Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Fox on a Hill

Kristi Kates - November 8th, 2010
Fox on a Hill: Celebrates Four Years
By Kristi Kates
Fox hunting takes a musical twist this week with an organization whose
‘targets’ are promising musicians.
Founded by Patrick Schaller, Susan Fawcett, and Clay Ebert, Fox on a
Hill Productions is becoming well-known for their promotion of
primarily Michigan-based musicians, artists, and filmmakers.
Four years in, and they’re still going strong - and celebrating their
fourth anniversary with their annual musical celebration. The event
also celebrates four years’ worth of helping bring a great range of
local talent to the public eye.
“We distribute local music to over 30 retailers in Michigan,” Patrick
Schaller says. “We have financed dozens of music albums, and have
executive-produced a full-feature documentary called ‘La Curacion.’
Clay and I purchased Susan’s equity last year, and we continue to run
the company with a small staff out of Petoskey, selecting musicians to
work with based on their presence in the Michigan music scene.”
So far, Fox on a Hill has primarily worked with musicians from
Earthwork Music, choosing artists for such events as the anniversary
show via, as Schaller puts it, “our existing relationships and their
amazing talent.”

For the anniversary show, set to take place on November 13th, Fox on a
Hill will be featuring Northern Michigan native and improv pianist
Biny Andrews, Kalamazoo roots-rock band Who Hit John?, Lansing duo
Gifts or Creatures (husband/wife folk musicians Brandon and Bethany
Foote), Americana/folk duo Jen Sygit and Sam Corbin, and Grand Haven
singer-songwriter Kali Rea.
Schaller says that Andrews will be a particular highlight of the evening.
“Biny will be launching his debut album, produced by Fox on a Hill, at
the event. We are very excited to do a project like Biny’s, outside
our traditional catalog of contemporary folk music.”
Another highlight of the showcase will be the introduction to the
public of yet another venture aimed at showcasing future Fox on a Hill
“I own both the restaurant/bar complex where the event will be taking
place (the empty commercial space formerly known as “220 Lake Street
Food and Spirits) and the attached Boyne City Theatre/Opera House, and
I am looking at potentially announcing the setting up of a non-profit
to fundraise the rejuvenation of the historic theater,” he says.
“It would be fantastic to renovate the theatre/opera house and hold
future Fox on a Hill performances, show films, and other entertainment
events. This theatre could really add a great vibe to the Boyne City
Sobo Arts District.”
Fox on a Hill’s Clay Ebert agrees that more support for local arts is
definitely needed.

“The state of indie music (here) is ripe with talent but drastically
underfunded,” Ebert says. “Thankfully, it’s improving with the advance
of technology. Tax credits for the music industry would also help the
indie labels improve the music scene in Michigan.”
Outside of Michigan, the term “indie music” isn’t limited to the
folk/roots scene that is prevalent in Northern Michigan - it’s
actually more focused on indie rock, pop, electronica, and more edgy,
experimental sounds. But Ebert points out that for Northern
Michiganders, that more acoustic sound is what independent music means
to this particular region.
“I think one reason that indie music in Northern Michigan is focused
on roots music more than any other genre is because it is very much a
part of Northern Michigan’s history,” he says. “Folk music seems to be
very connected to an energy that is about positive change and
environmental conscientiousness, which is something that new
generations of musicians are identifying with. We are currently
reviewing potential projects and events for Fox on a Hill this winter,
as Fox on a Hill best contributes to the local music scene by helping
artists get indie music into the hands of listeners who may not
otherwise have had the chance to experience it.”

Fox on a Hill’s 4th Anniversary Concert will take place on Saturday,
November 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm (doors open at 4:30 pm) at 220 South
Lake Street in Boyne City. Tickets and more info can be found at

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