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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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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