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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Michigan Schooner Festival

Rick Coates - August 6th, 2010
Celebrate the Great Lakes with the Michigan Schooner Festival
By Rick Coates
On September 10-12, you can enjoy the heritage of the Great Lakes with
“A Great Lakes Celebration” and the 2010 Michigan Schooner Festival on
West Grand Traverse Bay.
On Friday night, the Traverse City Opera House will feature Song of
the Lakes along with storytellers to benefit area cultural
organizations via the Michigan Humanities Council. The evening starts
at 8 pm and tickets are $12 adults and $6 for students K-12. A special
Patron Seating is available at $75 which includes entry in a drawing
for one of three of Greg Sobran’s “Schooners on West Bay” giclées to
be awarded at the concert.
The concert is the capper for a tall ship parade on Friday afternoon.
“The Schooner Festival begins at 4 pm Friday, September 10th when the
tall ships leave the Maritime Heritage Alliance pier in Greilickville,
and sail north up West Grand Traverse Bay,” said Karen Smith, a
celebration coordinator. “The Grand Parade of Sail will end about 7 pm
as the ships dock at Clinch Park Marina for the weekend activities.
The concert begins at 8 pm, a short walk from the Open Space to the
historic City Opera House.”
Smith says the event will be educational as well as entertaining.
“We are fortunate to have internationally acclaimed folk band, Song of
the Lakes and their 25-plus years of making music that honors the
Great Lakes. This highly interactive family show will feature
traditional songs and sea shanties of the Age of Sail. Song of the
Lakes will also incorporate material from their new schools’ program,
Paddle-to-the-Sea,” she said.

STORY PROJECT
“In addition, Doug Stanton of the National Writer’s Series has teamed
up with musician and storyteller Norm Wheeler on the creation of a
student research/writing/performance project that will premier at the
concert.  The stories will keep with the Great Lakes theme, the lakes,
the land, the people, reflecting its rich history, its present, its
future.”
Students participating in the story project will include Kate Little,
a 2009 graduate of Leelanau School and former Poetry Out Loud school
winner, Katie Stanton and Caroline Smith from TCCHS.”
“Collaboration” best describes how events in Northern Michigan are
coming together lately, and A Great Lakes Celebration is a great
example of this as the Michigan Humanities Council, Maritime Heritage
Alliance, National Writer’s Series, City Opera House, Greg Sobran
Gallery, John Robert Williams Photography, McMillan’s Custom Framing,
2010 Michigan Schooner Festival and various cultural organizations
have teamed up to make the evening possible.
A Great Lakes Celebration will also incorporate a visual arts aspect
of the evening with a special “Schooners on West Bay” painting by
artist Greg Sobran.
“Greg is a Michigan artist, with galleries in Glen Arbor and Ann
Arbor. His passion for painting area landscapes is a true gift to the
history of our area,” said Smith. “Greg has graciously leant his
talent to this benefit by allowing us to create giclée prints of his
painting.”
For more information on A Great Lakes Celebrations and obtaining
one of the limited edition giclées contact Karen Smith (231) 590-5615.
Tickets for the evening are also available online at
www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling the box office at (231) 941-8082.


Tall Ship Events:
The 2nd annual Michigan Schooner Festival sails September 10-12 on
West Bay in Traverse City at the Open Space Park and Clinch Park
Marina.
On Friday, the Grand Parade of Sail will travel down West Grand
Traverse Bay and dock at Clinch Marina. Saturday events include ship
tours, food, entertainment, a Ring of Steel pirate reenactment troupe,
artist vendors, kids games, and ticketed sailings, including a special
“gun battle sail” aboard the Armed Sloop Welcome. Sunday starts off
with a “Pancakes with Pirates” breakfast at the Open Space with more
fun to follow.
A total of seven schooners will be on hand for the festival. These
include Maritime Heritage Alliance’s three ships - Madeline, Welcome
and Champion -- as well as four tall ships from around the region.
A $5 general weekend admission pass grants a tour of the three
Maritime Heritage Alliance ships that are docked. For children, $5
grants them admission on the ships and also five tickets for carnival
games.
Food vendors will be on-hand all three festival days. Art exhibitors,
as well as non-profit agencies, will also be on hand throughout the
weekend.

For complete details call the Maritime Heritage Alliance at 231 - 946
- 2647 or visit www.michiganschoonerfestival.org.

 
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