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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The Art of Wine

None - August 19th, 2011  

California winemaker Robert Mondavi once said, “Making good wine is a skill; making fine wine is an art,” a statement that is reflected by the award-winning wines of Northern Michigan. These masterpieces will be featured, along with actual art from local artists, at the 3rd annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, held on the front lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons, Saturday, Aug. 20.


“When we were seeking an identity for the festival, we talked about the other things that our area is known for,” said Andrew McFarlane, director of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association. “While there was no question that food and music would play a huge role in the festival, we realized that our region is home to some incredible artists of all kinds and felt that we could work to promote these artists and their work.”

Artwork will be on-display and for sale at individual booths, ranging from paintings and sculpture to fiber art and functional art.

Participants will have the opportunity to become part of the art, as well. A new element to the festival this year is the Fashion is Art contest. Judges will circulate the area looking for the most creative, the most flashy, bold and dramatic wardrobe. The grand prize winner will receive an overnight spa package from Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa as well as a welcome gift from the wineries of the festival.


For its first year, the festival had approximately 70 wines from 20 wineries. This year, participants have the option to sample over 100 wines from the 25 wineries represented by Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie counties, according to McFarlane. These establishments include, among others, Circa Estate, L.

Mawby, Shady Lane, Chateau Chantal, Tandem Ciders and Left Foot Charley.

Participant numbers have also grown, added McFarlane.

“We had around 1,500 the first year and nearly 3,000 in 2010. For 2011, we’re expecting around 4,000.” McFarlane attributes a regional wine interest as one force behind the staying power of the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, despite the growing—and sometimes daunting—num ber of food and beverage festivals in the area.

“(It) has grown every year because of the big focus our festival coordinator Laura Herd has put on the design and flow of the festival,” he added. “So many people have told us that everything was so smooth and open, and also that they loved the art and performance and atmosphere of the festival.”


Adding to the atmosphere will be live musical performances from area favorite artists including jazz/folk singer Claudia Schmidt, Shout Sister Shout (featuring Rachel Davis) and bluegrass/jazz/folk fusion dance band Steppin’ In It.

All musical performances will be held on the stage outside the wine tent, with plenty of room to dance, mingle or just listen and sip. Local restaurants will offer tasty dishes available for purchase, as well.

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is Aug. 20, at the Grand Traverse Commons front lawn, from 3-10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include two (full glass) wine tickets and a commemorative glass, as well as entry into a drawing for a pair of tickets to these wine events: the Harvest Stompede, Toast the Season, Taste the Passion, Spring Sip & Savor and the 2012 TC Wine & Art Festival. For more information, visit traversecitywinefestival.com.

Artists such as Bill Hosner will show and sell their work at the Traverse City Wine & Art Fest.

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