UPDATE 5/3/13 Keta Steebs, one of Door County’s most prolific writers died at her home in Sturgeon Bay on April 26, 2013 at 88 years of age. She was a one-of-a-kind, living-out-loud female in a community where assertive women with opinions are not always appreciated. This is one assertive, opinionated woman that greatly appreciated her.
Keta literally worked up until the day she died, and in doing so left us with a valuable lesson. That lesson is to live like your best days are in front of you – not behind you. Lesson learned Keta. Thanks for that.
Barbara Luhring takes to the road to interview Door County Icon Keta Steebs in her Sturgeon Bay home. Keta, a Door County journalist for many years, still writes her weekly “Potluck” column for the Door County Advocate. She shares her observations of Door County through the years and naturally, talks politics!
Left, facilitator Jerod Santek, program director at The Loft Literary Center. Video presentations about The Loft and 826 Valencia were included in the program. Right, Bret Bicoy of Sturgeon Bay leads discussion following the presentation.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the Door Community Auditorium hosted a public meeting to explore: Write On, Door County! An initiative to facilitate and promote writing in Door County.
Jerod Santek, program director of The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota facilitated a public conversation exploring ways to develop Write On, Door County! The conversation focused on ways that the Door community can focus on and expand the literary arts for all ages from Southern Door to Washington Island. This first public meeting was well attended and elicited an enthusiastic response from all present.
Listen in as Jerod Santek presents the vision that launched The Loft and how Door County can go about launching a writing center of their own. During the presentation Mr. Santek highlights several other writing centers including 826 Valencia in San Francisco. 826 Valencia was co-founded by author Dave Eggers and employs Door County’s own Emilie Coulson of Victory Farm fame.
The Door Community Auditorium Artist Spotlight features an interview featuring Cracker vocalist and guitarist Johnny Hickman. He and his band Cracker will be performing onstage in Fish Creek on Saturday, May 5 at 7 PM. Cracker burst onto the scene in 1993 with the platinum-selling album Kerosene Hat and the hit songs, Low, Euro-Trash Girl and Get Off This. Since then, the band has toured continually and released ten studio albums. They’re still rocking today and the audience at the Auditorium will be treated to a rousing, unforgettable show. Listen in as Johnny shares the story of Cracker with Barbara Luhring. Don’t miss this show. Buy tickets now: Tickets are available at http://www.dcauditorium.org/main-stage-presentation-cracker/
The Door Community Auditorium Artist Spotlight debuts with an interview featuring vocalist Steve March Tormé. He will be performing onstage in Fish Creek on Friday, December 30, 2011. Tormé, the son of Jazz legend Mel Tormé, has blazed his own path in the music industry. His repertoire includes Jazz vocals, Broadway and pop tunes as well as original compositions. Listen in as Steve shares his life in music with Barbara Luhring. Don’t miss this show. Buy tickets now: Tickets are available at http://www.dcauditorium.org/steve-march-torme/
Background music selection: A Night at the Zoo available at iTunes
Barbara Luhring talks with Door County author (and master fisherman) Rob Zoschke about his new book of poetry, Made in America. Life has transitioned for Rob since the publication of his last book Door County Blues. Marriage, fatherhood and an overall “settling in” amongst his surroundings has occurred. Listen in as he describes how this new life melds with the old.
You can purchase copies of Made in America at Passtimes Books in Sister Bay, call 920-854-2127.
Barbara Luhring has known Kimberly Sawyer for most of her life and during that time Kimberly has always been a star. A star athlete (3 sport letter winner at Gibraltar High School), a star performer in plays and in choir as well as a star student. On January 15 of next year she will have the chance to shine yet again as she competes in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas as Door County’s own Miss Wisconsin. Barbara talks with Kimberly about the experience and about the benefit show she is putting on at the Door Community Auditorium on Saturday, December 18 with a cast of many. The show will benefit all the non-profit groups that helped her get where she is today. Listen in!
Barbara Luhring talks with Door County author Rob Zoschke about his latest book Door County Blues. The book was Published In Heaven, author Ron Whitehead’s publishing imprint. Of Robert Zoschke’s work author Norbert Blei calls it a “maniacal monologicalmélange of words.” What does Zoschke say about his life before and during Door? What does he say about Door County Blues, an autobiographical mix of short stories, essays, letters and poetry? Listen in and find out!
Pictured above: Kenny Gau and Rob Zoschke, both holding a copy of Door County Blues. (Both are published authors).
Purchase Door County Blues at Passtimes Books in Sister Bay and Main Street Market in Egg Harbor and other Door County locations.