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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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2nd Chance Prom 4/11/11

Rick Coates - April 11th, 2011
Get Your ’80s on at the 2nd Chance Prom
By Rick Coates
It’s prom season and high school students all over Northern Michigan are
scrambling to find prom dresses and tuxedos while ordering corsages and
boutonnieres.  Some will do a double take and a ‘say what?’ when they find
out that their parents are going to prom as well. Of course, there will be
a deep sigh of relief when they find out their parents have their own prom
to attend.
It’s called “The 2nd Chance Prom” and these events are popping up all over
the country.  Northern Michigan will host its first ever 2nd Chance Prom
this Saturday April 16 at the new Reserved room within the Streeters
Center in Traverse City.
“I came up with the idea while at my class reunion,” said Doug Street,
owner and a TC High School graduate. “One of my classmates told me that I
ought to do a 2nd Chance Prom. I had acquired all the old MTV videos from
the ’80s and I have been doing some ’80s nights that have been big hits. A
month ago the parents from the senior class at St. Francis approached me
looking to do a fundraiser for the senior graduation night party.”
While 100% percent of the the ticket sales will benefit the 2011 St.
Francis graduation night party, Street said the event is open to the
public.
“Anyone can attend. These 2nd Chance Prom events are typically fundraisers
elsewhere in the country,” said Street. “Since other schools in the area
have these graduation night parties, what we are going to do each year is
have a vote at the 2nd Chance Prom so the school who has the most
representation will be awarded the proceeds from the event next year.”

SAFE & SOBER
Structured graduation night parties are gaining in popularity. Dubbed
“Project Graduation,” or “Grad Night” these all-night parties have become
the ‘in’ thing to do for seniors.
For many parents, prom and graduation nights have become two of their
biggest worries. Both events have resulted in tragic deaths of students in
years past, prompting the development of Project Graduation where the
parents organize a safe, sober and memorable night for graduates.
“It is an opportunity for the seniors to have one more night together that
is organized and chaperoned by parents. It is essentially their last
goodbye before they head off to pursue college and careers,” said Dana
Olm, co-coordinator of the 2011 St. Francis Project Graduation Party.
The budget for the 2011 St. Francis event is about $15,000. Parents start
organizing the event in the fall and details are kept secret until
graduation night, but Olm hinted the party will include several fun stops
around Traverse City and a night for seniors to remember forever. The 2nd
Chance Prom is expected to raise around $6,000 for Project Graduation.

NATIONAL TREND
Nationwide, some Project Graduation budgets are $50,000 and up, with
elaborate alcohol-free parties that have prizes including iPods,
cellphones,  laptop computers, digital cameras, dorm-room refrigerators
and microwaves, and even a car. Typically, every senior gets a prize at
these parties.
As for the allure of a 2nd Chance Prom, there are several factors that
have made them popular.
“You would be surprised at the number of people who did not go to prom
in high school, so this is a way for them to experience it later in
life,” said Street. “Plus, people who did go to prom are probably not
married or dating their prom date, so that is where this 2nd Chance
component comes into play.”
Street also added that his new room, The Reserved, will be decorated to
give it an ’80s-early-’90s prom feel. Plus his DJ will be playing top
videos and music of the ‘80s MTV generation while sprinkling in some ’70s
disco as well as modern dance music.
“The committee is also collecting up old prom pictures from attendees and
we will flash those over the big screens in between videos,” said Street.
“Speaking of pictures, a professional photographer will be on hand so you
will get an official ‘prom photo’ included in the ticket price.”
Of course what to wear will be at the top of everyone’s list and Street
says it is all about having fun (see this week’s MyStyle column).
As for food, Street said it will be just like real prom. “We are starting
this later so people can go out to dinner somewhere around town. That way
you get to choose what you want to eat and when you arrive you start
dancing and mingling. We will have some light snacks available.”
One tradition of prom is the “spiking of the punch bowl” and that will be
available as well, just with a different twist. 
“We are going to have the traditional prom punch bowl but our bartender
will be doing the spiking. But you get to choose how you want it spiked,”
said Street. “That is the other appealing thing about the 2nd Chance Prom
-- you are legally allowed to drink and there is no curfew.”
The evening will include door prizes, selecting a prom king and queen at
midnight, and voting for which school gets to host the event next year.
Since resuming ownership of The Streeters Center (Ground Zero Nightclub) a
year ago, Street has remodeled the facility and has been taking on
community events, including the recent Bras For Cause that raised over
$30,000 for breast cancer programs in the region. At the end of April he
will host From Women’s Hands.

The 2nd Chance Prom is Saturday April 16 with doors opening at 8 pm and
music continuing till 1 am. Tickets are $15 and limited so advance
purchase is suggested. Call the box office at 231-932-1300 or go to
www.groundzeroonline.com or search Facebook under Traverse City 2nd Chance
Prom. Tickets are also available at Carpet Galleria on Garfield in
Traverse City. E-mail your old prom photos to tc2ndchanceprom@gmail.com to
be flashed on the screen through the night.

 
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