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Letters 05-23-2016

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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Winter‘s best bets

Erin Crowell - December 6th, 2010
Winter’s Best Bets: Some can’t-miss events for the snowy season
By Erin Crowell
Author W.J. Vogel once wrote, “To shorten winter, borrow some money
due in spring.”
Sure, we like to complain about living in one of the frozen upper
crusts of the country, knees trembling as we brush the powder off our
cars and snap the thermostat to “blazing.”
But consider all the events available, both indoors and out, that will
either have you basking in all its frozen glory or so busy that it’s
gone in the flash of a winter’s sunray. Here’s a list of some notable
festivals and celebrations. Check Hot Dates weekly for other
activities near you.
Just hold off on that bank loan.

DECEMBER
6-1/2 – Celebrating Women: Ongoing exhibit and festival at the Dennos
Museum Center, TC. Dennosmuseum.org for details.
9 – Ladies Night Downtown TC. Discounts, refreshments and
entertainment at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
11 – Merchant’s Holiday Open House in Harbor Springs features
discounts, sleigh rides and sweet treats, 6-9 p.m.
12 – Christmas Magic; parade and children’s activities in downtown Beulah.
16 – Men’s Night Downtown TC. Giveaways, specials, refreshments and
gift wrapping at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
18-1/2 – Festival of Trains at the History Center of Traverse City,
daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


JANUARY
1 – Teddy Knape Film Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, featuring films by skiing and snowboarding pros.
Crystalmountain.com.
10 – Downtown Bridal Show held at the Park Place Dome, TC, with bridal
fashion show and area vendors, noon-4pm.
13-15 – Mackinaw Winterfest, snow carvings, snowmobile races, outhouse
race, chili cook-off, sleigh rides and more, downtown Mackinaw City.
15-16 – Kalkaska Winterfest, featuring sled-dog race, dog weight pull,
games, craft show and other activities.
20-23 – Bay Harbor Ice & Snow Festival highlights ice carvings, snow
sculpting, a chili cook-off, sled dog rides and more. 231-439-2004.
21-23 – Zoo-De-Ski Weekend at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs,
featuring sleigh rides, dog sledding, tubing, music and more.
800-GO-BOYNE.
22-23 – Beer & Boards Festival at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek
Resort, featuring local microbrews and live music. Shantycreek.com for
more info.
29 – 17th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome, TC,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtowntc.com.

FEBRUARY
3 – North American Snow Festival in Cadillac, featuring snowmobile
races, Polar Dip, snow sculptures, live music, beverages, chili
cook-off and more. Cadillacmichigan.com.
4-6 – Women’s Winter Tour Weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort, offers
non-competitive cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, chocolate,
culinary samples and live music. Visit crystalmountain.com.
5 – Mid-Winter’s Chocolate Therapy Festival at Shanty Creek Resorts
featuring demos, tastings and cooking competition. Shantycreek.com.
5-6 – Taste the Passion; for chocolate and wine lovers at the Wineries
of Leelanau Peninsula, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat.; noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
11-13 – Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival: featuring stand-up, improv
and comedy film throughout downtown TC. Traversecityfilmfestival.org.
12 – Great Indoor Folk Festival, featuring local musicians at the
Village of the Grand Traverse Commons, sponsored by Michigan
Songwriters in the Round. All day event.
12 – WinterFest in Beulah includes chili cook-off, frozen fish toss
and outhouse races.
12 – Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand
Traverse Resort & Spa, featuring local craft beer, world music and
other activities. Porterhouseproductions.com.
12-13 – Romancing the Riesling at the Wineries of Old Mission
Peninsula, noon-5pm, featuring a food pairing and souvenir wine glass.
231-223-7615.
15-21 – Downtown Petoskey Winter Blues Festival includes a
beard-growing contest, blues concerts, torchlight parade and local
food/drink. Petoskey.com.
18-21 – Cherry Capital Winter Wow!Fest includes the Polar Plunge,
mountain bike race, Special Olympics of Michigan, frozen bed race,
winter softball tourney and more. Held throughout TC. 800-748-0303.
19-20 – Shiver by the River in downtown Frankfort: Snowcross, parade,
frozen bowling, food and beverages. Frankfort-elberta.com for more
info.

MARCH
5 – Mardi Gras on the Mountain at Crystal Mountain Resort, featuring
best costumes, games and more. Crystalmountain.com.
5 – 5th Annual Suds & Snow at Timber Ridge Resort, TC, from 2-6:30
p.m., Michigan microbrews, snowshoe pass, food and live music.
TimberRidgeResort.net.
12 – 2nd Annual Brew-Ski Festival features over 100 craftbrews, live
music and parties throughout Boyne Highlands. Boyne.com.
12-13 – Spring Fling Weekend at Crystal Mountain: cardboard classic,
slush cup and slope-style competitions. Crystalmountain.com.
18-20 – Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain boasts skiing and boarding
contests, games and more. Boyne.com.
19 – Krazy Daze, Boyne Highlands, is an all-day party with games and
costume contests, live music, pond crossing and more. Boyne.com.
26 – Mardi Gras at Nub’s Nob, featuring the Soaker Cup, costume
contest and Crazy Couples Challenge. Live music by Petoskey Steel Drum
Band. Nubsnob.com.

 
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