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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Wonder Woman rules at Woman‘s Winter Tour

Erin Cowell - February 1st, 2010
Wonder Woman rules at Women’s Winter Tour
“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype
lacks force, strength, and power.” --William Moulton Marston, creator
of Wonder Woman, in a 1943 issue of The American Scholar.
By Erin Crowell
You could say William Moulton Marston knew what gets your blood
pumping in more ways than one. The inventor of the systolic
blood-pressure test, which led to the creation of the polygraph, or
lie detector, was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the tall, leggy,
raven-haired beauty that graced the pages of DC Comics, and eventually
television screens across the globe.
Put aside those physical traits and you are left with attributes
enviable by any woman: strength, independence, smarts, guts…you name
it.
It’s the reason why the super-heroine is the image for this year’s
Women’s Winter Tour, an annual event that celebrates women, bringing
them together for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, chocolate and fun
– all while raising money for the Women’s Resource Center. The event
is scheduled for February 6 & 7 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in
Thompsonville.

BIRTH OF AN IDEA
“One day I was talking about a few moms, and single moms I know, and
how they work full time, have kids, work three jobs and I thought,
‘God, they’re amazing. They’re like Wonder Woman,’” says Kaye Krapohl,
director of the Women’s Winter Tour. “(Wonder Woman) is about honesty
and integrity. You can be beautiful and feminine and still be
physically strong.”
Each year, Krapohl designs the poster art for the tour. This year,
it’s Wonder Woman on skis.
Krapohl says the tour is about letting women, no matter their age,
shape or size, come out and discover something fun.
“The event is always about empowering women. It doesn’t matter who you
are. It doesn’t matter how you look. It’s just about getting out and
discovering the fun of winter.”
By getting out, Krapohl means cross-country skiing and snowshoeing,
winter activities she says leave you feeling energized and happier,
like you’ve beaten the winter blues – a phrase that remains at the
core of the tour.
The event is non-competitive, allowing first-timers and veterans alike
to meander through the wooded trails, stopping along the way for
demos, food, wine and chocolate.
“It’s basically a party,” says Krapohl.
The tour, now in its 12th year, evolved from the first women’s weekly
gathering at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. The small learning
group was evolving into a crowd.
“I thought, ‘Wow, there’s magic with this event,’” says Krapohl, who
served as president of the VASA in 1999. “There were so many women
coming out for the Wednesday nights that it just made sense to make it
bigger.”
Four years ago, the event was moved from Timber Ridge to its current
location, at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.
“We’ve been re-growing there and it’s been a strong partnership,” says Krapohl.
Twelve years, and $98,000 later, the Women’s Winter Tour has become a
weekend adventure and message of hope for thousands of area women.
Every year, proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center, courtesy of
Active Women Now, a local non-profit that focuses specifically on
domestic violence.
“It’s about getting out of an unhealthy relationship, making good
choices,” says Krapohl. “(Domestic violence) transcends demographic
and economic status. There are amazing women out there who are
incredibly strong and can help by supporting the WRC.”

WHATTA WONDER...
Wonder Woman represented strength and courage to young girls in 1941,
the year she was created. With war came change, and Marston seized the
opportunity, continuing his advocacy for the advancement of women in
society.
He was quoted as saying the following in an August 1942 issue of Family Circle:
“As a psychologist I’m convinced that the ever-increasing counterparts
of Wonder Woman in real life will lead the way. More power to them!
Let them keep their Amazon chain bands polished. And their magic
lassos limbered up! Women are nature-endowed soldiers of Aphrodite,
goddess of love and beauty, and theirs is the only conquering army to
which men will permanently submit—not only without resentment or
resistance or secret desires for revenge—but with positive willingness
and joy!”
Wonder Woman became the second most popular comic strip for DC Comics,
earning the lady with the invisible jet her own chapter in American
history. This weekend, women from all over can feel like a wonder
woman.
“Old Man Winter doesn’t care what your butt looks like,” says Krapohl.
“You don’t have to be hyperfit or super small. You just have to wear a
smile.”

What’s Up:

You don’t need red, white and blue spandex—but you could!—for the 12th
Annual Women’s Winter Tour, happening Feb. 6-7 at Crystal Mountain
Resort & Spa in Thompsonville. Here’s a breakdown of all the
activities:

Saturday, Feb. 6
Snowshoe d’ Art, 10am-noon
This event is open to both males and females and is held in the
Michigan Legacy Art Park. Take a leisurely tour by snowshoe along the
rolling trails and discover art by local Michigan artists nestled in
the woods. Hot chocolate, coffee, doughnuts and fruit available.
Register at womenswintertour.com.

Lunafest Film Festival, 7 p.m.
National traveling festival of short films geared to women, about
women. Held in Hudson Bay of the Crystal Center. $15 in advance.
Attendees can judge the brownie contest.

Ron Getz Trio, 8 p.m.-midnight
Performing live, Friday and Saturday, in the Vista Lounge, located on
the upper level of the lodge.
Sunday, Feb. 7
First Tracks, 8 a.m.
The slopes at Crystal Mountain open an hour early JUST for women of
the Winter Tour. There will be plenty of time for participants to get
ready for the tour, happening later that day.

Madeleine Thomas Memorial Women’s Winter Tour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
It’s “The Main Event,” where hundreds of women converge on the
backcountry cross-country trails for food, wine, chocolate and good
times. 3km, 5km and 10km loops available. Includes snowshoe demos. For
each pair of snowshoes sold, SS Snowshoes will donate $10 to charity.

To register for events, visit womenswintertour.com. Crystal Mountain
is offering a one night special accommodations package to Women’s
Winter Tour participants, which includes special lodging and spa
discounts. For more info, visit crystalmountain.com or call them toll
free at 800-968-7686. Want to volunteer? Email the tour at
wwtkmk@hotmail.com

 
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