1st-28th • Laurael Farrin’s Mondrian series of trompe l’oell works


1st - 10th • Exhibit-Wonders of the Woven World

9th - 31st • 40 Photographs of People and Places along US Route 31 (referred to as “Michigan’s Route 66)

16th • Wine Maker’s Dinner at Ciao.

22nd - 31st • Regional Juried Art Exhibit

23rd •  World Class Wine Dinner at Clearbrook

24th • Pocket Circus! 4pm SC4A

31st • Garnet Rodgers, legendary Canadian song writer

31st • Jeff Dwarshuis – Classical Spanish Guitar 8pm SC4A

I could drink champagne everyday of the week. Many guests have shared a bottle with me. I take that back – I’m selfish with my bubbly, so they're lucky if they get a glass and it probably isn’t filled to the top. My new favorite is Roederer Estate Brut from California.

Releasing the Nectar of the Gods

Perhaps my love of the bubby has made me a bit melodramatic, however, it is very important you know how to open the bottle: after you have removed the foil, continuously put pressure on the cork and carefully removed the wire cage. DO NOT LET THE CORK POP or all the stars will be go away

Hold the cork in one hand under a towel and the base of the bottle in the other. Turn the bottle, not the cork, slowly and gently. You want the cork to ease off with a soft "whoof", not with a pop.

Pour down the sides of the glasses to minimize head and therefore bubble waste.

South Haven boasts a beautiful Ice Pavilion for winter skating. Skate rental is available. Open skate hours vary, so you may wish to call ahead!

1st - 28th •  40 Photo’s of People and Places along US Route 31 (referred to as “Michigan’s Route 66”)

1st • View Ice Sculptures, Douglas 6:30-9pm

3rd • (Day After) Ground Hog Day Celebration, Douglas. 6PM

5th - 7th •  Ice Breaker Festival, ice sculptures, chili cook-off, ice skating shows

14th - 15th • Winter Festival, Fennville

14th - 15th • Winter Break Gallery Stroll 12-5pm, food, beverages, entertainment, demonstrations

15th • Stew and Brew Contest, be the judge yourself, White House Bristo

22nd • Steve Talaga Jazz “ Michigan’s Jazz Musician of the Year”
24th • Mardi Gras Parade, Food, Fun Foolery, 7pm, Douglas

28th •  Drew Nelson sings Folk/Americana 8pm SC4A

28th •  Duck Soup the old Marx Brothers Classic and enjoy  “mock” duck soup. 7pm Brewing Company

The Salt of the Earth, a new restaurant has been added to our list of favorites. We went three nights one week. Steve and Mark, the owners have done a fabulous job. But hats off to chef Matthew Pietsch, who puts a lot of heart into the food. Everything we’ve tried was delicious. We highly recommend the fried brussel sprouts with bacon and balsamic and drooled over the artesian breads – seedy salt is a must!!! Lucky for us there is a bakery onsite, which sells a variety of breads and cheeses too. We heard they might open for lunch soon – we’ll keep our fingers crossed!!

 They also have live music most Fridays.

4th • Putnam Smith, Michael Beauchamp, banjo, guitar, mandolin. 7pm, Foundry Hall

4th & 5th • Carriage Rides, Saugatuck and Douglas

5th •  Cliff Eberhardt, Folk songs, country, blues, jazz, melodies and lyrical twists  of Cole Porter. 7pm Foundry Hall

5th • Holiday Open House, Round Barn Winery

5th • Nouveau Fest, Fenn Valley cellar tasting tours 1-5pm

5th • Christmas Parade
Saugatuck 1pm

6th • Holiday Home Tour

12th • Swinging the Holidays with Edye Evans-Hyde and West Michigan’s premier Big Band

11th & 12th • Carriage Rides, Saugatuck and Douglas

11th • The Hoot Owls , bluegrass, classic country, tin pan alley and gospel, 7:30pm. Foundry Halls

12th • Chanukah Begins

12th • Snowflake Ball, an elegant evening, of live music, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, reverse auction 7pm Foundry Hall

18th-20th • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

18th - 24th • Exhibit-Wonders of the Woven World

31st • Ring in the New Year at the Carriage House Inn. Join us for champagne, a gourmet dinner and dancing.