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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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St. Patrick‘s Day celebrations

Rick Coates - March 7th, 2011
St. Patrick’s Celebrations Sweep the North
By Rick Coates
You don’t have to go far to ‘get your Irish on’ this coming week: St.
Patrick’s themed events will take place across the region. Here are some
of the highlights:

31st Annual Traverse City Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Parade
Saturday, March 12

The festivities kick off with pre-parade activities at North Peak Brewery
starting at noon with the announcement of the Irish Queen, Grand Marshall,
Irish Prince and Princesses and the Irish Lord Mayor.
The parade will commence at 1:30 p.m. with pre-staging starting at 1 p.m.
on North Hall Street. The parade route goes down Front Street to Pine to
State, Park  and Front streets and ending on North Hall.
Post parade activities will include dancing and Irish music by the Wild
Sullys at North Peak Brewery starting at 2:30 p.m. All activities are open
to the public. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should
contact Hibernian president Todd McCall at 231-715-6265.

Irish Comedy Tour, TC Opera House Saturday, March 12 (See related story)

Lucky Leprechaun Ball
Sunday, March 13

The annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball is a benefit hosted by the Ancient Order
of Hibernians and Song of the Lakes to support the Father Fred Foundation.
The evening is full of entertainment, along with great food and drink on
Sunday, March 13, beginning at 5 p.m. at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House in
TC. Music will be provided by Song of the Lakes and a new featured act,
the Young Sullys, an Irish family band with six kids ages 6 to 14 years
old performing an assortment of Irish tunes. 
The evening will also feature the top five junior and adult finalists who
are seeking “The Best Singer In Traverse City Award” in the 31st annual
Danny Boy Singing Contest. Junior division finalists sing off at 6 p.m.
and adult finalists will have their sing off at 8:30 p.m. To enter the
Danny Boy contest that includes $500 college scholarship for the top
junior contestant and $300 for the top adult contestant, contact the
Father Fred Foundation at 947-2055. Advance registration is required and
all contestants must go to a sing-off on Thursday, March 10 at Lars
Hockstad Auditorium with the top five participants in each division
competing on Sunday. 
Proceeds support the Father Fred Foundation. Admission is $10 in advance
or $15 at the door with youths 14 and under free! Get your tickets at the
Father Fred Foundation, North Peak or Kilkenny’s.

Boyne City Irish Heritage Festival
March 13-20

The Boyne City’s Irish Heritage Festival has been expanded from one night
to a full week with a full range of Irish themed events from March 13
through March 20. 
The festival highlight will be the Fourth Annual Irish Heritage Dinner,
from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Boyne City Eagles Hall. It will
include a traditional six-course Irish feast with Celtic music and song,
Irish step dancers, a sing-a-long of favorite Irish songs, guest
musicians, and, perhaps, a leprechaun. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for
children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. Tickets are available
at the Boyne Chamber, Eagles Hall, Local Flavor, and Country Now & Then/Up
the Lazy River.
For further info call the Boyne City Main Street Program at 231-582-9009
or the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.

Robert Emmet Annual Hoolie Wednesday, March 16

The Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey offers a scholarship to allow a
student from North Central Michigan College the opportunity to study for a
semester in Ireland. One of their primary fundraisers is the Robert Emmet
Annual Hoolie at City Park Grill in Petoskey starting at 5:30  p.m on
March 16. The Hoolie is in partnership with the Blissfest Music
Organization, and has become the highlight of the seasonal St. Patrick’s
Day celebration in Petoskey. The event features Irish music, song and
dance with local artists, door prizes and Irish dinner fare.  Reduced
admission prices are offered to Irish citizens, NCMC students, seniors,
and members of the Blissfest Music Organization and the Robert Emmet
Society.

An Afternoon Of Irish Music
Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. 

The Boyne Arts Collective Concert Series presents Siusan O’Rourke & Zig
Zeitler.  (see related story)
RUNA: Contemporary Celtic Music
Wednesday, March 16

Contemporary Celtic folk band RUNA will perform Wednesday March 16 at
Sleder’s Tavern in TC. The band includes Shannon Lambert-Ryan on  vocals
and piano; Fionán de Barra on guitar, bass, percussion, mandolin and
percussionist  Cheryl Prashker along with Tomoko Omura on violin and Isaac
Alderson on uilleann pipes, flutes, whistles.
Based in Pennsylvania, Runa draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of
its band members, that results in a contemporary and refreshing approach
to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their
repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful acoustic melodies, along
with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Shetland Islands,
Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble give
their traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. Seating and tickets are
limited and for more information call 231-947-9213.

 
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