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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Up North Fourth booms in Charlevoix

Rick Coates - June 27th, 2011
Up North Fourth booms in Charlevoix
By Rick Coates
You can expect Charlevoix’s Up North Fourth to rock out a lot more this
year, thanks to some high-powered promotional help.
Since returning to his hometown from Montana a few years ago Sam Porter
and his Porterhouse Productions team have focused on events in Traverse
City. He is now expanding into Charlevoix with the Up North Fourth one-day
celebration Saturday, July 2  at the East Park Odmark Performance
Pavilion.
“We are very fortunate to be working with Sam Porter and Porterhouse
Productions,” said Amanda Wilken of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors
Bureau. “Sam is really the best in the business at this sort of thing. He
knows talent and how to set up an event of this nature. We are very
excited about what he has put together for us.”
The 4-8 p.m. event will feature the the “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk”
of Euforquestra and the rockabilly of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys,
along with a variety of food offerings and the Short’s Brewery Experience.
“From what we understand both of these bands are awesome,” said Wilken.
“Plus, Euforquestra is playing at the Electric Rain Forest Festival
(formally known as Rothbury) the day after they perform here. So we feel
lucky to have both these bands.”

HULA-HOOPERS
“Another musical aspect we are offering is somewhat of an interactive
entertainment experience,” said Porter. We have Hula-hoopers and West
African hand-drumming ensembles  that will march the harbor and festival
grounds.”
Wilken said they also like the Short’s Brewery component. 
“We are only offering Short’s Beer, in fact they are bringing at least 10
different kinds. We like the fact that all the beer was made just down the
road. Plus all the proceeds from the Short’s Brewery Experience will
benefit the Keep Charlevoix Beautiful campaign.”
Up North Fourth will be a family-friendly event.
“Charlevoix is a very kid-friendly town. We have a trout pond that the
kids love checking out and we have an interactive water fountain,” said
Wilken. “There will be plenty of kids activities inside the event as well
from hula-hooping to simply dancing to the music.”
With an already crowded entertainment calendar over the Fourth of July
weekend, why did Charlevoix decide on an event this particular weekend?
“We didn’t have a Fourth of July celebration,” said Wilken.  “So we
started thinking what we could do and we wanted to do something fun; and
we developed Up North Fourth. Since we are doing it on July 2 there are no
fireworks that night so this won’t conflict with that.”
Planners also opted for an early evening event.
“We wanted a festival that gives people the daytime to go to the beach,
boating, golfing or other outdoor activity and not be in conflict with
those activities,” said Wilken.  “We felt with the music component that
early evening was a good time for a concert setting. Then we are ending
early enough for people to enjoy the nightlife of the region.”
The Up North Fourth will offer an optional Short’s Brewery Experience
with 10 varieties of beer. This backyard BBQ picnic will feature ribs to
pulled pork and potato salad offered by Friske Orchards and Cross
Fisheries whitefish tacos prepared by local chefs with several vegetarian
options. Proceeds generated by the Short’s Brewery Experience benefit
“Keep Charlevoix Beautiful,” a local non-profit organization that is
behind Charlevoix’s petunias.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (kids 5 and under free).
The Short’s Brewery Experience offers a commemorative pint glass and five
7-oz. pours for an additional $20 with extra pours available for purchase.
For details check out www.visitcharlevoix.com or
www.porterhouseproductions.com or call the CVB at 800.0367-8557. 
 
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