Dreaming of Summer: 5 Artsy Things to Anticipate

We had a couple of teaser semi-warmish days this week, and after a long and frigid winter, they thawed my imagination as well as my fingers and toes. It's back to the deep freeze for the time being, but the anticipation lingers. Here are 5 things I'm looking forward to doing this summer:
1. Door Shakespeare. My girlfriends and I have a tradition of a nice dinner at someplace like Parador and then an evening with the Bard at Door Shakespeare in Baileys Harbor. Set on the beautiful campus of Lawrence University's Bjorklunden, you'll enjoy outdoor theatre that uses the trees, the wind and the sky as part of the set, and boasts an impressive cast whose love of Shakespeare shines through their passionate performances. This summer's season is classic: King Lear and The Comedy of Errors.
2. Gallery Hopping. If you've followed me online, you know I love to jump in my blue Saab convertible (her name is Betty Blue) and stop at some of my favorite art hotspots up and down the peninsula. Take a day trip all the way up to Turtle Ridge and Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay, visit top regional galleries like Edgewood Orchard, Woodwalk and Fine Line Designs, or explore the charming "city" galleries of Sturgeon Bay.
3. Plein Air Painting. No, silly, I'm not a painter. But I am getting excited to witness some of the festivities when plein air painters from around the country converge on Door County  as part of the Door County Plein Air Festival. They set up their easels and palettes along the waterfront, at the edges of cherry orchards, and along country roads to capture the beauty of Door County on canvas.
4. Dancing to Music with no Shoes on. My friend Jen is actually Door County's music insider, so I don't technically cover this beat. But I can often be found enjoying the free outdoor concerts that communities throughout Door County offer nearly every night of the week come summertime.
5. Drinking a glass of wine or a cup of coffee..OUTSIDE! Being a literary gal, I love writing or reading a good book at an outdoor cafe like Sturgeon Bay's Glas or having a glass of vino on the terrace at Stone Harbor or the porch of the wine bar at The Cookery. On second thought, make mine champagne. And let's drink a toast to summer. It will be here before we know it!