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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An old ice house makes history as Stafford‘s Gallery

Kristi Kates - November 30th, 2009
An Old Ice House
Makes History as Stafford’s Gallery
By Kristi Kates
Getting creative with an historic building was a challenge at first for Stafford’s Hospitality in Petoskey.
Stafford’s purchased the former Longton Hall Antiques building in the fall of 2007, as a “natural addition” to its Perry Hotel, according to Stafford’s Lisa Wilbur. Located adjacent to the Perry’s parking lot, ideas on what to do with the building were many, but a decision had yet to be made.
There were many things to consider; the building itself, for one, was unique in that it had been built in the late 1800s as an ice house, meaning it carried plenty of history as well as interesting architecture and antiques within.
“As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, Stafford’s felt that it was important to continue to tell the story of hospitality in Northern Michigan,” Wilbur says. Wilbur, who had been an art consultant for the past six years, met with Stafford’s business manager David Marvin, and the two of them saw the potential of a gallery in the ice house space. A few renovations later, and Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History was opened in June 2008, with Wilbur installed as gallery manager.

“The Gallery’s goal is to offer a great variety of fine art, with a selection varying from traditional to contemporary works to meet the style of a collector or first-time art buyer,” Wilbur says.
The building offers a look back into Petoskey’s olden days. Guests can still walk through the freezer doors of the ice house, and into different rooms that Wilbur says still have the original glazed block walls, ice chutes, and delivery entrances.
“All of these unique characteristics make the perfect backdrop for displaying art work, and our Hall of History room also showcases a collection of photos and artifacts representing the history of downtown Petoskey from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, with emphasis on the 22 hotels that were located downtown.”

Representing 45 Michigan artists, from established to new and emerging talents, Stafford’s Gallery has become a place that both locals and out-of-town guests frequent when looking for new artwork.
A wide range of mediums, styles, and prices are available at the Gallery as are many of Northern Michigan’s most popular artists. Wilbur says that the most popular artworks so far include Todd Warner’s whimsical sculptures; Kevin Barton’s brightly-colored paintings; Mimi Prussack’s birch trees in oil and wax; George Peebles’ contemporary landscape paintings; and Kathleen C. Fritz’ giclee prints.
Photography, pottery, handblown glass, and custom jewelry are also represented, as are display antiques and a range of special events slated to further introduce people to both the Gallery itself and the local art scene.
Special events over the year will include a Gallery “Wine Down Hour” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (4 p.m.) in the fall; Stafford’s Featured Studio Artist events, in which artists will set up to paint within the gallery; a “Perry Paint-Out” in which select artists from the Gallery will paint plein-air style in the Garden Veranda, followed by an auction; and participation in Petoskey’s Gallery Walk in June.

For more information on Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History, visit www.staffordsgallery.com, or telephone 231-347-0142; the Gallery is located directly next to Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 118 Lewis Street in downtown Petoskey.

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