Support Free Educational Programming by Sipping Cocktails and Having Good Conversation

Enjoy cocktails, heavy appetizers, and conversation with a New York Times best-selling author at Martinis & Musings with Wade Rouse on September 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver St.). Priced at $100 per person, all proceeds support free educational programming at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA). Very limited space, RSVP at 269.857.2399 or

During this private cocktail party, Rouse will read from his newest novel The Hope Chest – an international best-seller that’s set in Saugatuck-Douglas – share hilarious, poignant tales from his life as an author and dish never-before-told tales of being on book tour. Guests also receive a signed book.

“The noted art colony and beachside tourist town of Saugatuck, Michigan, beautifully springs to life in this gentle story of lifelong love along with the emotional support and care that families and friends can provide,” wrote the Library Journal in its review of The Hope Chest. “Life with ALS is also respectfully but vividly portrayed. It is refreshing and soothing to read about truly good people emerging from major life hardships with strength and dignity.”

Rouse is an internationally best-selling author of seven books, including his latest novel, The Hope Chest. Rouse writes under the pen name Viola Shipman – his grandmother’s name – to pay tribute to the woman whose heirlooms, life, lessons and love inspire his fiction and inspired him to become a writer and the person he is today. Rouse’s work has been selected multiple times as a Must-Read by NBC’s “Today Show”, featured on E!, and has been chosen three times by the nation’s independent booksellers as an Indie Next Pick.

Sponsored by Susan & Robert Mikulay, Renee Zita, Deb & Dave Blandford, Edward Jones/George Stoutin, and Wade Rouse & Gary Edwards.

About the Saugatuck Center for the Arts

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts, located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more vibrant lakeshore community in West Michigan and beyond. For more information about the SCA and upcoming events, visit or call 269.857.2399.