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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Three birds, one stone

Erin Crowell - January 24th, 2011
Three Birds, One Stone: Mike Staff ‘s one-stop wedding service
By Erin Crowell
Aside from the all-important “I do,” no other moment of your wedding
day brings forth the culmination of such hard work and preparation
than when the bride and groom enter the reception.
It’s both a crescendo and a sigh of relief.
Mike Staff of Mike Staff Productions knows it takes a serious
professional to get this moment right – the music must be cued, the
photographer must be ready and the camera should be rolling.
“Sometimes you have a DJ who sees the couple ready to enter, so he’s
ready to go,” said Staff. “Meanwhile, the photographer could be out in
the hallway taking pictures of mom and dad.”
Staff believes it’s moments like these that prove communication is key
to a successful wedding celebration – and why having a team of
professionals is essential in that execution. As a Michigan wedding
service provider, his business supplies individual DJ, photography and
videography professionals to make sure your day getting hitched goes
off... without a hitch.
“We have a group of individuals who can focus on what they love to do
and do it right. The client just has to call one number and contact
one place. It saves time and money.”
Doing so also allows each vendor—whether it’s the DJ, photographer or
videographer—to focus on his or her craft, versus the logistics of
booking, payment, etc.

CHECK YOUR EGO
“The people we get love to do what they do… and they do it well,” said Staff.
Mike Staff Productions allows clients to connect with 35 DJs, 25
photographers and 12 videographers – some of which work the wedding
circuit as a part-time gig.
“I have a president of a pretty large company doing DJ gigs, a couple
bankers, a guy from a TV station…” Staff begins to list, “and these
people love doing it.”
Having a passion for their craft is key in a DJ, Staff points out –
clarifying he tends to avoid those who use the name “DJ” as their
first.
“It tends to be an ego thing,” he said, adding that those types of DJs
will ignore the request of the bride and groom in order to maintain
their own reputation.
“They figure if a bride and groom’s song list isn’t getting the place
jumping, they should change it to save face,” said Staff. “Our DJs
know it’s about what the client wants.”

GETTING STARTED
Staff knows a thing or two about being behind the soundboard. He
booked his first DJ gig in 1986.
“I started out DJing for beer money,” he says, sitting behind his desk
in the company’s corporate office, located in Building 50 of the Grand
Traverse Commons. “It wasn’t until that year that I started getting
serious.”
Originally from Detroit, he moved to Traverse City in 1989 and worked
for WKLT during the week while spinning for weddings on the weekends.
It wasn’t until 1996, after moving back to Detroit (where he spent
time at 101 WRIF interviewing top rock bands and celebrities), that
Staff began booking his friends to DJ weddings.
“I got really busy and kept giving clients recommendations,” he said.
That time serving as the middle-man between other DJs and clients is
when Staff connected the dots.

HIGH STANDARD
Today, his business has grown to include other wedding amenities, a
collection of recommended photographers and videographers throughout
his 20+ years in the business. Each department is independently
staffed by an industry professional, including Wally Spice, director
of photography; Jason Chevatewa, director of video services; and
Staff, himself, overseeing the DJ & entertainment division.
All DJs, photographers and videographers must have a minimum number of
years experience in their field and complete certain guidelines
expected of them in their department.
“We’ve heard so many positive things about our professionals,” said Staff.
The company’s website boasts a hefty list of positive reviews and
recommendations from clients, and includes a slew of banquet
facilities (in the hundreds) that refer Mike Staff Productions,
ranging from Ann Arbor to the tip of the mitt.
“We’re really looking forward to working more in Northern Michigan,”
said Staff. “When I moved back four years ago, it was hard not to be a
part of something that has so much going on.”

If you’re looking to book your future wedding DJ, photography or
videography service, visit MikeStaff.com. Seasoned professionals
interested in working with the company may learn more by visiting the
website.

 
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