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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Festival in the Forest: Hoxeyville’s Set to Rock
By Kristi Kates
Deadheads and noodle-dancers, folk fans and jam bands, chilled-out
campers and local music aficionados - there’s something for every
single one of you at this year’s upcoming Hoxeyville Music Festival as
it embarks upon its 8th year.
The festival’s Jake Robinson hails from the Hoxeyville area (the town
west of Cadillac where the fest takes place), and says that the
festival may have started small, but has already grown into another
one of the must-see summer weekend music events in the area.
“Hoxeyville was formed in 2003 as a one-day event held at Coyote
Crossing Resort,” Robinson explains. “It featured some local acts that
included Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, and Dave Taylor; since then, it’s
grown into a three-day event, and in 2008 we relocated from the resort
to the new site.”
The tiny town of Hoxeyville might seem like an unlikely spot for such
a happening. But that’s exactly what the festival team wanted - an
unassuming locale that was surrounded by a forest.
“Hoxeyville is a great little town,” Robinson says, “myself and some
of the other organizers were from the area and vacationed here, so we
thought it was a great spot for a festival. The site is set deep in
the heart of the Manistee National Forest on 85 acres, which includes
the two venues, primitive camping, and a disc golf course.”
Robinson says that there are other places to camp nearby as well.
We are also located across the street from a modern campground called
Kestelwoods, and there are several other modern campgrounds in the
area.”

LISTEN AND DO
In addition to the many camping facilities, Robinson says that the
Pine River is another of the fest’s great resources, open, of course,
24/7 for paddling, swimming, and resting up between bands.
And as for those bands - this year’s event is anchored by a pair of
Grateful Dead bandmates, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann’s Rhythm
Devils - and there are plenty of other notable acts, as well.
“Among the other headliners are Keller Williams, Todd Snider, and Karl
Denson,” Robinson says. “Our headliner support acts include Justin
Townes Earle, My Dear Disco, and Frontier Ruckus, plus the return of
Seth and May; and local Michigan-based acts of note include Funktion,
Red Sea Pedestrians, Rootstand, and Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds.”
So does Robinson have a personal favorite among 2010’s extensive list
of performers?
“I’m always pumped for the headlining talent just like everyone else,”
he says, “but from the start, this was about cultivating the music
scene here in Michigan, and now it’s really moving, so I guess that’s
what is best about it.  You never know who may sit in with who or what
other surprises may be in store!”

The 2010 Hoxeyville Music Festival will take place West of Kestlewoods
Campground on M37 Friday-Sunday, August 20-22. For tix and more info,
visit www.hoxeyville.com.

 
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