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2017 Sponsors


The Peninsula Pulse would like to thank the generous businesses and individuals that donated prizes to this year’s Hal Prize. Each deserves our salute for their support of the literary and photography community!


“The Obligation” by Dawn Hogue

2nd “THINGS I LEARNED THIS MONTH” by Catherine Jagoe

3rd “Bernstein’s Shostakovich” by Timothy Walsh

Honorable “Daedalus Surfs Refugio Beach” by Sylvia Cavanaugh “Head Job (Brain Surgery Recovery)” by Richard Swanson “ORACLE” by Catherine Jagoe “Crow” by Meridel Kahl “White Dog” by Amy Phimister “Almost everything went wrong” by Karen Allred McKeever “Escaping the Sunday Times” by Alice D’Alessio


“Chicken” by Scott Winkler

2nd “Master Link” by Dan Powers

3rd “Lost and Found” by Roger Barr

Honorable “Calculus” by Peter Sherrill


“Things That Won’t Happen Again” by Joanne Nelson

2nd “France in the Family” by Ronnie Hess

3rd “The Prairie Schooner” by David Bueschel

Honorable “Let Me Tell You a Story About Benches” by Kathleen Phillips “On Coming Home from the Conference” by Joanne Nelson


“Surf Sisters” by Laura Joeckel


Write On, Door County focuses on the importance of writing and reading and the ability of people to connect through stories. The nonprofit provides a beautiful and inspiring retreat for writers on 39 acres in Juddville, and conducts classes, programs and special events throughout the county for all ages and experience levels. For more information about Write On, visit or call 920.868.1457. Nicolet National Bank was founded in 2000 with the goal of becoming a bank that creates sustained value for our customers, shareholders and employees. Nicolet offers commercial banking, personal banking and wealth management services. Nicolet believes in real people having real conversations to create real solutions. For more information about Nicolet Bank, please visit our eight Door County offices, call 800.369.0226 or visit Peninsula School of Art provides enriching, educational experiences to participants of all ages and abilities by offering year-round workshops, lectures, exhibits and family-friendly events for students of all ages and abilities. The first place winner of the photography contest will partake in a class at the nationally recognized school. For more information about Peninsula School of Art, visit peninsulaschoolofart. org or call 920.868.3455. David and Jeanne Aurelius, owners of Clay Bay Pottery, have generously donated both time and skill to the literary and photography contest through their production of customized pottery for contest winners. In past years, Clay Bay has donated both commemorative plates and mugs to first place winners – much prettier and more functional than your average trophy! To contact Clay Bay Pottery, located just south of Ellison Bay on Highway 42, call 920.854.5027. Sharon Grutzmacher & Roger Bergen (daughter and son-in-law of Hal Grutzmacher) are pleased to be able to assist with the cash awards for the first place winners. Sharon is the executive director of the Peninsula Music Festival and Roger is the manager of Lampert Lumber, Sister Bay.

For 65 years, the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) has presented nine different symphonic concerts in three weeks each August. Under the baton of Victor Yampolsky, professional musicians come from America’s finest orchestras to present the concerts. The PMF performs in the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek from Aug. 1 – 19. Many thanks to PMF for donating tickets. Order tickets by phone at 920.854.4060 or online at


2017 Winners

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik in Sister Bay is the home of Swedish pancakes, goats grazing on the green sod roof, and Stabbur, the new Scandinavian beer garden. The entire Johnson family was a great friend to well-known Door County writer Norbert Blei, whose “writing coop” now resides on the Write On, Door County property in Juddville. Visit for more information. Located in the heart of Fish Creek, the Peninsula Bookman features new, used and rare books. They also feature an extensive selection of books about Door County and by Door County authors and are noted for hosting book release and autographing events, and their ongoing support of local writers and Write On, Door County. For more information, visit or call 920.868.1467. For 32 years, Seaquist Orchards Farm Market has been welcoming customers with their own cherries and apples and wonderful, locally processed fruit and cider. Located two miles north of Sister Bay on Hwy. 42, the Market is open from mid-May through October. Seaquist Orchards Farm Market – where family and farming mean everything. For more information, visit or call 920.854.4199. Door County Living, sister publication of the Peninsula Pulse, is a free magazine published five times a year. Paper Boy is Door County’s premier delivery and distribution service, serving more than 700 locations weekly. It, too, is a sister operation of the Peninsula Pulse. Thank you to all!

“Chinta’s Love” by Shannon Thielman

3rd Honorable

2017 Prizes 1st

“A Boy and His Dog” by Michael Marit

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry • Custom Hal Prize mug, courtesy of Clay Bay Pottery • One-week stay at Write On, Door County • $100 Photography • Custom Hal Prize mug, courtesy of Clay Bay Pottery • Peninsula School of Art class • $150



“Eastern Black Swallowtail on Parsley” by Casey Buhr “Ironworker” by Guntis Lauzums “Eye Examination” by Guntis Lauzums “Vaxholm” by Pam Maloney

“Shelf Cloud Over Murphy County Park” by Carlyle Chan “Jack” by Thomas Jordan “Giant Tortoise in the Everglades” by Thomas Jordan “Ric Furrer, the Blacksmith” by Thomas Jordan “The Tall Ship Sails Against A Grey Sky” by Thomas Jordan “Memories of Times Past” by John Koski “Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign” by Arlene Stanger “The Artist” by Arlene Stanger “Hammock Joy” by Shannon Thielman

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry • Peninsula Bookman gift certificate • $75 Photography • Peninsula Bookman gift certificate • Al Johnson’s gift certificate • Seaquist Orchards gift certificate



Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry • Peninsula Music Festival gift certificate • Seaquist Orchards gift certificate Photography • Door County Living one-year subscription • Door County Living In Pictures (Volumes I and II) • Seaquist Orchards gift certificate


“New Friend” by Ron Maloney

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Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit...

Peninsula Pulse - 2017 Hal Prize - August 4-11, 2017 v23i31  

Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit...