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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The Great Indoor Folk Festival

Robert Downes - February 2nd, 2009
Dozens of musicians from across the state are tuning their guitars and practicing their songs in preparation for The Great Indoor Folk Festival on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Traverse City.
The free festival will be held on the ground floor Mercato shopping corridor at Building 50 in the VIllage at Grand Traverse Commons from noon to 5:30 p.m. Visitors will find five performance “stages” spread out throughout the length of Building 50, with as many as 75 performers throughout the day.
“This is going to be an exciting day of acoustic music and family fun that’s open to the public free of charge,” says Adair Correll, one of the founders of Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, which is hosting the event along with Northern Express Weekly. “We’ve got everything from some of the region’s top folk bands to the best singer-songwriters in the area performing throughout the day.”
The idea for the Indoor Folk Festival arose out of the club’s annual jam party at Building 50 which has been held for the past three years in May. “People liked our hallway concert so much that we thought it would be a good idea to expand it to an all-day festival in the winter when everyone’s looking for something fun to do,” Correll says.
Although the festival is a free, nonprofit event, the performers will offer their own CDs for sale as possible Valentine’s Day presents. There will also be a Family Fun Kids Stage with a hands-on art project by Angela Josephine.
Additionally, performers from the Great Lakes Musicians Coop will host an Open Mic Stage at the Another Cuppa’ Joe coffeehouse, with musicians from the general public invited to perform up to three songs per appearance.
“We’re thrilled to have some of the younger players from around the region performing at Another Cuppa’ Joe because it builds on the strength of folk music in Northern Michigan,” Correll says. “We have many long-time members in Songwriters in the Round, but always feel that it’s great to hear new voices.”

Who’s playing where at the Indoor Folk Fest:

Band Stage:
12:00-1:00 - Blind Dog Hank
1:10-2:10 - Three Hour Tour
2:20-3:20 - Song of the Lakes
& Friends
3:30-4:30 - New 3rd Coast
4:40-5:30 - Cabin Fever

Duo Stage
12:00-12:30 - Bill Brown & guests
12:40-1:10 - Barbara Faith Jordan
& Jeff Schroeder
1:20-1:50 - Bob, Jim & Mark’s
Acoustic Dynamite
2:00-2:30 - Jenny Thomas & guests
2:40-3:10 - Adair Correll & guests
3:20-3:50 - Dennis & Alison Palmer
4:00-4:30 - Patricia Pettinga &
Bill Willging
4:35-5:00 - Rick & Amber Buist
5:05-5:30 - Jim Crocket & guests

Kid’s Stage:
12:40-1:10 - Ron Fowler
1:20-1:50 - Patrick Niemisto
2:00-2:30 - Jeff Schroeder
2:40-3:10 - Kirby
3:20-3:50 - Jerre Stormer
4:00-4:30 - Mary Anne Rivers

Solo Stage:
12:00: 12:25 - Kurt Bullock
12:30-12:55 - John Bentley
1:00-1:25 - Mary Ann Rivers
1:30-1:55 - Ron Fowler
2:00-2:25 - Dennis Palmer
2:30-2:55 - Louan Lechler
3:00-3:25 - Fred Kramer
3:30-3:55 - Kirby
4:00-4:25 - Angela Josephine
4:30-4:55 - Les Dalgliesh
5:00-5:25 - Jerre Stormer

Open Mic:
Performers from the Great Lakes Musicians Coop will be featured throughout the day along with walk-ins from the general public. There will be a signup sheet at Another Cuppa’ Joe, with a three-song limit per set.

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