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December 2016

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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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GUIDED OR SELF-GUIDED TOURS OF THE FELT MANSION

Select dates. Join us for a tour of the Felt Estate decked out for the holidays with over 25 Christmas trees highlighting the Mansion’s history. For specific tour dates, times and pricing, call 616-335-8982 or feltmansion.org

2 CHEF TASTING DINNER WITH GOLDEN BROWN CO. AT BORROWED TIME

6pm. Join us for an intimate chef tasting menu with five courses designed and executed by Chef Jay Mullins of Golden Brown Co. catering. Each course will be paired with a unique wine meant to enhance the flavor of each dish. "At Golden Brown Co., we create and maintain a harmonious relationship among food that is simple, real, and deliciously wholesome. We cook with intention and conscience! Together we can reconnect with the simple joys of good food." Jay & Becky Mullins. We will offer one seating at 6pm, complete with wine pairings at $65/pp, excluding tax and tip. We will announce a 2nd seating should the 1st fill up. Reservations are required as space is limited, please call (269) 455-5256 or email hello@borrowedtimesaugatuck.com to reserve your spot!

3 FRENCH CHRISTMAS 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

1-17 KRUIZENGA ART MUSEUM PRESENTS “AFTER THE RUPTURE: NEW DIRECTIONS IN MEXICAN ART 1960’S – 1980’S”

Come enjoy our latest exhibition called, "After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art 1960s-1980s!" The exhibition showcases work by prominent Mexican artists associated with the Rupture Generation. The entire exhibition will be presented in both English and Spanish, and a portion of the works are drawn from the collections of Armstrong-DeGraaf International Fine Arts in Saugatuck! For more information, call 616-395-6401 or go to www.hope.edu/arts/kam www.hope.edu/arts/kam

2-31 A BLANKET OF WHITE

There is a quiet chill in the air and in our artists snow covered landscapes. J Petter Galleries, Douglas. For days/hours open, jpettergalleries.com or 269-857-2230

3 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

11AM-3PM. Sloppy Joe lunch, bake sale, candy and gift, crafts and jumble room. Women’s Group, Saugatuck United Methodist Church. 250 Mason St. 269-857-2295 saugatuckumc.com

3 SAUGATUCK’S ‘WHOOTVILLE’ 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 let by Whoville’s fabled Mayor as parade Marshall. Sponsored by the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitors Bureau. Call 269-857-1701

3 SANTA’S WORKSHOP AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

A full day of holiday events for family and friends. SD-ABA, 269-857-1626 or saugatuckdouglas.com

3 NOUVEAU FEST

1-5pm. Nouveau Fest is a celebration of the first wine of the new vintage. This is a great way to kick-off your holiday celebration! Fenn Valley Winery. 269-561-2396 or fennvalley.com

3 TOYS FOR KIDS BENEFIT SHOW

9:30pm. Help us raise money and unwrapped toys for Christian Neighbors Toys for Kids drive. The Dunes Resort, 269-857-1401, dunesresort.com

3-4 HOLIDAY REFLECTIONS CONCERT

7:30pm Sat, 4pm Sun. Please visit lakeshorecommunitychorus.org for more information.

9 TODDLER TIME: LETTERS TO SANTA

11a-12p. Compose your letters to dear old St. Nick. We’ll complete our time together with coloring and crafts. Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Fennville. $4.50. 269-561-8494 or forevercuriousmuseum.org

9-11,16-18 CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Celebrating 30 years! Classic Christmas tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, lovable Londoners and a few ghosts, brought to life by community performers. 8pm Fri., 2pm & 8pm Sat., 7pm Sun. 269-857-1701 or 616-218-3408

10 WINTERFEST AT THE MANSION

12-2pm. A visit from Santa at the Felt Estate! Includes lunch and more. Free event, presented by The Friends of the Felt Estate. Visit us online feltmansion.org or call 616-335-8982

17 SNOW DAY!

11a-3p. Not your boring old snow day. Come in for a day of play, we’ll make indoor snow and much more! Forever Curious Children’s Museum, Fennville. $4.50. 269-561-8494 or forevercuriousmuseum.org

17 WINE TASTING AT THE FELT

6-8pm. Enjoy a wine tasting while taking a guided tour of the Felt Estate. Presented by The Friends of the Felt Estate. $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, children under 12 free. 616-335-8982 or feltmansion.org

24 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

7am-1pm. Laurie Donaldson, server and co-lead singer of Random Play, will sing Christmas Carols all day. No admission cost. WayPoint Restaurant. For more info 269-857-2659

24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

See Saugatuck.com for local church services

25 JOY OF CHRISTMAS DINNER

3pm. The Belvedere Mansion, decked in garland and a 10-foot Christmas tree, is the setting for a spectacular dinner buffet prepared by Chef Shaun Glynn. 269-857-5777 or thebelvedereinn.com

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Downtown Saugatuck at dusk.

31 NEW YEAR'S EAVE CHEF TASTING DINNER WITH GOLDER BROWN CO. AT BORROWED TIME

6pm Seating. Join us for an intimate chef tasting menu designed and executed by Golden Brown Co. catering. Chef Jay Mullins and his wife Becky will serve up 5 holiday-worthy courses, highlighting fresh and local products, plated beautifully. Doors will open at 5pm to allow for pre-dinner drinks, and the meal will conclude by 8pm, leaving time to attend other holiday parties or watch the ball drop from home. Tickets are $75/pp, excluding tax and tip, and can be purchased at www.borrowedtimesaugatuck.com, by phone, or email. Please do not hesitate to call 269.455.5256 or email hello@borrowedtimesaugatuck.com with any questions.

31 NEW YEAR'S EAVE CHEF TASTING DINNER WITH GOLDER BROWN CO. AT BORROWED TIME

9pm Seating. Bid farewell to 2016 and ring in the new year with us at Borrowed Time! The 3-hour event kicks off @ 9pm. Tickets are $120/pp, excluding tax and tip, and can be purchased at www.borrowedtimesaugatuck.com, by phone, or email. Please do not hesitate to call 269.455.5256 or email hello@borrowedtimesaugatuck.com with any questions.

31 FREE RIDES FROM INTERURBAN

6pm-2am. Celebrate safely, free bus rides in Saugatuck, Douglas, and Saugatuck Township. Interurban. 269-857-1418 or saugatuckinterurban.org

 
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