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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Mt. Holiday gets a musical makeover

Robert Downes - August 6th, 2010
Mt. Holiday gets a musical makeover
Music-lovers who check out the “new” weekly concert scene at Mt. Holiday Ski Resort in Acme may be surprised to learn that it has it actually has a fairly old and distinguished background.
In fact, folk superstar Joni Mitchell and her then-husband Chuck performed in the lounge atop Mt. Holiday way back in May of 1966 when she was an unknown singer-songwriter trying to make it in Detroit.
“I can remember her standing on the fireplace at that show when this was a coffeehouse called the Bucktooth Clam,” says Sandy Blumenfeld, who has seen many shows and performers come and go at Mt. Holiday through the years. “She didn’t have anything going on nationally at that time -- it was just before Joannie Collins and Tom Rush recorded her songs and she became a star.”

NEW STAR
Today, Blumenfeld is courting new potential folk stars to perform at Mt. Holiday’s Music in the Hills series which is held every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m., featuring musicians from the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round club.
A singer-songwriter himself who excels on resonator/slide guitar, Blumenfeld has deep roots in the local acoustic music community. He performs with the Sourmash traditional music band as well as the eclectic folk-rock group Blind Dog Hank, and is also the DJ who heads up the “Local Motion” radio show every Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. and “American Crossroads” on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. on WNMC-FM.
Last year, Blumenfeld and fellow musicians Jenny Thomas and Adair Correll launched an open mic at Mt. Holiday which proved to be a hit with supporters of the ski hill, located just off Five Mile Road in Acme. Other acts, such as New Third Coast and Dennis Palmer, began performing shows at the venue and Blumenfeld was drafted to launch an ongoing concert series.

DINNER TOO
Today, the Music in the Hills series is served up along with a chance to have dinner and drinks at the Lounge, which offers lush views of the surrounding ski slopes. Of note, there’s no cover charge for the music: “We just pass a pitcher around for those who want to leave a tip,” Blumenfeld says.
Blumenfeld adds that he’s proud to be carrying on a musical tradition. The old Bucktooth Clam hosted many local players through the years, such as former Record-Eagle photographer John Russell who performed there back when with a group called Children of the Hills. “We used to have hootenannies back in those days, and it’s good to have that back.”

Music in the Hills in the lounge at Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area is held every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. Dinner and bar service is available, with specials for kids. 3100 Holiday Road (off Five Mile and M-72/31) Acme.

-- by Robert Downes

Upcoming acts:

Wed. 9/8 - Tom Foolery with Tom Keen & Tom Fordyce
Wed. 9/15 - Max & Ruth Bloomquist
Wed. 9/22 - Curtiss Family Band
Wed. 9/29 - Angela Josephine

 
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