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The latest Door County Compass Barn Restoration Award is bestowed upon Don and Lu Klussendorf at Hearthside Farm in Sturgeon Bay. They recently completed a massive amount of work to restore a barn originally built in 1871 by Herman Taube, a German imigrant. Working with professional barn restorer, Rod Schleis of Kewaunee they began the process in May, 2000 to revitalize a structure that many folks would have simply torn down.

Replacing rotten structural timbers and fascia boards, a rusted metal roof and a collapsing foundation were only some of the tasks they accepted when they made a commitment to save the Taube Barn. Two years and over $200,000 later they have a social hall.

Don and Lu saw the historic and aesthetic value in preserving this classic structure, and they were lucky enough to connect with a team of experts. We were there as the work commenced, and documented the initial undertaking as part of an extensive photo-essay on the
June, 2000 UWEX workshop on Preserving and Restoring Old Barns.

Their barn, now an integral part of the Hearthside Farm B&B, on Taube Road in Sturgeon Bay was the scene of a series of on-site live workshops on:

Now they are ready to enjoy the rewards of investing so much time and energy as, they look forward to sharing the experience of kicking up your heels in an old fashioned barndance-get-together with friends and neighbors. Lu and Don invite the public to join them in celebrating the Joy of Country Dance Barn's grand opening! Their first weekend of events includes two nights of music, fun and dancing at 2136 Taube Rd, Sturgeon Bay.

Friday May 24, 2002 from 5-9 PM
Entertainment includes live country dance music by
Jane's Keyboard Band and dance instruction by Catherine Binko, a professional line, country and ballroom dance instructor from Dancesport in Milwaukee. Admission, snacks and popcorn are free and you can enjoy pizza for 50 cents a slice...

Saturday, May 25, 2002 5-10 PM
Features the
George and Gwen Ptevach Country Singers who have performed in Las Vegas, Nashville, and Orlando Disney World. Catherine Binko will also be on hand to teach country dances. There will be a cash food and beverage bar - non alcoholic. Admission for Adults is $5, Teens-$3 , Under 12- $1.

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