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Sherwood Forest
Bed & Breakfast 
Saugatuck, Michigan
1-800-838-1246

"News from the Forest" December/January 2002

December is upon us, and it never ceases to amaze us seeing the deer sleeping in the back yard this time of year. With the recent cold weather snap, the last of the geese are making their way to the southern reaches. A light winter's blanket has been laid upon the ground as we approach the winter solstice, and what better time than the present to join us for some pre-holiday revelry to put you in the spirit. Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth to all!

P.S. Last-minute gift idea: Sherwood Forest B&B gift certificates--quick, easy, and always appreciated!

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Theater
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be presented on December 13-15 and 20-22. This classic Christmas tale, featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, various ghosts, and an assortment of lovable Londoners, is brought to life by community performers. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday is at 7 p.m.; Saturday matinee is at 2 p.m. Performances are at the Saugatuck Women's Club (downtown Saugatuck--corner of Mason and Butler). For further information and to purchase tickets, call 269-857-1701.

More Theater
Anthony Zerbe in “It’s All Done with Mirrors” will be performing on January 11 at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre (downtown Holland). Emmy-winning Zerbe returns in this one-man show on e.e. cummings. Plus, thanks to Patrons for the Arts, Zerbe will spend a week on campus working with Hope students on their own spoken word performance. A Harvard University quote states, "This must have been what it was like when Homer talked with a crowd.” Tickets are $14. There will also be a student performance directed by Zerbe entitled "Student Spoken-Word Performance" on Thursday, January 16, at the Knickerbocker Theatre at 8 p.m. Admittance is free. For more information, call 269-395-7620 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/arts/gps/

Art
The Nines Gallery (downtown Douglas) is ceasing their art operations in Douglas on January 12 (the Holland location will remain OPEN). They are having a "Giant Framed Art Consolidation Sale": buy the art and receive the custom frame for free. You'll be able to save hundreds of dollars while supporting your favorite artist. There will be special prices on purchases of two or more works by the same artist, and purchases of unframed art will be given store credit toward custom framing. Their artists include Gardner, Haworth, Zimmerman, Brodbeck, Gray, Callahan, Allen, Reckley, and Peters, among others.
You won't want to miss this opportunity to find that piece of fine art perfectly suited for gift giving to the discerning loved one on your list. For more info, call 269-857-9997 or 269-392-4370, or e-mail them at thenines@novagate.com

More Art
“Holiday Hit Parade” is ThirdStone Gallery’s 7th annual Holiday Show. On December 13, there will be an artist’s reception from 7-10 p.m. The roster for this show will include new works by DePree, Mars, Collins, Lindfors, Van Dyke, Cutean, Disco, Ridl, and Andrews, plus many more. New to ThirdStone and also featured are printmaker Darcy Sahlgren, painter Heather MacIntyre, candle maker Maria Mitchell, blown glass from Karen Dunn, assemblage artist Lorma Freestone, artfully essential oils from Debbie Ryke, jewelry from Karen Agopian, jewelry and sculpture from Jessica Bohus, and the mysterious “Betty” with new altered furniture creations. There will also, for the first time, be a selection of works from well-known southern “outsider” folk artists to give visitors a sneak preview of the “First National Outsider Art Invitational” show coming this spring to ThirdStone. ThirdStone is located at the corner of 64th St. & 140th Ave, 2 miles north of Blue Star. Call 269-335-8027 for more info, or visit the website at http://www.thirdstoneartgallery.com

Music
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing on Wednesday, January 22. This jazz band got its name from Preservation Hall, one of the unmistakable landmarks in New Orleans. The band has been referred to by one music critic as "a bridge across the ages--a link between the present day and the heyday of traditional New Orleans music." Some of the creators of this style of music are still with the ensemble. The musicians, who range in age from 29 to 88, seek to preserve the music that evolved in New Orleans around the turn of the century and to bring it to contemporary audiences. The concert will take place in the Dimnent Memorial Chapel at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 269-395-7888 or visit Hope's website at http://hope.edu/pr/events.html#theatre

More Music
Cellist Richard Piippo and pianist Joan Conway will perform two Beethoven Sonatas - 1 in D Major & 1 in A Major at the Herrick Public Library on December 15. The concerts are free and start at 3 p.m. Piippo is a Hope College professor and conducts orchestra there, plus Holland Area Youth Symphony. Conway is retired from Hope and founded the series at Herrick, plus is the Artistic Director for Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Also at the Herrick on January 26 at 3 p.m. will be a performance by the "Perugino Quartet: Alone & Together" - Eric Tanner, Diane McElfish, Robert Byrens and Stacey Bosman, members of the Perugino String Quartet in solos and quartets. The Herrick is at 300 S. River Rd. in Holland. For more information, call 269-355-1400 or visit their website at http://www.herrickdl.org/

Visiting Writers
Peter Ho Davies will be speaking on January 28. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies writes about his multinational heritage with delight in its odd juxtaposition. "A couple of reviews have referred to me as a born outsider, which makes me feel as though I should be like James Dean or something--so much cooler than I actually am. My background makes me a natural outsider--not in a cool way, but in a slightly 'geeky' way," says Davies. His first published short story, "The Ugliest House
in the World," was anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories" collection. He published a collection of short stories by the same title, which won the Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and a second collection, "Equal Love." Admittance is free and the reading will take place at the Knickerbocker Theatre (downtown Holland) at 7 p.m. For more information, call 269-395-7620 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/vws/visits

Books
Sue's pick of the month is "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" by Gregory Maguire. This book beautifully plays on the beloved tale of Cinderella, a story of universal appeal. In this remarkable version, the always inventive Maguire sweeps readers to Amsterdam, where he weaves the poignant portrait of two impoverished sisters and their widowed mother taken in by a Flemish painter, and the startling events that follow. Exquisitely written with evocative language and artistic metaphors, this novel offers an
enchanting, thoughtful meditation on the true meaning of beauty. What makes this fairy-tale based myth so readable and absorbing is its' ease of prose, its' absolutely believable characters, its' wonderful historical content, and its' very clever pitting of good against evil, beauty against ugliness, strength against weakness, desire against duty, true art for arts' sake against survival, and love against hate. You can purchase it at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info,
e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553. (For the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics.) You might also want to try out the Herrick libraries online bookclub at http://www.herrickdl.org/programs/bookclub.html

Honorable Mentions:
Depree Gallery (Hope College) Jan. 13-Feb. 7--Myth and the Creative Process: Michael Ayrton and the Myth of Daedalus
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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet--Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music, 8 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 29
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Michael Sheppard--Pianist , Dimnent Memorial Chapel, Friday, Jan. 31 8 p.m.
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St. Nicholas: The collection of Carol Myers, the 2002 Holland Area Art Council Holiday Show, Dec. 1-Jan. 4
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Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates
Give the most amazing gift on the planet! Imagine receiving a gift certificate from Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast. After jumping up and down and giving a big hug to that special someone you received it from, you rush to the phone and book a room at our beautiful Bed & Breakfast--you just gotta have that fireplace/Jacuzzi suite! To order one, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

HERE'S THE SCOOP
You can purchase a gift certificate for any amount that fits your budget. When the lucky lass, lad, or couple book a room, we apply that amount toward their stay. If it's not enough for the room they've picked, they make up the balance. If the certificate is worth more, we rebate them with Sherwood Forest gear (we have all sorts of hip and groovy stuff: tee shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, etc). We'd also be happy to customize a gift certificate package for you (champagne, flowers, etc.) for that special someone.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
November through April, let us wine and dine you. Book the entire B&B for 2 days or more and we'll have such a feast catered, your taste palates won't allow any leftovers. We've cornered the market on the best chefs Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer, including Chris Ferris, gourmet cheffette who can cook a Spanish paella like you've never tasted before; Tony & Dona Amato, the creative chefs behind one of Saugatuck's favorite lunch spots, The Red Dock Cafe; Keaton Stearns, chef extraordinaire of The Piper Restaurant; and Matt Balmer, chef of one of the most happening restaurants in the area, The
Everyday People Cafe. These epicurean wizards of gastronomic delights will amaze you in what will be your own private dining room, and you'll have the time of your lives. Here are the details: dinner is $45 per person, guests must provide their own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required (deposit is nonrefundable if cancellation is made within 30 days of the date). You pick the date (November through April) and we'll pick the chef. Bring your appetite and whatever you need to wet your whistle, sit down, and dinner is served. Black out dates: New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day (weekend). You can start
your mouth watering with some of our past gourmet dinners at g-menu-sample.html

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials." We have all sorts of packages that include Godiva Chocolates, champagne, wine and cheese baskets, floral bouquets, roses, etc. We can also customize a package to your liking, or we can schedule an in-house massage with a certified massage therapist--doesn't get much better than that. You can link to our Sweetheart
Specials at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html

Melt your Stress Away
Upon your arrival, you'll find a beautiful wine & cheese basket with a bouquet of fresh flowers. During your visit, you'll each experience a soothing massage in a style suited just for you and a $30 voucher good toward a romantic dinner at a fine restaurant. Upon your departure (which we're sure you'll want to delay as long as possible before returning to the "real world") a gift from us: a compact disc of relaxing music and an illustrated guide to massage. The cost for this R & R is $165 with one massage; $235 with two massages. To view more specials on our website you can go to sweetheart.html

From the Sherwood Forest Files:

Mazie's Cranberry Nut Bread (2-year old Mazie just can't get enough of this stuff, so you might want to double this recipe--it freezes great!)

1 orange
1 Cup chopped cranberries
1 Cup sugar
2 Tbs. butter, melted
1 large egg
1/2 tp. salt
1 1/2 tp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 tp. baking soda
1 Cup chopped pecans

Scrape rind from orange and mix w/ cranberries. Squeeze orange and add enough water to make 3/4 Cup. Beat egg and add orange juice, butter, and sugar. Mix together dry ingredients and add to egg mix. Blend in cranberries and nuts. Pour batter into greased 9x5 loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

You can look up all of our delicious recipes at recipe.html

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth.


NOVEMBER 2002

November is here, the nights are crisp and the days grow shorter. There are still some leaves on the trees, but soon they will be finished and they will spread their multicolored carpet upon Mother Earth. It's a serene time to take some walks and enjoy the change of season. There is hot apple cider, millions of stars, and a refreshing chill in the air. So join us for some pre-holiday rest and relaxation--bring a good book and curl up by the fireplace. Also, for those thinking ahead to the holidays, don't forget about Sherwood Forest B&B gift certificates--quick, easy, and always appreciated!

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Night Before Christmas
The retailers open house in downtown Saugatuck will kick-off the holiday shopping season with unique items for the holidays. At the same time you'll be able to gather secret info about the Grinch's shopping list from participating stores, giving you the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. It all starts on Friday, November 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will continue through the weekend. More info on the Grinch's (Where is Whoville anyways?) shopping spree can be found on the SABA website at http://www.saugatuckdouglas.com or call 269-857-3133.

Theater
Hope College will present the musical "Carousel" by Rodgers and Hammerstein. "Carousel" is about Billy, a smooth-talking carny barker who falls in love with Julie, a millworker, and there's a thrilling score for accompaniment as their romance unfolds. Featuring classics like "If I Loved You" and the inspirational "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Carousel" is the most poetic and lyrical of all Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. A
run of six performances begins on Friday, November 15, and will continue on Saturday, November 16, and Wednesday through Saturday, November 20-23. Performances will be in the main theater of the DeWitt Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (269) 395-7890, or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts

Art
“Energy Waves”, ThirdStone Gallery’s new show, kicks off on Saturday evening,
November 16 from 7 til 10 PM with a collection of new works from several longtime
ThirdStone artists and fresh offerings from a couple new artists as well.
First up to bat is well known Chicago Pop Art master, Peter Mars. Mars will be showing a large grouping of his newest efforts. The new works, larger and more startling than ever, represent a new facet in his ongoing efforts to redefine our typical notion of Pop. Some interesting well-known cultural icons appear in these pieces for the first time. The new works are simultaneously elegant, humorous and compelling.

Also featured is Ingrid Lindfors, with a fresh crop of her seductive Abstract Expressionist
offerings. Lindfors is one of very few artists who can successfully work in this genre on
such a small scale. Expressionistic painting in the past has nearly always relied on
large scale to be effective; Ingrid’s work has continually demonstrated that the stronger
the expression, the less large scale is necessary and the new works should establish
this fact firmly. An even bigger surprise is the large variety of highly unusual “portraits” (for lack of a better word), which represent another major direction appearing in her work as of late. Raw, edgy and wildly colored heads bring a new element of whimsy and energy to her work. They have the feel of some of the best “outsider” work along with a vibrant Pop flair.

Kalamazoo artist Kellie Pickard joins the ThirdStone ranks with this, her debut outing.
A lush and exciting combination of rich abstraction, subtle coloration and stark and
spare imagery bring a fresh new seasoning to the ever-changing ThirdStone stew.

To complete the picture, ThirdStone also welcomes new artist, Greer Clement and her
fresh and innovative printmaking as well as a sampling of her painting and drawing
efforts.

The opening party and Artists’ Reception is this Saturday evening from 7 til 10 PM will
feature homemade refreshments and comestibles in nearly as broad a variety as the art
shown here. You're all invited to attend this special event to meet the artists and join in
the fun.

ThirdStone is located at the corner of 64th St. & 140th Ave, 2 miles north of Blue Star…
call 269-335-8027 for more information or visit the website at
www.thirdstoneartgallery.com
The show continues until December 4.

More Art
During November, The Nines Gallery in Holland will be hosting a variety of new works by a trio of very talented local artists. Amy Reckley is known for her expressionistic abstract art and self-portraits; her current work is large in scale and composed of a variety of media. Sculptor Eddie Parach is next in the trio; his wood assemblages incorporate small circles or squares where light can filter through and cast shadows on the wall. His new works are based on a theme of music and show his heartfelt affection for abstract art. The
last in the trio, Jen Gardiner shows off her expression of abstract forms and shapes; her new work is encaustic (a wax and oil paint process) on panel, brightly colored and extremely popular among the art set. For more info, e-mail them at thenines@novagate.com or call 269-392-4370.

Even More Art
The De Pree Art Center at Hope College is currently featuring watercolor paintings by Bruce McCombs until Sunday, November 17. This exhibition is a series of 40 watercolors depicting the buildings of Hope College in a photorealist tradition. They are excerpted details and surprising perspectives, sometimes of small or inconspicuous minutiae. He invites the viewer to see the ordinary in a unique and extraordinary manner. McCombs' work is found in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The gallery's hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The De Pree Art Center is on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-395-7500 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/arts.

Douglas Holiday Preview
Let the shops of Douglas entertain you this holiday season. The town will be decorated in colorful lights, and there will be music and refreshments to enjoy while shopping for that unique gift for that special someone on Saturday, November 23 until 9 p.m. and Sunday, too. For more information you can visit the Douglas' website at http://www.douglasmichigan.com/

Visiting Writers
Elizabeth Rosner is next in the line-up for the Hope College's Visiting Writers Series on November 14. Rosner, whose first novel "The Speed of Light," tells the story of two sibblings who grew up in a troubled household, witnesses to a father struggling with a secret too painful to share, resonates about the mystery of the past and how it must be reclaimed. "We are at a historical transition point, right now, in which the Holocaust survivors with first-hand testimonies are slowly disappearing," says Elizabeth Rosner. "I feel very strongly that it is my obligation as a daughter of survivors to do my part to continue the conversation." Admittance is free and the reading will take place at the Knickerbocker Theatre (downtown Holland) at 7 p.m. For more information, call 269-395-7620 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/vws/visits

Photography
An exciting photographic exhibit of Native America through the lens of Edward Curtis, titled "Shadow Catcher," will be showing until November 30 at the Holland Museum. Beginning in 1900 and continuing over the next 30 years, Curtis, or the "Shadow Catcher" as he was later called by some of the tribes, took more than 40,000 images and recorded ethnographic information from more than 80 American Indian tribal groups, ranging from the Eskimo or Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the Southwest. He
captured the likeness of many important and well-known Native Americans, including Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Red Cloud, Medicine Crow, and others. For more information, call the Holland Museum at 888-200-9123, or visit their website at http://www.hollandmuseum.org/

Books
Bill's pick of the month is "The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power," by Travis Hugh Culley. When unpublished playwright and director Culley found it difficult to earn a living in the creative arts, he took a job as a bike messenger. This is the story of his adventures on the streets of Chicago. The author's descriptions are so vivid and apt that it is easy for the reader to imagine himself pedaling at breakneck speeds through crowded intersections and along sidewalks. Travis has a wonderful way of taking
his experiences--physical, mental, spiritual, etc... and transferring them from page to reader. His power of observation into human behavior/spirit is outstanding. This book is a great start into the winter season. You can purchase it at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle
Keith's Comics--this month's vintage collection includes Star Trek).

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested, please give us a call ASAP:

Jazz Combos -- Monday, Nov. 18
Hope College Student-Choreographed Dance Concert, Nov 25-26
Douglas Holiday Preview, November 23
Saugatuck Sparkle-Official holiday lighting ceremony. 7pm
Blue Coast Artists Studio Holiday open house Nov 29-Dec 1
Christmas Parade/pictures with Santa, December 7
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol, December 13-15 & 20-22

Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates
Give the most amazing gift on the planet. imagine receiving a gift certificate from Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast. After jumping up and down and giving a big hug to that special someone you received it from, you rush to the phone and book a room at our beautiful Bed & Breakfast--you just gotta have that fireplace/Jaccuzzi suite.

HERE'S THE SCOOP
You can purchase a gift certificate for any amount that fits your budget. When the lucky lass, lad, or couple book a reservation, we apply that amount toward their stay. If it's not enough for the room they've picked, they make up the balance. If the certificate is worth more, we rebate them with Sherwood Forest gear (we have all sorts of hip groovy stuff: tee shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, etc. We'd also be happy to customize a gift
certificate package for you (champagne, flowers, etc.) for that special someone
For more information or to order one call 800-838-1246

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
November through April, let us wine & dine you. Book the entire bed & breakfast for 2 days or more and we'll have such a feast catered, your taste palates won't allow any leftovers. We've cornered the market on the best chefs Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer, including Chris Ferris, gourmet cheffette who can cook a Spanish paella like you've never tasted before; Tony & Dona Amato, the creative chefs of behind one of Saugatuck's favorite lunch spots The Red Dock Cafe; Keaton Stearns & Nick Von Ins, chefs extraordinaire of The Piper Restaurant; and Matt Balmer, chef of one of the most happening restaurants in the area, The Everyday People Cafe. These epicurean wizards of gastronomic delights will amaze you in what will be your own dining room, and you'll have the time of your lives. Here are the details: dinner is $45 per person, guests
must provide their own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required (deposit is nonrefundable if cancellation is made within 30 days of the date). OK, here's the
skinny: you pick the date November through April and we'll pick the chef. Bring your appetite and whatever you need to wet your whistle, sit down and dinner is served. Black out dates: New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day (weekend). Call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246 for more info. You can start your mouth watering with some of our past gourmet dinners at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials." We have all sorts of packages that include Godiva Chocolates, champagne, wine and cheese baskets, floral bouquets, roses, etc. We can also customize a package to your liking, or we can schedule an in-house massage with a certified massage therapist--doesn't get much better than that. You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html

"Indoor Scratch Golf & Gosh I Need a Massage" Package
For all you golf addicts who are having withdrawal symptoms because of the wintry weather, we're offering a great golf deal. Starting November 1 through April 30, the Sherwood Forest B&B is offering Scratch Golf Packages: spend 2 nights midweek (Sunday through Thursday) and we'll get you a guaranteed tee time for two at Pebble Beach or Augusta, um, actually the Hilltop Golf Center in Saugatuck, the area's best virtual golf
simulator with state-of-the-art technology that provides realistic, fun, and powerful indoor golf. Then kick back and you can have lunch for two at the Hilltop Café, which serves some of the best panini sandwiches around. Next you'll be ready for a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own room at the B&B from one of our professional massage therapists in a style suited just for you. Cost ranges from $390 to $520, which includes a 2-night stay at the Sherwood Forest B&B, 1 hour golf simulator, 2 lunches, and 2 massages. Call 800-838-1246 and visit our website at gttp://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html for other
packages.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Rudy's Favorite Applesauce
After picking apples with Rudy, we discovered this great concoction (you can use other apple combinations).

8 Granny Smith and
8 Jonathan Apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
1/4 Cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 Cup brown sugar

Place all ingredients in large pan and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, approx. 30 minutes (until apples are soft), then use potato masher to mash apples. Let cool then refrigerate.

You can look up all of our delicious recipes at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/recipe.html

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed
list of what's happening in the area, check out:
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/CALENDAR.HTML


OCTOBER 2002 - "News from the Forest"

October is here and the leaves are starting to change into their wondrous colors. You can travel to several of the local orchards for apple or pear picking, or try the "corn maze." The nights are cool and crisp and millions of stars are visible down at the beach. The Saugatuck State Park has so much to offer this time of year, with it's beautiful hemlocks, beach, oak, and maple trees all competing for "best in show." So join us for some
relaxation and beautiful fall colors--and Happy Halloween to you all!

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Art
Come see firsthand how the Blue Coast Artists create their work during their 13th Annual Fall Tour of Studios on October 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Travel the scenic Blue Star Highway between Saugatuck and South Haven to discover some of Southwest Michigan’s finest artwork from pottery, sculpture, and jewelry, to weaving, blown glass, and paintings. For more information, visit their website at http://bluecoastartists.com

Gallery Stroll
Come join over 30 tri-community galleries for the 25th annual Saugatuck/Douglas Gallery Stroll. You'll be able to cruise through some of the Midwest's finest art, sip wine, nibble hors d'oeuvres, and discern brushstrokes, pottery glazes, and photography techniques. You'll also have the chance to meet and greet some red hot emerging artists. Gallery Stroll is October 12 and 13 from noon to 5 p.m., and there will be a trolley available to take you between Saugatuck and Douglas. For more specific gallery info, you can contact
the individual gallery owners on the web at http://www.saugatuckdouglas.com/ART/Index.html

Octoberfest
Downtown Douglas will be the site for this year's Octoberfest on Saturday, October 12, from 6-9 p.m. This year Douglas celebrates the grand opening of Dutcher Lodge, new of home of the Village of Douglas trustees (this grand building is over 100 years old). So drop in to Octoberfest for beer from Roffey's Brewing Company (a local brewery), brats, prizes galore, and music courtesy of "The Last Call Band." There's an $8/person entry fee at the door, $6 in advance.

Music
Lakeshore Jazz Connection is proud to present for its last concert of the 2002 season the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Trent Kynaston. The performance will include both traditional and contemporary jazz. The WMU's Jazz Orchestra continues to receive international acclaim for its high performance standards and creative approach to big band jazz. The concert will take place on Saturday,
October 12 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 269-857-2287, or visit their website at http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc

More Music
Cyprus-born classical guitarist Paul Vondiziano will perform at Hope College's Knickerbocker Theatre on Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. He has premiered works for guitar, such as Will Bottje's "Lighter Strings" for guitar and harpsichord and "Greetings," as well as his own "Memories of Inner Time" for solo guitar. His recordings include "Two Rooms," with baroque and South American music, "J.S. Bach: The Four Lute Suites," and "The Mediterranean Guitar," with works by Gaspar Sanz, Mikis Theodorakis, and Carlo
Domeniconi. Grand Rapids Press music critic Gerald Elliot has said that Vondiziano is a "superb guitarist...a sensitive musician in full command of his instrument." For more info, go to www.paulvondiziano.com or call 269-395-7893, or visit Hope's website at
http://hope.edu/pr/releases/showpr.cgi?page=guitarist. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St., downtown Holland.

Visiting Writers
Richard Russo is next in line for the Hope College's Visiting Writers Series on October 21. Russo's gut-busting prose combines sharp satire with genuine human acceptance. His characters are portrayed in gentle mockery and sympathy. He has published six books, including Straight Man and The Risk Pool. His most recent novel, Empire Falls, was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His book Nobody's Fool was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Paul Newman and Bruce Willis. Admittance is
free and the reading will take place at the Knickerbocker Theatre (downtown Holland) at 7 p.m. For more information, call 269-395-7620 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/vws/visits

Photography
An exciting photographic exhibit of Native America through the lens of Edward Curtis, titled "Shadow Catcher," will be showing October 19-November 30 at the Holland Museum. Beginning in 1900 and continuing over the next 30 years, Curtis, or the "Shadow Catcher" as he was later called by some of the tribes, took more than 40,000 images and recorded ethnographic information from more than 80 American Indian tribal groups, ranging from the Eskimo or Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the
Southwest. He captured the likeness of many important and well-known Native Americans, including Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Red Cloud, Medicine Crow, and others. For more information, call the Holland Museum at 888-200-9123, or visit their website at http://www.hollandmuseum.org/

Halloween
You do not want to miss the Douglas Halloween Celebration and Adult Parade on October 25. It's definitely a fashion statement, whether you wish to partake (pull out that I Love Lucy costume) or if you're there for some interesting viewing (you'll laugh till you cry). The parade starts at 10 p.m. in downtown Douglas, and during the day there will be Halloween festivities going on in Saugatuck from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including country
music, entertainment, storytelling, arts & crafts, and kids parade. For more information, contact the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitor's Bureau at 269-857-1701.

Books
Sue's pick of the month is Backpack by Emily Barr. The book jacket pretty much sums it up: "Can a twentysomething modern woman find true love, inner peace, and clean linen on a journey through Asia?" It's a sparkling comedy that follows the trial and tribulations of Tansy, a Londoner who leaves boyfriend, coffee clutch friends, and hotshot job to search for herself a world away. It's brimming with romance and humor and
is a great new voice in women's contemporary fiction. You can purchase it at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics-this months vintage collection includes Disney).

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested, please give us a call ASAP:

The Musical "Carousel" -- Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16; Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 20-23
Jazz Combos -- Monday, Nov. 18
Hope College Student-Choreographed Dance Concert -- Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 25-26
Night Before Christmas, November 22
Douglas Holiday Preview, November 23
Christmas Parade, December 7
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol, December 13-15 & 20-22

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
November through April, let us wine & dine you. Book the entire bed & breakfast for 2 days or more and we'll have such a feast catered, your taste palates won't allow any leftovers. We've cornered the market on the best chefs Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer, including Chris Ferris, gourmet cheffette who can cook a Spanish paella like you've never tasted before; Tony & Dona Amato, the creative chefs of behind one of Saugatuck's favorite lunch spots The Red Dock Cafe; Keaton Stearns & Nick Von Ins, chefs extraordinaire of The Piper Restaurant; and Matt Balmer, chef of one of the most happening restaurants in the area, The Everyday People Cafe. These epicurean wizards of gastronomic delights will amaze you in what will be your own dining room, and you'll have the time of your lives. Here are the details: dinner is $45 per person, guests
must provide their own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required (deposit is nonrefundable if cancellation is made within 30 days of the date). OK, here's the
skinny: you pick the date November through April and we'll pick the chef. Bring your appetite and whatever you need to wet your whistle, sit down and dinner is served. Black out dates: New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day (weekend). Call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246 for more info. You can start your mouth watering with some of
our past gourmet dinners at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials." We have all sorts of packages that include Godiva Chocolates, champagne, wine and cheese baskets, floral bouquets, roses, etc. We can also customize a package to your liking, or we can schedule an in-house massage with a certified massage therapist--doesn't get much better than that. You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
What better way to spend a fall day than to venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies? The picnic includes a fine selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with fresh fruit and sweets to make your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:

Rose's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.
This bread will bring the Great Pumpkin smile to all who partake of it, and it is (or will soon be) a favorite of Rose, a soon-to-be Siren of Sherwood.

1/2 Cup butter, room temp.
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 Cup pumpkin
2 Cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 Cup skim milk
2/3 Cup chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin. In separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to egg mixture with milk. Mix well, stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into greased and floured 9 by 5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes, or until knife comes out clean. Cool, then remove from pan.

Trick or Treat and have a safe and happy Halloween!

You can look up all of our delicious recipes at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/recipe.html

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed list of what's happening in the area, check out: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/CALENDAR.HTML



SEPTEMBER 2002
- "News from the Forest"

The summer season has ended, and though the autumnal solstice is still 3 weeks
away, things have quieted down here on the lakeshore. The squirrels have started
gathering their food supply for the fall, and soon the hummingbirds will start
their long trek south. The nights are cool; the days are peaceful; the early
apples and pears are ready for picking. It’s a great time of year to join us for
some relaxation and beautiful fall colors.

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Saugatuck-Douglas Heritage Festival
On September 20-22, the Saugatuck-Douglas
Historical Society will sponsor it’s first annual Heritage Festival, including
guided walking tours, historic home tours, trolley tours of the area, a Native
American full moon drumming circle and dancing ceremony, old-fashioned story
telling, a traditional clothesline art show, story telling with music, and the
spectacle of “riverfire” to kick off the weekend’s activities. It’s everything
that small-town America is all about. Discover the rich historical,
architectural, and agricultural heritage of Saugatuck-Douglas. For more
information, call 269-857-8902 or 269-857-1183.

Chili Blast
The Second Annual Officially Sanctioned International Chili Cook-Off
will take place on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown
Saugatuck. A panel of 10 judges will taste and vote on the varied riches of
savory flavors. Rumor is that there are close to 20 teams vying for the top
spot, which will take them to the semi-finals. Since it's beginning, the
International Chili Society has raised over $60 million for charity. There will
be liquid refreshments, as well beer from one of our favorite local
microbreweries, New Holland Brewery. For more information, call The Butler
Pantry at 269-857-4875. You can also visit the official website at
http://www.chilicookoff.com

Music
Hometown favorite “The Jim Cooper Quintet,” with special guest Ira
Sullivan, will be performing on Saturday, September 14 at 8 p.m. at the Women’s
Club in downtown Saugatuck. The vibraphonist, composer, and artistic director of
the Lakeshore Jazz Connection brings his new quintet into Saugatuck for its
debut, featuring legendary multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan. A native
Chicagoan now living in the Saugatuck area, Cooper was a recent recipient of a
West Michigan Composers Award. Cooper wrote new compositions as a result, which
the group will be performing. Cooper's quintet consists of another
multi-instrumentalist Rob Smith, pianist Terry Lower, bassist Tom Lockwood, and
drummer Larry Ochiltree. For tickets, call 269-857-2287. For more information,
you can visit their website at http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc

Visiting Writers
Elizabeth Berg will be opening Hope College’s Visiting Writers
Series on September 26. Ms. Berg, a former waitress, chicken washer, soda jerk,
rock 'n' roll singer, information clerk, and registered nurse, launched her
writing career by winning a Parents Magazine essay contest. Five national
bestsellers later, Berg has touched millions of readers with her trademark wit
and tenderness. Talk Before Sleep, the story of a woman battling breast cancer,
was a New York Times bestseller. Her most recent novel, Open House, was selected
for Oprah's Book Club. Berg's Until the Real Thing Comes Along was recently
adapted into a movie, called The Next Best Thing, Her most delectable literary
accomplishment is Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing, a book about the
craft of writing, including some of Berg's favorite recipes. "It's not so much
the description of the murderer killing someone that demonstrates his evil
nature," Berg writes in Escaping, "it's the flatness in his eyes as he does it;
it's the way he goes and gets an ice cream immediately afterward." She will be
reading from selected works and answering questions. Admittance is free and the
reading will take place at the Knickerbocker Theatre (downtown Holland) at 7
p.m. For more information, call 269-395-7620 or visit their website at
http://www.hope.edu/vws/visits

Dance
Great Performances Series at Hope College. There will be no shortage of
music or exceptional choreography and dancing on Thursday, September 19, as the
"Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago” will be performing. The jazz troupe will be
celebrating its 40th season, and for the opening season there will be two
special preview performances, one choreographed by Randy Duncan titled "Sister
Girl” and the other "Like One Hundred Men" by Jon Lehrer. Another piece “Taal”
is Nan Giordano’s thoughtful, subtle, sexy American-jazz interpretation of dance
from the Indian subcontinent. The concert takes place in the Knickerbocker
Theatre – downtown Holland. For more info, call 269-395-6996 or visit their
website at http://www.hope.edu/arts

Art
On Friday, September 13, from 6 until 9 p.m, the Nines Gallery of Douglas
will debut and celebrate four new collections of artwork by four different West
Michigan artists. Theresa Gray, a 2002 addition to the Nines Gallery, will be
showing off her range of styles and inspiring artistic talents. For Sara
Dykema, this will be her first artistic endeavor with The Nines since her last
gangbuster show at the Holland Gallery in 2000. Mary Brodbeck will be showing a
selection of wood block prints inspired by her love affair with Lake Superior.
Elaine Dalcher will be featuring a fabulous series of small paintings on
chalkboard slate, among other work. The show will run through October 7. For
additional information, call 269-857-9997, or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com

More Art
September brings a change in season to the ThirdStone Gallery palette,
with "Evolve/Revolve/Resolve,” which features a slew of new paintings from
Persis Faasen and Kellie Pickard and a new series of mixed media works from
Susan Mulder. Rounding out the package will be some highly compelling small
mixed media pieces from recent ThirdStone arrival, Ellen Sprouls. The show runs
all month, and there's an artist reception on Sunday, September 21. Call
269-335-8027 for more information or visit www.thirdstoneartgallery.com

Books
Keith’s pick for September is a spiritual guide for one’s soul. While
taking a brief respite last month at a friend’s cottage (thanks for the
wonderful hospitality S & P), he picked up a book on the nightstand titled “The
Road Within” edited by Sean O’Reilly, and it’s from the “Travelers’ Tales
Guides” series. This book is an invaluable read for the thoughtful traveler,
with short true stories of transformation, and anthologies that venture into the
hidden territory of the human spirit, of lessons learned, maps drawn and burned,
and blessings bestowed by that great and hard teacher: Travel. This book is a
different kind of travel guide, and it will give you an insatiable wanderlust of
which you won’t be able to get enough. You can purchase it at 131
Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info, e-mail
oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you,
don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics-this months vintage collection
includes fantasy and fiction).

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're
interested please give us a call ASAP:
Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts,
October 12
Gallery Stroll, October 12-13
Octoberfest, October 12
Halloween, October 26

Night Before Christmas, November 22
Douglas Holiday Preview, November 23

Christmas Parade, December 7
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol, December 13-15
& 20-22

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
November through April, let us wine & dine you.
Book the entire bed & breakfast for 2 days or more and we'll have such a feast
catered, your taste palates won't allow any leftovers. We've cornered the market
on the best chefs Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer, including Chris Ferris,
gourmet cheffette who can cook a Spanish paella like you’ve never tasted before.
Tony & Dona Amato, the creative chefs of behind one of Saugatuck’s favorite
lunch spots The Red Dock Cafe, Keaton Stearns & Nick Von Ins, chefs
extraordinaire of The Piper restaurant, and Matt Balmer, chef of one of the most
happening restaurants in the area--The Everyday People Cafe. These epicurean
wizards of gastronomic delights will amaze you in what will be your own dining
room, and you’ll have the time of your lives. Here are the details: dinner is
$45 per person, guests must provide their own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum
stay is required (deposit is nonrefundable if cancellation is made within 30
days of the date). OK, here's the skinny: you pick the date November through
April and we'll pick the chef. Bring your appetite and whatever you need to wet
your whistle, sit down and dinner is served. Black out dates are New Years Eve
and Valentines Day. To book a gourmet dinner call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.
You can see some of our gourmet dinners past at
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of
our "Sweetheart Specials." We have all sorts of packages that include Godiva
Chocolates, champagne, wine and cheese baskets, floral bouquets, roses, etc. We
can also customize a package to your liking, or we can schedule an in-house
massage with a certified massage therapist--doesn't get much better than that.
You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
What better way to spend a fall day than to
venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies. The picnic
includes a fine selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with
fresh fruit and sweets to make your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your
whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also
available). Price: $55 for two.

 

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Ok, here’s a recipe that lots of guests have asked for:

Stacy’s Scrumptious Baked Blueberry Pancake. Enjoy!

7 eggs
1 tp. Vanilla extract
1 tp. cinnamon
½ C. sugar
2 1/2 C. milk

1 loaf day-old French bread
2 1/2 C. blueberries (can use frozen)

Topping
1/2 C sugar
1 tp. cinnamon

Place 1” slices of French bread in greased 9 x 13 baking dish (lay flat & fit
tightly) and place blueberries on top of bread. Mix first 5 ingredients and pour
evenly over blueberries/bread. Mix topping and sprinkle over top. Cover and
refrigerate overnight. Bake next morning at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes and
cut in squares. Serves 9-10.
You can look up all of our delicious recipes at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/recipe.html

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center
St., Douglas, Michigan
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed
list of what's happening in the area, check out:
http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/CALENDAR.HTML


August 2002

The long, hot summer is still upon us. Lake Michigan water temps are in the 70's, still purrrfect for taking a dip. August is a great month for enjoying lazy days at the pool or beach, strolling along Lake Shore Drive for a sunset, or sharing a picnic basket in the shade. Give us a call so we can help you pamper the summer days away.

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Lakeshore Jazz Connection
There will be some great Latin music at the Saugatuck Woman's Club on Saturday, August 3. Detroit vocalist Sheila Landis and The Brazilian Love Affair ( guitarist Rick Matle, powerhouse percussionist Dennis Sheridan, drummer Dave Taylor, bassist John Baron and saxist/flutist David Reinstein) will be playing "Samba and Bossa Nova." They love to play in Saugatuck and have sold out all of their performances every year. This year "Brazilian Love Affair" will be performing music ranging from "The Girl From Ipanema" and pop tunes with Latin beats written by contemporary stars such as Stevie Wonder, Sade, and Carlos Santana. The show starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $15; $12 for members; $10 students. For more information or tickets, call (269) 857-2287, or you can visit their website at http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc/

Chamber Music
The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck will be performing August 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16 with selected works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and other acclaimed artists. On August 1-2, The Verdehr Trio will perform a Tibetan Dance piece by Bright Sheng. On August 15-16, a Serenade in C Major for String Trio by Ernst von Dohnanyi.
All performances are at 8 p.m. at the Woman's Club Auditorium, downtown Saugatuck. You can find additional information and reserve tickets ahead of time on their website at http://www.saugatuckmusic.org or call them at 269-543-9001.

More Music
Every Sunday this August at Everyday People Cafe in Douglas you'll hear some live cool jazz from some great artists like Freddy DiJanero, who will be enlightening us with some ballads, and local favorite Jim Cooper, who will be playing some cool swing and Latin jazz. Live entertainment will be from 7-10 p.m. on the back patio, with drinks and appetizers only. For more info, contact Everyday People Cafe at 269-857-4240,
and you can also visit Jim Coopers website at http://www.jimcooper.net

Knickerbocker Summer Film Series
The Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland offers some films as a break to the summer heat . "Down From the Mountain" picks up where the hit film "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" left off. The film documents a live performance of folk music legends such as Gillain Welch, Emmy Lou Harris, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Allison Krauss and more. This film runs August 9-15 with showings at 7 and 9 p.m. "Beijing Bicycle" explores identity, independence and the clashing tradition with contemporary culture. Quiet, serious Guei is earning his bicycle as a deliveryman, only to have it stolen. He later finds it in the possession of Jian. For both, the bicycle is not only a means of transportation, but a symbol of mobility, status and freedom, and Guei is as stubborn in his effort to reclaim it was Jian is to keep it. This show runs August 16-22, with showings at 7 and 9 p.m. The Knickerbocker Theater is at 86 E. 8th St., downtown Holland. Call 269-395-7403 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/pr/releases/showpr.cgi?page=films

 

The Holland Area Arts Council
Don't miss this small bit great show this summer at the HAAC. It's the European Modernist Poster Graphics Exhibit from the A.G. Edwards Corporate Art Collection. These posters example the eastern European cold war propaganda machine and communal life under socialistic rule. This exhibit is free of charge. For more info, call 269-396-3278 (they are located at 150 E. Eighth Street in downtown Holland) or visit www.hollandarts.org

Douglas Socials
Every Thursday night in August (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) there will be Douglas Socials from 5:30-9 p.m. in downtown Douglas. This is a real hometown happening that includes fun festivities for the whole family, including beer and brats, live music ("the famous" Last Call Band on the 8th), and lively conversation from all. ome of the proceeds even go to favorite local charities, such as the Friends of the Library and the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society. Don't miss the chance to "be social"!

Sidewalk Sale
August 15 will be the date of the Annual Saugatuck Sidewalk Sale, held from 9 a.m - 5 p.m. in downtown Saugatuck. This is a great event while merchants unload their summer goods to make way for fall fashions and giftware. There will be bargains galore. Event will happen rain or shine. Sponsored by downtown Saugatuck merchants. Call (269) 857-3133 for more info.

Taste of Saugatuck
The Annual "Taste of Saugatuck" will be held on August 15 on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck from noon-7 p.m. It's a mini-"Taste of Chicago" street festival, featuring fine foods from restaurants in the area such as Chaps, Clearbrook, the Sea Wolf in South Haven, and rumor has it Til Midnight from Holland, just to name a few. There will also be home-made sorbetto and gelato from Palazzolo's to cleanse your palate. A
gastronomical event sure to please your everyone. Sponsored by the Saugatuck & Douglas CVB and area restaurants. For information call (269) 857-1701.

Books
Keith's pick of the month is "The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway." It's a great summer book for those who want to read a short story by a master and contemplate a style of English prose that defined 20th-century writing. It's enjoyable to engross yourself in short declarative sentences, with such classics as "The Snows of Kilimajaro," "Up in Michigan," and "Indian Camp." For Hemingway fans, it's an invaluable treasure. You can purchase it at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further
info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics-this months vintage collection includes Star Trek).

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested please give us a call ASAP:

Saugatuck/Douglas Museum --"Shipwrecks of the Saugatuck Area" showing through Labor Day, noon-4 p.m., and weekends in the fall
Chamber Music--August 1-2, 8-9, & 15-16
Douglas Socials--August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts--September 14 and October 12
Fall Festival Weekend--September 20-23 (Sponsored by the Historical Society)
International Chili-Blast Cook-Off--September 28
Octoberfest--October 12

Sherwood Forest Cottage
The Cottage is all booked up for the summer, but we do have openings after Labor Day, which is also a wonderful time to kick back and enjoy the area. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. For more information, you can visit the cottage page at /cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials" (we now can include Godiva Chocolates), or you can try one of our in-house massages-- doesn't get much better than that. And of course, there's our ever-popular "Famous Chefs of Saugatuck Gourmet Dinners" November through April. You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: dinners.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
Venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies this summer. The picnic includes a fine selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with fresh fruit and sweets to make it your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
This is a great Sunday morning delight. We've named it after a very young Siren of Sherwood, whose mother is a full-fledged member, and someday we're sure she'll also be a fantastic chefette.

Soutine's Cinnamon Rolls
3 & 1/2 C. flour
4 tp. baking powder
1 tp. salt
1/2 C. cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 to 1 C. milk
Filling:
1/4 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. brown sugar
11/2 tp. ground cinnamon
Glaze:
11/2 Tb. sugar
11/2 Tb. water
11/2 tp. unflavored gelatin

Combine 1st three ingredients, add salt. Cut in the cold butter until resembles coarse meal. In separate bowl combine eggs & milk, then add to flour mix to make soft dough. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to make about a 12-inch square 1/4-inch thick. Spread w/ the softened butter & sprinkle w/ brown sugar & cinnamon. Roll up & cut into 8 pieces about 11/2-inches long. Place on greased cookie sheet & bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. For the glaze, boil sugar, water, & gelatin until clear, then brush over hot rolls.

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed list of what's happening in the area, check out: CALENDAR.HTML


July 2002 - "News from the Forest"

The summer solstice has arrived, and the long, hot days are upon us. The Lake Michigan temps are in the 70’s--perfect for taking a dip, and that’s just one of the reasons to join us here in The Forest this summer. There are also balloon and airplane rides, sailboat and fishing charters, canoeing, world-class golf, unique shopping, and exceptional dining. Of course, if you just feel like lounging around on the front porch, that’s another option. Weekends are getting booked up, but we can treat you like royalty Sunday-Thursday.

Here's what's happening in and around the area:
Independence Day--July 4th Join us in Saugatuck for a day of celebration honoring our nation’s 226th birthday. Here are some fun things to do: there will be a band playing at Coghlin Park in downtown Saugatuck with music provided by "The Last Call Band" (from 7:30-10:00 p.m.) with an assortment of country sounds like The Band, Chris Isaac, and J.
J. Cale. There will also be a parade at 2 p.m., and it’s everything that small-town America is all about. At dusk let the fireworks begin, and this year will have an extra meaning for all of us as we remember those whose lives were taken last year, for freedom and democracy is something we all must cherish.

The Holland Area Arts Council
June 14-August 24--The HAAC is hosting an installation by Michel Louise Conroy known as “HUM” in the Mainstreet Gallery. Conroy uses space, light, sound, and objects to create an encompassing aesthetic environment. The result is a pleasing garden of colorful ceramics and luminescent organic-looking sculptures. A soundtrack, composed by John Erksine, using the call and flight sounds of hummingbirds, accompanies the visual art. Also at the HAAC this summer is the European Modernist Poster Graphics Exhibit from the A.G. Edwards Corporate Art Collection. These exhibits are free of charge. For more info,
call 269-396-3278 (they are located at 150 E. Eighth Street in downtown Holland) or visit
www.hollandarts.org

Chamber Music
The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck will be performing July 11-12 and 18-19 with selected works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, and other acclaimed artists. On July 25-26, the “Chester Quartet” will perform works by Haydn, Antheil, and Dvorak. All performances are at 8 p.m. at the Woman's Club Auditorium, downtown Saugatuck. You can find additional information and reserve tickets ahead of time on their website
at http://www.saugatuckmusic.org or call them at 269-543-9001

 

Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society

The Museum will be featuring “Storm, Fire, and Ice--Shipwrecks of the Saugatuck Area," a display of how wind and waves have shown the power to destroy. This exhibit is an excellent piece of shoreline history and depicts a time when the main shipping avenues of our country were traveled on the waterways. The museum is open every day through Labor Day, noon to 4 p.m., and weekends in the fall. Admission is free but contributions are always welcome. For more information, call 269-857-7900, or visit their website at
http://www.accn.org/~sdhistory/Home.php

Theater

Hope Summer Repertory Theater presents Brandon Thomas' classic farce, “Charley's Aunt.” This play tells the tale of two male students who want to have the women they love visit them for lunch. But when Charley's aunt, who no one has yet met, delays her arrival, the two men find themselves without the necessary chaperone. So, they convince a fellow student to impersonate the aunt, who dons the dress and the persona of the aunt who is coming from Brazil, "where all the nuts come from." When the real aunt shows up, and a couple of fathers get involved, the mayhem comes fast and funny. Performances are July 2, 9, 11, 13, and 17. For ticket information, contact the Dewitt Theatre box office at 269-395-7890 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/pr/releases/

 

Art
On Friday, July 26, from 5-8 p.m., the Nines Gallery in Downtown Douglas will be hosting its 4th Annual "Petite Art by Colossal Artists" show: a celebration of size-challenged artwork. Traditionally hailed as the Nines' most popular show of the year, the small-format show will feature specially created artwork by a number of artists, including the humorous ceramic sculptures of Oregonian artist Julie Fiedler, the surrealistic giclee prints of Tommy Allen, and the West Michigan landscapes of Deborah Ebbers and Cathy
Marashi. Also featured will be paintings on matchboxes by Theresa Gray, pastel farmscapes by Anne Corlett Wiley, the Nines Gallery debut of Parisienne abstractionist Jean-Jacques Guionnet, and mixed media expressionist paintings on linoleum by Amy Reckley. The exhibit will run through August 16. For additional information, call 269-857-9997, or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com

More Art
ThirdStone Gallery Summer Group Show July 1-August 1. “Solstical Spectacle” opens with a collection of new works from numerous new artists, and fresh efforts from the regulars. Also new in the gallery is the “browsing warehouse” with an “unhung” array of artwork and arranged by artist in the “warehouse”. It’s always an adventure in logistics there so venture on over and blend yourself in to the weird and wonderful world of
ThirdStone at the corner of 64th St. & 140th Ave, 2 miles north of Blue Star… call 269-335-8027 for more information or visit the website at www.thirdstoneartgallery.com

Books
Sue's pick of the month is "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse” by Louise Erdrich. For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwa, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Nearing the end of his life, the Father dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. This book is a moving meditation … infused with mystery and wonder. You can purchase it at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For
further info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics-this months vintage collection includes Spiderman).

Honorable Mentions

We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested please give us a call ASAP:

Venetian Night Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display, July 27

Chamber Music Aug. 1-2, 8-9, & 15-16

Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, & Oct. 12

Fall Festival Weekend, September 20-23 (Sponsored by the Historical Society)
International Chili-Blast Cook-Off, September 28
Octoberfest - October 12

Sherwood Forest Cottage
The Cottage is all booked up for the summer, but we do have openings after Labor Day, which is also a wonderful time to kick back and enjoy the area. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials" (we now can include Godiva Chocolates), or you can try one of our in-house massages-- doesn't get much better than that. And of course, there's our ever-popular "Famous Chefs of Saugatuck Gourmet Dinners" November through April. You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at sweetheart.html Here’s the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: dinners.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
Venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies this summer. The picnic includes a fine selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with fresh fruit and sweets to make it your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
We've got a great recipe for you to cook up for the clan during one of those many summer get-togethers. This one is from Sue, the original Siren of Sherwood.

Sue’s Summer Quiche
1 loaf (day-old) French bread, cut in 1” slices

4 oz. Colby/Monterey Jack cheese – shredded

4 oz. cheddar cheese - shredded

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 small sliced zucchini

½ red pepper, finely chopped

8 large eggs

2 cups skim milk

2 Tb. fresh basil – chopped

½ tp. salt

½ tp. black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced French bread in greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread the veggies and cheese evenly over the bread. Whisk the eggs, milk, and seasonings and pour over the top. Bake 1 hour or until lightly browned. Can be refrigerated overnight and baked in the morning. Serves 10.

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed list of what's happening in the area, check out: CALENDAR.HTML


Sherwood Forest B&B June 2002 Newsletter

Memorial Day has come and gone, and for us that heralds the opening of our summer season. Lake Michigan's water is not quite warm enough for a dip, but our hip and groovy pool is a swimmable 84 degrees. The days are getting longer as we head toward the summer solstice, and we hope you'll be able tomake it for a visit soon to enjoy this delightful time of year. A lot of the weekends are getting booked up, but we can treat you like royalty Sunday-Thursday.

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Waterfront Film Festival, June 7-9
Join us for Saugatuck's coolest event: the Waterfront Film Festival. With over 60 films, seminars, and panel discussions with experienced film industry veterans, it promises to be a great event. The annual free flick on Thurs., June 7, starts with a "street party" at 7 p.m. on Water Street, followed at dusk with an outdoor screening of "Some Like it Hot," the classic Billy Wilder film featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Other hip snippets--Academy Award nominee Robert Forster, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Quentin Tarantino’s movie "Jackie Brown," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Festival. The Festival will truly celebrate independent film and filmmakers. For more information, a list of films, and to purchase tickets, you can call (269)-857-8351, or visit their website at
http://www.waterfrontfilm.com

Art 'Round Town
A bear of marble, birds of bronze, and people of steel and aluminum will be among the new residents moving into downtown Saugatuck and Douglas as Art ‘Round Town (A.R.T.) begins its second season. A.R.T. brings outdoor sculpture to the downtown areas, introducing the public to sculpture art; enhancing the area’s reputation as an art center; and providing the public a chance to see how art can weave nature and an urban setting into one. A wide variety of materials ranging from carved volcanic pumice to steel and stone to bronze and limestone have been used as mediums. What better way to spend an hour or two critiquing and enjoying sculpture. Seventeen sculptors from six states have been chosen to participate in this year's exhibit, and a local friend/sculptor (Cynthia McKean) has been included, too. The exhibit will be running and out in the public until March 2003. For more information, call 269-393-5555, or visit their website at
http://www.artroundtown.com/

Felt Mansion
Help renovate the Felt Mansion! Here's some history on this estate: it's situated 6 miles north of Saugatuck and was once the luxurious summer home and hobby of inventor and millionaire Dorr E. Felt. On land purchased in 1919, Mr. Felt began construction of "the big house" - a present for his wife Agnes in 1925. The family retained ownership until 1948, when Felt's daughters sold the estate to the St. Augustine Seminary. They kept the mansion until 1978, then sold the land and buildings to the State of Michigan, who
used the mansion as a State Police Post. Laketown Township bought the land in 1996 with the stipulation that they keep the grounds for public use only. Currently the estate is being renovated through volunteer labor and donations. There will be tours of the home on Tuesday, June 4, from 7-9 p.m. It is the big, old house located in the Saugatuck Dunes State Park that is being renovated. All donations go toward renovation of the mansions. Directions to the Township Park: Exit 41 off of interstate 196 south or west (a short distance) to 64th street then north/right to 138th, east (left) to the park.

Jazz
Plan on being at the Saugatuck Woman's Club for jazz on Saturday, June 22, to hear "The Keller/Kocher Quintet." Based in Ann Arbor, they are influenced by the Shearing sound and have been a mainstay at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor for many years. The bassist Paul Keller has gained worldwide recognition with singer/pianist Diana Kral and was nominated for a grammy. Also appearing for this performance are Cary Kocher on vibes, Andrew Bishop on sax, Ellen Rowe on piano, and Pete Siers on drums. These five
outstanding musicians bring together experience, compatibility, creativity, and tradition. The show starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $15; $12 for members; $10 students. For more information or tickets, call (269) 857-2287 or you can visit their website at http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc/

Art
The Nines Gallery in Downtown Douglas will be hosting an art opening celebration for West Michigan artist Michael Callihan on Friday, June 14, from 6-9 p.m. This is Callihan's second major show with The Nines and the event will offer a broad selection of his popular oil on canvas landscapes. Callihan, who paints mostly midwest scenery, has become renowned for his dreamy and romantic style, often capturing rural scenes and
long vistas at either dawn, sunset, or after a passing storm. His paintings will be featured in the gallery until the July 4th weekend. For additional information call 269-857-9997, or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com

More Art
ThirdStone Gallery's 'SIXTH BIRTHDAY BASH-O-RAMA" continues until mid month featuring many new works from the ThirdStone "irregulars" and introducing six brand new ThirdStone artists as well.

The new show "Fusion Dance" will open later in June and is promising to be the biggest eye-opener of the year so far. Long time ThirdStone favorite Tom DePree has a juicy array of "fresh off the easel" oil paintings that veer into some new territory and Persis Faasen will be showing her new and most unusual "Equine Entity" acrylic paintings.
Then, just to keep everything in perfect ThirdStone yin-yang chaosbalance, internationally known Pop art master, Peter Mars will be contributing a batch of brand new works along with the startling works of brand new ThirdStone artist, Sarah Monken.

The opening party & artists' reception for "Fusion Dance" will be on Sunday on June 26th, from one til five PM. Thirdstone is located just outside Saugatuck at 3997 64th St at the corner of 64th & 140th Ave 2 miles north of Blue Star Highway. Visit their website at www.thirdstoneartgallery.com or give 'em a call at 269-335-8027.

Books
Sue's pick of the month is "The Magician's Assistant" by Ann Patchett, who has a proven penchant for crafting colorful characters and marrying the ordinary with the fantastic. Per the book's jacket: "Welcome to the magic show, where love defies magic, family are the people you never met, and commitments last more than a lifetime." It's a definite page turner and Sue absolutly loves this book! You can purchase it at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com
or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics-this months vintage collection includes Spiderman).

Theater
"Footloose," based on the hit movie by director Herbert Ross, is about a hip city kid who ends up in a Bible-belt town after his parents divorce. An ill fit for a conservative community where rock is frowned upon and dancing is forbidden, the main character rallies the kids and takes on the establishment. There is a good cast that embraces the drama of Dean Pitchford's screenplay, and with Ross' imaginative, highly charged way of shooting the dance numbers, you can get lost in this all-ages confection, and you won't even mind Kenny Loggins's bubbly pop. The performances will be at the Dewitt Center, main theater. Performance dates are June 14-15, 18-20, 24, 26, 29; July 1, 3, 6, 10, 12, 16, 18, 23-24. For more information, call 269-395-6996 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/arts/

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested please give us a call ASAP:
Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts, June 22, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, & Oct. 12 http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc/
Waterfront Film Festival, June 6-9 http://www.waterfrontfilm.com/
Venetian Night Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display, July 27
Fall Festival Weekend, September 20-23 (Sponsored by the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society)
International Chili-Blast Cook-Off, September 28
Octoberfest - October 12

Sherwood Forest Cottage
We are all booked up in the cottage for the summer, but we do have openings after Labor Day, which is also a wonderful time to kick back and enjoy the area. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. For more information, you can visit the cottage page at cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials" (we now can include Godiva Chocolates), or you can try one of our in-house massages--doesn't get much better than that. And of course, there's our ever-popular "Famous Chefs of Saugatuck Gourmet Dinners" November through April.
You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at sweetheart.html
Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: dinners.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
Venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies this summer. The picnic includes a fine selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with fresh fruit and sweets to make it your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

 

>From the Sherwood Forest Files:
We've got a great recipe for you to enjoy during those hot summer days. This one is from Ms. Carol, one of the best cooks we've ever met and a welcome addition to the Sirens of Sherwood.

Ms. Carols Cool Cucumber Salad
1 cucumber
1/3 Cup sugar
1/3 Cup cider vinegar
1/3 Cup water

Wash and peel cucumber and slice very thin (set aside). Mix sugar, cider vinegar, and water and add cucumber. Refrigerate for 2 -3 hours and serve. You can double or triple this delicious dish depending on how big the clan is.

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed list of what's happening in the area, check out: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/CALENDAR.HTML


"News from the Forest" - May 2002

It seems that spring is upon us, and it didn't take long for Mother Nature to shed her winter clothes and show us her new wardrobe. The leaves on the trees have popped and are reaching for those sun filled days, the daffodils are singing a chorus of welcome to the newly arrived tulips, and there is a symphony of forsythia in the neighborhood (conducting from the sidelines are the Jack in the Pulpits). Our cool pool will be open by
May 23, with a couple of new mermaids to swim along with you, and our Schwinn bikes are all tuned up for that ride along Lake Shore Drive.

Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Tulip Time Festival
Who would think that the third largest festival in the United States is just 15 miles north of
Saugatuck/Douglas?The Tulip Time Festival dates back to 1929, and today you can still expirence some of the same traditional shows that started mopre than 70 years ago. From May 3-11, there will be Klompen Dancers who perform Dutch folk dances, and of course you can tour Windmill Island (Queen Beatrice did) with an original working windmill. The grand finale of the festival will be the Muziekparade at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, with nearly 50 bands and as many floats. You can learn more about this festival by calling
800-822-2770 or visit their website at http://www.tuliptime.org/index.html

Holland Museum
This spring's exhibit is "American Folk," portraits and landscapes of the 18th and 19th centuries. This is a traveling exhibition of 40 paintings, watercolors, and early photography organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts that shows us how Americans of this period saw themselves and their surroundings. Two fine examples of this period were painted by Ammi Phillips (1878-1865), one of which is titled "The Power Sisters." His
work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the San Diego Museum of Art. This will be a fine exhibit and one not to be missed. You can learn more about this exhibit by calling the Holland Museum at 888-200-9123 or visir their website at http://www.hollandmuseum.org

Art
The Nines Gallery of Douglas is bursting at the seams with brand new artwork as it prepares for its upcoming spring and summer events. On Saturday, May 4, they will be hosting a special reception to welcome spring, featuring new artwork and new artists. See new paintings from the lakeshore's two best landscape painters (Deborah Ebbers and Michael Callihan) and preview Sydnee Peter's upcoming show. They have received new artwork from quite a few of their artists: David Zimmermann with new apple still lifes
and florals; Jen Gardiner with new collages, but now on masonite; Elaine Dalcher with dynamic and colorful prints and paintings; and Anne Corlett Wiley with new pastel landscapes. One of their newest artists, although not new to art, is Theresa Gray. Certainly ranked among West Michigan's most popular artists, Theresa joined The Nines several weeks ago and they couldn't be more pleased. Her work will be shown in
the Nines Downtown Holland gallery with selected works at their Douglas location. For more information,
visit http://www.theninesgallery.com or call 269-857-9997 or 269-392-4370.

More Art
Well, eclectic electric art emporium of renowned fun and funk has apparently achieved "local institution" status with the advent of it's sixth birthday celebration this month...

ThirdStone owner Bruce Cutean noted that the success of the last two years has finally made such a celebration feel appropriate saying "I guess I'm excited to recognize that we've made a real difference in the local art market. And I think it's about time we celebrated this growth and survival and gave kudos and thanks to all of the many
wonderful friends who've brought us this success over the last six years."

All month long ThirdStone will be featuring works from all of the artists who've shown in the Gallery over time and, will be showcasing works from a number of brand new ThirdStone artists that have recently come on board.

The weekend of May 18th and 19th will see a couple celebratory events... The show opening, food extravaganza and artists' reception will be on Sunday May 19th from 1 til 5 PM and all are invited. On Saturday, May 18th, it's "Open House Circus and Carnival Time" with some wild and somewhat crazy surprises taking place on the ThirdStone grounds and in the Gallery.

Thirdstone is located at the corner of 64th Street and 140th Avenue, 2 miles north of Blue Star Highway, just outside Saugatuck, and is open daily noon till 5 except for Wednesdays. For more information you can visit Thirdstone's website at www.thirdstoneartgallery.com or give 'em a call at 269-335-8027.

Douglas Spring Preview
On May 4, preview some of the most exciting new items offered by the downtown shops of Douglas, from furniture, original paintings by area artists, to accessories for the home. Douglas is being referred to the "Design Center of West Michigan," with many interior decorators, designers, and architects. You'll be able to enjoy snacks and beverages while strolling through the shops, and afterward enjoy dining at either Chaps or Everyday People Cafe, two of the areas finest restaurants. The preview will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the downtown Douglas merchants. Visit their website at http://www.douglasmichigan.com.

Books
Local author and friend Jacqueline Carey's long awaited second novel is out, "Kushiel's Chosen" (Tor Books, April 2002) and has been released in hardcover. A starred Booklist review says, "Carey's second extravagantly sensuous novel fulfills every promise made by 'Kushiel's Dart.'" There is seemingly something for everyone here: a great love story, intense spirituality, high eroticism, and lots of adventure, intrigue, and swordplay. It is a fascinating continuation to her first book "Kushiel's Dart" which made the Amazon.com
Fantasy Editor's and Barnes & Noble's Fantasy & Science Fiction - Best of 2001 Top 10 lists, and was recently #3 in a list of recommended recent titles in fantasy and science fiction in a poll of independent booksellers. You can purchase the book at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

 

Music
Plan on being at the Saugatuck Woman's Club on Sunday, May 26, to hear the fantastic Ellington Dynasty. After serving as a sideman for many Lakeshore Jazz Connection concerts, drummer and leader Greg Sergo brings his own Chicago-based group for its Saugatuck debut. All the members of Ellington Dynasty are excellent improvisors in their own right, and include Art Davis on trumpet, Ron Dewar on sax, Ron Kolber on
baritone sax, Tom Garling on trombone, Jeremy Kahn on piano, Dan Shapera on bass, Sergo on drums, and features Libby York as special guest vocalist. An evening with the Ellington Dynasty promises to be a delightful experience not to be missed. This concert will be presented at the Saugatuck Women's Club, Butler and Hoffman, downtown Saugatuck, at 8 p.m. General admission is $15; $12 for members; $10 students. For more information or tickets, call (269) 857-2287 or you can visit their website at
http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc/

 

More Music
The student-formed Fine Arts Trio at Hope College will preview its forthcoming tour of Romania with a chamber music concert at Hope College on Thursday, May 16 at 8 pm at Wichers Auditorium. The Fine Arts Trio consists of violinist Titus Munteanu of Brasov, Romania, who is completing his sophomore year at Hope; cellist Nicholas Toben of Troy, who is completing his junior year; and pianist Susan DeKam of Caledonia, a member of the graduating senior class of 2002. The group's performances have drawn high
praise for their musical sensitivity, passion, and strong sense of ensemble, performing with orchestra, solo recital, and chamber music, which brings a wealth of musical maturity. Tickets are free. Call 269-395-700 or visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/pr/releases/showpr.cgi?page=romania

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested please give us a call ASAP: Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts, May 26, June 22, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, & Oct. 12
http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc/ Waterfront Film Festival, June 6-9 http://www.waterfrontfilm.com/ Venetian Night Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display, July 27 Fall Festival Weekend, September 20-23 (Sponsored by the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society) International Chili-Blast Cook-Off, September 28

Sherwood Forest Cottage
We just booked another week in June, so that leaves the first two weeks and the forth week open in June in our Cottage (July & August are booked up). During the summer we rent it on a Saturday to Saturday basis for $950 a week. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials" (we now can include Godiva Chocolates), or you can try one of our in-house massages--doesn't get much better than that. And of course, there's our ever-popular "Famous Chefs of Saugatuck Gourmet Dinners" November through April.
You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at sweetheart.html
Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: dinners.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
Venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies. Includes a selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with fresh fruit and sweets to make it complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

>From the Sherwood Forest Files:
We put this one up 'cuz blueberry season is coming and you just might have some leftover blueberrys in your freezer. This recipe is from Y-Vonne, one of the Sirens of Sherwood, a cheffette of gastronomical talents. This bread freezes well. Yum yum, eat it up!

Y-Vonne's Blueberry Freezer Bread
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups blueberries
1 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 2 loaf pans.
2. Cream shortening & sugar.
3. Mix milk, eggs, lemon juice & pinapple: add to creamed mixture.
4. sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt, beat into mixture.
5. Fold in blueberries, nuts & coconut, then pour into loaf pans.
6. Bake 1 hour, cool 10 minutes:
remove from pans.

Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue

Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast, 938 Center St., Douglas, Michigan

http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com
800-838-1246

P.S. Peace on Earth

Local Calendar of Events
It's a long list so we added a link. To see a detailed list of what's happening in the area, check out: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/CALENDAR.HTML


"News from the Forest" - April 2002

March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, and rumor had it around here that while we were snorkeling and sun-worshiping on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, Mother Nature tossed 14 inches of snow and blew 80 mile-per-hour winds. When we arrived home, there was no trace of anything, so perhaps someone was telling tall tales. Here's some firsthand knowledge--SPRING IS HERE--the lilac bushes are starting to show their leaves, the crocus are blooming, and the daffodil heads are just about to open. There were a couple of wild turkeys sitting right along side some black squirrels underneath the bird feeder last week. And since there aren't many people around this time of the year, it's a great opportunity to stretch your legs either at the beach or Saugatuck Dunes State Park, so let us help you shake off those winter blues.

The Holland Area Arts Council Package
Sherwood Forest has teamed up with the Holland Area Arts Council for a week of rest and relaxation. Stay 1, 2, or up to 5 nights starting on Sunday, April 21 through Thursday, April 25, and we'll donate 50% of the room price to the HAAC. Founded in 1967 and located in the heart of downtown Holland, the Holland Area Arts Council (HAAC) works to expand awareness of the creative process for all individuals in the greater Holland area. The HAAC provides a wide range of opportunities to experience and appreciate the arts and
celebrate the cultures that make up the Holland community. Its programs and services focus on four areas:
Education, Performances, Art Exhibitions, and Community Outreach. They are an amazing organization and one we're proud to support. Here's the skinny: you can choose from one of 5 rooms, such as our Log Cabin Suite with a fireplace/Jacuzzi, or our Tree Tops room, which sports a professionally painted mural and transforms the room into a canopied loft high in the tree tops (truly a work of art), and it has a fireplace to boot. Upon arrival, we'll turn you onto a complimentary libation of your choice and give you the run down on things to do in the area. There are some awesome walks right outside our door--Lake Michigan's wide sandy beaches are just 1/2 block away. We'll also give you the run down on the best restaurants in town, so you don't have to do the hit-and-miss thing. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy with a Jacuzzi or a cozy fireplace. When you awake, we'll be ready to serve you a delicious breakfast. You'll be supporting two of
your favorite causes, i.e., your personal time and the HAAC. For more info or to reserve a room, call us at 800-838-1246.

Honorable Mentions
We book up fast for the following events, so if you're interested give us a call ASAP:
Tulip Time Festival, May 4-11 http://www.tuliptime.org/
Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts, May 26, June 22, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, & Oct. 12
http://www.saugatuckart.net/ljc/
Waterfront Film Festival, June 6-9 http://www.waterfrontfilm.com/
Venetian Night Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display, July 27
International Chili-Blast Cook-off, September 28

Sherwood Forest Cottage
We still have some weeks available in June in the cottage (July & Aug. are booked up). During the summer we rent it on a Saturday to Saturday basis. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246.

 

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart's content with one of our "Sweetheart Specials" (we now can include Godiva Chocolates), or you can try one of our in-house massages-- doesn't get much better than that. And of course, there's our ever-popular "Famous Chefs of Saugatuck Gourmet Dinners" November through April.
You can link to our Sweetheart Specials at sweetheart.html
Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: dinners.html.
Here's what's happening in and around the area:

Music
Tuesday, April 16, performance of soprano Courtney Budd, a Young Concert Artist winner, who is closing out this year's Great Performance Series. If you dig opera, the Budd performance is a must. She's won critical acclaim and competitions, including the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Audition. Her operatic experience includes Amy in Adamo’s “Little Women” and Lady in Waiting in the first American staging of Britten’s “Gloriana,” with Central City Opera. She has also performed with the Opera Theater of
Pittsburgh, the Atlanta Opera, the Tulsa Opera, Opera/Omaha, and at the Opera Festival of New Jersey. Opera News says Budd has “more color and volume than the typical coloratura protagonist". The Washington Post called her “touching and hilarious as an actress, and vocally just right for Zerlina,” in their review of “Don Giovanni". She has also performed frequently with Charles Wadsworth on the Musical Masterworks Series. Budd was awarded a grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation in 2001.
More information about Budd, including sound clips, can be found at her website at
www.courtenaybudd.com. Tickets for her performance can be purchased at the DeWitt Center Box Office (269-395-7890) beginning April 8, for more information you can visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/arts/gps/ or call(269) 395-7890.

More Music
Patty Larkin will be appearing at the Knickerbocker Theatre on April 18 at 8 p.m. She will be performing selected works from her critically acclaimed album "Perishable Fruit" (Top 10 albums of the 90's - Wall Street Journal), her live 1999 tour de force " A Gogo" ("Larkin's finest work" - Rocky Mountain News, "An essential disc" - Seattle Times), and " Regrooving the Dream". Chart topper Patty Larkin is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, a wry and evocative songwriter, richly textured vocalist and nationally respected producer. Regrooving (Top 10 New York Times, Boston Globe) draws on varied traditions of music, including Celtic, blues, R&B, middle eastern, samba, country and trip-hop. In each setting, Larkin conveys a sense of grace and nuance that does not disappoint. Regrooving the Dream is a deeply musical album that draws on both her folk roots and modern pop enthusiasms while allowing her literary lyrics to make themselves felt. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/arts/gps/ or call(269) 395-7890 or visit Larkin's website at www.pattylarkin.com

Visiting Writers
The Knickerbocker Theater
Tenaya Darlington and Clyde Edgerton will be visiting the Knickerbocker and reading from selected works. Darlington's collection of poetry, Madame Deluxe, is a rambunctious, irreverent romp that questions gender roles. In this scintillating debut collection of poetry, Darlington shocks, seduces, and intrigues us--spurring us to rethink our ideas about women and femininity. She is a recipient of the 1999 National Poetry Series and the 2001 Great Lakes College Association Award in Poetry. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in a wide array of journals, and she serves as the Features Editor and restaurant columnist for Isthmus Newspaper in Madison, Wis., where she currently lives. Clyde Edgerton, a master story teller, composes chatty, tone-perfect tales of southern small-town life that illuminate the knife edge between satire and nostalgia. His seventh story, "Where Troble Sleeps," returns to Listre, a fictional name for the author's hometown, that is inhabited by unforgettable eccentrics. Listre is a North Carolina bump in the road recently bisected by a blinking red and yellow light. The eccentrics come with Edgerton territory; the light is the result of a mule-truck head-on. The writers will visit on April 17 at 7 p.m. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.hope.edu/academic/english/creatwrit/visitwrit/ or call 269-935-7620, and you can order either of these writers books from the Blue Rhino Book Store in Saugatuck at 269-857-4553.

Books
This month's official book selection is one from Bill Galligan, whose pick is called "In Babylon" by Marcel Moring and translated by Stacy Knecht. This is a review by Brian Kenney: "The setting of this novel is absolutely beguiling. Sixty-year-old Nathan Hollander, accompanied by his niece Nina, sets out to visit the family's deserted country house, only to get caught in one of the Netherlands' worst snowstorms. They barely
reach the house, and when they do, they are immediately snowbound. Over the next few days, they live off the mysteriously well-stocked larder and wine cellar, take an axe to the antiques for firewood, and tell tales by candlelight. Nathan, an expert storyteller, recounts scenes comic, ribald, and poignant from the history of their family, itinerant Jewish clockmakers who migrated over generations from Eastern to Western Europe,
then on to America. But for Nathan, history is not remote. He is soon joined by his chums Chiam and Magnus, two family ghosts from the seventeenth century who help puzzle out their collective past. As much fun as the magical and mythical can be, Moring wisely keeps returning us to the tense reality of uncle and niece and the questions their situation poses: Who prepared the house for their arrival? Will they survive? Will their growing sexual tension find resolution? Miraculously, as the past and the present begin to
converge, Moring succeeds in keeping this unwieldy fictional package tied together. And if it does at times becomes a bit undone, that's all right. It's worth it to be reminded that fiction can be both emotionally moving and artistically inventive." You can purchase the book at 131 Mason--downtown Saugatuck in the Old Post Office Shop. For further info, e-mail oldpostoffice@wmol.com or call 269-857-4553 (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

 

Movies
On Saturday, April 20, the Saugatuck/Douglas Area Business Association and the Winter Arts Series will present an evening of films by emerging filmakers from Grand Valley University. These films will entertain and intrigue and allow you to say "I saw their films before anyone knew who they were!" The films will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck Woman's Club (corner of Butler and Hoffman Sts.) Tickets are $5 (and include a complimentary soft drink.) For more information, contact the Old Post Office Shop at (269) 857-4553.

Art
The Nines Gallery - Art aficionados everywhere will appreciate The Nines as it kicks off its 4th Season of Fine Art. This month they are proud to feature new collections of artwork by three of emerging artists. Carol Redmond hails from Denver, Col. g out. Her artwork is a dynamic combination of modern still life and field paintings. It is equally colorful and organic feeling. Small to medium in size, much of her artwork has been outfitted with
really great custom-designed moldings. Andrew Snyder is currently a local resident, but was born and raised elsewhere. He is an abstractionist, and for this show has composed a series of mostly black and white work (charcoal) with a figurative element. Both striking and elegant, his artwork continues to impress our artistic sensibilities. And of course one of Keith & Sue's favorites and friend, Anne Corlett Wiley, who is one of the newest additions to The Nines Gallery. Since last summer, her artwork has been received with tremendous success. She draws with chalk pastel and creates absolutely lovely still life compositions of local landscapes. Her work is traditional in its styling but edgy in her use of both perspective and bold color. Her work will be in the Nines Downtown Holland gallery with selected works at their Douglas location. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.theninesgallery.com or call them at 269-857-9997 or
269-392-4370.

More Art
Thirdstone Art Gallery
Thirdstone Gallery's April feature will introduce work from several new artists and new works from some of the Thirdstone regulars as well. "Spring Sproinga-Boinga" welcomes the sun with a diverse showing of exceedingly "fresh" and innovative works. Included are new oils from painter Tom DePree, new Assembloids (it's about time!!) from Bruce Joel Cutean, Pop Art Marvels from internationally known artist Peter Mars of Chicago, a diverse new body of works from Ingrid Lindfors, new "impressionist-Pop" paintings from Susan Crawford, and other recent creations from some of your Thirdstone favorites. The
show will also include work from some new Thirdstoners: paintings and drawings from Erin Sellmer, paintings by Kellie Pickard, mixed media works and assemblages from Jan Quinn, paintings and mixed media from Lauralee Sikorski, and ceramics by Sharon Woodward. The show begins on Bruce's fave national holiday (April Fool's day!) and will continue through May 7. Thirdstone is located at the corner of 64th Street and 140th Avenue, 2 miles north of Blue Star Highway, just outside Saugatuck, and is open daily
noon till 5 except for Tuesday sand Wednesdays. For more information you can visit Thirdstone's website at www.thirdstoneartgallery.com or give 'em a call at 269-335-8027.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Ringo's Corn Muffins
This is one of the best combinations for corn muffins we've found. They have joined the ranks of the muffin brigade we serve here in The Forest. Yum yum, eat 'em up!

2 eggs
1/2 C. low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 C. light sour cream
2 Tb. butter, melted
3/4 tp. salt
1/4 C. finely chopped onion
1 C. frozen corn, cooked
1 package (8-1/2 oz.) corn muffin mix (e.g., Jiffy)

Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Stir in onion, corn, and muffin mix; stir until blended. Spoon into 12 well-greased muffin tins and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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Keith & Sue

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