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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  &  L O R E  T H A T' S  F I T  T O   P R I N T  S P R I N G  2 0 0 7

Oval Beach

  "Oval Beach, Saugatuck Michigan. Everything anyone could ask for of a beach --- clean water, sugar sand and barrier dunes."   Chicago Tribune’s #1 Beach, April 15, 2007

We're Zeppole Crazy!

Hot Italian Fritters dipped in Raspberry Sauce or Carmel Coffee Sauce. That’s a great way to begin a day, we think.

Officially, they’re for a ferociously celebrated Italian Holiday, Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19th), and they're called Zeppole di San Giuseppe, but we think they’re terrific everyday. Come celebrate Spring and fresh Zeppole at Wickwood!!!
Recipes & Silver Palate Memories ---

"Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity"
Frank Lloyd Wright

Appetizers at the Inn  Appetizers at the Inn
If you're a food lover - come visit us at Wickwood!

Spring in the Vineyard
In the vineyards you can literally watch the vines come
to life and inch toward the Spring sunshine

                Local Wineries on the Southwest Michigan Wine Tour ---

Wyncroft Wickwood Wine Weekend

What do Alinea, The Rattlesnake Club, Charlie Trotter’s, Tapawingo, The Lark, The Rowe, Tribute, The Sierra Room and The Journeyman all have in common? Wyncroft Wines are on their Wine Lists! These are true treasures of the wines being made in America today.

Jim and Rae Lee Lester We first met Jim and Rae Lee Lester early last year in Wickwood’s own Garden Room and loved talking food and wine with them.. Then, several months later we tasted their wines!!! WOW! is the only word to be used for them. They are big gorgeous estate-grown single-vineyard appellation wines that are world class! The winemakers had been far too modest.

First it was their Chardonnay reminiscent of the Grand Cru Meursaults, Puligny-Montrachets and Cortons that we had enjoyed in Burgundy. You can describe it as buttery, carmely, a bit like Crème Brulee, but a WOW will suffice. We kept asking “How do you know how to make wines like these???” And in Michigan!!

And then we began to taste more. Their Avonlea and Madron Lake Rieslings, The Madron Lake Gewurztraminer , their Pinot Noir which is reminiscent of Chambertin and their Shou which is patterned after the wines of Paulliac and Magaux (remember when we could splurge on an occasional bottle of Petrus? ) Well you simply have to taste them to believe them!!! That’s where the restaurants come in.

 You won’t find Wyncroft Wines in wine shops, only on the very best restaurant’s Wine Lists. That’s the way the Lester’s want it. And, by being on their Private customer mailing list where you can buy wines by the case only.

Wyncroft Winery

And so, since we aren’t good at keeping secrets, we’re going to have a Wyncroft Wickwood Wine Weekend for wine lovers and aspiring wine lovers, one weekend in November. You won’t want to miss it. We know we’ll be there!!

The Keewatin Turns 100
For over forty years, the Steamship Keewatin Maritime Museum has been a fixture of Saugatuck-Douglas, thanks to our good pals R.J. and Diane Peterson. To celebrate the Keewatin’s 100 Anniversary of her launching in Govan, Scotland, near Glasgow, the Petersons invite you to walk through a century of history aboard the last of the classic Edwardian passenger liners. Don’t miss a visit to the Keewatin.

Tulip Time

Tulip Time
The Annual Tulip Time in Holland is May 5th through May 12th.  Amidst the city wide display of tulips are the Volks parade, Street Scrubbing, Dutch Klompen Dancers in full costume, a Marketplaats, concerts with Three Dog Night, Frankie Avalon, The Oakridge Boys and the Zanggroep Choir. Fireworks too.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park
This wonderful series of Concerts begins June 6th and lasts all Summer long. Every Wednesday from 7-9 for fourteen weeks there’s music under the stars.

Bring a picnic and listen to the fabulous Michael Holmes, Tom Grace’s oldies, South Side Evolucion’s Tejano Latin, Blue Coast Quartet’s blues and Living Soul’s rock-n-roll. From Jumping Blues to 40’s and 50’s to Funk Rock Fusion every Wednesday evening will be a bopping surprise

Mason Street Warehouse

Mason Street Warehouse Announces 2007 Program
The Uptown Playhouse that brings B’way to downtown Saugatuck will present:
Altar Boyz 6/22-7/8 A musical comedy about a fictitious boys band
Food Chain 7/13-29 An absurd comedy that’s poisonously funny.
Lucky Stiff  8/3-19 A musical murder mystery
Shout 8/24-9/9 A musical of the coming of age of woman in the 60’s     269.857.4898 for tickets

Art 'Round Town

Art 'Round Town Opens June 2
Sculptures magically appear all over our village on June 3rd. Thanks to an extraordinary competition that allows us to enjoy the very best. Stone, metal, bronze, and marble are all in evidence - and all around town everyone’s snapping photos. Join the welcoming reception for the artists at the Constance Petter Gallery. (616) 582-6001
Galleries ---

Waterfront Film Festival

Waterfront Film Festival, Saugatuck, June 7 thru June 10

The most creative independent film producers vie to be accepted in this film festival.

Last year's audience viewed "Napoleon Dynamite" long before it hit theaters.
It all begins with an outdoor screening at dusk, followed by three days of non-stop films, forums with movie stars and loads of parties, all within walking distance - all the best of the independents - Saugatuck (269) 857-8351

Music in the Park

Gebben Gray Gallery goes to Bridge Art Fair
The girls of gebben/gray/galleryof Downtown Fennville have had a busy winter; their travels took them to London, Taos, Innsbruck, Miami, Milan, and New York. Now, they are packing up their inspiration and putting their global experience to work at the Bridge Art Fair in Chicago.

Don't miss their June 2 show from 7 to 10pm featuring Robert Rauschenberg CURRENTS

Spring Season Announced
• April 21 ~ Jimmy Dillon and the werewolves
• May 12 ~ Michael Holmes with Francesca Amari and Mark Kahny
• May 19 ~ Duo Pianists Yuki and Tomoko Mack
• May 25 ~ 10,000 Maniacs
• May 26 ~ Second City "Truth, Justice or the American Way"
• May 27 ~ Cuba meets Brazil
• May 31 ~ An Evening with Michael Feinstein
• June 16 ~ The Wailin’ Jennys
Call 269.857.2399 for tickets

Saugatuck beach

Our beaches beckon --- long, lazy walks and
beach combing. Spring sunsets are superb.

One of Saugatuck's five fabulous golf courses
Our five golf courses are ready and golfers
are soaring balls, practicing for the next Masters.

Town Notices

April 17 The Ravines, Clearbrook, Hawkshead Golf Courses Open

April 17-23 Metamorphosis, SCA


April 17-30 Butterflies Are Blooming at Meijer Gardens
thru April Fenn Valley Tours, call to confirm 269.561.2396
April17-May 13 Patrick Dougherty, sculptor at Meijer Gardens
April 17 The Mediterranean Wine Dinner at Everyday People’s Café

April 19 Ed and Molly Schief, beautiful music, Park Theater, Holland
April 20 Cool Jazz & Blues at Everyday People Cafe
April 20 Craig Karjes, mentalist, Park Theater, Holland
April 20 & 21 Run for Your Wife at The Red Barn 269.857.5300
April 20 & 21 Rose and the Rime, Hope College Theater
April 21 Jimmy Dillon Concert at the SCA
April 21 Christy G at The What Not

April 21 Art Dart, Water Street Gallery
April 21 & 22 Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail Spring into Summer  New Vintage wine release, Domaine Berrien Cellars Winery, Berrien Springs
April 22 Perugino Quartet, Herrick Library, Holland
April 25 Family Plot at The Red Barn
April 25-28 Rose and the Rime, Hope College Theater
April 27 Cool Jazz & Blues at Everyday People Caf
April 27 Sara Luneack, singer songwriter, Park Theater, Holland
April 28 Japanese Flower Arranging with Kimiko Guji, SCA
April 28 Ethnic Winemaker's Dinner, Fenn Valley
April 29 Edye Evans Hyde at The What Not
April 29, Allegan Antique Market
More May and June ---

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On the beach
Sailboats in the Saugatuck harbor
Harbor Duck
Spring at the Inn
Spring at the Inn
Spring at the Inn
Chain ferry

 Sfoglia in New York and Nantucket

Sfoglia in New York And Nantucket
On a recent theatre trip we discovered this fabulous restaurant on Manhattans Upper East Side. Don’t miss it!! It’s a treasure and you’ll feel as though you’re in a trattoria in some small town in Italy. They say that “traditions begin in the kitchen and the aromas of simplicity are everywhere".

We dined there twice in two days and are going back every time we’re in NYC. Owners Ron and Colleen Suhanosky, both chefs, have incredible taste and style in food and décor. Every detail is perfect!!

And, you’ll swoon over the food!. It’s very tough to get a reservation for dinner --- but lunch is possible. We love to sit at the bar, but those seats need reservations too. Open for B-L and D.

"There is an emanation from the heart in genuine hospitality which puts the stranger at once at ease."   Washington Irving
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Wickwood Inn   |    510 Butler Street P.O. Box 1019   |   Saugatuck, MI 49453
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