Help Us Reach our Matching Goal by August 31
During the May 22 Christening of the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower, DCMM Executive Director Kevin Osgood announced a matching challenge grant to jump-start the final phase of fundraising for the $7.2 Million construction capital campaign.
“A generous (and anonymous) supporter of the Museum and the Tower project has pledged a $50,000 matching challenge between May 22 and August 31,” said Osgood. “Our donor will match, dollar-for-dollar, the first $1,000 of all contributions made to the Maritime Lighthouse Tower project this summer, to a total of $100,000. This means that every contribution, no matter the size, will help us unlock this generous match.”
To date, we have received 46 donations leveraging $26,405 in matching gifts from our anonymous donor. HELP US REACH OUR GOAL and unlock the remaining $23,595 of the matching challenge by the end of August!
30th annual Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
Only two weeks until the beautiful boats and unique vessels converge in Sturgeon Bay for the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, August 14-15.
On display on the Museum grounds and in the water are beautiful boats to admire, some professionally built and maintained, others the work of talented amateurs. Admire wooden canoes and kayaks, sailboats, fiberglass classics, and glorious mahogany runabouts.
Register your Classic (25 years+) or Wooden vessel or boat, and showcase your vessel for the weekend and compete for awards.
The Festival also includes the hilarious and competitive Sikaflex Build-A-Boat Challenge. Watch as two-person teams work feverishly with limited materials on Saturday to craft a one-of-a-kind boat that will float during the “sea trials” on Sunday…hopefully!
Festival hours are 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Shop the Boathouse Sale and Nautical Market, learn from U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, watch plein air artists create, view beautiful boats and enjoy tasty food and drinks! The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival is a great time for all ages on Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront.
Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: August 5-15
Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week returns August 5-15, as the City once again honors its rich maritime heritage with entertaining and fun-filled events. In addition to focusing on Sturgeon Bay’s extraordinary maritime history, the week honors the area’s local Coast Guard personnel – past and present – for their service and many contributions to the community. Sturgeon Bay is one of only 29 communities nationwide to be designated a Coast Guard City and the only one in Wisconsin.
Click for more information and a complete list of Maritime Week events and activities! Maritime Week Schedule
Mariner Award Dinner – Tuesday, August 10
You are cordially invited to an award presentation and dinner honoring the nominees and recipients of the Mariner Award and the Sturgeon Bay Area Coast Guard Person of the Year.
This special event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, hosted by DCMM, the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee, and SBYC. Social hour begins at 5:30pm, followed by the presentation of the awards and delicious dinner at 6:30pm. A portion of each $45 ticket pays for an enlisted Coast Guardsman or woman to attend!
Presented jointly by DCMM and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Mariner Award recognizes individuals who have had a significant, positive, lasting impact on the Door County maritime community.
Sponsored by the City of Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee, Greater Green Bay Council of the United States Navy League, Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and DCMM, the Coast Guard Person of the Year award recognizes a local active duty Coast Guardsman or Guardswoman who exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.
Wooden Boat Raffle
Tickets are on sale for the Museum’s annualWooden Boat Raffle! Buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win the 17’ Rangeley Lake Boat, hand-crafted by the Museum’s 2020/2021 Wooden Boatbuilding Class. This one-of-a-kind, gorgeous wooden boat comes with a trailer generously donated by American Marine and Motor Sports.
Your ticket purchase supports the Museum and helps preserve this maritime craft tradition. Tickets for chances to win the boat are $20 each or three for $50. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold! Buy your tickets at DCMM in Sturgeon Bay, or at select events this summer and fall.
Tug Pub – July 31 & August 26, 3-6pm
Enjoy a refreshing drink and the view of Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront from the new Tug Pub, located on the second floor of the Door County Maritime Museum. Enjoy your beverage overlooking the historic tugboat John Purves, the working boats of the Sarter Marine Towing fleet, and the activity in the surrounding marinas and shipyards.
Upcoming Tug Pub Dates:
- Saturday, July 31, 3-6pm
- Thursday, August 26, 3-6pm