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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Nor-East‘r Festival

Kristi Kates - June 7th, 2010
Nor-East’r Festival Blows into Mio
By Kristi Kates
The “first festival of summer” may be a surprise to many residents of
Northern Michigan, being located in out-of-the-way Mio in Oscoda
County, but make no mistake -- the Nor-East’r Festival packs a punch,
with 19 musical acts and much more.
The June 11-13 festival definitely has its plate full. Nineteen
acts are scheduled for this year, with music beginning at 5 p.m. on
Friday night, and ending around 5 p.m. on Sunday. Headlining are blues
artists Madcat, Kane and Maxwell Street from Ann Arbor; “modern
honky-tonk” from New York’s Sweetback Sisters; gypsy music from
Massachusetts band Caravan of Thieves; and Michigan’s own Orpheum
Bell. Other Michigan artists appearing include Rootstand, AnDro, Blue
Water Ramblers, the Song Weavers of Petoskey, and the Orion Community
Drummers, who will be leading a drum kiva.
And the music is all for a good cause.
“The first Nor-East’r Festival was held in 2003,” Buffy Galer
explains, “it was born of a need for activities for young people in
this area, and nostalgia for the varied activities that the Oscoda
County Fairgrounds used to house, and was fully capable of housing
more of.”
Galer, the president and founder of the fest as well as a Licensed
Veterinary Technician, remembers attending small music festivals with
her family - as a child, she had the idea to organize a small scale
festival event on the family farm to help raise money for her
terminally-ill brother’s hospital bills - and that was part of her
impetus for starting the Nor-East’r along with help from friend
Richelle Sieland.

OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN
“Education and cultural appreciation was the core component of our
plan for the Nor’East-r,” Galer explains, “Among our goals were to
create a good performance stage - which we did in 2005; to provide
college scholarships - which we were able to start in 2009; and to
create more economic opportunity within the region.”  By year three of
the Nor-East’r, more help was needed, which is how current treasurer
Nancy Miller got involved.
“We are the first festival of summer,” Miller says, “we try to provide
a diverse collection of musicians and artists; our mission is to
provide opportunities to celebrate folk culture in Michigan.”
Now in its eighth year, the Nor-East’r keeps growing - quietly - which
Miller claims is part of its appeal.
“One charm of the festival is that it is small and intimate, she says,
“festivalgoers can mingle with the performers, especially in the
workshops and at the parking-lot picking. Another charm we have is
shade - something you don’t find at other festivals,” she laughs.
“There are trees to sit and camp under, and the grounds are flat and
mowed for walking about. We also have the use of all the fairground
buildings (for the event); the second stage - called The Parlor - is
inside, where you can have breakfast or lunch and listen to the music.
There is also an inside rain site for workshops if necessary, and
we’re starting a third area, The Dance Hall, where there will be a
dance on Saturday night, a couple of workshops, and an open mic on
Sunday.”

NINETEEN ACTS
Festival-goers will find much to offer beyond the stage acts.   “There
will be 19 musical workshops,” Miller says, “and completing the other
half of the festival will be many art vendors, six of which will be
doing art workshops. We’ll also be having a guitar giveaway for kids
under 18, to encourage young people to learn and participate in music
and art; we’ll be giving away 12 guitars this year.”
The Nor-East’r is also giving away two scholarships at the festival
to students going into college for music or art. And Miller’s wish is
that the community will continue to support the festival itself, as
well.
“We hope to grow a little, and have enough money to put on Nor-East’r
number nine,” Miller says,

The 2010 Nor-East’r Music and Art Festival will take place June 11-13
at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds, 1889 Caldwell Road in Mio, just off
M-33. More info and ticket prices can be found at www.noreastr.net or
by calling the Mio Chamber of Commerce at 989-826-3331.
 
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