"Every artist dips his brush in his soul
and paints his own nature into his pictures." - Henry Ward Beecher
Twelve artists paint “En Plein Aire” on August 30, in the First Annual
Wau-Ke-Na Art Walk on the 400 acre Wildlife Preserve near Saugatuck.
A full day of
watching artists work outdoors, painting exhibitions, Antique Wagon
Rides, Tours & Refreshments all day from 10-5.
“Art in the
Meadow”, Ox-Bow’s Fall Classes begin September 9th with both
weekday and weekend Workshops. ”Impressionism Along the Lakeshore”,
“Glass Beadmaking”, “Collage”, “Landscape”, “Still-life”, “Gouche and
Egg Tempera”, “Chocolate”, and of course “En Plein Aire" are among the
Early Saturday morning, September 13, 2008, the streets of Saugatuck and
Douglas are energized as hundreds of runners of all ages get out and
test themselves. At 8:40, children under twelve compete in “Little Feet,
Big Feat”. At 9:00, the challenging 15K begins in Saugatuck, winds
through Douglas and along Lake Michigan, up the 282 steps of Mt.
Baldhead and along the Kalamazoo River. WHEW!!
At 9:15 the fast
and fun USATF certified 5K course for serious runners begins with a tour
of Saugatuck and Douglas eluding Mt. Baldy. Everyone is a winner!!!
"In Indian Summer, the song sings itself."
- William Carlos Williams
Harvest Country Road Rally
On Saturday October 11th, twelve of the farms located near
Saugatuck will host a rally and receptions to welcome guests to life on
the farm. Everyone will follow clues to visit the farms where they’ll
meet the baby chicks, cows, bees and goats, u-pick fruits, and jams, ciders,
syrups and honey of the farms. It’s a great opportunity to see farm life
close up at Crane Orchards, Earl’s Farm, Dee’s Lakeshore Farm, Barden’s
Farm, Overhiser Orchards, and Fernwood Farm.
It’s time to visit Crane Orchards to “pick your own” apples ... a
wonderful way to take a step back in time.
There are Ginger
Gold, Honey Crisps, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Ida Reds, Empire Goldens and
Cortalnds – great for apple pies, sauces, cobblers, crisps, buckles,
strudels and cider. No visit is complete without a stop at the Pie
Pantry for terrific soups, homemade fruit pies, cider and cider
And, if you have
time to get lost, there’s The Crane Corn Maze for a little exercise.
During Halloween it because The Haunted Maze with ghosts and goblins.
It’s time to be a kid again! Growing old is scary enough!
The Four Seasons, "First you are young; then
you are middle-aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful!" -
Lady Diana Cooper
Amble our own Antique Trail along the Blue Star where dozens of
antique dealers highlight gems galore.
ironwork, furniture, fine art, home and garden décor, retro,
architectural salvage, glassware, armoires, vintage posters, stained
glass, silver, fine collectables and junk are all in evidence. It’s
great fun to discover your own treasure.
Ethel Merman October 4th, Mason Street Warehouse
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “I Got Rhythm”, and “Blow, Gabriel Blow”
sung by Klea Blackhurst in her acclaimed tribute to Ethel Merman.
“Everything The Traffic Will Allow” will indeed bring the rafters down!
This knockout show with Blackhurst’s wit and powerful vocals will be a
brilliant evening dedicated to one of American theatre’s greatest stars. www.masonstreetwarehouse.org 269.857.4898
Saugatuck-Douglas Heritage Festival September 20 and 21
A weekend full of the spirit of Saugatuck courtesy of The
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society. “Eight Moments In Time” Home Tour.
A rare look at seven distinctive homes that reflect Saugatuck’s
architectural heritage. Clothesline Art Show featuring local artists,
Douglas Dutcher Vintage Baseball Match. Always great! Tallmadge Woods
Hike to the “Crow’s Nest” overlooking Lake Michigan’s Dunes
"The only thing to do with family
skeletons is to take them out of the closet and dance with
Halloween Weekend brings out
the best creativity all over town! Houses look scary
and a glow – Costume Contests prevail and everyone dreams
up and struts their stuff in one parade or another. The
Children’s Parade, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is
re-enacted, Haunted Houses and Corn mazes, and the wild
Adult Parade after dark in Douglas are not to be missed
events!! October 24th and 25th
all around town!
Round Barn Winery
The Wine Crush
Local wineries throughout Southwest Michigan bustle all Fall. It’s the
best time of the year to visit the s “the vendage” or the harvest of
the grapes takes place. Start in downtown Saugatuck at the Fenn Valley
and Tabor Hill Tasting Rooms, head out to visit nearby Fenn Valley
Winery and then meander The Wine Trail where you can talk to real
“Saugatuck is One of the Top Five Art Towns
Every weekend this Fall the dozens of Art Galleries and Studios
with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting demonstrations and
classes! Saugatuck/Douglas and The Blue Coast has over forty galleries
exhibiting over 800 artists—all year long!!
“You can buy a wine’s body, but you cannot
buy it’s soul”
Neal Rosenthal, Wine Merchant
The Wine Wars
Wine is not what it once was. And more and more wine drinkers want
it the way it used to be. Just as serious cooks are demanding that their
ingredients have the flavor integrity they once did and insisting
upon locally grown organic credentials; wine drinkers want naturally
nuanced authentic wines that have complexity with every sip and age
To our dismay,
over the past twenty years, in an effort to please some wine critics and
second guess the American public's palate, wine makers around the
world have created sweet, plush, “jammy fruit bombs” that might attract
attention at Tastings, but overwhelm when they accompany food. They have
resorted to adding sugars, flavorings, yeasts, wood chips and using
ultra filtration systems to create highly manipulated wines. These wines
are to be served immediately and need no time aging. A far cry from
centuries old wine traditions.
Today there are
winemakers, importers and wine lovers who are in rebellion and we are
amongst them. We want the subtle nuanced interesting and authentic wines
that are made from grapes grown in complex soils by winemakers using
traditional blending and aging methods. These are the winemakers who
respect “terrior” above all else. They realize that the best grapes in
the world are grown in soil whose vines drill though layers of porous
and dense minerals to find its water source thus flavoring the grapes
superbly. Ironically, many of the recently established vineyards today
are based on former deserts.
Instead we want
to drink wines from winemakers that use organically and/or biodynamically methods and use little or no sulphur, only natural yeasts, no
enzymes, no roto-ferments, no fancy consultants and leave the stems and
seeds in the wine for natural tannins. They make simply delicious and
interesting wines that develop more character over time.
which camp you’re in, try a simple test. Collect some of your favorite
wines and then seek out some of those from the list below. Ask your
local wine shop, they may be right under your nose. Then, simply taste
several side by side and decide for yourself. The difference is huge.
Old fashioned wine has become cutting edge. We trust:
www.kermitlynch.com; Neal Rosenthal Wine Merchant at www.madrose.com;
Becky Wasserman Selections at www.leserbet.com; and Louis Dressner at
www.louisdressner.com to import wines that are authentic.
wineries producing traditional wines are Frog’s Leap, Chateau Montelena,
Clos du Val, Dominus Estate, Grgich Hills, Heitz Cellar, M by Michael
Mondavi, Tom Eddy Wines, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Mayacamas Vineyard
"Making good wine is a skill, fine wine an
art." - Robert Mondavi