You will pay more at the door, so get your FOTS tickets in advance; shop your heart out at Art Attack in Harbor Country; find out if it’s treasure or trash in South Haven on Saturday and get one last bite at Bistro 157.
Mother-Daughter Night at Fashion on the Shore: If you have not yet attended our FOTS event, the third year will be the charm. Shore's co-sponsoring partner Millicent Huminsky and the Southwestern Michigan Tourism Council realized quickly that the 2013 FOTS had attracted a mix of mothers and daughters from across the Lake Michigan area. Though last year's show was on a splendid, warm Spring evening at the end of April, the optimum Friday would be just prior to Mother's Day. So May 9th at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center was scheduled. All the aspects that made the show such a hit last year remain intact. The emerging designers' portfolios and their eclectic and imaginative fashions will be full blast again this year and we will be joined by at least one new design school. The brilliant, irreverent Robin Van Dyke will be the MC and narrator and of course, we have 30 models this year, many of the best professionals in the Lake Michigan area. Seating is limited so be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter to get this best deal on tickets. If you want to take a look at the photos from previous years, check out the photo gallery.
Art Attack in Harbor Country: Art Attack is all about teaching and learning this year. Starting on Friday you can take a lamp class at Catherine and Co.; give your home a makeover at The Shoppes of Michigan Thyme; try on the fabulous shoe collection from Helen’s Heart Trunk Show at Indian Summer Boutique and we haven’t even gotten to the art-art yet. Three Oaks has a half dozen gallery shows going but don’t forget to stop at Dee Dee Duhn’s Customs Imports in New Buffalo for her Bali Hai, Bali Hai sanctuary transformation. (Don’t you dare buy the blue chair if you get there before I do); the Robert Morse exhibition at Groundworkes; and Craig Smith Gallery’s show at the Gordon Beach Inn. Craig’s Sneak Preview Show begins Friday at 6 pm (ET). Much like Customs, Craig Smith’s Gallery is fatal to me; I can’t help but fall in love with some object or other.
Local Treasure?: On Saturday, April 26, 1-4 pm the South Haven Center for the Arts will be featuring Kari Miller and Peter Fenwood in South Haven's version of Antiques Roadshow. Participants are invited to bring antiques, heirlooms, and curiosities to be reviewed by a team of local experts in antique furniture, art, and weaponry, along with local restoration professionals, and an expert in Dutch Art. If you want to know about a piece of furniture, bring a picture and a drawer (if it has one). Review sessions with experts will cost $10 per time; second item $5 for SHCA members!
Valparaiso’s Iconic Bistro 157 in the Final Days: Just think back a dozen years ago and it is easy to remember just how unusual the idea of a real French bistro serving foie gras and steak frites at a reasonable price on a daily basis was then. Most of the high-end places weren’t even open for lunch, let alone a lunch prepared by a Paris Cordon Bleu-trained chef like Nicole Bissonnette. We may take the European style bistro for granted, but it wasn’t always that way. I won’t be able to attend the official farewell party tonight, but I ate a fine French meal there on Tuesday complete with Provencal Escargot followed by a Braised Beef Short Rib braised in wine sauce and afterwards a perfect black cherry crème brulee. Buried in butter and eggs, I couldn’t indulge any further than that but I stole a memento: The wine and cocktail list. The most perfect I have ever seen anywhere.