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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Michigan Music Fests Are Rockin? Along

Kristi Kates - June 13th, 2011
2010 said bye-bye to Rothbury - but fortunately for Michigan music fans, a replacement fest has sprung up in its place, even in the same locale (see “Electric Forest Festival” below) for 2011. Other events celebrated their longevity in 2010 (happy 30th birthday, Blissfest) and are still going strong this year. Stack ‘em all together, and you’ve got another great selection of 2011 Michigan music fests to choose from, whether you choose to stay Up North or venture downstate in search of an even wider variety of tunes and venues.

Summer Solstice Festival
June 18, Elberta Waterfront Park, Benzie County (http://www.elbertasolsticefestival.com)
You couldn’t ask for a more pleasant setting for this free, family-friendly park set in the sprawling new waterfront park in Elberta opposite Frankfort and its harbor. The festival runs from noon to 1 a.m. with plenty of kids activities as well as a beer tent and dining scene. Ella Riot (formerly My Dear Disco) headlines the event along with Thrill Train. Also playing are K Jones and the Benzie Playboyz, Sub-Prime Blues Band, Waterline, Hannah Rae Beale, Platte Plains Wolf Pack, Triple Shot and Acoustic Dynamite.

Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival
June 18, Dickson Township Park, Brethren (www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html)
This year’s Spirit of the Woods is in its 34th year, and will be presenting sets from Independent Music Awards nominees Steel Wheels, Kentucky’s Juggernaut Jug Band, Marquette Michigan’s Conga Se Menne, and Spanish singer/instrumentalist Pure Fe’. Arts and Crafts vendors, food, beverages, and a closing dance round out this folky, friendly, yearly happening.

Big Ticket Festival
June 23-25, Ionia (www.bigticketfestival.com)
Upping the festival roster from 100 bands last year to 110 this year, this Christian rock event rocks positively on seven stages via big-ticket Christian acts and up-and-coming indie rockers. The trio of headlining bands for 2011 are Skillet, The Newsboys, and Toby Mac. Speakers, camping, a “fun run,” and additional bands keep this entire weekend a busy one.

Electric Forest Festival
June 30-July 3, Rothbury (www.electricforestfestival.com)
Whether you choose to catch as many bands as possible, or just chill on one of the many hammocks strung through the fest’s own forest, this newbie hippie-focused fest does a good job of taking over for the now defunct Rothbury event. 2011’s performers include Tiesto, REO Speedwagon, Stephen Marley, Galactic, and not one, not two, but three shows by The String Cheese Incident.

Manitou Music Festival
July 10 Dune Climb Concert ( www.glenarborart.org )
This is a summer-long concert series with performers playing at small venues along Leelanau County’s west coast. The highlight of the series in the Dune Climb Concert, which will feature the big band jazz of the Paul Keller Orchestra this year at 7 pm beneath the towering Sleeping Bear Dunes just shy of Glen Haven.

Blissfest
July 8-10, Bliss Festival Farm, Bliss (www.blissfest.org)
Now that Blissfest has passed its 30th birthday, it’s going to… not change a darned thing, since this ambitious and remote event has already become one of the most popular music destinations of a Northern Michigan summer. For 2011, they’ve put together another varied mix of folk, rock, and world music acts, from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush to Mountain Heart, Oka, the Macpodz, and Gumbohead.

Dunegrass Festival
August 5-7, “east of the Lake Ann airport,” (www.dunegrassmusicfestival.org)
Although beleaguered in past years with disorganization and some financial troubles, new festival guru Ryan Lake has been keeping busy assembling a roster heavy on local favorites, from Donna the Buffalo, The Ragbirds, and My Dear Disco to Detour Bluegrass and Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds. Camping, food, crafts, and late night jams keep the weekend, well, jamming, until Monday rolls ‘round.

Farmfest
August 11-14, Farmfest grounds on Roby Road, Johannesburg (www.farm-fest.com)
Party ‘till the cows come home at Farmfest, the quietly-persistent little farm-friendly musical event that’s now in its 14th year. Expect plenty of dancing, impromptu jams, camping, open mics hosted by Kirby, and food from various vendors and the “Feedbag Cafe.” This year’s tunes include The Leftover Hippies, The Jake Allen Band, Who Hit John, Rootstand, and TC’s own Soul Patch.

Hoxeyville Music Festival
August 19-21, West of Kestlewoods Campground on M37 (www.hoxeyville.com)
The Manistee National Forest is the setting for this 9th annual weekend fest, with its vendor village and “car camping” availability. Live sets will be presented from Umphrey’s McGee, eKoostik Hookah, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Funktion, and Steppin’ In It; an on-site disc golfing course, food and craft vendors, and extra off-site camping (and a party store) are among the amenities.

Wheatland Music Festival
September 9-11, Wheatland festival grounds, Remus (www.wheatlandmusic.org)
Wrapping up the bulk of the Michigan summer festival season each year is Wheatland, now in its 38th year and offering just as unusual a selection of performers as ever. Although the complete final lineup has yet to be confirmed, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Ray Bonneville, The Laws, The Freight Hoppers, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith are already part of the 2011 roster.






 
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