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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Leland Wine & Food Festival

Rick Coates - June 7th, 2010
Changing of the Guard: Leland Wine & Food Festival Celebrates 25 Years & new leadership
By Rick Coates
Kate Vitler, owner and innkeeper at the Riverside Inn and Restaurant in Leland, has big shoes to fill; two sets in fact, as she oversees the 25th anniversary of the Leland Wine & Food Festival. The Festival that takes place this Saturday at the harbor in Fishtown has been coordinated since its inception by Cris and Kathy Telgard. The couple decided last year to turn over the reins to Vitler.
“I don’t think the community of Leland, the wineries and restaurants, can thank the Telgards enough for their work over the past 25 years. They had a great crew of volunteers, many who are continuing to help with the festival, but they kept it all together and there is a lot of work to be done year round to get the Festival ready,” said Vitler. “We should put a couple of lifeguard chairs in the center of the activities and let the Telgards enjoy the event but they wouldn’t go for it. they will be volunteering their time.”
Vitler has been involved with the Leland Wine & Food Festival for the past 14 years and active in learning the ropes from the Telgard’s for the past four years.
“They started to hint they wanted to slow down a few years ago and I agreed to step up,” said Vitler. “This Festival is so important to Leland and the Peninsula, in many ways it has been taken for granted because it has been here for so long. But before the Festival, this was a slow weekend out here because of graduation and end of school activities.”

START OF SUMMER
The Leland Wine Festival has for many been the official start of the summer celebration season. It attracts 5,000 plus who enjoy sampling wines from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula along with food from area restaurants. The backdrop of the Fishtown shanties along with Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands off in the distance has proven to be one of the reasons for the Festival’s success over the years.
“Definitely our location is one of the keys, there are a lot of wine festivals out there but we have one of the best locations in the state,” said Vitler. “Equally important is the quality of wines coming out of Leelanau and Old Mission. They are a major attraction along with the great food.”
Vitler says the transition of power has been smooth.
“The Telgards have been great; this is their baby as they, along with winemakers Bruce Simpson and Larry Mawby, started this,” said Vitler. “I can’t say enough about Good Harbor Vineyards and all they do; certainly Bruce Simpson will be in our thoughts (see Bottoms Up) but his family and staff will be out helping.”
There will be a few changes for this year’s Festival.
“The harbor went under a major facelift so we have more parking lot and we are going to have two large tents next to each other that will allow for more wineries, restaurants and more space for people to hangout,” said Vitler. “Another thing I am excited about is that we are going to be a zero waste event. With 5,000-plus we end up filling up three dumpsters and another dumpster with cardboard, so Bay Area Recycling Charities is coming to help us with this.”

LOOKING AHEAD
So as Vitler and her team lead the Leland Wine & Food Festival into the next 25 years are there changes in the works for the future?
“The big thing will be to analyze how the new layout will work and see what we can do to improve on that. Next year more construction will take place that will increase parking so we have to take that into consideration,” said Vitler. “We are always looking at ways to make improvements, like adding Short’s Brewery for those who prefer beer. Another thing we are looking at is a juried art show to select the artwork for the official poster.”
The annual Festival poster was painted by Leland artist Maggie Revel Mielczarek and she will be on hand signing posters. Ron Getz & Friends will provide the music for the day. Festival tip: veterans of the Festival start lining the streets by 10 a.m. to get in, so arrive early and enjoy the morning shopping and eating in Leland.

The Leland Wine & Food Festival is Saturday June 12 from Noon to 6 p.m. at the harbor in Fishtown. There will be 17 wineries, 12 restaurants and Short’s Brewery on hand. Tickets are $12 and include a commemorative wine glass and two tasting tickets. Proceeds benefit beautification projects in Leland. For additional information visit www.lelandmi.com.

 
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