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December 2014

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Cookies at country inns, cheerful shopkeepers, holiday music, twinkling tree lights and tucked-away restaurants are collaborating to create the most joyful activity-filled Holiday Season in decades. Come see why it is so much more fun to spend December weekends in the country where you can join the locals in their homespun holiday celebrations, view magical Christmas light displays and shop in two artsy picturesque shoreline villages.


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4 LIBRARY FILM SERIES

7pm, A Serious Man (2009). Film Series featuring Directors, Joel & Ethan Coen. sdlibrary.org

6-7 SECOND ANNUAL COOKIE TOUR

2-5pm, Enjoy the legendary hospitality of many Saugatuck/Douglas Inns, Hotels and Cottage Rentals this December. Join us for an area wide holiday open house where you will be welcomed into many festively decorated lodging facilities to share their family's most treasured Christmas cookie recipes. For information contact the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitors Bureau (269) 857-1701.

6 SAUGATUCK 'S "WHOVILLE" CHRISTMAS PARADE

1pm, Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Dress up as your favorite Whoville character and join Saugatuck's Festive Holiday Parade which will be led by Whoville's fabled Mayor as parade Marshall. Sponsored by the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitors Bureau, (269) 857-1701.

6 ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND VISIT FROM SANTA

5pm, Join us in the Rose Garden for this annual community event to begin the holiday season. Twinkling lights, music, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Visit Santa's Workshop at Coral Gables Annex and make holiday crafts from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Carriage rides will be departing from Coral Gables from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Sponsored by SD-ABA.

6 NOUVEAU FEST FENN VALLEY VINEYARD

1-5pm, Celebrate the first wine of the new vintage! 2014 will mark the 23rd annual event to commemorate this special occasion. Cellar tours & wine tasting at Fenn Valley Winery, Fennville. For more info call (269) 561-2396 or visit fennvalley.com

6 WINTERFEST AT FELT ESTATE

12-2pm, Winterfest, the first Saturday in December remains an annual family event for many families in the West Michigan area. With a visit from Santa, face-painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a free lunch provided by Dokk's Firehouse Dogs. This is a free event for the whole family and is sponsored by Laketown Township and the Friends of the Felt Estate (616) 335-8982 or feltmansion.org

6 BREWERY TOURS AT SAUGATUCK BREWING

2pm, The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours every Saturday. Tours include tasting and your choice of SBC logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. The tour will be available to the first 20 people to sign up. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call or visit saugatuckbrewing.com

6 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

3pm-7pm, American Spoon Foods at 308 Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Join the staff for their annual open house where you can sample gourmet holiday entertaining ideas like portobello mushroom cheesecake, ham with cherry mustard glaze, brie with winter compote, bacon wrapped shrimp, and many intriguing holiday food ideas using all Michigan made American Spoon Foods products. Call at (269) 857-3084.

6 WINE PAIRING DINNER

6pm, The Belvedere Restaurant is offering an informative and fun wine pairing dinner series the first Saturday of the month. Wines from a particular region will be featured, paired with a six course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Shaun Glynn. The dinners focus on ingredients, dishes and style of cooking indigenous to the featured wine region. Call (269)857-5777 or visit thebelvedereinn.com

6 HOLIDAY “REFLECTIONS” CONCERT

3pm & 7pm, End your weekend with the Lakeshore Community Chorus performing two Holiday Reflections Concerts. Visit lakeshorecommunitychorus.org for details and to purchase tickets

7 SALT OF THE EARTH CONCERT SERIES

7pm, Winter is upon us and it's time to set aside your Sunday evenings and head to Fennville for some great food and awesome roots music, Who Hit John?, tickets are $12. For more information visit Who Hit John?

9 HOLLY DAYS BAZAAR

5:30pm, Join local artisans and vendors for a relaxed shopping experience. Enjoy food, drink, friends and fabulous gift ideas for the holidays. Located at Everyday People Cafe at 11 Center Street, Douglas.

12-14 CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Celebrating 28 years - Dickens’ classic Christmas tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, lovable Londoners and a few ghosts, brought to life by community performers. 8 pm Fri, 2 pm & 8 pm Sat, 7 pm Sun. Saugatuck Woman’s Club. (269) 857-1701 or (616) 218-3408.

13 TASTE AND TOUR WINE TASTING

5:45pm-8pm, The Felt Estate wine tasting event provides a perfect opportunity to sip wine and tour the Felt Estate. You must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Guests under 21 are welcome but will not be served wine. Admission is $20 per person, wine is included in admission price. For more information visit feltmansion.org/events

13 PET CHRISTMAS PARTY & PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Annual Christmas party and photos with Santa. Enjoy special Christmas treats hosted by Just Dogs and Buddy’s Bath House. (269) 857-8101. justdogssaugatuck.com

13 BREWERY TOURS AT SAUGATUCK BREWING

2pm, The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours every Saturday. Tours include tasting and your choice of SBC logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. The tour will be available to the first 20 people to sign up. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call or visit saugatuckbrewing.com

14 A DOWNTOWN ABBEY TEA PARTY

2pm-4pm, Join us for a Downtown Abbey Tea Party at the Felt Estate. This event will feature an assortment of fine teas. Tickets are $30 per person or 8/$210. Seating is limited. Advanced tickets required. Call 616.335.8982, or check the website feltmansion.org/events after November 1, 2014. Onsite Valet Parking. 1920's clothing is encouraged but not required. SOLD OUT

14-28 HOLIDAY TOURS AT FELT ESTATE

Fridays, 6-8pm; Saturdays, 6-8 pm; Sundays, 2-4 pm; Monday - Wednesday. With over 25 decorated trees and 5,000 outdoor lights, the Felt Estate bring holiday delights to all that visit. For more information call(616) 335-8982 or visit feltmansion.org

14 SALT OF THE EARTH CONCERT SERIES

7pm, Winter is upon us and it's time to set aside your Sunday evenings and head to Fennville for some great food and awesome roots music, Schrock Bros, tickets are $12. For more information visit Schrock Bros

16 HOLLY DAYS BAZAAR

5:30pm, Join local artisans and vendors for a relaxed shopping experience. Enjoy food, drink, friends and fabulous gift ideas for the holidays. Located at Everyday People Cafe at 11 Center Street, Douglas.

18 LIBRARY FILM SERIES

7pm, The Grit (2010). Film Series featuring Directors, Joel & Ethan Coen. sdlibrary.org

19-21 CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Celebrating 28 years - Dickens’ classic Christmas tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, lovable Londoners and a few ghosts, brought to life by community performers. 8 pm Fri, 2 pm & 8 pm Sat, 7 pm Sun. Saugatuck Woman’s Club. (269) 857-1701 or (616) 218-3408.

20 BREWERY TOURS AT SAUGATUCK BREWING

2pm, The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours every Saturday. Tours include tasting and your choice of SBC logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. The tour will be available to the first 20 people to sign up. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call or visit saugatuckbrewing.com

22 CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTMAS CRECHE

9am-2pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but we won't say 'no' if you would like to make a donation. We're also going to invite our visitors to select the "best of show" by voting with their spare change. The first place winner gets the use of the retreat house for a weekend, second place gets a half pound block of fruitcake, and third place gets a full pound. Join us at All Saints' Retreat House, 212 Grand Street in Saugatuck. If you would like more information, or if you would like to loan your creche, please call (269) 857-5201.

24 CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION

8am-1pm. Join us at the Waypoint Restaurant and listen to the beautiful voice of Laurie Donaldson, lead singer of the wildly popular band “Random Play”, singing cherished Christmas songs. For more information call (269) 857-2569.

24 CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Carols, choirs, inspirational message and lifting of candles illuminating the darkness. 7pm in our Sanctuary at Community Church of Douglas, 6780 Wiley Rd. For more info call (269) 857-1492.

24 CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

7pm, Candles & Communion, Celebrating the Birth of Christ! First Congregational Church of Saugatuck, 296 Hoffman St Info (269)8572929 or 1stcongregational.net

24 CHRISTMAS EVE MASS AT ST PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH

10pm, St. Peter Catholic Church, Blue Star Highway, Douglas, Mi 49406

25 JOY OF CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE BELVEDERE INN

3pm, Make our home your home for Christmas Day! The magical Belvedere Mansion, bedecked with garlanded mantles, staircases and a 10 foot Christmas tree is the setting for a spectacular dinner buffet prepared by Chef Shaun Glynn (Galway, Ireland). Come relax and enjoy the holiday! (269) 857-5777 or thebelvedereinn.com

27 BREWERY TOURS AT SAUGATUCK BREWING

2pm, The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours every Saturday. Tours include tasting and your choice of SBC logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. The tour will be available to the first 20 people to sign up. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call or visit saugatuckbrewing.com

28 SALT OF THE EARTH CONCERT SERIES

7pm, Winter is upon us and it's time to set aside your Sunday evenings and head to Fennville for some great food and awesome roots music, Schrock Bros, tickets are $15. For more information visit Rachael & Dominic Davis

31 NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATIONS

Ring in 2015! Join area restaurants and bars as they host New Years Eve Celebrations. For info call: (269) 857-1701.

31 NEW YEARS EVE DINNER AT THE BELVEDERE INN

5:30pm & 8pm, Ring in the New Year in style! A celebration five or six course dinner offered by Chef Shaun Glynn (Galway, Ireland) highlights this wonderful New Year's Eve event at the Belvedere Inn and Restaurant. Call:(269) 857-5777 or visit: thebelvedereinn.com

31 FREE DOOR TO DOOR RIDES FROM INTERURBAN" ON NEW YEARS EVE

6pm-2am, Celebrate Safely, free bus rides in Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township. offered by the Interurban Transport Company on New Years Eve, (269) 857-1418.

31 SALT OF THE EARTH CONCERT SERIES

9pm, Head to Fennville for some great food, awesome roots music, and New Year's Eve Party with The Hired Hands, tickets are $15. For more information visit The Hired Hands

 
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