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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Rick Coates - August 24th, 2009
Let it Flow
TC’s new Microbrew & Music Festival

By Rick Coates 8/24/09

Okay, now that summer weather has finally arrived, it is time to crack a cold one. This weekend marks the first of what organizers hope will be an annual celebration of craftbrews and music. The Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival will take place Saturday on the front lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
The evening will feature more than 30 craftbrewers; food from local farms, chefs and restaurants; and an eclectic line-up of music featuring Grammy winner Buckwheat Zydeco Band, Clumsy Lovers, Caravan of Thieves, Mike Moran & Levi Britton, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, Luke Winslow-King and GT Scottish Bagpipe and Drums.
“Our goal is to establish a long-standing tradition that celebrates great beer, music, culture, local food and sustainable practices with Northern Michigan patrons and vendors,” said festival creator and owner of Porterhouse Productions, Sam Porter. “The long-term vision is to create a nationally recognized craft beer festival as well as an anchor event with the Microbrew and Music Festival to support a community non-profit week-long annual Epicurean Harvest Festival celebrating food and craft beverage as well as arts and culture for all ages. We also aim to raise funds to support local youth empowerment programs through the Good Work Collective (GWC) and Little Artshram.”

Porter has invited craftbrewers from all over the country, giving participants the opportunity to taste not only the best from area breweries but those around the country. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and include eight beer pours. For the true brew enthusiast there is a $50 Brewers’ Happy Hour ticket that enables participants to meet the brewers for a two-hour early entry, enjoy inclusive catered food-and-beer pairings and receive limited-edition festival merchandise.
“I really want to emphasize the importance of advance ticket sales. Not only does this save the consumer money it is our guidepost as to how much beer to order for the event,” said Porter. “I know people are used to going to festivals and paying at the door but, in this case, everyone is better served by advanced tickets.”
Ticket locations are set up all over town at Oryana, Right Brain Brewery, Old Town Coffee, North Peak or online at tcbeerfest.com and porterhouseproductions.com.
“We are also going to have a big pre-party on Friday night at North Peak with WKLT and Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys,” said Porter. “We will have the box office open and this will be the last opportunity to purchase advanced tickets.”
The Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival will feature award-winning author Chris O’Brien as its master of ceremonies. O’Brien penned the bestselling book “Fermenting Revolution: How to “Drink Beer and Save the World.” Also taking place are demonstrations by “Lord of the Gourd” carver Pat Harrison, along with several workshops educating attendees about local hops, home brewing and mead making.

A dining tent will feature several local establishments including Stella, The Catch, EMS Catering, House of Doggs, Silver Tree Deli, Pleasanton Bakery, Underground Cheesecake Factory and others.
Porter is also pleased that the event will be “green.”
“Porterhouse Productions and 350.org, a Michigan Land Use program, will lead the way with several initiatives including compostable serving ware, eco merchandise, green printing and even a wind-powered stage, lights and sound,” said Porter. “I know people are going to be very impressed with the staging and layout of this event.”

The Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival will take place Saturday August 29 at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons on 11th Street, a block west of Division Street just west of downtown Traverse City. The Brewers’ Happy Hour starts at 3 pm with regular festival admission starting at 5 pm and continuing till 10 pm. Advance tickets are suggested and tickets and additional information at tcbeerfest.com. A special pre-festival party kicks off at 8 pm at North Peak Brewery on Friday night.

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