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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Unsilent night

Erin Crowell - December 14th, 2009
Unsilent Night
Sound Sculpture aims to rock the holidays
By Erin Crowell
We live in a time where music is kept privately, stored in iPods and mp3 players the size of a stick of gum, audible only to the listener via earbuds or soundproof headphones.
But on Monday, December 21, participants will take off the headset and play the music proudly—and loudly—in cities all over the world, as part of the 18th annual “Unsilent Night” Holiday Sound Sculpture.
Traverse City and Lansing are the only Michigan cities participating in the community event where members carry boomboxes, laptops and other means of group-friendly portable devices to create a menagerie of sound – unique to each listener, depending on where they are in the crowd.
Left Foot Charley, the winery located on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons (formerly the Northern Michigan Asylum), will host the Traverse City event, starting at 7 p.m.
The walk will start and end at the winery, with a route that circles Building 50 – the structure topped by towering red spires.

SOUND REFLECTION
“We’re going to take a lot of video because this is a really unique place for the event,” says Bryan Ulbrich, winemaker and owner of Left Foot Charley.
Ulbrich says the dynamics of the old asylum structure will reflect the sound and contribute to the change of each listener’s perspective.
As unusual as it may seem, there is structure to the event. The music “Unsilent Night,” written by composer and sound sculpture visionary Phil Kline, is described as sounding like a “winter wonderland of shimmering sleigh bells, chimes and grand chorales.”
Upon signing up, registrants are directed to the link information for downloading a certain part of the song.
Ulbrich encourages people to sign up early so they can receive a CD or link to the download.
Originally started in New York City, the event draws crowds of up to 1,500 participants that walk from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park.
This month, Traverse City joins Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Berlin and Vancouver (among others) as the newest members – totaling 45 participating cities on three continents.
The event has grown in popularity, and it was only a matter of time before Northern Michigan caught on.
“I was driving to work last year and heard about it on NPR,” says Ulbrich. “I thought ‘what a perfect idea for the Village.’”
After the walk, participants may enjoy free hot cider and cookies, with available adult beverage purchases at the bar.

The “Unsilent Night” Holiday Sound Sculpture will happen on Monday, December 21, at Left Foot Charley Winery, located in The Village, on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. Meet at the winery at 7 p.m. The walk starts at 7:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Bring your own portable device including laptops, boomboxes, iPod docks and any other “sound blaster.” Sign-up at leftfootcharley.com or call 231-995-0500. For more information on the international event, visit unsilentnight.com.




 
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