A Door County tradition continues later this month as Ellison Bay’s 47th annual Olde Ellison Bay Days returns with a touch of Hollywood class.
The 2013 festival theme is “Feed the Fish”, in honor of the film well-known to Door County residents featuring Tony Shalhoub, star of the popular “Monk” TV series and winner of many theatrical awards.* Mr. Shalhoub – who played the irascible local sheriff in “Feed the Fish” – will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Olde Ellison Bay Days’ Parade, which will roll down Grande View grade and through town beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29th.
Filmed in and around Ellison Bay during the winter of 2008, “Feed the Fish” has become a favorite among Door County residents and drawn many seasonal visitors and vacationers to the County since its 2009 release nationwide. It’s Producer, Director (and Tony Shalhoub’s nephew) Michael Matzdorff, has agreed to serve as “Co-Marshal” of the Olde Ellison Bay Days’ Parade with Tony.
This year, Olde Ellison Bay Days will commence at Ellison Bay’s Community Park at noon on Friday, June 28th, with live art demonstrations, children’s activities and pie baking contest judging in the Community Park Club House. In keeping with its fishy theme, the festival will climax on Saturday evening, June 29th, at the Mink River Basin Supper Club with music by the classic rock band, Rocky Waters.
As always, Olde Ellison Bay Days will feature an extensive Arts & Crafts Fair, family entertainment ranging from kids’ games to Ellison Bay’s signature “water golf shoot-out” off the Community Park Pier, BBQ and traditional picnic fare, including root beer floats and strawberry shortcake like grandma used to make − as well as music by Replica band and a hike through the scenic Grande View property guided by the Door County Land Trust on Saturday afternoon! (See full schedule below.)
The Ellison Bay Service Club, sponsor of Olde Ellison Bay Days, is dedicated to the enhancement, historic preservation, hospitality, and environmental beautification and conservation of Ellison Bay and the “Northern Door”.
Ellison Bay is situated on Highway 42, some 45 minutes drive north of Sturgeon Bay, gateway to the Northern Door, offering a variety of attractions and accommodations for visitors. (See http://www.portalwisconsin.org/archives/EllisonBay_daytrip.cfm).
According to Kim Shumway, president of the Ellison Bay Service Club, sponsor of Olde Ellison Bay Days, surprises and prizes for Festival visitors will be as awesome as ever this year (more specifics to come). And raffle tickets will be on sale to support Club projects, with prizes including Green Bay Packers tickets, a Leinenkugel Kayak and, of course, a Salmon Fishing Charter for two.
Parking and admission to the 47th annual Olde Ellison Bay Days are free.
Friday, June 28:
Noon to 2 PM: Pie Baking Contest Judging at Community Club House
Noon to 5 PM: Demonstrations by working artists at Community Park
Noon to 5 PM: Food in The Park, Children’s Art Activities and Games
6:30 PM: Pie and Ice Cream Social at the Community Club House
Saturday, June 29:
10 AM – 5 PM: Art Fair and Demonstrations, plus Food and Balloons Galore
11 AM: Grand Parade, starring Grand Marshal Tony Shalhoub and Friends
12 – 4 PM: Water Golf “Shoot Out” from the Community Park Pier
12 – 5 PM: Prize-winning Pie by the Slice at the Club House
Children’s Art Activities, Games and More Food
12 – 6 PM Music in the Gazebo by REPLICA and even More Food
3 PM: Work off the Food by hiking the new Grande View Property
(Free to everyone. Info available at the Door County Land Trust Booth)
4 PM: Parade Prizes and Raffle Results announcements at the Gazebo
9 PM – 1 AM: Music, etc. at Mink River Basin by Rocky Waters
Special Attraction: “I Fed the Fish in Ellison Bay” tee-shirts will be on sale at the Olde Ellison Bay Days popcorn booth!
If you’re looking for last minute rooms, look no further! We’ve contacted our properties and compiled a list to save you time!
Coachlite Inn is very centrally located between Sister Bay and Ephraim, making it minutes from every town. They have rooms available and no night minimum.
Scofield North in Baileys Harbor is situated along 300 feet of spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline. The Stone Cottage is available to skillfully blend history, nostalgia and romance in elegantly luxurious surroundings to create a one-of-a-kind Door County vacation.
Shoreline Resort, located on the top of the Peninsula, has stunning views of the Green Bay Waters and provides that seclusion you’re looking for. Onsite Marina and water view rooms are still available for this weekend. Rooms are starting at $139/night with a three night minimum.
Maxwelton Braes Lodge is newly reopened and has availabilities in the Lodge Suites and Rooms, as well as the Cottage Suites. Located just minutes from downtown Baileys Harbor, it’s a perfect place to spend time. There is a golf course and supper club located on the property for your entertainment.
Eagle Harbor Inn is a quaint B&B located in the heart of Ephraim footsteps from dining, shopping, the beach and great activities. They have B&B suites and one or two bedroom hotel suites available.
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort is located in the center of historic Sturgeon Bay with exceptional access to all of Door County, Wisconsin’s quaint shops, award winning restaurants, scenic parks and wide variety of attractions.
Nordic Lodge located at the north end of Ephraim’s art and shopping district has rooms available.
Open Hearth Lodge at the bottom of Little Sister Hill lies in between Sister Bay and Ephraim so you are minutes from everything that Door County has to offer.
Ephraim Guest House offers fifteen unique and cozy one-, two- and three-bedroom suites in a relaxing, beautifully landscaped setting, just a half-block from the sparkling waters of Eagle Harbor. They have various available rooms so call for more information. They are offering 20% off regular rates for July 8-13th.
Settlement Courtyard Inn has courtyard or two bedroom suites available. Located just outside bustling Fish Creek, this is a great spot to begin any adventure. They are asking for a three night minimum with a nightly rate of $159 plus tax.
White Lace Inn is a quaint B&B in the heart of Sturgeon Bay which provides amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment options. They have various suites available for this weekend.
Scandinavian Lodge located in the heart of Sister Bay has both 1 and 2 bedroom condos available for the weekends on either side of the 4th. If you are looking to be in the heart of the festivities, this is the place for you.