Monday, November 17, 2014

+Fenn Valley winery Nouveau Fest Dec. 6th just 2 miles from J. Paule's Fenn Inn

Nouveau Fest

December 6th, 2014

Nouveau Fest is a celebration of the first wine of the new vintage. 2014 will mark the 23rd annual event to commemorate this special occasion.
The Fenn Valley Nouveau is a dry red wine from the current vintage. Expect a fruity wine, full of berry flavors with a smooth finish. It is a perfect addition to any holiday party table or as a wine to sip in front of the fireplace during those cold winter months.
The wine also ages very well and we set a few bottles aside so we can gather with family and friends to open several past vintages and do a vertical tasting.
Twenty years ago we decided to start celebrating the release of the first one of our vintage in the same tradition as the French with their Beaujolais Nouveau. We have had a lot of fun sharing Nouveau with you every year and we hope you will  join us again this year.
Several varieties of homemade pizza will be offered at the event, allowing you to experiment with pairing your favorite wines with different pizza samples. This is also an opportunity for you to taste wines from the 2014 vintage on one of our cellar tours which will run all afternoon. This is a great way to kick-off your holiday celebrations!

2013 Door Prize Winners – 2400 lights on the tree

  • Jennifer Stell – Mattawan, MI
  • Chrisy Vehe – Orland Park, IL

Pictures from 2013 Nouveau Fest


Thursday, October 30, 2014

+November 1st-Petter wine Gallery 4-6 A Tasting of Chocolates and wine....just 10 Min. from J. Paule's Fenn Inn

PETTER WINE GALLERY 161 N Blue Star Hwy - Douglas, MI
269-857-22300 -

We'd like to inform you about some of our events here at Petter Wine Gallery.  If your guests are looking for something special to do, we often have events such as the one below on our EVENTS page.  If for any reason you would like to be removed from this list or would like our emails to be sent to different address, please reply to us.  AND, we would love it if you can let us know of your special events or packages so that we can pass along info to our customers.
November 1st 4-6pm A Tasting of Chocolates and Wine.

The new Coco Savvy chocolates are here.  Come in and taste them the way they were meant to be tasted...with wine!  These incredibly beautiful hand poured chocolates with crystalized flowers are infused with flavors and pair perfectly with the chosen wines.

We have designed 2 Flights for this:  Flight 1 is aimed at our 'Sweet' Wineaux and Flight 2 is for those who prefer wines on 'The Dry Side'.

Cost is $20 and includes chocolates, wines and a light nosh plate. You simply have to order your flight at the Tasting Bar.  Easy peezy. See you there, chocoholics & wineaux!

Taste art.  Taste wine.
We appreciate all of you, cheers!
Juli and the rest of the gang here at PWG

Hours Open:  Monday through Thursday 11:30am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Winter Season hours begin on November 1st, See for more details.

+Zing in November... just 10 min. from J. Paule's Fenn Inn

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Dougals, MI 49406

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+Khnemu Studio Annual Seconds and Clearance Sale... check it out just 10 miles from J. Paule's Fenn Inn

Khnemu Studio

End of season for Khnemu Studio
Annual Seconds and Clearance Sale 
FennMagic Holiday Maker's Market

Hello Studio Friends,

 The busy season at the studio location is winding down and we appreciate all who visited this summer.   Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm will be open by appointment through the winter months, starting Nov 1st.   However, I am there working most of the time...if I am there I am open, so feel free to call or stop by.

Fernwood 1891 will be open year around.   We will be moving the annual seconds and clearance sale over Thanksgiving weekend to this location.   And we are adding a FennMagic Holiday Makers Market, in the new space which will house our new coffee shop ...opening Spring 2015.

The FennMagic Holiday Maker's Market will have music, demonstrations and refreshments.   Shop handmade and can't beat that for you gift giving needs.


Fernwood 1891 in downtown Fennville is open Tues-Sun 2pm-9pm, with Saturday hours of 11am-9pm   through December, and open throughout the winter Fri, Sat, Sun 3pm-8pm.   120 E Main St, downtown Fennville.   I am excited to announce the expansion of Fernwood 1891, which will happen over the winter.   We purchased the building and have plans to expand the gallery with a coffee shop.   The upstairs has apartments which will house pottery interns and residency in 2015!   If you are interested in becoming an Khnemu Studio/Fernwood 1891 intern or resident artist, please contact the studio for details, we will be offering housing, studio time and stipend.   Interested people must be dependable and hardworking.  I am looking for 4 people, 1 long term supervisory position and 3 with minimum 6 months rotating positions.

The 2014 Khnemu Studio brochure, click here 

The 2014 Blue Coast Artists and Lakeshore Harvest Country collaborative brochure, click here 

 Do you have questions about the Khnemu Studio solar array? 

Classes are offered year around and are for students of all levels of experience.  PUNCH CARD POTTERY CLASSES - These classes are offered on Thursday mornings 10am-1pm  and  Sunday mornings 11am-2pm.  

Best Regards,
Dawn Soltysiak
6322  113th Ave.Fennville, MI  49408
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A great art get away...since 1990!

Thank You for 25 years!  We appreciate your support.   Many of the studios are still open for the season, or feel free to call for an appointment.

If you are an artist living in the geographic area and are interested in participating in 2015, please contact us soon.  This is the time we start planning for next year.

Visit to learn more about them.

 Click Here to download 2014 Collaborative brochure

  2014 Calendar of Events  

The following are Khnemu Studio events:     

Thanks  for a great summer at Khnemu Studio, we are in the process of  creating our events for 2015...please let us know what artist you would love to learn from or a technique you would like to learn more about.


 Play with Clay -

$25 per person. Advance reservations required. Have you ever wondered what it is like to create pottery on the wheel? This two-hour mini class is perfect for those who would like an to acquaint themselves with the medium of clay....or can be used as a means to possibly improve throwing techniques if already experienced in clay. Instruction, materials and tools included. Due to the nature of the process it is not feasible to bring home your work created during this one-time class (arrangements for work can be made with larger groups). Adults only please, unless afamily or group of 4 or more reserves the day. Please dress to get dirty.


Did you know that you can coat your Raku work with clear silicone grout sealer to help prevent it from re-oxidizing?   
 It will not change the color after applying it.   Hint:  It will change color as you are applying it and it will scare you, but let it dry and all the beautiful copper matts will reappear!

November 2014

Fernwood Farm Estate
I am so excited to have the Fernwood Farm hoop house completed.  We still have fresh basil and fresh greens growing.    I am moving several of my herbs into the hoop house for the winter.   And I can't wait to start planting in March!   Yippee!, some projects take longer than anticipated, but finishing them is always rewarding.

Come and experience...

Planning for
Farm, Fresh, Fun in 2014!
Thanks for your support!  

Register early and save:

Most of our farms are still open with fall fruits and veggies.  

Click Here. 2014 Blue Coast Artists and Lakeshore Harvest Country brochure.

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I have a nice selection of freshly fired Raku work.


Cinnamon Ice Cream

I don't why but I prefer to eat ice cream in the fall and winter.

One of my all time favorites is homemade cinnamon ice cream.   It is so good by itself or with yummy fall desserts.

1 qt light cream
1 cup sugar
10 cinnamon sticks

Bring all ingredients to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and steep (like tea) until you taste a nice strong cinnamon flavor.  Discard cinnamon sticks.   Chill, then freeze in a ice cream freezer.   Powdered cinnamon will never match the flavor of a cinnamon stick.  No egg yolks in the mix make for a light-colored ice cream that tastes rich but doesn't feel rich in the mouth. 

3 simple ingredients for a pure flavor, yummy!