Just over a year ago, I spent a weekend in Elkhorn, Wisconsin on a story assignment writing about the newly open-to- the-public Camp Wandawega. It not only proved to be one of the most idyllic vacation spots I’ve been to just an hour and a half outside of Chicago, it was also an amazing hotbed of creative energy.
It was that weekend that Emily Fiffer and I met our talented photographer Nathan Michael and had our first adventure with the husband-and-wife camp owners Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez. Since then, Wandawega has held a special place in my heart, so it couldn’t be more perfect that Camp Wandawega is coming to Dose this Sunday to help us celebrate our one-year anniversary.
So what is Camp Wandawega? Dating back to the twenties, the camp has changed hands a number of times (from Latvian retreat to a brothel, among other things), but today, the couple has restored the property to resemble its original state, with a few creative additions. Every teepee, treehouse, Boy Scout tent, cabin and “hotel” room bears a theme played out with vintage Americana that Surratt collects thanks to her habitual thrifting and flea market trips. A first visit to Wandawega promises complete sensory overload: Choose between flying from a rope swing into the lake, testing your precision in the archery range, plowing through the 20 acres of woods on the RV, lounging in the hammock or perfecting the art of s’more-making at the bonfire pit.
It’s the kind of place you want to take something home with you as memorabilia, which is why I was thrilled to learn that Surratt was opening a souvenir store last month. Which brings us back to Dose. If you’re so lucky to make it to Wandawega for a visit, you can browse the selection in person; everyone else can shop online. This Sunday, however, the Wandawega Camp Store comes to life at Dose with vintage-style canteens, local syrup, compasses, percolators, whistles, arrows, even charm necklaces.
As if this wasn’t enough American charm for one market, the shop is sharing a booth with Buckshot Sonny’s Sporting Goods, where you’ll find everything from beautiful handmade baseballs and Nakona gloves to denim ball caps, Horween leather watch bands, army green tanks (ladies, they put your favorite American Apparel tank to shame) and made-to-order linen dress shirts for the fellas. Perfectly timed, BSSG is also debuting its limited edition Kamp Kit, a classic waxed canvas dopp kitt made in collaboration with Winter Session, who will be selling their own wares right across the aisle.
So tie on your friendship bracelet and pack your bag for Camp Dose.
One of the best parts about Dose? Discovering myriad Midwest producers.
We’ve been hooked on Madison-based Yumbutter‘s artisan peanut butter since they debuted at Dose last year. This Sunday, they’re back with a new nut butter (Ethical Elvis — bananas and bacon ground into roasted peanuts) and gluten-free bread in tow.
Every peanut butter sandwich needs a jelly counterpart. This month, we welcome Food for Thought, an organic preserves producer out of Honor, Michigan. We’re fiends for their tart cherry, strawberry-basil, and blackberry-shiraz concoctions, to name a few.
In addition to selling jars of peanut butter and preserves, Yumbutter and Food for Thought will serve delicious, nutritious sandwiches on Sunday. Turns out PB+J isn’t just for kids.
On the Menu
The Bread: Choose between Madison Sourdough’s country wheat or Yumbutter’s homemade, gluten-free Real Food Mayhem toast, a seriously satisfying combination of carrots, apples, oranges, kale, ginger, spinach, lemon, cucumber, beets, coconut, sea salt, and cranberries, lightly roasted at low temperature. Wowsa.
Uno: Asian Jazz Yumbutter, Michigan pear preserves, cucumber
Dos(e): Ethical Elvis Yumbutter, tomato, spring greens, feta cheese
Tres: Dark Chocolate D’lishe Yumbutter, organic banana, ABC Crunch Cereal Revolution, Azteca spice (cinnamon, ginger, cayenne)
Butter is definitely better.
In the words of Nelly, ‘It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes,” but you can leave your jewelry on. Here, a sampling of some of the statement-making pieces you’ll find at this weekend’s Dose:
The sweetest vintage charms and bow-shaped rhinestone brooches from Colifichet.
Vintage gold and West African and Eastern Asian trade bead door knockers from King Onye Label.
The debut of Laura Lombardi’s limited edition capsule collection, putting the sass in the brass.
Organic one-of-a-kinds from rock artist Mineralogy.
And that’s just the beginning.
It’s our birthday! And you best believe we’ve got something tasty cooking for June 24th’s Dose Market. Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe for the best Dose yet:
The Birthday Dose
23 food vendors
27 fashion vendors
1 River East Art Center
1. Whip up the mix with a Crop to Cup iced horchata latte. Or start the party with a boozy Jo Snow snowcone or complimentary quaffs from Goose Island and Spicebox Whisky.
2. Add in a.m. treats from Bake and Bagel on Damen, then take a lap to check out vintage silk caftans from Saffron Vintage, new designs from C/FAN and AGGA B, SDK’s Dose debut of summer essentials, and the freshest finds from Edith Hart and Roslyn.
3. Mix in menswear with leather boat shoes, Imogene + Willie denims and neckties from Independence, Oak Street Bootmakers and the dapper gents of Artfully Disheveled. Need a shave? Visit Angry Barber for some straight-razor action. Feeling sporty? Don’t miss Camp Wandawega and Buckshot Sonny’s Sporting Goods for denim caps, colorful arrows and bows and handmade baseballs. Make a pit stop in the teepee.
4. Let your shopping bags rest while sampling barrel-aged fish sauce and maple syrups from Blis, bloody mary mix from Stu’s, Indian cooking kits from Kaveli and a spread of artisan cheese from Great American Cheese Collection. Mug for Smilebooth Chicago.
5. Shake things up with an on-site portrait from the artists of this month’s non-profit, Project Onward, and find vintage decor for your home from Industrial Evolution, one-of-a-kind Gentleman’s Boombox suitcase boomies and set the table with new placemats from Burrow & Hive.
6. Incorporate lunchtime treats: Sausages from Markethouse, barbecue from Lillie’s Q and fancy PB&J from Yumbutter. Wash it down with local-fruit soda from Seasons Soda–with a scoop of Snookelfritz ice cream, if you’d like.
7. Decorate yourself with semi-precious stone, brass and beaded jewels from Mineralogy, Colifichet, Laura Lombardi and King Onye Label, and soothe your skin and satisfy your mind with body products from Lifetherapy.
8. Serve yourself a big slice of cake from ByM Desserts or a wedge of raspberry or tart cherry pie from Rustic Tart. Garnish with a Dose bar from Mayana Chocolates.
See you bright and early this Sunday for the best Dose yet!
What: Dose, a monthly food and fashion market (dosemarket.com)
When: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.; one Sunday per month thereafter
Where: River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. (312-321-1001; rivereastartcenter.com)
Transportation: Nearest El stop at Grand Red Line. 4-hour parking for $6 with Dose validation in the Parkview garage (456 E. Illinois St.; before the light at Peshtigo Ct.).
Price: $10 admission at the door; $8 pre-orders at dosemarket.com/tickets
Dose in Photos: facebook.com/dosemarket
This month, in honor of our birthday, we’re celebrating with special edition Dose posters. We have Cordenons to thank for an amazing, sparkly paper donation. Without them, these purple- and silver-hued beauties wouldn’t be here today. Thank you, Cordenons!
Cordenons has its roots in Italy, where its paper mill has operated since 1715. Today, the state-of-the-art facility continues to print stunning, high quality papers in every color of the rainbow.
Birthdays call for glitter, so we went all out: glittery purple paper and silver text. We think they look fancy.
Look for the posters on your favorite shop windows. And mark June 24 on your calendar! We’d love to blow out the candles with you.