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Steel Bridge Songfest

May 19, 2013 by

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Celebrating their ninth year, Steel Bridge Songfest takes place in Sturgeon Bay to celebrate historic preservation through music. Over 150 artists perform all original music at more than a dozen venues throughout the city. Steel Bridge Songfest 2013 takes place June 13 -16. Come and enjoy four days of music for the unbelievably affordable ticket price of $25!

Story of the Steele Bridge Songfest

According to the Steel Bridge website, in 1996, a grassroots group called “the SOBs” (Save Our Bridge) was organized to save Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge from the scheduled wrecking ball. They amazingly succeeded and in 2005, Citizens for Our Bridge (CFOB) was registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Their mission: preserve and promote this historic bridge through community outreach and education via creative musical events and projects.

To build public appreciation for the bridge and the Historic Downtown District in Sturgeon Bay, a week-long celebration is held every June in and around The Holiday Music Motel, a fully operational motel that also hosts live music events. Songwriters and musicians from around the world, including Jackson Browne, Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s), James McMurtry and hundreds of others have performed at this event, donating their time and talents to perform at Steel Bridge Songfest.

Since 2007, thanks to assistance from the National Trust For Historic Preservation and the funds raised through Songfest, Sturgeon Bay’s Historic “Steel Bridge” is protected, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge turned 80 the summer of 2011 and also underwent a long awaited rehab. Since the bridge is officially “saved,” CFOB’s continued mission is to honor the bridge as a living symbol of creative collaboration and preservation thriving together harmoniously, building community, drawing greater beauty and vitality to our surroundings.

Check out some of this year’s performers on the Steel Bridge Songfest website.

Like Historic Spaces? Stop by von Stiehl Winery!

Our winery is over 150 years old. It was originally a brewery, however, in the mid 1960s, Dr. Charles Stiehl purchased and restored the building to expand his hobby, making wine out of Door County cherries. Intrigued? Stop by our winery in Algoma any day of the week and join in a tour – we have about seven per day during the summer. Look forward to seeing you!

Sister Bay Fall Festival

September 25, 2012 by

The Sister Bay Fall Fest in Door County

This favorite Door County festival features a host of fun events in Sister Bay, WI. Fall Fest 2012 celebrates 67 years of amusing and convivial entertainment.

Roots of the Fall Festival

What began as a celebration and reward for workers from the tourism industry after a busy Door County summer season has evolved into one of the largest weekend celebrations on the peninsula! One of the Fall Fest’s oldest traditions is the Ping-Pong Ball Shoot. An impressive 10,000 Ping-Pong balls are released on Sunday afternoon, with a one in ten chance of winning a prize from a participating Sister Bay business!

Events at the Fall Fest 2012

A parade, arts & crafts fair, food booths, live entertainment, and children’s activities make Sister Bay the place to be for the weekend of October 15-17.

This is Door County, so you have to have a fish boil. A signature dish in this region, so it’s not-to-be-missed!

Expect games and entertainers for the kids. For the adults, last year’s event had a mechanical bull and bungee jumping. You can expect live music and more exciting activities for the Fall Festival 2012! This year’s schedule will be available at the beginning of October on the Sister Bay Advancement Association website.

One of the main events, the parade through downtown will take place on Bay Shore Drive at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast takes place in the morning, and a dog show benefiting the Humane Society will take place on Saturday as well.

Sister Bay Classic Car Show

Taking place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on W. Mill Road, the Classic Car Show is fun for collectors and observers alike! Display your car, truck, hot rod, muscle car, or classic car and help the Lions Club with their fundraiser. Visit the Sister Bay Car Show website to register your vehicle or view photos of past Car Shows. Register before October 10 and SAVE $5!

Fall Festival Ping Pong Ball Shoot

On Sunday, the big event is the Ping-Pong Ball Shoot. This must-see annual tradition features 10,000 ping pong balls launched into the crowd via airgun. There is a 1 in 10 chance of winning prizes offered by local businesses.

The Essential Detour: Wisconsin’s Oldest Winery

Stop at von Stiehl winery on the drive to/from Door County. Right now we are featuring our fall wines, in particular, our Oktoberfest, a blend of Vignoles, Gewurztraminer and Riesling grapes. Come by the tasting room to have a sip!

Taste the Future of Wisconsin Wine

March 20, 2012 by

Every wine lover dreams of drinking wine straight from the barrel at least once in a lifetime. Barrel aging and stone wine cellars are iconic. To stand in a wine cellar and breathe in the rich scent of the earth and the wood and the stone and the wine can be a heady experience. To actually taste some of the wine? Divine.

Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, Wisconsin, is inviting you to have just that kind of experience. Spend some time with our winemaker, Aric, in the wine cellar. Be among the first to try some of his newest creations. Sample the Old Vine Merlot and Zinfandel. Try the Estate Barrel-Aged Marechal Foch, made entirely from grapes grown in our Stony Creek vineyard. Try the Barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

As you taste the wine you’ll learn more about how it is created. In addition, you’ll enjoy delicious appetizers and past vintage reserve tastings. We’re looking forward to a fun afternoon.

Join us for a Wine Futures & Barrel Tasting in our historic Algoma, Wisconsin winery. Saturday, March 24, 2012, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 800.955.5208.

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