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign for 2014.

United Way of Door County’s mission is to empower people to build better lives. They focus their efforts in the areas in the Basic Needs, Community Wellness, Health, and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA).

GLAS is located at 67 E. Maple St., just west of the Maple/Oregon bridge. Their phone number is (920) 743-5575.  Hours are: Monday – Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday, 8:00am-4:00pm.

If you would like to learn more about United Way of Door County, check out their website at The United Way can be reached at (920) 746-9645 or

Celebrate First Fridays with Sturgeon Bay on July 6th!

POSTED ON July 2nd  - POSTED IN Special Events

First Fridays in Sturgeon Bay is off to a great start! More than 20 businesses are participating each month. The next event is scheduled for Friday, June 6th.  The highlighted nonprofit is the Door County Renaissance Faire.

Local businesses will have expanded hours with some of them open until 8:00pm. Refreshments at many of the participating businesses and live entertainment will help make the evening festive. And while you are out and about, don’t forget to enjoy the fare of our wonderful downtown restaurants.

The Untitled and Used Book Store will have a Poetry Reading starting at 5pm.

Members of the Renaissance Faire will be wandering the sidewalks of Sturgeon Bay to give you a sampling of what you would see at the Faire.  Meet members of Royal Court, listen to the minsteral, and maybe even watch some josting, without the horses of course.

Downtown Sturgeon Bay is the place to be on the first Friday of every month. Come support our local businesses, learn more about some of our nonprofits, and enjoy the ambiance!

For more information contact the United Way of Door County office at (920) 746-9645 or

Businesses Participating in Sturgeon Bay First Fridays on July 6, 2012


Jefferson Street

  • Bliss
  • Lola May’s
  • Cornucopia
  • Crickets
  • Amy’s Herbs

Madison Avenue/West Side

  • Glas Coffeehouse
  • G & J Glassworks
  • DC Floral

Third Avenue

  • Small World Market
  • Artists Guild
  • KICK Coffee
  • AMO Gallery
  • Book World
  • DC Candy
  • Dancing Bear
  • Draeb Jewelers
  • Younkers
  • Greco Gallery
  • Gwendolyn’s
  • On Deck
  • Red Oak Winery
  • Untitled Books
  • Sherry’s Hallmark
  • Blue Ivy
  • Door County Confectionery

Glas Coffeehouse Hosts Monthly Industry ‘Shop Talk’ for Door County Board of Realtors®

POSTED ON April 15th  - POSTED IN All

Door County Board of Realtors® Education Committee promotes continued learning among Door and Kewaunee County members.

The Door County Board of Realtors® education committee held a “Shop Talk” on “Auctions and Short Sales” on Wednesday, April 6, at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay. Members of the organization are committed to education and Shop Talk is an opportunity for Realtors® to meet informally once a month to discuss industry news and stay up-to-date in an ever-changing industry.

Facilitator Karen Lee De Noto of ERA Starr Realty stressed the importance of an event like this: “We are advocates of continuing education. This board has top notch REALTORS® in Door and Kewaunee counties who are always striving to give our clients what they need.”

Shop Talk is held on the first Wednesday of every month and is open to all Door and Kewaunee county REALTORS®. The next “Shop Talk” will be held on May 4. The topic will focus on “Shoreland Zoning.”

For more information on initiatives by the Door County Board of REALTORS® call 920.743.9651, or visit them online at Door County Board of REALTORS® was established in 1962 and currently serves 232 members and affiliates with combined real estate listings of $663,228,186.

Debra Hadraba and Jeanne Kuhns Featured on Saturday Afternoon Concert Stage at Glas, Mar 19

POSTED ON March 15th  - POSTED IN Entertainment

This month’s concert features two great women in the March edition of “Saturday Afternoon Delight” at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay.

On Saturday, March 19 from 1 – 3 pm Jeanne Kuhns and Debra Hadraba will celebrate the full moon with a delicious mix of soulful songs from the heart. Each of them will play a separate set to bring a double helping of talent to the Glas coffeehouse stage.

Jeanne Kuhns is a folk/blues singer,songwriter and a passionate performer who conveys to her audiences her love of life, women’s issues and nature. She has been influenced by folk, blues and rock and these threads have been woven into her music. She carries her poetic lyrics to you with a voice that has a private, intimate quality, full and deep yet capable of sliding into a clear high falsetto. She breaches the topics of single motherhood, surviving abuse and the beauty of the world around her with awe and humility and humor.

Debra Hadraba may be the Twin Cities’ most prolific songwriter, encouraging listeners to “Honor Your Truth” in her songs from the heart. She will be singing all original works, many of which are featured on her latest CD. She is also a blogger and a videographer with more than a hundred videos posted on her YouTube channel.

She explains herself as: “…a singer/songwriter/artist but, I don’t like to box myself into any kind of an ‘I am’ category. I prefer, ‘I am, that I am.’ You can decide. Appearing quite differently to different people, it stymies me when I’m asked to fill in the blanks to define me. No matter what the choices, it’s always an uncomfortable fit.”

On Saturday, April 16 Glas concerts will feature The Hollands! who have come to Wisconsin via Australia. The Hollands! are one part American dreamer, one part Aussie charm, with a splash of gypsy love and some punk thrown in for a spicy good measure.

Glas, The Green Coffeehouse is located at 67 East Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay – phone: 920.743.5575. There is no cover and all ages are welcome to attend the “Saturday Afternoon Delight” music series taking place March 19 from 1 – 3 pm.

Brew Coffeehouse Hosts Next Social Media Breakfast Door County in Ellison Bay, Jan 19

POSTED ON January 14th  - POSTED IN Special Events

The January monthly SMBDC meeting is sponsored by Brew Coffeehouse, providing participants with delicious coffee and snacks on Wednesday, January 19 from 9 – 10:30 am.

Mark Zuckerberg

At the close of 2010 when Time Magazine named Mark Zuckerberg their person of the year, they not only paid homage to the creator of Facebook. They also recognized the dynamic change that he has brought about in the way that more than 500 600 million people live and share their lives in the digital age. Soon after, the Washington Post announced that Facebook had ascended into the number one position as the world’s most visited Website. What was once a Google-centric Web has become a people-centric Web.

But, something even greater has taken place. We no longer think of Facebook as a Website. It has become a place… a virtual place that you go to when you want to hang out and check in with your friends. The next monthly meeting of the Social Media Breakfast Door County (SMBDC) group will explore what this shift means to the Peninsula’s business owners, independent artists and non-profit organizations who are seeking the greatest return on their marketing investment.

How Facebook Pages are the new Yellow Pages – and the listings are free,” will be January’s topic of discussion led by new media marketing consultant Stephen Kastner, founder of the SMBDC meetings. “The past decade was all about building a World Wide Web of information delivered in Websites,” says Kastner. “The next decade is already more about the World Wide Web of people.”

Stephen Kastner

Kastner publishes a free book, “6 Steps to Becoming a Social Business” in which he quotes Professor Sut Jhally, founder of the Media Education Foundation: “Advertisers have to go to where the audience is… if they want to sell products. They have no option but to go where the audience has gone. If the audience has gone online, gone to iPods, gone to Facebook – wherever the audience has gone – that is where advertisers must go.”

The book is a never-ending project, written about a subject that is continuously changing. Printing it would be a waste of time Kastner says. In three months it has already had more than 15 revisions, the most-recent of which moves Facebook into the “First Step” position in order of importance. You can download a free copy of the latest version at his Website.

On the third Wednesday of each month, Kastner brings real people together at various Door County locations to have a breakfast dialogue about social media. The English Inn in Fish Creek, Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay and the Harbor Fish Market in Baileys harbor have each hosted SMBDC meetings which began in October, 2010.

The January breakfast will be sponsored and hosted by Brew Coffee House in Ellison Bay. Rumor has it that Jennifer Lee, Door County artist, barista and Brew manager will be baking some specialty treats, providing complimentary coffee and snacks for participants. The SMBDC meetings are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested out of consideration for the host venue.

You can email or call 920.256.9449 with questions or to make a casual reservation for the Wednesday, January 19 SMBDC meeting at Brew Coffee House in Ellison Bay from 9 – 10:30 am. More information is available online at

“Saturday Afternoon Delight” music series Begins at Glas Coffeehouse, Dec 18

POSTED ON December 17th  - POSTED IN Entertainment

Good Evening brings ukes, violins, mandolins and strings of all sorts from Chicago to launch “Saturday Afternoon Delight” at Glas Coffeehouse.

There is no cover and all ages are welcome to attend the “Saturday Afternoon Delight” music series taking place December 18 from 1 – 3 pm

Also every Wednesday Josh Gregory and Elliot Goettelman host the Mid-week Open Mic at Glas from 7 – 10 pm. These two are great entertainers, even if no one else shows up to play so it’s a guaranteed great night of free music. All performers receive a coupon for a free coffee or tea after they play!


Lojo Russo and Julian Hagen Saturday, January 15, from 1 – 3 pm.

Lojo Russo

Lojo Russo

Lojo Russo, Minneapolis singer/songwriter now living in Iowa makes her debut in Door County. Russo fuses roots, blues and folk into her lyrics and guitar creating a sound that’s sometimes intense, sometimes outrageous and always original.

…performs with the energy and rocking power of Ani DiFranco and the graceful folksiness of the Indigo Girls.” – Minneapolis World Beat/Daily Planet

February 19 – Midwest Dilemma – Fronted by Omaha’s Justin Lamoureux, Midwest Dilemma is deeply rooted in history and the journey of one family to America. Their recording Timelines & Tragedies was the winner of Album of the Year at Omaha Entertainment Awards.

March 19 – Jeanne Kuhns and Deborah Hadraba– Jeanne Kuhns, Door County’s pride and joy will open for Deborah Hadraba. Deborah may be the Twin Cities’ most prolific songwriter, encouraging listeners to “Honor Your Truth” in her songs from the heart. This will be an afternoon of inspiration and encouragement.

April 16 – The Hollands! – Wisconsin via Australia, The Hollands! are one part American dreamer, one part Aussie charm, a splash of gypsy love and punk DIY ethic.

Glas, The Green Coffeehouse is located at 67 East Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay – phone: 920.743.5575.

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