News from our favorite naturalist: Whitefish Dunes State Park’s Carolyn Rock

Signs of spring from Whitefish Dunes State Park’s Carolyn Rock. The park is just a 3.5 mile hike down the beach from Glidden Lodge. Sound enticing? We think so too!

Question:  Can you name this early spring flower? It generates its own heat to melt the snow around it.
Answer: Skunk cabbage
You’ll find this flower near swampy places poking up thought the snow. This plant can actually generate enough heat to melt the snow around it! The skunk cabbage blooms long before any other spring wildflower. It also looks very different from most other wildflowers. Instead of having petals, there is a single leaf-like looking sheath called a “spathe.” It is hood-shaped and maroon streaked with greenish-yellow. This plant gets its name from its stinky odor that attracts bees, flies, and gnats which pollinate it. Large leaves emerge later and grow to the size of rhubarb leaves.

skunkcabbageQuestion: What are the three earliest frogs to sing in Wisconsin?
Answer: Shortly after the ice leaves the ephemeral ponds, listen for the high pitched peeps of the tiny spring peepers with the cross on their backs, the “quack” of the black-masked wood frogs, and the rattle, like running your finger nail over a comb, of the striped boreal chorus frogs.

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Whitefish Dunes State Park Naturalist Events

April 26, 2014
Bird Exploration
Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse for a morning of birding.  This adult focused program will allow participants to explore a variety of habitats for migrating birds. Meet at the nature center for this longer program. Dress for the weather.
7:30 AM

Work Play Dune Day
Grab your rake, put on your gloves, and join the park staff and Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a day of sprucing up the park. Bring your friends and family for a whole day, morning or afternoon of fun. Crews of all levels of ability, strengths and ages are needed. Children under the ages of 16 must work with a parent.  Inside and outdoor work available, there is something for everyone. Lunch provided for those who sign up.  Morning session begins at 9:00am. Lunch is at noon and the afternoon session begins at 1:00pm. Make a difference in your park. Join today. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks; Call to sign up 920-823-2400.
9:00am – 3:00 PM

May 10, 2014
Shipwreck Exhibit Grand Opening
Celebrate Wisconsin Archeology Month at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Explore the history behind the largest wooden sailing ships on the great lakes and discover the role a turkey dinner plays in a ship’s sinking. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest nature center exhibit and unveiling of new signage at the outdoor shipwreck exhibit. The event will be hosted by Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park. A ceremony in the nature center auditorium will feature speakers from the Historical Society and Wisconsin State Parks. Wisconsin Maritime Archaeologist, Tamara Thomsen, will present about shipbuilder James Davidson, the creator of the world’s longest wooden vessel. Participants will then stroll to the shelter building for refreshments provided by the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Carolyn Rock, Whitefish Dunes State Park Educator, will be onsite at the outdoor shipwreck exhibit interpreting the displayed shipwreck pieces.
1:00 p.m.

Saturday May 17
Spring in the Dunes
Feel the soft sand between your toes on this hike of discovery.  Walk the beach side of the dune to explore the spring flora then continue the search in the forested dunes.  Dress for the weather; meet at the nature center for this longer walk. 10:00 AM
What about the Forest?. Take a walk into the recent harvested areas of the park to understand beech bark disease. Learn about the American beech tree and how to identify signs of BBD infection. Dress for the weather; meet at the nature center for this longer program.
1:30 PM

Saturday May 24
Spring Revealed
Stroll along to uncover signs of spring along rocky edges and in forested dunes. Uncover the unique history and stories behind different spring ephemerals. Catch these fleeting plants in this short distanced walk.  Meet at the nature center for this awakening program.
10:00 AM

What about the Forest?
Take a walk into the recent harvested areas of the park to understand beech bark disease. Learn about the American beech tree and how to identify signs of BBD infection. Dress for the weather; meet at the nature center for this longer program.
1:30 PM

Saturday, May 31
Spring Exploration
Join Dale and Mary Goodner for an exploration of nature. Learn about the flora and fauna found along the rocky shores, forest floor and sunny openings. Gather for this meandering walk that is short in distance but full of discoveries. Walk begins at the Nature Center.
10:00 AM

Spring in the Wetland
Have you seen the wetland in spring? Come discover the animals and plants that call the wetland home. Dip your net into a magical world. Dress for the weather and for getting damp. Meet at the nature center for this longer program.
1:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday,  June 7 & 8
Free Fishing Weekend
Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water. No fishing pole? No worries!  The park office has fishing rods and equipment to share.  Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June are designated as Free Fishing Weekend when you can fish without a license throughout the state of Wisconsin. All the waters of the state are open, including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations (length limits, bag limits, etc.) apply.
All Day

State Park Open House Day 
Enjoying Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas is always a good value but on the first Sunday of June they are an exceptional value, as entrance to any state park, forest, trail and recreation property is free. With opportunities for bicycling, hiking, canoeing, boating, fishing, and horseback riding at various locations statewide Wisconsin boasts unique and diverse landscapes to interest all travelers. On State Park Open House Day, no admission stickers are required on vehicles entering state parks, forests and recreation areas, and trail passes are not required for bicyclists, in-line skaters, or horseback riders using state trails that normally require a trail pass.
All Day

It’s spring, come visit us at the beach!
Phone: 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at frontdesk@gliddenlodge.com. You’ll be happy you did!

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American Folklore Theatre announces 2014 Season

American Folklore Theatre’s 2014 Season features something old and something new. And all of these somethings will make fans of AFT very happy.

From AFT’s website:

AFT’s 2014 Summer Season, which runs June 11 through August 23, features a trio of fantastic shows playing in repertory. Each year over 35,000 devoted patrons enjoy a cozy night of comedy and musical theater under the stars at the AFT Amphitheatre in glorious Peninsula State Park Amphitheater, Fish Creek, WI.

AFT introduces a new show featuring a set of musical twins:

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Book & Lyrics by: Dave Hudson
Music by: Colin Welford

A Tuneful Tale of Tangled Twins

Separated at birth, one twin ends up a ukulele fanatic in Hawaii while the other becomes part of a family banjo dynasty in Wisconsin. The two worlds intertwine in musical merriment and mayhem at a northern Wisconsin lodge.

Opens Wednesday, June 11th at 8:30PM


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Written by: Frederick Heide and Lee Becker
Music by: Frederick Heide
Additional Music by: James Kaplan

The World’s First Sci-Fi Football Musical!

Packer Fans from Outer Space makes a terrestrial re-visit to AFT after a galactic hiatus of eleven years. This delightfully whacky musical, by Frederick Heide, Lee Becker and James Kaplan, was AFT’s biggest hit ever in 2002, when it made its earthly debut. Since then the show has had multiple productions around Wisconsin, including a run at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee in 2012 that received critical raves.

Opens Wednesday, June 18th at 6:00PM


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Book & Lyrics by: Fred Alley
Music by: James Kaplan
Conceived & Researched by: Fred Alley & Frederick Heide

The Hit Ice Fishing Musical

Guys On Ice is undoubtedly our most-requested show ever and hasn’t played on our summer stage for seven years. So we felt it was time for another visit into the world of Marvin, Lloyd, and Ernie the Moocher. Buddies Marvin and Lloyd spend a winter’s day in a shanty out on the ice, talking about life, love and Leinie’s. Guys on Ice returns to the fishing hole for a couple of nights each week.

Opens Thursday, June 12th at 8:00PM

Buy tickets now!


Plan your theatrical Door County summer getaway now!
Phone: 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at frontdesk@gliddenlodge.com. You’ll be happy you did!

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Ahoy! Shipwreck enthusiasts: Whitefish Dunes State Park adds new outdoor exhibit

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Door County’s Whitefish Dunes State Park naturalist Carolyn Rock announces the addition of an outdoor shipwreck exhibit!

Saturday, May 10, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Outdoor Shipwreck Exhibit Grand Opening
Celebrate Wisconsin Archeology Month at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Explore the history behind the largest wooden sailing ships on the great lakes and discover the role a turkey dinner plays in a ship’s sinking. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest nature center exhibit and unveiling of new signage at the outdoor shipwreck exhibit. The event will be hosted by Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park. A ceremony in the nature center auditorium will feature speakers from the Historical Society and Wisconsin State Parks. Wisconsin Maritime Archaeologist, Tamara Thomsen, will present about shipbuilder James Davidson, the creator of the world’s longest wooden vessel will follow the ribbon cutting. Participants will then stroll to the shelter building for refreshments provided by the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Carolyn Rock, Whitefish Dunes State Park Educator, will be onsite at the outdoor shipwreck exhibit interpreting the displayed shipwreck pieces.

Looking for a maritime adventure on a Lake Michigan beachfront? Phone: 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at frontdesk@gliddenlodge.com. You will be happy you did!

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Glidden Lodge Beach Resort presents: Music, Merriment and Lake Michigan

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MUSIC
Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the White Gull
If you’re looking for a low key outing head to the White Gull Thursday, April 10th for an evening you’re sure to enjoy! Red Molly, an Americana trio sold out the Wednesday, April 9th concert so the White Gull promptly added an extra performance Thursday, April 10th. The performance starts at 8pm with tickets at $20. There is an optional pre concert dinner at 6 PM. Call 800-624-1987 for reservations and more information.
Not here this week? Click here for a calendar of entertainment events.

MERRIMENT
Anytime at Donny’s Glidden Lodge
Right next door to Glidden Lodge Beach Resort is the always spectacular Donny’s Glidden Lodge supper club. Our guest books at Glidden Lodge are filled with testimonials about the outstanding land and sea fare that were enjoyed on vacation. And there is not a bar in Door County that comes close to the Lake Michigan beachfront view and the handsomely crafted cocktails served there. Check out their menu here.

LAKE MICHIGAN
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Whitefish Dunes State Park
Just up the beach (3.7 miles) from Glidden Lodge is this most awesome Wisconsin State park called Whitefish Dunes.

Bird Exploration.
Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse for a morning of birding.  This adult focused program will allow participants to explore a variety of habitats for migrating birds. Meet at the nature center for this longer program.
Dress for the weather.
7:30am

Work Play Dune Day.
Grab your rake, put on your gloves, and join the park staff and Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a day of sprucing up the park. Bring your friends and family for a whole day, morning or afternoon of fun. Crews of all levels of ability, strengths and ages are needed. Children under the ages of 16 must work with a parent.  Inside and outdoor work available, there is something for everyone. Lunch provided for those who sign up.  Morning session begins at 9:00am. Lunch is at noon and the afternoon session begins at 1:00pm. Make a difference in your park. Join today. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks;
Call to sign up 920-823-2400.
9:00am – 3:00pm

Before you plan your early spring getaway to Door County: Phone: 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at frontdesk@gliddenlodge.com. You will be happy you did!

 

 

 

 

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Dreaming of Door County summer concerts to come…

I don’t think I’m the only one waiting for warm breezes off the bay as the sounds of musicians and their instruments waft through the air. What’s up this coming season in the world of music? Let’s consult the Door County Music Insider.

Thanks to Jen DuPont (Door County Visitors Bureau awesome music insider) we can share some of the fine music that will avail itself to the visitors and locals on the Door peninsula this coming season. I recommend keeping track of Door County’s music scene with Jen all year long.

Now without further adieu I introduce the following links:

Village Concert Series
From Jen’s article:

Each summer, there is a dizzying array of music that serves as the backdrop to your Door County experience.  You can find live music every single night, and many nights you have more choices than you have time! Learn more here…

Baileys Harbor Concerts in the Park Series
From Jen’s article:

Each summer, Baileys Harbor hosts a free Concerts in the Park Series at Kendall Park.  It’s right on the lake, so bring an extra blanket, jacket, or loved one to snuggle up with and enjoy the great entertainment. Learn more here…

Birch Creek announces Concert Dates
From Jen’s article:

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is celebrating their 39th concert season with a few tweaks to their format, and a major announcement that is coming, but that I cannot share just yet.  I know, torture, right?  Stay tuned to the Music Insider to learn all about it! Learn more here…

Peg Egan PAC Summer Season in Egg Harbor
From Jen’s article:

One of the most lovely outdoor venues in Door County, the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, recently announced their crowd-pleasing line-up of nationally acclaimed artists for their 2014 Summer Concert Series. Learn more here…

Be sure to follow Jen’s blog as the summer music season takes shape. And check back, we’ll have more news here too!

Contact us before you plan your musical getaway to Door County: Phone: 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at frontdesk@gliddenlodge.com

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Come to the beach! Reward yourself with Door County beachfront lodging packages until April!

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Reward yourself for making it through a very rough winter – (yes we know there is still snow on the ground!) Glidden Lodge Beach Resort has some awesome packages and specials that you can reward yourself with until April 24, 2014.

Check these out:

TRANQUIL SPA RETREAT
Oct. 21, 2013 through April 24, 2014 (excluding holiday periods)
Make time just for you with a special retreat from the ordinary. Saguaro’s Day Spa and Glidden Lodge Beach Resort have teamed up to deliver the most tranquil off-season package yet! Upon arrival you will be presented with a spa certificate (a $60 value) for your choice of massage, body wrap, manicure, pedicure, steam therapy, and much more!

After pampering yourself at the spa come back to Glidden Lodge and escape to a scenic suite overlooking Lake Michigan with in-room whirlpool and fireplace to help ease your cares away.


FAMILY AFFAIR
Oct. 21, 2013 through April 24, 2014 (excluding holiday periods)
Glidden Lodge Beach Resort is the perfect place for family bonding! In addition to our family-friendly amenities, you’ll be treated to unlimited movies and board games from our front desk, popcorn, and a 16” deluxe pizza with soda/juices delivered to your door. You’ll also be able to choose one of the following: a one-day family pass to the Maritime Museum, the YMCA, or the Door County State Parks.


CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
Oct. 21, 2013 through April 24, 2014 (excluding holiday periods)
Wine and roses await your arrival!! Whether it’s you and your honey, 2 couples, or your entire family, all sweethearts will enjoy the fabulous accommodations at Glidden Lodge Beach Resort. What could be more perfect to cap off this escape than a $40 dinner certificate to Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant, voted by the readers of Door County Magazine as having the best setting in all of Door County? It’s right next door!

Since its inception in the late 1930s, the beauty and serenity of the Glidden Lodge Beach Resort site have made it a favorite place for lovers of all ages. Recently voted the “Most Romantic Place to Stay.”


WINE LOVERS PACKAGE
Sept. 4, 2013 through April 24, 2014 (excluding holiday periods)
Are you a wine connoisseur? Maybe just dreaming of becoming one? Well this package is for you! We have teamed up with some of the BEST wineries Door County has to offer! Upon check-in you will be given $50 worth of gift certificates to be used at one or more of the following: Door Peninsula Winery, Orchard Country Winery, Red Oak Winery and Simon Creek Winery. WOW what a line-up! Cheers.


We know you’re interested! Contact us today and bring someone special with you. And while you’re here be sure to dine at Donny’s Glidden Lodge restaurant – right next door to Glidden Lodge Beach Resort. Enjoy dinner and drinks and walk back to your luxury waterfront resort.

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