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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Seasons of Swirl

Kristi Kates - April 18th, 2011
Seasons of swirl: Wine tasting & music energize Crooked Tree Arts Center
By Kristi Kates
“I like learning about the wines and asking about food pairings at Swirl…”
“It’s great to be able to view an exhibit with friends at Swirl…”
“Swirl is a great way to meet new people of all ages…”

But just what is Swirl?
“Swirl is an informal and informative wine tasting held in our galleries, with live music,” explains Liz Ahrens, the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Executive Director. “Each month we invite a local wine purveyor to provide wines and appetizers, featuring their best or most unusual products,” she continues, “it’s the result of CTAC wanting to bring in visitors to the galleries in an informal and relaxed setting.”

ARTISTIC SYNERGY
The Swirl series - now one of Petoskey’s “hidden treasure” events - does indeed combine art, music, and gourmet pursuits all into one cohesive evening at CTAC, enabling locals and visitors alike to take their time checking out what CTAC has to offer in a new and inventive way.
“Quite often, people comment that they would like to see an exhibit, but just don’t make the time to do so,” Ahrens says, “CTAC also had a goal of providing some new events, and, at the same time, we were approached by Esperance of Charlevoix to offer wine tastings in the galleries, so it was truly one of those synergistic ideas.”
As Swirl grew, Ahrens says, they added on additional wine merchants, and are now featuring a different one at each month’s Swirl event. A rotating cast of musicians is featured, too, with each combo of elements attracting near sold-out crowds.
“Our fabulous local musicians provide entertainment to a crowd of 80 people, as we limit the tickets,” Ahrens says, “our galleries could hold more people, but then the event gets too big, and it’s difficult to talk about the wines and food and view the artwork.”

CREATIVE COMBOS
Kicking off with Swirl’s Holiday Wine Market in November, which features up to 40 wines, the full Swirl series runs from January to May, with the food and wine pairings being chosen by the merchants.
“Quite often, they choose seasonal offerings,” explains Ahrens.
The next Swirl event, on Thursday, April 21, will feature musical guitar/singing duo Jusduit (featuring Jeff Pagel and Bob Greenway), along with “creative appetizers” and fine wines from Lake Street Market in Boyne City.
Lake Street Market’s Liz Glass and Chris Meyer will be bringing in a themed roster of Spanish wines for the April event to accompany Jusduit’s tunes and CTAC’s display of new art by local art students; featured wines will include Kila Cava Brut (2008); Muga Roija Reserva (2006); and Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha (2009), among others.
“Our selection of appetizers will be our signature cheese display, along with caramelized onions and goat cheese baked on bruschetta, house-cured salmon canapés, seared tuna brochettes and Serrano ham. All of the appetizers have been designed to complement the wines,” noted Glass in Swirl’s press release.

MOODS OF SWIRL
The next Swirl, in May, will feature equally interesting food and wine offerings from Symons General Store, plus music from Petoskey vocalist/guitarist Chris Koury. Ahrens thinks that every Swirl is a great Swirl, because they’re all so different.
“I really enjoy it when people attend as a first date, as it’s a ‘walk-around’ event, so good for making that sometimes uncomfortable small talk on first dates,” Ahrens chuckles, “I also think it’s special when small groups attend Swirl together, like a girls’ night out, or wine tasting clubs.”
Swirl, perhaps in the opposite of many Northern Michigan popular pursuits, goes into hibernation in the summertime, though, so it’s best to support Swirl while you can - and look forward to next fall, when Swirl is likely to get an early start if the public continues to demand it over the next couple of events.
“We may add a fall series in September and October, as we’ve had many requests,” Ahrens says.
Swirl’s next event takes place on April 21 at CTAC, 461 E. Mitchell Street in downtown Petoskey; doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and music running to 7:00 p.m. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 day of the event, while tickets last. To purchase tix or get more info on all Swirl events, contact CTAC at
www.crookedtree.org, or telephone them at 231-347-4337.
 
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