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It's Time to Sneak Away!

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.
                                                 ----Virginia Woolf


"Life at Wickwood revolves around food and wine."
                                                ---The New York Times

Shoots of optimism are all around us. Both the markets and our kitchen are exhilarated by the newness of Spring. Chive, Leek and Onion Tarts, Bismarcks with Berries, Morels over Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Asparagus and Salmon Mousse, Radishes and Butter, Grilled Ramps, fresh Rhubarb Cake and the first Strawberries drizzled with Balsamico. It’s an exciting new season and we have a new web site wickwoodinn.com. Also see our Recipes.


July 14 The Last Call Band
, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 15-16 C’est Magnifique, Chamber Music Festival, Saugatuck
July 17 Lost & Found, mixed media, Water Street Gallery
July 16-17 Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, The Red Barn Theater
July 17 Pops at the Piper, Holland Jazz Orchestra and Holland Symphony, The Piper
July 17 Raleigh & Hicks sing at The What Not
July 18 Christy G sings at The What Not
July 18-August 10 Adornment at Good Goods

                     More Events ---

Music is everywhere in Saugatuck In every nook and cranny, be it a large venue or an intimate one. There’s jazz, blues, rock & roll, classical, opera, cabaret, old movies, independent film premiers, summer stock theater, comedy, mystery, drama and Shakespeare. Our town is bursting!

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but
anyone can start today and make a new beginning."
                                                                 --- Maria Robinson

Chihuly at Meijer Gardens

Chihuly at Meijer Gardens

The New Eden - Dale Chihuly
Meijer Gardens Through September 30

Chihuly has exhibited his thirty foot glass towers, reeds rising from the earth, rowboats full of glass and floating spheres in Venice, Kew Gardens, and New York’s Botanical Garden, but now near us. Dramatic and beautiful these complex multipart blown glass compositions that are inspired by flowers, Native baskets and Chihuly’s love of the sea will be displayed outdoors in stunning settings --- near the water, on a hill, amidst a field of flowers, with a sunset in the background so that the interplay of natural light on the glass will exploit its translucency and transparency. Perfectly dazzling and not to be missed!

Spring at the InnSailboats in the Saugatuck harborHarbor Duck

Local Art Stars

A few of our glorious local artists

Steven Rubinkam Studio, Douglas

Thimgan Hayden, Water Street Gallery

James Brandess, Saugatuck Studio

Max Matteson, Button-Petter Gallery

Anne Corlett Wiley, Water Street Gallery

Johnny Blue, Brackett & Company. Douglas

Blue Pears
Dawn Stafford, Peachbelt Studio

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

April is Wine Month
In the vineyards you can literally watch the vines come to life and inch toward the Spring sunshine.

Our five golf courses are ready and golfers are soaring balls, practicing for the next Masters.

World Wide Wine Glut

As the Australians plow up their vineyards, French producers to turn their wines into ethanol, and Napa prices reach all time lows, it’s never been a better time to stock up on good wines. And there’s one man to whom some of the best wineries trust their extra bulk wines at extremely low prices. The result, some great wines that several years ago might have been in the $100 range, are now selling for $20-$30, all anonymously sold under the Cameron Hughes label, identified only by a Lot Number. Mr. Hughes estimated that he sells approximately 250,000 gallons of bulk fine wine each year to Costco, Sam’s Club, and to us, too. When the glut will end, no one knows. Meanwhile CH enjoys sharing his riches at www.chwine.com

The Butler Pantry

For over thirty years serious cooks visiting Saugatuck head to the Butler Pantry where there are always demos, book signings and tastings going on. Chock full of the very best cookware such as Henckel knives, All Clad and Pillivuyt French porcelain.

Salt of the Earth, Fennville

Chef Mathew Pietsch transplanted here from Roast in Detroit has a menu which includes Grilled Hanger Steak, Norwegian Salmon, Crispy Pork Belly, brick oven baked breads and pizzas and handmade pastas and pierogi, we can’t wait!! Plus music. 269.561.SALT

Costa Azul, Douglas

Authentic Mexican food is always a find and when this new restaurant opened in Douglas, we all applauded! We devoured Falling-off-the-bone Ribs with a Chipolte sauce, Baked Calamari, Garlic Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, fresh, made-to-order Guacamole and real (no mix) knock your sox off Margaritas along with homemade desserts that we fought over. 269.857.1523

in downtown Saugatuck

The old Billie’s Boathouse has been transformed serving Rib Eyes, Fried Perch, a Half-Pound Burger, Mussels, Panko Shrimp, pasta, salads and Root Beer Floats. Yum and Cabaret music too! 269.857.2888?

Plant your Heirlooms

If you want to know where your food comes from, there’s no better way than to plant your own garden. Tomatoes in the ground or in big clay pots are the first things to master because they bring the greatest reward. “Heirloom” means that a species is at least 50 years old, and a good source of inspiration is The Edible Heirloom Garden by Rosalind Creasy. Good sources of plants and seeds are:
www.seedsavers.org www.seedsofchange.com www.nativeseeds.org www.whiteflowerfarm.com www.jungseed.com


Ox-Bow Turns 100!!

A haven for artists, writers and thinkers, Ox-Bow is a place, a respite and an inspiration. Long the foundation of the art community in Saugatuck, today it continues to flourish with Art on the Meadow and a full Summer and Winter class schedule. To celebrate:
Through August 22 The Ox-Bow Centennial Exhibition will be held at The Grand Rapids Art Museum
Through October 15 “A Place Called Ox-Bow, 100 Years of Connecting Art, Nature and People" - Saugatuck-Douglas History Museum
Continuing through the summer Friday Evening Open Studios and a Lecture Series will take place at Ox-Bow. www.ox-bow.org

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

July 19 - Krista Detor

July 26 - Libby York

August 2 - Meg Hutchinson

August 9 - Edye Evans-Hyde and Mark Kahny

August 16 - Drew Nelson

August 23 - The Guggenheim Grotto


The Red Barn

July 16 & 18 Hello, Muddah Hello, Faddah, The Jewish Theater of Grand Rapids returns with the hilarious musical.

August 6 - 8 & 13 - 15, The Red Barn Players present the stage play AMADEUS by the English dramatist Peter Shaffer, loosely based on the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.

August 21, The fantastic Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents Henry V by William Shakespeare.

The King of Salumi

As more authentic artisanal salumi appear in America, the bar raises. Considered the pinnacle of salumi, Culatello, (“little ass”) is slowly cured boneless ham made from the choicest cut of the pig’s rump. It is aged between 14 and 48 months, after massaging, to create it’s unique sweet-musky flavor and almost velvety texture --- making San Daniele proscuitto taste almost mundane. “It’s not just a meat, it’s a myth” declares Mario Battali in a recent e-mail to us, as he visited his Father, Armandino, the first to produce it in Seattle, far from the famous fog of the Po. It is meant to be eaten naturally, only with bread and butter if you must. This is not the time for figs, melon or Parmigiano Reggiano, just serve it parchment thin to savor its understated elegant flavor. www.salumicuredmeats.com www.framani.com www.heritagefoodsusa.com www.salumeriarosi.com

The Dirty Secret

Gardeners fight over good compost. San Franciscan chefs now jointly gather table scraps. And some composters, when sharing tips, leave an ingredient out of their recipe, much as cooks did years ago. For, dark rich compost is the secret to growing the very best fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Wine makers talk endlessly about “terroir”- the minerals in the sub soils beneath the earth’s top layer that influences their wine’s flavor. In Chablis it is a limestone layer, in Bordeaux clay or gravel, in Greece volcanic, and in Germany slate gives Rieslings their flinty taste. Bottom line, you want to taste the earth, and it varies from site to site, one side of the road to the other. Inevitably, in one San Francisco Art Gallery, the point is being made in spades. Visitors smell various soils from a wine glass then taste the vegetables that were grown in that earth. The influence of terrior is clear as they taste the difference.

Chefs, too, around the world are honoring the soil—as they cook potatoes in earth or dust dishes with faux dirt using dried mushrooms or olives. Obviously, in many ways, we are all becoming more connected to Earth.

On the beach
Saugatuck City Hall
Spring at the Inn
Spring at the Inn
Spring at the Inn
Chain ferry
Peterson's Mill
Swans at the Mildred Peterson Preserve

Green Markets Here!

We’re surrounded by farms, farm stands, and several Green Markets that gather their harvest. Shop:
The Summertime Market for everything from Creswick farm raised cuts of meat to local eggs, goat cheese and produce. Open daily.
The SCA Green Market Highlights Farmers with produce and nurseries with flowers and trees. Every Friday morning and plus Mondays in the Summer.
The Holland Farmer’s Market abounds with stands from early Spring until the frost. Arrive early, it’s crowded. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning.

The Wizards Oz

Our two great sources of health information are both named Oz. Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Chief Cardiologist at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, co-author of the YOU series of books now has his own daily TV show on ABC.

And, Oz Garcia, long the nutritionist to the New York’s best looking/most healthy citizens, his anti-aging, and nutritional programs are priceless.
www.doctoroz.com www.ozgarcia.com


It has been well-established that regular exercise is the fountain of youth. Best of all, it’s free. Even better, watching Charlie Rose's series with the researchers who have been studying the brain the longest (50+ years) and who conclude that the greatest health benefit of regular physical activity is it’s ability to prevent or delay the loss of cognitive impairment. They’ve discovered that you can reconnect your “synapses” (your neuron circuitry) through exercise. Boomers take note. It’s never too late! Search “The Seven Part Brain Series” on www.charlierose.com

"When we dream alone, it's just a dream, but when we dream together, it's the beginning of a new reality."
                   --- Brazilian Proverb

Pi-Lo Paris

The “bobo” (aka Bohemians) are reviving their original haunts in Pigalle where it all began for the artists of the 19th century. Its winding streets are charming and authentic with no brand name stores only casual restaurants, small design shops and artist’s studios. We love:
The Rose Bakery - a simple organic bakery and café that’s so hip you must catch lunch early to avoid the lines.

The Rose Bakery

46 Rue des Martyrs Pousse-Pousse - a must book juice bar and hub for raw and vegetarian food, books and cookware.
7 Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Annabel - here ”bobo chic” reigns with mostly French labels sprinkled with great vintage.
Les Cakes de Bertrand - A tea salon-cum-bakery with vintage handbags, surplus jackets, and graphics.
7 Rue Bourdaloue Le Lapin Agile - the original artists’ cabaret is an absolute must visit, at least once. It’s been here since 1855 and you can picture Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo sitting around one of the squat tables and singing.
22 Rue des Saules La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin - Superfresh and just the best.
133 Rue de Turenne Chocolatier to the four star chefs

Red Books
The Terroir Guides published by Little Brown. So far Rome, Italian Riveria-Genoa, Burgundy. These are superb.
The Luxury Collection: Destination Guides published by Assouline. So far - Spain, Italy, Argentina, India, Greece and the US. Excellent passports to jet-set style.
Nordic Diet by Triana Hahnemann. Those Scandinavian’s have long been the world’s most fit.
Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison. An always intriguing chef.
The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone. One of the oldest and best cooking methods inspires a real pro.
The Life of Irene Nemirovsky by Phillipponnat and Lienhardt. The fabulous French WW II novelist comes alive.
A Question of Belief by Donna Leon. Venice teetering on the edge, with Brunetti still solving crimes.
The Letters of Sylvia Beach by Keri Walsh. She had the ultimate bookstore in Paris.
Earth by Bill McKibben. The original voice of sustainability speaks about our planet and people today.
Armitage’s, Vines, and Climbers by Allan M. Armitage. Reaching new heights in the garden.
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew Long our guide in raised bed vegetable gardening.
Big Plans, Small Gardens by Andy Sturgeon. Oh, if we could hire him.
Terroir by James Wilson. Finally a geologist explains what all of the fuss is about.

The Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival
Around the World
Summer 2010


July 15-16 C'est Magnifique
July 22-24 Trio Terzetto
July 29-30 Viva Italia

August 5-6 American Journey
August 12-13 Czech Mate


"It feels like I’m in the most magical place on earth."   ---- Barbara Margolis, Saugatuck, 2010

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