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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Hoxeyville Music Fest

Rick Coates - August 17th, 2009
Hoxeyville Music Festival
Takes a Giant Leap Forward
By Rick Coates 8/17/09

In a year that has seen a record number of music festivals in Northern Michigan, the Hoxeyville Music Festival, located near Wellston (between Cadillac and Ludington), hopes to stand out by blending international superstars with regional favorites to attract a couple of thousand festival goers.
The growing music festival scene in Northern Michigan has become very competitive over the years since Blissfest paved the way 30 years ago. From Memorial Day to Labor Day more than 40 music festivals will take place. Attendance has been light at some, as many festivals offer the same musicians and bands.
“I looked at a lot of these music festivals and my wife and I usually go to one every weekend, but I noticed they were all having the same bands,” said Paul Caruthers of Honor. “I like a lot of these local bands, but I do not need to see the same bands every weekend.”
While Hoxeyville will offer several bands from the area that have been making the summer festival circuit, they hope that having international acts will make a difference, including five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy and New Orleans jazz and funk jam band Galactic, along with jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell.

“It is a hefty price tag at $125 per person, but my girlfriend and I skipped a few other festivals to go to this one,” said Caruthers. “We felt the talent and eclectic nature of the festival made this one festival we couldn’t miss.”
That is music to the ears of organizers as they host their seventh annual festival on a 75-acre farm nestled deep within the Manistee National Forest.
“We have already pre-sold twice as many tickets as last year,” said Jake Robinson, festival organizer. “This is definitely a major increase in the ticket price from previous years, but the quality of acts is there to warrant this ticket price.”
As for the competition with other festivals, that is why Robinson moved Hoxeyville from the last weekend of July to this weekend.
“We were nestled in between Dunegrass and Rothbury. Well, Rothbury is a high-ticket event and with our audience being similar to theirs, we decided to move weekends,” said Robinson. “Based on the pre-sale tickets, it appears to be a good idea.”
Robinson said they are also looking to expand their audience, not just in size, but demographically.
“We are in a good location between Grand Rapids and Traverse City, so we are marketing heavy in both of those communities,” said Robinson. “But we also wanted to expand the scope of our audience and we looked at a lot of different headliners to do that and Buddy Guy seemed like a perfect fit. The jam band guys all love him and he attracts a different audience than we have been attracting up to this point. We really feel that if someone has been thinking about our festival, but hasn’t made it in the past, with this line up we have assembled we have given them a reason to check us out.”

Buddy Guy has a track record for selling out venues. The blues guitar legend is one of the fathers of the Chicago blues sound and inspired the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and The Rolling Stones. A few years back he sold out Interlochen, and at the Turtle Creek Blues Festival he attracted 5,000 fans.
Guy plays a blistering guitar, probably why Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him 30th on their all-time list of greatest guitarists. He is equally known for his showmanship on stage, and for that matter no Buddy Guy concert is complete without the blues legend wandering into the audience to play his guitar. Guy will headline the festival Saturday night.
Stage Setup: Hoxeyville will boast two stages of national touring artists as well as a third stage featuring the best and brightest talent from around Michigan. Next door is a campground with amenities including a swimming pool, showers, plug-ins, dump station and wireless Internet. The festival site will have a disc golf course and is located near various mountain biking trails and the Pine River. Kestelwood’s restaurant, party store and campground is a convenient six minute walk from the festival grounds.
New to the Festival: New this year will be the addition of a beer tent, featuring handcrafted brews. There’s also a farmers market with local produce and baked goods.

Tickets and Additional Information: The Hoxeyville Music Festival will take place August 21-23. For additional information and to purchase advance tickets go to hoxeyville.com.

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