Dave will be greatly missed, at Baystock, and everywhere else, he made a connection. Rest in peace, our friend!

Dave Sky at Baystock, 2013

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3lzYqoHlAc

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfa9bHTEo3A

The Joint Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om59WnGeMfI

Obituary for Dave Sky.
A Celebration of Life and Musical Tribute to a Wonderful Man……….
David Carl Sonkowsky
( Dave Sky )
Died on February 23, 2014
“The Day The Music Died”

David Carl Sonkowsky (Dave Sky) age 58 of Shiocton, died on 02/23/14 after a long battle with cancer. David was born on Oct 6th, 1955 to Lillian and Hilfert Sonkowsky.

Survivors include his mother, Lillian, his son, Aaron Montgomery and wife Denise, Grandchildren, Austin, Joshua, Brooke and Danny, his sisters, Dee Dee {Harvey} Miller, Kari {Chad} Ullman, and Dayna {Robert} Martin, cousin-brother-friend Don, (too many friends, cousins and extended family to mention).

David was preceded in death by his father Hilfert, two sons, Joshua and Daniel, and sister Julie.

David had a love, passion, and personality that just could not be matched! David had many loves, his family was number one but loved to put joy on peoples faces and in their hearts through his music, all over WI as well as playing “Santa” for children and adults everywhere, including donating his time at the children’s hospital. He spent many days at Eagle Creek Golf course, and many weekends at his friends cabin up north. He loved football, all types, high school, college and pro ball. And who could forget the yearly events, such as, Bay Stock, Chicken Fling, Summer Twister, Memorial Bash, and the Grateful Garcia Gathering, Loon party, the yearly charity bike rides and party’s and many, many more!

David may not have been a wealthy man, but he was rich in so many ways, truly the most loved man, loved by all who knew him and even those who knew of him! David lit up the world with his music, and loved “rocking out with friends” .

Per David’s request, “This is a Celebration of Life, not death!” David would want you all to remember to “Rock on!”

His son and family deeply appreciate the depth of friendships he had with many people. David loved you all and would want you all to carry his music in your hearts always!

Family has requested not to have flowers sent.

Per Dave’s request CD’s will be available for purchase while supplies last.

The celebration of life will be at the Blind Pig in Menasha, on March 9th for family at 11 am with Pastor Kevin Kelly presiding. Friends may join at noon and musical tributes will begin at 1 pm. Address: Blind Pig 200 Main St, Menasha, WI

For those who can’t attend, cards of sympathy can be mailed to
℅ Aaron and Denise Montgomery, W8475 County Rd F, Shiocton, Wi 54170

Hello, fellow Baystockers. Another Baystock (best ever!)

We survived a couple of storms and enough bees to call this year’s event, Beestock.
Thanks to Don and Kenny, for putting up some photos from this year, on the web site. Make sure to check them out.
Also have a time-lapse movie of the Wine and Cheese. Thanks to everyone who participated. It’s a great social event, and we all get to try out some awesome food and drink.
We’ll have ore stuff to share, in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.
Happy Baystock!

Teresa’s new Facebook profile picture says it all. Happy Baystock!

Can’t say what the weather will be like, this year, but I would pack extra clothes. 

We have this year’s line-up on the web site (https://www.baystock.com), so make sure to check it out. Some old names, new names and regulars. Gotta love them all!

Also have posted some old Baystock posters, you can take a look at, along with photos and videos. We will try to get more content up on the site, as we get closer to this year’s Baystock.

Happy Baystock,


Well, another success. Lots of new faces which we know will return again and again. One weekend per year, where we all have 300 friends (Great quote, Dave!).

The volatile weather was manageable and barely noticeable, as we just enjoyed the music and friends.
We already have some great photos on the site (thanks Don and Kenny). Kenny also got some really good recordings. Check out the web site (https://www.baystock.com, and click on the “Music” link on top, then “Live at Baystock – 2011”. If you have photos or videos to share, simply reply to this email and I will set up an email address and web page where you can upload or send your photos. I’ll make it really easy, I promise.
I don’t have a lost and found list yet (I got my belt back though, thanks Sue!). If you found something, let me know. If you lost something, let me know.
Cookie lady had a great idea for the site. We will set up a place where people can share old Baystock stories. Oh, and yes, Bruce is still with us :)
Save the date for another concert. Char will be performing at Judson Church, in Minneapolis, On Saturday, December 3rd at 7PM. Check the calendar on the web site for more info. If you or your band has an event, you can add it to the calendar (Select “Events” and the “Add new event”, in the calendar page). I am also going to add a band link page. Please send me your web site address if you want to be added.
Until next time.
Happy Baystock,

Jim Hurley passed away on December 26, 2020

James “Jim” L. Hurley, age 54, of Red Cliff, passed away, Sunday, December 26, 2010 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. He was born November 27, 1956 in California.

Jim served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years and was stationed in Bayfield. He married Jewel Wachsmuth on October 1, 1976 in Washburn. She preceded him in death in 2005. Jim worked at the Marina in Bayfield and during this time he received his Capitan’s license. He was most recently employed at the Isle Vista Casino.

Jim enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cliff News and Radio Station throughout the years. He enjoyed fishing, photography, computers, karoke and organizing open mike events in Red Cliff. He loved being near the lake and music. He loved to play guitar with and for his family and friends.

He is survived by his seven children, Scott (Misha) Moore of Arvada, CO, Jimmy (Jessica) Hurley of Ashland, Michael (Melodie) Hurley of Superior, Tiffanie (Jesse) Vinopal of Red Cliff, Crystal (Marvin DeFoe Jr.) Hurley of Red Cliff, Chandi Katoch of Duluth, MN and Eliana Katoch of Duluth, MN; partner, Anne Katoch of Duluth, MN; 11 grandchildren, Sharise, Randall, William “Billy”, Caleb, Cody, Talon, Felicia, Jesse, Jewel, Kona and Taylor; brother, Jim (Barb) Koenig of CA; sister, Barbara (Bob) Batalia of Idaho; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bett and Bill Wallace of South Range; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a cousin, Candy.

A gathering of friends and family will be held after 5:30 PM, Thursday, December 30, 2010 at the Isle Vista Casino Bingo Hall.

Bratley Family Funeral Homes


 Bruce Hans Carlson, 53, of Cloquet died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 in his home.

He was born May 2, 1957 in Duluth to Hans and Ione Carlson. Bruce grew up in Piedmont Heights and graduated from Denfeld High School in 1975. He was confirmed and was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church in Duluth.

Bruce was an Army veteran serving in Korea during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

He attended Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, UMD and received his Bachelor’s degree from UWS in 1996.

He currently was the housing director at FDLTCC where he has worked for more than 10 years. Using himself as an example, Bruce encouraged many young people and adults to stay in school and get a college education.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Fritz; and his niece, Tammy Towns.

He is survived by his children, Alicia (Kenneth) Perry of Carlton, and Eric Carlson of Duluth; two grandchildren Kenny and Atreju Perry; one sister, Bonnie (Greg Dhaemers) Carlson of Superior; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. with a time of sharing at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 in the Fireside Room of the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com

Superior Telegram

I have bad news and great news about the logging job that happened by Baystockland.  The bad news is, it happened.  Picture a line that runs from right before the main entrance through Murray’s campsite, everything towards Butterfield Road from this line has been select cut.  The selecting part of the cut left all our huge pines and most of the smaller pines standing.  In between these lonely standing giants are all the other tree tops and brush. This makes simply walking through the woods here nearly impossible without some clearing and clean up.  Everyone, even if they are not camping in this area should bring a chainsaw, hatchet or handsaw.  If possible, a pickup truck, wheelbarrow or a pair of gloves to help distribute this amazingly free firewood to campsites would be helpful.

The great news is, we had the best logger ever for this cut.  His name is Mike Kurilla, he lives in Mason.  He found evidence of our “great civilization” and was painstakingly careful not to disturb fire rings, woods piles, and what he determined to be existing campsites.  He moved brush away from all the roads so every one is drivable.  He did not cut trees in strategic places such as near the fire ring, or the support tree that helps hold up the stage tarp.  He did not disturb any benches in the bowl.  The old sound booth is still there.  He worked really hard with the county to minimize impact for us.
We really are lucky, this could have been so much more drastic and inconvenien

And possibly no more firewood runs for the rest of our natural lives, more like a firewood amble.  The land on the opposite side of Butterfield has been logged also.  We have been harvesting tree slices and stumps to make tables, longer oak cuts for support beams, the possibilities are endless.
The spot looks very different, we can see the sunset from our campsite.  We can practically see the license plates of cars on Butterfield.  After the initial shock, it’s really not that bad.

Duwayne did buy his property out of the county program to save it from logging.  As people see what could have happened to our entire happy party ground, hopefully we will be able to garner further donations to help him pay off his loan.

Michael Robert Rennie, 64, formerly of Duluth, passed peacefully into the next world July 17, 2010, after a seven-month battle with cancer.

Mike was born to Robert and Betsy Rennie July 27, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa.

He proudly served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman during Vietnam.

Michael is survived by his sons Sean of Winona and Joseph of Duluth; as well as many other friends and family.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Fort Snelling with Military Honors. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Saturday, July 31, at the Twins Bar in Duluth. For directions or details, please call Joe at (612) 250-0950.

Duluth News Tribune

Howdy Campers,

30 years, and it keeps getting better.  Amazing.

This year we had the full moon, perfect weather and great music.  There were many faces stuck in a 3 day smile.  Many people spend a lot of time and energy working on things like:

sound, lights, generator, security, work weekenders, shower, digging outhouses, hanging the stage tarp, firewood, t-shirts, wine, pottery, food, tikis, coffee, wine & cheese, face painting, trash and more . . .

I would like to offer a gigantic thank you to everyone for their hard work and kind hearts.  I would also like to thank everyone for expressing interest in saving the trees.  There is already a donation page on the website complete with thermometer so you can start to save the trees now.  It looks like there will be some up coming events to help raise money and have some off season fun too.  Andy will help keep us all informed.

Thanks again and Happy Baystock,  Al

Thomas John “Tor” Torrison, 68, died Aug. 25, 2009 at King Manor, Duluth.

He was born in Pelican Rapids Oct. 19, 1940 to Orrin and Ruth Torrison.

He graduated from Rugby High School, Rugby, N.D. and Luther College, Decorah, Ind. Tor married Sharon Johnson in 1963 and Julie Soderberg.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Aaron Torrison.

Tor is survived by his sister, Maren (Dean) Blatchford of Fargo, N.D.; nephew, Eric Aleckson of Amery, Wis.; three nieces, Lisa Pohlman of Mason City, Iowa, Kris Heldt of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Andrea Greenswalt of Fargo, N.D.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: will be held at a later date when family can be together. Services entrusted to Cremation Society of MN.