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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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