Audubon Exclusives: An Artisan Country Breakfast


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Audubon Community Nature Center Program Director Jennifer Schlick stopped by Wendy Bale’s 1880’s former boarding house to sample her baked French toast. You can enjoy this treat 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 Audubon Community Nature Center. Board members and serious champions offer distinctive opportunities and unusual experiences in support of Audubon’s work.

Artist and board member Wendy Bale is opening her 1880’s former boarding house for one of the first Audubon Exclusives, “An Artisan Country Breakfast.”

On Sunday morning, 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 hearty meal, you will tour Bale’s art studio to see nature-themed cut paper sculpture and a demonstration of her techniques.

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

Weather-permitting, you 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.

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.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at