Thursday, July 28, 2016


The Trueblood Performing Arts Center is a beautiful and functional building. For a town the size of   Washington Island,  Door County, Wisconsisn it is both an unexpected and pleasant surprise.  Affectionately known as PTAC by the residents, the building is put to good use by offering performances of all kinds.  We spent an entertaining evening there recently listening to frequent visitor Michael Perry, a northern Wisconsin musician, humorist, and published writer.  We will miss the Island's annual two-week musical festival in August but plan to be there next year during that time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Burbot, a Native Great Lakes Fish

When I first saw this sign many years ago on Washington Island, Wi, I laughed out loud.  Since then I have learned that lawyers are fish, but I still find it funny and am happy to point it out to my lawyer husband who has never been as amused as I. DH does not particularly like this descriptionBurbot, a native Great Lakes fish species, are slimy, big-mouthed bottom feeders.
“That’s why they call them lawyers,” said Martin Stapanian, a research ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Lake Erie Biological Station.
Incidentally, we have never eaten there.

Linking to Signs, signs

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rural Sights

These hay bales have always intrigued me, and I have often wanted to stop to photograph them but never did. I saw these on Washington Island during our vacation and was able to snap them with relative ease--rural road with absent or slow traffic. There is something about their colour,  size and regularity that pleases me.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Man's Best Friend

This mural is located on the side of the building of Red Cup cafe.  I consider myself a visitor rather than a tourist because of my long history with Washington Island as a favourite summer vacation spot. Despite this, I never really got to know the owner very well, someone who seemed to me to be somewhat remote and perhaps a bit unfriendly,  even though the regulars assured me that he is a soft-hearted, great guy. I never got to chat with him to ask about the mural.  Obviously his dog is helping him paint his building, but I cannot figure out what he is doing with his right hand.  Guess we'll have to go back to see the fall colours or wait 'til next summer to solve the mystery.
Linking to Monday Murals.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Churches on Washington Island

Two very different churches are on Washington Island, Wisconsin. The one on the right reflects part of the Scandinavian heritage of the people on the Island.

In the Middle Ages, it wasn’t uncommon to see "stave churches" made of wooden posts and pillars scattered throughout Scandinavia. Today, there aren’t many of the churches left, but there’s a growing interest in building new churches that resemble the style — a prominent example of which stands on Washington Island in Wisconsin's Door County. The foundation for the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's stave church (modeled after a church in Borgun, Norway) was built in 1991 and completed three years later. The wooden church is mainly used for ceremonial purposes such as weddings, while the main church building which holds the regular mass is located across the street. The stave church is only open seasonally, but the convincing air of Norwegian history permeates year-round. 
Saint Michael's Chapel has an interesting history: Located on Jackson Harbor Road, in the 1800’s it was constructed as the Washington Harbor School. In 1900’s the building was moved to the present location and became Koyen’s General Merchandise Store. During 1964 it was purchased by the Lehman family and transformed into St. Michael’s Chapel.  In 2004 the building was renovated to serve the next generations of Island Friends. Open to the public.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tribute to Birdman

Several weeks ago DH and  I had a marvelous meal at La Fresca, a restaurant in Minneapolis new to us.  While dining in the delightful evening weather on their patio, I noticed several charming close-by shops, one of which is an antique shop. Several birdhouses caught my eye and I was reminded of a favorite blogger of many of us, Birdman from Maine.  Because of his untimely and unexpected death, he left us in sorrow, even those of us who had never met him. I dedicate this post to his memory. How we all miss him!!

Linking to Saturday Critters and Camera Critters

Friday, July 22, 2016

Art and Science Center

This centre displays both local and visiting artists' work .  There is a lot of talent among the locals and the out-of-town artists who regularly use the Center to sell their paintings and crafts.  Souvenirs and books are also sold here. In addition, there is a large room with science displays and activities, which is especially interesting to children.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Schoolhouse Beach

Schoolhouse Beach is on a cove that is a sheltered harbor with a smooth stone beach. Instead of sand, millions of smooth white stones are created by its unique position with waves constantly washing over them. This beach is very difficult to walk on if you don't have some type of foot covering. In the past locals would bring home stones from the beach by truckloads for landscaping their property so now there is a fine for anyone removing stones from the beach Amazing how many of those beautiful smooth stones found their way in my pockets, residing beautifully on my kitchen window sills.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bill Staines at the Red Barn

Singing mostly his own songs, Bill Staines has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving 65,000 miles annually. Bill's music is a slice of Americana. DH and I were part of the crowd at Staines' performance at the Red Barn, a popular and rustic building, which  hosts many musical performances for residents and visitors on Washington Island, Wi.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pilots Register Here

Pilots from several states flew their aircraft to Washington Island, Wi to enjoy the Lions Club Fly-In Fish Boil on a perfect sunny day.  Check my post yesterday for more coverage of this annual event.