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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Art meets Ice at Bay Harbor

Kristi Kates - January 17th, 2011
Art Meets Ice at Bay Harbor 1/17/11
By Kristi Kates
Back in 2000, the marketing folks at Bay Harbor were thinking up ideas
to bring more people in to the Bay Harbor community. A couple of
professional ice carvers were invited to create ice sculptures in Bay
Harbor’s Village on Main Street - and the response was a more than
positive one, with a plethora ofvisitors and locals stopping by to
view the unique art pieces crafted in the cold of a Northern Michigan
Ten years later, and those initial ice carvings have grown like
icicles into a full-fledged event, this year’s 10th Annual Bay Harbor
Ice and Snow Festival. It’s bigger than ever, and stuffed full of
snowy events and great prizes, beginning with big rewards for the art
form that started it all.
  “This year is the first year we’re having a national competition (in
ice carving) at Bay Harbor, with professional and amateur carvers,”
explains Bay Harbor Marketing Coordinator Michelle Denise. “First
through third place awards will be given, with over $12,000 total in
prize money.”
This year’s Bay Harbor event is sanctioned by the NICA (the National
Ice Carving Association), and is also being backed by an event
management team from Ice Creations, who are experts in running ice
carving events.
“NICA is the only professional organization for the ice carving
industry in the United States,” Denise explains, “only NICA can offer
standardized judging and rules designed specifically for ice carving
events. The specific expertise they give us guarantee a very
successful event, so we know it will be managed both creatively and
professionally. We in Bay Harbor want to grow this competition into
one of the biggest in the country.”
Ice Creations is the other side of this ice festival coin, working
with the Bay Harbor team to both organize the event and create some
icy artworks of their own.
“Chad Harston, the owner, and his team (at Ice Creations) will arrive
the Wednesday before the event to help with logistics and placement,”
Denise says. “He and NICA are bringing in three professional judges,
and Ice Creations will also be sculpting many pieces in our village,
including a 12-foot sculpture at our front entrance, an Ice Bar at The
Knot, and Ice Bricks for the Great Wall of Sponsors.”

The sculptures, of course, are one of the biggest draws of the Ice and
Snow Festival, and this year will include ice furniture and a luge at
the unique, “upscale” Cava Chill Lounge.
“The Cava Chill Lounge will be mainly for beverages,” Denise says, “it
will be a very chic setting with ice furniture clad with faux fur and
pillows on the couches and chairs near the outdoor fireplace. There
will be a small bar with luge so you can order a soda, hot cocoa, or
The ice sculptures seen on Bay Harbor’s Main Street will be lit during
evening hours, bringing yet another level of artistic interest and
colorful twinkle to the proceedings.
“Ice Creations will be bringing LED lighting with them,” Denise
explains, “and we will be keeping the sculptures lit as long as they
stay intact through the winter season.  We would love people to come
and see them during the festival in the evening, and for as long as
the weather conditions hold - they will cast a beautiful glow along
the Village streets.”

Another event new to the festival is the mSnow Show, which Denise says
will be a great high-energy highlight.
“This is an aerial acrobatic show which is a true crowd pleaser,” she
enthuses, “Adam and Luke Schrab, along with a team of snowboarders,
will perform spectacular stunts in the snow on Saturday for three
performances. The Schrab brothers have been featured in films,
including Warren Miller movies, around the world.”
And a returning event near and dear to Bay Harbor residents’ hearts –
and stomachs – is the annual Chili Cook Off, back again and sponsored
by the Bay Harbor Foundation (info on how to enter can be found via
the Foundation office at 231-439-2700.) For Denise, the Chili Cook
Off, the mSnow Show, and the “Talk to the Paw” Musher Sled Dog Rides
are some of the things she’s looking forward to the most - after, of
course, the shopping, dining, live music, and all of those
artistically-transformed giant blocks of ice.
“I am just going to be amazed by the professional carvers,” Denise
says, “since this is a competition and the first prize is $5,000, I’m
sure the sculptures will be absolutely spectacular. I can’t wait to
see the Cava Chill Lounge, the Ice Bar, and the Great Wall of Sponsors
take shape. It will be a wonderful, fun-filled weekend of activity in
Bay Harbor.”

The 10th Annual Bay Harbor Ice and Snow Festival will take place
January 21-23, 2011 as presented by Art Van Furniture, the Bay Harbor
Village Merchants, and the festival’s sponsors. For a full schedule
and more information on the entire event, visit

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