Boats, Sausages, Accessibility, Art Featured in Door County Labor Day
DOOR COUNTY – Labor Day weekend means the last chance to enjoy summer in many parts of the country. But in Door County, Labor Day weekend is just a warm-up for the next two months.
That’s because the peninsula continues to have fun until the end of October with a series of community festivals, continuous theater performances and concerts, recreational activities and much more.
To help arc the 2022 “summer season” and lead residents and visitors into the fall, Door County is hosting a number of festivals and special events featuring boats, sausages and beer, guiding lights and art over the long weekend. Here is a quick overview of them.
Marina Fest, sister bay
Sister Bay Marina hosts its annual Boater Salute and entertains the public with its 27th Annual Marina Fest, which runs Saturday through Monday over Labor Day weekend.
This festival was created to pay homage to the marina, which was rebuilt in 1993. The village had such a response to the event the first year that it was turned into an annual event featuring food, fun and other activities that are so well-known at Door County community festivals.
Arguably the biggest festival highlights take place on Saturday with a vintage boat show, pedal tractor pull and toy boat building for the kids, pancakes for breakfast and fireworks in the evening , including two cruises from which people can view the fireworks.
Of nautical interest, the vintage boats are exhibited from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Also on this day, kids can build their own boat between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and both fireworks cruises will depart Green Bay at 7:45 p.m. before colorful explosions light up the night sky toward 9 p.m.
Cruises are aboard the double-decker Norra Dorr (call Door County Boats at 920-421-4444 or visit doorcountyboats.com for reservations) and the famous Edith M. Becker tall ship, a 65-foot 23-passenger schooner (call Sail Door County at 920-495-7245 or visit saildoorcounty.com).
Additionally, the Door County Maritime Museum is selling tickets Saturday and Sunday for the wooden boat raffle, which will take place around 4 p.m. Sunday.
For earthlings, kids can build their own toy boats from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and play carnival games or in a bouncy house until 6 p.m. all three days. Also for kids on Saturdays, the Pedal Tractor is aimed at ages 4 to 12 and has sessions from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (registration opens at 11 a.m.). Adults and children can also take a stained glass mosaic making class on Saturdays.
A farmers’ market and craft fair are held every three days until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. on Monday. The Sister Bay-Liberty Grove branch of the Door County Library holds its annual used book sale at Village Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Live music plays every three days and a food court will be in the Marina Park pavilion next door. The pancake breakfast is hosted by the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Department from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Sister Bay Marina is located at 10733 N. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay. For more information, call 920-854-4457 or visit sisterbaymarina.com.
Sausage Festival, Egg Harbor
Family craft brewery One Barrel Brewing Co. started its annual sausage-laden celebration in 2019 to mark the end of summer and lead into fall, and it’s back.
Sausagefest is pretty much as you would expect, especially when held at a craft brewery. Pizza Bros. at One Barrel, the brewery’s pizza maker, takes out his food truck for the festival to serve up hot dogs, brats, kielbasa, chorizo and andouille, with people able to choose their own toppings .
Additionally, Pizza Bros. will have its pizzas available, as well as beer, of course. The festival also includes live music every four days.
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Sausagefest starts at 11 a.m. Friday, Sunday, and Monday and 10 a.m. Saturday at One Barrel Brewing Co., 4633 Market St., Egg Harbor. For more information, call 920-868-5262 or visit onebarrelbrewing.com Where facebook.com/obbcdc.
The Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor
The state’s first protected land trust (established in 1937) is hosting two accessibility-related events over Labor Day weekend to celebrate nature for all.
The first stop, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, is a dedication of The Ridges’ new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant boardwalk that extends accessibility to the Baileys Harbor range lights on the sanctuary grounds.
The accessible boardwalk connects the Upper and Lower Beach Lights, 153-year-old twin lights off Lake Michigan that are the only such navigational aids still in use on the Great Lakes, according to the sanctuary. Instead of a single beacon beacon that makes boats aware of their proximity to land, range lights are a pair placed at different heights. When a navigator aligns the leading lights with each other, it indicates that the vessel is on course to safely enter port.
The boardwalk not only allows visitors to navigate the corridor between the two buildings, but also connects the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center of The Ridges and the Hidden Brook boardwalk to the rustic paths of the sanctuary.
The inauguration will take place at the upper alignment light. Parking will be directed to the Q County lot, although guests can also park at the Nature Center on State 57 and take the half-mile walk along the parkways.
On Saturday, the sanctuary continues its 2022 gallery series with an artists’ reception at the nature center for “A Brush with Nature,” a retrospective exhibition by Door County artist Jan Comstock, and “Natural Abilities, Exploring Environments by 12 artists with disabilities from Arts for All Wisconsin, a Madison-based nonprofit that provides arts programs for people with disabilities of all ages.
The works in the “Natural Abilities, Exploring Environments” exhibition were inspired by the natural environment around the Greater Great Lakes region and celebrate the diversity of nature, body and spirit. A wide range of styles and subjects are featured, ranging from healing waterfalls and storms and elusive animals to whimsical landscapes and real and imagined ecosystems.
Reception is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, with artist commentary at 10:30 a.m. Exhibits will continue through October 15.
The Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center at The Ridges is located at 8166 State 57, Baileys Harbor. For more information call 920-83902802 or visit ridgesanctuary.org.
Gills Rock ArtFest/Charlene Berg Memorial
This festival of popular art and artists’ demonstrations has been a must on the tip of the Presqu’île for 21 years, but this 22nd edition takes on a special meaning.
As before, artists (18 this year) who work in many different media – pastel, collage, assemblage, watercolour, oil, jewellery, mosaics, encaustic painting and clay – will present their latest works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gills Rock Coffee. Some artists give demonstrations of how they create their work at the event.
But Saturday night brings a memorial to Charlene Berg, the former owner of Gills Rock Coffee and what was Charlene’s Gallery Ten, which was located on the grounds of the cafe and founder of ArtFest. Berg died in December, and friends, acquaintances and the public are invited to gather at 5:15 p.m. for a memorial party and listen to stories about Charlene at the cafe. The party will have a clown theme and guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion, with the first 175 receiving a clown-themed loot bag.
Gills Rock ArtFest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday outside Gills Rock Coffee, 12625 State 42. Attendance is free. For more information, call 920-868-0198 or visit Facebook page “Gills Rock Coffee”.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected]