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Live Music at Cupcake Heaven in Sister Bay with Marybeth Mattson

Marybeth Mattson

Marybeth Mattson

SISTER BAY, WI (June 2014) – Cupcake Heaven in Sister Bay invites you to stop in and enjoy live music each week this summer with local singer/songwriter Marybeth Mattson, performing in the shop from 2-4pm every Sunday in August.

Mattson began her performance and songwriting career after the 2008 season of America’s Got Talent, in which Door County piano man Eli Mattson took second place. As any good big brother, Eli encouraged Marybeth to follow her dreams and, along with fellow performer Seth Raddatz, offered constructive criticism which ultimately helped shape her musical and lyrical choices, and gave her the courage and drive to record her first album Relative Hunger, released in 2012.

Sidekicks & One Voice Singing at Third Avenue Playhouse March 29

POSTED ON March 22nd  - POSTED IN Entertainment, Special Events

Join some local talent for a entertaining night at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Friday March 29 at 7:30pm. David Hatch, Lynn Gudmundsen, Patrick Palmer, and Lloyd Michalsen will be serenading the night away.

david & lynn 3-21The First Set will be Sidekicks which is Hatch, Gudmundsen, and Palmer singing along to the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, bass and conga. For the Second Set, Lloyd Michalsen will be joining to introduce One Voice. They will be performing songs from their first CD titled Happy Trails. The three part traditional, gospel harmonies will inspire the memories from the good ole days. They invite you to attend this great event.

Basecamp Coffee Shop Annual Christmas Show on December 22!

POSTED ON December 14th  - POSTED IN Entertainment

SISTER BAY, WI (Dec. 12, 2013) – Jeanne Kuhns returns to Basecamp December 22nd to sing Christmas carols, original progressive folk music and lead sing-alongs with her new band!

Patrick Palmer the wonderful Bass player previously of Lost Mothra and Marybeth Mattson, eloquent singer/songwriter/performance poet have joined Jeanne to create, “Small Forest” a new sound full of harmonious joy and thoughtful musical musings!

Familiar carols and some new Christmas music plus fun sing-alongs will be included in the evening. Come out and enjoy the Holiday Spirit at Basecamp with Joel’s great food and drink! We look forward to the community of old and new friends that gather to celebrate the season in music, on a dark December evening in the warm atmosphere of Basecamp! Basecamp’s Annual Christmas show will be on December 22nd from 7-8:30pm. $5.00 donation suggested. Come a little early for visiting, food orders and best seating! Basecamp is located at 10904 Hwy 42, Sister Bay, downstairs of Ecology Sports. 1-800-274-6731 or 920-854-7894 for information.

Wednesday at the English Inn, 2nd Annual PAA Door County Artfund Gala Benefits “Grandmother of the Arts,” Nov 9

POSTED ON November 7th  - POSTED IN All

For almost three-quarters of a century, the Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) has been a nurturing economic force within the Door Community, working hand-in-hand with matched funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) to provide grants to local artists and art organizations.

But earlier this year, Governor Walker’s budget plan cut state funding for the arts by 73% and eliminated the WAB as a state agency.

Let's fill this dining room with local support for the arts in Door County!

“It’s been the PAA’s mission over the past 74 years to grant financial support dollars to individual artists and local institutions,” says Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) Board member and musician Pete Thelen. “And with greater community support we can continue despite the changes in our funding resources.”

Each year, raising the matching funds to bring a flow of cash into Door County is a new and greater challenge, especially in the wake of recent budget cuts. While board members work to meet these demands, their volunteer time is also spent on reviewing hundreds of grant applications and attending numerous lengthy meetings in order to come to consensus over their twice-yearly funding disbursements.

Last year, three local individuals put together the first of what is now an annual, fall, post-season, fundraising event in support of the PAA. On Wednesday, November 9, from 5 pm ‘til close, you are invited to enjoy an evening of great food, silent auction fun and live music in Fish Creek at The English Inn for the 2nd Annual PAA Artfund Benefit, sponsored by the publishers of,, and

pAt macdonald and melaniejane Purgatory Hill

pAt macdonald and melaniejane AKA “Purgatory Hill”

A live concert beginning at 6 pm will feature performances contributed in-kind by local musicians leading off with the Mighty Mouth Trio comprised of Jay Whitney, Richard Whitney and Pete Thelen. Next, Ben There, Dan That (Ben Larsen and Dan Mayhew) will take the stage followed by Jeanne Kuhns with Lost Mothra (Patrick Palmer and George Sawyn) . Capping off the evening, pAt macdonald and melaniejane AKA “Purgatory Hill” will certainly fill the dance floor.

Guests are invited to enjoy a buffet dinner, bid on a variety of silent auction items, win raffle items and a grand prize provided by local businesses.

“Raising money for the Grandmother of the Arts in Door County is something we are always enthusiastic about,” says Management Resources owner and promoter Jon Massad. “The arts in Door County are a vital community asset – one that fuels the rest of the tourism industry. Now, the PAA needs a return on their investment, having worked so hard for the Door Community over the years. It’s time we give back with a helping hand.”

Tickets for an evening of fine dining and live music at The English Inn are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Businesses wishing to contribute items to the silent auction are encouraged to call 920.785.3515 or 920.854.2688. You may also call those numbers or email a request for tickets in advance to:

Peninsula Arts Association Board and Fundraiser Crew Thanks Local Musicians, Businesses and Individuals Who Came to The English Inn for PAA Fundraiser

POSTED ON December 20th  - POSTED IN News

“I was truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support to benefit the PAA on November 10 at The English Inn,” says Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) Board member and participating musician Pete Thelen. “It’s been our mission and focus to grant financial support dollars to individual artists and local institutions over the past 73 years.  But on Wednesday evening, the spotlight was clearly on the Grandmother of the Arts in Door County and I hope the success of this fundraiser will spark another 73 years. Thanks, to all who participated.”

Dorothy Scott

The event included an evening of talented entertainment  donated by local musicians including Lynn Gudmundsen, Julian Hagen, David Hatch, Rich Higdon, Ben Larsen, Patrick Palmer, Marise and Lia Redmann, George Sawyn, Dorothy Scott, Pete Thelen and Jay Whitney.

The English Inn put forth a lavish buffet that included their famous chocolate dessert fountain. More than $3,000 in prizes were placed up for bid in a variety of silent auctions and raffle items donated by local business supporters.

“It was a night of delicious food, great music and so much more,” says Alicia Mulliken, PAA Board President. “In order to even begin to thank the special musicians and all of the arts and business people who contributed and friends who attended,  I must start with expressions of gratitude to Jon Massad who took this idea and made it happen. He had the incredible and deft help of Brynn Swanson who dotted every “I” and crossed every “T.”

The event was generously supported by the following businesses:

American Folklore Theatre, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Alaniz Gallery, Azure Menswear, Bath, Body & Soul, Carol Wuollett Pinkalla, Cheesecake Etc., Curt’s Oilerie, DesignWise Studios, DeWitt Jewelry, Door Shakespeare, Edge Salon, Elliot’s Mercantile, Ellison Bay Pottery, Fine Line Classics by David Hatch, Fine Line Design Gallery, Four Seasons Tree Service, Gage, GM Bentley Hand Engraver, Gibraltar Grille, Gills Rock Stoneware, Glow Salon, Greens N Grains, Hands On Art Studio, Hat Head, Hide Side Corner Store, Karen Henriksen, Karin Miller Knutson, Karsten Topelmann, Lavendar Spa, Main Street Market, New Leaf Acupuncture, Orchard Country Winery, PC Junction, Peninsula Music Festival, Popelka Trenchard Glass, Purple Feet Wines, Quilter’s Quest, Scaturo’s, Sonny’s Fish Creek, Spielman’s Kid Works, Steel Bridge Songfest, Tannenbaum Holiday Shop, The Massage Studio, Vartanian & Sons, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors and The Wild Tomato.

Including thanks to the more than a hundred guests who attended, we’d all like to thank Ginny Olson, owner of the Sand Bay Lane B&B who decided to create her own silent auction item – a house concert featuring some of the entertainers performing that evening. Then she bid $1,000 to win it! This has been one of the most successful fundraisers ever held for the PAA, raising more than $3000 for grant funding initiatives to Door County artists. Thanks to Stephen Kastner of DesignWise Studios of Door County for handling the PR and social media marketing of the event hosted by Door County Chefs and Door County Style online magazines and the Door County Lodging guide.

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