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December 2015

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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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2 SALT OF THE EARTH HOLIDAY MUSIC SERIES

7pm, cost is $15. Luke Winslow- King Band (New Orleans slide guitar gumbo) will take the stage. For reservations or more information call (269) 857-7258 or visit saltoftheearthfennville.com 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408

3 TEAM BINGO

7pm. Free to play, free to win with cash prizes plus a progressive jackpot each week starting at $100. Maximum 6 players on a team. Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

5 SAUGATUCK 'S "WHOOTVILLE" CHRISTMAS PARADE

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

5-6 THIRD ANNUAL SAUGATUCK-DOUGLAS CHRISTMAS COOKIE TOUR OF INNS:

2-5 pm, Tour many of the area's lodging facilities during the 3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns holiday open house where you'll be welcomed into festively decorated lodging properties to share their family's most treasured Christmas cookie recipes. Purchase tickets at the Visitors Bureau, 95 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI or reserve tickets in advance with a credit card by calling (269) 857-1701. 10% of profits will go towards helping to purchase a permanent Christmas Tree for downtown Saugatuck. The Cookie Tour is sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau.

5 WINTERFEST AT THE MANSION

12-2pm. Visit from Santa at the Felt Estate! Includes lunch and more. Free event. Presented by The Friends of the Felt Estate. (616) 335-8982 or (269) 857-8050 or visit feltmansion.org

5 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 Vineyards. Contact (269) 561-2396 or (269) 857-8050 or visit fennvalley.com

5 HOLIDAY REFLECTIONS CONCERT

7pm Lakeshore Community Chorus. 1st Congregational Church of Saugatuck. Contact Nancy Plantinga at (616) 405-3399 or visit us online for more info at www.Lakeshorecommunitychorus.org

5 HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AT THE ROSE GARDEN AND VISIT FROM SANTA

5pm. Join family and friends for this annual tradition featuring the lighting of the community Christmas tree, carolers, plus hot chocolate & cookies provided by Mill Pond Realty. Corner of Mason and Butler. Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association. (269) 857-1626

5 BREWERY TOURS

2pm each Saturday. The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours on Saturdays throughout the year. Tours include tasting and your choice of logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more info call: (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

5 CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY CRAFTS AT SANTA'S WORKSHOP

1:30-4:30pm, throughout the afternoon entertain the little ones with holiday crafts at Coral Gables Annex, headquarters for Santa's workshop.†Carriage rides will also be available at Coral Gables from 1:30-4:30pm Sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association (269) 857-1626.

5 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 SALT OF THE EARTH HOLIDAY SEASON MUSIC SERIES

7pm, cost is $15. Nic Gareiss and Simon Chrisman (percussive dance-hammered dulcimer) will take the stage. For reservations or more info call (269) 857-7258 or visit saltoftheearthfennville.com 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408

6 AL-VAN'S HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

12-5pm, Enjoy a tour of 5 unique homes, plus Santa's workshop, decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. www.Al-Van.org or 269-637-5062

6 HOLIDAY REFLECTIONS CONCERT

3pm Lakeshore Community Chorus. 1st Congregational Church of Saugatuck. Contact Nancy Plantinga at (616) 405-3399 or visit www.Lakeshorecommunitychorus.org for more information.

6-27 GUIDED HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE FELT MANSION

2-4pm. Join us on Sundays for guided tours of the Felt Mansion decked out for the holidays with over 25 Christmas trees highlighting the Mansion's history. $15 adults, $13 seniors and students, children 12 and under free. (616) 335-8982 or feltmansion.org

7-30 SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE FELT MANSION

2-4pm. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday take a self-guided tour of the Felt Mansion decked out for the holidays. $10 adults, $8 seniors, children 12 and under free. (616) 336-8982 or feltmansion.org

10 TEAM BINGO

7pm. Free to play, free to win with cash prizes plus a progressive jackpot each week starting at $100. Maximum 6 players on a team. Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

10 "IRIS" SCA's REEL-TO-REEL SERIES

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris' dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Click here to view the trailer. Sponsored by Great Lakes Manor & Cottages, Clark Hill Entertainment Industry Team. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck. For more information visit www.sc4a.org or call (269) 857-2399.

11,12 BAYSIDE RELAXING GETAWAY

Looking for a fun, relaxing getaway before the Christmas season? Come stay at the BaySide Inn the weekend of December 11 & 12 and join us for a wine glass painting class! Cost: $50 per person; includes wine glass, painting supplies, wine & hors d'oeuvres. Call BaySide at (269) 857-4321 to make a reservation.

12 BREWERY TOURS

2pm each Saturday. The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours on Saturdays throughout the year. Tours include tasting and your choice of logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more info call: (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

11-13,18-20 CHARLES DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

Celebrating 29 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. Saugatuck Woman's Club. (269) 857-1701 or (616) 218-3408

12 WINE TASTING AT THE FELT

6-8pm. Enjoy a glass of wine from Fenn Valley Winery, and have a one-of-a-kind guided tour with Patty Meyer, director of the Felt Estate. Tour begins at 6:05pm; doors open at 5:45pm. $20 per person. Must be 21 yrs. of age or older to participate in the wine tasting. (Any free tour passes will be worth $15 toward this event). There is a special price for the taste and guided tour from 2-4pm (616) 335-3050 or feltmansion.org

13 SALT OF THE EARTH HOLIDAY SEASON MUSIC SERIES

7pm, cost is $15. Muteflutes (Lyric driven indie folk rock) will take the stage. For reservations or more info call (269) 857-7258 or visit saltoftheearthfennville.com 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408

13 AFTERNOON WITH JENNA MAMMINA AND ROLF STURM

3pm, A special house concert with Jenna Mammina, San Francisco based vocalist/songwriter, and New York guitarist, Rolf Sturm. This remarkable afternoon will include jazz/pop crossover favorites and some holiday standards, along with hors d'oeuvres by Suzie Blair and beverages courtesy of Wally Petersen and Mike Tischleder. Suggested cash donation, at the door, $25 per person. All proceeds will go directly to Jenna and Rolf. Space is limited, RSVP soon to Suzie by emailing sblair59@comcast.net or call 269.637.5154. Amazwi Contemporary Art, 249 Culver St. Saugatuck, 269.857.5551

17 TEAM BINGO

7pm. Free to play, free to win with cash prizes plus a progressive jackpot each week starting at $100. Maximum 6 players on a team. Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

19,26 GUIDED HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE FELT MANSION

6-8pm. Take a guided holiday tour of the Felt Mansion. See over 25 decorated trees highlighting the mansion history. $15 adults, $13 seniors/students, children 12 and under free. (616) 335-8982 or feltmansion.org

20 SALT OF THE EARTH HOLIDAY MUSIC SERIES

7pm, cost $15. Shrock Brothers (American Roots) will take the stage. For reservations or more info call (269) 857-7258 or visit saltoftheearthfennville.com 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408

21 CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTMAS CRECHE

9am-2pm, This exhibit will be at All Saints retreat house at 212 Grand Street in Saugatuck. For more information call (269) 857-5201.

21 DOWNTOWN DOUGLAS HOLIDAY PREVIEW

The 18th annual Holiday Preview will take place from 5-9 pm. Businesses will offer a variety of treats and refreshments and many will also provide store discounts as an added incentive to shop early while selections are at their best. Art lovers will find new pieces at all the galleries just for the event. The gift shops will also be full of new products selected especially for seasonal gift giving.

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 TEAM BINGO

7pm. Free to play, free to win with cash prizes plus a progressive jackpot each week starting at $100. Maximum 6 players on a team. Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

24 CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES

Celebrate the Joy of Christmas with area churches. First Congregational Church of Saugatuck, 296 Hoffman St. at 7pm. The Community Church of Douglas, 6780 Wiley Rd. 7pm. St. Peter's Catholic Church, Blue Star Hwy, Douglas at 10pm.

25 JOY OF CHRISTMAS DINNER

3pm. The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant, 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

26 BREWERY TOURS

2pm each Saturday. The Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts Brewery Tours on Saturdays throughout the year. Tours include tasting and your choice of logo pint glass or growler. Cost is $7.50. At Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more info call: (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

27 SALT OF THE EARTH HOLIDAY SEASON MUSIC SERIES

7pm, cost $15. Rachael and Dominic Davis (folk~jazz~blues) will take the stage. For reservations or more info call (269) 857-7258 or visit saltoftheearthfennville.com 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408

30 DOUGLAS HOLIDAY GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST

The Gingerbread House Contest is open to all ages. Each contestant is limited to one gingerbread house entry. Entries must be dropped off at Douglas City Hall between November 30 and December 4th. For more information, contact Douglas City Hall – (269) 857-1438

31 SALT OF THE EARTH HOLIDAY SEASON MUSIC SERIES

7pm, cost $15. Youngman and Oldman (Swing~Jazz~Roots) will take the stage. For reservations or more info call (269) 857-7258 or visit saltoftheearthfennville.com 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408

31 TEAM BINGO

7pm. Free to play, free to win with cash prizes plus a progressive jackpot each week starting at $100. Maximum 6 players on a team. Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas. For more information call (269) 857-7222 or visit www.sbrewing.com

31 NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION

5:30pm & 8pm. Ring in the new year in style. A celebratory five or six course dinner prepared by Chef Shaun Glynn. Call (269) 857-5777 or visit thebelvedereinn.com

31 NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Midnight, Celebrate the New Year with a fireworks display over the harbor sponsored by Coral Gables.

31 FREE DOOR-TO-DOOR RIDES FROM INTERURBAN ON NEW YEARS'S EVE

6pm-2am, Celebrate safely, free bus rides in Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township. Offered by the Interurban Transit Authority. Call (269) 857-1418 to schedule your ride. saugatuckinterurban.org

 
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