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Sherwood Forest B&B December 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. It's beautiful here, we just had an awesome snowfall, and so it's perfect conditions for cross-county skiing and sledding. Mother Nature really knows how to make us happy. With the cold crisp days and starry nights, what better time to curl up with a good book and sip hot cocoa? It's also a great time to finish your holiday shopping at some of the most unique shops in the Midwest, and to top it all off, dine at some of the finest restaurants in the state. So join us soon for some R&R and holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth to All.

Gift Certificates
Give the most amazing gift on the planet! Imagine receiving a gift certificate from Sherwood Forest B&B. After the recipient jumps up and down and hugs that special someone, he or she will rush to the phone to book a room at Sherwood Forest (just gotta have that fireplace/Jacuzzi suite). Call 800-838-1246, or visit our gift certificate page at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/giftcert.html.

Massages
Have a massage in the privacy of your room by a certified massage therapist in a style that's just right for you, one hour of pure relaxation...$70. Call us at 800-838-1246 to book your room and a massage.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
Now's the time to gather up that group of friends or family and plan a visit to Sherwood Forest B&B for one of our awesome Gourmet Dinners. From 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 Café; Keaton Stearns, chef extraordinaire of The Piper Restaurant; and Matt Balmer, head chef of one our favorite restaurants, 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 $55 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 are New Years Eve and Valentine's Day weekend. To book a gourmet dinner, call us at 800-838-1246. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

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

Theater
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol will be presented December 7-19 at the Women's Club in downtown Saugatuck. This classic Christmas tale, featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, various ghosts, and an assortment of lovable Londoners, is brought to life by community performers. For performance times or to purchase tickets, call 269-857-1701.

More Theater
Based on the old Judy Garland television Christmas show titled An Old Fashioned Christmas, The Judy Christmas Show will not only feature local Michael Holmes as Judy Garland, but he will also be dressed up like Pearl Bailey, Carol Channing, and Billie Holiday. There will also be special appearance by jazz vocalist Kirsten Gustafson. Tickets are $15; cocktails at 7:15 p.m., curtain at 8:00 p.m. and the performance will be at the SCA, downtown Saugatuck. You can visit their website at http://www.sc4a.org or call 269-857-2399 for more info.

Christmas Trees
What better way is there to help usher in the holiday season than to cut your own Christmas tree? Our friends at Baragar Pines Farm will help you choose just the right tree for the holidays, from Frasier Furs to Scotch Pines, wreaths, and potted Blue Spruces, too. They're at 2661 64th St. in Fennville. For more info call 269-857-4429.

Art
The Nines Gallery in Holland will be showing a sampling of Givable art by each of their artists. The prices are in the thoughtful gift range and there will be something for everyone - still life, landscapes, abstracts, pottery, and photography. They also have several artists who do portrait work, and in a variety of styles. The Nines Gallery is on 9th Street in Holland. For more info, visit http://www.theninesgallery.com or call 616-392-4370.

Book of the Month
Mindy's book of the month is The Tender Bar by J.R Moehringer. A moving, vividly told memoir full of heart, drama, and exquisite comic timing about a boy striving to become a man and his romance with a bar. Author J.R. Moehringer grew up listening for a voice: it was the sound of his missing father, a disc jockey who disappeared before J.R. spoke his first words. J.R.'s mother was his world, his anchor, but he needed something else, something more, something he couldn't name. So he turned to the bar on the corner, a grand old New York saloon that was a sanctuary for all types of men - cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums who provided a kind of fatherhood by committee. When the time came for J.R. to leave home, the bar became a way station. You can purchase this book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085 http://www.treehousebooks.net) or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck 269-857-4553 or oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

Honorable Mentions:
December weekends, horse-drawn carriage rides, downtown Saugatuck.
December 17-18, Children's Puppet Theatre, Women's Club, downtown Saugatuck
December 31, fireworks display over the Kalamazoo River, Saugatuck, midnight
January 25, Visiting Writers Series, Victor Rodriquez-Nunez, Poet, Knickerbocker, 7 p.m.
January 31-Feb 1, Great Performance Series, Aquilla Theatre Co., Holland 7:30 p.m.
February 17-18 & 22-25, Theatre, Perfect Pie, Hope College Theatre Dept.
February 21, Visiting Writers Series, Robert Boswell, Fiction, Knickerbockers, 7 p.m.
February 23, Great Performance Series, Imani Winds, Holland, 7:30 p.m.
February 28, Mardi Gras Parade, Douglas, 7 p.m.
March 15, Visiting Writers Series, Dana Roeser, Poet, Knickerbocker, 7 p.m.
March 15, Great Performance Series, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Holland, 7:30 p.m.
April 6, Visiting Writers Series, Barbara Hamby, Poetry, Knickerbocker, 7 p.m.
April 6, Visiting Writers Series, David Kirby, Poetry, Knickerbocker, 7 p.m.
April 21-22 & 26-29, Theatre, Love's Labour's Lost, Hope College Theatre Dept

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 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 (does not include room rate). To view more specials on our website you can go to http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Roy's Pumpkin Pie Spiced Nuts

Roy is married to one of the Sirens, so that's the connection, and this holiday nut mix recipe is a great addition to any gathering. You can munch them at home or give them as gifts, how about a nutty buddy.

Roy's Pumpkin Pie Spiced Nuts

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground clover
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg white
2 12-ounce cans salted mixed nuts
1 cup sugar

Directions:
Stir together the first 4 ingredients, then add the sugar and stir. In a large bowl, beat the egg white and 1 teaspoon water. Add the salted, mixed nuts and toss to coat. Sprinkle the sugar spice mix over nuts and toss to coat. Spread nuts in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet and bake a 325 for about 20 minutes, then cool slightly and transfer to waxed paper and break into small chunks. Makes about 8 cups.

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

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Sherwood Forest B&B November 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
November is here with its crisp weather and shorter days. There are still some leaves on the trees, but leaf peeping time will soon be over as Mother Nature lays down her multicolored carpet. It's a serene time to take a walk and enjoy the change of season. There's 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 to curl up with 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!

Gift Certificates
Give the most amazing gift on the planet! Imagine receiving a gift certificate from Sherwood Forest B&B. After the recipient jumps up and down and hugs that special someone, he or she will rush to the phone to book a room at Sherwood Forest (just gotta have that fireplace/Jacuzzi suite). Call 800-838-1246, or visit our gift certificate page at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/giftcert.html.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
Now's the time to gather up that group of friends or family and plan a visit to Sherwood Forest B&B for one of our awesome Gourmet Dinners. From 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 Café; Keaton Stearns, chef extraordinaire of The Piper Restaurant; and Matt Balmer, head chef of one our favorite restaurants, 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 life. Here are the details: dinner is $50 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 are New Years Eve and Valentine's weekend. To book a gourmet dinner, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

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

Night Before Christmas
A retailers' open house in downtown Saugatuck kicks off the shopping season with unique items for the holidays. At the same time you'll be able to gather secret info about Santa's shopping list from participating stores, giving you the chance to win a $500 shopping spree. It all starts on November 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will continue through the weekend. More info on the Santa's shopping spree can be found at http://www.saugatuckdouglas.com.

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 on November 19 until 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.douglasmichigan.com/.

Art
Amy Reckley's solo exhibit, Tension and Release, is now showing at The Nines Gallery in Holland. Reckley created this show while she was working, studying, and living in Florence, Italy, last year. This show is a culmination of 365 days of toil, inspiration, absorption, interpretation, relentless practice, challenge, and creative release. Don't miss it-now through December 4. For more info call 616-392-3239 or visit www.theninesgallery.com.

More Art
More Art Join the Blue Coast Artists for their annual Holiday Open House of Studios on November 25-27 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 http://bluecoastartists.com.

Theatre
On November 12 & 13, Mason Street Warehouse presents Just In Time, starring Tony DeSare and his Trio. Star of the off-Broadway hit Our Sinatra. Called a knockout by Daily Variety, Tony has become one of New York's hottest young singers/pianist. His sound is cool and elegant, swinging and Sensual, you'll enjoy his pop/jazz. For more information or to purchase tickets call 269-857-4898 or visit their website at http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.

Movies
The Third Annual Saugatuck Children's Film Festival, a program of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, is being held November 19-20. About 25 high quality, independently produced, entertaining, and educational films will be shown. In addition, there will be special screenings of films suitable for adults and young adults. For more info call 269-857-2399 or visit http://www.sc4a.org/ChldFilm_05_index.html.

Visiting Writers
Next in the line up for the Visiting Writers Series is Sebastian Matthews on December 1 at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. Author of the memoir In My Father's Footsteps, of which he will be doing selected readings, he is also the editor of Rivendell, a literary arts publication. Matthews was recently named Bread Loaf Scholar in Nonfiction. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New England Reviews, Post Road, and The Seneca Review. All readings are free. For more info call 269-395-7620 or visit http://www.hope.edu/vws/fall.html.

Music
The Hope College Patrons for the Arts announces La Guitara, a groundbreaking exploration of female guitarists featuring Patty Larkin, Kaki King, Mimi Fox, and Muriel Anderson at 7:30 p.m. on November 11, at the Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland. The brainchild of alternative-folk artist Larkin, the concert is the living version of a new album, La Guitara, which features 16 female guitarists. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens. Seats are reserved, so early purchase is encouraged. Tickets are available now and may be purchased by calling 616-395-7890 or visit http://sroartists.com/artists/laguitara.

SBooks This month's book is a recommendation from our friends at National Public Radio and Sue, titled What Remains, A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill. It's a vivid and haunting memoir about a girl from a working-class town who becomes an award-winning television producer and marries a prince, Anthony Radziwill, one of a long line of Polish royals and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. Radziwill's story is part fairy tale, part tragedy. She tells both with great candor and wit. She explores the complexities of marriage, the importance of friendship, and the challenges of self-invention with unflinching honesty. This is a compelling story of love, loss, and, ultimately, resilience. You can purchase it at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085 http://www.treehousebooks.net) or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck 269-857-4553 or oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

Honorable Mentions
Van Jordan, Poetry, December 1
Christmas Parade, Downtown Saugatuck, December 3
Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, December 9-11, 16-18
Fireworks, December 31, Midnight over the River in Saugatuck

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 Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
The Cottage is the perfect place for that quiet getaway, or if you'd like to spend a weekend with some friends or family. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a gas fireplace and full kitchen, and is pet friendly. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Keith's Immortale Signora Lasagna

I went through high school with a beautiful bunch of Italian girls and during lunch we'd escape to one of their homes where we'd eat leftover lasagna and watch David Letterman (back when it was on during the day!). This is my tribute to them. Abbondonza!!!

Keith's Immortale Signora Lasagna

4 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought)
15 lasagna noodles
2 cups ricotta cheese
12 pieces thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
9 x 13 inch pan

Prep:
Put on some good music and get your self a glass of wine (preferably red).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Take out the pan and spread a little sauce over the bottom.
Cover with 5 of the noodles.

Next spread about a half of the ricotta, 1/3 of the sauce, 6 of the mozzarella slices. Then add another layer of noodles, the rest of the ricotta, 1/3 of the sauce, and the rest of the mozzarella slices. Add the final layer of noodles topped with the rest of the sauce and sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the top.

Bake for 45 minutes, then cover loosely with foil about 15 minutes before the end of the baking time, and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6 to 8 happy people.

For more hip and groovy recipes, you can visit our recipes page on our website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/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.

Sherwood Forest B&B October 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
Fall is upon us, and the leaves have just started their journey into the palette of many colors. What a wonderful time of year to go apple picking, take a hike along the lakeshore or in the wooded dunes of the state park, or do a color tour drive (you might even want to share a Sherwood Forest picnic basket).

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
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.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
Now's the time to gather up that group of friends or family and plan a visit to Sherwood Forest B&B for one of our awesome Gourmet Dinners. From November through April, let us wine and dine you. Book the entire B&B for 2 nights 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. 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 life. Here are the details: dinner is $45 per person, guests 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 are New Years Eve and Valentine's weekend. To book a gourmet dinner, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

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

Sherwood Forest Golf
Fall is also a great time of year to play the links and even better, the rates go down! We've come up with some incredible stay-and-play golf packages for you to choose from: spend a night or two at Sherwood Forest B&B and we'll arrange for you to play at The Ravines, an Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Course, a sweeping, 18-stanza epic, where nature meets sport in ways you simply must witness to believe. Each hole at The Ravines is, indeed, a unique stage all its own, inviting--even inspiring--in its natural confines, with wide fairways, generous landing areas, and four tee positions per hole to let you play it safe. Cost of these packages runs from $251 to $625. For more information, visit http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/golf.html

Music
Music The Lakeshore Jazz Connection presents an intimate evening with Kirsten Gustafson on October 8, entitled Lady Sings the Blues. Gustafson's love for jazz music goes back to her critically acclaimed CD, You Taught My Heart To Sing in 1992. Accompanying Gustafson is Dick Reynolds on piano, Kurt Krahnke on bass, and Tim Froncek on drums. The concert will be held at the Saugatuck Women's Club, downtown Saugatuck, at 8 p.m. For more info or tickets, call 269-857-1557 or visit http://www.lakeshorejazzconnection.org.

Art
Opening September 30 at The Nines Gallery in Holland will be Fresh Produce: New Art by New Artists. Featuring Delbert Michel, Jill Jepsen, Nicole Brink, Jeff Blandford, Kathleen Putnam, Jeremy Hall, Judy Giles, and Nancy Charak (Keith's sister). This show has new artwork by artists who have been exhibiting at The Nines for less than a year. These eight artists come from Alabama, Chicago, Northern Michigan, and Holland and offer something for everyone - landscapes, still life, surrealism, abstractions, and pottery. For two of the artists (Charak and Hall), this show will be the first time their artwork has hung on the walls of The Nines. Charak is a self-taught artist from Chicago and has several invitational and group exhibitions on her resume. Her work is soft, abstract, and sophisticated. For Hall, Fresh Produce is an opportunity for the public to see the work of an emerging artist who recently dedicated himself to painting full time. His range of work includes large still-life compositions and surrealistic scenes. Fresh Produce opens on September 30 with an Artist's Reception from 5-8 p.m. the work will be in the gallery until October 24.The Nines Gallery is located inside 17 W. 10th St., in downtown Holland. Call 616-392-3239 for more info or visit www.theninesgallery.com.

More Art
The Blue Coast Artists 15th Annual Fall Tour of Studios will be held October 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Travel the Blue Star highway between South Haven and Saugatuck to discover some of Southwest Michigan's finest artwork, from stoneware and Raku pottery, sculpture and fine jewelry, to wood marquetry, blown glass and painting. Visit the unique rural studios, galleries, and showrooms of these 9 professional artists. For more information, visit http://bluecoastartists.com.

Still More Art
Come join more than 20 tri-community galleries for the 27th 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 8-9 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.

Dance
Next Step Dance from Florida will perform its first out-of-state engagement at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, downtown Saugatuck, on October 8 at 8 p.m. The performance will feature bold and distinctive works by South Florida choreographer, William Charles Crowley. For info, call Karen at 269-857-2399 or email: info@sc4a.org.

Ballet
On October 18-19 at 7:30 p.m., The James Sewell Ballet will be performing at the Knickerbocker Theatre as part of the Great Perfomance Series at Hope College. Acclaimed internationally for its innovation, musicality, technical expertise, and engaging productions, this Minnesota-based company has developed an exciting dance profile combining the classical virtues of ballet with the freedom of modern dance and the spirit of vaudeville. For more info or tickets, call 616-395-7890 or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts/

Exhibitions
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum presents Lincoln's Ready-Made Soldiers: Saugatuck Area Men in the Civil War. The exhibit is the most complicated and ambitious to date and features a view of the American Civil War from a local perspective--through the eyes of area men who served in the war. More than 60 never-before-published letters were uncovered from families and historical archives to tell the story. This exhibit will only be running weekends through October, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-857-7900 or visit http://www.accn.org/~sdhistory/home.php.

Saugatuck Farmer's Market
Experience great tasting produce, dairy products, and baked goods--a feast for the eyes and the palette from Michigan's fields, dairy barns, and kitchens. Under the red arches at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Culver Street in Downtown Saugatuck on Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through October. For more info, visit http://www.sc4a.org or call 269-857-2399.

19th Annual Goose Festival
You haven't lived until you've attended the Goose Festival--no really! October 7-9, the weekend long festival in downtown Fennville will entertain you to your hearts delight. The official parade starts at 1 pm, and you'll be awed by this years reining beauty queen, Miss Honker, and the musical delights of the Scottville Clown Band, whose members dress up like clowns, tramps, and women in drag, besides marching in the parade. Also during the weekend will be a car parade, gigantic used book sale, and the Goose Calling Contest. For more info, call 616-857-2236 or visit http://www.fennvilleonline.org/news81.htm.

Octoberfest
Downtown Douglas will be the site for this year's Octoberfest on October 8 from 6-9 p.m. While it's not Munich, Germany, it does have a festive atmosphere to help you celebrate the traditional season's first batch of new brew. So drop in for beer from the Saugatuck Brewing Company and there will be brats, prizes galore, and music. Entrance fee is $8, $6 in advance.

Halloween
Halloween festivities will be going on in downtown Saugatuck on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including country music, entertainment, storytelling, arts & crafts, and a kids parade. That evening you do not want to miss the Douglas Halloween Celebration and Adult Parade at 10 p.m. 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). For more info, contact the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitor's Bureau at 269-857-1701.

Haunted Corn Maize
Have a good scare at Crane's Orchards Haunted Corn Maize, a kaleidoscope of twists and turns and heart stopping boos (weather permitting) Thursday through Saturday 7-10 p.m. in October. For more info, call 269-561-8651 or go to www.craneorchards.com.

Visiting Writers Lorraine Lopez is next in the line up for the Hope College Visiting Writers Series on October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland. Her stories, Soy La Avon Lady, and others allow readers to experience Latino culture in the States through absurdities, poignant observations, and plenty of laughter. Lopez reveals a parallel America, a place something like East L.A., but a bit more bizarre. Through her work, Lopez questions what it means to be different--in class, race, and culture especially--and how identities can be lost in the struggle to fit in. She will read selected works from her collection. All readings are free. For more info, call 616-395-7403 or visit http://www.hope.edu/vws/fall.html.

Honorable Mentions
Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize Novelist, November 8
Children's Film Festival, November 14-20
Night Before Christmas, November 18-20
Douglas Holiday Preview, November 19
Blue Coast Artists Holiday Open House, November 25-27
Sebastian Matthews, Memoirist, December 1
Van Jordan, Poetry, December 1
Christmas Parade, Downtown Saugatuck, December 3
Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, December 9-11, 16-18
Fireworks, December 31, Midnight over the River in Saugatuck

Books
Bill's book of the month is Killing Yourself to Live: 85 percent of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman. For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of 21 days, Chuck had three relationships end: one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us. You can purchase or order these book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085) http://www.treehousebooks.net or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 or email at: oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

Sherwood Forest Cottage
The Cottage is the perfect place for that quiet getaway or for spending time with friends or family. We do have some openings in November and December, which is also a wonderful time to kick back and enjoy the area. It sleeps up to 4 people or two couples, 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 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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Keith, the husband of the original Siren of Sherwood, received this recipe from an old Chinese friend after meeting up with him in Marrakech. It's delicious and very easy to make.

Keithy-san's Velvety Tofu Rice Soup with Ginger

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ Cup jasmine rice
6 Cups homemade unsalted or low sodium chicken stock
1/3 pound or 6 ounces firm tofu
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal for garnish
10 fresh cilantro sprigs, chopped for garnish
ground white pepper for garnish

Heat the oil and garlic in a small soup pan over moderate heat. Add the rice and toss in the pan until the rice turns white and opaque, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the rice has expanded and soup is velvety, about 20 minutes. Add the tofu and ginger and simmer for another 10 to 12 minutes, remove from heat, transfer to individual serving bowls and garnish with cilantro, scallions and white pepper. Serves 6.

For more hip and groovy recipes, you can visit our recipes page on our website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/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.

Sherwood Forest B&B August 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
We have some great news here at Sherwood Forest! We are very excited to announce that we took the Best of Personal Luxury in the Reader's Poll in Lake Magazine. It's our second year in a row for the top spot in lodging, so thank you to all of our guests and friends who voted for us. You can check out the articles in Lake Magazine at http://www.lakemagazine.com

And on a quick personal note, Keith, along with his golf partners Fritz Baker and Jeff Tischleder, took first place in the Lakeshore Golf Outing and were presented with the Douglas Cup trophy! A good time was had by all and many thanks to all our St. Louis buddies.

The next few months are still a great time of year for a walk on the beach or for sharing a picnic basket, so give us a call for that much-needed getaway.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
Now's the time to gather up that group of friends or family and plan a visit to Sherwood Forest B&B for one of our awesome Gourmet Dinners. From November through April, let us wine and dine you. Book the entire B&B for 2 nights 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. 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 life. 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 are New Years Eve and Valentine's Day weekend. To book a gourmet dinner, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
Venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies this summer or fall. 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.

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

Sherwood Forest Golf
We've toured the courses, replaced our divots, and tallied up the scores; we've come up with some incredible stay-and-play golf packages for you to choose from: spend a night or two at Sherwood Forest B&B and we'll arrange for you to play at The Ravines, an Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Course, a sweeping, 18-stanza epic, where nature meets sport in ways you simply must witness to believe. Each hole at The Ravines is, indeed, a unique stage all its own, inviting--even inspiring--in its natural confines, with wide fairways, generous landing areas, and four tee positions per hole to let you play it safe. Cost of these packages runs from $251 to $625. For more information, visit http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/golf.html

Douglas Socials
Every Thursday night in August, the Douglas Socials will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. at Beery Field, downtown Douglas. This is a real hometown happening that includes fun festivities for the whole family, including beer and brats, live music, and lively conversation.

Saugatuck Farmer's Market
Brand new in town! Every Friday afternoon, experience great tasting produce, dairy products, and baked goods--a feast for the eyes and the palette from Michigan's fields, dairy barns, and kitchens. Under the red arches at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Culver Street in Downtown Saugatuck from noon to 6 p.m. through October 28. For more info, visit http://www.sc4a.org or call 269-857-2399.

Music
The performance line up in August for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck will be: On August 11-12, Summer Music by Samuel Barber. And on August 18-19 is a Septet, Op.65 by Camille Saint-Saëns, and a Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 by Ernst von Dohnányi. All performances are at 8 p.m. at the Woman's Club, downtown Saugatuck. Call 269-543-9001 or visit http://www.saugatuckmusic.org.

More Music
Join the hip and groovy folks at Everyday People Café in Douglas every Thursday and Sunday (through September 4) and Saturdays in August from 6:30 to 9:30 to hear some really cool jazz. You'll see the likes of the Jim Cooper Jazz Duo, Moments Notice Jazz Duo, Rick Hicks Blues Guitar, and Willy Chicone from Isla Mujeres. For more info, call 269-857-4240.

Films
The Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland will show the movie Millions, which demonstrates that it isn't always easy to get rid of large sums of money. When two brothers find a bag filled with money near the railroad tracks, they have to decide what to do with it. It is a film of sophistication and whimsy about children, money, and saints and runs August 8-12, 7 and 9 p.m. nightly. Next in the line up is Ladies in Lavender with two grand dames of British film, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, in which they share a seaside cottage. They spend their days in the garden and their evenings knitting and listening to the radio, which all changes one stormy evening when a strange young man is washed up on their shore. Filled with British civility and humor, the film is sure to leave the audience smiling and runs August 15-20 and 22-25, 7 and 9 p.m. nightly. The last movie, The Chorus, tells the inspiring story of a teacher's efforts to change the lives of his headstrong students and creates a story that touches the audience. It's set in a French boarding school in 1949 and is filled with music and feeling and is sure to please. It runs August 29-Sept 1, 7 and 9 p.m. nightly. The Knickerbocker Theater is at 86 E. 8th St., downtown Holland. Call 616-395-7403 or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts/knick/.

Exhibitions
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum presents Lincoln's Ready-Made Soldiers: Saugatuck Area Men in the Civil War. The exhibit is the most complicated and ambitious to date and features a view of the American Civil War from a local perspective--through the eyes of area men who served in the war. More than 60 never-before-published letters were uncovered from families and historical archives to tell the story. This exhibit will be open daily noon to 4 p.m. until Labor Day, and on the weekends only in the fall. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-857-7900 or visit http://www.accn.org/~sdhistory/home.php.

More Exhibitions
Doughboys and Polar Bears: Holland Michigan and World War is being featured at the Holland Museum. In this exhibit, visitors will experience Holland's far-flung involvement in the war from the Doughboy soldiers who fought in Western Europe to the Polar Bears who aided the White Russians against the Bolsheviks in Siberia during the Russian Revolution. For more info, call 888-200-9123 or visit http://www.hollandmuseum.org.

Art
The Nines Gallery is currently showing The Ultimate Format, A Group of Group Shows. With this show, not only have The Nines concocted a cool theme, but they are welcoming three new artists into the gallery: Delbert Michel's, Jill Jepsen, and Nicole Brink, in addition to old favorites such as David Zimmermann, Kathleen Putnam, and Carol Redmond. Each artist has contributed 5 new creations for this show, truly a unique happening. The Nines Gallery and Framing Studio is inside 17 W. 10th St, Holland. For more info, call 616-392-3239 or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com.

Food
The Annual Taste of Saugatuck will be held on August 28 on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck from noon-7 p.m. It's a mini Taste of Chicago street festival, featuring fine foods from area restaurants, a gastronomical event that is sure to please everyone. Sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas CVB and area restaurants. For information, call (616) 857-1701.

Theater
Next in the line up for the Mason Street Warehouse is Honkey Tonk Highway, which runs through August 21, with the foot-stomping story of country and western star Clint Colby and his Tennessee Mountain band, the Mountain Rangers. And then, What a Glorious Feeling opens on August 24, the world premiere of how Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen created one of Hollywood's most memorable movie classics, Singing in the Rain. The Mason Street Warehouse is at 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. For tickets or more info, call 269-857-4898 or visit http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.

More Theater
Spitfire Grill. The grill is for sale but nobody is buying until Percy comes up with an idea that unites the depressed town of Gilead. Next is Scapin, which tells the story of the scheming and mischievous servant Scapin who swindles two fathers into providing the funds for their sons' romantic misadventures. Finally, The Drawer. It's 1972 and a self-absorbed young Toronto actor, Miles, arrives on a small farm to do hands-on research for an upcoming role in a play about country life. Call for times and dates: 616-395-7890 or visit http://www.hope.edu/hsrt/.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market will be held the last Sunday in August from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. The 400 exhibitors will be there rain or shine--200 indoor and 200 under canopies (the market is always the last Sunday of the month, April through September). For more info, call 269-735-3333. And don't forget to visit our friends down at the Blue Star Antique Pavilion on Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Sidewalk Sale
The Annual Saugatuck Sidewalk Sale will be held August 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 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 (616) 857-3133 for more info.

Honorable Mentions
Used Book Sale, Saugatuck-Douglas Library, September 3
Blue Star Bridge Walk, September 5, a true test of fitness over a 600-foot bridge--HUH?
Street Market, Downtown Douglas, September 10
Allegan County Fair, September 9-17
Heritage Festival, September 16-18
Lynda Barry, Novelist, Cartoonist and Comedian, September 23
Lakeshore Jazz Connection-September 10
Classic Car Show, Douglas, September 11
Mount Baldhead Challenge September 17, 15k and 5k
David Sanchez Quartet, September 22
Chili Festival, September 24
Blue Coast Artists open house, October 1-2
Lakeshore Jazz Connection, October 8
Goose Festival, October 7-9
Saugatuck-Douglas Gallery Stroll, October 8-9
Octoberfest, October 8
James Sewell Ballet October 18-19
Lorraine Lopez, Southern Fiction, October 20
Adult Halloween Parade, October 29, Douglas, 10 p.m.
Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize Novelist, November 8
Children's Film Festival, November 14-20

Books
Our book of the month is Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy, haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed the trust of his best friend and the son of his father's servant. This a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. You can purchase or order these book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085) http://www.treehousebooks.net or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 or email at: oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

Sherwood Forest Cottage
The Cottage is the perfect place for that quiet getaway or for spending time with friends or family. We do have openings after Labor Day, which is also a wonderful time to kick back and enjoy the area. It sleeps up to 4 people or two couples, 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 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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Sue the Original Siren of Sherwood, created this dish a few years back after we took a trip out to the Great Southwest and hiked the Grand Canyon.

Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

1 (8½-ounce) package corn muffin mix
3 Cups cubed (1/2 inch) Italian bread
8 ounces Italian sausage
1 Cup chopped onion
2 Cups milk
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
4 eggs
2 Cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese, divided

Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions; cool. Crumble muffins into a large bowl and stir in bread. Set aside.

Remove casings from sausage and cook in large skillet with onion over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain.

Combine milk, cumin, pepper, tomatoes, and eggs; stir until blended. Add sausage mixture; stir well. Stir into bread mixture. Spoon half of bread mixture into a 9x13 pan coated with cooking spray. Top with 1 cup cheese. Spoon remaining bread mixture over cheese, and then top with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 40 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

For more hip and groovy recipes, you can visit our recipes page on our website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/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.

Sherwood Forest B&B July 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
The summer is upon us, and there's a whole lot happening around here! The golf courses are in tip-top shape, the off-Broadway theater has a fantastic line up, and Lake Michigan is warm enough to take a dip. Ah, it's a great time of year. We've got some awesome new lounge chairs by the pool and our 1970s era Schwinn Suburban bicycles are ready for your riding pleasure. So get out your calendar and schedule in some free time to enjoy this delightful time of year.

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 your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
We have the following week available: August 27-September 2. It goes for $1100 for the week and sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for the fall. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html or give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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

Sherwood Forest Golf
We've toured the courses, replaced our divots, and tallied up the scores; we've come up with some incredible stay-and-play golf packages for you to choose from: spend a night or two at Sherwood Forest B&B and we'll arrange for you to play at The Ravines, an Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Course, a sweeping, 18-stanza epic, where nature meets sport in ways you simply must witness to believe. Each hole at The Ravines is, indeed, a unique stage all its own, inviting--even inspiring--in its natural confines, with wide fairways, generous landing areas, and four tee positions per hole to let you play it safe. Cost of these packages runs from $251 to $625. For more information, visit http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/golf.html

Douglas Socials
Starting July 14 and continuing every other Thursday night though September 8, the Douglas Socials will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Beery Field in downtown Douglas. This is a real hometown happening that includes fun festivities for the whole family, including beer and brats, live music, and lively conversation from all.

Saugatuck Farmer's Market
Brand new in town! Every Friday afternoon, experience great tasting produce, dairy products, and baked goods--a feast for the eyes and the palette from Michigan's fields, dairy barns, and kitchens. Under the red arches at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Culver Street in Downtown Saugatuck from noon to 6 p.m. through October 28. For more info, visit http://www.sc4a.org or call 269-857-2399.

Music
The performance line up for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck will be: July 14-15, featuring a Quartet No.2 in A Major, Op.26 by Johannes Brahms, Fantasie (for Viola and Piano) by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. The July 21-22 concert will feature the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy, a Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 For Violin and Piano and a Sonata in E Minor, Op.38 for Cello and Piano by Johannes Brahmsand. On July 28-29, The Merling Trio will perform Trio Op.1, No.1 in E-flat Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, La Muerte del Angel, La Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla and Trio in E Minor, Op.90 by Dumky. On August 4-5, The Cleveland Duo and James Umble will perform Sonata in G Minor, Op. 2, No. 8 by George Frideric Handel and Roumanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok & C.G. Warner. On August 11-12, Summer Music by Samuel Barber. And on August 18-19 is a Septet, Op.65 by Camille Saint-Saëns, and a Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 by Ernst von Dohnányi. All performances are at 8 p.m. at the Woman's Club, downtown Saugatuck. Call 269-543-9001 or visit http://www.saugatuckmusic.org.

More Music
Join the hip and groovy folks at Everyday People Café in Douglas every Thursday and Sunday (through September 4) and Saturdays in August from 6:30 to 9:30 to hear some really cool jazz. You'll see the likes of the Jim Cooper Jazz Duo, Moments Notice Jazz Duo, Rick Hicks Blues Guitar, and Willy Chicone from Isla Mujeres. For more info, call 269-857-4240.

Films
The Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland will show Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room on July 22-23, 25-28 at 7 and 9 pm nightly. This documentary follows the rise and fall of Enron, one of the largest corporate scandals in 2001. Next is Look at Me, August 1-6, the story of 4 people who know exactly what they'd do if they were somebody else. The Knickerbocker Theater is at 86 E. 8th St., downtown Holland. Call 616-395-7403 or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts/knick/.

Exhibitions
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum will presents Lincoln's Ready-Made Soldiers: Saugatuck Area Men in the Civil War. The exhibit is the most complicated and ambitious to date and will feature a view of the American Civil War from a local perspective--through the eyes of area men who served in the war. More than 60 never-before-published letters were uncovered from families and historical archives to tell the story. This exhibit will be open daily noon to 4 p.m. until Labor Day, and on the weekends only in the fall. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-857-7900 or visit http://www.accn.org/~sdhistory/home.php.

More Exhibitions
Doughboys and Polar Bears: Holland Michigan and World War is being featured at the Holland Museum. In this exhibit, visitors will experience Holland's far-flung involvement in the war from the Doughboy soldiers who fought in Western Europe to the Polar Bears who aided the White Russians against the Bolsheviks in Siberia during the Russian Revolution. For more info, call 888-200-9123 or visit http://www.hollandmuseum.org.

Art
The Nines Gallery is currently showing Editions Limited: A Show of Prints until July 24, a show of prints featuring such regional artists as Jennifer Gardiner, Amy Reckley, Elaine Dalcher Tommy Allen, and Bruce McCombs. The Nines Gallery and Framing Studio is located inside 17 W. 10th St, Holland. For more info, call 616-392-3239 or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com.

Theater
In the line up for the Mason Street Warehouse is The Thing about Men, a musical comedy, running until July 10. Next is Urinetown, an outrageous and hysterical play, it's a tale of greed and corruption in a Gotham-like city where water is worth its weight in gold, opening on July 13. Honkey Tonk Highway will open on August 3 with the foot stomping story of country and western star Clint Colby and his Tennessee Mountain band, the Mountain Rangers. And last but not least, What a Glorious Feeling opens on August 24, the world premiere of how Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen created one of Hollywood's most memorable movie classics, Singing in the Rain. The Mason Street Warehouse is at 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. For tickets or more info, call 269-857-4898 or visit http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.

More Theater
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) opens on June 17 with the musical Seussical. Seussical weaves the whimsical world of 14 Dr. Seuss classics into a musical for the whole family. The comedy Bedroom Farce opens on June 24. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, often called the British Neil Simon, the play tells the comings and goings in three British bedrooms which grow hilariously out of control as the members of a self-absorbed couple attempt to save their marriage and thereby wreak havoc in the lives of three other couples. Call 616-395-7890 or visit http://www.hope.edu/hsrt/.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market will be held the last Sunday in July from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. The 400 exhibitors will be there rain or shine--200 indoor and 200 under canopies (the market is always the last Sunday of the month, April through September). For more info, call 269-735-3333. And don't forget to visit our friends down at the Blue Star Antique Pavilion on Blue Star Highway in Douglas

Honorable Mentions
July Art Institute of Chicago's Ox Bow: Friday night open studios
July 2 Waterfront Invitational Art Fair
July 4 Parade and fireworks display
July 9 Fenn Valley Winery new wine release day
July 15 Kitchen and Garden Stroll in Saugatuck
July 30 Village Square Fine Art and Craft Fair, Saugatuck
July 30 Venetian Night lighted boat parade and fireworks display
August 4-5 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
August 11-12 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
August 18-19 Chamber Music of Saugatuck

Books
Our book of the month is The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a nisse, a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward, on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child. Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the 20th Century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, it truly embodies what it means to be human. You can purchase or order these book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085) http://www.treehousebooks.net or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 or email at: oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Q, we won't reveal her real name, is our secret agent baker, a legend in her own time, she enters the bed and breakfast utilizing her secret agent baker disguise, works her magic and right before our very own eyes a new dish has appeared.

Q's Soon-to-be-Famous Tuna Salad

½ Cup plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Ground black pepper to taste
½ Cup chopped radishes
½ Cup chopped celery
2 6-ounce cans tuna, drained

Combine first 4 ingredients. Place radishes, celery, and tuna in bowl, then add yogurt mixture. Combine well and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Serves 5-6.

For more hip and groovy recipes, you can visit our recipes page on our website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/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.

Sherwood Forest B&B June 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
Memorial Day has come and gone, and for us that heralds the beginning of our summer season. With the beautiful weather and unusually warm temperatures, Lake Michigan has heated up enough for a dip, and the same goes for our hip and groovy pool. The days are getting longer as we head toward the summer solstice, and we hope you'll be able to make it for a visit soon to enjoy this delightful time of year.

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 your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
We have the following week available: August 27-September 2. It goes for $1100 for the week and sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for the fall. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html or give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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

Golf
Sherwood Forest Golf We've toured the courses, replaced our divots, and tallied up the scores; we've come up with some incredible stay-and-play golf packages for you to choose from: Spend a night or two at Sherwood Forest B&B, and we'll arrange for you to play at The Ravines, an Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Course, a sweeping, 18-stanza epic, where nature meets sport in ways you simply must witness to believe. Each hole at The Ravines is, indeed, a unique stage all its own, inviting - even inspiring - in its natural confines with wide fairways, generous landing areas, and four tee positions per hole to let you play it safe. Once you experience The Ravines for the first time, you'll be surprised by how this course's breathtaking backdrops and cunning golf architecture emboldens the true golfer in you. Cost of these packages runs from $251 to $625. For more information, visit http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/golf.html

Music
On June 28, the Lakeshore Jazz Connection will present the Henry Johnson's Organ Express. Chicago-born guitarist Henry Johnson and his Organ Express brings a hard swinging jazz style to the Woman's Club in Saugatuck. The show starts at 8 p.m. and general admission is $18; $15 for members; $10 for students. For more info or tickets, call 269-857-1557 or visit http://www.lakeshorejazzconnection.org.

More Music
Join the hip and groovy folks at Everyday People Café every Thursday and Sunday (June 16 - September 4) and Saturdays in August from 6:30 to 9:30 to hear some really cool jazz. You'll see the likes of the Jim Cooper Jazz Duo, Moments Notice Jazz Duo, Rick Hicks Blues Guitar, and Willy Chicone from Isla Mujeres. For more info, call 269-857-4240.

Exhibitions
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum will presents Lincoln's Ready-Made Soldiers: Saugatuck Area Men in the Civil War. The exhibit is the most complicated and ambitious to date and will feature a view of the American Civil War from a local perspective--through the eyes of area men who served in the war. More than 60 never-before-published letters were uncovered from families and historical archives to tell the story. This exhibit will be open daily noon to 4 p.m. until Labor Day, and on the weekends only in the fall. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-857-7900 or visit http://www.accn.org/~sdhistory/home.php.

More Exhibitions
Doughboys and Polar Bears: Holland Michigan and World War is being featured at the Holland Museum. In this exhibit, visitors will experience Holland's far-flung involvement in the war from the Doughboy soldiers who fought in Western Europe to the Polar Bears who aided the White Russians against the Bolsheviks in Siberia during the Russian Revolution. For more info, call 888-200-9123 or visit http://www.hollandmuseum.org.

Art
The Nines Gallery will present Editions Limited: A Show of Prints on June 24 and it will be up and for sale through July 24. The show will feature collgraph prints by Elaine Dalcher and Bonnie Murray; lithographs by Paris artist Ann Goujaud; monotypes by Amy Reckley while studying in Florence, Italy; woodcuts by new artist David Brock; photographic prints by Tommy Allen; drypoint Etchings by Jennifer Gardiner, and other prints from the Nines Gallery's archives, including etchings by Bruce McCombs. On July 29 The Nines Gallery will open Ultimate Format, A Group of Group Shows. This will be an event where the artist picks the size (from tiny to huge) and then they must do a series of two or more works of art in that same format. Each piece will be sold separately. Find The Nines at http://www.theninesgallery.com or call 616-392-4370.

More Art
Enjoy Art 'Round Town, the annual, yearlong, outdoor sculpture art exhibit in the downtown areas of Saugatuck and Douglas. This is A.R.T.'s 5th year, and the 2005 exhibit features over 30 sculptures in a variety of mediums, from bronze to limestone, steel to aluminum, and granite to fiberglass. Self-guided tour brochures are available at the Visitor Information Booth in downtown Saugatuck, or visit http://www.artroundtown.com.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market will be held the last Sunday in June from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. The 400 exhibitors will be there rain or shine--200 indoor and 200 under canopies (the market is always the last Sunday of the month, April through September). For more info, call 269-735-3333.

Theater
Next in the line up for the Mason Street Warehouse is The Thing about Men, a musical comedy, opening on June 22. Next is Urinetown, an outrageous and hysterical play, it's a tale of greed and corruption in a Gotham-like city where water is worth its weight in gold, opening on July 13. Honkey Tonk Highway will open on August 3 with the foot stomping story of country and western star Clint Colby and his Tennessee Mountain band, the Mountain Rangers. And last but not least, What a Glorious Feeling opens on August 24, the world premiere of how Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen created one of Hollywood's most memorable movie classics, Singing in the Rain. The Mason Street Warehouse is at 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. For tickets or more info, call 269-857-4898 or visit http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.

More Theater
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) is opening its 34th season of professional theater featuring musicals, drama, and comedy. The season opens on June 17 with the musical Seussical. Seussical weaves the whimsical world of 14 Dr. Seuss classics into a musical for the whole family. The comedy Bedroom Farce opens on June 24. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, often called the British Neil Simon, the play tells the comings and goings in three British bedrooms which grow hilariously out of control as the members of a self-absorbed couple attempt to save their marriage and thereby wreak havoc in the lives of three other couples. Call 616-395-7890 or visit http://www.hope.edu/hsrt/.

Honorable Mentions
June 17 Art Institute of Chicago's Ox Bow: Friday night open studios
June 25 Fenn Valley Vineyards and wine cellar open house
June 25-26 Art on Center Street, Douglas
July 2 Waterfront Invitational Art Fair
July 4 Parade and fireworks display
July 9 Fenn Valley Winery new wine release day
July 14-15 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
July 15 Kitchen and Garden Stroll in Saugatuck
July 21-22 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
July 30 Village Square Fine Art and Craft Fair, Saugatuck
July 28-29 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
July 30 Venetian Night lighted boat parade and fireworks display
August 4-5 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
August 11-12 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
August 18-19 Chamber Music of Saugatuck

Books
Bill's pick of the month is The Lake, The River, and the Other Lake by Steve Amick. The setting is Michigan's gold coast, the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, in the once-quiet village of Weneshkeen. In the summer of 2001, it is a veritable melting pot, with all the consequent complications, problems, and rich rewards. There are the townies and the ritzy summer folk. There is Roger Drinkwater, an Ojibwe Indian, Vietnam vet, and lifelong resident, who wants to restore the calm of his peaceful lakeside home which has been shattered by screeching jet skis driven by obnoxious young Fudgies (slang for tourists), who are polluting his beloved homeland. We are treated to a big-hearted tale that is by turns uproariously funny and dark, and always poignantly real. Bitterly comic and surprisingly meaty, this roiling tale of passion, anger, regret, and lust is dark fun.
You can purchase or order this book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085) http://www.treehousebooks.net or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 or email at: oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Donna Bee's Rhubarb-Strawberry Sauce

Donna Bee, a wandering Siren who ventures forth to the Forest for a week or so every year turned us on to this delicious in-season syrup using locally grown produce that goes great with the Cinnamon Orange French Toast we conjure up here.

Rhubarb-Strawberry Sauce
¼ Cup water
½ Cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
3 Cups fresh rhubarb, cut into ½ inch pieces
2 Cups fresh strawberries, cut into quarters

Combine water, sugar, and orange rind and bring to boil, then add rhubarb and reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer approx. 10 minutes until rhubarb becomes tender, then add strawberries and simmer 10 more minutes. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Let cool and refrigerate for up to 1 week (or freeze).

For more hip and groovy recipes, you can visit our recipes page on our website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/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.

Sherwood Forest B&B May 2005 Newsletter

Sherwood Forest B&B May 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
Spring is upon us, and Mother Nature is stretching her arms wide to show us her new wardrobe. The leaves on the trees are popping and reaching for those sun filled days, the daffodils are singing a chorus of welcome to the newly arrived tulips, the forsythia is a beautiful bright yellow, and the trillium and Jack in the pulpit tell us how special our little slice of the planet is. Our cool pool will be open by Memorial Day, with some awesome new chaise lounge chairs for you to enjoy, and also a couple of new mermaids to swim along with, and our Schwinn bikes are all tuned up for that awesome ride along Lake Shore Drive or into town.

Mother's Day Package
Splurge on Mom! Spend one or more nights at Sherwood Forest B&B (Sunday through Thursday) from May 15-19 and you will be greeted with a bottle of wine and a bouquet of tulips (on us!)--a great way to celebrate motherhood and enjoy the springtime. So treat mom to something special--give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
Our Cottage is booking up fast for the summer, but we do have the following weeks available: June 4-10, June 11-17, or August 27-September 2. It goes for $1100 for the week and sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for the spring and fall. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html.

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

Golf
Spend one midweek night at the Sherwood Forest B&B and we'll arrange for you to play at The Ravines, an Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Course. Each hole at The Ravines is a unique stage all its own, with it's wide fairways, generous landing areas, and four tee positions per hole to let you play it safe. Here's what you get with a 1-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price): a room at Sherwood Forest, 18 holes of golf for two (with a cart) with a guaranteed tee time at The Ravines, and some great dinner recommendations so you don't have to do the hit and miss thing. The cost of this package ranges from $251-$396. To book this, call us at 800-838-1246.

Cooking School
Join the Lakeshore Cooking School on May 10 or May 14 for the Spice Up Your Life Class. If you're stuck in a garlic salt world, break free! The Spice Merchants of Saugatuck will join with the Lakeshore Cooking School to take you on a journey through the world of spice. Class will take place at Kitchen West in Douglas. Cost is $40/person. Call 269-857-1952 for more info.

Tulip Time Festival
Can you believe it? 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 experience some of the same traditional shows that started more than 75 years ago. From May 7-14, 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 May 14, with nearly 50 bands, giant helium-filled balloons, and so many floats you'll lose count. You can learn more by calling 800-822-2770 or visit http://www.tuliptime.org.

Douglas Spring Preview
On May 7 preview some of the most exciting new items offered by the downtown shops of Douglas, from furniture and original paintings by area artists to accessories for the home. Douglas is being referred to as 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 Everyday People Cafe, Chaps, or Copper Grill, some of the areas finest restaurants. Visit their website at http://www.douglasmichigan.com.

Theater
The Mason Street Warehouse has announced its 2005 season, which will open May 8 with the regional premiere production of Nunsensations starring Georgia Engel from Everybody Loves Raymond. On July 22, the theater will present The Thing about Men, a musical comedy. Opening July 13 is Urinetown, the most outrageous and hysterical play, it's a tale of greed and corruption in a Gotham-like city where water is worth its weight in gold. On August 3, Honkey Tonk Highway opens with the foot stomping story of country and western star Clint Colby and his Tennessee Mountain band the Mountain Rangers. And last but not least on August 24, What a Glorious Feeling opens, the world premiere of how Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen created one of Hollywood's most memorable movie classics, Singing in the Rain. The Mason Street Warehouse is at 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. For tickets or more info, call 269-857-4898 or visit http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org.

Music
The Lakeshore Jazz Connection presents Brazilian Breakout with Jazzmineiro on May 29 at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Jazzmineiro features Paulinho Garcia on guitar and vocals, Heitor Garcia and Geraldo de Oliveiro on percussion, and Jack Zahra on bass, Dill Costa and Rita Duarte on vocals. Jazzmineiro presents new, original songs alongside classic compositions blending the music of Brazil with the urban essence of American jazz and popular music. For more info or tickets, call 269-857-2287 or visit http://www.lakeshorejazzconnection.org.

Movies
Head to Saugatuck for the coolest event of the year, the Waterfront Film Festival on June 9-12. With close to 70 films (ranging from shorts, documentaries, comedies, and dramas), seminars, and panel discussions with experienced film industry veterans, it promises to be a great event. The annual free flick on June 10 starts with a street party at 7 p.m. on Water Street, followed at dusk with an outdoor screening of a soon to be named film accompanied by the live musical score of Kalamazoo's Blue Dahlia. The Film Festival will truly celebrate independent film and filmmakers. For more information, a list of films, and to purchase tickets, call 269-857-8351 or visit http://www.waterfrontfilm.com.

Art
The month of May means a heightening of colors here in Michigan and The Nines Gallery always celebrates spring by getting some bold colors up on the wall. They have new works of art by Cathy Marashi, Elaine Dalcher, and Jennifer Gardiner. Also a whole collection of dynamite prints that Amy Reckley sent from Florence, Italy, where she has been spending the last year. David Zimmermann will also be delivering some new pieces by the end of this month. The Nines Gallery and Framing Studio is located inside 17 W. 10th St, Holland. For more info, call 616-392-3239 or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com.

More Art
Come see first hand how the Blue Coast Artists create their work during their 16th Annual Spring Tour of Studios on May 27-30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Travel the scenic Blue Star Highway between Saugatuck and South Haven to discover some of Southwest Michigan's finest artwork, including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, weaving, blown glass, and paintings. Discover what makes this region unique. For more information, visit site at http://bluecoastartists.com.

Still More Art
On May 14, nine Saugatuck-Douglas artists will open their private home studios. This select group of talented and diverse artists will provide a glimpse of how each of their particular environments inspire and define their work. For a map detailing artist description and location, visit the Information Booth next to the stoplight in downtown Saugatuck .

Exhibitions
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum will unveil its 2005 exhibition, Lincoln's Ready-Made Soldiers: Saugatuck Area Men in the Civil War, on Memorial Day weekend. The exhibit is the most complicated and ambitious to date and will feature a view of the American Civil War from a local perspective--through the eyes of area men who served in the war. More than 60 never-before-published letters were uncovered from families and historical archives to tell the story. This exhibit will open to the public on May 29 and will be open daily, noon to 4 p.m., until Labor Day, and on the weekends only in the fall. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-857-7900 or visit http://www.accn.org/~sdhistory/Home.php.

Plane Wrecks
The Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates will present its annual Mysteries and Histories Beneath the Inland Seas, featuring the story of the loss of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501, a Douglas DC-4 airliner with four propeller engines, which took off from New York City on its way to Minneapolis in 1950. Hoping to avoid thunderstorms on Lake Michigan, Flight 2501 changed course, and the plane headed in a northwesterly direction and began crossing the lake at a point between South Haven and Holland and was never heard from again. Presenters will include MSRA Dave Trotter, Joyce Hayward, and Ralph Wilbanks. The event will take place at the Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland on Saturday evening, May 7 at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the event are just $10 in advance or $12.50 at the door. For tickets or more info, visit http://www.michiganshipwrecks.org/news.htm.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market runs the last Sunday of the month from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. The 400 exhibitors will be there rain or shine--200 indoor and 200 under canopies (the market is always the last Sunday of the month, through September). For more info, call 269-735-3333. And don't forget about the newest antique hot spot in the area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Honorable Mentions
June 5 Art 'Round Town opening at the Joyce Petter Art Gallery
June 17 Art Institute of Chicago's Ox Bow: Friday night open studios
June 25 Fenn Valley Vineyards and wine cellar open house
June 25-26 Art on Center Street, Douglas
June 28 Lake Shore Jazz presents the Henry Johnson's Organ Express
July 2 Waterfront Invitational Art Fair
July 4 Parade and fireworks display
July 9 Fenn Valley Winery new wine release day
July 14-15 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
July 15 Kitchen and Garden Stroll in Saugatuck
July 21-22 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
July 30 Village Square Fine Art and Craft Fair, Saugatuck
July 28-29 Chamber Music of Saugatuck
July 30 Venetian Night lighted boat parade and fireworks display

Books
The book of the month is brought to you by Michele and Mindy and is titled Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman. This is a book about a woman breaking out of her comfort zone, and she starts her tale at the age of 48 with the end of her marriage of 24 years to a prestigious husband and a life of glamour and privilege. She starts her travels in Mexico, learning to enjoy the life of backpacking, meeting new people, and living among natives of a country. Each chapter is another country she visits, the people she meets and with whom she lives, and comes to know as family, as she travels to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, Canada, New Zealand, and Thailand. It is a fascinating book by an adventuresome, interesting woman. You can purchase or order this book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085) http://www.treehousebooks.net or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 or email at: oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

Melt Your Stress Away
Upon 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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html.

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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Here's a great dish from Mindy (who also co-recommended this month's book selection). She's a great cook and a newly welcomed Siren of Sherwood. It's scrumptious and even better, easy to make!

Mindy's Penne with Tofu Basil Pesto

1 cup fresh basil
1 cup soft tofu (6oz)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
pepper & salt to taste
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup onion, minced
4 cups hot cooked pasta (8 oz. uncooked)

Combine the first 7 ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Keep this mixture warm in a saucepan. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and sauté the mushrooms and onions. Toss everything in a large bowl and serve!

For more hip and groovy recipes, you can visit our recipes page on our website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/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.

Sherwood Forest B&B April 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
Mother Nature has definitely been kind to us this spring. We've had some incredible weather: the crocus welcomed us with their smiles, and the daffodils are in full bloom. We've seen turkeys strutting through the woods, and the robins have also returned. It's beautiful to witness and a great time of year to stretch your legs either at the beach or the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. So we hope you can plan a visit soon, and we'll help you shake off those winter blues.

More Exciting News
For all our guests/friends who have asked us for high-speed wireless Internet access, we've got it! And of course it's free of charge.

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

The Sherwood Forest Spring Has Sprung Package Stay one night (or more!) Sunday through Thursday in April and receive a beautiful spring bouquet and a bottle of Michigan champagne for you and your loved one to enjoy.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
Our Cottage is booking up fast for the summer, but we just had a cancellation for July 9-15, and we also have the following weeks open: June 4-10, June 11-17, or August 27-September 2. It goes for $1100 for the week and sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for the spring and fall. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html.

Private Golf Lessons
Now that the winter is over it's time to dust off the clubs and hit the links. Depending on which skill's you're looking to improve, from full swing to chipping and putting, even bunker and lob shots, so that when you're done with the lessons, you'll have more knowledge and confidence for your next 18 holes. We've teamed up with the Ravines Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Course with some awesome PGA professionals, to offer you golf lessons for one or two. You'll get a 1-night stay at Sherwood Forest, a 30- to 45-minute golf lesson with a guaranteed lesson time at The Ravines Golf Club, and some great dinner recommendations so you don't have to do the hit and miss thing. We have lots of different packages. For more info and prices, check out http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/golf.html.

Melt your Stress Away
Upon 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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html.

Music
CThe Lakeshore Jazz Connection presents an intimate evening of original music and jazz classics on April 23 performed by Jeff Haas Quartet featuring Jeff on piano, reedman Andrew Bishop, bassist Marion Hayden, drummer Alex Trajano, and the Phoenix Ensemble String Quartet. The concert will be held at the Saugatuck Women's Club, downtown Saugatuck, at 8 p.m. For more info or tickets, call 269-857-1557 or visit http://www.lakeshorejazzconnection.org.

More Music
Join the Curragh, an Irish restaurant/pub, for traditional Irish music on most weekends. It's located at 73 E, 8th Street, downtown Holland. For more information or exact dates, call 616-393-6340 or visit http://www.curraghholland.com.

Art
With spring comes the flowers and the goslings and fresh new art at The Nines Gallery in Holland. See new paintings by Michael Callihan, Cathy Marashi, and Elaine Dalcher, along
with slick new pottery by Jeff Blandford. For more info call 616-392-3239 or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com.

Visiting Writers
Amy Fusselman (memoirist) and Mary Szybist (poet) will be next in the line up for the Hope College Visiting Writers Series on April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland. Fusselman published The Pharmacists Mate, which follows 3 interwoven stories of her attempts to become pregnant, the death of her father, and then excerpts from her father's diary. Her discussion will highlight excerpts from this book. Szybist, whose poetry is of a spiritual and emotional discipline, is enriched through images of nature as well as biblical references. She will read selected works from her collection. For more info, call 616-395-7403 or visit http://www.hope.edu/vws/spring2005.html.

Photographs
The Photographs of John Rettig 1900-1910 will be displayed at the Holland Museum now through May 22. Cincinnati artist John Rettig and his wife May spent many months each year in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam, visually capturing the quickly disappearing traditional lifestyle. The display, Greetings from Volendam, will showcase dozens of Rettig's photographs and small-format paintings that illustrate daily life in Volendam, which even a century ago was a major tourist destination in the Netherlands. For more information, call 888-200-9123 or visit http://www.hollandmuseum.org.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market will start up the last Sunday in April from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. The 400 exhibitors will be there rain or shine--200 indoor and 200 under canopies (the market is always the last Sunday of the month, April through September). For more info, call 269-735-3333. And don't forget about the newest antique hot spot in the area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Cooking School
Join the Lakeshore Cooking School on May 10 or May 14 for the Spice up Your Life Class. If you're stuck in a garlic salt world, break free! The Spice Merchants of Saugatuck will join with the Lakeshore Cooking School to take you on a journey through the world of spice. Class will take place at Kitchen West in Douglas. Cost is $40/person. Call 269-857-1952 for more info.

Books
Bill's (the Old Post Office Shop) book of the month is Plan B, Further Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott. Lamott sends us 24 fresh dispatches from the frontier of her life and her Christian faith. To hear her tell it, neither the state of the country nor the state of her nerves has improved, to say the least. Thankfully, her gift for conveying the workings of grace to left-wing, high-strung, beleaguered people like herself is still intact, as is her ability to convey the essence of Christian faith, which she finds not in dogma but in our ability to open our hearts in the midst of our confusion and hopelessness. Her subjects cover such disparities as the Bush administration; the death of Lamott's dog; her mother and a friend; life with a teenager; and her 50-year-old thighs. You can purchase this book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085)
http://www.treehousebooks.net) or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

Honorable Mentions
April 16 Town Crier 5k Run and 10K Run/Walk
May 1 The Floyds Return with Joan Conway on piano at the Herrick Library
May 7 Douglas Spring Preview
May 7-14 Tulip Time Festival, Holland
May 27-29 Memorial Day Weekend
May 27-29 Blue Coast Artists Open House
May 29 Allegan Antique Market.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Y-Vonnes' Magical Sour Cream/Banana/White Chocolate Bread

Y-Vonne, one of the Original Sirens, found this recipe in an old Genie bottle that had washed up on a small island off the coast of Italy, the Genie granted her two wishes, the first she won't tell us, the second was she could had to add an ingredient to complete this recipe, his Great Aunt (she purposely held an ingredient back)from Eliki gave to him before she sealed him in the bottle. It was the White Chocolate, doesn't it figure.

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1 Cup sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ Cups flour
2 ounces white chocolate, cut into small chunks
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 Cup mashed ripe bananas
½ Cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer. Mix in eggs. In separate stir together flour, white chocolate, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture; mix just until combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix until combined. Pour into greased pan and bake approx. 1 hour. Let cool on wire rack.

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

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Sherwood Forest B&B March 2005 Newsletter

News from the Forest
March is here and Mother Nature has thrown in some warmer days and also about a foot of new snow! But wait, spring may actually be just around the corner. The King of Groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, declared in February that there would be 6 more weeks of winter. Well fellow Midwesterners, those 6 weeks are over and as the vernal equinox approaches, we here at Sherwood Forest officially declare winter over and cabin fever kaput. We've go lots a wonderful things for you to enjoy in our neck of the woods, so give us a call and we can hook you up with some great dining, wonderful hiking, awesome star gazing, and even a sunset or two.

More Exciting News
For all our guests/friends who have asked us for high-speed wireless Internet access, we've got it! And of course it's free of charge.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
This winter we hosted a couple of delicious gourmet dinners prepared by one of our favorite chefettes, Chris Ferris. To give your palette a sampling, you can see the Spanish Dinner that is featured on our website http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html. A good time was had by all. If you've got a group interested in doing a gourmet dinner here, there are still a couple of weekends open until the end of April.

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

The Sherwood Forest Almost Spring Package
Stay one night (or more!) Sunday through Thursday in March or April 2005 and receive a beautiful red rose and a bottle of Michigan champagne for you and your loved one to enjoy.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
Our Cottage is booking up fast, but we do have the following weeks open: June 4-10, June 11-17, or August 27-September 2. It goes for $1100 for the week and sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for the spring and fall. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/cottage.html or call us at 800-838-1246.

Music
On March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in Holland the Orchid Ensemble will perform. Rooted in traditional Chinese music, they blend a variety of ancient and contemporary traditions and their style ranges from new music, to world music, to jazz. Tickets are $5 for the general public. For tickets or information, call 616-395-7890 or visit http://www.hope.edu/pr/releases/showpr.cgi?page=orchid.

More Music
The Verdi String Quartet, a German ensemble, will perform on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Chapel in Holland. Gramophone Magazine described the group as one of the most widely acclaimed German string quartet ensembles today. They are known for their eloquence and sincerity during their performances. For more information or tickets, call 616-395-7890 or visit http://hope.edu/arts/.

Visiting Writers
Carlos Eire and Vyvyane Loh will be next in the line up for Hope Colleges Visiting Writers Series on March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theater. Eire recently published his memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the 2003 National Book Award for nonfiction. Eire was only 11 years old when he was airlifted from Cuba along with 14,000 other children, and he recreates this vibrant but painful world of revolutionary Cuba in his memoir. He will read from selected prose. Loh recently published her first novel, Breaking the Tongue. A historical novel set in Singapore during World War II, the book has received positive critical acclaim. The Knickerbocker Theater is located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland. For more information, call 616-395-7403 or visit www.hope.edu/vws

Photographs
The Photographs of John Rettig 1900-1910 will be displayed at the Holland Museum on March 12-May 22. Cincinnati artist John Rettig and his wife May spent many months each year in the Dutch fishing village of Volendam, visually capturing the quickly disappearing traditional lifestyle. The display, Greetings from Volendam, will showcase dozens of Rettig's photographs and small-format paintings that illustrate daily life in Volendam, which even a century ago was a major tourist destination in the Netherlands. For more information, call the Holland Museum at 888-200-9123 or visit http://www.hollandmuseum.org.

St. Patrick's Day
On March 12, Saugatuck and Douglas will celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Did he really chase all the snakes out of Ireland and teach the Trinity using a shamrock? You'll have to debate this one for yourself over a green pint or two. Here's the line up for all you leprechaun lovers: area restaurants will be serving up corned beef and cabbage, Irish Stew, and fabulous desserts such as Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake and warm walnut bread pudding and of course, don't miss the St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m. Immediately following the parade there will be St. Patty's Day Party at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts where there will be Irish music and Celtic dancing and professional puppeteers with dancing Leprechauns. For more information, call 269-857-1701 or visit http://www.saugatuck.com. There will also be an Irish Pub Party at Coral Gables in Saugatuck from 6-9 p.m. and proceeds will benefit the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society.

Film
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will feature What the BLEEP Do We Know, showing March 10-12 and 14-19. The film is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate visual effects and animation. Amanda, played by Marlee Martin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice-in-Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world hidden behind. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. For more information, call 616-395-7403 or visit www.hope.edu/arts/knick.

Honorable Mentions
April 10 The Rose/Austin Duo Bass and Horn at the Herrick Library
April 16 Town Crier 5k Run and 10K Run/Walk
April 23 Lakeshore Jazz Concert, Saugatuck Women's Club, 8 p.m.
April 24 Allegan Antique Market
May 1 The Floyds Return with Joan Conway on piano at the Herrick Library
May 7 Douglas Spring Preview
May 7-14 Tulip Time Festival
May 27-29 Memorial Day Weekend
May 27-29 Blue Coast Artists Open House
May 29 Allegan Antique Market

Books
The book of the month is a recommendation from our friend Mark: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro by Rick Ridgeway. Ridgeway's aim during this adventure is less to get there and more to be there. This is a true account of a walking safari from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean, through Kenya's famed Tsavo Park. It's about Africa's indigenous peoples, its landscape, and its awe-inspiring animals. Accompanied by park officers, Ridgeway treks unprotected among lions and elephants, rhinos and oryxes. In the introduction, Ridgeway quotes Henry David Thoreau: In wildness is the preservation of the world. That is what this book is about, a wildness that is intact, a wildness in which all the original pieces are there. You can purchase this book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085 http://www.treehousebooks.net) or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
This is a creation from the head siren, Sue, and as the main assistant, Keith can vouch that it's not only delicious but also healthy.

Siren Sue's Tofu Broccoli Soup
6 cups chopped fresh broccoli
¼ cup chopped onion
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
8 ounces silken tofu
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons butter
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Combine first 3 ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Place tofu and milk in blender and blend until smooth and place in large bowl, then put ½ of broccoli mixture in blender until smooth. Pour that into the bowl with milk/tofu and repeat blending remaining broccoli mixture. Place entire pureed mixture into a pot and cook over medium heat 3 minutes or longer until mixture begins to thicken, stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, and butter, stirring until butter melts. Serves 6.

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

P.S. Peace on Earth.

Sherwood Forest B&B February 2005 Newsletter

Happy Valentine's Day to all! We've just returned from a really cool adventure in Bonaire (70 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Dutch Netherland Antilles). This year we learned to scuba dive in the wonders of the Caribbean's turquoise waters. We swam with schools of blue tangs, we saw French and Queen angelfish, balloon fish, porcupine fish, and honeycomb cowfish, not to mention eels, turtles, and a spotted eagle ray. There was such a multitude of sea life, we could produce an endless list-but won't. Now that we're back home in our wintry wonderland, we have great snow for cross-country skiing and sledding, and the ice flows on Lake Michigan are beautiful to see. We hope you can make it for a visit soon!

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

Sherwood Forest Cottage
If you're thinking ahead to this summer, we have the following weeks open in our Cottage: all of the weeks in June, the third week in July, and the last two weeks in August. During the summer, we rent it on a Saturday-to-Saturday basis and it goes for $1100. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for the spring and fall. 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 Gourmet Dinners
Now's the time to gather up that group of friends or family and plan a visit to Sherwood Forest B&B for one of our awesome Gourmet Dinners. From Now 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 Café; Keaton Stearns, chef extraordinaire of The Piper Restaurant; and Matt Balmer, head chef of one our favorite restaurants, 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 are Valentine's Day weekend. To book a gourmet dinner, call us at 800-838-1246. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html
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Art
The Nines Gallery and Framing Studio is welcoming the work of Judy Giles and Delbert Michel. Giles paints an array of abstracts on canvas and paper as well as a what can only be described as Barn Portraits, and she comes to them by way of Tennessee and New Jersey, but now calls Holland, Michigan, home. Michel will show some new abstract oil paintings. In addition there will be some new paintings by Elaine Dalcher, Jennifer Gardiner, David Zimmermann, Kathleen Putnam, and Sydnee Peters. The Nines Gallery and Framing Studio is at 17 W. 10th St., Holland. For more info, call 616-392-4370 or visit http://www.theninesgallery.com.

More Art
The Saugatuck/Douglas art galleries have gotten together for a winter gallery stroll event over the weekend of February 19-20. Meander to the different galleries, sampling hors d'oeuvres and sipping libations, while viewing some of the finest artwork anywhere. From contemporary to traditional, metal sculpture to wood working, there is something for everyone.

Still More Art
Cultural Reflections, Inuit Art, is showing at the DePree Art Gallery in Holland now through March 17. A touring exhibition featuring work selected from the collection of the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, this show boasts one of the largest and most historically complete public collections of contemporary sculpture, prints, and drawings by the Inuit artists of the Canadian Arctic to be found in the United States. For more information, call 269-935-7900 or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts/.

Film
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland, featuring foreign and independent films, will open on February 12 and 14-17 with Lightning in a Bottle, a documentary film of what may be the single greatest one night blues show ever. Renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage in February 2003 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to the blues, featuring performances by legends such as B.B. King and Buddy Guy, as well as musical heirs Bonnie Raitt, Mos Def, and members of Aerosmith. The film follows the week leading up to the concert, and the concert itself and will show at 7 and 9 p.m. Comedy takes over February 21-26 with the French-Canadian film Seducing Dr. Lewis. This multiple-award winning film by Jean-Francois Pouliot shows the lengths a small fishing community will go to attract a Montreal-based doctor to their town in order to get a much needed new factory. Just as the doctor begins to appreciate the authenticity of the small town, the villagers wonder how he will react when he finds out he has been duped. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. Showing February 28-March 5 is Postmen in the Mountains, a Chinese film exploring the relationship between a father and son. The father has spent his life delivering mail to the remote mountain areas of Hunan, China, by foot. Now that he is in his late 40s, the trip is becoming too hard, and only his son can take over. Father and son accompany one another on the 3-day trip in which each begins to see the other in new ways. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. For more information, call 616-395-7403 or visit www.hope.edu/arts/knick.

Music
On February 5 at 7:30 p.m. two great classical guitarists will perform together for the first time at the Knickerbocker Theatre. Carlos de la Barrera and Paul Vondiziano will perform individually and as a duo in a melding of Greek and Argentine styles. Both artists have performed worldwide in solo performances and with orchestras. While they have built strong reputations separately, they decided to explore a duo performance as a way to explore new pieces. For more information, call 616-395-7403 or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts/.

More Music
Under a bleak winter sky, imagine rolling out the blanket, opening the picnic basket, and kicking back for a concert, all in the warmth of Hilltop's rotunda. On February 18 Fonnmohr will entertain us in the increasingly homogeneous world of Celtic music, with fiddle, flute, modal guitars, and unconventional percussion strategies. Fonnmohr uses electronics and atmospherics to broaden the impact of their music. Their album, Fragment, was named Best World Music CD of 2003. Concertgoers should bring their own packed picnic basket, including favorite beverages, and blankets and beach chairs to get comfortable on the grass (turf) floor and indoor park-like atmosphere. Hilltops is at 6069 Blue Star Highway in Saugatuck. For more information, call 268-857-1044 or visit http://www.hilltopcenter.com/picnic.htm.

Still More Music
On February 25 at 7:30 p.m., Nnenna Freelon (with five Grammy nominations) will mesmerize us with her unique voice and style at Dimnent Chapel in Holland. Winner of the Billie Holiday and Eubie Blake Awards, Freelon has been twice nominated for the Lady of Soul, Soul Train Award. Her 2001 appearance at the Grammy awards brought the crowd to their feet. For more information or tickets, call 616-395-7890 or visit http://www.hope.edu/arts/gps/0405/nf.html.

Wine Tasting
On February 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. experience wine tasting at Butches Dry Dock in Holland. Over 50 wines from south of the equator will be presented in a walk around style. Wines such as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's, Shiraz's from Australia, value wines from Argentina and Chile, plus some surprises from South Africa. Tickets are $25 per person and advance reservations are recommended. Butches is on 8th Street in downtown Holland. For more information, call 616-396-8227 or visit http://www.butchs.net/.

Honorable Mentions:
February 8, Mardi Gras Parade, Douglas, 7 p.m.
February 10, St. Olaf Choir, Dimnent Chapel, Holland, 7:30 p.m.
February 16, Logan Skelton, pianist, Dimnent Chapel, Holland, 7:30 p.m.
March 8,Visiting Writers Series, Mary Pipher, Knickerbocker, Holland, 7 p.m.
March 9, Orchid Ensemble, Knickerbocker, Holland, 7:30 p.m.
March 12, St. Patrick's Day festival, various events around Saugatuck and Douglas
March 14, Great Performance Series, Verdi Quartet, Diminet Chapel, Holland, 7:30 p.m.
March 15, Visiting Writers Series, Carlos Eire, Knickerbocker, Holland, 7 p.m.
March 15, Visiting Writers Series, Vyvyane Loh, Knickerbocker, Holland, 7 p.m.

Books
Sue's book of the month is Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. The 27 essays here include his best and funniest writing yet, with the Sedaris family in all its odd glory. What emerges in this book is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy. You can purchase this book at Treehouse Books in Holland (616-494-5085 or http://www.treehousebooks.net) or at The Old Post Office Shop in Saugatuck (269-857-4553 or oldpostoffice@wmol.com) (for the comic book lover in you, don't forget to cruise Uncle Keith's Comics).

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 http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/sweetheart.html. Here's the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/dinners.html.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:

Suzanne, a culinary eco-minded neighbor of ours, turned us on to these muffins using all organic ingredients, and though we don't know where she obtained her ginger (it's a state secret), they were delicious.

Suzanne's Pumpkin Ginger Muffins
2 ½ Cups flour
2 Cups sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
¾ Cup vegetable oil
1 Cup (15 ounce) canned pumpkin
1 Cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix first six ingredients. In separate bowl combine eggs, oil, and pumpkin and add to dry ingredients, and then stir in nuts. Fill 18 greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool muffins 5 minutes, then remove from tins.

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

P.S. Peace on Earth.

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