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Tony ShalhoubYes, it’s true. World-renowned actor, Tony Shaloub, is coming to Door County to participate in the Olde Ellison Bay Days Festival on June 29.

What is Olde Ellison Bay Days? It’s a Door County tradition each June. In fact, this is the 47th year! 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 Grand View grade and through Ellison Bay beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29th.

Feed the Fish posterFilmed 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 and 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 Grand View propertyEllison Bay hill by K Pearson 6 3 13 - for web guided by the Door County Land Trust on Saturday afternoon!  (See full schedule below.)

Parking and admission to the 47th annual Olde Ellison Bay Days are free.

Friday and Saturday
June 28 and 29, 2013

Schedule of Events


Noon to 2:00 PM:
Pie Baking Contest Judging at Community Club House

Noon to 5:00 PM:
Demonstrations by working artists at Community Park

Noon to 5:00 PM:
Food in The Park, Children’s Art Activities and Games

6:30 PM:
Pie and Ice Cream Social at the Community Club House



10:00 AM to 5:00 PM:
Art Fair and Demonstrations, plus Food and Balloons Galore

11:00 AM:
Grand Parade, starring Grand Marshal Tony Shalhoub and Friends

Noon to 4:00 PM:
Water Golf “Shoot Out” from the Community Park Pier

Noon to 5:00 PM:
Prize-winning Pie by the Slice at the Club House, Children’s Art Activities,
Games and More Food

Noon to 6:00 PM:
Music in the Gazebo by REPLICA and even More Food

3:00 PM:
Work off the Food by hiking the new Grand View Property
(Free to everyone. Info available at the Door County Land Trust Booth)

4:00 PM:
Parade Prizes and Raffle Results announcements at the Gazebo

9:00 PM to 1:00 AM:
Music, etc. at Mink River Basin by Rocky Waters Band

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.

This article was written by Ellison Bay Service Club member, Robert Murray, and shared by Door County North Business Association.


Door County North
PO Box 10
Ellison Bay, WI 54210