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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Elberta Summer Solstice Festval

Robert Downes - June 14th, 2010
Return of the Sun: The Elberta Solstice Festival
One of Northern Michigan’s newest festivals also has one of its most
dramatic locations: Elberta’s Solstice Festival is held in the town’s
expansive Waterfront Park on Frankfort’s harbor, with great views of
the lighthouse and Lake Michigan.
The Benzie County event is the first music festival of the summer in
Northern Michigan (along with Brethren’s Spirit of the Woods
Festival), taking place this Saturday, June 19 from noon - 1 a.m.
Plus, you can’t beat the entrance fee for this family-oriented
festival: it’s all free of charge.
“It’s a big local party that the whole family gets to have fun at,”
says co-chair Josh Stoltz. “And it all wraps up with a fireworks show
that a lot of people say is the best in Northern Michigan.”

MUSIC & HANG GLIDERS
With headliners including local heroes, K. Jones & the Benzie
Playboys, the festival at Elberta Waterfront Park offers a full
afternoon and evening of music along with fun for kids and their
parents. Some highlights will include a kite building class and
exhibition by Third Coast Kite and Hobby; hang gliding and paragliding
exhibitions off Elberta’s legendary bluffs; a 75-foot sun dial created
by Dean Conners; crafts related to the summer solstice; teen music and
dance; a beer garden; games, dancing, an open mic and more.
“The festival started out in 2002 and we’ve had some slower years, but
it has picked up since then and we’re expecting a great turnout this
year,” Stoltz says.
Stoltz joined the Solstice team last year, bringing a wealth of
experience in marketing and festival organization. The son of Benzie
Playboys washboard scrubber Mark Stoltz, he grew up in Lake Ann,
attended Benzie Central High School, and went on to pursue a career in
direct marketing in Phoenix and Miami before returning to the area. At
one point, he was employing up to 70 people, marketing for businesses
such as Staples in Arizona.

GLORY DAYS
Stoltz has had a colorful past here in the area: he recalls traveling
with his dad to Cajun music festivals in the Louisiana bayou and to
Mardi Gras as a child -- a musical experience that shaped his interest
in festivals. He also owns “The Future” school bus, a camping vehicle
painted with Earth-inspired scenes which he used to travel around the
country. Additionally, he was part of the team that staged the
Dunegrass and Blues Festival in Empire, leaving the organization over
budget issues before the ill-fated 2008 festival that lost more than
an estimated $300,000. “My budget advice was ignored, so I got out
before the festival went down,” he notes.
But Stoltz’s expertise in marketing and organization was recognized by
those putting on the Solstice Festival and he was approached to lend a
hand at the fundraiser for Elberta Waterfront Park.
“One of my goals is to make enough money so that we can make this a
sustainable festival that will bring in a really big band every few
years,” he says.
How do you make money at a free festival? Beer sales. Mom or Dad can
enjoy a brewski at the Festival’s beer garden while still keeping an
eye on their kids at the open landscaped park.

DOWN THE HATCH
You’ll also find some unusual cullinary opportunities this year,
including the “Gross Eating Contest” for kids ages 8-13 which involves
consuming things like beet jello, or a brussel sprout and pickle juice
smoothie.
For adults, there will be the introduction of the “Green Plate
Challenge” by Jim Barnes of Crystal Lake Catering and Eco-Building
Products. “Five chefs from the area will be creating ‘green plate’
dinners that have to include at least 90 percent local ingredients,”
Stoltz says. “Then they’ll be serving these dishes at their
restaurants throughout the summer.”
Participating restaurants include the Cabbage Shed, Betsie Bay Inn,
Tali Bistro, Coho Cafe and The Thistle, all of which will be offering
a taste of their green plates at the Solstice Festival.

-- by Robert Downes

Festival Events:

UPPER DECK STAGE
M.C. & Music: Brett Byrnes
Noon-1:30: Acoustic Dynamite
1:45-2:45: Waterline
3:00-4:00: Dear Sasquatch
6:15-7:00: Gross Eating Contest
(ages 8-13)
7:00-7:45: Hannah Rae Beale
8:00-10:30: K Jones & the
Benzie Playboys
10:30-10:45: FIREWORKS!!
10:45-11:45pm: sub-Prime Blues Band
12:00-1:00am: Free Love

TEEN PAVILION
7:00-?: Bonfire
9:00-10:30: (live music)
Upon Your Pedestal
10:45-?: DJ

 
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