Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Happy St. Libations Weekend

Rick Coates - February 8th, 2010
Happy ‘St. LIbations‘ Weekend
A weekend of events celebrating local brews, wineries & food
By Rick Coates
The success of two new festivals (Microbrew & Music Festival and the Wine & Art Festival) this past summer in Traverse City has led organizers of those events to offer winter versions. Toss in the popular North Peak patio party and a wine weekend on the Old Mission Peninsula and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend.
Numerous events are encompassed in the Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest, scheduled for February 12-14 at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, downtown Traverse City, and Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area. See www.winterwonderfest.org for more details.
Considering that some schools are having a mid-winter break, coupled with state and federal employees having a three day weekend for President’s day on Monday (February 15), the tourism industry in Northern Michigan is keeping its fingers crossed that the many events will attract visitors to the region.
Here is a snapshot of four thirst-quenching events.

TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
Friday, Feb. 12 • 5-10 p.m.

Sam Porter operated one of the more successful beer festivals out West. The Traverse City native decided to return to his hometown a few years ago and bring his expertise of festival and concert management to the region. His Porterhouse Productions quickly created a popular concert series and last summer he launched the TC Microbrew & Music Festival.
The Microbrew Festival, despite inclement weather, exceeded everyone’s expectations with some breweries selling out of all of their beer before the evening ended. A bigger and better festival is scheduled to take place next summer. But Porter said to himself: Why wait until summer?
“After the success of the first-ever TC Microbrew & Music Festival, we realized there was a great opportunity to bring the event back in the winter,” said Porter. “The Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest and Grand Traverse Resort are the perfect community partners for us to team up with to kick off Friday and support a weekend that draws thousands of visitors to our region.”
Porter created a successful collaborative model in Montana where community groups partnered together, versus competing with each other. “I am a believer that if you work together for the betterment of the community then everyone wins including the community,” he said.
Porter is also contributing to the new festival model that is emerging in the region. The success of the Traverse City Film Festival and last year’s Microbrew Fest along with Wine & Art Festival seem to be paving the way for a new type of festival that residents and visitors to the region are longing for, with less cotton candy and carnival rides and more cultural and cocktail party type events.
The TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival will take place February 12 under a heated tent at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa from 5 to 10 p.m. with an afterglow party at the top of the Resort at the Aerie restaurant.
A $25 ticket to the festival includes live performances from national and local artists, craft beer education, five 7 oz. pours, free shuttle service from North Peak Brewery to the Resort and back throughout the night, and more.
Live music will include Euforquestra, an eight piece “Afro-Caribbean Barnyard-Funk” dance band from Fort Collins, CO; the rockabilly honky- tonk of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys; local favorites Levi Britton and Rachael & Josh Davis with members of Steppin’ In It; May Erlewine & Seth Bernard; DJ Dominate; West African drumming ensemble Tree Of Life; Poi Fire Twirlers; and the bagpipes and drum ensemble of Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums.
The evening will also feature bonfires and free sleigh rides which will encircle a frozen pond surrounded by a 150-foot lighthouse snow fortress and two tents showcasing over 40 craft beers, mead and hard cider breweries from the Midwest and beyond.
An after-party hosted by Porterhouse Productions, Short’s Brewery and the Michigan Brewers Guild will take place at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, located on the 16th floor of the Resort’s Tower, from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. with live music and dancing. Local food, merchandise and beer gear will be showcased at the event.
Proceeds from the festival will support Little Artshram and the educational programming of the Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, scheduled for August 27-28, 2010.
Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets to the festival in advance – entrance is an additional $5 at the door. Ticket buyers must be over 21. To purchase advanced tickets check out www.tcbeerfest.com.

Polar Beer Classic
Saturday, Feb. 13 • noon - 4 p.m.

This Saturday marks the 4th Annual North Peak Brewing Company’s Polar Beer Classic. It starts at noon and takes place on the deck at North Peak until 4 p.m. The afternoon features hot dogs and burgers for $1 and 50-cent drafts (this promotion is only for those outside on the deck). In addition, participants may sign up for the Mug Club at half off the regular membership price.
Brewmaster Kim Schneider has done an excellent job in the brew house since arriving to Traverse City a few years back. North Peak remains one of the hot spots for after- work gathering and dining out with family or friends.
Throw into the mix the personalities from WKLT (97.5 or 98.9) and the afternoon is guaranteed to be wild and crazy. Morning show hosts Omelette & Finster are also planning some snowball games. Bring coat, hat, gloves and an empty stomach to enjoy the burgers and hot dogs and a couple of really cold beers. For additional details check out www.northpeak.net or call 231-941-7325.

Romancing The Riesling
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14

Sean O’Keefe and his family (Chateau Grand Traverse) have long touted the virtues of Riesling grown here in Northern Michigan. This weekend the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula are hosting Romancing the Riesling.
The seven participating wineries will showcase a Riesling perfectly paired with a food offering and souvenir wine glass. Some Peninsula area restaurants are offering special promotions when you present your glass. Make it a truly romantic weekend and stay at one of the Peninsula’s Bed & Breakfasts. For information on the B&Bs check out www.oldmission.com.
Tickets are $15 and available at all of the seven participating wineries on the day of the event or by purchasing online at www.wineriesofoldmission.com.
O’Keefe is kicking it up a notch this year conducting a Riesling seminar from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 at Chateau Grand Traverse. The seminar will feature dry/off-dry Rieslings from each of the Old Mission wineries paired with counterparts from other North American Riesling regions. The theme is “A Sense of Place,” with participants seeking to identify the qualities of Riesling grown on the Old Mission Peninsula by comparing and contrasting our wines with the top Riesling producers of North America. The outstate wineries are all International Riesling Foundation members, and have exchanged wines with O’Keefe for the event. Seminar tickets are $25. Purchase a combo seminar-Romancing the Riesling ticket for $35. Contact 231.223.7355 for reservations.

Winter Wine Wonderland
Sunday • Feb. 14

On Valentine’s Day the Winter Wine Wonderland will take place in conjunction with the Winter WonderFest at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. This event is the winter version of last summer’s Traverse City Wine & Art Festival and will offer wine, gourmet desserts, and art from the regional artists.
The Winter Wine Wonderland will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. in a large heated tent located next to the Resort’s Clubhouse. Approximately 20 wineries from Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, and Traverse City will offer tastings of a variety of white, red, and sparkling wines, plus ice wine and mulled wine.
Ticket prices for the Winter Wine Wonderland are: Couples Ticket – $35; Single Ticket – $20. Tickets include souvenir wine glass, five (5) wine tasting tickets, and five (5) dessert tasting tickets per person. You must be 21 to purchase tickets. Several local artists will display their works and a large dessert table will include treats from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates and the Resort’s Pastry Chef Carolyn Riley. The New Third Coast will perform love songs. For additional details check out www.winterwonderfest.org

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