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The Wickwood Inn Notebook
A L L  T H E  L O C A L  N E W S,  G O S S I P,  R E C I P E S  A N D  L O R E  T H A T' S  F I T  T O   P R I N T Topiary S U M M E R  2 0 0 8

Day At The Beach
Day At The Beach
                                                                                                                                                                              Mary Blocksma - Artist *
  "The smell of summer mingles with the warm lake breezes and it feels like
I am in the most perfect place on earth."
    Barbara Margolis, 2007

The Best Kept Secret
Our Big Lake is often a surprise to our guests. For many, The Great Lakes have remained one of the best kept secrets. Lake Michigan is beloved by locals, yet it is filled with secrets and moods which reveal themselves only with the gift of time and long looking. Come watch the water with us!!                Wickwood!!

Oval Beach
"Summer afternoon --- summer afternoon, to me these are the most beautiful words."   Henry James

Catch a sunset or somehow get out on our waters, on a sailfish, kayak, a barge, The Star Paddlewheel, a rowboat, The Duck Water Taxi, a cruiser, a gondola, a yacht, a racer, a tug, The Chain Ferry (circa 1838), a sailboat, or a dingy. It will be memorable!

Oval Beach
"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."   Iris Murdoch, "The Sea, The Sea"

Wickwood is Pizza Crazy!
We love pizza, doesn’t just about everyone? Lately, our Evening Hors d’ouevres often include one of our favorites. We like to take a simple classic Margherita with it’s mozzarella, basil and tomatoes then add roasted tomatoes, Kalamata olives, arugula and a dash of smoky Spanish paprika. Such a simple idea and we have loads of others!! It’s a pretty great way to start the fun. Join us every evening at six.                              
Recipes ---

"Feel yourself being quietly drawn by what you truly love."

Mason Street Warehouse

Das Barbecu

une 20 - July 6
A witty Texas fable of mismatched lovers and a shotgun double wedding with feuding families makes one wild comedy.

Music in The Air
Follow the music and you’ll always have a great time. It’s all over town.  Jazz, cabaret, blues, chamber, Latin, folk, or good old rock and roll at The SCA, Mason Street, The What Not, The Gables, Uncommon Grounds, Fenn Valley Winery, The Boat House, The Journeyman, Everyday Peoples Café, The Red Barn’s Cabaret,  Toulouse, The Butler’s Tiki Bar, and at Music in the Park in Saugatuck, Fennville and Holland.  Almost  every night of the week, you can find the evening filled with music.


Chamber Music Festival
Summer nights in Saugatuck are filled with beautiful music, thanks to our Chamber Music Festival. Over the past 20 years it has proven that chamber music has become so popular, that even the locals have to fight for seats. Try and catch one of these memorable programs

• July 10-11 “Starting Out with a Bang!”
• July 17-18 “Not Your Average Brahmsfest”
• July 24-25 “Inters on Call”
• July 31-August 1 “Breath of Fresh Air”
• August 7-8 “Straight Up with a Twist”
• August 14-15 “Beauty and The Best”

July 11 - July 27
A stylish fast-paced, funny plot with a mysterious Manhattan celebrity wants a screenplay of her life.

As Bees in Honey Drown


August 1 - August 17 Argentina’s controversial Eva Peron left a fascinating legacy that’s told with a compelling score and exuberant dance in this musical masterpiece.

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ August 22 - Sept 7
Fats Waller’s classic from the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, this is one of Broadway’s best. Not to be missed!

Ain't Misbehavin'

Cherries     Currants
"Looks may be deceiving - it's eating that's believing."   James Thurber

Local Fruits Are In Season!!
Side by side, taste a perfect supermarket strawberry from afar, one from your local Farmer's Market and if you can, a tiny organic strawberry. One taste says it all!!

From late June through October the bounty of being in the middle of Michigan’s Fruit Belt overflows onto Wickwood’s menus throughout the day. Sweet, luscious strawberries, early and late red and black berries, cherries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, melons, peaches, apricots, plums, pears, table and wine grapes and apples galore. Farmer’s Markets galore are filled with the harvest, fields are dotted with locals and visitors alike picking baskets of fruit and all of us are indulging!!!

Blueberries     Raspberries

"Good wine is a necessity of life for me." 
 Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826

Fenn Valley Vineyards

There’s always something special going on at Fenn Valley Winery, just 10 minutes from Saugatuck.
• June 28 Open House with live music and food; cooking/wine/food pairing, and wine blending demos, and a lot of fun.
• July 11 Cookout with Natchez Trace's music
• July 12 Blues In the Vineyard. Time to bring a picnic and blanket and listen to music amidst the grapes.
• July 26 Cookout with the music of Keith Scott
• August 8 Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band comes to a cookout in the vineyard
• August Sunday’s – The Performing Arts In the Vineyard or call 269.561.2396
Wineries ---

Eating to be Younger
Longer Aging Foods

• Bacon
• Hot dogs
• Potato Chips
• White bread
• White potatoes
• Corn oil
• Sugary cereals
• Sugary soft drinks
• Red Meat
• Doughnuts
Anti-Aging Foods
• Apples
• Blueberries
• Spinach, dark greens
• Salmon and sardines
• Whole-grain cereals
• Popcorn
• Nuts, almonds and walnuts
• Legumes and peanuts
• Green tea
• Extra-virgin olive oil

No-Dig Garden     No-Dig Garden
"Green is more than a lifestyle --- it's a life." 
 Frances Moore Lappe

No-Dig Vegetable Gardens
There’s a new way to garden that’s proving to be great en lieu of water shortages in the US. And is deemed “absurdedly easy”. Widely used in Australia, it is a low-water sustainable technique for organic farming using bales of hay and straw and layers of fodder, bone and compost. It’s often called the “lasagna” method of gardening. Those using the method have been “inundated” with abundant harvests of vegetables and herbs. As more and more people begin gardening as a solution to costly food, consult:
• Esther Deans’ 1977 Gardening Book: “Growing Without Digging”
• Ruth Stout’s 1955 book, “How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back"
• Masanobu Fukuoka’s 1978 “One Straw Revolution”
Those who have tried it, including author Rosalind Creasy, “The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping", say “it is a wonderful movement. It is more efficient, water wise because the layers of compost and straw keep moisture around the roots and you can keep layering it over and over again as the organic matter breaks down."

Chocolate     House of Chocolate
"When shall we live, if not now."   Seneca

The Grande Chocolate Adventure began and ended with champagne, and in the middle so much chocolate that we thought we’d bust --- or was that from laughing and having too much fun!!! Ooooh, la la!!  It all started with hosts Jeannette, Mort and David who were always right on the mark with info and advice, as the ultimate hosts to this small dinner party of people cruising from one chocolatier to another.

First, Jacques Genin titillates us with flavor guessing games of gnache and toffee --- setting the bar almost beyond reach, Michael Chadoun a very close second, and then Patrick Roger, Jean Paul Hevin, Pierre Marcolini, Jean Charles Rochoux, and Patric Charx.

Between are scrumptious respites at La Coupole, Alain Ducasse’s Jules Verne, in the Eiffel Tower, Ma Bourgogne, Christian Constant’s Le Violon d’Ingres, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, L’Epi Dupin, L’Ami Jean , and our old favorite L’Ami Louis on rue Vertbois.

An unexpected surprise is Tapas at Bellotta Bellotta with it’s varieties of Iberian Ham from the regions of Spain (the acorns they feed on affect, the taste of those pampered black footed pigs), and the visits to The Bastille and Alma markets. At the latter, Joel Thiebaut’s wonderous heirloom vegetables dazzle. His “Carrot Crayons” in purple, lemon, white, and pale green taste as distinctive as they look and his herbs, well we’ve not experienced those fragrances for a long time. He makes us more adamant than ever to only dine on organic heirloom veggies and fruits. And, the Absinthe Tasting --- oh, my, the absinthe. No wonder those Impressionists saw things a little different than the rest of us.

And finally, the most magical night of all --- The “Soiree on the Seine”, on La Bateau Almira, the private 130 year old newly re-varnished boat which is docked just up the river a tad from the Place de la Concorde, with the grandest view of the Eiffel Tower’s diamond pave light show imaginable. The show every hour on the hour leaves you breathless. If a Parisian Chocolate Tour is something you crave too, just e-mail: or

On the Seine     On the Seine

Live Like a Local

Live Like A Local
Slow down, you’re walking too fast!
• Saugatuck Locals spend a lot of time watching sunsets while sipping wine or beachcombing. That goes well with sipping wine too.
• Walk everywhere you can. Meander and stop for an iced coffee or an ice cream cone.
• Take to the water, slide down a dune, or play on The Star or The Dune’s Scooters. We do that!
• Watch shooting stars
• Sit on a porch and shoot the breeze with your best pal.
• Take a picnic to Music in the Park
• We love our music, it’s everywhere!
• Go sail fishing, or just fishing. That slows you down.

The view after climbing Mt. Baldhead

"Gardening is not a rational act. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."   Margaret Atwood

The Seeds of the World
Our seeds are in peril. They’ve been snatched out from under us when we weren’t even looking. They’ve been replaced with seeds that grow synthetic foods. Strawberries and tomatoes that can travel. Plastic raspberries and lettuces with no flavor. Tomatoes, well they are hopeless unless homegrown.

The culprits are Monsanto who perfected bio-engineered seeds and Mexican billionaire, Alfonzo Romo Garza, who set out to acquire all of the world’s seed companies and sell only Monsanto’s seeds. The result is in 2006, 90% of all produce sold in US supermarkets came from Romo’s seeds, those synthetic seeds. The only solution today for concerned cooks is to chop the organic stalls at Farmer’s Markets, to befriend a trusted local farmer, or to grow your own produce!!!!

Red Books
Books for savvy foodies abound.
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe. Don’t miss.
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel
The End of Food by Paul Roberts
In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan. The poet of food writing.
Swindled: The Dark History of Food, Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee by Bee Wilson. Fall 2008
Passion of the Vine by Sergio Esposito The world of Italian Wine.
The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. Unfolding the secrets of the ancient Chinese culinary arts.
Summer on a Plate by Anna Pump – A Southampton takeout food chef shares her secrets.
Catching Life by The Throat by Josephine Hart, Damages author, one of our favorites.
Second Helpings of Roast Chicken by Simon Hopkinson. Just as delicious.
The New Paradigm for Financial Markets by George Soros. Just take slowly. Save wine for later.


June 20 Friday Night Open Studios, Ox-Bow
June 20 Saugatuck-Douglas Green Market
every Friday 8 AM  - 2 PM
June 20 - July 6 “Das Barbecu” at Mason Street Warehouse
June 20 - July 28- Joohyun Pyune “Duality”
at SCA
June 20 - Sept 12 Saugatuck Dunes Alliance Juried Art Exhibition at SCA
June 21 Strawberry Festival - Earl’s Farm
June 21 - 22 Tom Coleman Workshop at Khnemu Studio Gallery
June 21 First Weekend of Summer Reception, James Brandess Studio
June 21 Entourage
at The What Not Inn
June 22 Michael Homes Trio
at The What Not Inn
June 23 “Art on the Meadow” Summer Program begins at Ox-Bow
June 25 Los Bandits - Music in the Park
, Wicks Park Gazebo 7 - 9 PM
June 26 “Publish Your Article” – Class at SCA
June 26 Amelia Saltsman cookbook signing, Journeyman Cafe
June 27 Saugatuck-Douglas Green Market every Friday 8 AM  - 2 PM
June 28 Winery Open House,
Fenn Valley Vineyards
June 29 Button Gallery Opening for Debra Reid Jenkins, oils
June 29 Allegan Antique Market,
Fairgrounds 7:30am - 4:00 pm
June 29 Edye Evans Hyde at The What Not Inn
July 2 Living Soul - Music in The Park
, Wicks Park Gazebo, 7 - 9 PM

 More Calendar ---

Dawn Stafford
"Great art picks up where nature ends."   Marc Chagall

“Saugatuck is One of the Top Five Art Towns in America” American Style Magazine. There are dozens of galleries in our village, abuzz with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting demonstrations and classes. Some of our favorites include The Water Street Gallery, Button Gallery, The Timmel Collection, Constance Petter Gallery, James Brandess, Khnemu Studio, The Peachbelt Studio, Ox-bow, Amazwi, and Good Goods. A new gallery, Rubinkam Rubinkam on The Blue Star opens this season.  

                        Galleries ---

Dispatches in America

Just in time, ”Dispatches” a new quarterly has been published by award winning reporter Mort Rosenblum . It is a close-to-the-news journal for people who care about the world, written by writers and photographers who have watched it firsthand. Rosenblum, after reporting from 200 countries for over forty years, simply wants to help save the world!!

Dispatches is for like minded people who care about the world and it’s future. It’s goal is to equip readers with fresh information, background context, and tools for implementing change. “Americans have long been lulled into thinking you can’t worry about what you can’t change,” explains Rosenblum. “I believe we must turn this around that you can’t change what you don’t worry about.”

Mort’s latest book is “Escaping Plato’s Cave: How American’s Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival“ published October 2007 "Dispatches” info: 866.239.1395 &

Rose Wine
"Making good wine is a skill, fine wine an art."
 Robert Mondavi

Rose is Hot
From pale pink or salmon to a vivid near-purple hue chilled rose wine in a glass just makes you know that there’s going to be a good time!!!! Their aroma reminds you of the sunshine of Provence. Perfect for lazy al fresco Summer dining, we’re particularly fond of those from the Bandol region of Southern France including those from : Domaine Tempier, Domaine Du Gros, Chateau d'Esclans, Domaine Ott, Domaine Houchart, and Domaine de Puits Mouret. Talk to your favorite wine seller for guidance. Then pour a cool glass, set out a bowl of olives, a platter of saucsson, put on some music and get barefoot!

Arneis Even Hotter
If you love the thrill of discovering obscure wines, seek out those from the Arneis grape from Piedmont. This wine, particularly that from the Roero area, pairs very pleasantly with warm weather foods. The wine s are straw colored and aromatic with a nuttiness, sometimes a smoky earthiness. Some especially like are Marco Porello Comestri, Bruno Glascosa, and Pio Cesare. Do consult a friendly and astute wine merchant.

Farmer's Market
"Small farmers are going to be the next rock stars."

Farmer’s Market Season
Farmers have never been more in the news. From the shortages of food, the price of food and the investors buying up huge farms for the future, suddenly people are concerned about farmers. They have indeed become “Rock Stars” before our very eyes.

Find yourself a farmer who really cares, truly works his farm and support him to obtain the very best foods to feed your family. He may be next door, or deliver Fed Ex to your door. Search “organic vegetable delivery” for your area or

Summer Time is Picnic Time
Peterson's Mill
The Star at Sunset
Tomorrow is a New Day

* Art by Mary Blocksma is available in Saugatuck at The Timmel Collection and Singapore Bank Bookstore, in Douglas at 13 Hawks, and online at

"Learn to pause --- or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."  Doug King
Come pause with us!!! Have a great summer!!!  
Julee and Bill



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