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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Bye, Bye winter blues

Kristi Kates - February 21st, 2011
Bye Bye, Winter Blues Petoskey’s Got the Cure
By Kristi Kates
“It all started because our marketing consultant told us we were doing
well in the summer, but that we needed to get more people here in the
winter,” explains Petoskey Downtown Director Becky Goodman, “there had
been nothing in the past here in the winter, or for the locals.”
There’s definitely “something here” now, given the great reception that
the annual Petoskey Winter Blues Festival has been getting. Set to kick
off on February 21, this year’s fest has plenty of new events right
alongside the old favorites, making a great mix of activities to beat the
winter blues, the main aim of the festival.

“Our committee looked at different winter festival concepts, and we
selected this one despite the fact that we don’t actually have a dedicated
venue for blues music,” Goodman laughs. “It seemed like you could pull a
lot of double entendre with the name - blues music, blue plate specials,
blue light specials - and if you do get the ‘winter blues,’ this event
will help chase them away.”
At the very least, this event will definitely keep you so busy you won’t
be thinking about your winter blues. A full week - and a full schedule -
covers everything from snowman building to trunk fashion shows, story
hours to guessing games, indoor “sidewalk sales” to special restaurant
menu offerings, and a whole lot more, including some “test runs” of new

Several favorite events will be returning again this year, among them the
Hot Dish Cookoff that’s unique to the Upper Midwest and that’s now
offering both amateur cook and pro chef divisions; restaurants will
participate in the professional category, and amateur cooks are invited to
submit a great family “hot dish,” or casserole recipe.
“The public samples all of the hot dishes, and votes on which one they
like best,” Goodman says, “it’s a good way to just showcase your skills if
you’re a good cook, or to promote your restaurant. People went home last
year without eating dinner, there were so many dishes to sample.”
Other foodstuffs will be offered throughout the week, too, including
tasting events at American Spoon Foods, and lunch and dinner “Cajun Style”
menu specials at Whitecaps Grille to chase away the chill. Goodman says
that one of the events she’s looking forward to the most involves
chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
“It’s called ‘Chocoholic Frolic,” she says, “it’s kind of like our Gallery
Walk - you pick up a card, and go to the stores offering samples of
chocolate. There are so many more stores in town than you would expect who
offer chocolate! You turn your card in at the end of the day (Thursday,
February 24), and you can win a huge chocolate lover’s basket.”

Other events have nothing to do with food - other than the fact that
you’ll probably want to fuel up with some great beverages or meals before
you embark upon them.
Some of the events will take extra brain power, like Jigsaws and Java (a
jigsaw puzzle contest) at Grand Traverse Pie Company, or the Scrabble
Tournament at Horizon Books.
Others will suit more of the outdoorsy types, such as the Snow Croquet
Tournament, the Chase The Blues 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Blues
Snowman-Building Contest, and the Petoskey Ghost Walk.
And don’t worry, shoppers - there’s plenty of that to be found, as well,
with special Winter Blues Festival deals being made available at a
plethora of locales from Meyer ACE Hardware to Northern Sole to Linda
Michaels Jewelers - and local fashionistas will enjoy trunk fashion shows
at Toad Hall and Grandpa Shorter’s.

And if all you want to do is lose yourself in the actual blues - or some
other genres of music - the festival can oblige that, as well.
“Another of our new events is the ‘Petoskey’s Got Talent’ show, which is
being sponsored by TV 7 and 4,” Goodman says, “it’s modeled on the
‘America’s Got Talent’ show, and we already have a lot of talented people
signed up.”
McLean and Eakin Booksellers will host some acoustic music, the Crooked
Tree Arts Center’s Powers Wind Quartet event will coincide with the
festival, and several other shops and restaurants will be featuring live
And the entire Petoskey Winter Blues Festival will focus in on “real”
blues music on Saturday night from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. at Stafford’s Perry
Hotel’s Rose Room, with Kalamazoo Avenue’s Rock Rhythm and Blues Review
Band, a Blues Brothers tribute band that is sure to fit right in with the
fest’s theme.
Plenty of other sales, treats, surprises, and events will be held
throughout the week, too, as the festival organizers work to get the best
mix of happenings to make the event the best it can be.
“We keep switching the events out to keep it fresh,” Goodman says, “so we
can see what really works.”

The 2011 Petoskey Winter Blues Festival will take place February 21-27 in
downtown Petoskey. A full schedule of events and more info may be found at

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