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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Alpenfest

Rick Coates - July 11th, 2011
Alpenfest brings a Teutonic touch to Gaylord
By Rick Coates
Something troubling you? Consider the Burning of the Boogg at Alpenfest as your opportunity to rid yourself of your troubles.
The 47th Annual Alpenfest in Gaylord kicks off Tuesday July 12 and the Burning of the Boogg has become an opening day tradition for the popular festival.
“The Boogg is from Swiss tradition where a giant snowman made of cotton is burned to celebrate the transition of winter into spring,” said Meghan Aimoe, president of Alpenfest. “Since it is already the middle of summer we have created a different concept here at Alpenfest. People jot down their troubles and slips of paper they are placed inside of the Boogg and we light it and your troubles go up in smoke.”
The process begins at 7 pm with the creation of lampions followed by the Lampion Parade. Another Swiss tradition adapted by the Alpenfest, lampions are created by cutting designs into the sides and top of a box. The designs are then covered with colored tissue paper or plastic wrap. A flashlight is inserted providing light as well as a handle to carry the lantern. Everyone carries their lampion in a procession that takes the Boogg to its burning site.  About 9:30 is when the Boogg is finally lit. 

SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Aimoe and the other festival organizers they believe what sets Alpenfest apart from so many festivals are the offbeat events and the fact that so many events are free.
“We have so many unique events like the ladies ankle competition and the mens knee competition or the kazoo competition,” said Aimoie. “Plus we have free food events everyday, free entertainment and free contests and events for kids.”
Alpenfest remains one of Northern Michigan’s greatest entertainment values. The Alpenfest pin that is designed each year by a local artist is still only $3 and gains admittance into several food events.
The free food events (need the button and some events have a nominal charge so get the official Alpenfest schedule when you arrive) kick off on opening night with the ‘Wurst Wagon,” where members of the Michigan State Police Post in Gaylord grill hot dogs for everyone. On Wednesday morning Die Groeste Kaffe Pause – “The World’s Largest Coffee Break” takes place with complimentary coffee, donuts and milk under the Pavilion. At noon check out the Pontresina Suppen Mahlzeit - Alpenfest’s secret soup recipe. Free (with your 2011 Alpenfest pin or $5 without the pin). A pulled pork dinner on Wednesday night is $3 with the Alpenfest pin.
Ethnic highlights for Friday include pfannekuchen und wuerstchen, a pancake and sausage breakfast and a sausage and sauerkraut meal during the dinner hour.
“Most of these events have been a part of the Alpenfest tradition from the beginning. Our visitors like that they can count on these events every year and so do those who grew up here and return each year for this week,” said Aimoe. “Gaylord is still a small town that is growing and will continue to grow, Alpenfest helps to remind us that no matter how big our community gets we still have a connection to each other and our past.”

MUSIC TOO
“A lot of people come specifically for the entertainment offerings,” said Aimoe. “Acts this year include The Alan Turner Band, known for their CMTV video ‘BULL Riding Babe,’” the Young Americans, and four-time Grammy nominee band Restless Heart.
Alpenfest and the alpine look and feel of Gaylord began in the early ‘60s when U.S. Plywood built a particle board plant near town. The process used to manufacture particle board was developed and patented by a Swiss businessman and since the new plant meant employment for many in the area, a gala was planned for 1965 when the plant opened. Originally titled the Alpine Festival the event took off; 47 years later Alpenfest remains a Northern Michigan tradition.
Alpenfest takes place July 12-16 in the village of Gaylord. This year’s theme, “Something To Tweet About,” recognizes the festivals embracing of social media. For details and to download the schedule of events check out www.gaylordalpenfest.com. 



Entertainment Highlights:

Tuesday July 12: Alpenfest Queen’s Pageant at 7 pm.

Wednesday July 13:  The Young Americans make their annual visit to Gaylord at Noon and in the evening country music’s Restless Heart from Nashville perform at 8 pm.

Thursday, July 14:  Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band perform’s a variety of music at 8 pm.  

Friday July 15: Jonny Diaz a Christian rock musician takes the stage at 8 pm.

Saturday July  16: Is the 2011 Alpenfest “finale”  featuring The Elders  The Elders, performing upbeat Celtic dance music at 8 pm. 
 
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