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The Cabbage Shed

Danielle Horvath - July 27th, 2009
The Cabbage Shed
New concert series & menu upgrade an Elberta tradition

By Danielle Horvath 7/27/09

A summer tradition for visitors and affectionately known as “the Shed” by
the locals, the Cabbage Shed in Elberta has hosted some of the best in
Northern Michigan entertainment during its 26-year history. Over the
years, owner Jim Clapp has offered just about every kind of live music,
from rock & roll to blues and country to swing and Cajun.
This summer the tradition takes an acoustic twist with a “Back Room
Concert Series,” featuring a variety of folk, blues and bluegrass in a
concert-like setting.
The Shed has also become a family tradition with daughter Becky Clapp
taking on the day-to-day management of the bar and restaurant. “I grew up
here, washing dishes at first and now it feels good to be working with Dad
and giving him the chance to spend time doing other things he wants to do.
And I love keeping the spirit that he started here alive, cause it’s such
a cool place.”
Originally built in 1867, it was the area’s first general store; and until
the turn of the century, sailing schooners shipped in its supplies. It
became a Farmer’s Cooperative in the 1920s and at one time was stacked
with cabbages bound for shipment by rail. Tradition prevailed when Clapp
resurrected the Cabbage Shed on August 31, 1985.
With its collage of deserted road signs, plank floors, steaks, ribs, white
fish and Fuller’s Ale on tap, it’s a popular meeting place for the locals
and a favorite vacation spot for visitors.

The Shed is also rolling out a new menu this summer that will change
weekly as they focus on more local, seasonal fare. They have increased
their seafood offerings with all new fresh fish including grilled Wahoo
with pineapple salsas, poached Halibut in a shrimp and scallops
bouillabaisse and grilled tuna Nori rolls. Old favorites like the Shed
Sirloin, baby back ribs, sesame crusted whitefish, Shed burgers and their
ever-popular homemade borscht and all homemade desserts are also
The Shed pours nine draft beers, ales and stouts and scores of bottled
brews from around the world. They also stock eleven single malt scotches
with handpicked Scottish selections. Other specialties include the world’s
best martini (they keep the gin in the freezer) the original Shed Sangria,
a super Bloody Mary and a well-balanced wine list.
The Cabbage Shed is open year round, seven nights a week beginning at 4
pm during the summer, and at noon for lunch Friday - Sunday. Check out one
of these upcoming performances while enjoying a dinner before or during
the show, and great views of Betsie Bay. For more information, call the
Shed at 231-352-0843 or check out their website at

July 24 - Josh White Jr., son of legendary blues man Josh White. Tickets
are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

July 28 - The Tannahill Weavers bring traditional music from Scotland’s
premiere band. “An especially eloquent mixture of the old and new.” New
York Times. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

August 7 - The Laws are a country/folk duo from Canada, $12 in advance,
$15 at the door.
August 9 - Mike and Brooks Lindner, these blues men are from Austin,
Texas, there is no cover charge.

Aug 12 - Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt, a magical collaboration of two of
Michigan’s top folk artists. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the night
of the show.

August 21 - The Ragbirds, an exciting roots/world music band, tickets are
$10 at the door.

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