Saugatuck, MI is a very colorful place. That’s part of why I like it. I also like the creative energy, the beautiful setting on the Lake Michigan coastline and the fun time I have when I go there.
I meandered around Saugatuck yesterday with some friends who were visiting us from Texas. They had actually met 21 years ago on a blind date in Saugatuck and thought it might be fun to go back.
Right near Douglas, MI, the little town is artsy and fun, probably because of its proximity to Ox-Bow, the summer arts camp for the Chicago Institute of Arts and the many Bed and Breakfasts that encourage weekend revelry. It was packed with folks attending the Saugatuck Film Festival. Later in the summer folks will flock to Saugatuck to the Arts and Crafts shows and the well known Venetian Festival.
We didn’t get to see any films instead poked in and out of the cute shops enjoying the sights and scenes including a beautiful garden right on the main street. I am inspired with these colorful chairs. Could paint some old ones like this and give them new life.
And how great that even the dogs are provided a colorful treat as they make their way down the sidewalks of the main street.
There are, of course, fudge shops, wine stores, t-shirt shops and many cute gift and clothing stores, but my favorite store is the music shop called Open Door Music where I bought a couple of new Irish Tenor Cd’s, the latest Danny Wright Piano collection and some pan pipes music from Ecuador. The owner of the shop will play almost anything for you and if you ask about a CD, he’ll run his finger down the list of songs and tell you which one is best. He knows them all.
We stopped to watch story time in the park, enthusiastically acted out by the guy riding the Library Cycle. Then we wandered over to the play equipment and loved looking at the sculpture there, sure to amuse any child and grown up who come to swing and slide.
Folks who come to Saugatuck often take the paddleboat ride or the hand operated ferry to cross the Kalamazoo River. And if a “rest stop” is needed, the public facilities are adorned with images of a famous painting—appropriately, Sunday Afternoon on the Grand Jatte by George Seurat. The real one can be seen at the Chicago Institute of Art but isn’t this an appealing representation?