Monday, September 21, 2009

Magic of the House

We often observe a noticeable change in guests' demeanor during their stay at the Stewart Inn. A typical situation is a couple arriving late Friday evening following a stressful week on the job. When they step into the warm ambiance of the Drawing Room the tension drops along with their jaws as they view the floor to ceiling fused glass fireplace, shimmering with changing greens, golds and reds. The beamed ceiling, graceful arches, art-glass windows, and golden oak paneling give this room a comfortable feeling that belies its size. Thick stucco walls keep the interior extremely quiet, adding to a sense of peace and security. The next morning when guests come down for breakfast they are invariably relaxed and happy. Jane and I just look at each other and say 'It's the magic of the house.'

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wausau Fall Exhibitour

Wausau Area Events hosts the Fall Exhibitour on Saturday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in Downtown Wausau. During this semi-annual event about a dozen shops sponsor artists, display their work, and offer complimentary wine samples and hors d'oeuvres. We always enjoy walking from one venue to the next, mingling with the artists and friends along the way. And even if you're not interested in a horse-drawn wagon ride, you'll enjoy the clop-clop as it passes by.

Wisconsin Fall Color Update

Paul and I enjoyed a wonderful walk at Dells of the Eau Claire County Park on Sunday. The weather was perfect and some trees are beginning to show color. We were also pleasantly surprised by some trail improvements - new and better signs and a new bridge over the dam. Hikers are now able to walk both sides of the river without backtracking. We invite you to make the Stewart Inn your headquarters for enjoying the brilliant fall colors in the Wausau area.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend

On September 12 and 13 Wausau hosts its annual arts celebration, rated the number one art festival in the nation by American Style Magazine. Artrageous Weekend consists of three major events, each with a distinct flavor.

Art in the Park is a bazaar-like arts and crafts event held in the county fair buildings at Marathon Park. There’s something for everyone here, from leather and wood objects to pottery and paintings. Several years ago we purchased an elephant painting from artist Jackie Flaten at this exhibition and hung it in the Stewart Inn entry. It reminds us of the time when the Stewart House was called the "Gray Elephant on Grant Street" because of its massive size and distinctive periwinkle color.

We love to spend a sunny afternoon walking from tent to tent and admiring the extraordinary objects on display at the Festival of Arts in downtown Wausau. This art fair presents the work of more than 100 juried fine artists from throughout the Midwest. in downtown Wausau. That’s where we discovered Adrienne the potter, who made the delightful platters and plates we use for afternoon wine and cheese at the Inn.

In our opinion, the annual opening of the Birds in Art exhibit at the Woodson Art Museum is THE cultural event in Wausau. Many of the artists whose work is on display attend the opening events. We like to purchase a copy of the exhibit book and take it with us as we view the art. The artists are always happy to sign the page next to their entries in the book.