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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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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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