Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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
“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.”

“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
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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