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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Find your inner drummer at Boyne

Kristi Kates - July 12th, 2010
Find Your Inner Drummer at Boyne
By Kristi Kates
“Our workshop is designed to give people the chance to engage totally in the drum process,” artist and Ayurvedic practitioner Rolinda LeMay explains.
The workshop LeMay is speaking of, the Drum Your Art Out event, will be taking place at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls this month, offering ample opportunity for those interested - musician or non alike - to learn about, craft, and how to play hand drums. And according to independent artist LeMay and co-presenter David Gierke of the Toledo School of the Arts, drumming is about far more than simply crafting rhythms.

“I think that drumming contributes to the overall body/mind/spirit picture,” LeMay says, “when you create the drum, you are engaging as an artist. When you engage in community drumming, in particular, you’re in a circle, and there’s an energy flow you can feel in that circle that has beneficial effects.”
LeMay’s more esoteric, poetic role at the Drum Your Art Out workshop project complements Gierke’s more technical skills.
“My role will be to discuss and describe symbology and to guide the art end of things,” she says, “you don’t want to just slap anything on your drum; you want it to reflect a deeper meaning to you as the drum owner/maker.”
Gierke, by contrast, will work with the hardwood frames, the drum skins, the soaking, stretching, and actual making of the drums themselves. It’s a careful process that avoids tedium by fully involving the participants and drawing them into LeMay and Gierke’s own respective zeals for the project.

Gierke, a lifelong percussionist, spent years owning Toledo’s Dave’s Drum Depot before joining the Toledo School for the Arts as a percussion teacher; he also presents frequent drum workshops in Ohio.
“He is just so knowledgeable and engaging,” LeMay says, “his enthusiasm for his art is totally contagious, and he plays everything - if you can make a rhythm on it, he plays it!”
LeMay, who first collaborated with Gierke in that aforementioned school setting (she spent a year there as an Arts Integration Specialist), has been an artist as long as she can remember, as well.
“I have a studio in my home where I work frequently - pen and ink illustration, acrylic painting, and mixed media - and my work has been shown locally and in Michigan,” LeMay explains, “art is woven into almost everything I do.”
These focused approaches to their respective lives make Gierke and LeMay the perfect hosts for Drum Your Art Out; in addition to the roles mentioned earlier, LeMay will mastermind the actual drum decoration, and Gierke will lead the evening drum circles.

Two versions of the workshop are being offered at Boyne through the Solace Spa, the most immersive being the two-day package, which includes crafting of your own frame drum, all of the Friday and Saturday workshops, and both drum circles.
A one-day version of the event is also being offered, where participants will receive a pre-made frame drum that they can decorate, and they will be able to sit in on one of the drum circle evenings.
Either selection is fine with LeMay; she just wants people to be part of this unique event.
“There’s a feeling of empowerment one gets from creating your own drum with your own hands; from the give and take of a drum circle to the Zen-like state of being so focused in drumming that you move into the ‘zone,’ a very meditative-like state that’s joyous and peaceful,” she says, “In a drum circle, you drum until you are the drumming.”

The Drum Your Art Out workshop weekend with Rolinda LeMay and David Gierke will take place July 16-17 at Boyne Mountain via Solace Spa; space is limited, so register today by calling the spa at 231-549-7946.

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