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Sherwood Forest News December 2013

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Enjoy the holiday season with us at Sherwood Forest! The area offers awesome shopping at some of the most unique stores in the Midwest, or you can enjoy a carriage ride, listen to the carolers, make snow angels, cross-country ski, or just curl up with a good book in front of one of our fireplaces. So join us soon for some R&R and holiday spirit—and we wish you all a fabulous holiday season!

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.

Holiday Shopping Special
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck and Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great holiday gift or just want to splurge on yourself this season, all you need to do is book a night or two and then go exploring at these distinctive shops. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay? Our Cottage is perfect for that tranquil getaway or for spending time with friends or family. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and it’s pet friendly. For more info, call us at 800-838-1246.

Massages
Have a massage in the privacy of your room by a certified massage therapist in a style that’s just right for you. It’s 1 hour of pure relaxation...December special: $75/hour massage, so schedule some pampering soon.

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique weekend package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes, from light to dark, with more than 70 different recipes available. They’ll also provide the ingredients and professional brewing equipment as well as the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2 weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours, or you can have them bottle it and pick it up later (an extra $20). The cost runs from $512 to $695 depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, give us a call 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 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 $50 per person, you provide your own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required. 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 Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day weekends. You can see some of our past dinner menus HERE.

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

Saugatuck Christmas Parade
Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the Rose Garden on Mason Street at noon on December 7. Then at 1 p.m., don’t miss the Annual Christmas Parade on Butler Street—always full of lively characters! For more info, call 269-857-1701.

Wine Dinner
Join the folks at Everyday People Café for their Food and Libation Sensation on December 18.The 5-course dinner will be paired up with some fantastic wines. For more info, call 269-857-4240, or if you wish to book a room with us and enjoy the wine dinner, give us a call at 800-838-1246 and we’ll make the arrangements.

Fenn Valley Winery
Come and taste the first wine from this fall’s vintage at the annual Nouveau Fest on December 7. There will be the featured nouveau wines, hors d’oeuvres, cellar tasting/tours, and plenty of space to visit with friends and relatives over a glass of nouveau. For more info, call 269-561-2396.

Winter Greenmarket
On December 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., deck your halls with fresh, artful greenery and other holiday decorations during the 4th annual Winter Greenmarket at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Local farmers and artisans offer fresh holiday greenery from strands of garland and Christmas trees to hand-decorated swags and wreaths. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

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 located at 2661 64th St. in Fennville. Call 269-857-4429 for more info.

Theater
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be presented December 13-15 and 20-22 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.

The Red Barn Radio Players
Head on over to the Red Barn Theatre and listen to the Red Barn Radio Players do their Christmas 1950s live radio show December 6-8 and 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. (December 9 at 2 p.m.). Enjoy the original Christmas radio episodes of Gunsmoke, My Friend Irma, and Father Knows Best, as well as music and vintage commercials. For more info, call 269-857-5300.
  
Jazz/Blues
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday thru Monday in December. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by one of Saugatuck’s favorites, Michael Holmes, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalists Mary Rademacher and Edye Evans Hyde. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341

Music
The Salt of the Earth music series continues: December 8, Hoots and Hellmouth (roots/soul); December 15, Shrock Bros (SotE house band); December 22, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys (bluegrass); December 29, Slim Gypsy Baggage (Michigan surfing band) December 31, Hired Hands (acoustic American); January 5, Drew Nelson (singer/songwriter); January 12, Crane Wives (Americana/folk/indie); January 19, Northern Skies (folk rock); January 26, Neil Jacobs (Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk); February 9, Red Tail Ring (Americana); and February 16, Springtails (20s-30s vocal jazz/blues); For more info, call 269-561-7258.

Holland Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
On December 14 at 3:30 and 7:30 in the Dimnent Chapel in Holland, enjoy a holiday concert with the Holland Chorale singing A Symphony of Carols with music ranging from popular carols to Puccini’s Gloria. For more info, call 616-796-6780.

Film Studies at the Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies: December 10, Duck Soup with The Marx Brothers; December 17, The Great Santini with Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner; December 24, White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye; and December 31, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Judy Dench. All screenings are at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300.
  
Exhibitions
Stop in at the SCA through January 31 for YELLOW: The Uncanny Life and Legacy of Harry Brorby. Explore the career of notable West Michigan artist Harry Brorby through this show of pieces of his striking Yellow Series. Brorby was Harvard educated and opened a studio in Holland where he painted and taught from the 1950s through 1980s. His works are in the permanent collection of the Walker Museum of Art (Minneapolis), Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Art, and Los Angeles Museum of Art. This exhibition also shares the intriguing story of how Brorby’s pieces came to the SCA--via a bequest to a local family. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Museum Exhibition
Through December 30, The Holland Museum presents From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland, an exhibit portraying the men and women of the Holland boat industry. Through their stories of innovation, struggle, and achievement a portion of the Holland community’s industrious spirit is revealed. For more info, call 616-796-3329.

Books
Sue’s Book of the month is Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey. This is the second installment of Carey's suburban fantasy series (after Dark Currents). Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home (sounds like Saugatuck/Douglas?). Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel. Carey's ability to create a diverse, enjoyable cast of characters in a setting that feels natural to all of them carries it through. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).

Honorable Mentions
Dec 5, Reel to Reel, I am Devine, SCA, Saugatuck
Dec 7, Nouveau Fest, Fenn Valley Winery
Dec 7, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 7, Bridge Lighting Ceremony, Blue Star Bridge
Dec 8, Music, Hoots and Hellmouth, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 8, Lakeshore Community Chorus, SC4A, Saugatuck
Dec 10, Movie, Duck Soup, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 12, Movie, Touch of Evil, Douglas Library
Dec 13-15, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 14, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 15, Music, Schrock Bros, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 17, Movie, The Great Santini, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 20-22, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 21, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 22, Music, Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 24, Movie, White Christmas, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 31, Music, The Hired Hands, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, Movie, Best Marigold Hotel, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 31, New Years Eve
Jan 5, Music, Drew Nelson, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 12, Music, Crane Wives, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 15, Fenn Valley Winery Chili Cook-off, Fennville
Jan 19, Music, Northern, Skies Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 26, Music, Neil Jacobs, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 26, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Jan 30, Ismet Prcic and Benjamin Busch, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Jan 31, Eighth Blackbird, Great Performance Series, Holland
Feb 2-3, Sales of Saugatuck and Douglas
Feb 7, Keb Mo, SCA, Saugatuck
Feb 9, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Feb 9, Music, Red Tail Ring, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Feb 16, Music, Springtails ,Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Feb 18-19, Aquila Theatre, Great Performance Series, Holland
Feb 23, Music, Madcap Midnight Blues Journey Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 1, Paul Byrom, Irish tenor, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 2, Music, Annie and Rod Capps Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 6, Brenda Hillman and Rowan Philips, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Mar 9, Music, Shari Kane and Dave Steele Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 16, Music, AnDro, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 17, St. Patricks Day
Mar 23, Music, Red Sea Pedestrians Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 23, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Mar 27, Cherish the ladies, Great Performance Series, Holland
Apr 6, Music, Potters Field Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Apr 17, Amy Bloom, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Apr 21, April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday

Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart’s content during the Holidays 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 sample our Sweetheart Specials and Gourmet Dinners with just a click.

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Uncle Williams Kale Rolls with Goat Cheese

Remember Uncle William and his Camel Mr. Thirsty.  I don’t know how many time’s I have asked him not to leave his camel in the den, Mr. Thirsty takes up the entire sectional sofa. All I am told is tell him your self. Does not work, plain and simple. A 2000 pound two-mumped camel that likes to watch soap operas does not listen, enough of that folderol. Uncle William was in the kitchen evangelizing the wonders of Kale. It’s magical health benefits. Also displaying some amazing Goat Cheese he said was from goats a friend of his in Morocco (heard that story before) hand fed and played classical music to. All the while he was gracing us with stories of his Moroccan friends goats, he put together this amazing dish, so good, so healthy and so delicious. Share the recipe as we always say here at Sherwood Forest.

Ingedients:
1 Tb. olive oil
28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 med. onion, chopped
1 tp. dried basil
5 cloves garlic, diced
One-half tp. kosher salt
12 large kale leaves (approx. 1 large bunch)
2 cups cooked rice
One-half cup chopped walnuts, toasted and divided
4-oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Heat large saucepan over med. heat and add oil—add tomatoes, onion, basil, and garlic. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add salt; stir.

Cook half of kale in large pan of boiling water—cook 1 minute. Remove kale from pan and plunge into ice water. Repeat with remaining kale. Drain and pat dry. Remove center rib from each kale leaf, leaving the leaf whole and uncut at leafy end.

Add one-quarter cup walnuts to cooked rice.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spread approx. 1-cup tomato sauce over bottom of a greased 11x7-inch glass-baking dish. Working with 1 kale leaf at a time, place about 2 Tb. of rice in center of leaf; roll up jellyroll fashion. Repeat, making 12 rolls. Place rolls, seam side down, in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over rolls.

Cover and bake for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and cheese and bake uncovered anther 5 minutes.
Serves 4.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

Hope to see you soon!

Peace on Earth--

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

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Sherwood Forest News November 2013

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 of year 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--the perfect time to finally get to that book you’ve been meaning to read all summer. 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

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne. We’ll also include for your gastronomic pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay? Our cottage has 2 bedrooms, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and it’s pet friendly. For more info, For more info, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.

Our Packages

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 $60 per person, you provide your own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required. 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 Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day weekends. Click here to view some sample menus of past Gourmet Dinners (and recipes!).

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $315 to $712, depending on the time of year and the room. Give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Cost runs from $380-$2450--available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

What’s happening in and around the area:

Saugatuck/Douglas Holiday Previews
Let the shops of Saugatuck and 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 16 until 9 p.m.
 
Wine Dinner
Join the folks at Everyday People Café for their Food and Libation Sensation on November 20. The 5-course dinners will be paired up with some fantastic wines. For more info, call 269-857-4240 or if you wish to book a room with us and enjoy the wine dinner, give us a call at 800-838-1246 and we’ll make the arrangements.
 
Fenn Valley Winery
Come and taste the first wine from this fall’s vintage at the annual Nouveau Fest on December 7. There will be the featured nouveau wines, hors d’oeuvres, cellar tasting/tours, and plenty of space to visit with friends and relatives over a glass of nouveau. For more info, call 269-561-2396.
 
Trio Solisti
Next in the line up for the Hope College Great Performance Series is jazz pianist Trio Solisti on November 22 at 7:30 pm in Dimnent Chapel. The soulful and passionate performance will be marked by electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities draw high praise from such journals as The New York Times as consistently brilliant. For more info, call 616-395-7890.
 
Jazz
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday and Sunday in June. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by one of Saugatuck’s favorites, Diego, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalist Mary Rademacher and Christy G. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341
 
Music
The Salt of the Earth music series continues: November 3, Muteflutes (indie folk-rock); November 10, Wisall (Mediterranean fusion); November 17, Slim Gypsy Baggage (indie rock, unplugged); November 24, Hey Mavis (Appalachian Americana); December 1, AnDro (Celtic world); December 8, Hoots and Hellmouth (roots/soul); December 15, Shrock Bros (SotE house band); December 22, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys (bluegrass); December 31, Drew Nelson (singer/songwriter). For more info, call 269-561-7258.
 
Film Studies at the Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies: November 5, Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson; November 12, Airplane with Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Leslie Nielsen; November 19, Mama Mia with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan; November 26, The Eagle Has Landed with Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, and Robert Duvall; December 3, It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert; December 10, Duck Soup with the Marx Brothers; December 17, The Great Santini with Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner; and December 24, White Christmas with Bing and Bob. All screenings are at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300
 
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On November 14 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Blood Brother, winner of both the US Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. This is the story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
More Movies
The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library in Douglas will present: November 14, The Lady From Shanghai (1948) with Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, and Everett Sloane; December 12, Touch of Evil (1958), with Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, and Janet Leigh.
 
Film Series
The 2013 Knickerbocker Film Series will continue on November 4-9, Still Mine (with James Cromwell and Ronan Rees); and November 18-23, Wadjda (with Waad Mohammed and Reem Abdullah). For more info, call 616-395-7403.
 
Intriguing Conversation: Sweet Smell of Success--Local Entrepreneurs
On November 21 at 7 p.m. at the SCA, three local entrepreneurs share their deeply personal, passionate success stories.  Join us to hear from Alex Fink of Simpatico Coffee, David Geen of Hungry Village Tours, and Randi Lynn Talsma of Second Chance Design, all of whom developed exciting new business models for our West Michigan community. Admission is free, donations accepted. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
Visiting Writers
Next in the line up for the Hope College Visiting Writers Series on November 14 is Patricia Smith. Called a testament to the power of words to change lives, she is a renaissance artist of unmistakable signature, recognized as a force in the fields of poetry, playwriting, fiction, performance, and creative collaboration.  She is the author of 6 critically acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Readings are held at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-395-7620.
 
Museum Exhibition
Through December 30, The Holland Museum presents From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland, an exhibit portraying the men and women of the Holland boat industry. Through their stories of innovation, struggle and achievement a portion of the Holland community’s industrious spirit is revealed. For more info, call 616-796-3329.

Honorable Mentions
Nov 2, Glass Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Nov 2, Art and All that Jazz, Douglas
Nov 3, Music, Muteflutes, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 4-9, Movie, Still Mine, Knickerbocker, Holland
Nov 5, Hitchcock, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Nov 12, Airplane, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Nov 14, Movie, The Lady from Shanghai, Douglas Library
Nov 14, Reel to Reel, Blood Brother, SCA, Saugatuck
Nov 14, Visiting Writers, Domingo Martinez, Hope College
Nov 16, Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview
Nov 17, Music, Slim Gypsy Baggage, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 18-23, Movie, Wadjda, Knickerbocker, Holland
Nov 19, Mama Mia, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Nov 21, Intriguing Conversation, SC4A, Saugatuck
Nov 22, Great Performance Series, Trio Solisti, Hope College
Nov 23, Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview
Nov 24,Music, Hey Mavis, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 26, The Eagle has Landed, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Nov 29, Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Arrives
Nov 30, Holiday Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Dec 1, Music, AnDro, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 3, It happened one Night, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Dec 5, Reel to Reel, I am Devine, SCA, Saugatuck
Dec 7, Nouveau Fest, Fenn Valley Winery
Dec 7, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 7, Bridge Lighting Ceremony, Blue Star Bridge
Dec 8, Music, Hoots and Hellmouth, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 8, Lakeshore Community Chorus, SC4A, Saugatuck
Dec 10, Duck Soup, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Dec 12, Movie, Touch of Evil, Douglas Library
Dec 13-15, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 14, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 15, Music, Schrock Bros, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 17, The Great Santini, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Dec 20-22, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 21, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 22, Music, Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 24, White Christmas, Red Barn Theater, Saugatuck
Dec 31, Music, The Hired Hands, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, New Years Eve

Books
Carol’s book of the month is In The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kawamba. When 14-year-old William’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how, even in the worst of times, a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785). And please remember to support your local, independently owned bookstore!

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Keith, the Guru of Sherwood Forest, Broccoli-Carrot Fritters (gluten free)

While doing yoga high atop the levitation platform, deep in the woods surrounding Sherwood Forest, mellowed in a meditation, a food-combining mantra was morphing deep within his cerebral cortex. A blend of flavors naturally came together to create a delicious recipe that young and old can enjoy. The Sirens of Sherwood once again were surprised.

Ingedients:
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
1 cup grated carrots
one-half cup brown rice flour
one-half cup grated Parmesan cheese
one-half tp. salt
one half tp. ground black pepper
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tb. olive oil

Place broccoli and carrots in microwave safe dish and microwave with a small amount of water on high 2 minutes (or until broccoli softens), then let cool and pat dry on paper towels.

Place broccoli mixture and flour in a large bowl; stir to coat. Add rest of ingredients and stir to combine.
Heat large nonstick skillet over med-high heat and add oil to coat. Scoop ¼ cup broccoli mixture and place in pan—flatten slightly. Repeat procedure to form 8 fritters.

Cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown (option: serve with sour cream or plain yogurt on the side).

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.
 
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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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Sherwood Forest News October 2013

News from the Forest

Fall is upon us, and the leaves are just starting their journey into the palette of many colors. What a wonderful time of year to take a hike along the lakeshore or in the wooded dunes of the Saugatuck State Park, or plan 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 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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy this beautiful area and our Cottage. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and yes, it’s pet friendly. Nightly rental available.

Our Packages

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 $60 per person, you provide your own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required. 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 Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day weekends.. Click here to view some sample menus of past Gourmet Dinners (and recipes!).

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $315 to $712, depending on the time of year and the room. Give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream. The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and earthenware pottery. The cost ranges from $166 to $520, and tours are available for 1-2 or up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
 
Sherwood Forest and The Ravines Golf Club
Spend 1 or 2 nights 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. Here’s what you get: a 1- or 2-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price), 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 $292 to $636. To book this, call us at 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Cost runs from $380-$2450--available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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

Shopping Specials
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.

What’s happening in and around the area:

U-Pick
Cranes Orchards, just one of West Michigan’s U-Pick Apple Orchards, is less than 7 miles from our front door. They have 14 different varieties, such as Gala, Macintosh, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Golden Supreme, Jonagold, Empire, Jonathans, Ida Reds, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Braeburn. For more info, call 269-561-8651 or visit Cranes Orchards
And there’s also Earl’s U-Pick Farm--through October 15, you can pick red or gold raspberries. For more info, call 269-227-2074 or visit Earls Berries.

Art
The Blue Coast Artists’ 24th Annual Fall Tour of Studios will be held October 5-6 from 10 a.m.-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 professional artists.
 
More Art
Come join more than 20 tri-community galleries for the 35th annual Saugatuck/Douglas Gallery Stroll on October 12-13 from noon-5 p.m. You’ll be able to cruise through some of the Midwest’s finest art galleries, 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.
 
30th Annual Goose Festival
You haven’t lived until you’ve attended the Goose Festival--no really! On October 12-13, the weekend-long festival in downtown Fennville will entertain you to your heart’s delight. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on October 12, and you’ll be awed by this year’s reining beauty queen, Miss Honker. You can attend the Carnival with amusement rides, craft show, a classic car show, and even listen to the goose calling competition.
 
Chili Cook Off
Enjoy some chili from your favorite area restaurants and music from many of your favorite local performers in Saugatuck’s Wicks Park from 1-5 p.m. on October 13.
 
Halloween
Halloween festivities will be going on in downtown Saugatuck on October 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., including country music, entertainment, storytelling, arts and 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, call the Saugatuck-Douglas CVB at 269-857-1701.
 
Music
On October 6 at 8 p.m., Tiempo Libre will be performing at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts The three-time Grammy-nominated group from Miami specializes in Cuban timba music: a high-energy blend of salsa, R&B, and traditional Cuban music, creating a blend of high voltage jazz and seductive rhythms.

Jazz
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by some of Saugatuck’s favorites, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalist Mary Rademacher and Dr. John & Christy. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341.

Music at the Lucky Stone Pub
Join the folks at Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Lucky Stone pub for some music and locally crafted beer: October 5, Matthew Gabriel (acoustic); October 12, Slim Gypsy Baggage (acoustic soul/bluegrass); October 19, Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels (jazz/blues); and October 31, a Halloween party with the Last Call Band. Music begins at 6:30.

Music
The Salt of the Earth music series continues: October 6, Red Tail Ring (old time roots, new time sounds); October 13, Peter & Lou Berryman (Midwest humor/music); October 20, Jim Hurst (bluegrass guitar master); and October 27, The String Doctors (all-star Michigan string band). Music starts at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-561-7258. 

CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble)
Next in the line up for the Hope College Great Performance Series is CALJE on October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dimnent Chapel on the Hope College Campus in Holland. A new and innovative force on the Latin jazz scene with a global sound and ensemble, this band represents Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. Through this fusion concept, they have explored writing new music based on Argentinean Tango, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena, Spanish Flamenco, and Jamaican Reggae. For more info call 616-395-7890.

  Film Studies at the Red Barn
Hitchcock Month, Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies. Oct 1,The Birds with Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette; Oct 8, Spellbound with Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck and Michael Chekhov; Oct 15, Shadow of a Doubt with Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton and Macdonald Carey; Oct 22, Secret Agent with John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll and Robert Young; Oct 29, Dial M for Murder with Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings. All screenings are at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300.
 
More Movies
The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library in Douglas will present: October 17, Jane Eyre (1943) with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine; October 31, The Third Man (1947) with Joseph Cotten, Valli, and Orson Welles; November 14, The Lady From Shanghai (1948) with Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, and Everett Sloane; December 12, Touch of Evil (1958), with Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, and Janet Leigh.
 
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On October 19 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Gasland II
(a special FREE Real to Reel film). In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
Film Series
The 2013 Knickerbocker Film Series will continue on September 30-October 5 with Blue Jasmine (with Cate Blanchett): a life crisis causes a vapid and narcissistic socialite to head to San Francisco, where she tries to reconnect with her sister; October 7-12, The Girls in the Band (with Geri Allen and Jane Ira Bloom): the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930s to present day; October 14-19, Austenland (with Keri Russell and JJ Field); November 4-9, Still Mine (with James Cromwell and Ronan Rees); and November 18-23, Wadjda (with Waad Mohammed and Reem Abdullah). For more info, call 616-395-7403.
 
Saugatuck Shorts Film Competition
On October 12 at 6:30 p.m. the first annual Saugatuck Shorts event will be held and will feature short films (five minutes or less) that have a tie to Michigan. Proceeds from the evening will support future free and low-cost programming at the SCA. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
Visiting Writers
Next in the line-up for the Hope College Visiting Writers Series on October 24 at 7 p.m. is Domingo Martinez. His work has appeared in Epiphany, and he has contributed to The New Republic. He has read pieces from The Boy Kings of Texas on NPR’s This American Life. Reading is at Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall, Hope College, Holland. For more info, call 269-395-7620.
 
Exhibitions
On exhibit at the SCA is Point, Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints through November 9. This artist’s journey explores and celebrates 81 years of the life and work of the popular contemporary Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg, whose eye-popping, colorful screen prints are exhibited throughout GVSU’s buildings and campuses. The exhibition will feature works on paper, including drawings, mono-prints, and print editions from the mid-‘50s to the present. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
Museum
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum newest exhibit is A Village Life, with photographs, artifacts, and stories uncovering the mysteries and stories of daily life in the Saugatuck area. This exhibit is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on the weekends only in the fall. Admission is free.

Honorable Mentions
Oct 1-5, Movie, Blue Jasmine, Knickerbocker, Holland
Oct 3, Movie, It’s all True, Douglas Library
Oct 4, Famers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 5, Music, Tiempo Libre, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 5, Fenn Valley Winery 5K and 1 Mile Run
Oct 6, Music, Red Tail Ring, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 5-6 Blue Coast Artist Annual Fall Tour of Studios
Oct 6, Music, Red Tail Ring, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 7-12, Movie, The Girls in the Band, Knickerbocker, Holland
Oct 12, Saugatuck Shorts Film Festival, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 12, Gallery Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Oct 12, Lakeshore Harvest Road Rally
Oct 12, Art and All that Jazz, Douglas
Oct 12-13, Goose Festival, Fennville
Oct 12, Gallery Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Oct 13, Chili Cook Off, Saugatuck
Oct 13, Music, Peter and Lou Berryman, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 14-19, Movie, Austenland, Knickerbocker, Holland
Oct 17, Movie, Jane Eyre, Douglas Library
Oct 19, Reel to reel, Gasland II, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 20, Music, Jim Hurst, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 20, Saugatuck Boat Cruises last cruise of the Season
Oct 22, Art of Mexican Food with Chef LaPerrier, SCA Saugatuck
Oct 24, Great Performance Series, Calje, Hope College
Oct 25, Music, Cowboy Junkies, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 26, Halloween Harvest Festival and Parade
Oct 27, Music, The String Doctors, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 31, Movie, The Third Man, Douglas Library
Nov 2, Glass Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Nov 2, Art and All that Jazz, Douglas
Nov 3, Music, Muteflutes, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 4-9, Movie, Still Mine, Knickerbocker, Holland
Nov 14, Movie, The Lady from Shanghai, Douglas Library
Nov 14, Reel to Reel, Blood Brother, SCA, Saugatuck
Nov 14, Visiting Writers, Domingo Martinez, Hope College
Nov 16, Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview
Nov 17, Music, Slim Gypsy Baggage, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 18-23, Movie, Wadjda, Knickerbocker, Holland
Nov 22, Great Performance Series, Trio Solisti, Hope College
Nov 23, Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview
Nov 24,Music, Hey Mavis, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 29, Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Arrives
Nov 30, Winter’s Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Dec 1, Music, AnDro, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 5, Reel to Reel, I am Devine, SCA, Saugatuck
Dec 7, Nouveau Fest, Fenn Valley Winery
Dec 7, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 7, Bridge Lighting Ceremony, Blue Star Bridge
Dec 8, Music, Hoots and Hellmouth, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 12, Movie, Touch of Evil, Douglas Library
Dec 13-15, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 14, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 15, Music, Schrock Bros, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 20-22, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 21, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 22, Music, Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, Music, The Hired Hands, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, New Years Eve

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
The Pear Forest Gnomes Poached Pears with Vanilla

The innkeeper himself came up with this delicious concoction - with a wee bit of help from a Pear Gnome that roamed the vast Pear Forests to the north. While looking for a campsite in a secluded glade deep in the forest, somehow I disturbed a sleeping Pear Gnome. Who knew they slept while levitating. I walked right into him. After apologizing, part of the apology was he wanted all my power bars. We sat down to some incredible wine he had just uncorked, that is a different story. We talked of pears. Imagine that! That’s all Pear Gnomes talk about. He gave me this wonderful recipe after he bartered for my entire freeze dried powdered eggs, strangest Gnome I ever met!

Ingedients:
four pears
one-cup white wine
two-thirds cup sugar
two strips grapefruit zest
one split vanilla bean or 1 tp. vanilla extract

Peel then halve and core the pears. Put them in a shallow dish with wine, sugar, zest, and vanilla. Cover and microwave on high about 4 minutes, then test pears with a fork for doneness. Serve the pears with the vanilla syrup; top with whipped cream, if desired.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

Books
Sue’s book of the month is The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul Theroux. Happy again, back in the kingdom of light, writes Paul Theroux. This is a story that’s rich, laced with irony, the work of a thirsty observer, full of colorful encounters as he sets out on a journey through the continent he loves best. Arriving in Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, this vast land has never left his soul. His odyssey takes him northward from Cape Town, through South Africa and Namibia, then into Angola, wishing to head farther still until he reaches the end of the line. Journeying alone through the greenest continent, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. From the Cape Town townships, passing through the Namibian bush, past the browsing cattle of the great sun baked and parched heartland of the savanna, Theroux crosses into a different Africa, a muddled-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of mud and thatch, of heat and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy. A beautiful and sometimes haunting read.

 You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785). And please remember to support your local, independently owned bookstore!
 
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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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Sherwood Forest News September 2013

News from the Forest

The summer is coming to an end, and although the autumnal equinox is still a few weeks away, things have quieted down here on the lakeshore. The squirrels have started gathering their food supply for the fall, the young turkeys are wandering through the woods, and soon the hummingbirds will start their long trek south. The nights are cool; the days are peaceful. It’s a great time of year to join us for some relaxation and beautiful fall colors.

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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Our cottage is booked up for the summer, but if you’re looking for a fall getaway, it’s a perfect time to enjoy this beautiful area. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and yes, it’s pet friendly. It goes back to nightly rental after Labor Day.

Our Packages

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 $60 per person, you provide your own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required. 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 Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day weekends. Click here to view some sample menus of past Gourmet Dinners (and recipes!).

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $315 to $712, depending on the time of year and the room. Give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream.  The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and earthenware pottery. The cost ranges from $166 to $520, and tours are available for 1-2 or up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
 
Sherwood Forest and The Ravines Golf Club
Spend 1 or 2 nights 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. Here’s what you get: a 1- or 2-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price), 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 $292 to $636. To book this, call us at 800-838-1246.

Bed & Breakfast and Charter Boat Fishing
Looking for the ultimate experience in Saugatuck fishing charters? Sherwood Forest is offering some great fishing with Captain Hunter—one of Saugatuck’s premiere fishing experts. For years, the Saugatuck port has provided some of the best salmon, trout, perch, and walleye fishing within the Great Lakes region. Whether you are a novice who wants special attention or an experienced angler, their professional staff is prepared to help make your Saugatuck fishing charter experience a highlight of your visit. Here are the details: you’ll get 1 or 2 nights at Sherwood Forest plus a fishing trip on Lake Michigan and some awesome bragging rights when you return home. The cost runs from $708-$1320, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, call 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Cost runs from $380-$2450--available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for the rest of the season is Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-September 1). Prices range from $268 to $603. To book this, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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.

Shopping Specials
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.

What’s happening in and around the area:

Mount Baldhead Challenge 5K and 15K
Take the 14th annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge and experience one of Michigan's 25 most interesting races, according to Michigan Runner Magazine. Run the 5K through historic streets and downtown or take the Mt. Baldhead Challenge 15K trek through wooded trails, up steps, and along the famous Kalamazoo Ox-Bow. To sign up, visit the Mt. Baldhead Challenge.

U-Pick
Cranes Orchards, just one of West Michigan's U-Pick Apple Orchards (they might have some peaches left), is less than 7 miles from our front door. They have 14 different varieties, such as Gala, Macintosh, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Golden Supreme, Jonagold, Empire, Jonathans, Ida Reds, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Braeburn. For more info, call 269-561-8651 And there's also Earl's U-Pick Farm--through October 15, you can pick red or gold raspberries. For more info, call 269-227-2074.

Farmers’ Market
The Green Market is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday until October 7, where local farmers and growers bring fresh produce, flowers, and perennials, plus homemade jams, jellies, and baked goods to the SCA. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit The Green Market.

Airplane Rides
Looking for a cool experience? How about a joy ride in a nifty Cessna 152 with a qualified, certified flight instructor? You’ll be able to fly over the Lake Michigan shoreline along Saugatuck/Douglas and see from the air what makes this area so magical. Rides are $50 per person for a 15-minute ride or you can take a discovery flight, an intro in flying to see if you dig the sport, which is $75 for 45 minutes, one person at a time. Advanced reservations are required. If interested, give us a call at the B&B, 800-838-1246.
 
Balloon Rides
Enjoy the soundless flight on the wisp of a breeze in a hot air balloon. Our friends specialize in champagne flights that last about 1.5 hours. You’ll take off about 2 hours before sunset to capture the awesome view and colors as the sun lazily sets over the horizon. Advanced reservations are required and cost is $75 per person (weekends only). If interested, give us a call at the B&B, 800-838-1246.

Theater
First in the line-up for the Hope College Great Performance Series is Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet company, which unites world-class choreographers with outstanding dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Their daring vision challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. For more info, call 616-395-7890.

Jazz
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by one of Saugatuck’s favorites, Diego, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalist Mary Rademacher and Dr. John & Christy. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
 
Music--Summer in the Studio
The SCA Summer in the Studio Series: August 26, Sam Corbin and Jen Sygit  (Americana, blues, folk). For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Music
The Salt of the Earth summer music series continues: September 13, Gifts or Creatures (antique Americana); and September 22, Honey Dewdrops (new/traditional Appalchian). Music starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call 269-561-7258.

Music at the Lucky Stone Pub
Join the folks at Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Lucky Stone pub for some music and locally crafted beer: August 22, Trace Duo (acoustic classic rock); August 24, Jack Lewis Trio (jazz); August 29, Kevin Murphy (blues); and August 31, Jack Leaver (acoustic); September 7, Charlie Driscoll (acoustic classics); September 14, Double Nickel String Band acoustic covers); and September 21, Reynolds and Michaels (covers). Music begins at 6:30 on Saturday and 6 on Thursday.

Music
On October 5 at 8 p.m., listen to singer Ann Hampton Callaway at the SCA. Callaway is a multiplatinum selling singer, composer, lyricist, pianist, and actress and has been nominated for a Tony for her performance in the musical Swing. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Music
On October 6 at 8 p.m. Tiempo Libre will be performing at the SCA. The three-time Grammy-nominated group from Miami specializes in Cuban timba music: a high-energy blend of salsa, R&B, and traditional Cuban music, creating a blend of high voltage jazz and seductive rhythms. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Exhibitions
On exhibit at the SCA is Point, Counterpoint: Cyril Lixenberg Screen Prints through November 9. This artist’s journey explores and celebrates 81 years of the life and work of the popular contemporary Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg, whose eye-popping, colorful screen prints are exhibited throughout GVSU’s buildings and campuses. The exhibition will feature works on paper, including drawings, mono-prints, and print editions from the mid-‘50s to the present. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Museum
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum newest exhibit is A Village Life, with photographs, artifacts, and stories uncovering the mysteries and stories of daily life in the Saugatuck area. This exhibit is open to the public on the weekends in the fall. Admission is free.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market runs the last Sunday of the month from 8:30 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
Sept, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Sept 2, Blue Star Bridgewalk
Sept 5, Movie The Magnificent Ambersons, Douglas Library
Sept 6, Mount Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuck
Sept 7, Art & All That Jazz, Douglas
Sept 7, Mount Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuck
Sept 15, Music, Gifts or Creatures, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Sept 19, Movie, Journey Into fear, Douglas Library
Sept 19-20, Great Performance Series, Ballet X, Hope College
Sept 22, Music, Honey Dewdrops, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Sept 28, Oktoberfest, Douglas
Sept 29, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
Oct 3, Movie, It’s all True, Douglas Library
Oct 4, Famers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 5, Music, Tiempo Libre, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 6, Music, Red Tail Ring, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 12, Gallery Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Oct 13, Chili Cook Off, Saugatuck
Oct 13, Music, Peter and Lou Berryman, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 5-6, Blue Coast Artists Aunnual Fall Tour of Studios
Oct 12, Saugatuck Shorts Film Competition, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 17, Movie, Jane Eyre, Douglas Library
Oct 20, Music, Jim Hurst, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Oct 20, Saugatuck Boat Cruises last cruise of the Season
Oct 24, Great Performance Series, Calje, Hope College
Oct 25, Music, Cowboy Junkies, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 26, Halloween Harvest Festival and Parade
Oct 31, Movie, The Third Man, Douglas Library
Nov 2, Glass Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Nov 3, Music, Muteflutes, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 14, Movie, The Lady from Shanghai, Douglas Library
Nov 16, Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview
Nov 17, Music, Slim Gypsy Baggage, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Nov 22, Great Performance Series, Trio Solisti, Hope College
Nov 24,Music, Hey Mavis, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 8, Music, Hoots and Hellmouth, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 12, Movie, Touch of Evil, Douglas Library
Dec 15, Music, Schrock Bros, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, Music, The Hired Hands, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, New Years Eve

Book Review
Sue’s book of the month is City of Women by David R. Gillham. It is 1943, the height of the World War II. With the majority of men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women. On the surface, Sigrid is the model German soldier’s wife. She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her annoying, meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets — she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785). And don’t forget to support your local, independently owned bookstore!

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Pineapple John’s Carrot Bread

Pineapple John is a legend. Rumor on Waikiki was that he was the son of Lono, the ancient Tiki God of Fertility and Peace who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka.  Huh ? John would surf all day and at night would hang out with all the other son’s and daughters of the four Hawaiian God’s on the family’s Ainoke plantation, he eventually became friends and married one of the other Tiki God’s (Kanes) daughters who loved to utilize pineapples to bake breads and the rest is history. They visited us recently and gave us this delicious Pinneapple Carrot Bread that was in the shape of a Tiki God. Thanks, Aloha to you both!

Ingedients:
One-cup flour
One-half cup granulated sugar
One-teaspoon baking soda
Three-quarters teaspoon baking powder
One-teaspoon ground cinnamon
One-quarter teaspoon ground cloves
One-quarter teaspoon ground nutmeg
One-quarter teaspoon salt
One-third cup vegetable oil
Two eggs
One cup chopped walnuts
One-half cup chopped, drained pineapple
One-half cup raisins (optional)
One cup finely grated large carrot

Assemblage:
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Coat the pan with flour, tapping out the excess. In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt. Stir well. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and eggs until blended, and then stir the egg mixture into the flour with a rubber spatula. Fold in the walnuts, pineapple, and grated carrot. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool until easy to handle, and turn out onto a rack. Can frost if desired.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

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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Sherwood Forest News August 2013

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 saying, let’s take a dip mon ami! We’ve got some awesome lounge chairs by the pool, and our 1970s-era Schwinn Suburban bicycles are ready for your riding pleasure. Ahhh, it’s a great time of year, so get out your calendar and schedule some free time soon!

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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Our cottage is booked up for the summer, but if you’re looking for a fall getaway, it’s a perfect time to enjoy this beautiful area. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and yes, it’s pet friendly. It goes back to nightly rental after Labor Day.

Our Packages
Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $315 to $712, depending on the time of year and the room. Give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for the rest of the season is Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-September 1). Prices range from $268 to $603. To book this, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream.  The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and earthenware pottery. The cost ranges from $166 to $520, and tours are available for 1-2 or up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
 
Sherwood Forest and The Ravines Golf Club
Spend 1 or 2 nights 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. Here’s what you get: a 1- or 2-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price), 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 $292 to $636. To book this, call us at 800-838-1246.

Bed & Breakfast and Charter Boat Fishing
Looking for the ultimate experience in Saugatuck fishing charters? Sherwood Forest is offering some great fishing with Captain Hunter—one of Saugatuck’s premiere fishing experts. For years, the Saugatuck port has provided some of the best salmon, trout, perch, and walleye fishing within the Great Lakes region. Whether you are a novice who wants special attention or an experienced angler, their professional staff is prepared to help make your Saugatuck fishing charter experience a highlight of your visit. Here are the details: you’ll get 1 or 2 nights at Sherwood Forest plus a fishing trip on Lake Michigan and some awesome bragging rights when you return home. The cost runs from $708-$1320, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, call 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Cost runs from $380-$2450--available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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.

Shopping Specials
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.

What’s happening in and around the area:

U-Pick
There are some great Michigan U-Pick’s about 8 miles or less from our front door; Earl’s U-Pick Farm is one of them. Through August, you can pick raspberries, such as Laurens and Chester’s. Then at Krupka’s Blueberry Plantation, beginning in early July, blueberries will be in season, with the Dukes, and then the delicious Jerseys will be ready after that. For more info, contact Earl’s at 269-227-2074 or Krupka’s at 269-857-4278.

Airplane Rides
Looking for a cool experience? How about a joy ride in a nifty Cessna 152 with a qualified, certified flight instructor? You’ll be able to fly over the Lake Michigan shoreline along Saugatuck/Douglas and see from the air what makes this area so magical. Rides are $50 per person for a 15-minute ride or you can take a discovery flight, an intro in flying to see if you dig the sport, which is $75 for 45 minutes, one person at a time. Advanced reservations are required. If interested, give us a call at the B&B, 800-838-1246.
 
Balloon Rides
Enjoy the soundless flight on the wisp of a breeze in a hot air balloon. Our friends specialize in champagne flights that last about 1.5 hours. You’ll take off about 2 hours before sunset to capture the awesome view and colors as the sun lazily sets over the horizon. Advanced reservations are required and cost is $75 per person (weekends only). If interested, give us a call at the B&B, 800-838-1246.
 
Douglas Socials
Starting June 27 and continuing every other week on Thursdays through August 22, the Douglas Socials will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. in downtown Douglas. This is a real hometown happening that includes fun festivities for the whole family, including beer, great food, music, and lively conversation.

Farmers’ Market
The Green Market is at the SCA from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday until October 7. There will also be the Monday Market (July 11-August 29) from 3-7 p.m. where local farmers and growers will bring fresh produce, flowers, and perennials, plus homemade jams, jellies, and baked goods to the SCA. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Music in the Park--Saugatuck
By the river next to the band shell in Saugatuck, you can listen to some free music this summer: August 7, Funktion (funk/soul); August 14, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band (New Orleans jazz); August 21, The Sea Cruisers (circle of tribute); and August 28, Schrock Brothers (all around great music).

Music in the Park--Fennville
Free music every other Tuesday: August 6, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies (bluegrass). The concerts will be held at Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple Street in downtown Fennville.

Jazz
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by one of Saugatuck’s favorites, Diego, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalist Mary Rademacher and Dr. John & Christy. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
 
Music--Summer in the Studio
The SCA Summer in the Studio Series: August 12, Adrianne Gonzalez and Garrison Starr (singer/songwriter); and August 26, Sam Corbin and Jen Sygit  (Americana, blues, folk). For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Music
The Salt of the Earth summer music series continues: August 13, George Cole and Eurocana (gypsy-jazz and uptown swing); August 20, Moxie Strings (Celtic/Americana/Bluegrass); and August 27, Schrock Bros (folk rock). All music starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call 269-561-7258.

Music at the Lucky Stone Pub
Join the folks at Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Lucky Stone pub for some music and locally crafted beer: August 1, Double Nickel String Band (acoustic); August 3, Shaneberger Duo (blues); August 8, Toby Bresnahan (Irish/acoustic); August 8, Jen Sygit and Sam Corbin (folk/Americana); August 15, Fremont John (acoustic); August 17, Brain Fedewa (acoustic); August 22, Trace Duo (acoustic classic rock); August 24, Jack Lewis Trio (jazz); August 29, Kevin Murphy (blues); and August 31, Jack Leaver (acoustic). Music begins at 6:30 on Saturday and 6 on Thursday.

Chamber
The performance line up for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck is as follows: August 1-2, String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D. 87 (Schubert) and String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (Debussy); August 8-9, Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 97, Archduke (Beethoven); and August 15-16, Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 (Dvorak) and String Octet in A Major, Op. 3 (Svendsen). All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck Woman’s Club.
 
Theater
The Red Barn Theatre will present Don’t Hug Me on August 16, 17, 29, 30 and 31.  War on July 12-14, 19-21, and 26-27 The story takes place in a colorful, rustic north woods bar in tiny Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. It’s the coldest day of the year and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson wants to sell the business and move to sunny Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, wants to stay. Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiancé, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home. It’s a battle of wills that tests their relationships and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to solve their problems and bring romance into their lives through the ‘magic’ of karaoke, all heck breaks loose! For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300.

Theater
It’s not summer at the Red Barn without a Shakespeare comedy. On August 3, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Players will perform Troilus and Cressida in what is long considered one of Shakespeare’s most interesting and challenging plays, Troilus and Cressida is the story of two lovers from opposite sides in the Trojan War. Troilus, played by Killian Goodson, is a Trojan Prince. Cressida (Kerissa Bradley) is the daughter of a treacherous Trojan priest who has defected to the Greeks. For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300.

Movies
Film Studies at The Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies:  Aug 6, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? With George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, and the delightful Robert Morley; Aug 13, Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, and Chief Dan George; Aug 20, The Princess Bride with Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright and Chris Sarandon; Aug 27, Historic Early Films of Lumieres and Melies, the French pioneers Georges Melies and the Brothers Lumiere, who produced startlingly effects foreshadowing most of modern cinema’s vaunted techniques. All screenings are at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300.

Sidewalk Sale
The Annual Saugatuck/Douglas Sidewalk Sale will be held August 15 from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas. This is a great event where merchants unload their summer goods to make way for fall fashions and giftware. There will be bargains galore—and the event will happen rain or shine.

Food
The Annual Taste of Saugatuck will be held on August 25 on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck from noon-7 p.m. Enjoy foods from area restaurants. For more info, call 269-857-1701.

Museum
The 2013 exhibit at the award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum is Dunelands, which tells tales of both change and permanence, a story of wide, restless beaches, forested dunes, hidden streams, marshlands, and rivers. All have been made and re-made over time by natural forces and human activity. The exhibition begins by telling the story of how ice age glaciers created the largest freshwater dunes system in the world. As humans entered the landscape, the exhibit explores how people changed the land and how they changed to adapt to the environment. Special attention will be given to historic sites scattered across the area and how our history set the stage for today's vibrant community. This exhibit is 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 269-857-7901 or visit Saugatuck-Douglas Museum.

Exhibitions
On exhibit at the SCA starting August 9 through September 4 is the Summer Corridor Series by Jeff Kraus. Kraus is a Michigan-born painter and printmaker currently living and working in Grand Rapids, MI. He is most known for his medium to large abstract mixed media paintings. Kraus’s work is guided by instinct, exploring a relationship between emotion, material, and the moment created between the two. This new program offers young, up-and-coming artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional setting. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market runs the last Sunday of the month thru Sept from 8:30 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 antique hot spot in our area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Honorable Mentions
Aug, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 16, 17,18, 29, 30, 31,Sept 1, Play, Don’t Hug Me, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Aug 1-2, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
Aug 3, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
Aug 3, Puppet Sow Saturday, Am Legion hall, Saugatuck
Aug 3, Summer Cookout at Fenn Valley Winery
Aug 3, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Aug 6, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
Aug 6, Movie, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe, Red Barn, Saugatuck
Aug 7, Music in the Park, Funktion, Saugatuck
Aug 8, Douglas Social, Douglas
Aug 8-9, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
Aug 12, Summer in the Studio, Adranne and Garrision, SCA, Saugatuck
August 13, Movie,
Aug 14, Music in the Park, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band, Saugatuck
Aug 15, Sidewalk Sale, Saugatuck and Douglas
Aug 15-16, Chamber Music, Saugatuck, Little Big Man, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Aug 16-Sept 1, Play Closer Than Ever, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
Aug 20, Movie, Princess Bride, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Aug 21, Music in the Park, The Sea Cruisers, Band, Saugatuck
Aug 22, Douglas Social, Douglas
Aug 22, Movie, Citizen Kane, Douglas Library
Aug 25, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
Aug 26, Summer in the Studio, Sam Corbin and Jen Sygit, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug27, Historic Early Films of Lumieres and Melies, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Aug 28, Music in the Park, Schrock Brothers, Saugatuck
Sept, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Sept 2, Blue Star Bridgewalk
Sept 5, Movie The Magnificent Ambersons, Douglas Library
Sept 6, Mount Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuck
Sept 7, Art & All That Jazz, Douglas
Sept 7, Mount Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuck
Sept 19, Movie, Journey Into fear, Douglas Library
Sept 28, Oktoberfest, Douglas
Sept 29, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
Oct 3, Movie, It’s all True, Douglas Library
Oct 4, Famers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 5, Music, Tiempo Libre, SCA, Saugatuck
Oct 12, Gallery Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Oct 13, Chili Cook Off, Saugatuck
Oct 5-6, Blue Coast Artists Aunnual Fall Tour of Studios
Oct 17, Movie, Jane Eyre, Douglas Library
Oct 20, Saugatuck Boat Cruises last cruise of the Season
Oct 26, Halloween Harvest Festival and Parade
Oct 31, Movie, The Third Man, Douglas Library
Nov 2, Glass Stroll, Saugatuck and Douglas
Nov 14, Movie, The Lady from Shanghai, Douglas Library
Nov 16, Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview
Dec 12, Movie, Touch of Evil, Douglas Library
Dec 31, New Years Eve

Book of the Month
Jacqueline and Julie’s book of the month is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Rich in historical detail and intrigue, Code Name Verity is a vivid reminder of what makes historical fiction so compelling. This is a tale of friendship, war, and early women's aeronautics. Verity has been captured by the Nazis while attempting espionage in France during World War II. This story is her confession. She swears she is telling the truth, but she also admits that she is a very good liar. Code Name Verity is totally engrossing. Her story is that of two women who should never have crossed paths, yet were destined to become the best of friends and embark upon the covert mission that would determine which of them would live or die. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).
 
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
The Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Blueberry Cookies

The Lord Admiral has a thing for Blueberries, each summer after the Douglas Armada comes into port after the early summer patrol along Lake Michigan ‘s invisible water border that separates and keeps Wisconsin from invading our shores. It’s time for the annual Blueberry Cookie thank you. The Lord Admiral personally cooks up batches and batches of Blueberry Cookies and delivers them to each household in appreciation for the Village of Douglas hosting and being the home base for the fleet. This year he also hand delivered the recipe. Thanks Lord Admiral, we would reside here and keep our western shore safe, Salute You!

Ingedients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 and one-half teaspoons baking soda
1-teaspoon salt
Three-quarters cup packed light brown sugar
Three-quarters cup granulated sugar
2 sticks butter (decadent!), melted
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1-cup blueberries

Assemblage:
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, and melted butter until smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract and eggs until combined. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to gently mix in blueberries. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let chill for at least two hours and up to overnight.

Adjust oven racks to middle and upper positions and preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop dough by the rounded tablespoon (big cookies) or teaspoon (regular sized cookies) onto baking sheet. Bake until golden, 13-15 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

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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Sherwood Forest News July 2013

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 saying, let’s take a dip mon ami! We’ve got some awesome lounge chairs by the pool, and our 1970s-era Schwinn Suburban bicycles are ready for your riding pleasure. Ahhh, it’s a great time of year, so get out your calendar and schedule some free time soon.

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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Our cottage is booked up for the summer, but if you’re looking for a fall getaway, it’s a perfect time to enjoy beautiful Douglas and Saugatuck. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and yes, it’s pet friendly. It goes back to nightly rental after Labor Day.

Our Packages
Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $315 to $712, depending on the time of year and the room. Give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for this season is Xanadu (June 21-July 14); Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-September 1). Prices range from $268 to $603. To book this, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream.  The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and earthenware pottery. The cost ranges from $166 to $520, and tours are available for 1-2 or up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
 
Sherwood Forest and The Ravines Golf Club
Spend 1 or 2 nights 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. Here’s what you get: a 1- or 2-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price), 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 $292 to $636. To book this, call us at 800-838-1246.

Bed & Breakfast and Charter Boat Fishing
Looking for the ultimate experience in Saugatuck fishing charters? Sherwood Forest is offering some great fishing with Captain Hunter—one of Saugatuck’s premiere fishing experts. For years, the Saugatuck port has provided some of the best salmon, trout, perch, and walleye fishing within the Great Lakes region. Whether you are a novice who wants special attention or an experienced angler, their professional staff is prepared to help make your Saugatuck fishing charter experience a highlight of your visit. Here are the details: you’ll get 1 or 2 nights at Sherwood Forest plus a fishing trip on Lake Michigan and some awesome bragging rights when you return home. The cost runs from $708-$1320, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, call 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Cost runs from $380-$2450--available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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.

Shopping Specials
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.

What’s happening in and around the area:

U-Pick
There are some great Michigan U-Pick’s about 8 miles or less from our front door; Earl’s U-Pick Farm is one of them. Through August, you can pick raspberries, such as Laurens and Chester’s. Then at Krupka’s Blueberry Plantation, beginning in early July, blueberries will be in season, with the Dukes, and then the delicious Jerseys will be ready after that. For more info, contact Earl’s at 269-227-2074 or Krupka’s at 269-857-4278.

Airplane Rides
Looking for a cool experience? How about a joy ride in a nifty Cessna 152 with a qualified, certified flight instructor? You’ll be able to fly over the Lake Michigan shoreline along Saugatuck/Douglas and see from the air what makes this area so magical. Rides are $50 per person for a 15-minute ride or you can take a discovery flight, an intro in flying to see if you dig the sport, which is $75 for 45 minutes, one person at a time. Advanced reservations are required. If interested, give us a call at the B&B, 800-838-1246.
 
Balloon Rides
Enjoy the soundless flight on the wisp of a breeze in a hot air balloon. Our friends specialize in champagne flights that last about 1.5 hours. You’ll take off about 2 hours before sunset to capture the awesome view and colors as the sun lazily sets over the horizon. Advanced reservations are required and cost is $75 per person. If interested, give us a call at the B&B, 800-838-1246.
 
Douglas Socials
Starting June 27 and continuing every other week on Thursdays through August 22, the Douglas Socials will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. in downtown Douglas. This is a real hometown happening that includes fun festivities for the whole family, including beer, great food, music, and lively conversation.

Farmers’ Market
The Green Market is at the SCA from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday until October 7. There will also be the Monday Market (July 11-August 29) from 3-7 p.m. where local farmers and growers will bring fresh produce, flowers, and perennials, plus homemade jams, jellies, and baked goods to the SCA. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit The Green Market.

Comedy
On July 18 at 8 p.m. the SCA will present stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone. Poundstone is one of the foremost comics working today and draws on her own complex life: 3 kids, 13 cats, a demanding job and crazy travel schedule, her frustration at getting older, and a bag of neuroses, including her famous inability to ever shut up. For more info or tickets, call 269-857-2399.

Music in the Park--Saugatuck
By the river next to the band shell in Saugatuck, you can listen to some free music this summer: July 3, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul (top rock); July 10, Brenda Loomis Band (new country); July 17, Creolization (zydeco/cajun); July 24, Zion Lion (reggae); July 31, Steam Powered Bluegrass (bluegrass); August 7, Funktion (funk/soul); August 14, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band (New Orleans jazz); August 21, The Sea Cruisers (circle of tribute); and August 28, Schrock Brothers (all around great music).For more info, visit SABA.

Music in the Park--Fennville
Free music every other Tuesday: July 7, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey; July 23, Cabildo (Latin); and August 6, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies (bluegrass). The concerts will be held at Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple Street in downtown Fennville. For more info, visit Music in Fennville.

Jazz
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday and Sunday in May. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by one of Saugatuck’s favorites, Diego, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalist Mary Rademacher and Dr. John & Christy. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341
 
Music--Summer in the Studio
The SCA Summer in the Studio Series starts on July 15 with Neil Jacobs (Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk); July 29 with Doug and Telisha (neo-traditional American); August 12 with Adrianne Gonzalez and Garrison Starr (singer/songwriter); and August 26 with Sam Corbin and Jen Sygit  (Americana, blues, folk). For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Music
The Salt of the Earth summer music series continues: July 2, Billy Strings and Don Julin (bluegrass); July 16, Mulebone (country); July 30, Fauxgrass (folk/fauxgrass); August 13 George Cole and Eurocana (gypsy-jazz and uptown swing); August 20, Moxie Strings (Celtic/Americana/Bluegrass); and August 27, Schrock Bros (folk rock). All music starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.

Art Fairs
The Saugatuck Douglas Art Club will sponsor two outdoor art fairs this summer: the Waterfront Invitational Art Fair on July 6, and the Village Square Art and Fine Crafts Fair on July 27. Both shows are juried and attract many locals and tourists with high quality and diverse works offered by artisans from the region and across the nation.

Chamber
The performance line up for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck is as follows: July 11-12, Overture to La Forza del Destino (Verdi) and Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16 (Beethoven); July 18-19 Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A Minor, Op. 114 (Brahams) and Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (Schickele); July 25-26, Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) Igor Stravinsky; August 1-2, String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D. 87 (Schubert) and String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
(Debussy); August 8-9, Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 97, Archduke (Beethoven); and August 15-16, Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 (Dvorak) and String Octet in A Major, Op. 3 (Svendsen). All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck Woman’s Club.

Music at the Lucky Stone Pub
Join the folks at Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Lucky Stone pub for some music and locally crafted beer: July 4, Formerly Hip (acoustic classic rock); July 6, Josh Quinlan Trio (jazz); July 11, Drew Nelson and Mark Schrock (Americana folk); July 18, Last Call Band (roots/rock); July 18, Jim and Angie (covers rock); July 20, Fremont John (acoustic covers/originals); July 25, Tim Valez (classic guitar/vocals); and July 27, Ry Petermann (covers/blues). For more info, visit Lucky Stone Pub.

Movies
Film Studies at The Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies: July 2, Some Like it Hot (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon); July 9, Tootsie (Dustin Hoffman); July 16, The Long, Long Trailer (Lucy and Desi comedy); July 23, The General (Buster Keaton); July 30, The Graduate (Dustin Hoffman). All screenings are at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300.
 
Theater
It’s not summer at the Red Barn without a Shakespeare comedy. The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Michigan’s only year-round Shakespeare touring company, returns to the Red Barn Theater on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a one-night performance of Measure Measure, one of the bard’s  more interesting plays, which centers around the fate of Claudio, who is arrested by Lord Angelo, the temporary leader of Vienna. For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300.

The Red Barn Theater will present The Red Velvet Cake War on July 12-14, 19-21, and 26-27. In this Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins—Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette—could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum and the eyes of Texas are upon them. A jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300.

Museum
The 2013 exhibit at the award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum is Dunelands, which tells tales of both change and permanence, a story of wide, restless beaches, forested dunes, hidden streams, marshlands, and rivers. All have been made and re-made over time by natural forces and human activity. The exhibition begins by telling the story of how ice age glaciers created the largest freshwater dunes system in the world. As humans entered the landscape, the exhibit explores how people changed the land and how they changed to adapt to the environment. Special attention will be given to historic sites scattered across the area and how our history set the stage for today's vibrant community. This exhibit is 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 269-857-7901 or visit Saugatuck-Douglas Museum.

Exhibitions
On exhibit at the SCA through August 9 is The Land and Sky: Frank Dudley and the Pageantry of Conservation, revealing how art, from paintings and photographs to music and theatrical presentations, played a central role in our nation’s first dune preservation movement in northwest Indiana. Using Dudley’s majestic landscapes along with photographs and historical accounts, Land and Sky tells the story of Indiana dunes conservation movement at the turn of the 20th century.  The exhibition showcases dune scapes painted by Dudley during 5 decades. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
 
Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market runs the last Sunday of the month thru Sept from 8:30 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 antique hot spot in our area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Honorable Mentions
July, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
July 3, Music in the Park,  Don Middlebrook and Living Soul, Saugatuck
July 4, Independence Day
July 4, Waterfront Invitational Art Fair, Saugatuck
July 5, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
July 6, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
July 6, Waterfront Invitational Art Fair, Saugatuck
July 9, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 10, Music in the Park, Brenda Loomis, Saugatuck
July 11, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 11, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 11-12, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 13, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 15, Summer in the Studio, Neil Jacobs, SCA, Saugatuck
July 17, Music in the Park, Creolization, Saugatuck
July 18, Comedy, Paula Poundstone, SCA, Saugatuck
July 18-19, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 20, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
July 20, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 20, Guided Talk, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Saugatuck
July 22, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 24, Music in the Park, Zion Lion, Saugatuck
July 25, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 25-26, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 26-Aug 11, Play, Game Show, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
July 27-28, Venetian Festival, Saugatuck
July 27, Guided Talk, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Saugatuck
July 27, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 27, Village Square Art and Fine Crafts Fair, Saugatuck
July 28, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July 29, Summer in the Studio, Doug and Telisha, SCA, Saugatuck
July 31, Music in the Park, Steam Powered Bluegrass, Saugatuck
Aug, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 3, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
Aug 6, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
Aug 7, Music in the Park, Funktion, Saugatuck
Aug 8, Douglas Social, Douglas
Aug 8-9, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
Aug 12, Summer in the Studio, Adranne and Garrision, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 14, Music in the Park, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band, Saugatuck
Aug 15, Sidewalk Sale, Saugatuck and Douglas
Aug 15-16, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
Aug 16-Sept 1, Play Closer Than Ever, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
Aug 21, Music in the Park, The Sea Cruisers, Band, Saugatuck
Aug 22, Douglas Social, Douglas
Aug 22, Movie, Citizen Kane, Douglas Library
Aug 25, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
Aug 26, Summer in the Studio, Sam Corbin and Jen Sygit, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 28, Music in the Park, Schrock Brothers, Saugatuck
Sept, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Sept 2, Blue Star Bridgewalk
Sept 5, Movie The Magnificent Ambersons, Douglas Library
Sept 7, Art & All That Jazz, Douglas
Sept 7, Mount Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuck
Sept 19, Movie, Journey Into fear, Douglas Library
Sept 28, Oktoberfest, Douglas
Sept 29, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan

Books
Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life by Nancy Sleeth. A guest of ours gave us this book recommendation. The author of this book had always been intrigued by the Amish, and so she decided to de-clutter her families life and live more simply. We've been told to not waste and to turn off the lights when we leave a room, but we've never been given any practical steps on how to slow down, live simply, take a siesta, and stop letting things rule over us. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).
 
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.
 
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Odie Dogs Chili

The year was 1869, the place was the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. Eric the Chef was searching for the illusive, rare variegated sand blossom which flowers every 46 years which needs to be eaten under a full moon next to an Acacia Tree at 2:42 a.m.  This plant according to the local Bantu-speaking Tswana Bushwomen was known for it’s medicinal properties that allowed one to be peace with the Odie the Eternal Canine. Eric picked the wrong plant, this particular plants properties were to bring the eternal friendship of the Eternal Odie. They have been friends ever since, over 140 years. This dish was created by Eric the Chef in honor of his eternal companion Odie.

Ingedients
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup cooked bacon
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
24-oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 12-oz. can tomato sauce
3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin

Creation
Heat bacon in a sauté pan until it starts to render fat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add hamburger and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add meat and remaining ingredients into a Dutch oven and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

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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Sherwood Forest News June 2013

News from the Forest

It’s the beginning of our busy season, and we’re ready! Our hip and groovy pool is heated and ready for a dip, our friendly secret agent bike repairman has been busy tuning up our Schwinn Suburbans so they’re ready for that awesome ride along Lake Shore Drive. The days are getting longer as we head toward the summer solstice, so we hope you’ll be able to make it for a visit soon to enjoy this delightful time of year.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left: August 10-16. It goes for $1400 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 this fall, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, you can visit the cottage website at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast Cottage.

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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Our Packages
Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $315 to $712, depending on the time of year and the room. Give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for this season is Xanadu (June 21-July 14); Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-Sept 1). Package prices range from $268 to $603. To book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream.  The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and earthenware pottery. The cost ranges from $166 to $520, and tours are available for 1-2 or up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
 
Sherwood Forest and The Ravines Golf Club
Spend 1 or 2 nights 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. Here’s what you get: a 1- or 2-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price), 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 $292 to $636. To book this, call us at 800-838-1246.

Bed & Breakfast and Charter Boat Fishing
Looking for the ultimate experience in Saugatuck fishing charters? Sherwood Forest is offering some great fishing with Captain Hunter—one of Saugatuck’s premiere fishing experts. For years, the Saugatuck port has provided some of the best salmon, trout, perch, and walleye fishing within the Great Lakes region. Whether you are a novice who wants special attention or an experienced angler, their professional staff is prepared to help make your Saugatuck fishing charter experience a highlight of your visit. Here are the details: you’ll get 1 or 2 nights at Sherwood Forest plus a fishing trip on Lake Michigan and some awesome bragging rights when you return home. The cost runs from $708-$1320, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, call 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Cost runs from $380-$2450--available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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.

Shopping Specials
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.

What’s happening in and around the area:

Farmers’ Market
The Green Market is at the SCA from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday, May 24- Oct 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. where local farmers and growers will bring fresh produce, flowers, and perennials, plus homemade jams, jellies, and baked goods. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit The Green Market.
 
A Hiking We Will Go
Saturdays through September 14, rain or shine, meet at the north end of Oval Beach parking lot at 10 a.m. and enjoy an introduction to the natural and cultural history of this magnificent dune land. The talk is free, but Oval Beach parking costs $6. This magnificent dune ecosystem includes an amazing diversity of habitats and resources: 3,650 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, populations of at least 6 rare plant and animal species, including the prairie warbler (state endangered status) and Blanchard’s cricket frog (state threatened), open dunes, interdunal wetlands, natural jack pine forest, hardwood-pine dune forest, and a true Great Lakes marsh. The Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area is open to the public for non-motorized recreation.

Real to Reel Cinema Series
On May 6 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs. It’s the most mythic of all American emporiums --and the scene of many an ultimate fashion fantasy. Now audiences get a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic history. The legend, the parties, the fashion idols, the windows, the women, the buyers and shoppers--and most of all, the quintessentially American dreams of New York’s high-fashion hot-spot-- all come to life in an ode to a realm where creativity and commerce reign equally supreme. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
 
More Movies
Film Studies at the Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies: June 11, Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958) with Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, and Richard Eye; June 18, Clash of the Titans with Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, and Maggie Smith; June 25, Forbidden Planet with Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen. All screenings are at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300 or visit Red Barn Theatre.

Wineries
Head out to Fenn Valley Winery on June 22 for their Wine Fest from 1-5 p.m., where once again they’ll kick off the beginning of summer as they open their cellars for wine tasting, ethnic foods, and live music. For more info, call 269-857-2396 or visit Fenn Valley Winery.
 
Theater
Red Barn Theatre
The Red Barn Players will present Lois Lowrey’s Anastasia Krupnik on June 14-16 and 21-22. This is a delightful, refreshing, and offbeat tale that you’re sure to enjoy. For more info, call 269-857-5300.

Jazz
There is some awesome Jazz being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday evening from 6 -10 pm, plus open mike night every Monday with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
 
Music
The Salt of the Earth summer music series continues: June 4, Northern Skies (folk rock); June 18, Northern Skies (folk rock); July 2, Appleseed Collective (Dixieland soul, bluegrass); July 16, Billy Strings and Don Julin (bluegrass); and July 30, Mulebone (country). All music starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.
 
Jazz
The James Michael Marks Trio will be at the Red Barn Theatre on June 28 at 7:30 p.m., playing the best of jazz standards to recreate a night at the Copa! Music will include songs from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Nat King Cole. For more info, call 269-857-5300 or visit the Red Barn Theatre.

The Eschelons
On June 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Red Barn Theatre will present The Eschelons for their farewell tour. The Eschelons are hanging up their bass guitar, sexy sax and microphones this summer. With 5 vocalists, keyboards, sax, harmonica, guitar, bass, and drums, it’s an array of percussion blend to bring you the pleasure of old rock and roll memories. For more info, visit the Red Barn Playhouse.
 
The Adams Family
You can enjoy a trip through popular music history as The Red Barn Theater brings back the rock quartet The Adams Family Band in a one-night performance at 7:30 p.m. on June 8 at the Red Barn Playhouse, including a list of hits like the Beatles’ All My Lovin’ and Kingston Trio’s Worried Man. For more info, call 269-857-5300 or visit the Red Barn Theatre.
 
Music in the Park--Saugatuck
By the river next to the band shell in Saugatuck, you can listen to some free music this summer: June 26, The Niche (classic top 40); July 3, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul (top rock); July 10, Brenda Loomis Band (new country); July 17, Creolization (zydeco/cajun); July 24, Zion Lion (reggae); July 31, Steam Powered Bluegrass (bluegrass); August 7, Funktion (funk/soul); August 14, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band (New Orleans jazz); August 21, The Sea Cruisers (circle of tribute); and August 28, Schrock Brothers (all around great music).For more info, visit SABA.

Music in the Park--Fennville
Free music every other Tuesday: June 11, Sister Wilene (classic country); June 25, Edye Evans Hyde (jazz); July 7, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey; July 23, Cabildo (Latin); and August 6, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies (bluegrass). The concerts will be held at Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple Street in downtown Fennville. For more info, visit Music in Fennville.
 
Visiting Authors
On June 26 the SCA will present authors Alison Swan and Jack Ridl. In conjunction with the Land & Sky: Frank Dudley and the Pageantry of Conservation exhibition, Swan and Ridl will read from fresh new works. Both of these author’s works are saturated with imagery of the outdoors, and often of our own Saugatuck-Douglas dunes. Swan will read from her newest chapter book Before the Snow Moon, which will be released in June. For more info, contact the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Museum
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum will unveil its 2013 exhibit: Dunelands, which tells tales of both change and permanence, a story of wide, restless beaches, forested dunes, hidden steams, marshlands, and rivers. All have been made and re-made over time by natural forces and human activity. The exhibition begins by telling the story of how ice age glaciers created the largest freshwater dunes system in the world. As humans entered the landscape, the exhibit explores how people changed the land and how they changed to adapt to the environment. Special attention will be given to historic sites scattered across the area and how our history set the stage for today's vibrant community. This exhibit will open to the public on May 31 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 269-857-7901 or visit Saugatuck-Douglas Museum.
 
Exhibitions
On exhibit at the SCA May 30-August 9, The Land and Sky: Frank Dudley and the Pageantry of Conservation reveals how art--from paintings and photographs to music and theatrical presentations--played a central role in our nation’s first dune preservation movement in northwest Indiana. Using Dudley’s majestic landscapes along with photographs and historical accounts, Land and Sky tells the story of Indiana dunes conservation movement at the turn of the 20th century.  The exhibition showcases dune scapes painted by Dudley during five decades. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market runs the last Sunday of the month thru Sept from 8:30 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 antique hot spot in our area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Honorable Mentions
June, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
June 6, Movie, Real to Reel, Brooklyn Castle, SCA, Saugatuck
June 7, Movie Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
June 8, Art & All That Jazz, Douglas
June 13, Movie, Mostly Martha, Douglas Library
June 15, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 18, Movie, Clash of the Titans, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
June 21-July 14, Play, Xanadu, Mason Street, SCA, Saugatuck
June 22, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 18, Movie, Forbidden Planet, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
June 26, Music in the Park, The Niche, Saugatuck
June 27, Movie, Julie and Julia, Douglas Library
June 28, James Michael Marks Trio, Red barn Theatre, Saugatuck
June 29, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
June 29, The Eschelons Farewell Tour, Red barn Theatre, Saugatuck
June 30, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
July 3, Music in the Park,  Don Middlebrook and Living Soul, Saugatuck
July 4, Independence Day
July 6, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
July 6, Waterfront Invitational Art Fair, Saugatuck
July 9, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 10, Music in the Park, Brenda Loomis, Saugatuck
July 11, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 11, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 11-12, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 13, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 15, Summer in the Studio, Neil Jacobs, SCA, Saugatuck
July 17, Music in the Park, Creolization, Saugatuck
July 18, Comedy, Paula Poundstone, SCA, Saugatuck
July 18-19, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 20, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
July 22, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 24, Music in the Park, Zion Lion, Saugatuck
July 25, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 25-26, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 26-Aug 11, Play, Game Show, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
July 27-28, Venetian Festival, Saugatuck
July 27, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 28, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July 29, Summer in the Studio, Doug and Telisha, SCA, Saugatuck
July 31, Music in the Park, Steam Powered Bluegrass, Saugatuck
Aug, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 3, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
Aug 7, Music in the Park, Funktion, Saugatuck
Aug 8, Douglas Social, Douglas
Aug 12, Summer in the Studio, Adranne and Garrision, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 14, Music in the Park, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band, Saugatuck
Aug 16-Sept 1, Play Closer Than Ever, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
Aug 14, Music in the Park, The Sea Cruisers, Band, Saugatuck
Aug 22, Douglas Social, Douglas
Aug 25, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
Aug 26, Summer in the Studio, Sam Corbin and Jen Sygit, SCA, Saugatuck
Aug 28, Music in the Park, Schrock Brothers, Saugatuck

Books
Summer is all about books, and we’ve taken a list from NPR recommended by Rona Brinlee, Daniel Goldin, and Lucia Silva. Here’s the list:
 
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
Equilateral by Ken Kalfus
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
Queen of the Air by Dean Jensen
The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra
Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth
Pacific by Tom Drury
The Dark Road by Ma Jian

You can purchase or order these books at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785). Plus you can search other great recommendations on our Sherwood Forest Great Reads Page.

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 see to our Sweetheart Specials here. Here is the link for our Gourmet Dinner details and a sample menu.
 
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Sweetwater Fran’s
Soy and Sesame Marinated Pepper-Crusted Salmon

A long time ago in a land far far away, between the Myst’s of Odysseus and the Siren’s of Atlantis. There was the Island of Gwyneth. There lived a woman named Sweetwater Fran, a fisherwoman of sorts who could effortlessly prepare and serve a meal so delicious and tasty it is said landlubbers would swim across from Atlantis just to eat this one particular dish.  Our ship was lost at sea during a bad nocturnal storm. When the morning sun rose. Paradise and Fran awaited us. During our not so brief stay, she delighted us with this dish. So good, that we decided to share.

One-third cup soy sauce or tamari
One-quarter cup brown sugar, or pure maple syrup to taste
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 - 6 oz. salmon fillets
Ground pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil

  1. Combine soy sauce, sugar or maple syrup, sesame oil, and garlic in a zip lock bag.  Add salmon and seal bag.  Refrigerate for 2 to 8 hrs.
  2. Remove salmon from marinade.  Coat the fillet side of salmon with very coarse ground pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in a sauté or grill pan and sauté 7 minutes (skin side up) over medium heat.

Flip and sauté other side about 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

Serves 4.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

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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Sherwood Forest News May 2013

News from the Forest

Spring is upon us, and Mother Nature is stretching her arms wide to show us her new wardrobe. The leaf buds are popping, and the trees are reaching for those sun-filled days. What a great time of year! Our cool pool will be open by Memorial Day weekend, and the bikes are all tuned up for that awesome ride along Lake Shore Drive or into town. So we hope you can make it for a visit soon!

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left:
June 1-7, 15-21, and 22-28. It goes for $1400 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 this spring and fall, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, you can visit the cottage website at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast Cottage.

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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

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 Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Shopping Special
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.

Our Packages

Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for this season is Xanadu (June 21-July 14); Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-Sept 1). Package prices range from $268 to $603. To book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $635-$715, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Cooking Classes
We’ve designed a culinary getaway you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Available for 2 to 10 people—cost ranges from $150 to $850. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest & The Ravines Golf Club
Spend one or two nights 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. Here's what you get: a one- or two-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price) at Sherwood Forest B&B, 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.  Cost ranges from $300 to $640. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream.  The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and an earthenware potter. The cost ranges from $142 to $544. Available for up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

What’s happening:

The Amazing Acro-Cats
One of only four cat shows in the United States, is performing at the Red Barn on May 18 and 19. The Amazing Acro-Cats delight and astound audiences of all ages as they perform their remarkable feats of agility pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, and jumping through hoops. The Amazing Acro-Cats not only perform, but also educate the public. Trainer Samantha Martin teaches the importance of clicker training and how it can improve your cat's life. The majority of the Amazing Acro-Cats were adopted from shelters. The seats are general admission and tickets are available through www.circuscats.com, and the event will be held at the Red Barn, 3657 63rd St. at Blue Star Hwy. Saugatuck.

Spring Preview
On May 4 from 6-8 p.m., preview some of the most exciting new items offered by the downtown shops of Douglas and Saugatuck, from furniture and original paintings by area artists to accessories for the home. You’ll also be able to enjoy snacks and beverages while strolling through the shops.
 
Derby Day in Saugatuck
May 4, all day! Did you know the Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs (Douglas) and the Kentucky Derby (Saugatuck) for nearly a century? Enjoy this delightful spring beverage as local restaurants and pubs vie for first prize in our Mint Julep contest. Also it’s the First Annual Saugatuck Derby Day Hat Contest, with promises of fun and entertainment. Prizes will be awarded for largest, most original, most glamorous, and funniest hats. Judging will take place at the Wicks Park Pavilion at 3 p.m. Grand prize of is 2-night’s lodging, dinner for two, a cruise for two onboard the Star of Saugatuck, and SABA Bucks gift certificates.

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 4-11, there will be Klompen dancers who perform Dutch folk dances, and of course you can tour Windmill Island (Queen Beatrice did) with an original working windmill. The grand finale of the festival will be the Muziekparade at 12:30 p.m. on May 11, with nearly 50 bands, giant helium-filled balloons, and so many floats you’ll lose count. For more info, call 800-822-2770 or visit the Tulip Time Festival.

Jazz
There is some awesome Jazz being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday evening from 6 -10 pm, plus open mike night every Monday with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
 
Music
VisitSalt of the Earth in Fennville for music at 7 p.m. May 5, Graham Parsons and the Go Arounds (swampy blues/country waltz); May 12, Nobody's Darling (folk/old timey/bluegrass); May 15, May Erlewine & Samuel Seth Bernard (singer/songwriter); May 19, Nic Gariess and Jessie Nieves (Irish music/dance); May 26, Andy Young (hammered dulcimer); and June 4, Northern Skies.

Movies
On Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, don’t miss: May 2, Like Water for Chocolate with Marco Leonardi and Lumi Cavasos; May 16, Eat Drink Man Woman with Sihung Lung and Yu-Wen Wang; May 30, Big Night with Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci; June 13, Mostly Martha with Martina Gedeck and Maxime Foerste; and June 27, Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library.

Real to Reel Cinema Series
On May 9 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Detropia. Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century, the great migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Museum
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum will unveil its 2013 exhibit: Dunelands, which tells tales of both change and permanence, a story of wide, restless beaches, forested dunes, hidden steams, marshlands, and rivers. All have been made and re-made over time by natural forces and human activity. The exhibition begins by telling the story of how ice age glaciers created the largest freshwater dunes system in the world. As humans entered the landscape, the exhibit explores how people changed the land and how they changed to adapt to the environment. Special attention will be given to historic sites scattered across the area and how our history set the stage for today's vibrant community. This exhibit will open to the public on May 31 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 269-857-7901 or visit the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.

Exhibitions
On exhibit at the SCA May 30-August 9, The Land and Sky: Frank Dudley and the Pageantry of Conservation reveals how art--from paintings and photographs to music and theatrical presentations--played a central role in our nation’s first dune preservation movement in northwest Indiana. Using Dudley’s majestic landscapes along with photographs and historical accounts, Land and Sky tells the story of Indiana dunes conservation movement at the turn of the 20th century.  The exhibition showcases dune scapes painted by Dudley during five decades. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market next date is May 26 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 antique hot spot in the area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Honorable Mentions
May 2, Movie, Like Water for Chocolate, Douglas Library
May 4, Douglas and Saugatuck Spring Preview
May 4, Art and All that Jazz, Douglas
May 4-11, Tulip Time Festival, Holland
May 9, Movie, Real to Reel, Detropia, SCA, Saugatuck
May 16, Movie, Eat Drink Man Woman, Douglas Library
May 17-19, Play, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Red Barn, Saugatuck
May 24, Chain Ferry starts chaining for the season
May 24, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
May 24-25, Play, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Red Barn, Saugatuck
May 26, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
May 30, Movie, Big Night, Douglas Library
June, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
June 6, Movie, Real to Reel, Brooklyn Castle, SCA, Saugatuck
June 8,  Art & All That Jazz, Douglas
June 13, Movie, Mostly Martha, Douglas Library
June 15, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 21-July 14, Play, Xanadu, Mason Street, SCA, Saugatuck
June 22, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 26, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
June 27, Movie, Julie and Julia, Douglas Library
June 29, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
June 30, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
July 3, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 4, Independence Day
July 6, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
July 6, Waterfront Invitational Art Fair, Saugatuck
July 9, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 10, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 11, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 11, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 11-12, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 13, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 15, Summer in the Studio, Brant Satala, SCA, Saugatuck
July 17, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 18, Comedy, Paula Poundstone, SCA, Saugatuck
July 18-19, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 20, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
July 22, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 24, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 25, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 25-26, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 26-Aug 11, Play, Game Show, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
July 27-28, Venetian Festival, Saugatuck
July 27, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 28, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July 29, Summer in the Studio, Doug and Telisha, SCA, Saugatuck
July 31, Music in the Park, Saugatuck

Books
Carol’s book of the month is Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. This novel illustrates the way many Americans have become bewitched with inserting themselves into every situation they deem newsworthy. Even down to hobnobbing with war heroes to make themselves feel more important, influential, and impressive. It also calls attention to the country's caste system of haves and have-nots, the lower castes often being on the front lines of our wars. Unfolding over the course of one Thanksgiving Day, this book follows the 8 survivors of Bravo Company and the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal, and especially focuses on Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native. Over the course of this day, Billy begins to understand the difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms, soldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785). You can see more of our book picks here.

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/Douglas Gourmet Dinners November through April. You can visit our Sweetheart Specials. Here’s the link for our Gourmet Dinner details and a sample menu.
 
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Liz’s Granola Cookies

Liz is a Selkie from the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, she claims to have swam the coastline of the America’s back in the day when the cod where the wind of the ocean (how old are you?).  She fell in love with a human around the time of the Great Baker Migration from Iceland to Nova Scotia, (I told her no one is ever going to believe that one!)  We discovered her one night in a rainstorm as she was dancing in our cool pool.  Well we joined her, played a wee bit of water polo, dried off and then she mixed together some delicious granola cookies she emphatically told us came over in the Great Icelandic baker Migration.

One-third cup packed dark brown sugar
Two-tablespoons canola oil
One-tablespoon butter, melted
One-half teaspoon vanilla extract
One-quarter teaspoon salt
One-quarter teaspoon baking soda
One large egg
One-half cup all-purpose flour
One-half cup quick-cooking oats
One-quarter cup chopped pecans
Two tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until well combined. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips to sugar mixture; stir until just combined.
  3. Scrape the dough into a 9-inch greased glass pie plate, and spread to edges using a spatula. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

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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Sherwood Forest News April 2013

News from the Forest

Mother Nature is welcoming in spring with warmer weather and longer, sunnier days--yay! We’ve seen wild turkeys strutting through the back woods and deer drinking from the creek, along with the return of the robins. It’s beautiful to witness, and it’s 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. 

April Spring Special
Stay two nights (or more) Sunday through Thursday in April and we’ll treat you to a $25 gas card--that should help lighten the load for a midweek getaway!

Writers’ Workshop With Wade Rouse:
Facing Your Fear and Finding Your Voice (May 16-18)
Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer’s worst and final editor. Author Wade Rouse will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will lead participants through an intensive, emotional, and often life-changing writing exercise that links these two vital elements: how you can overcome your fear and find your own unique voice. This 3-day workshop will be held May 16-18 at the Sherwood Forest B&B. For more info, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Cottage
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left: June 1-7 and 15-21. It goes for $1400 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 this spring and fall, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, visit the Sherwood Forest Cottage.

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.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne We’ll also include for your gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

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 Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Our Packages

Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for this season is Xanadu (June 21-July 14); Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-Sept 1). Package prices range from $268 to $603. To book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). The cost runs from $635-$715, depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Cooking Classes
We’ve designed a culinary getaway you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Available for 2 to 10 people—cost ranges from $150 to $850. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest & The Ravines Golf Club
Spend one or two nights 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. Here's what you get: a one- or two-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price) at Sherwood Forest B&B, 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.  Cost ranges from $300 to $640. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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

Town Crier Run
The Town Crier Run is on April 13 with a 5-K and 10-K RUN-WALK around historic Saugatuck, plus a kids’ fun run. For more info, click here.

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 4-11, there will be Klompen dancers who perform Dutch folk dances, and of course you can tour Windmill Island (Queen Beatrice did) with an original working windmill. The grand finale of the festival will be the Muziekparade at 12:30 p.m. on May 11, with nearly 50 bands, giant helium-filled balloons, and so many floats you’ll lose count. For more info, call 800-822-2770 or visit the Tulip Time Festival.

Wine Dinner
Join the folks at Everyday People Café for their Food and Libation Sensation on April 17. The 5-course dinner will be paired with some fantastic wines, sure to please the palette! For more info, call 269-857-4240. Or if you wish to book a room with us and enjoy the wine dinner, give us a call at 800-838-1246 and we’ll make the arrangements.

Intriguing Conversation
The SCA will host Cudamani on April 18 at 7 p.m. This music and dance ensemble from Bali, Indonesia, will present cutting-edge new works as well as rare classical forms of Gamelan repertoire. Cudamani explores its most basic roots, through teaching, collaboration, and creativity. The musicians play on a hybrid gamelan orchestra using seven tones rather than the usual five. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
 
An Evening with Patty Larkin
The SCA presents Patty Larkin on April 27 at 8 p.m. Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the70s, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, and bossa nova. A self-described guitar-driven songwriter, Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry, and imaginative lyrics. For more info, visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts or call 269-857-2399.

Songs from the Shower           
Join Stephen Mottram and Peter Black for an eclectic evening of music and song. You’ll hear songs from artists as diverse as kinder, Ebb, Sondheim, Edith Piaf and Adele. Accompanied by one of West Michigan’s finest pianists peter Black. The performance will take place at the Old School House in Douglas at 8 p.m. on Saturday April 13. Tickets are available by e-mailing the Saugatuck Historical Society at fnschmidt@wmol.com.

Music
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music at 7 p.m.: April 3, Luke Winston-King (blues/jazz/Delta folk); April 7, Madcap Midnight Blues Journey (blues/jazz/folk); April 14, Buddy Greene  (folk/bluegrass); April 21, Red Tail Ring (Americana); April 28, Twangtown Paramours (country, rock, R&B, Nashville twang); May 5, Graham Parsons and the Go Arounds (swampy blues/country waltz); May 12, Nobody's Darling (folk/old timey/bluegrass); May 15, May Erlewine & Samuel Seth Bernard (singer/songwriter); May 19, Nic Gariess and Jessie Nieves (Irish music/dance); and May 26, Andy Young (hammered dulcimer). For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.

Jazz/Blues
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday: April 6, Gayle Kolb; April 13, Christy and Velvet: April 20, Entourage; and April 27, Diego. Show times are 7-11 p.m. plus every Monday Jazz Jam with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
 
Film Studies at the Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies. Screenings are: April 2, Dr. Strangelove with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott; April 9, Imitation of Life with Claudette Colbert and Warren William; April 16, On the Town with Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, and Frank Sinatra; April 23, The Sandpiper with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; April 30, You Can’t Take It With You with Jean Arthur and James Stewart. All screenings are at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300 or visit the Red Barn Theatre.

Film Series
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will present: April 1-6, Amour, about Georges and Anne, who are in their eighties and are cultivated, retired music teachers. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. With ruthless clarity, but also with tact and compassion, this film invites you to look at the arrival of death at the end of a Parisian couple’s long marriage, and shows, almost as if for the first time, how the saddest and most intractable facts of life can be transformed into art. Screenings at 7:30 p.m. (subtitled). For more info, call 616-395-7403.
 
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On April 11 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Ai Weiwei (Never Sorry). He is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. It is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Theater
On April 7, Red Barn Theatre will host The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presenting Macbeth in a 1-night performance on April 6. Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300
 
Exhibitions
On Location: Lakeshore Watercolors by James Johnson. Experience the vivid watercolors of the celebrated West Michigan artist through May 4 at the SCA. What is particularly intriguing about this exhibition is that Johnson honed his skills and technique for years as a successful commercial artist, and is now working for pleasure. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Visiting Writers
Next in the Hope College Visiting Writers series line up on April 18 is Poetry by Edward Hirsch. It takes a brave poet to follow Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton into the abyss . . . Hirsch's poems are compassionate, reverential, sometimes relieving and ruthless. He will be reading from selected works at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland, at 7 p.m. For more info, call 616-395-7000 or visit Hope College Visiting Writers.
 
Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market starts up April 28 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 antique hot spot in the area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.

Honorable Mentions
April 1-6, Movie, Amour, Knickerbocker, Holland
April 4, Movie, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Douglas Library. Douglas
April 2, Emerson String Quartet, Hope College GPS, Holland
April 11, Movie, Reel to Reel, Ai Weiwei Never Sorry, SCA, Saugatuck
April 13, Town Crier 5k and 10k race, Saugatuck,
April 18, Visiting Writer Series, Ed Hirsch, Hope College
April 20, Music, Cudamani, Enchanting Sounds of Bali, SCA, Saugatuck
April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday
April 25, Music, Cudamani, SCA, Saugatuck
April 27, Music, Patty Larkin, Songs and Stories, SCA, Saugatuck
April 27, Sounds of Saugatuck, Saugatuck and Douglas
April 28, Allegan Antique Market
May 4, Douglas and Saugatuck Spring Preview
May 4, Art and All that Jazz, Douglas
May 4-11, Tulip Time Festival, Holland
May 9, Movie, Real to Reel, Detropia, SCA, Saugatuck
May 17-19, Play, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Red Barn, Saugatuck
May 24, Chain Ferry starts chaining for the season
May 24, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
May 24-25, Play, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Red Barn, Saugatuck
May 26, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
June, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
June 6, Movie, Real to Reel, Brooklyn Castle, SCA, Saugatuck
June 8,  Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
June 15, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 21-July 14, Play, Xanadu, Mason Street, SCA, Saugatuck
June 22, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 30, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
July 4, Independence Day

Books
Our book of the month is actually The Michigan Quarterly Review. Our dear friend Alison Swan has written prose for it occasionally and we love to read everything she writes and recommends. MQR is an eclectic interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. They are the flagship journal of the University of Michigan. In the past they have published works by Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and other authorities in their field. They also try to include at least one story, essay, or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue. It’s a delight to read.  For more info or to order a subscription, click here.

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 visit our Sweetheart Specials. Here’s the link for our Gourmet Dinner details and a sample menu.
 
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Melissa’s Spinach with Tomatoes (so yummy and easy!)

Melissa, our beekeeper from the Greek Isles, has once again returned to us this spring. Her mama, the Greek muse Terpsichore, once again accompanied her daughter, scooped up some of those magnificent shopping coupons we give our guests, and went to do some shopping in Douglas and Saugatuck. In the time being, M as we have so lovingly come to call her brought with her some fresh tomatoes and spinach from somewhere she claims everything is in season all year long.  Once again thanks for sharing.

1 lb. fresh spinach
3 Tb. vegetable oil or three-quarters cup ghee
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
5-oz. piece ginger, peeled and cut into strips
1 tp. chili powder
1 tp. turmeric
1 tp. garam masala
1 tp. coriander seeds
1/2 tp. ground coriander
1/2 tp. cumin seeds
3/4 tp. salt
1 tp. freshly ground black pepper
1 14-oz. can whole tomatoes, smashed with a spoon

Heat the oil in a large skillet--add the onions and garlic, cook gently about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, cook 5 minutes. Add all of the spices and cook another minute.

Add the spinach and mix well to coat in the spice mixture.  Add the tomatoes with their juices and about a half can of water to prevent the spinach from sticking and to make it saucier. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.

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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Sherwood Forest News March 2013

News from the Forest

March is here and Mother Nature could throw in some more snowy days, which is good for those who enjoy cross-country skiing or sledding, or it’s always nice to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. We’ve got lots of 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 cooking classes, dining, massages, shopping specials, antiquing, star gazing, or even a sunset or two.

St. Patty’s Month Offer
Let Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast offer you the luck of the Irish this March! You can check out our website packages, including roses and champagne, chocolates, and massages (or give us a call for suggestions). We can also help you with dinner reservations (might be some Leprechauns sitting at the table next to you) at some of the best restaurants West Michigan has to offer. Our offer to you is 50% off your 2nd night’s stay (Sunday-Thursday only, expires March 31). To book a room or for more info, give call us a call at 800-838-1246.

Writers’ Workshop With Wade Rouse:
Facing Your Fear and Finding Your Voice (May 16-18)
Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer’s worst and final editor. Author Wade Rouse will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will lead participants through an intensive, emotional, and often life-changing writing exercise that links these two vital elements: how you can overcome your fear and find your own unique voice. This 3-day workshop will be held May 16-18 at the Sherwood Forest B&B. For more info, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.

Birthday Bash
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne. We’ll also include for your gastronomic pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.

Shopping Specials
We’ve teamed up with 10 retail stores to offer you some great discounts and promotions in Saugatuck/Douglas, including clothing, food/drink, and art--what a great way to explore some of the distinctive shops this area has to offer, and on your arrival we’ll be happy to share these promotions with you.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Looking for a summer getaway? Our Cottage is getting booked up, but here are the weeks we have open: June 1-6, 15-21, 22-28, and August 10-16. It goes for $1400 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 Douglas Public Beach. There’s nothing better than a summer vacation near the beach…and of course, there is still nightly availability for this spring, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, visit The Sherwood Forest Cottage or give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Our Packages
Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20).

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Cooking Classes
We’ve designed a culinary getaway you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call 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. 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 $60 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 (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. To book a gourmet dinner, call us at 800-838-1246. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at Dinners at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast

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 Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates

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

St. Patrick’s Day
There’s a whole lot of green happening for St. Patrick’s Day on March 16 in Saugatuck and Douglas. Did he really chase all the snakes out of Ireland and teach the Trinity using a shamrock? You’ll have to debate that 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 don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m. There will also be an Irish Pub Party at Coral Gables in Saugatuck from 6-9 p.m. with the proceeds benefiting the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society.

Wine
The Fenn Valley Winery, a local vineyard, will host an Ethnic Winemakers dinner that starts off with a cellar tour on March 16. Each course features a Fenn Valley wine specifically paired by the chef and winemaker. The winemaker and other Fenn Valley staff are also available to talk about the wine and theory behind the pairings. Reservations are required. For more info, call 269-561-2396 or visit Fenn Valley Winery

Sky Hempy Piano Performance Series
Next in the line up at the SCA will for the keyboard performance: March 3, James Giles (romantic generation followed by a Russian medley of short pieces). For more info call 269-857-2399.

Music
Visit the Saugatuck Brewing Company for music: March 2, An Dro (Celtic); March 9, Tony Reynolds and Wally Michaels (blues/jazz); March 16, Kinfyre (Irish); March 23, The Trace (acoustic classic rock); March 30, Ry Petermann (covers/classic rock). For more info, call 269-857-7222 or visit The Saugatuck Brewing Company

Emerson String Quartet
Next in the line up for the Hope College Great Performance Series on April 2 is The Emerson String Quartet, with more than 30 acclaimed recordings since 1987. Past performances include Brahms’s String Quartet in A minor (Op. 51, No. 2) and the Piano Quintet in F minor (Op. 34), which were written in the 1860s and early 1870s and heralded Brahms’s coming of age as a chamber music composer. For more info, visit Hope Arts or call 616-395-7890.

Janis Ian
At the SCA on March 9, listen to Grammy-winning iconic singer/songwriter Janis Ian in a solo acoustic performance at the SCA. When she was just 15, Ian recorded her self-titled debut, which included Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking), a meditation on interracial romance written by Ian while waiting to meet with her school guidance counselor. Her 1975 album, Between the Lines, included the pop smash, At Seventeen, which reached #1 on the U.S. charts and won Ian a Grammy. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Mo’ Music
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music:  March 3, Drew Nelson (song writer-Americana/folk) and Timothy Monger (pop/indie folk/acoustic); March 10, Jason Dennie (folk/instrumental/singer/songwriter) and Drive South (country/Americana); March 17, AnDro (Celtic); March 20, Buddy Mondlock (singer/songwriter); March 20, Rachael Davis (blues/folk/jazz); March 24, Lipbone Redding (R&B/soul), and March 31, Jen Sygit (acoustic/folk). For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth

Jazz/Blues
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday: March 2, Entourage; March 9, Mark Kahney; March 16, Christy and Velvet; March 23, Diego, and March 30, Christy and Velvet. Show times are 7-11 p.m. plus every Monday Jazz Jam with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341.

Film
On Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, don’t miss: March 7, Adam’s Rib with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn; March 21, Desk Set with Spencer Tracy and Aubrey Hepburn; April 4, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library 
   
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On March 14 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Searching for Sugar Man. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics; they recorded an album that they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Film Series
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will present: April 1-6, Amour, about Georges and Anne, who are in their eighties and are cultivated, retired music teachers. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. With ruthless clarity, but also with tact and compassion, this film invites you to look at the arrival of death at the end of a Parisian couple’s long marriage, and shows, almost as if for the first time, how the saddest and most intractable facts of life can be transformed into art. Screenings at 7:30 p.m. (subtitles). For more info, call 616-395-7403 or visit The Knickerbocker Theatre
  
Hope College Visiting Writers
Next in the line-up is Mark Winegardner, who writes fiction and nonfiction. The varied subjects of his nonfiction have included art forgery, Cuban defectors, Congressman Louis Stokes, the Clown Prince of Baseball, the Southern Literary Mafia, and beer. He will be reading from selected works. The readings are at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland, at 7 p.m. For more info, call 616-395-7000 or visit Hope College Visiting Writers
  
Exhibitions
On Location: Lakeshore Watercolors by James Johnson. Experience the vivid watercolors of the celebrated West Michigan artist from March 15-May 4 at the SCA. What is particularly intriguing about this exhibition is that Johnson honed his skills and technique for years as a successful commercial artist, and is now working for pleasure. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Exhibitions
Through April 14 in the Focus Gallery, The Holland Museum is exhibiting Lost Holland: Former Downtown Landmarks Remembered. Buildings are an important part of an urban landscape--they help create a sense of place, distinguishing one town from another, and serve as landmarks and neighborhoods. Together, they provide the backdrop before which the life of the town plays out. Lost Holland seeks to remind us of some of the downtown buildings that are no longer standing and to showcase buildings that have been reused. For more info, call 888-200-9123

Honorable Mentions
Mar 3, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, James Giles, SC4A, Saugatuck
Mar 3, Music, Salt of the Earth, Timothy Monger/Drew Nelson, Fennville
Mar 7, Movie, Adams Rib, Douglas Library, Douglas
Mar 9, Music, Janis Ian, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck
Mar 10, Music, Salt of the Earth, Drive South/Jason Dennie, Fennville
March 14, Movie, Reel to Reel, Searching for Sugar Man, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 16, St Patrick’s Day Festival
Mar 17, Music, Salt of the Earth, AnDro, Fennville
Mar 20, First Day of Spring
Mar 20 Music, Salt of the Earth, Rachel Davis, Fennville
Mar 21, Movie, Desk Set, Douglas Library, Douglas
Mar 24, Music, Salt of the Earth, Lipbone Redding, Fennville
Mar 26, Visiting Writer Series, Mark Winegardner, Hope College
Mar 26, Passover
Mar 31, Easter
Mar 31, Music, Salt of the Earth, Lincoln Country Process, Fennville
April 1-6, Movie, Amour, Knickerbocker, Holland
April 4, Movie, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Douglas Library. Douglas
April 2, Emerson String Quartet, Hope College GPS, Holland
April 11, Movie, Reel to Reel, Ai Weiwei Never Sorry, SCA, Saugatuck
April 13, Town Crier 5k and 10k race, Saugatuck,
April 18, Visiting Writer Series, Ed Hirsch, Hope College
April 20, Music, Cudamani, Enchanting Sounds of Bali, SCA, Saugatuck
April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday
April 25, Music, Cudamani, SCA, Saugatuck
April 27, Music, Patty Larkin, Songs and Stories, SCA, Saugatuck
April 27, Sounds of Saugatuck, Saugatuck and Douglas
April 28, Allegan Antique Market
June 8, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
June 15, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 21-July 14, Play, Xanadu, Mason Street, SCA, Saugatuck
June 22, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas

Books
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey is the first book in her new series
Agent of Hel. Dark Currents is an excellent new entry in the world of urban fantasy, though to be fair, it’s perhaps more rustic fantasy. Dark Currents does an exemplary job of creating an intriguing world of fantastical creatures, interesting normals, and subtle complexities behind the scenes. Daisy, the main female character, is a good blend of supernatural species and human. The book is a fascinating interpretation of ghouls, and the werewolves are believable, which is refreshing. And best of all, it takes place in a cool little tourist town, just like Saugatuck! This book is entertaining, funny, and well written. You can purchase or order it at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).

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 visit our Sweetheart Specials at 
Sweetheart Specials
Here’s the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu:
Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners

From the Sherwood Forest Files:

Mama-San’s Lemon Squares
Mama San Carol has been feeding the masses of her family for generations, mistress of the eternal happiness among her children and grandchildren for the savory recipes she has served up over the decades. We snuck into her secret recipe file the other day, and cooked up a batch of these babies, left them on her counter (after we ate a few) and left a note from her secret admirers.

Crust:
One-half cup butter
One-cup flour
One-quarter cup powdered sugar
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Filling:
Two eggs
One-cup sugar
One-quarter teaspoon salt
The juice from one medium-sized lemon
One half-teaspoon baking powder
Two tablespoons flour

Assemblage:
Cream the first three ingredients, press into a 9 x 9 ungreased pan and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour onto crust, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until it starts to brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

You can visit, copy, cook and peruse more of our delicious recipes at 
Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast Recipes

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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Sherwood Forest News February 2013

News from the Forest

This year’s getaway for us was the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico). Our travels took us from Petroglyph National Monument (with Native American carvings from the1300s) to the cliff dwellings of Bandolier and Gila, which date back to the 1100s. At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, we were lucky enough to see 10,000 Canadian snow geese take flight in the early morning dawn. At Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, once home to artist Georgia O’Keefe, we added to our “list of greatest treks” ever, the Kitchen Mesa hike--its naked red-rock landscape and yellow-brown sandstone were just breathtaking. And we ate lots of red and green chili dishes, from Sparky’s in Hatch to The Alien Burger in Roswell. We enjoyed our break and are re-energized and ready to share some tall tales with you. We hope to see you soon!

Things we offer in the off-season (and of course February):

Valentine’s Offer
Let Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast be your guide to romance this February! Check out our website packages for romantic ideas, including roses and champagne, chocolates, and massages (or give us a call for suggestions). Barry White has nothing on you! We can also help you with dinner reservations at some of the best restaurants West Michigan has to offer. Cupid will take care of the rest...Our gift to you is 50% off your 2nd night’s stay (Sunday-Thursday nights only, expires March 1). To book a room or for more info, give call us a call at 800-838-1246.

Writers Workshop With Wade Rouse:
Facing Your Fear and Finding Your Voice
May 16-18, 2013
Fear is what stops most people from pursuing their passion and following their dreams. Fear is also what inhibits most authors from writing what calls to them, and keeps them from finding their voice. Fear is, too often, a writer’s worst and final editor. Author Wade Rouse will lead participants through an in-depth discussion on fear, how it is intertwined with writing, and how it nearly stopped him. He will lead participants through an intensive, emotional, and often life-changing writing exercise that links these two vital elements: how you can overcome your fear and find your own unique voice. This 3-day workshop will be held May 16-18 at the Sherwood Forest B&B. For more info, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.

A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and 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. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Cottage (Pet Friendly)
Looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay? Our Cottage is perfect for that tranquil getaway or for spending time with friends or family. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and it’s pet friendly. We rent it on a weekly basis in the summer, so give us a call and we can let you know what we have available. For more information, you can visit the cottage website at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/COTTAGE.HTML or call us at 800-838-1246.

Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes, from light to dark, over 70 different recipes are available. Summer Wheat to Red Ales to rich Porters. They’ll also provide the ingredients and professional brewing equipment as well as the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in two weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20). You can even design your own labels using Microsoft Word (for an extra $27). The cost of Bed and Breakfast and Brewery runs from $512 to $695 depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, call Keith or Sue at 800-838-1246.

Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners (whole-house booking)
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. Offered 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 $50 per person, guests provide their own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required. You pick the date November through April and we’ll pick the chef. Black out dates are New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s weekends. You can see some of our past gourmet dinner menus at http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/g-menu-sample.html

Shopping Special
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great holiday gift or just want to splurge on yourself this season, all you need to do is book a night or two and then go exploring at some of the most distinctive shops the area has to offer. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246 or visit http://www.sherwoodforestbandb.com/ATTRACT.HTML

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

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

Sales of Saugatuck/Douglas
Break the winter blues and put on your shopping shoes ‘cuz many of the stores are offering whopping discounts to get ready for the upcoming season.

Presidents’ Day Weekend Gallery Stroll
The Saugatuck/Douglas art galleries have gotten together for a winter gallery stroll February 16-17. Meander to the different galleries, sample hors d’oeuvres, and sip libations while viewing some of the finest artwork anywhere. From contemporary to traditional, metal sculpture to wood working, there is something for everyone.

An Intriguing Conversation: Tasting & Touring Michigan
Join author Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianna Carroll Burdick on February 21 at 7 p.m. at the SCA as they share their experiences creating the cookbook Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food. The duo traveled throughout Michigan collecting recipes and photographs. Learn about their experience and the challenges faced in their journey to share remarkable places and tastes. This cookbook embraces the surging interest in eating local food, the physical and economic health, and the tasting pleasure of simple, delicious, beautiful food. For more info, visit http://www.sc4a.org or call 269-857-2399.

Movies
The Saugatuck-Douglas Library movies will be: February 7, The Sea of Grass with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn; and February 21, State of the Union with Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, and Adolphe Menjou.  Show times at 7 p.m.

Film Studies at the Red Barn
Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will continue with the film series: February 5, The Wild One with Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin; February 12, The Odd Couple with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau; February 19, Joe Kidd with Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall; and February 26, Union Station with William Holden and Barry Fitzgerald. At 6:30 p.m. there will be classic TV shows followed by the main features at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300 or visit http://www.redbarnsaugatuck.com/schedule.htm
  
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On February 7 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem today: a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates that there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. This movie exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit www.sc4a.org

Red Barn Theatre
The Red Barn Players on February 8-10 and 15-16 will present On the Air: Mystery, a live 1940s style radio show. Three classic mystery dramas will be presented: a 1946 episode  called The Man Who Thought He Was Edward G. Robinson; a 1943 Ellery Queen show called The Circus Train; and a Black Cat mystery from 1950 featuring lady detective Candy Matson - Yukon 28209. For tickets or more info call 269-857-5300 or visit http://www.redbarnsaugatuck.com

Music
Visit the Saugatuck Brewing Company for music: February 2, Last Call Band (60s/70s rock); February 9, Charlie Driscoll (acoustic 60s/70s); February 16, Matt Gabriel (acoustic/originals); and February 23, The Trace (acoustic/originals). For more info, call 269-857-7222 or visit http://saugatuckbrewing.com

Jazz/Blues
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday: February 2, Mary Rademacher; February 9, Entourage; February 16, Christy and Velvet; and February 23, Diego. Show times are 7-11 p.m. plus every Monday Jazz Jam with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341 or visit http://www.whatnotinn.com

Mo’ Music
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music:  February 10, Shari Kane and Dave Steele (acoustic blues); February 13, Seth and May (Michigan’s favorites); February 17, Jonathan Byrd (Americana/country/folk); and February 24, Wisaal (Arabic world music). For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit http://www.saltoftheearthfennville.com/news_events/music.htm

Sky Hempy Piano Performance Series
The SCA will host three keyboard performances: February 3, Barber Sonata with Mark Valenti; February 17, Ellen Rowe (original jazz and standards); and March 3, James Giles (Romantic generation followed by a Russian medley of short pieces). For more info, visit www.sca4a.org or call 269-857-2399.

L.A. Theatre Works
Next in the line up for the Hope College Great Performance Series is L.A. Theatre Works on February 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. They will present Pride and Prejudice in a hybrid form of audio theater and innovative use of technology. A film with world class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into sound-rich audio plays. For more info, visit http://www.hope.edu/arts or call 616-395-7890.

Visiting Writers
Next in the line up for the Hope College Visiting Writers Series on Feb 7 are poet Shane Book and fictionist Mat Johnson. Shane Book’s first collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. Johnson is the author of the novels Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem. Readings are held at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 269-395-7620

Exhibitions
Stop in at the SCA through February 28 for Drawn From Nature, The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly. Drawn From Nature features plant lithographs spanning four decades of Ellsworth Kelly’s remarkable career. Kelly, one of the most notable living American abstractionists, has built an international reputation around painting, sculpture, and printmaking. This suite of prints comes from the Grand Rapid’s Art Museum’s permanent collection and is particularly intriguing because it demonstrates Kelly’s longstanding fascination with organic form. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Exhibitions
Through April 14 in the Focus Gallery, The Holland Museum is exhibiting Lost Holland: Former Downtown Landmarks Remembered. Buildings are an important part of an urban landscape--they help create a sense of place, distinguishing one town from another, and serve as landmarks and neighborhoods. Together, they provide the backdrop before which the life of the town plays out. Lost Holland seeks to remind us of some of the downtown buildings that are no longer standing and to showcase buildings that have been reused. For more info, call 888-200-9123 or visit http://www.hollandmuseum.org/hollandmuseum.asp

Books
Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly
The kind of book that you just want to grab the next person you see and say, you must read this! Outstanding story of a devout Buddhist named Teza who is sentence to 20 plus years solitary confinement in a Burmese Prison Camp. Beautiful story, well written. Connelly gives vivid descriptions of characters that make for gripping reading. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).

Honorable Mentions
Feb 2-3, Sales of Saugatuck and Douglas.
Feb 7, Visiting Writer Series, Shane Book and Mat Johnson, Hope College
Feb 12,  Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Parade 7 p.m., Douglas
Feb 14, Valentines Day
Feb 19-20, LA Theatre Works, Hope College GPS, Holland
Mar 3, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, james Giles, SC4A, Saugatuck
Mar 3, Music , Salt of the Earth, Timothy Monger/Drew Nelson, Fennville
Mar 9, Music, Janis Ian, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck
Mar 10, Music , Salt of the Earth, Drive South/Jason Dennie, Fennville
Mar 16, St Patricks Day Festival
Mar 17, Music , Salt of the Earth, AnDro, Fennville
Mar 20, First Day of Spring
Mar 20 Music , Salt of the Earth, Rachel Davis, Fennville
Mar 24, Music , Salt of the Earth, Lipbone Redding, Fennville
Mar 26, Visiting Writer Series, Mark Winegardner, Hope College
Mar 26, Passover
Mar 31, Easter
Mar 31, Music , Salt of the Earth, Lincoln Country Process, Fennville
April 1-6, Movie, Amour, Knickerbocker, Holland
April 2, Emerson String Quartet, Hope College GPS, Holland
April 18, Visiting Writer Series, Ed Hirsch, Hope College
April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday 

From the Sherwood Forest Files:

Mesa Theresa and Taos Pete’s Green Chile Salsa Recipe

We were on the mesa, across the gorge of the Rio Grande., outside of Taos. Trekking through the Carson National Forest, we came upon two artists who had come to call this section of the Land of Enchantment their home. They welcomed us, shared wine, homemade bread smoked with Pinon with local goat cheese.  Throughout the next two days we spoke of many things. The Elk that roamed the forest, the vistas of more than 100 miles. The Milky Way, which lit up the night sky complete with shooting stars. We also talked of Green Chili’s in particular; of which New Mexico is know for. We were then gifted with some of the best salsa (along with a great buffalo burger) that we’ve tasted since before the Spanish arrived. They share, we share as we are all in it together.

Ingredients
three green chili’s med heat
one green jalapeño pepper med heat
one green poblano pepper med heat
one tomatillo
one sweet onion, peeled, and sliced in half
two tablespoons olive oil
two large garlic cloves
two tablespoons cilantro leaves
one-quarter teaspoon table salt
sprinkle of ground black pepper
one tablespoon lime juice
one-quarter cup water

Assembly
1) Split the peppers in half lengthwise, remove stems and seeds. Leave in the veins because that's where the heat resides. Place them on the grill over medium direct heat, skin side down, until the skin blackens and blisters.. When the skin is black, put the peppers in a bowl and cover so they will steam. The steam will help loosen the skin. After about 5 minutes, open the bowl and when the peppers are cool enough to handle, slip into rubber gloves (this is important) and peel off the skins. If a little char remains, don't sweat it amigo. If you work bare handed, wash thoroughly with soap and avoid touching any moist part of your body, or your lovers (also important).

2) While the peppers are grilling, put the onions on the face down until they have nice grill marks. Roll over and grill until the round side is charred. Discard the burned layer. While the onions are grilling, cut the tomatillo in half and roll around on the grill until soft, but don't let it burn.

3) Coarsely chop the peppers, onions, and tomatillo. Chop the garlic fine or mash it in a garlic press and keep the separate from the other ingredients. Warm the oil over medium high heat in a frying pan, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, just enough to soften it. Add the peeled peppers, onions, tomatillos, salt, and pepper. Be careful not to lean over the pan--seriously.

4) Add water and cook until it is mostly evaporated and the salsa is getting thick.

5) Dump the whole thing into a blender, add the limejuice and cilantro, and pulse until it is a pulp, but not quite smooth. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper, cilantro, and juice to your preference. If you want it hotter, a few splashes of green hot sauce will do the job. You can put this in a clean jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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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