Pine. Cinnamon. Gingerbread. Snow. The smells of Christmas are unmistakeable and teleport us emotionally back into our personal histories. Write On, Door County and the Ridges invite you to stretch your senses and expand your notions of what smells mean and how they influence our feelings, thoughts and expectations.
Suitable for all ages, this 30-45 minute guided tour is led by Jude Stewart, current writer-in-residence at Write On and author of the forthcoming book The Portable Nose: A Field Guide to Smell. We’ll start with a few exercises to warm up our smellers and tune into this often-neglected sense. Then we’ll smell our way around the Ridges Sanctuary as they prepare for their Natural Christmas celebration the following weekend, learning about the smells of the season: their histories, symbolic and cultural meanings, and more. You’ll leave the tour informed, delighted, and ready for a great-smelling holiday season!
Jude Stewart has written about culture for The Atlantic, Slate, The Believer, Cabinet, Design Observer, Gastronomica, and The Art of Eating among others. She is a contributing editor to PRINT, America’s longest-running graphic design magazine, and a contributor to AIGA Eye on Design and Fast Company’s Co.Design. She is the author of two books, both published by Bloomsbury. ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color was published in 2013 and is available in seven languages. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a rabbit hole of a good read,” Publishers Weekly praised ROY as “visually stimulating and surprising, reminding readers that colors are still as fascinating and fun as they were in grade school.” Her second book, Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns, appeared in 2015 and is available in three languages. AIGA Eye on Design praised the “exceptional authorial ability” and found Patternalia “both cohesive and wildly exciting.” Stewart divides her time between Chicago and Berlin.