Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saugatuck Japan Festival Stars of Japanese Cinema/plus- Post 7

"About it!" From Kurosawa to Anime: Stars of Japanese Cinema
Thurdsay, April 22, 7pm, FREE of  CHARGE
Professor Peggy Goetz (Calvin Collage) prsents a fasciating look at iconic Japanese films that not only defined the nation's cinematic history but also influenced generations of filmmakers around the globe.  Prof. Goetz focuses on three major filmmakers, Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and all so explores the moderm phenomenon of anime(Japanese animation).  Prf. Goetz also discusses the current batch of Japanese horror films that are making their mark around the world.

Workshop for Adults/ The Ritual of Kimono Dressing
Sautrday, April 24, 10-noonpm, $35.00
Professor Kimiko Gunji reveals the beauty, complexity, and mystery of Japan's national outfit.  Traditionally kimonos are mad from single bolt of fabric called a tan-adn the entire bolt is used to make one kimons.  The finished kimona has only four main pieces of fabric-two panels vovering the body and two panels forming the sleeves.  Prof.  Gunji demonstrates the artistic ritual involved in putting on and waring a kimono and discusses the varity of kimonos Japanese men and woman traditionally wore throughtout their lives.

Work Shop for Adults/ Tea Ceremony
Saturday, April 24,  1-3pm ,  $40.00
Prof. Kimiko Gunji shares "The Way of Tea" which is the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea.  Whether you are a tea lover, interested in Zen Buddhism(which stronly influenced the tea ceremony), or intrigued by Japanese rituals, don't miss this opportunity to watch a tea ceremony unfold and participate in the artful performance.

Public Performance / Nagata Shachu Japanese Drumming Ensemble
Saturday,  April 24, 8pm , $35.00 adults / $10 students
Based in Toronto, Canada, the group has enthralled audience with its mesmerizing and heart- pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998.  While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the group's principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saugatuck Japan Festival "Kamishibai Man" Post 6

Performance/ Notable pages presentation of "Kamishibai Man"
Thursday , April 15th 7pm
Presented by children participating in this program form the Saugatuck/ douglas District Library, this performance tells the tradional japaness tale of the kamishibai man who pedaled his bicycle into town, clapping wooden blocks together to begin his presentation. Like moths to a flame, children gather from all didirections, clamoring to buy the canlies that the kamishibai man sells and hear him lating tale.

Work shope for Adults/ Sake Tasting Workshop
Friday,  April 16  7-9 pm, $40.00
InStructor Jim Warren shares the history of Japan's famous fermented rice alcohol and discusses how to drink-and evaluate-sake.  Participants get to sample a series of sakes and understand how each gets its differing flavors, scents, and textures.

Work show for Adults/ Composing Japanese Potetry: Renga and Haiku
Saturday, April 17, 1-4pm  $30.00
Jeremy Robinson assistant professor of Japanese at Grand Valey State University continues his discussion of Japanese poetry with this hands on workshop.  Wundr stand how the "linked verse" Renga was composed, including the opening verses- of Haiku.  Then work on your own Haiku pieces.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Saugatuck Japan Festival" Antiques Road Show" Post 5

Public Presentation/Antiques Road Show: Japan
Tuesday, April 13th , 7pm
 Get ready for Antiques Road Show: Japan with your host David Pepper, owner of Okame Japanese Antiques in Windsor, Onteario.  Mr. Pepper begins with an overview of the major themes in Japanese art then evaluates your Japanese antiques and collectibles.  Will last treasures con to light?  Join us for this educatinal and entertaining eventing.
($4.00 per item or $10 for 3 items fee for appraisals)

Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast St. Patrick's Day Festival March 13

 Dont forget the month of March you can stay two night and get one night FREE.

Mareh 13, 2010
6th Annual parade 2 pm. 
Sponsored by Saugatuck/Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
For More information call : 269-857-1701
                                                                       This is our car,Ewald driving!
                                                                        Last years picture 2009

Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast Winery week-end March 5-6

Great week-end at J. Paule's Fenn Inn Stay 2 nights and get one night FREE   through March.

 Winery weekend March 5-6
Come enjoy a gourmet dinner with award winning wines from Michigan wineries!  Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and wine tasting at Friday evening's welcome party.  Saturday evening prepare your palate for a 5 course gourmet dinner with special vintner selected recipes.  Each course will be prired with a diffeent Michigan Wine!.  The perfect weekend for those thirsting for knowledge... or just thirsting !  Sponsored by the Grand Escape Inns.  For Further information call  1-800-647-6023 or go to

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Saugatuck Japan Festival Japanese Poetry Post 4

Workshop for Adults/ From the Palace to the Farm: Japanese Potery for the Masses
Monday April 12 at 7pm
Jeremy Robinson assistant professor of Japanese at the Grand Valley state University shares the fascinationg story of  how the centuries old "shared writing" form, Renga, gave birth to the popular Haiku form.  Whit was initially an elite form of writing was gradually taken over by a more common culture and ultimately won a much broader (incdeed global) audince,   Learn about the "super Heroes" of early Haiku (still revered today) and experience some of Japan's gretest examples of this simple but sublime literary form.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast Japan's Festival part 3

Work Shop for Adults/ Aikido Class
Tuesday evening April 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7-8:30 P.M.
$40.00 for the 4-week session
Whether you're interested in engaging exercise, safety techniques or learning about this Japanese martial art form, you won't want to miss this l4- week class.  Save Mata from the Kyoseikan Dojo Aikido Program is committed to maintaining the highest standards of Aikido instruction and training.  He will offer students a traditional Aikido training experience including " empty hand" techniques, deference against armed attackers, and multiple person attacks.  Try this dynamic "about it' and "do it" class

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast Japan's Festival part 2

Exhibition/ Artfully Adorned: The Japanese Kimono March 5 to April 26 from 9-5 EST Time and during evening performances Bertha Krueger Reid Exhibition Hall, FREE of CHARGE.Discover how the exquisite patterns and lush colors on Japanese kimonos are created in this exhibition of Japan's national dress.  Artfully Adomed showcases the motifs and techniques - still done entirely by hand - that have inspired everything from architecture to modern couture.   From painting and stenciling to embroidery and brocade, see close -up these remarkable works of fashion that are also breathtaking  works of art..                                                    

Gallery Talk/ Motifs in Kimono design
Thursday, April 1, 7pm, FREE of CHARGE
The Artfully Adomed  exhibition features many kimonos from Etta Hesselink's private collection.  Join her as she gives participants a tour of the exhibit and discusses key motifs commonly used in Kimono design.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Saugatuck Center of the Arts Japan's culture

This year's "Culture of Japan" programs will leave our guests amazed!
From a Kimona exhibition to " Antiques Roadshow: Japan"  to a sake tasting workshop or the heart-pounding rhythms of Japanese drumming- there is something for everyone.

For Festival information and tickets call 269-857-2399 or online TIX @
Call us for more information and details:
March 5- April 27
Save the Date  June 19 Summer Solstice Benefit.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fenn Valley Winery / Winemakers dinner / Saugatuck / Fennville

Fenn Valley is having another Pre-Release dinner with Chef Christine Ferrs.
Gourmet meal matched to the newest wines.
Must book early $70 per person
March 6,2010
Chef Luke Webster the menue is wonderful:
There will be another dinner on March 27th if you are to late to get into the March 6th dinner.
Clams Genovese-broiled stuffed clams with Pinot Grigio 2009
Shaved fennel and blood orange salad with Riesling 2009
Grilled shrimp with white beans and arugula with Dry Riesling 2009
Duck Scalopini with red cherries and grappa with Cabernet Franc 2009
Osso Buco with risotto with Meritage 2008
Clementines with balsamic vinegar over walnut cake with a Select Harvest Vignoles 2009

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Saugatuck / Fennville Butched it up - Bathroom Update

We are into changing thing up with out a lot of expence in this down economy. But  want to give a fresh clean look.

 So we re-did our largest bathroom with some simple paint changes and changed a very girly room by butching it up with some blue.

Do you think the color did the trick?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cross Country Ski the dunes of Saugatuck

February and March looks like a great time to come Cross Country ski the dunes of Saugatuck or the Allegan County woods have lovely trails.

Down hill is only 40 minutes south east of us in Bittersweet Ski Area in Otsego Michigan

Sorry there are no snow mobile rentals in our area that I know of.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Stuffed French Toast was loved by all

Valentines day  was wonderful at J. Paule's Fenn Inn, every one got their FREE Massages on Saturday after breakfast and on Sunday morning  I was given yellow roses and a wonderful card and my guest got  served Stuffed French toast with Fresh Strawberries on top with worm maple syrup, with a wonderful fruit plater.

Here is the ingredients:

Stuffed French Toast With Strawberrys

8 ounces cream cheese cut in to 8  equal sections

1 1/2 Pounds  loaf firm white bread (about 16 slices)

10 Eggs

1 1/2 cups half and half

1/4 cup Maple syrup

1/2 cup butter, melted (1/4 pound) ( Note: if you double the recipt do not double butter)

1/4 cup pancake mix

Strawberry sauce: (optional, I just use fresh strawberries cut up in long strips with worm maple syrup)
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries ( 1pint)
2 Cups strawberry preserves

Preparation :
Must be prepared the night before, than baked just before serving in a 350 degree oven.

Grease a 13 X 9 X 2 inch glass baking dish

Spread cream chees over one slice of bread cover with another slice of bread to make a sandwich.

Repeat till you have made 8 cream cheese sandwiches.

Trim the crust off all the sandwiches.

Cut sandwiches into 1 inch cubes and place in the prepared baking dish.(spray dish with cooking spray)

In a mixing bowl:

Mix eggs, cream, maple syrup,pancke mix and butter until well blended.( make sure the butter is not so hot it cooks the eggs)

Pour evenly over the bread.

Press the bread down until it soaks up the egg mixture.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours

 The next morning  bake at 350 digrees for 50-60  minutes or until lighly browned all over the top.

Sauce Preparation:

Heat the strawberries and straberry preserves in a saucepan, stirring gently, until preserves have melted.

 After taking out of the oven let rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Cut French toast into squares and serve warm, with the strawberry sauce.

Yealds 8-10 servings, 3 1/2 cups strawberry sauce.

Have a wonderful Valentines day.......Paulette

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Free" Massage Special at Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast

At the J. Paules Fenn Inn in beautiful Charming County, Michigan, the innkeeper is offering a wonderful week-end special in February and March 2010:

Tree Top Suite #5  Stay Friday - Saturday or Saturday - Sunday  get: "2-1 hour FREE MASSAGES"

Green Room #1 Stay Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday get: "1 hour FREE MASSAGE" may split.

English Room #3 Stay Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday get: "1 hour FREE MASSAGE" may split.

Guest Room #4 Stay Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday get: "1 FREE MASSAGE" may split.

Please call for more details:  (269) 561-2836 or toll-free: (877) 561-2836, or check our web site for on-line reservations.