Sturgeon Bay’s Holiday Music Motel Launches Postcard Contest

The Holiday Music Motel in Door County has just issued a challenge: Design a winning postcard by February 28 and they just might print it to encourage motel guests to send it around the world – not to mention the nice little first-place prize package being offered!

Sturgeon Bay's Holiday Music Motel

Many music-lovers are familiar with the Steel Bridge Songfest legacy of songwriting that takes place each year at Sturgeon Bay’s Holiday Music Motel. This early-1950s boutique motel is a retro-chic, little charmer with an unusual twist. It’s owned by a group of musicians and music-enthusiasts. Each week, the Holiday features an open mic, hosts regular house concerts and a variety of other annual songwriters’ sessions.

With a professional recording studio on-site, manned by two Grammy nominees (full-time sound engineer Billy Triplett and producer pat mAcdonald), the Holiday is a hotbed of creation that engages artists from across the globe. In addition to the main studio, the guestrooms are all wired for sound and capable of functioning as remote studios.

Constantly seeking new ways to inspire the creation of art, the Holiday is holding its first-ever contest.

“The most skilled and accomplished songwriters are selected for exclusive songwriting weeks at the Holiday and all of the incredible music they write becomes a part of our history. We wanted to open up a similar opportunity to the community – and those who follow the Holiday from farther away – the community beyond,” says Jillian Nelson, a manager at the Holiday. “A lot of practicing artists will turn up their noses at the fact that it’s a contest, but we’re hoping to call out the artist in the everyman.”

The winner of the Holiday Music Motel Postcard Contest will have their design printed and available for guest purchase at the Holiday. The winner will also receive…

  • a free two-night stay in the King Suite at the Holiday Music Motel (subject to availability),
  • a feature article on the home page of and recognition on the Holiday’s Facebook page,
  • your design on display at the Holiday and
  • 10 free postcards featuring your design.

“We want to appeal to people who might not otherwise get involved.  So we’ll be publishing all of the submissions on our web site, and even if you aren’t up to the challenge of submitting an entry, you can still vote and be a part of it. At the end, the winner will end up with a prize and the Holiday will end up with a great new unexpected, original postcard.  Win, win!” Nelson explains.

Contest details are posted online and beginning March 1, anyone can visit the same Web address to see all of the submissions and vote daily for your favorite. The public vote will narrow the pool to three finalists and on March 7, the winner will be announced, prizes will be awarded and the creative heritage of the Holiday will have a new chapter.

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