Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chicago Magazine features Saugatuck

May 24, 2017

SAUGATUCK, Mich. -- The June issue of Chicago Magazine features Saugatuck in three articles ( Easy Escapes, Plan the Perfect Wine Tour within 2 Hours of Chicago, and Take a Romantic Retreat at the Center of Michigan's Art Coast). 


The articles highlight Saugatuck's natural beauty; it's many opportunities for fine dining; and the fine craftsmanship of local artists and galleries!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Khnemw Studio and Roots

Khnemu Studio
Annual Raku Workshop and Fall Pit Firing Workshop

The farm gallery is open for the season!

Root extending hours starting Memorial Weekend

Hello Studio Friends,

The Khnemu Studio farm gallery is open for the season, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm.    The 2017 Season has begun:

Did you know we have 3 LOCATIONS
offering a connection to the artist & the land
Handmade & Locally Sourced
Fine Art & Fine Craft * Local Artisan Food
Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits
Solar Powered Pottery Studio & Farm....all located in Fennville MI.  

Pottery Classes are ongoing Thursday 10am-1pm and I am changing the time for Sunday class from 1pm-4pm.

2017 Workshops:
Annual Hands On Raku Workshop June 3-4, $100 person.  (notice date change)

Hands on Pit and Smoke firing workshop Sept. Sept 30-Oct 1st,   $100 person.

I just hosted our annual Pit and Smoke firing workshop with Fennville High School students.  Below are a couple images of work that I smoke fired during the event.  I love that our local school appreciates the arts, and their teacher takes the effort to give her students this opportunity.   

Root will be extending hours until 9pm starting Memorial weekend.   We are almost through the lengthy process of expansion to serve alcohol.   We hope to be serving that weekend or soon just after.   We will be prepared when the process is complete.   If you stop by you will see our progress and our new beautiful bar!    We will be offering craft beer, wine and a few mixed drinks.    Our menu has increased to add a few small plates as well as additional sandwiches.

Our Tap-ROOT celebration will be June 23rd from 6pm-9pm.....mark your calendars, more details to come!
Fernwood 1891 & ROOT Coffee House is open 7 days from 7:30am-4pm (then until 9pm starting Memorial weekend)   Visit to see our menu Farm fresh goodness served on handmade pottery, surrounded by can't get any better than that.   See you at ROOT!


Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm   Pottery classes and workshops.
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 1pm-4pm.  

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

Visit to learn more.

Mark your calendars for Fall Tour of Studios Oct 7-8

  2017 Calendar of Events  

Hands-on Raku Firing Workshop
Instructor: Dawn Soltysiak
June 3-4, 2017 Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

$100 per person

How to achieve great crackle? Horse Hair and those illusive copper matts.
Participants may bring up to 10 bisque fired pots, fire during the workshop.
Day one: fire a few, discuss and try implement what you learned on day two.
Space is limited, reservations required.
$30 non-refundable registration fee and remainder due 30 days prior to event. Contact studio for reservation

Hands-On Pit and Smoke Firing Workshop
Instructor:  Dawn Soltysiak
Sept 30-Oct 1st   Sat-Sun  10am-5pm
$100 per person
Participants may bring up to 10 bisque fired pots to fire during the workshop, contact studio to ask about how to prepare the pots for best results.
Day One:  Learn how to prep your pots for firing both smoke and pit.   Smoke fire pots.   Load pit and start the firing.
Day Two:   Unload the pit, clean and finish pots.

 28th Annual Blue Coast Artists 
Fall Tour of Studios
Dates: October 7 & 8
Time: Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

The Blue Coast Artists have been delighting and educating the public with their annual Fall Tour of Studios. Free of charge, viewers are invited to experience the creative process in action once again.

This creative experience is fun for the whole family. Tour all members studios during a crisp Fall weekend and be treated to complimentary refreshments and art-making demonstrations.
Khnemu Studio will demonstrate Raku firing and throwing on the potter's wheel. Enjoy a Fall Festival of handmade and homegrown at the studio and on the farm!

10th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Country - Road Rally Saturday, JULY 22nd
Visit for details about this rollicking ride through Lakeshore Harvest Country. It's not a race! Rally participants carefully navigate back roads to visit farms and other notable destinations. Everyone celebrates with refreshments at the final stop, and a trophy for the winning team! Pre-registration is encouraged.


Tape resist copper Matt Raku #khnemustudio #rakufiring #handmadepottery #shopsmall To mask off areas on a Raku pot to achieve clean lines, use car pin striping.  It adheres to the pottery and is stretchy and flexible around the curves.    The flexibility of the tape makes all the difference for clean lines, masking tape does not do well on the curves of a vase.

May 2017
Fernwood Farm Estate
Summer on Fernwood Farm

I am excited that the apprentice/residency program is being so well received.

The 2017 Apprentice
Jazmine Jade

Jenny Reid 

David Hollingsworth
New York

and the  Aug-Mid Oct will be determined shortly.   

Each will be 8-12 week long with 25 hours work at studio, $500 stipend and housing included.  Artist has remaining time to work on their

Artists/Apprentice get to stay in our 1978 Executive Motorhome.


We have several new members this year.  Click on our website and learn about our new members!

Planning for
Farm, Fresh, Fun in 2017!
Thanks for your support!  

Mark your calendars for our annual Road Rally!   Note the date change to July 22nd!


Featured Gallery Item
@ Fernwood 1891

Our featured artist David Elhart on exhibit at Salt of the Earth, is currently on display.

It is a great show!

If you are a artist that would like to be represented at Fernwood 1891 please feel free to contact me.   



Art for your Ears!

More events in southwest Michigan


Come get hooked on our new public art pieces! Celebrate with us at the kickoff event on May 19th (the first 400 adults catch those Artist Bucks, courtesy of Abonmarche!). These keepers are on display through September 21st in downtown St. Joseph.

The 5th annual festival happens this Saturday in Whirlpool Centennial Park, welcoming headliner Jonny Lang! We've got an awesome lineup of music, bbq, and local beverages. Find all the details 
If you think spitting watermelon seeds is fun, you should try the 5th Annual Malted Milk Ball Spitting Contest at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe! Head over to 300 State Street on Friday, May 19th from 8:00am-1:00pm to test your skill. 

Saturday, May 20th is full of fun! You can find Pete the Cat at Forever Books for a special storytime from 1:00-3:00pm. If insects are more your style, check out the Super Saturday Family Fun - Don't Bug Me! at the Curious Kids' Museum. 

Paul Mow's legendary cabaret show returns to the Livery on Sunday, May 21st, promising a plethora of 80's awesome. If acoustic is more your style, Sister Lakes Brewing Company offers an open mic night every Wednesday. Beer and microbreweries is a match made in heaven...


Come get hooked on our new public art pieces! Celebrate with us at the kickoff event on May 19th (the first 400 adults catch those Artist Bucks, courtesy). These keepers are on display through September 21st in downtown St. Joseph.
PUBLIC ART IN ST. oked on our new public art pieces! Celebrate with us at the kickoff event on May 19th (the first 400 adults catch those Artist Bucks, courtesy of Abonmarche!). These keepers are on display through September 21st in downtown St. Joseph. 



Kindel & Company opening 5/26

241 Culver Street, Saugatuck
Pre- Grand Opening/ribbon cutting day:
Thursday, May 25th 4 pm - 9 pm.

Friday, May 26th 10 am - 10 pm.  Doors wide open.

Unique and eclectic shop for the home, body and gift giving. 
Michigan based since 2004.  


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From the Editor

Spring has certainly sprung in West Michigan! The image above is illustrative of what you see around the vineyards this time of year. Spring is always a bit of a nervous time around the winery as we look to get by without a frost or freeze. Mother Nature provided a bit of drama several weeks back, but the vineyards escaped with little to no damage!
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Fenn Valley. The vineyards and grounds are waking up from winter and crowds are relatively small, even on weekends. In addition, we released many new wines - including Dry Traminette and the ever popular Cabaret Rose. May also marks the return of Sauvignon Blanc after a two year hiatus due to winter damage.
We hope to see you and yours around the winery soon!

Wine Festival Weekend - June 24-25

Join us for our annual celebration of local wine and cider! This two day festival takes place in the heart of our stunning 240-acre property. Saturday's party features...
Live music
Wine and cider by the glass
Yard games scattered throughout the vineyards
Local food
Wine demonstrations

On Sunday, June 25, we continue the party with a 5K Trail Run/Walk. Set on the same course as our extremely popular Vine Wine'd, this relaxing "fun run" features house-made breakfast burritos, wine and hard cider by the glass, and live music.

Pricing and Schedule

Saturday: 1pm-6pm (pre-registered guests can arrive at 12pm)
Tickets are only $8 in advance or $10 at the door. New for 2017 - Those registering for Saturday’s festivities online will have an opportunity to sign up early for wine demonstrations, ensuring you get to take part in this extremely popular part of the event. You also get to arrive a full hour before day-of registrants!
Sunday: Run begins at 10am, party immediately to follow
Advanced Registration is only $15/person and includes a ticket to the run/walk, house-made breakfast burritos, a souvenir glass to keep, a complimentary glass of wine, cider or sparkling grape juice and the post race party. This event is limited to 400 runners; so book now for your chance to get in on the action.

Music in the Vineyards

Thursday's were so popular last year we decided to add more! Start your weekend out right by relaxing at Fenn Valley on Thursday nights. Throughout the months of June, July and August we will be featuring live music from 5:30-7:30 at the winery in Fennville. The events are free to attend, and feature $1 off wine or cider by the glass.
Snacks will be available to purchase, or you are welcome to bring food to enjoy. We will even fire up a grill if you ask ahead of time.
June 1st: Big Boss Trio (powerhouse roots blues, rock and R&B)
June 8th: Indigo Moon (eclectic mix of traditional folk music and familiar songs)
June 15th: Mortals 2 (blues-rock)
June 22nd: Cousin Curtiss (Americana, root stomp, quasi electronica)
June 29th: Mathis Grey (singer-songwriter, folk, rock)
July 6th: Cool Lemon Jazz Duo (pop, jazz)
July 13th: Small Potatoes (rock)
July 20th: Jimmy Martin and River Ridge Boys (country, rock)
July 27th: Ron Hark (smooth jazz)
August 3rd: Reggaeloution Duo (Reggae)
August 10th: Shelagh Brown Duo
August 17th: Randy Reszka (rich jazz guitar solos)
August 24th: Rum Boogie Trio (60’s, 70’s and Motown)
August 31st: Black Ice (classic rock)

There is no cover charge and reservations are not required!

New Release Recipes

We received an incredible number of requests for the recipes featured at this year's New Release Wine & Food Pairing weekends in April. You asked and we delivered! All six have been added to the Food and Wine section of our website. Click here to check them out.

Upcoming Events

The 2017 event calendar is in full swing! Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming winery events.
June 24/25th: Wine Festival Weekend
Thursdays, June - August: Music in the Vineyards
July 14/15, 21/22 & August 4/5: Summer Evening Cook-Outs
August 12th: Saturday Night Cellar Dance
October 7th, 2017: Vine Wine'd Trail Run
November 4th & 11th: Winemaker's Dinners More information and additional events can always be found on our website.

Special Offer for Newsletter Subscribers!

We sincerely appreciate you allowing us into your inbox. As a token of our appreciation, and to encourage you to come visit, here is a coupon for $5 off four or more bottles of wine!
Just print out this email and bring it to either our Fennville or Saugatuck locations.
NOTE: One coupon per customer, per visit please.
We look forward to seeing you at the winery in Fennville and our tasting room in downtown Saugatuck.DiscountBarCode2

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