Saturday, July 30, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
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
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 description: Burbot, a native Great Lakes fish species, are slimy, big-mouthed bottom feeders.
Linking to Signs, signs
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
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
Saturday, July 23, 2016
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
Linking to Saturday Critters and Camera Critters
Friday, July 22, 2016
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 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
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
Monday, July 18, 2016
The Lions Club Fly-In Fish Boil on Washington Island, Wi was successful last Saturday, which was held on a bright, sunny day.--perfect flying day! The five cauldrons were busy cooking to serve the food from 11 a.m to 1 pm. Long lines of people came by plane, car, truck, motorcycle, and bicycle to enjoy the traditional Door County food. Each plate of food contained very generous portions of white fish, onions, potatoes, coleslaw and rye bread. Tomorrow I will show you one of the airplanes and pilot that flew to the Island to enjoy the food and to support the Lions Club.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Washington Island now boasts two lavender farms! The first one, Lavender Island Company, was established four years ago and the second, Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm, was started three years ago. Since they are so spectacular at eye level, I would love to see an aerial view of them both. To see a video on lavender products and how the plants are grown and harvested, go here.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Whenever I see a handmade quilt as a raffle, I always buy tickets. Whenever I vacation on the Island, I visit the Art and Science museum to buy several tickets for their annual quilt. Proceeds help to fund some of their programs. This year the patches depict different scenes on Washington Island. One of the walls in my home is waiting for me to hang this one.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Wherever I go on vacation, I always am able to find a good cafe. For years I have been going to the Red Cup when we are on Washington Island and have found their expansion in the back of the cafe a true delight. . . a new deck with morning sunshine. I particularly liked the shadow of the leaves on the corrugated steel wall.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Here's where DH, WW, and I will be hanging out for the next week or so-- our favorite spot on Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin. We will be on the west, sunset-side along Green Bay waters rather than the east, sunrise-side on Lake Michigan. Our cottage has a clear view of the water at the edge of the green lawn with a small sandy area and boat launch. The Island is about 6 miles long and 5 miles across with approximately 660 year-round residents, but lots more in the summer. Many, but not all, of the permanent residents are Icelandic and Scandinavian descendants. The peninsula has become so popular that we prefer the Island. Although there are lots of tourists there, too, during the summer months, it resembles what the Peninsula used to be like when I was a kid. Anywhere on Door County, fondly known as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest," is a wonderful place to vacation. I'll add more photos as soon as I can establish an internet connection.
Linking to Our World Tuesday
Monday, July 11, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Last Friday I posted photos of the protestors in front of the Governor's Mansion on Summit Avenue in St. Paul and noted that people representative of the community were there: blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics and any number of ethnic groups. I am not sure what group this young man represented but his traditional dress was colourful!