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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 S P R I N G  2 0 0 9

“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn”   Hal Borland



There are signs everywhere. The ice is gone from the lake, seagulls back, joggers out, shops restocked, buds on the apple trees and our Events Calendars bursting. Whether you're a Foodie, Nature Lover, History Buff, Art Collector, Fitness Fan or Shopper, join us for the most eagerly awaited Spring ever in Saugatuck!!
May & June Turn Back Time Specials --

Our Magnificent Obsession!!!!!!

Wickwood  Wickwood
"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."
Iris Murdoch

Food is our passion at Wickwood! from morning until night! To celebrate Spring our menus are loaded with strawberries, rhubarb, morels, and asparagus, each tasting brand new as the season unfolds.                                

Every dusk we're serving an expanded Evening Wine Buffet and we've even added to our Champagne Brunch. Of course, we love to have everyone nibbling and sipping in between.

May & June Turn Back Time Specials ---     Recipes ---

Spring Fever
"Long live the sun which gives us such beautiful color."
Paul Cezanne

N A T I O N A L   T R E A S U R E

Chain Ferry  Od School House  Star of Saugatuck
Saugatuck and Douglas named Distinctive Destinations by
The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Our neighboring Harbor towns nestled near the shore of Lake Michigan, vacation destinations for moe than 100 years, were among the dozen new Distinctive Destinations for 2009. Also cited were Santa Fe and Santa Barbara. We like the company.

"Art resides in the doing. The process is not magic but that's what artists crave." Charles Eames

Jonathan Borofsky at Meijer Gardens March 1 - May 10, 2009

The acclaimed sculptor from the Beijing Olympics, Borofsky has created stylized descriptions of male and female figures to suggest the commonalities shared. across humanity regardless of ace, gender or creed. Central to the exhibition are hundreds of large-scale lexan figures a well as presentations of Borofsky's major projects from around the world. It is an incredible experience to behold.

Waterfront Film Festival
“Like a laid-back Sundance. Great independent film festival.”
  Chicago Tribune

Waterfront Film Festival
June 11-14, 2009

Now in it’s 10th season, and named one of the five top film festivals in the US by SAG, this independent film festival held every June in Saugatuck is a must!!

These are four days of feature films, shorts, outdoor movies, parties, workshops and rubbing elbows with filmmakers and luminaries from the film world you won’t want to miss.

Renee's Garden
“Plant a radish
Get a radish
Never any doubt.
That's why I love vegetables
You know what
You're about!"
  Tom Jones

If You Plant Them,
They Will Grow

The very best seeds abound from Renee’s Garden. That’s because Renee Shepherd has been importing the finest seeds from around the globe since 1985 when she began Shepherd’s Seeds which was quickly bought by the illustrious White Flower Farm.

Renee brings in seeds from growers all over the US, Holland, Italy, England, France, Germany and the Near and Far East. They are all the most special, newest and exciting seeds of time-tested heirloom, fruits or vegetables. They make gardens magical and now we are sharing them with you at Wickwood. Be sure to visit our Retail Area to select some for you own wonderment.

New Restaurants in NYC
Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern

Word on the street is that the two best new restaurants are actually offshoots of two of our favorites. The new Minetta Tavern (the old often visited by Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway) on Minetta Lane in the West Village is the creation of Keith McNally owner of Balthazar and Pastis. It is like a family-run bouchon in Lyons with oxtail terrine, fish en papillote and lots of charcuterie and already very popular. 212.475.3850

The John Dory
The John Dory

The Spotted Pig’s chef April Bloom has opened The John Dory, her salute to all things that swim in the sea. And, she has nailed it, complete with an aquarium in the Bar. There’s Grilled Octopus, Fluke Fritters, Maine Ruby Red Shrimp, Sea Urchin with Blood Orange and Razor Clam Ceviche. Everything April does is an eye-opening taste treat!! 212.929.4948

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center

One of the true treasures on New York resides inside The AOL Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle. Wynton Marsalis has created a mecca for jazz and it’s visited by all of the greats.

Everyone plays here from Marian McPartland, to Angelea Bassett, Billy Strayhorn, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Bill Charlap, Jenny Scott, and Dave Brubeck. Dizzy’s Club and The Rose Room start early and end late and you never know who is in town and will drop in. There’s hot jazz and cool cabaret throughout the year. A few weeks ago we enjoyed Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Nora Jones in a marvelous concert of Ray Charles’ music. WOW!

Idlewild Jazz

Saugatuck-Douglas Jazz Fest July 31 and August 1st. The Idlewild Foundation sponsored festival will begin with evening performances at The Saugatuck Brewing Company and continue on Saturday with a big band parade and performances all over town.

Performing will be New Yorker’s “One For All”, Chicago’s Nicole Mitchell, Detroit’s Shahida Nurullah, Onita Sanders, Johnny O’Newal, Benny Cruz and Dwight Adams, Greenville’s “Flat River Band and Saugatuck’s Jim Cooper Trio. There will be jazz movies, documentaries and lectures. 313.965.0505 or 616.915.0288

The Peachbelt Studio & Gallery

Peachbelt Studio and Gallery

Dawn Stafford Oils
Dawn Stafford's Fabulous Oils

Jill Lareaux

The Spiritual Voice of Jill Lareaux - Artist Reception, Saturday, June 20 6-9 PM

"Art resides in the doing. The process is not magic but that’s what artists crave."
Charles Eames

Ox-Bow and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck Announces 2009 Schedule

For the past 99 years, Ox-Bow has remained a haven for artists and fellowship and an integral member of the Saugatuck-Douglas community. This year resolve to take a class.

“Nature is pleased with simplicity.”
  Sir Isaac Newton

Walking Tours of Saugatuck-Douglas

One of the best ways to relax and get to know our villages is to walk around and soak up history. Everywhere you look there are examples of 19th century Greek Revival, Italianate style and Gothic architecture dotted with relics from The Pioneer, Lumber, Shipbuilding, Fruit Growing, Big Pavilion and Post WW II Eras of our past.

The curators at the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum have created walking tours and maps to give you a glimpse of the historical significance of various architectural styles, while guiding you on a pleasant walk about our small towns.

Be sure to also visit the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum this summer celebrating “100 Years Along the Lakeshore”.

Blue Coast Artists

The Blue Coast Artists tour offers a behind-the-scenes look into the studios and galleries of six studio artists. This site gives you a sample of the work from each artist before visiting the studios. View the tour map for directions to the studios.

Lattner Studio
Lattner Studio

Blue Star Pottery
Blue Star Pottery

Khnemu Studio LLC
Khnemu Studio LLC

Blue Roan Studio
Blue Roan Studio

Lake Effect Pottery
Lake Effect Pottery

Blue Star Studio of Wood and Glass LLC
Blue Star Studio of Wood and Glass LLC

Mason Street Warehouse
Full Monty

The season begins June 26th -July 19th with the Broadway hit, “The Full Monty’. Based on the film, a group of unemployed steel workers dream up the ultimate money-making gimmick and along the way renew their self-esteem and remember the importance and fun of friendship.

Pump Boys and Dinettes

“Pump Boys and Dinettes”, that Broadway classic of pump boys selling high octane in Grand Ole Opry country while dinettes run the Double Cupp diner. It’s an evening of country western song on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils. From July 24th-August 9th.

Top Secret

A secret New York musical is under contract, but not yet announced for August 14  -30. It has just completed successful runs in New York and Chicago and is completing it’s national tour. We Can’t Wait!!!! 



Staying Fit in Saugatuck

It’s easy here. We have miles of beaches to walk, trails to cycle, streams and rivers, and one Big Lake, to canoe, kayak, and surf, and paths and woods to walk. We also are lucky to have the Satya Yoga Center which is dedicated to our best selves with yoga, Pilates, meditation, martial arts, dance and even Boot Camp. There are classes, personal training, and workshops for all.

Lakeshore Pilates is committed to upholding the highest standards of Joseph Pilates with Group Reformer & Mat classes and personal training. Lakeshore Pilates takes Pilates seriously training men and women of all ages. Visitors welcome.

Pumphouse Gym

The Pump House Gym is everyone’s favorite for hitting the Cardio Mezzanine with Elliptical Bikes and Treadmills, free weights and Magnum weight and strength training equipment. Classes, day rates, personal training, it’s all here seven days a week. Walk-ins welcome.

The Red Book

To feed our habit, we have enjoyed:

Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff. Fascinating short stories. A home run.
Pino Luango-Dirty Dishes by Pino Luango. A memoir of passion pain and pasta in the kitchen.
Bloom! by Maria Van Lieshout. A Little Book About Finding Love --- charming.
Serendipity Parties by Stephen Bruce. Unexpected entertaining ideas.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Moira Hodgson. Highly charming raconteur.
Your Home, Your Sanctuary by Clodagh. Finally our favorite green designer and pal writes.
Calder Jewelry by The Calder Foundation. Timeless inspiration.
The Mind’s Eye by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Writings of photography and photographers



 Culture of Mexico Festival
at the
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
April 2009


“La Loteria: An Exploration of Mexico” explores the images of Mexico using a popular game of chance to view historical figures, gastronomy, and distinctive culture. Throughout April there will be a Pinata Workshop, Diego Rivera Lecture, and the tapping heals, dazzling costumes and pounding rhythms of “Ballet Folklorica” preformed by the acclaimed folk-dance troupe Quetzlli, and Cinco de Mayo cooking classes.
Ballet Folklorica

Click on
Wickwood's Calendar
for all the exciting activities going on this Spring in the Saugatuck-Douglas area

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

Spring Flowers
The Lodge
English Garden

Tulip Time
Tulip Time
May 2 though May 9


Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Main Stage at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Madcat and Kane with Shimmin and Schrock

March 21 Madcat and Kane with Shimmin and Schrock  8 pm

Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael

March 28 “Broadway, Our Way!” starring Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael 8 pm

Jennie DeVoe

May 2 Jennie DeVoe Band  8pm.

Hot Club of Detroit

May 24 Hot Club of Detroit  8pm


The Ghost of Wickwood

First, she’s a friendly ghost! And we’ve enjoyed her for almost eighteen years. We inherited her. She is fascinating and has become a pal to the Sassy Women of Wickwood and Himself, Bill. We see her turn the fireplaces on and off in The Lodge and The Living Room, no others. After a bed has been freshly made, we’ll return to see that someone has been sitting on it, or the pillows are mussed. The room door still locked. We’ve heard water dripping, only to be able to find it, catch it’s slightly red hue, never find the source and have it never appear again, until it does somewhere else.

And, everyday Brenda, our Senior Housekeeper, who has cared for Wickwood much longer than we, finds a penny. Never a dime, a nickel, nor a quarter. It’s in a drawer, on a shelf, under a bed. Sometimes long after the room is finished, she’ll have a feeling that gnaws at her that something isn’t just right She returns to find everything in place yet, the penny is tucked behind a drape, under the corner of a rug, somewhere.

Everyday, “The Penny Ghost” adds to her huge jar. Some say it’s Carrie Wicks, the wife of the former Mayor of Saugatuck, strutting her stuff as her husband always had the acclaim. She, the original Matriarch of Wickwood. When you visit, watch for the pennies. These days they're important.


Relax and Refresh at Wickwood and the Day Spas in Saugatuck

We all need a little rejuvenation these days and we love to be pamper our guests with massages at Wickwood with our Nancy Plantinga. She specializes in Swedish massages, has added a Couples Massage with mirroring, does Pre-natal, Reiki and Chakra all under our roof. Just book your appointment when you make your reservation.

Spa services are also all around us:

Waterfront Day Spa We couldn’t live without Esthetician Peggy who, using Pevonia Botanica from Switzerland offers the finest European facial ever. Peggy also works magic with her Signature Facial, Purifying Back Facial, Myoxy-Caviar Facial, skin analysis, High Frequency and Galvanic Machines along with Glycolic and Salicylic Peels and make up consultations.

Bella Vita Day Spa specializes in massage treatments, and beauty salon services. They offer Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, Hot Stone, Four Hand Swedish and Couples Massages along with Low Back Tension Releases, Sinus Relief and Fibromyalgia Tender Point massages.

Spring Renewal Spa To relieve stress and tensions from everyday living offered are;The Aveda Refining Facials; Swedish, Hot Stone, Myofascial, Polarity, Pre-Natal Massages; Makeup; Pulse Light Facials;Reiki; and Reflexology.

The newest website for cooks to browse for recipes, shop for cookbooks and discover and up to the moment info about favorite chefs is the brainchild of Will Schwalbe and Katie Workman, both established NY editors.


Museum 2009 Exhibition

A Century of Leisure at the Lake Michigan Shore

Saugatuck Douglas Museum
Park Street at Mt. Baldhead
A short walk from the Chain Ferry Daily Noon to 4pm Memorial Day thru Labor Day Free admission

"A good laugh is sunshine in the house."     William Thackeray

Come laugh with us!!!  Julee and Bill

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Julee's Cookbooks


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Wickwood Inn   |    510 Butler Street P.O. Box 1019   |   Saugatuck, MI 49453
Tel (800) 385 -1174   |    |    Bill and Julee Rosso Miller, Proprietors