Saturday, September 1, 2012

Door County, Wisconsin

Dave & Joyce sing with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, which participated in Door County, Wisconsin's Peninsula Music Festival. Jim & I went with them, and spent several relaxing days. We missed our beagle, but we had such fun!

Dave and Joyce had some rehearsals, during which Jim & I wandered on our own. One morning, we headed for the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, but, following Dave's advice to heed opportunities as they surfaced, we detoured to visit the Cana Island Lighthouse.

Cana Island Lighthouse

Climbing to the top;
I did NOT like these stairs

On Joyce's birthday, we had dinner at Trio Restaurant, in Egg Harbor. We ate lots of good food (and cheese) (and pie) while in Door County, but this was easily our favorite meal. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was perfect!

Afterwards, we had time to go to Eagle Tower, in Peninsula State Park, before darkness fell.

Built in the 1903's, 75 feet tall.
I felt much more comfortable
climbing these stairs!

I think this is Eagle Harbor

Dave and Joyce

After that stop, we headed to our room, where Joyce taught us to play Liar's Dice (the version that uses regular dice - we each started with 10, but Joyce says they usually start with at least 15!), and we enjoyed a delicious cherry pie. (I should admit that I don't really like cherry pie, but the cherry pie fans among us assured me that this one was delicious.)

While Dave & Joyce rehearsed on Saturday, Jim & I again headed for the Ridges Sanctuary, in Baileys Harbor. This is a lush, beautiful area, home to wildflowers, orchids, and birds. We enjoyed an hour or so of walking along the trails.

One of the range lights

Grass of Parnassus

A swale in the sanctuary

Saturday, between morning rehearsal and the evening performance, the four of us drove to the north of the peninsula, looking for views of the lake. After several false starts, we found this one. It was lovely, but challenging to get to. This was at the Door Bluff Headlands County Park, and featured a vague path, a steep hill through the forest, and a six-foot climb down by the beach. (Interestingly, their website says there is an overlook - we certainly didn't come across it!)

The cairns were everywhere!
Dave wanted to knock them over, but
that seemed like too much effort...

Jim and I picked up the aforementioned cherry pie at Sweetie Pies, and then relaxed in the 'green space' outside their shop.

Jim, looking  forward to that Cherry Pie

Lots of good knitting time!

We attended several of the Music Festival concerts. On Thursday night, we heard Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance (No. 4); Walton's Viola Concerto, with Viola soloist Joan DerHovsepian; and Holst's The Planets. Joyce sang with other women from the Apollo Chorus, in the Neptune movement.

On Saturday night, we heard Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with soprano Kimberly McCord, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The Apollo Chorus and the Peninsula Music Festival Chorus.

We enjoyed both performances, and thought everyone - chorus, orchestra, soloists - did a great job.

Of course, yarn was purchased on this trip. Red Sock Yarns is a small shop in downtown Fish Creek. We enjoyed browsing their yarns, as we chatted with a local customer (who was also attending the Peninsula Music Festival, and who volunteered Jim's exact height...). We ended up buying sock yarn, dyed by Dani, an Indie dyer in Boulder Colorado (not local, but very unique!).

Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock Yarn
This sock yarn might actually become socks!

We have more vacation photos on Picasa - if you're suffering from insomnia (assuming you're still awake at this point), take a look: Door County Album.

I have no new pictures of Our Sweet Bonnie, who, upon our return, went through a brief (but trying) period of "I'll teach you to leave me behind." She has since repented, and resumed her stellar behavior (thank goodness).

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