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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Get a little Art & Soul in Petoskey

Kristi Kates - March 16th, 2006
Almost exactly a year ago to date, a little shop took over the Mitchell
Street space in Petoskey where the Funky Frog used to reside.  Founded
by the enthusiastic and creatively-spirited Joelle Wilcox and dubbed
Art & Soul Studio, the new pottery-slash-crafting shop was conceived as
a place where local folks and visitors alike could make something that
was truly their own.
“I got into this because I really felt there was a need for a place
like this in the community,” Wilcox explains, “a place where people
could come and be creative and create their own projects.”   
Wilcox had been a stay-at-home parent for seven years - arguably a
“job” just as difficult as going to a workplace every day - but seven
years at home also meant that she was missing being out in the
community working on something in addition to her family, which
includes three children and her husband, Bay Street Orthopedics’ Dr.
Dan Wilcox.  So Art & Soul was the perfect solution - fun, unique,
and a creative opportunity both for her and for the people that would
hopefully soon become Art & Soul’s patrons.
“I was - and still am! - excited to provide a place where people of all
ages, but especially middle-school and high-school kids and young
adults, can come in and create things,” Wilcox confirms, “it’s also a
great place for people who might not be too outdoorsy, necessarily,
which I know is a big part of activities in Northern Michigan - these
more indoor people can come in and be productive and have fun here in
their own way.” 
Wilcox caters to groups, too, from small parties of friends to larger
events, homeschool groups, and Girl and Boy Scout troops.  And there
are all kinds of crafty opportunities to keep just about anyone happily
occupied.
So what is there to do?  Plenty.  And Wilcox and her staff will even
help you figure out just what to make. 
“For anybody who walks in, we have a teaching board and some neat idea
books,” she explains, “we can help you design anything you want, or
even an idea you saw in a magazine.” 
And the variety and beauty of things created at Art & Soul isn’t lost
on the owner.  “It’s a learning process, and it’s fun to see everyone
learning the nuances of different projects and techniques,” Wilcox
says, “and some people are happy just doing something small and
charming, like a simple handprint on a plate for their Grandma or
something like that.  But most of all, I am amazed by the people that
come in here and do some really beautiful work.”
Art & Soul plans to keep changing things up, too.  “We definitely want
to move with the trends,” Wilcox says, “we’re always adding workships,
we’re going to be having a beading class, and we’re going to be
throwing pottery on wheels in addition to just painting the pottery.” 
And there’s a lot of pottery to paint, including plates, figurines,
decorative figurines and boxes, and tile mirrors. There’s functional
foodsafe dinnerware including cups, bowls, and mugs.  There are even
piggy banks - and the fun doesn’t stop there.
“We’re planning some neat special events, too,” Wilcox enthuses, “We’re
actually having an event on March 17, where a local high school
acoustic band called For-Some will be playing live.  People can come in
and just listen to the music for a $5 cover charge, or we’ll waive that
charge if they want to come in and paint or do a craft project at the
same time.” 
Pottery and pop music - Wilcox is definitely keeping things
interesting.  And she’ll be the first to point out to you standout
projects that people have done.  “I’ve got a window display I call ‘The
Best of the Kiln,’ where I like to put some of the really great pieces
that people do,” she points out. “The only problem is that people are
usually so excited about what they’ve created that they take their
pieces with them when they go.”
 
Come on in and make something great at Art & Soul Studio, 433 East
Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey, telephone 231-348-7577.  Art & Soul
is closed on Mondays, open Tues 12-6, Weds 3-6, Thurs 12-9, Fri 12-6,
Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-4.

 
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