Audubon Exclusives: An Artisan Country Breakfast

Jennifer Schlick, Audubon Community Nature Center program director, stopped by Wendy Bale’s 1880s former boarding house to sample her baked French toast. Those interested can also participate at “An Artisan Country Breakfast” and then tour Bale’s artist studio and her husband Bill’s wood-crafting workshop. Space is limited, and March 12 is the reservation deadline for the Sunday, March 18, event.

Audubon Exclusives is a new initiative of the Audubon Community Nature Center.

The next exclusive will take place March 18 when artist and Audubon board member Wendy Bale opens her 188’s former boarding house for one of the first Audubon Exclusives, “An Artisan Country Breakfast.”

On Sunday, March 18, Bale will prepare a big country breakfast of baked French toast, local free-range eggs, sausage, fruit and more. The meal will be served on hand-made pottery in the dining hall of her home.

After the meal, the group will tour Bale’s art studio to see nature-themed cut paper sculpture and a demonstration of her techniques.

Then there will bea tour of her husband, Sandhill Bill’s, workshop to see wood furniture in progress, including his new river series pieces.

Weather-permitting, the group can work off the breakfast with an optional hike at the Audubon Community Nature Center, less than a mile down the road. All of the proceeds of this event go directly to the Nature Center.

The cost is $45 and space is limited to eight guests. Reservations are required by Monday, March 12, and can be made online through the Programs page at

Also on the Audubon Exclusives page at are details about dinners prepared by Willow Fodor. These vegetarian delights are served at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church before GreenUp Jamestown events on Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 28, and May 2.