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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Great Indoor Folk Festival

Robert Downes - February 7th, 2011
Great Indoor Folk Festival moves to Sunday
A new day is dawning for the Great Indoor Folk Festival this year, as
the family-friendly event moves to the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.
That’s Sunday, Feb. 13, to be exact, with more than 50 musicians set
to perform in the sprawling Mercado  shopping area of Building 50 at
the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.  If attendance matches
that of years past, the third annual event is expected to draw as many
as 1,000 people throughout the day.
“By moving it to Sunday we’re able to have a festival that doesn’t
crowd anyone out and will make it possible for everyone to attend,”
said Adair Correll of the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round,
which hosts the event.  Correll noted that several other events being
held in Traverse City over the weekend made Sunday a better choice for
the community.
As in years past, the music is all-acoustic with the players drawn
from the Songwriters in the Round music organization.  Despite the
fact that the musicians all perform for free, there’s a high demand to
perform at the festival, Correll said.  “We put out a call for
musicians each year and the slots are all booked up within a day or
two. It’s become a very prestigious event for the region’s acoustic
music crowd.”
What’s in it for the musicians?
“A lot of us will be selling our CDs at the festival, and they make
great Valentine’s Day presents,” Correll said.  “While many of the
musicians already sell their CDs at their gigs throughout the year,
the Great Indoor Folk Festival turns out a tremendous crowd. What
better thing to do on a Valentine’s weekend than put a smile on your
face, a song in your heart and a new CD in your pocket?”
He added that the free festival also remains a huge hit with families.
“These are tough times and families are looking for something free and
fun to do. This is a chance to see as many as 50 musicians and hear a
lot of original music.  It’s a chance to get your kids inspired to
take up music themselves.”
In addition to five ‘stages’ in Building 50 (actually, small
performance areas tucked into alcoves), the festival includes a stage
at the Left Foot Charley winery just 100 yards to the west, and an
open mic stage at the Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse, where musicians
from the general public are invited to perform throughout the day.
The festival got its start in 2009 as a way of raising the profile of
the Songwriters in the Round  which includes folk and acoustic
musicians from all over the state. Correll, one of the founding
members and long time administrator, and Bob Downes, editor of
Northern Express Weekly and a member of the Acoustic Dynamite band,
thought that a free indoor music festival held in February would be a
good addition to a region that has more than enough events during the
“There’s no question that it was a hit from the very first year,”
Correll said.  “We didn’t know if it was going to be a one-time shot
in the dark, but we found in our second year that this is a popular,
enduring event.”

The Great Indoor Folk Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 from noon
- 5:30 p.m. in the Mercado shopping area of Building 50 at the Grand
Traverse Commons, with an additional satellite stage at the Left Foot
Charley winery.  The standing room only event is free of charge,
although donations will be accepted in “busker buckets” at each stage.

-- by Robert Downes

Who’s Playing:


12:00-1:00 Summerson
1:10-2:10 Cabin Fever
2:20-3:20 Song of the Lakes
 3:30-4:30 New 3rd Coast
 4:40-5:30 Jim Crockett & Friends


12:00-12:30 Acoustic Dynamite
12:40-1:10  Jim Hawley
1:20-1:50 Les Dalgliesh &
Patrick Harrison
2:00-2:30  Jenny Thomas & Friends
2:40-3:10  Adair Correll & Friends
3:20-3:50  Barbara Jordan & Friends
4:00-4:30  The Nephews
4:35-5:00  Dennis & Allison Palmer & Friends
5:05-5:30 Blind Dog Hank


1:00-1:30 Ron Fowler
1:40-2:10 Luunappi - Patrick Niemisto & Norm Wheeler
2:20-2:50  Mary Anne Rivers
3:00-3:30 Kirby


12:40-1:10  Dane Hyde &
Greg Stanton
1:20-1:50 Blind Dog Hank
2:00-2:30   Harbor Hoedown
2:40-3:10  The Nephews
3:20-3:50 Acoustic Dynamite
4:00-4:40 Three Hour Tour

12:00: 12:25 Ron Fowler
12:30-12:55 Mary Anne Rivers
1:00-1:25  John Bentley
1:30-1:55  Ruby John w/Dane Hyde
2:00-2:25  Kurt Bullock
2:30-2:55  Dede Alderman
3:00-3:25  Robin Lee Berry
3:30-3:55  Bev Carrol
4:00-4:25  Kirby
4:30-4:55  Les Dalgliesh
5:00-5:25  Jerre Stormer


12:00-12:40 Les Dalgliesh &
Patrick Harrison
12:50-1:30 Three Hour Tour
1:40-2:20 Jef Fisk
2:30-3:10  Dan Kelchak
3:20-4:00 Dane Hyde & Greg Stanton
4:10-4:50  Max & Ruth Bloomquist

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