I am keeping calm and carrying on through the snow to the dunes and back to civilization, slowly. This takes grit that builds character in Midwesterners. Also, creates this thrilling determination to make the weekends count. Strategize, car pool, take the train, but get out there, there is so much to do.
While Sitting in a White Out Yesterday: I found a lot solace in my unusually long commute yesterday, hearing texts and emails float across my phone. Half my traitorous family is in Florida, New Orleans, California and Mexico. And don’t get me started on my friends. Other years, when we were spoiled by mild weather, these were the people who missed out on some fun because they opted out. Of course, the Customs Imports and NBBA’s Dee Dee Duhn has the timing of her annual Bali trip down to a science. This year was a particularly stellar choice of dates: she left in early January, during a lull between storms and will return just in time for the biggest NBBA event of the year, Bev’s Second Season Ball at the Crystal Ballroom at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo on Saturday, February 1. The $80-tickets are so worth it. I never miss this party. (For more info on this event and other Winterfest Weekend activities in New Buffalo go to the Shore home page and check out pages 58-59 in the replica edition of the magazine there.) Paging my menu items the other day, Ms. Duhn graciously sent along a photo of her Bali office, pictured here.
Other Fun Stuff Up Ahead: St. Joe hosts a chili tour next weekend with retailers in the downtown area. Everybody participates. Also White Pine winery is holding their annual Winter Comforts Evening from 6-8 either tonight in their tasting room on State St. also in St. Joe. WP Winemaker Dr. Dave Miller---we have a story coming up on these learned winemakers in southwestern Michigan in the next Shore--- will be releasing his 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc at the event. Tickets are $30 with early reservation and $35 at the door.