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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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St. Patrick’s Day Round Up

Rick Coates - March 12th, 2012  


Northern Michigan is rooted in Irish heritage. Just look at some of the county names: Antrim, Emmet, Wexford, Roscommon and Crawford all have Irish roots to them.

So this time of the year, our region is loaded with events that pay tribute to the people who settled this region in the late 1800’s. Here is an overview of events happening throughout Northern Michigan:

THE ROBERT EMMET SOCIETY ANNUAL HOOLIE:

Based in Petoskey, the Robert Emmet Society was formed in the early ’90‘s to pay tribute to its namesake, the famed Irish poet. Each spring they award a scholarship to an outstanding North Central Michigan College student for a semester of study in Galway, Ireland. The scholarship includes tuition, roundtrip airfare, and all housing expenses.

Robert Emmet, who is also the namesake of Emmet County, Michigan, “had a brief, but courageous life and his enduring legacy as a champion of freedom and democracy is what we honor within the organization,” said George Colburn, Society spokesperson.

The primary fundraiser for the scholarship fund is the Annual Hoolie that will take place Friday, March 16. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes to 10 p.m. in The Rose Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. The Hoolie will feature a full-fledged Irish Band from Chicago (Chicago Reel) plus local favorites The Hooligans. It also includes a dinner menu featuring Irish specials.

Tickets are $10 and the Perry is offering a special room rate of $59. For more information, contact the Robert Emmet Society at 231-535- 2440. For room reservations, contact Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 231-347-4000.

For further information on the Emmet Society Scholarship valued at approximately $10,000, contact the President’s Office at NCMC, or the Robert Emmet Society via email at info@emmetsociety.org, or by writing to P.O. Box 2027, Petoskey, MI 49770.

IRISH QUINTET SLIDE:

Irish music is a must and one of the top touring acts of traditional Irish music with a modern flair to it is Slide. They have become a Northern Michigan favorite making periodic appearances in the area this time of the year.

Slide will perform Wednesday March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Sleder’s Family Tavern in Traverse City. Slide comes direct from Ireland to Traverse City and the quintet features Daire Bracken on fiddle,guitar; Aogan Lynch on concertina, whistle; Mick Rowland on bouzouki,mandolin; Stephen Doherty on flute, keyboard, and bodhran; and Dave Curley on vocals and percussion. For ticket info contact Sleder’s Family Tavern, or Beth at 947-9213. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

HIGHEST OF HOLYDAYS—SAINT PATRICK’S DAY (PARADE DAY)

Since its inception 33 years ago, the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Annual Traverse City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown into quite the family affair. The parade is typically the first Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day but this year it will actually happen on St. Patrick’s Day.

“We felt that when you have an opportunity to actually celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day it really made sense. Plus the Pub Crawl organizers are having their event on Friday,” said Michael Shirley, Hibernian and Master of Ceremonies for the day.

“This is such a great family day and is open to anyone. The parade goes through downtown Traverse City and all are welcome to join us and walk the parade route.”

The pre-parade festivities start at noon at the North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City. Shirley strongly encourages people to arrive around 11 a.m. as it fills up quickly.

“We will sing Irish songs, announce the Irish Queen, the Irish Lord Mayor, Irish Prince and Princess along with the Grand Marshall and the Hibernian of the Year,” said Shirley.

Parade Marshall Mike Nolan will start lining up parade participants at approximately 1 p.m., and the parade begins at 1:30 at the corner of Hall and Front Streets. From there it heads to State Street, to Front Street and back to North Peak.

Post parade entertainment will start around 2:30 pm with “Song of the Lakes” in the basement of North Peak (Kilkennys Irish Public House) followed by the Wild Sullys later that night.

If you would like to be in the Parade contact the Ancient Order of Hibernians 231-709-6500.

LEAPIN’ LEPRECHAUN 5K

This 5k run or walk is hosted by the National Cherry Festival and is in its second year. The event starts at 9 a.m. in the Warehouse District of Downtown Traverse City.

All participants will receive a commemorative event shirt and for runners, medals will be awarded for top finishers. There will also be a prize for “Best Irish Costume” along with a complimentary beverage (beer for those 21 years of age and older) after the event.

Awards will take place in the “beverage tent” (in the parking lot of the Warehouse District) where all sorts of Irish beverages will be offered, including “perfectly poured Guinness Stout.”

Advanced registration is encouraged and more details may be found at www.cherryfestival.org.

PUB CRAWL AND MORE!

The annual Traverse City Pub Crawl is on Friday March 16. It will start at Minerva’s at the Park Place Hotel at noon and wind through several pubs in Traverse City.

There are several other events taking place throughout the region and the Ancient Order of Hibernians have become a clearing house for information.

“We have been contacted from people all over the country who plan to come to Northern Michigan that weekend as well as people who live here looking for Irish-themed events,” said Todd McCall, President of the TC Ancient Order of Hibernians. “As a public service we have decided to post all Irish related events on our website.”

For more information on how to get your “Irish” on this St. Patrick’s Day, go to tcaoh. com or call 231-709-6500.

 
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