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The Wickwood 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  &  L O R E  T H A T' S  F I T  T O   P R I N T Topiary I N D I A N  S U M M E R  2 0 0 7

Night and Day
Night and Day

Indian Summer
  "Learn to pause --- or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."    Doug King

Live Like a Local!

The best season to visit us is Indian Summer when warm weather lingers for another two months. Our days are still mild enough for swimming in The Big Lake, kayaking the Kalamazoo, biking through the farmland, meandering through our galleries and shops, and lingering over an alfresco dinner.

There's a riot of color unfolding everywhere with swans, blue heron, gulls, geese, bald eagles, deer, fox and coyotes easy to behold.

Come and visit mid-week, when the pace slows down even more. Night and day, it gives you a chance to understand why we live here. Join us at Wickwood!

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

"Earth is so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and
she laughs with a harvest."
Douglas Jerold

It’s All in the Journey!

Farmer’s Markets, Farm Stands, Green Markets, your neighbors garden, your own!

Seek them out for the very best ingredients to insure you eat well! Make "the quest" an adventure and enjoy the hunt as well as the treasure. We promise we’ve discovered the best to serve you at Wickwood.                                                          Recipes ---

Fall Flowers at the Inn

Hors d'Oeuvres at the Inn

"Everyone has the right to eat well." The Trustees of
The Borough Market, London, established 43AD

Pumpkin Patch

Tricks and Treats ~ October 26 – 27, 2007

All Hallow’s Eve is celebrated with a weekend Halloween Festival in Saugatuck/ Douglas. It’s the Village’s favorite holiday.

We have costume contests all over town, an Arts and Crafts show in the village square, country music in the streets, story telling, apple bobbing, caramel apples, and a fabulous Children’s Parade in the afternoon. After dark, the night is just for grownups as the Adult Parade winds through the streets of Douglas. Trust us, there will be witches, ghosts and goblins lurking everywhere all weekend long.



"What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us." Oliver Wendell Holmes

Celebration of Wine and Food Weekend at Wickwood
November 2, 3, 4, 2007

Wine Weekend Sold Out

Heirloom Tomatoes
"Small farmers are going to be the next rock stars."

Eat Like a Local!!!

We’re all confused! Extra virgin olive oil has become slippery business as the Italians try to stop the Turks from labeling their oil “extra virgin Italian”. There is a glut of wine in France. Bio-engineered seeds are dictating our mass food supply. The French and Spanish are striking over who has the fishing rights for anchovies in the Bay of Biscay and “organic” greens from California have made us unhappy. Not to mention toothpaste from China!!

But there’s good news!! Coffee helps woman (only) with brain power and memory retention. Champagne protects brain cells from injury. Moderate wine drinking gives men a 30% lower risk of heart attacks. There is a glut of wine in France! Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure! And, interestingly, over the past 20 years, American’s are eating twelve times as much Caesar Salad per year. Whew! It’s enough to make your head spin.

Our solution --- eat local!!! Buy from Farm Stands. Eat fresh! Buy the very best in every category of foodstuff. Befriend a farmer!!! They’re the new heroes!!

Crane's Orchard

Get Lost!

One of the best ways to be” in the country” is to go apple picking at Crane’s!!! Surrounded by Honey Crisp, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Ida Red, Empire Golden, Ginger Gold, and Cortlands, it’s easy to let your mind wander as you forget your other life.


Corn Maze

Afterwards indulge at The Pie Pantry for terrific soups, homemade pies, cider and cider doughnuts and life is good! That’s why we live in the “Fruit Belt” of Michigan with orchards all around. Next, just try and find your way amidst 15 acres of The Crane Corn Maze !! Its great fun and every year it’s new! Then, at Halloween it becomes “The Haunted Maze” with ghosts and goblins. It's really time to be a kid again!

Parrot in the Square

The Butler Pantry

Shop 'Til You Drop!

Saugatuck and Douglas are really a shopper’s dream come true. Small shops line our streets, each stocked to the hilt with the most unique treasures! From garden antiques, to art, home furnishings, Fall fashion, condiments and olive oils, outdoor and fishing gear, kitsch and kitchenware, pottery, handmade soaps, French and English antiques, cutting edge design, Indian Art, antique posters and good things to eat!!. In this world of chains, each shop here is very special!!!!

Maryjo Lemanski
Maryjo Lemanski

James Brandess
James Brandess

"Saugatuck is One of the Top Five Art Towns in America."
  American Style Magazine

Gallery Stroll ~ October 6, 7, 8, 2007

It’s prime time to visit our dozens of Art Galleries and Studios abuzz during the Fall with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting demonstrations, and classes!  Saugatuck/Douglas has over forty galleries exhibiting over 800 artists – all year long!
Galleries ---

"The olive tree is the richest gift of heaven."
Thomas Jefferson

The Wild World of Olives

We’ve always served Spiced Olives as part of our “Evening Hors d’oeuvres” Buffet --- finding these rich salty bites just perfect with wine or mixed drinks.

And, each year we’ve watched the varieties being imported become more and more interesting. Today there are “Castelvetranos” from Sicily; “Lucques”, “Nicoise” and “Picholines” from both France and Morocco (can you taste the difference); Turkish “Gemlik”; Italy’s “Gaeta”, “Calabrese” and “Cerignola”; “Kalamatas”, “Amfissa”, Knoservolias”, and” Hondroelias” from Greece; and “ Manzanilla” and “Gorda”from Spain. Most retailers are now regularly stocking 20-30 varieties and so its important to know your favorites.

Once home you can concoct your own signature marinades with almost any area in the Mediterranean in mind: Italy (garlic, fennel seeds, hot pepper flakes, anchovies), Greece (oregano, mint, lemon, ouzo), Spain (orange zest, Sherry vinegar, cumin) and Morocco (coriander, cinnamon, ginger, saffron). Just bind with a dash of extra virgin olive oil and there will always be a glorious bite in your pantry.

If you’d like to savor a spectrum of olives:,,

“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” - Kathleen Norris

Our Red Book

Intriguing and must be recommended:
Touite FrancaiseIrene Nemirovsky  WWII stories of many families’ exodus from Paris. A treasure.
The Madonnas of LeningradDebra Dean  Memories of WWII at The Hermitage. Another one.
At Large and At SmallAnne Fadiman  Familiar essays at their very best!!!
Museum: Behind the Scenes at The MetDanny Danziger Fascinating.
On Chesil BeachIan McEwan  Always a good read.
After SchockJessie Gruman  If bad health news ever strikes close to home, you want this nearby.
Roast Chicken and Other StoriesSimon Hopkinson  A delicious and passionate book.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoJunot Diaz  Not to be missed.
The Down to Earth Guide to Global WarmingLaurie David and Cambria Gordon  To help us with the basics.
Global WarmingPaul Brown  A long view of our world and economy.


The Lodge

Swedish Cottage

THE LODGE  Red tartan taffeta --- uptown country roses --- antique linens on a Queen four poster feather bed. Red Wing Backs reflect in a roaring fireplace. SWEDISH COTTAGE  Typical Scandinavian clapboards --- pines reflected in a glacial lake --- Gustavian --- handmade applique quilts atop a deep down King featherbed.

Wickwood Indian Summer Color Tour Specials
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"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale."
- Hans Christian Anderson

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Town Notices

September 1-9 Shout! A Celebration of the ’60s Mason Street Warehouse
September 1-2 Walking Tours of Historic Saugatuck
September 1-24 Natural Affinity Botanical photos by Kauffman, SCA
September 1 Crane’s Corn Maze Begins

More Calendar ---

Peterson's Mill
Indian Summer at the Inn
Halloween at the Inn
The Crush

Join The Crush

Local wineries throughout Southwest Michigan bustle all Fall. It's the best time of the year - "the vendage" or the crush of the grape, is the season to visit wineries and Tasting Rooms. Start in downtown Saugatuck at the Fenn Valley and Tabor Hill Tasting Rooms or head right out to the wineries as you follow The Wine Trail.
           Wineries and Map --- 

Star of Saugatuck
What Not Inn

Come to the Cabaret
All around town there’s cabaret, jazz, and blues –check it out at Pumpernickels, The Lakeshore Jazz Connection, Everyday People Café, The What Not, Toulouse and Coral Gables.

Our favorites – Michael Holmes, Mary Rademacher, Entyce, Christy G, Rich Ruther, Mark Kahney, and Edye Evans Hyde.  We’ll be there!

Fireplace Drinks
Chantal Chamberland
Chantal Chamberland
Sat., Sept 15 - 8pm

Jennie DeVoe
Jennie DeVoe
Sat., Sept 22 - 8pm

Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble
Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble
japanese drumming
Sat., Sept 29 - 8pm

Kevin Mahogany
Kevin Mahogany
Sat., Oct. 6 - 8pm

Sunsets at the Shore

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 best shot.

Heritage Festival Home Tour
Sat., & Sun., Sept 15 & 16

The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society has planned a fun filled and informative weekend of activities including:
Homes Tour exploring seven houses of different periods, overlooking our community's scenic Lake Michigan shore and Kalamazoo River.
Illustrated presentation by two well-known local personalities will lend historical perspective to our Tour theme.
Clothesline Art Show
Vintage Baseball Game
"Walls Talking: Stories Our Houses Tell" exhibit at the award-winning Museum
Hayride Winery Tours

There will be music, free refreshments and history being made all over our towns.

Secret Scent

For years the fragrance that has become my signature has intrigued. But it seems that “my secret” was a lot of gals’ favorite and its been a best seller at Bergdorf’s and Barneys’ for years.

If you’ve not discovered “Antonia’s Flowers” for yourself, seek it out. The scent of fresh cut sweet peas, cassis buds, jasmine, magnolia, lily of the valley --- you'll think that you’re constantly surrounded by bouquets from your favorite garden.

A Life of Lists and A Life List!

We all make daily lists --- at least if you want to get anything done, you do. Some ask themselves daily:
“What is the most important thing I want to do today?”
“What are my top three current goals?”
"Who needs some love today?”
“What did I learn today?"
"Where will I find joy?"

Now many are making Life Lists and asking themselves:
“Where do I want to travel in my lifetime?”
“What will give me a life well lived?
“What do I want to give back and to whom?”
“What do I want to experience that I never thought I could?”

It’s all about setting your secret list of goals. Don’t be shy, have fun with it. Imagine the joy as you check them off. Some of ours:
Work in a vineyard in Barolo for an entire year.
Exercise every day!
Visit The Terracotta Army in Xian
Go Porcini hunting in Umbria
Re-read all of Shakespeare
Have a farm
Moped around Portugal
Visit Patagonia, The Seychelles and Buhtan
Finish The Mother Book!!
Perhaps some of these will start you dreaming ---

Come play in our wonderful village soon, the weather is very very fine!!
   Julee and Bill

The Inn


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