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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Rootstand

Rick Coates - September 20th, 2010
Rootstand throws a Rootenanny
By Rick Coates
What has been a great summer of outdoor music festivals throughout
Northern Michigan wraps up this weekend with Rootenanny, hosted by
acoustic roots rockers, Rootstand. The three-day festival (September
24-26) in Ellsworth will feature 20 bands and is being promoted as a
family-friendly event for all ages.
Rootenanny originated six years ago as an opportunity for Rootstand to
say thanks to the bands they performed with over the course of the
year. The first one was in Ypsilanti with a few bands and friends
gathering for a jam session, a thank you dinner from Rootstand, and a
few cold brews. For the past four years they held the event outside
out of Kingsley and started allowing for more and more people to
attend.
“We know that there are so many great festivals out there and we
really never expected to put this one into the mix -- it just happened
that way,” said Brant Losinski of Rootstand. “This was just a simple
dinner we prepared for these other bands, a keg of beer and a jam
session. Now it has become a legitimate festival.”
The 2010 version Rootenanny has a new location and what organizers
think might become the permanent home. The Rocky Top Preserve (part of
the Rocky Top Farms) in Ellsworth is the new site and farm owners Mike
and Heidi Cooper are excited for the event.
“We are second generation farmers and my parents started this farm and
they are still active in managing it with us,” said Mike Cooper. “We
are excited about hosting Rootenanny with Rootstand to give people an
opportunity to see what we are doing out here. We have dedicated the
front 50 acres of our farm as ‘the preserve’ for special events like
this and it is a perfect setting.”
Losinski agrees.
“We had a few offers to host Rootenanny,” said Losinski. “But we saw
Rocky Top as the ideal setting. The Coopers are great and their farm
is perfect for this, it is organic and has this beautiful meadow.
People are going to be blown away by the experience.”

HARPER HEADLINER
Besides a new location, having a headliner -- Australian
blues/digeridoo artist Harper -- is also something different for
Rootenanny.
“Really, Seth Bernard was a headliner last year and all of these bands
have headlined events in the past,” said Losinski. “But we were
looking for an act that has had larger exposure on the circuit. We had
the good fortunate of opening for Harper a year ago and we really
connected with him and his band. They agreed to headline for us this
year and we couldn’t be happier.”
So does this mean that Rootenanny, now in its sixth year, is looking
towards big names in the future?
“We want to be careful with the direction we take this festival and we
want to keep it simple and affordable,” said Losinski. “If the
opportunity presents itself under the right circumstances we might
have a major act. I can’t say now but there is someone pretty big
considering this for 2011, so we will see. But I like the model we
have right now, keep it simple, family friendly and about the music.”
Rootenanny has remained small with about 350 attendees, but this year
the numbers look to exceed that. At press time close to 300 advance
tickets had been sold, and with the cost only $25 in advance and $30
at the door for a weekend pass, or $10 for day passes. Organizers see
500 plus coming.

OTHER STUFF...
There are plenty of activities planned for the weekend in addition to the music.
Mark Fowler from Epicurean Mobile Services (EMS) will be serving
veggie and non- veggie gyros, burgers, sandwiches and more. He will
have Higher Grounds coffee available. Other vendors will be present,
but attendees are welcome to bring their own food.
“We can’t emphasize enough that this is a family-friendly event, so
bring your kids as under 10 are free and we will have a family camping
area so the late nighters will not distrub families,” said Losinski.

For additional info, go to www.rootstand.com  or find the festival’s
site on Facebook. You can purchase tickets in advance online via
PayPal or at Dharma and Grace Yoga Studio in Charlevoix. All of the
bands that are listed below have tickets for sale. Full weekend
tickets include camping and music. For directions check out
www.rockytopfarms.com.


FRIDAY:
STAGE 1:
4-5pm: Brant Solo Acoustic
6-7pm: Joe Smith
8-9pm: Soul Patch
10-12pm: Rootstand
1-2am: Fundubmentals

STAGE 2:
5-6pm: Michael Lee Seiler/
Stage 2 Soundcheck
7-8pm: Ballyhoo Fiasco
9-10pm: Overneath
12-1am: October Babies
SATURDAY:
STAGE 1:
12-1pm: Brant Solo Acoustic
2-3pm: Jake Allen Trio
4-5pm: Dragon Wagon
6-7pm: Joe Smith
8-9pm: Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds
10-12pm: Rootstand
1-2am: Thick as Thieves

STAGE 2:
1-2pm: C. Charles Bley
3-4pm: Sound Hound
5-6pm: Michael Lee Seiler
7-8pm: M. Paul Lippens
9-10pm: Blue Dirt
12-1am: Funktion

SUNDAY:
STAGE 1:
12-2pm: Rootstand and Friends
2-4pm: Seth Bernard and Friends
4-6pm: Harper

 
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