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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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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.”

8 BEER POURS
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.

FOOD TOO
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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