January 2, 2018




Highlighted by one of its largest turnouts in its six-year history, Door County Maritime Museum’s Merry-Time Festival of Trees Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle event was another huge success.

The event held on Dec. 12 serves as the culmination for the month-long Merry-Time Festival in which the Sturgeon Bay museum is filled with trees and wreaths sponsored by individuals, local businesses and organizations. This year 37 trees and wreaths were raffled off.

“It’s always fun to see our visitors, especially families, come into the museum to see the trees and hopefully catch some early holiday spirit,” said Door County Maritime Museum’s Executive Director Amy Paul. “The community has embraced this event and the museum is very appreciative. Hopefully we’ve created a new family tradition for you and your loved ones.”

The event has grown over the past years to become one of the museum’s three most visible community outreach and fundraising events, joining June’s and October’s Door County Lighthouse Festival and August’s Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival.

Attendees on Dec. 12 were treated to holiday beverages and food prepared by local establishments, individuals and restaurants:  Apple Valley Lanes, Bluefront Café, Door County Coffee & Tea, Econo Foods, Inn at Cedar Crossing, Jimmy John’s, Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, Old Mexico Cantina & Grill, Pick ‘n Save, Scaturo’s Baking Company & Café, Sonny’s Pizzeria, Sunflour Artisan Bakery, Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, Trattoria Dal Santo, Wanda Jean’s Family Restaurant, Weborg Brothers/Richard Stephenson and many volunteers.

As guests enjoyed the various delectable food items, they perused the silent auction with more than 73 opportunities to bid on tables full of items donated by area businesses and individuals along with three walls of artwork. There was something for everyone!

In addition to a silent auction, guests enjoyed a live auction hosted by local musician Hervy Hodges. The exciting items this year were an action-packed experience on Washington Island (including lodging, ferry rides, meals, shopping, golf, theater, and a lavender tour),  a seminar and lodging package for Björklunden, a nautical necklace/pendant from Draeb Jewelers,  a pizza experience from Sonny’s and the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, a sunset cheese and wine cruise from Bill and Marie Harder, and the opportunity to watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the top of the Cana Island Lighthouse.

The Door County Maritime Museum and staff are very grateful to all who donated, volunteered and attended to make this year’s Jingle Mixer a smashing success. A large event like this needs the generosity of many individuals and businesses.

Paul said she’s already received several commitments and inquiries for new tree and wreath sponsorships from businesses and organizations for next year’s festival. If you are interested in being a sponsor, would like to donate an old artificial Christmas tree to the festival for next year’s use or would like to be a part of next year’s committee planning team, please let Mary Stephenson know. For information regarding the festival or sponsorships contact the museum at (920) 743-5958 or email Mary at

Media contact:

Mary Stephenson

Event Coordinator