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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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.

WILLIAMSBURG

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.

PETOSKEY

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.

CHEBOYGAN

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.

CADILLAC

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.

MANISTEE

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.

INTERLOCHEN

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.

TC OPERA HOUSE

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.

OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE

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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