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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Winter Shows

Al Parker - December 5th, 2011  

What’s hot on the region’s stages

It may be wintry outside, but Northern Michigan theatre stages are warming up with several exciting performance choices in coming months, from professional presentations to community theatre to student performances.


The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater, located on M-72 just east of US-31 in Acme, hosts a performing troupe led by veteran entertainer Dominic Fortuna. Celebrate an Up North Christmas with family and friends on Dec. 9-11, 16-18 and 23. Matinees are slated for 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18.

Catering by Kelly’s provides a three-course meal, with your choice of four entrees, while the audience is being entertained with sounds of the holidays by singers/dancers/instrumentalists. For more information, contact the Williamsburg at (231) 938-2181 or go to cateringbykellys.com.


At the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Paul Keller and his Mini Big Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members.

A four-part harmony group, Metro Jazz Voices, will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Feb. 4. Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. To buy tickets for either performance, go to crookedtree.org or call the box office at (231) 347-4337.


The Lowe Family Christmas Spectacular is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. The nine Lowes perform an amazing array of tunes from Broadway, Irish, Jazz, bluegrass, gospel, six-part harmony and more. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for students.

On Jan. 13 the Moscow Festival Ballet will perform the classic Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. A company of 50 dancers will perform this masterpiece ballet. It’s an enchanting fairy tale for the entire family. Tickets are $38 for adults and $12.50 for students. Contact the Opera House at (231) 627-5432 or (231) 627-5841 or order online at theoperahouse.org.


The Cadillac Footliters will present The Diaries of Adam and Eve at the Cadillac High School auditorium on Jan 6-7 and 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. Written by Mark Twain, the story follows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with each puzzling over the other and their purpose in life.

At 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3-4 and 10-11, On Golden Pond will be performed. It’s the story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return to their summer home On Golden Pond for the 44th year. Tickets for both shows are $10 at the door for adults. To purchase them, go to cadillacfootliters.com or call the box office at (231) 775-7336.


The Manistee Civic Players will present the holiday masterpiece A Christmas Carol on Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Performed at the historic Ramsdell Theatre, the musical is based on the Dickens’ classic of the same name. Tickets are $20.

The Civic Players will follow that with The Dining Room on March 9-11 and 16-18. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for both shows are available at ramsdell-theatre.org or by calling the box office at (231) 723-9948.


Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker returns to Corson Auditorium for four performances on Dec. 8-10. Show time is 7:30 each night with a matinee performance on Dec. 10. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $9 for students.

On Feb. 2-4, Servant of Two Masters will be performed. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2 and are priced at $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.

The Harvey Theatre will host Shakespeare’s drama Julius Caesar at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24. A matinee will be performed at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25. Tickets go on sale Jan. 24 and are priced at $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.

The popular Arts Academy Winter Dance Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 10 in Corson Auditorium. Tickets are priced at $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.

Interlochen also hosts a number of student productions and presentations during the coming months. For details and ticket information, go to Interlochen’s website at interlochen.org.


Swing Shift and the Stars will rock the Opera House on Dec. 16. Judy Harrison directs the dynamic dance-off that raises money for area non-profits. Tickets start at $20.

The Sleeping Bear, a film shot primarily in the Traverse City region, will have its world premiere on Dec. 29. Tickets are $10.

A number of musical acts will also take the stage at the Opera House during the winter. For information on any Opera House production, go to cityoperahouse.org.


Made famous by the award-winning film, starring Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda, Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond explores the fragility of families and relationships. The Civic Players will perform it on Jan. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. There’s a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 22. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children.

The entrancing musical Doctor Doolittle will be staged on March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. Matinees are set for March 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Jan. 16. For more information, go to oldtownplayhouse.com.

Also, the playhouse will host workshops, classes and other activities. For information, contact Mychelle Hopkins, Education Director at 947-2210.

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