Here’s a venue that will be a great place to have a good time, and the kind of place I’ve never dreamt of for poetry… I mean, like, I’ve read in a castle in Ireland, a coupla coffee shops, in someone’s backyard, in a horse barn, (starting to sound like Green Eggs and Ham, right?). I’ve even read over Skype, but now—–THE RED DOCK!!!?
If you aren’t familiar with it, picture a Florida Keys-ish bar and restaurant in atmosphere, beverages, good eats, picnic tables, umbrellas, happy-hearted staff. Owners Tony and Dona Amato are a joy to be around. They flew the French flag for Bastille Day, a Grateful Dead flag for Tony’s birthday. Who knows what will fly when poetry hits the Saugatuck and Douglas waters…
When? August 12, Julie’s birthday!
What time? 5pm
Where is The Red Dock? Take the first right once you cross the bridge heading south from Saugatuck to Douglas, turn just past the Summertime Market. Head down the hill to a big gravel parking lot, and look toward the water for a boardwalk.
Follow the boardwalk all the way to the end, and there you will be, right on the harbor, ready to order up and take it easy.
I will have the opportunity to read with Lauren Camp, a fine, fine poet from New Mexico. Tony tells me Lauren is a dynamo (laurencamp.com).
Boaters are welcome to tie up at the dock. Come early to grab a paddleboard, though you can’t drink beer while paddling. There are SOME rules at the Red Dock.
Come be with the people you like to be with, stay for the poetry.