Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors will find jazz filling the air as
selections from the regions newest CD, Your Peace Counts are played.
The benefit CD with a pie-friendly theme will be on sale at the GT Pie
Company through the holidays.
A CD release party is slated for Saturday, November 25, beginning at 8
p.m. at Gallerie Medici located adjacent to the Pie Company on West
Front Street. Tickets are just $15 for an evening celebrating in style,
the release of Your Peace Counts a new CD featuring premier northern
Michigan jazz musicians. The evenings proceeds will be donated to
Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative an agency aiding children in
the transition from foster care
Your Peace Counts offers music with a message of peace, love and hope,
featuring many of Northern Michigans finest jazz musicians. Janice Keegan
belts out a hard swingin version of Peggy Lees hit, I Love Being Here
With You, as well as a Latin-tinged tune by Clare Fischer called
Morning. Claudia Schmidt rocks with an upbeat rendition of the Miles
Davis classic, Four, and a couple of beautiful ballads; Peace by soul
jazzman Horace Silver and the debut of a new original with words and music
by Jeff Haas entitled Reach. Guitarist Ron Getz lends his artistry for a
solo version of Prelude to a Kiss by Duke Ellington. And the Neptune
Quartet with special guest Alan Epstein contribute two originals by
mandolinist Don Julin.
“Your Peace Counts also features saxophone/flutists Laurie Sears,
Nancy Stagnita and Bill Sears as well as pianist Steve Stargardt,
bassist Jack Dryden and drummers Dave Collini and John Alfieri. The CD
was recorded at Interlochen Public Radio by engineer Jack Conners and
produced by Jeff Haas.
The CD Release Party will feature performances by the artists. Guests will
also enjoy pie made from scratch, along with local wine selections
served in a commemorative Your Peace Counts wine glass from Old Mission
Peninsulas Brys Estate Winery.
Advance tickets at $15 are available at Grand Traverse Pie Company,
Gallerie Medici, Brys Estate Winery, and the Traverse City Visitors
Center. Your Peace Counts will be available for sale in the Grand
Traverse Pie Shop beginning Thanksgiving weekend.
Give a Little... or a Lot
Holiday benefits and donations
By Lynn Gerow
Its the season of giving, and if youd like to make a difference in the
region this year, there are plenty of opportunities. Following are some
of the organizations seeking your help in order to help others throughout
Womens Resource Center TC:
Adopt a Family Donations of toys, clothing, food, gift cards are
being accepted for families in need. Contact Jody Smith at 231-941-1210.
Harvest Food and Supply Drive:
Donations for home staples, toys,
grooming items, food and baby supplies are being accepted. Contact
information: in Petoskey, 231-347-0067, or drop off at Bondurant, 206
Howard St. Petoskey;
Cheboygan, 231-627-2380; Gaylord,
231-731-0918; Mancelona, 231-587-8891.
Cherryland Humane Society:
Has several programs: Tree of Lights benefits homeless animals;
Christmas Pet Food Drive, pet food donation barrels located throughout
Grand Traverse including Pet Supplies Plus, McGoughs, Square Deal Country
Store and Cherryland Humane Society; Christmas Merchandise Sale,
benefits unwanted and homeless pets. For more information contact the
Cherryland Humane Society at 231-946-5116. Also, contact your local Humane
Society for their Christmas programs for pets.
Father Fred Foundation:
Toys for Tots drop off all unwrapped, new toys at 826 Hastings in
Holiday Needs Program Benefits disadvantaged and homeless individuals
and families. Donations are being accepted. Contact your local Goodwill
The Salvation Army:
Red Kettle Christmas Campaign Please stop and donate when you see the
U.S. Marine Corps:
Toys for Tots Please donate unwrapped, new toys. Check for drop off
spots in you community, call your local Chamber of Commerce.
Days Inn & Suites:
Accepting canned goods and dry goods for local food banks. Munson Ave., TC.