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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Music on Mt. Holiday

Robert Downes - July 20th, 2009
Music on Mt. Holiday
New concert venue offers dinner & a show
Robert Downes 7/20/09
Local musicians will hit a high note -- literally -- at a new dinner and concert series atop Mt. Holiday Ski Hill on the east side of Traverse City, beginning this week.
The new gig is called “Music in the Hills with Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round,” to be hosted every Wednesday at the Mt. Holiday Lounge.
“This grew out of a music series we had last winter,” says manager Rick VanTongeren. “During the winter, a number of folksingers came in every Sunday evening and played in the lounge. It was a really popular event and a big hit with everyone.”
Mt. Holiday became one of only four nonprofit ski areas in the country in 2002 and has a list of approximately 1,000 loyal supporters, VanTongeren says. That local support has made it the ideal site for family-oriented fun and community events, such as a recent bash for the Cherry Capital Cycling Club and Mt. Holiday’s popular Halloween party.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
“We’re going to have different musicians every week and a family-style buffet that could include everything from Italian cuisine to an American-style barbecue or a pig roast,” VanTongeren says. Alcoholic beverages are also available.
Prices will be reasonable, with dinner from 6-7 p.m. at $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Dinner will be followed by the show, with a $5 cover going to the band.
Performers are all members of the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round -- a very ‘picky’ organization of 50 veteran songwriters from across the region. Slide guitarist Sandy Blumenfeld got the winter concerts going with the help of local songwriters Jenny Thomas, Adair Correll and other players, and the ski hill concerts ‘snowballed’ from there.
In addition to the performances, musicians will have their CDs for sale. Here’s who’s playing over the next seven Wednesday evenings:

--- by Robert Downes

July 22: Sandy Blumenfeld, Geno Miller and Les Dalgliesh
July 29: Matt Mansfield, Amber Buist, and Rick Buist with special guest Savannah Buist
August 5: Mary Anne Rivers, Jenny Thomas and Dennis Palmer
August 12: Kirby, Barbara Jordan and Adair Correll
August 19: Bryan Porier, John Kumjian and Patrick Niemisto -- aka: New 3rd Coast
August 26: Jim Moore, Mark Cantrell and Bob Downes -- aka: Acoustic Dynamite
September 2: Chris Skellenger, Paul Koss and Zack Light -- aka: 3 Hour Tour

 
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