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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Encore! The Great Indoor Folk Festival returns Feb. 13th

- February 8th, 2010
Encore!
The Great Indoor Folk Festival returns Feb. 13
Based on a spectacular turnout last year, dozens of musicians from
across the region are tuning their guitars and polishing their songs
in anticipation of the second annual Great Indoor Folk Festival on
Saturday, Feb. 13 in Traverse City.
Located in Building 50 at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, the
free folk festival will showcase some of the best acoustic musicians
in Northern Michigan from noon to 5:30 p.m. in a family-friendly
setting.
“We’ve had a terrific response from musicians wanting to play at the
festival,” says Adair Correll, one of the founders of Northern
Michigan Songwriters in the Round, whose members perform at the event.
“We even created an additional stage this year to give more people the
opportunity to be involved. There will be over 60 musicians on six
different stages.”
Additionally, there will be an expanded role for a stage at the Left
Foot Charley winery, which is located just west of Building 50.  There
will also be an open mic stage at Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse that
is open to players from the general public, staffed by members of the
Great Lakes Musicians Cooperative.

AN EXPERIMENT
Correll and fellow songwriter Bob Downes of the Acoustic Dynamite band
organized the festival last year to boost the profile of folk music in
the region. As crowds packed the halls of Building 50 throughout the
day, the organizers knew their iffy experiment was a ‘hit.’
“I was really taken aback by the turnout.” Correll recalls. “I don’t
think there was an exact count, but I know there were estimates of
between 1,500 and 2,000 people in attendance. We hope they all come
again this year.”
Merchants at Building 50 also vow to be better prepared for the event
this year, offering suggestions for Valentine’s Day shoppers as well
as a range of food and beverage options.
The “stages” at Building 50 are actually just nooks and crannies of
the Mercato shopping corridor, with performers located just a few feet
away from the audience.  The cozy venue offers a sense of intimacy
that’s well-suited for acoustic music.
What’s in it for the unpaid musicians?
“Most of us have day jobs so it’s not really an economic thing,”
Correll notes.  “However, it is an opportunity for us to introduce our
music to a lot of new listeners. We will have a booth selling CDs by
many of the artists, and it is an opportunity for the community to
take home some great music by songwriters that they will come to know
the day of the festival.
“Not to mention that the festival is the day before Valentine’s Day,”
he adds.  “What a great opportunity to get your favorite Valentine a
little something different this year.”

A BREAK FROM HARD TIMES
Correll says the free festival is a gift from area musicians to the
community during the hard times of a tough economy.
“The community gets five-and-a-half hours of great music by a wide
variety of musicians in a great venue and it’s all for free,” he says.
“I go to a lot of music festivals and the common thread they all have
is a lot of smiling faces and an audience that is having a great time.
At the risk of being philosophical, in the trying times that our
country and world are faced with today, it’s nice to have a little
time where you can set your worries aside and smile, relax and kick
back a little. That’s what happened last year, and we fully expect
more of the same this year.”
Sponsors include Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, Northern
Express Weekly, the Great Lakes Musicians Cooperative, and The Village
at Grand Traverse Commons.

The Great Indoor Folk Festival takes place from noon - 5:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 13 in Building 50 at The Village at Grand Traverse
Commons in Traverse City.  Performances will also be offered at Left
Foot Charley from noon - 4 p.m. The family-oriented event is free of
charge, with CDs from local musicians available for sale and signings.

FOLK FESTIVAL LINEUP

Band Stage

12:00-1:00 Three Hour Tour
1:10-2:10 Cabin Fever
2:20-3:20 Wild Sullys
3:30-4:30 New 3rd Coast
4:40-5:30 Song of the Lakes

Duo Stage:

12:00-12:30 Blind Dog Hank
12:40-1:10 Barbara Jordan
& Friends
1:20-1:50 Rick Amber & Savannah Buist
2:00-2:30 Jenny Thomas & Doug Zernow
2:40-3:10 Adair Correll & Friends

3:20-3:50 Dennis & Allison Palmer w/Kurt Westi
4:00-4:30 Patricia Pettinga & Bill Willging
4:35-5:00 Acoustic Dynamite
5:05-5:30T The Nephews-Tim & Byron Joseph

Kids Stage

1:00-1:30 Ron Fowler
1:40-2:10 Luunappi-Patrick Niemisto & Norm Wheeler
2:20-2:50 Patricia Pettinga
3:00-3:30 Kirby
3:40-4:10 Mary Anne Rivers

Left Foot Charley Stage
12:40-1:10 Pat Harrison & Dennis Kingsbury
1:20-1:50 The Dede Alderman Quartet
2:00-2:30 The Nephews
2:40-3:10 Patricia Pettinga & Bill Willging
3:20-3:50 Blind Dog Hank

South View Stage

12:40-1:10 Jim Hawley
1:20-1:50 Robin Berry Williams
2:00-2:30 Les Dalgliesh & Dan Kelchak
2:40-3:10 Acoustic Dynamite

3:20-3:50 Jay Webber
4:00-4:30 Pat Harrison & Dennis Kingsbury

Solo Stage

12:00: 12:25 Bev Carol
12:30-12:55 John Bentley
1:00-1:25 Mary Ann Rivers
1:30-1:55 erre Stormer
2:00-2:25 Louan Lechler
2:30-2:55 Dan Bracken
3:00-3:25 Robin Berry Williams
3:30-3:55 Bill Brown
4:00-4:25 Les Dalgliesh
4:30-4:55 Kirby
5:00-5:25 Kurt Bullock

 
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