Apple Pie and Cider
Time to visit Crane Orchards to “pick your own” apples! Then go to
their Pie Pantry for terrific soups, homemade pies, cider and cider
doughnuts. In the orchard are, Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp, Gala, Mutsu,
Fuji, Ida Red, Empire Golden, and Cortlands. They are great for apple
pies, applesauce, cobblers, crisps, strudels, and cider. It’s a fine
time of year and we live smack in the center of Michigan’s Fruit Belt
with orchards all around us.
October, The Crane Corn Maze is open and good fun! Towards Halloween it becomes The Haunted Maze with
ghosts and goblins. Time to be a kid again! Growing old is scary! www.cranespiepantry.com
Blue, Johnny, Blue!
The Johnny Blue Gallery is presenting new creations of artists;
Jane Kramer, photography;
John Nelson, metalworks;
Brett Tappen, metalworks;
Ed Gray, oils;
Don Daughtery photography; and
Pat Gibson photography.
All are in addition to Johnny Blue’s infamous metal sculptures that
have a cult following all their own. 36 Center Street, Douglas 269.857.8571
Eat your fruits and vegetables everyday. We hear it over and over.
Recently, The American Journal of Medicine reports that drinking
juice --- only the real stuff (no watered down, sugary versions
allowed) --- lowers your chance of Alzheimer’s by 76%.It’s all due to the
fact that fruits and vegetable juices are very rich in polyphenols and
antioxidants. This Vanderbilt University study gives us all a
wonderful way to age gracefully.
For the first time ever in its almost century old program, this season
Ox-Bow will offer a Fall "Art on the Meadow" program, of classes from
September 12th to October 10th. Pure Heaven!! Glassblowing, twig
furniture and sculptures, portrait drawing, the written word,
painting, pottery and cooking will all be featured classes. Check our
calendar for a brief overview of the schedule. To register:
269.857.5611 or www.ox-bow.org
Better Late Than Never!
It’s never too late to start being healthy. While the “experts” advice
sometimes seems confusing, it’s really quite simple! Eat less. Eat more
often. Exercise more. Emphasize fruits and vegetables. Go fresh, local and
organic. Eat real foods. Nothing from a box. Little from a jar. Cook with
the seasons. Select food at its peak. Befriend a farmer. Find sources you
can trust. Serve smaller portions. Eat till you’re 80% full. Natural is the
answer to eating well. Fruit is the solution to a sweet tooth. Daily
exercise the only way to be lean for life. Rule of Thumb; the smaller the
food resource, the more passionately produced the product. This is true for
wine, beef, bread, apples and arugula, everything! Eat well!
Sunsets at the Shore
We have breathtaking sunsets in Saugatuck!
Capturing them in photographs however is often a challenge. The object is to
make that shutter click and not have the flash go off. Shooting into the sun
can be tricky. The secret, according to one local pro
who specializes in sunsets, is to have a subject in the foreground giving
the photo both a silhouette and dimension, then turn your flash down or off,
now move around , bend, squat, twist, turn or shout ---anything to get your
Wickwood Indian Summer Color Tour Specials
We've reserved a few rooms at special mid-week
rates for you, the newsletter tribe. Declare yourself one
when you call for your reservation
Saugatuck’s Micro Brewery
With its “Saison Belgian Ale” gaining
rave reviews at the Michigan Brewers Guild- there’s much to celebrate at the
Saugatuck’s own Brewing Company. “The beer is light and refreshing with just
a little bitter bite exactly what a Saison should taste like”, the press
praised. All of their beers are available all over town and at the Brewing
Company-soon to relocate to the Blue Star Antique Pavilion.
Come to the Cabaret
All around town there’s cabaret, jazz, and blues –check it out at Chaps,
Pumpernickels, The Lakeshore Jazz Connection, Everyday People Café, The What
Not, Toulouse and Coral Gables.
Our favorites – Michael Holmes, Mary Rademacker, The Scott
Bill Trio, Christy G, Rich Ruther, Mark Kahney, and Edye Evans Hyde. We’ll
“Pesto” means “to make a paste” and once Americans fell in love
with the classic pesto, we’ve all taken it to heart and let our imaginations
run wild! Using the traditional pounding method we often change the
ingredients, first using different herbs: basil, parsley, tarragon, mint,
oregano and arugula and spinach, then hazelnuts, macadamias, walnuts, or
sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds, vary the oils and cheeses, then
sometimes pushing the envelope even further to include, roasted tomatoes,
roasted red peppers, chipotle, artichokes, kalamata olives, sweet peas, or
ginger. There are no rules. Theses new pestos simply dazzle everything they
touch. You’ll feel like a very rich cook when you have a stash of pesto.
Catch the Holiday Spirit in Saugatuck!
Plan now to visit us as the Holiday Season approaches. Saugatuck
and Douglas become an Old Fashion Christmas Card – with twinkling lights
everywhere beginning in mid-November. For six weeks our towns are magical –
horse drawn carriage rides, mulled cider and holiday cookies in shops
brimming with unique gifts and stocking stuffers, even Dicken’s “Christmas
The tradition at Wickwood is to sparkle from top to bottom – inside and
out! Every room has its own special tree with our own personal decorations
collected from around the world! We elves work very hard to bring you a new
Christmas memory! Come join us!!