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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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