Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week
A Salute to the United States Coast Guard
Published: Friday, July 22, 2016
The City of Sturgeon Bay will once again honor its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events taking place July 30 to August 13. Officially titled “Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard,” the celebration includes many long-standing annual waterfront events along with a growing list of new and exciting activities. 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.
Maritime Week gets underway Saturday, July 30, with a picnic for all active, reserve, retired and veteran Coast Guard personnel and their families. The picnic is hosted by the City’s Coast Guard Committee and sponsored by the Green Bay Council of the Navy League, local veteran groups, merchants and businesses. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay.
Maritime Week activities continue Wednesday, August 3, when the tall ships come to Sturgeon Bay for an overnight stay. The ships will arrive in the city and participate in a Tall Ship Review through the ship canal and into the bay before docking downtown. A members-only event corresponding with the ships’ arrival for members of the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club is scheduled at the Yacht Club from 4-8 p.m. Call the Maritime Museum at 930-743-5958 for information. The ships will be departing on Thursday for the Green Bay Tall Ship Festival Aug. 5-7.
The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club also hosts the Coast Guard Person of the Year and Mariner Award Dinner on Monday, Aug. 8. Initiated in 2010 by the Door County Maritime Museum and Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Mariner Award recognizes individuals, both living and deceased, who’ve had a significant, positive and lasting impact on the Door County maritime community. Sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee and the Navy League, the Coast Guard Person of the Year award recognizes a local active duty Coast Guardsman who exemplifies the service’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.
The Harmony by the Bay Summer Concert Series continues the Maritime Week festivities on Wednesday, August 10, at Martin Park. Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will entertain. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will open with a salute to veterans from all branches of the armed forces.
The Salute to the Coast Guard Golf Tournament highlights festival activities on Thursday, August 11. This public golf event celebrates the Coast Guard’s birthday with a fun four-person scramble format at Idlewild Golf Course. Contact the Maritime Museum for an entry form and additional details. Thursday activities also include the “TGIT” Sail Racing at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club that evening. Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details.
The weekend of August 12 & 13 is literally packed with maritime activities on Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront. Friday, August 12, opens with the first day of the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on the grounds of the Door County Maritime Museum. Construction and the decoration phase in the ever-popular Sikaflex Boat Building competition will begin at 4 p.m. with two-person teams working with the limited lumber materials provided. Live music by Dr. Bombay will be complimented with concessions that will include fresh whitefish sandwiches, burgers, brats, beer, wine and more.
Saturday will be a busy day on Sturgeon Bay West Side as the boat festival blends with the Maritime on Madison festivities, sponsored by the West Side business community. Plenty of music, store sales and kid’s activities are planned. Meanwhile on the museum grounds, dozens of classic boats will be on display, the Sikaflex Challenge concludes with the in-water sea trials at 3 p.m., and the “Art Mart” art exhibition. Enjoy special deck tours of the immaculately restored tug John Purves as well as the museum’s “Sea Dogs” exhibit and interactive Elba pilothouse which allows aspiring ship captains to steer the century-old freighter down the Sturgeon Bay shipping channel.
The Evening on the Bay events Saturday evening at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club include kid’s games, live music and the annual “Venetian Night” boat parade followed by fireworks. All events are open to the public. Contact the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club at (920) 743-6934 for details on all the “Evening on the Bay” events.
Sturgeon Bay’s designation as an official Coast Guard City in 2014 makes the celebration even more special. Sturgeon Bay is one of only 20 communities nationwide to be named a Coast Guard City and is the first, and only, in Wisconsin!