The Journeyman Café in Gourmet October 2007
“All food lovers dream of stumbling upon an undiscovered gem in the middle
of nowhere and consuming a magical meal in the most civilized of
surroundings” began Bill Rice’s review of our favorite local café as the
only organic Michigan restaurant in “America’s Best Farm-To-Table
Restaurants” that were “Worth a Trip.”
Our Wickwood guests who have visited have been thrilled as have we to have
Chef Matt Millar and his wife Amy in our neighborhood. They’ve created a
real food Mecca in the middle of almost nowhere --- just 10 minutes from
"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note"
- Darryl Floyd
A Must Read!!!
Today, go out and get “Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and
Courage in a World Gone Mad” by Frances Moore Lappe (“Diet for a
Small Planet”). This is a little “aha” book with a very big message as
Lappe distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a
conversational yet hard-hitting style.
flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and affirms readers’ basic
sanity – their intuition that it is possible to stop grasping at straws
and to grasp instead the real roots of today’s crises, from hunger and
poverty to climate change and terrorism.
will leave you feeling liberated and courageous and that’s the best
Christmas gift we know to give.
|Books! Books! Books!
So many great ones, so little time, but
we do our best. Trust us and check these out.
“Suite Francaise” and “Fire in the
Blood” by Irene Nemirovsky. Getting rave reviews, way beyond our own.
“The Secret History of the War on
Cancer” by Debra Davis. A must READ.
“Welcome to Michael’s” by Michael
McCarty. He feeds the movers and the shakers on both coasts.
● “The Tenth Muse” by Judith Jones. The illustrious culinary editor
“The Vegetable Dishes I can’t Live
Without” by Mollie Katzen. She's the best on vegetables.
“Mediterranean Harvest” by Martha Rose
Schulman. A pal, but even better, a great cook.
“Park Avenue Potluck” for Memorial Sloan
Kettering. The secrets of the savvy set.
“Those Mitford Sisters”, Charlotte
Mosley. My favorite six scribbling siblings who are sparky, snarky,
gossipy and oh so wise.
“Cheating at Canasta” by William Trevor.
“Pudo Paris”, Better than The Michelin
“A History of Beans” by Ken Albola.
“Journals 1952-2000” by Arthur
Schlesinger, Jr. Share his exciting life.
“Before I Die” by Jenny Downhom. You’ll
never forget this one.
“Pilgrims” by Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat,
Pray, and Love”. Her short stories.
“Two Lives”, Gertrude and Alice by Janet
Malcolm. Perhaps a little more than we need know.
“The Abs Diet for Women” by David
Zinczenro, Oh, will it ever be easier.
“ A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant
Years, 1917-1932”, by John Richardson. In this third volume, we’re
dropped into the artist’s life.
“Book of Unforgettable Journeys” by
Conde Nast Traveler. Armchair traveling at its best with great
writers on great places.
Make Your List and Check it Off in Saugatuck & Douglas
Our very unique stores, all individually owned, are stocked to the brim
with bubbles, baubles, bangles and beads. Stockings to stuff, tiny sleighs overflow, and whimsy galore.
● There are lamps, chairs, dressers, drapes,
stools, tables, couches and picture frames, candles, candy, coffee, fudge,
● Bronzes, oils, pastels, drawings, photography, papier mache,
mobiles, hand blown glass vases, ceramics, carved trees and raku.
We have ornaments, and decorations, flowers real and faux. We have
antiques galore as well as cutting edge design. Fantasy as well as
function. Fun, shock and awe. Our streets are the most charming place to
refine your art of shopping while you wander in and out of shops carefully
selecting everything someone’s heart desires.
Candy Cane Lane & Santa's Arrival
November 16 & 17
November 23 & 24
The villages kick off the Holiday Season with a bang both weekends. All the wineries, art galleries, and shops host receptions
to begin six full weeks of Holiday festivities. These two weekends the
shops of Saugatuck and Douglas have extended shopping hours, music,
refreshments, holiday specials, good cheer, warm treats, special wrapping
services, all in an effort to give you the Holiday Spirit and make your
Holiday gift giving a joy. Be sure to check shop schedules for late night
shopping throughout the season.
A Stellar Wine Tasting
If you’ve just recently become curious about wine, and have somehow missed
Kermit Lynch’s "Adventures on the Wine Route”, by all means pause and pick
it up. Kermit, one of America’s foremost wine importers from Berkeley takes
us on his tasting journeys to the cellars of France. You’ll feel so present
with Kermit that you can smell the dampness and taste from the “thief” as
he does. Plus, you’ll learn things you never knew there were to learn.
It’s a jolly good time and you’ll never consciously select a filtered wine
again. We promise. www.kermitlynch.com
New York, New York
Of course, There are many fabulous places for music, but if we had to pick one --- it
would be The Café Carlyle with its charming Marcel Vertes murals.
Long home to Bobby Short crooning Cole Porter, you
now never know who you’ll find now --- perhaps Barbara Cook , Ertha Kitt,
Woody Allen and The New Orleans Band, John Pizzerelli, Peter Cincotti,
Steve Tyrell, Judy Collins and back in January, our favorite, Elaine
Stritch. This is a quintessential New York gem, that the poshest locals try to
keep secret. 212.744.1600
The Fountains of Youth
Everyone we know is seeking it one way or another, and so we rejoice as
Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen bring all of their latest antiaging
research to us in their new book – “YOU! Staying Young”. It teaches us all
the tricks of how to slow down the aging of our cells with a two week plan
(the length of time it takes to develop new habits). They tell us exactly
what to eat, and to do everyday, the habits we need to have three times a
week, once a week and once a month. Get with their program and we can all
live a much healthier and fuller life. We trust these guys!!
We have also long admired Dr. Andrew Weil and
his books “A Guide to Aging Well” and “Eight Weeks to Optimal Health”.
In his recently published book “Good Calories,
Bad Calories” Gary Taubes a frequent New York Times Magazine author has
opened a challenge to some widely accepted ideas on nutrition and weight
loss. While a weighty tome (pun intended) it is an important read for
those determined to be healthy for the long haul.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make
a life by what we give"
- Winston Churchill
The Giving Season
The talk is all about giving because it makes us feel good. During the
Holidays we can all get carried away and forget some important aspects of
Give of yourself. Your time, your love, your talent and your knowledge.
Give quality not quantity.
Give in surprising ways.
Give new memories and remember together the old.
Give yourself time to celebrate.
Give to those who truly need.
Some we favor:
It’s easy to stop your world and become
immersed in an old fashioned Christmas card --- just a bit of Christmas
Past in our villages. Take a horse and buggy ride. Sip a soda. Enjoy
“Dickens” Christmas Carol” or a Christmas Concert. Shop a church bazaar.
Watch the snow fall amidst our snowflake wonderland. Address Christmas
cards by a fire. Drink mulled wine in the afternoon. Enjoy the season's
concerts at the SCA and the Red Barn Playhouse and all around town.
Tour the fabulous Felt Mansion all decked out
for The Holidays:
December 14 - Victorian Wedding
December 16 - Christmas Past
December 21 - Music of the Season
December 28 - A Holiday Dance
December 30 - A Christmas Tea
Holidays 2007 at
~ ~ ~
Festival of Trees Begins
A tree graces every room and surprises are around every corner.
Mulled Wine, Christmas Cookies, special Holiday Brunch and Hor’s
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
Village Lighting Ceremony
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
Unwind, walk our trails, enjoy the fires ---
~ ~ ~
New Year's Eve
Champagne and Spectacular Candlelight Evening Hors d’ouevres *Fireworks
~ ~ ~
January 1, 2008
Happy New Year’s!!