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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Petoskey‘s Spring Fling

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2010
Petoskey’s Spring Fling: Street party includes art, baseball, birds & a ghost walk
By Kristi Kates
What serves as a “bookend” for good times in downtown Petoskey? The
annal Spring Open House -- a street party that takes over downtown
this Friday.
“The Spring Open House was actually conceived to be the partner event
of Petoskey’s Holiday Open House,” Petoskey Downtown Director Becky
Goodman says, “It is the first Friday in June, exactly six months from
the winter event which is the first Friday in December.  Both events
are designed to showcase the stores and restaurants and preview
seasonal merchandise. The resorters are returning and they also want
to see what happened in downtown over the winter.”
Plenty, Goodman goes on to explain. Petoskey’s downtown, while still
growing, is also the focus of the city, with new tree-lined medians on
Mitchell Street and a plan to turn an old downtown rail corridor into
a new park with a passenger trolley. “In spring, the community is also
invited into downtown to see what new stores have opened, and this
year we have several,” Goodman continues.
Sponsored by the Downtown Management Board and organized by Downtown
Events Coordinator Kathy Bardins, the event will also serve as a
preview of sorts to Petoskey’s upcoming roster of summer events.

EVENT PREVIEW
“The summer theme has been expanded on this year, and we will see
representatives from summer events like Gallery Walk, Festival on the
Bay, Taste of the North, and Art in the Park,” Goodman says, “The
Mossbacks vintage baseball team will be demonstrating their skills in
the park. SEE North will be here with their birds of prey, and Jania
the Magician will be performing around town.  The Wright Cycle Shop on
Park Avenue, Dave Russell’s collection of Wright Brothers memorabilia
and antique bikes, will be open to the public, too.”
In addition to the “walkabout” activities, which will also include
a mini Farmers Market and a spring fashion show, Blissfest will hold
an Old Time Community Dance on Mitchell Street at 6:30 p.m., and local
favorites The Jelly Roll Blues Band will kick off Petoskey’s annual
summer Concerts in the Park series with a show at 8 p.m.. Outdoor
dining will be available at several restaurants as well. And as if the
preview of summer wasn’t enough, those interested might also get a
little preview of things perhaps more suited for... Halloween.
“Folks will also be able to gather at the downtown office at 9 p.m.
for a Ghost Walk,” Goodman explains, “this event was held in October
last year for the first time, and is back by popular demand. New
stories have surfaced, and all those interested in the spooky history
of Petoskey’s downtown buildings should plan to attend.  Tickets are
on sale at the Downtown Office and at the Chamber for $5 each; advance
purchase is recommended as the tour may sell out.”

COMMUNITY SPIRIT
From a sunset-lit evening of great bargains and entertainment to a
night of music, dancing, and ghost stories, Petoskey’s Spring Open
House offers something for everyone; but Goodman’s favorite part is
the simple fact that the town’s residents and visitors gather, as in
olden days, in the center of the city for a little seasonal goodwill.
“I love seeing the community gathered in their own downtown and
enjoying themselves,” she says, “families and friends who attend this
event should expect a lovely, peaceful evening meeting, greeting
neighbors and taking pleasure in the hub of the community; it is
wonderful to see the downtown being used as it was intended, as the
‘third place’ for all who live in our beautiful region.”

The Petoskey Spring Open House will take place on Friday, June 4 from
6-9 p.m. The downtown streets will be blocked off, with parking
available in the parking lots and on side streets. Visit
www.petoskeydowntown.com for additional details and a schedule of
events.
 
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