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Sherwood Forest News May 2014

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 being 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:

May 31-June 6, June 14-20, and June 21-27. 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 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability left 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 our gift certificate page.

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 with outdoor garden seating), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway theater. The line up for this season is Steamheat (June 27-July 13); Death Trap (July 25-August 10); and Beehive (August 15-Aug 31). Package prices range from $276to $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 $645. 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:

Tulip Time Festival
Can you believe it? The third largest festival in the United States is just 15 miles north of Saugatuck/Douglas and it’s going on through May 10. 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. 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 10, 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.

Annual Walk on Water Street
Merchants on Water Street are hosting their Walk On Water Street event May 17-19. Preview new products, enjoy new fare, and listen to local musicians while strolling Water Street. Enjoy Water Street merchant discounts, specials, games, and prizes.

Mike Super – Illusionist
No you see it, now you don’t! The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is hosting an evening of illusion with Mike Super. Audiences love Super’s sense of humor and down to earth presentation. His unique style and breathtaking tricks have earned him millions of fans across the globe. The performance is on May 18 at 4 p.m. For more info visit SC4A.

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.

Mo Muisc
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music: May 7, Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Band (Michigan roots/dobro); May 11, The Accidentals (bluegrass); and May 18, Fauxgrass (traditionally inspired acoustic). For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.

Movies
On Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, don’t miss: May 10 ,The Gay Divorcee with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; May 24, Top Hat with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; June 5, Swing Time with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; and June 19, Shall We Dance with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library.

Real to Reel Cinema Series
On May 8 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Inequality for All. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation's economic health? A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich, professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on the American economy. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Intriguing Conversation
On May 18 at 7 p.m. the SCA will host A Fatal Crossing, a discussion about the mysterious disappearance/crash of NWA flight 2501, a DC-4 with 58 people on board who flew from New York toward Minnesota over lake Michigan. Then on May 29 at 7 p.m., the conversation switches to Equality is Not Always Equal, about the timely topic of equality issues related to same-gender marriage, adoption, and workplace discrimination in Michigan, around the country, and around the world with Connie Thacker, resident of Saugatuck and an attorney with Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids and Jay Kaplan, an attorney for the Michigan ACLU. For more info, visit SC4A.

Art
The Blue Coast Artists’ Springfest Studio Open House will be happening on May 24-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preview the new works and new member artists, while enjoying the countryside during spring. For more info, visit Blue Coast.

Exhibitions
Material Girls: Quilts by Judith Jarzembowski and Rugs by Judy Bowman Anthrop will be on display at the SCA through June 8. This fiber exhibit showcases more than 30 pieces from these acclaimed regional artists, inspired by their communities, families, and the Saugatuck-Douglas environment. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The Holland Area Arts Council will feature The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins through May 11. This never-before-seen Dr. Seuss hat collection will be exhibited alongside his little-known collection of Midnight Paintings. For more info, visit the HAAC.

Antiques
The Allegan County Antique Market’s 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.

Books
Melissa’s book of the month is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s a beautiful story about a young boy whose life takes a astonishing turn when an art museum explosion presents him with the opportunity to emancipate a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother. It’s a window into the world of the his loves and obsessions, his meditations on friendship, loyalty, and of the role of art in our lives. 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. 

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Holly’s Asparagus Rolls

Holly became a friend of ours while on a dig in the sands of forgotten Egypt. We were deep in the desert sifting through an old kitchen from some long forgotten third millennium B.C. line cook and on a slab of hieroglyphics was this recipe. The original is hanging in the National Museum of Egyptian Asparagus located in the Dakhla Oasis. A smuggled copy (rubbing) was brought to our attention over tea at the Royal Order of Asparagaceae in London. It’s delicious, please enjoy and pay it forward.

Ingredients:
4 sheets of phyllo pastry
4 Tb. butter, melted
16 asparagus spears, trimmed

Serves 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the phylo sheets in half and brush a half sheet with melted butter.

Fold one corner of the sheet down to the bottom edge to form a wedge shape.

Lay 4 asparagus spears on top at the longest edge and roll up toward the shortest edge.

Continue with rest of asparagus/phyllo to make 3 more rolls.

Lay rolls on a greased baking sheet. Brush with remaining melted butter and bake for 8 minutes (until golden brown).

For more hip and groovy recipes, 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
sf@sherwoodforestbandb.com

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Sherwood Forest News April 2014

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 special: stay 2 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!

Sherwood Forest Cottage
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left: May 31-June 6, June 14-20, and June 21-27. 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 our gift certificate page.

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 with outdoor garden seating), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway theater. The line up for this season is Steamheat (June 27-July 13); Death Trap (July 25-August 10); and Beehive (August 15-Aug 31). Package prices range from $276to $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 $637-713, 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 and cost ranges from $150 to $1470 (plus regular cost of room). 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 $645. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246.

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

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 3-10, 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 10, 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 16. The 5-course dinner will be paired with wines from legendary winemaker Nils Vengee of Saddleback Sellers of Napa Valley, 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
With Earth Day just around the corner, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts will host a timely conversation with the Outdoor Discovery Center’s Executive Director Travis Williams on April 17 at 7 p.m. He will focus on the importance of green space and spending time outside in it (without electronics!). He’ll also give an update on projects the Discovery Center is doing in Holland, Zeeland, Hamilton, and in Saugatuck/Douglas. In our own backyard, the Outdoor Discovery Center is working to preserve the Pottawatomie Marsh. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Music
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music: April 6, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (rockabilly party); April 13, Joshua Davis Trio (jazz); April 20, Younce Guitar Duo (acoustic country Americana); April 27, Drive South (classic country/Americana); May 4, Drew Nelson and Josh Rose (songwriter/folk); May 7, Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Band (Michigan roots/dobro); May 11, The Accidentals (bluegrass); and May 18, Fauxgrass (traditionally inspired acoustic). 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 5, Mark Kahny Duo; April 12, Christy and Velvet: April 29, Mary Rademacher; and April 26, Christy & 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.

Mo’ Music
Visit the Saugatuck Brewing Company for music: April 5, Big Boss Blues (laid back blues); April 12, Schrock Bros (American roots and originals); April 19, Brian Fedewa (acoustic roots); and April 26, Pieces of Work (classic covers).  For more info, call 269-857-7222 or visit The Saugatuck Brewing Company.

Film Series
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will present Spinning Plates March 31-April 5, a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion; a 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community; and a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. Screenings at 7:30 p.m. (subtitled). For more info, call 616-395-7403.

Real to Reel Cinema Series
On April 10 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing More Than Honey. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive--all over the planet. Colony collapse disorder is what it’s called, and scientists have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees for pollination. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Theater
On April 5, The Red Barn Theatre will host The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then Macbeth, a 1-night performance, will be on April 6. They’ll give us Shakespeare at his most dazzling, using few unoriginal resources. For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The Holland Area Arts Council will feature The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins from April 24-May 11. This never-before-seen Dr. Seuss hat collection will be exhibited alongside his little-known collection of Midnight Paintings. For more info, visit the http://www.hollandarts.org/hats-off-to-dr-seuss.html.

Exhibitions
Material Girls: Quilts by Judith Jarzembowski and Rugs by Judy Bowman Anthrop will be on display at the SCA from April 11-June 8. This fiber exhibit showcases more than 30 pieces from these acclaimed regional artists, inspired by their communities, families, and the Saugatuck-Douglas environment. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Michigan Maritime Museum Exhibit
Discover what rescue crews from the United States Life Saving Service went through to save passengers and crew. Explore the science behind bodies of fresh water maintaining shipwrecks in exquisite shape. See for yourself evidence of the traumatic plane crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. Several shipwrecks will be featured in this exhibit, including the Ann Arbor No. 5, the Verano, the Hennepin, and the Mystery Sloop. The Museum is in South Haven. For more info, visit Michigan Maritime Museum.

Visiting Writers
Next in the Hope College Visiting Writers series line up on April 17 is novelist Amy Bloom, who is author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent novel, Away, is an epic story about a Russian immigrant. She 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.

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.

Books
Sue’s book of the month is Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives by Poe Ballantine. Meet the new guide on the lonesome highway. Ballantine’s wry voice, clear eye, hilarious accounts and lyrical language bring us up short by reminding us that America has always been about flight, and for most of its citizens it has been about defeat. His wanderings, drifters, bad motels, cheap wine, dead-end jobs and drugs take us home--the home Betty Crocker never lived in. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).

From the Sherwood Forest Files:
 
Gabriela's Grapefruit Salad

Gabriela, a siren form Israel, grew up on a Kibbutz. Where they grew grapefruit that had their origins from the days of Adam and Eve, they are so delicious. When she visited with us this spring she brought us some and they were so mouth watering and incredibly sweet, we created a salad and immortalized her. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 small red grapefruit
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-teaspoon sugar
One-quarter teaspoon salt
One-quarter teaspoon black pepper
4 cups lettuce, torn or cut into small pieces
One-quarter cup crumbled feta cheese
One-quarter cup toasted walnuts

  1. Peel and section grapefruit over a bowl; squeeze membranes to extract juice. Set sections aside; reserve 3 tablespoons juice. Discard membranes.
  2. Combine juice, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk. Divide lettuce evenly among 4 plates; sprinkle feta cheese and toasted walnuts over each salad. Divide grapefruit sections evenly among salads and drizzle with oil mixture.

For more hip and groovy recipes, 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
sf@sherwoodforestbandb.com

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Sherwood Forest News March 2014

News from The Forest

March is here and we couldn’t be happier—spring is around the corner! It’s been a long, cold winter, but we’re hoping that the Arctic Vortex has been given its marching papers, and that Mother Nature is back in charge. We still have snow, which is good for those who enjoy cross-country skiing or sledding, plus 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
Let Sherwood Forest B&B 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.

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? As of right now, our Cottage is available (weekly only): May 31-June 6, June 14-20, June 21-27, August 2-8, August 9-15, and August 16-22. 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! 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.

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 15 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.

Wine
The Fenn Valley Winery, a local vineyard, will host an Ethnic Winemakers dinner that starts off with a cellar tour on March 22. 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.

Irish Tenor Paul Byrom
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts will present an evening of pop, jazz standards, and American songbook classics on March 1. Paul Byrom's lush tenor, soulful voice, and deep sense of humor will make for an evening of pure entertainment. For more info, call 269-857-2399.

Music
Visit the Saugatuck Brewing Company for music: March 1, Formerly Hip (acoustic classic rock); March 8, Jack Lewis and John Gist Duo (jazz); March 15, St. Patty’s Day, The Moxie Strings (Celtic); March 22, Rich Burkholder (covers); March 29, Ry Petermann Band (originals and covers); April 5, Big Boss Blues (laid back blues); April 12, Schrock Bros (American roots and originals); April 19, Brian Fedewa (acoustic roots) and April 26, Pieces of Work (classic covers).  For more info, call 269-857-7222 or visit The Saugatuck Brewing Company.

Cherish the Ladies
Next in the line up for the Hope College Great Performance Series on March 27 is Cherish the Ladies. Their blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, vocals, and step dancing combines all facets of traditional Irish culture. For more info, visit Hope Arts or call 616-395-7890.

Mo’ Music
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music:  March 2, Annie and Rod Capps (rootsy vibe); March 16, AnDro (Celtic); March 19, Rachael and Dominic Davis (END OF WINTER PARTY!); March 23, Red Sea Pedestrians (original world music); March 30, Billy Strings and Don Julin (bluegrass); April 6, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (rockabilly party); April 13, Joshua Davis Trio (jazz); April 20, Younce Guitar Duo (acoustic country Americana); and April 27, Drive South (classic country Americana. For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.

Intriguing Conversation: Grand Rapids Ballet
The SCA will host an evening of conversation and dance with the Grand Rapids Ballet on March 13.  Olivier Wevers, Princess Grace Award winner, is working on the GRBs world premiere of Midsummer Nights Dream and will give a sneak preview of the performance and share some of the choreography. There will also be the opportunity to converse with GRB Executive Director Glenn Del Vecchio about upcoming projects, and to meet some of the company's dancers. For more info or tickets, visit SC4A.org.

Film
The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library is showing movies on Thursdays at 7 p.m.: March 13, Little Caesar with Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; March 27, The Public Enemy with James Cagney and Jean Harlow; April 10, Scarface with Paul Muni and Ann Dvorak; and April 24, Flying Down to Rio with Dolores del Rio with Gene Raymond. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library.

Real to Reel Cinema Series
On March 20 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Searching for Somm, a documentary by Jason Wise, who introduces his audiences to one the hardest tests few have ever heard of, the master sommelier exam. Every year dozens of sommeliers attempt to pass this test, one of the most difficult exams in the world. Those who pass are thought to be the world's experts of wine. Somm follows the adventures of four men, who put aside their own lives for a year, in order to study for the sommelier exam. Wine will be sold at this event. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Film Series
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will present: March 10-15, The Rocket, about a boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him and leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home; March 31-April 5, Spinning Plates, a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. For more info, call 616-395-7403 or visit The Knickerbocker Theatre.

Hope College Visiting Writers
Next in the line-up are Brenda Hillman and Rowan Ricardo Phillips, who write fiction and nonfiction. Hillman was educated at Pomona College and received her MFA at the University of Iowa. Her upbringing in a deeply religious Baptist family surfaces in many of her poems. Phillips is the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. The readings are at the Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall, Hope College, at 7 p.m. For more info, call 616-395-7000 or visit Hope College Visiting Writers.

Exhibitions
At the SCA is On Location: Balancing Point, Centered on KCAD. This unique collaborative exhibition showcases a bold transdisciplinary display of work from some of the Kendall College of Art + Design’s finest student and alumni artists. The show features four separate vignettes that each evoke a different design theme to tell a tale of craft, tradition, and innovation. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Honorable Mentions
Mar 1, Paul Byrom, Irish tenor, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 2, Music, Annie and Rod Capps Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 6, Brenda Hillman/Rowan Philips, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Mar 9, Music, Shari Kane and Dave Steele Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 10-15, Movie, The Rocket, Knickenbocker, Holland
Mar 13, Intriging Conversation: Grand Rapids Ballet, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 13, Movie, Little Caesar, Douglas, Library
Mar 15, St. Patricks Day
Mar 16, Music, AnDro, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 19, Music, Rachel and Dominic Davis, Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 20, Movie, Reel to reel Series, Somm, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 22, Fenn Valley Winery Wine makers Dinner, Fennville
Mar 23, Music, Red Sea Pedestrians Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 27, Movie, The Public Enemy, Douglas Library
Mar 27, Cherish the ladies, Great Performance Series, Holland
Mar 30, Music, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 31-Apr 5, Movie, Spinning Plates, Knickenbocker, Holland
Apr 6, Music, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys,  Salt of the Earth,
Apr 10, Movie, Scarface, Douglas Library
Apr 10, Movie, More than Money, SCA, Saugatuck
Apr 13 Music, Joshua Davis Trio, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Apr 17, Amy Bloom, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Apr 19, Easter Weekend in Douglas and Saugatuck
Apr 20, Music, Younce Guitar Duo, Salt of the Earth Fennville
April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday
Apr 24, Movie, Flying Down to Rio, Douglas Library
Apr 27, Music, Drive South, Salt of the Earth Fennville
Apr 27, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
May 3, Douglas Spring Preview, Douglas
May 3-10, Tulip Time Festival, Holland
May 4, Music, Drew Nelson and Josh Rose, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
May 7, Music, Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Band, Salt of the Earth,
May 8, Movie, Inequality for All, SC4A, Saugatuck
May 10, Nature Walk, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area
May 11, Music, The Accidentals, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
May 14, Movie, The Gay Divorcee, Douglas Library
May 18, Music, Fauxgrass, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
May 22, Movie, Top Hat, Douglas Library
May 22-24, Blue Coast Artists Wee kend
May 26, Memorial Day

Books
Sue’s book of the month is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. In a village in rural Afghanistan in the mid 1940s, a father tells a folk tale to his two young children. On the next day, they will travel to Kabul and start a chain of events that will take the reader on a journey across the world and through the decades. Every character had something to share. This is a book to be savored. 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:
 
Alicia’s Mozambique Piri-Piri Chicken

Alicia, the Siren of Mozambique. While on safari deep in the bush land along the border of South Africa and Mozambique, we came across a camp. At first glance it looked like it had been unoccupied for decades. Then out of the corners of one’s eye, as if she’d been there all along a blond woman appeared. She was wearing the traditional Capulana and a huge smile. She said she’d been expecting us and that lunch was ready. Not wanting to turn down a free meal while deep in darkest Africa. We sat down to a wonderful Helmeted Guinea Fowl complimented with Peri Peri, a locally gown chili that enlightens and brightens one’s taste palate. She shared, therefore we share.

Ingedients:

8 chicken thighs

For the piri-piri sauce:

                    6-12 fresh red piri-piri chilies (depending on how hot you want it)
                    1 Tb. chopped garlic
                    1 tp. Kosher salt
                    ½ tp. oregano
                    ½ Tb. paprika
                    One-half cup olive oil
                    One-quarter cup red wine vinegar

  • To make the piri-piri sauce, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the chilies on a pan and roast them for 10 minutes.
  • Cool and roughly chop the chilies. Place the chilies, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, olive oil and vinegar in a saucepan, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Allow the mixture to cool, then blend it to a purée in a food processor. Store in a lidded container at room temperature (it will keep for about a month). Shake before using.
  • Place the chicken in a sealable plastic bag. Add half the piri-piri sauce, spreading it evenly over the chicken. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and roast chicken for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Alternatively, place the chicken on a medium heat barbecue, covered, for 10-15 minutes on both sides or until cooked through, basting regularly with the remaining piri-piri sauce.

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

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

P.S. Peace on Earth

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