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Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Aten Place

Kristi Kates - June 27th, 2011
A Barn Full of Music at Aten Place
By Kristi Kates
“This is probably the best schedule we have been able to put together in the 17 years we have offered shows,” grins William Aten, organizer of Aten Place Concerts in Boyne Falls.
Aten - who, perhaps somewhat incongruously, also works as a mathematics consultant and data coach for the Charlevoix-Emmet ISD - runs the Aten Place Concerts shows with his wife, Maxine, and has watched as their “house concerts” have become part of a growing movement in Northern Michigan.
The Rhubarbary Farm House Concerts in Harbor Springs and the Black Cat Concert Series at the Dhaseleer Events Barn in Charlevoix are two other venues that are spearheading this growing trend - great music being showcased in low-key, homegrown venues, usually privately-owned homes or barns that have been converted into personalized and friendly local concert stages. Aten Place is no exception, and have been doing their musical thing since 1995.

SONGS AND SNACKS
“A friend of ours, Nancy Decker, encouraged us to have a house concert in the summer of ‘95,” Aten explains, “so we decided to have a potluck dinner, and held the concert in our barn. The performer was Josh White Jr. - and our guests had so much fun, they asked us to do another show that summer.”
The ubiquitous Claudia Schmidt was Aten Place’s second show; she and White would return for two shows the following summer, after which the Atens added a third show, Barbara Bailey Hutchison.
“After that, the concept of a summer concert series started to take on a life of its own,” Aten says, “with each year, we added additional shows and made improvements to the barn, including better seating, a large stage, a quality sound system, stage lighting, and a pavilion for people to picnic prior to a show.”
The Atens, who do not operate as a business, but as a non-profit endeavor, don’t sell food or drink, and have maintained the potluck concept for the past 16 years of Aten Place shows.
“We just encourage our patrons to bring treats that can be shared at intermission,” Aten says.

RURAL AMBIANCE
Constructed in 1917, the Atens’ barn - the well-maintained and quirkily-decorated setting for their shows - is oak post and beam construction, and, Aten says, was originally part of a dairy farm. Sitting on rural, rolling hills that overlook the Boyne Valley, the barn’s warmth and elderly creaks add to the homegrown setting, and the stage itself is decorated with local memorabilia, plus photos, quilts, and antiques from Northern Michigan’s logging and railroad eras.
“The indirect lighting also provides an atmosphere that allows people the opportunity to reflect on how life was when our valley was part of the major lumbering operation in Northern Michigan,” Aten says, “it is a truly unique venue, and everyone who has played on our stage loves the ambiance we provide.”
With shows taking place only on Saturday nights in July and August, the Aten Place concerts are also a fleeting thing, much like summer in Northern Michigan itself, and both artists and patrons are taking even more notice these days, with a wide range of performers being booked, and costs being kept reasonable for the shows. Single tix start at $15, a pair can usually be snagged for $25, and a season’s pass to all shows can be purchased for just $140 per person.

BEST SHOWS EVER
And now back to that “best schedule ever…,” according to Aten.
“We are very proud to be able to offer John McCutcheon, as well as Michael Johnathon, Jeremy Kittle and The Waymores, which is comprised of three outstanding singer-songwriters from Nashville - Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, and Don Henry,” Aten says.
The Atens are dabbling in theater a little this year, as well:
“We are also bringing a production company in from downstate to present Jeff Daniels’ newest play, Escanaba in Love, for three nights in August.”
It’s a labor of love for the Atens.
“There are so many things that we enjoy about hosting the series,” he says. “We love that we have built a venue that now attracts bigger name artists, and that we can share their talent with our Northern Michigan community. We have focused our attention on singer-songwriters, as well as bringing artists to our stage that rarely, if ever, are seen in our region.”
“The concerts have also provided us a way to give back to the community,” Aten continues, “and it is our way of supporting the arts. It is very gratifying to have people come and thoroughly enjoy their evening; there is a spirit of community and fellowship that emerges in our venue, and it is one of the things that brings people back time and time again. It took us a while, but we have come to appreciate and understand the uniqueness of our venue, and the enjoyment it provides a host of people in our region - we love meeting and getting to know our patrons, and look forward to seeing them return each summer.”
The Aten Place Concert Series takes place at the Atens’ barn at 03492 Old Mackinaw Trail in Boyne Falls. A complete concert schedule, tickets, and more information may be found online at www.atenplace.com.

Schedule:
July 2 - Robin Lee Berry, Dave Boutette, John Latini
July 9 - Michael Johnathon
July 16 - Jeremy Kittel Band
July 22 - John McCutcheon
July 27 - LaRon Williams Children’s Matinee (2 pm)
July 30 - Legacy
Aug. 6 - Chasin’ Steel
Aug. 13 - Barbara Bailey Hutchison
Agu. 20 - Michael Reno Harrell
July 25-27 “Escanaba in Love”
 
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