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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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