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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Fauxgrass aims to bend bluegrass

Robert Downes - November 19th, 2012

Local bluegrass and string-band lovers will have a chance to hear Northern Michigan's new Fauxgrass band this Friday, Nov. 23 when they perform at the InsideOut Gallery in TC.

The band has local roots, says bassist Tim McKay, who is also the owner  of Fernand Footwear in Benzonia, maker of handmade custom shoes.

"We're a Michigan-based band with members in Benzie, TC, and Grand Rapids," McKay says.  Other members include Adam Balcer on guitar, Joey Schultz on banjo and Jason Wheeler on mandolin, with all contributing to the vocals.

The band played the Nauti-Cat a couple of times this summer and had an opening slot at Kilkenny's in TC for Soul Patch, but has yet to establish itself in the region, "though we have been selling out shows in Grand Rapids, and other points south," McKay notes.

"While we play mostly in the bluegrass style and instrumentation, we take a highly improvisational approach combined with tight arrangements, but don't really consider ourselves a bluegrass band. We do delve to the traditional music to make it our own, but reach into a variety of styles and genres for our covers, and our original music.

"We're a very busy band, and actively touring throughout the Mitten, and beyond," McKay adds. "So far we've over a dozen states under our belt, and our next trip in January-February will take us back toward Colorado and points westward."

Tix for Friday's show at 9 pm are $6 each, or two for $10.

Following are other events of note.  For the full listing, check out the Hot Dates section at www.northernexpress.com

Wednesday 11/21
- 80th Birthday Party: Celebrate Little Bohemia's 80th year in business, in TC, with a 1930s Best Dressed contest and music by The Accidentals, Zak Watson, Billy Strings & Ron Getz Trio, 3pm-12am. Free appetizers. 

Thursday 11/22
- 5K Turkey Vulture Trot: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, 9am. Registration, $25, from 8-8:30am. Pre-registration, $20.
- Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk: Zorn Park, Harbor Springs, 9am. Register at The Outfitter or day-of, 8:30-8:45am. $10 donation per runner. Supports Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry.
- CAH Thankgiving Turkey Trot: 5K run/walk at Charlevoix Area Hospital, 8:30am. $10 per person or $25 per family. Price increase of $5 day of event. Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantry.
 - UpNorth Media Turkey Trot: Featuring a 5K and five-mile distance, starting and ending at Thirlby Field, TC. Registration and packet pick-up on Wed., with entertainment, 5-7pm.

Friday 11/23
 - Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting: Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, 11am-7pm. Local fiddlers and visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus at lighting, 5:30pm.
 - Grande Vision Art Show: Group exhibition of artists of the Grande Ballroom Era, including Leni Sinclair, Carl Lundgren and Gary Crimshaw at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 3-10pm on Friday; noon-10pm on Saturday. Eats, drinks specials and special guest appearances.
 - Holiday Open House & Parade: Boyne City, 6-9pm, featuring Santa Claus, shopping, refreshments, parade and more.
Leland PJ Party & Sale: Store deals in downtown Leland, 8-10am.
 - Brew Anniversary Party: Celebrate the downtown TC pub/coffee shop's first year from 8-11pm. Live music by True Falsettos. No cover.
 - Downtown Cadillac Storybook Christmas: Carols, Mrs. Claus storybook reading and live music in the city park, starting at 5:30pm. Santa arrives, 6:15pm, tree lighting, 6:30pm. Saturday events include Toy Town Toy Trot, 1k & 5k run at 10am (to benefit Toys for Tots), Santa arrival at 11am and Small Business Saturday with door prizes, specials, entertainment and more.  

Saturday 11/24
 - Harbor Springs Christmas Tree Lighting: Music, shopping and Christmas entertainment, starting at 5:30pm.
 - 3rd Annual Manna Rail Jam: Bring $5 or five canned goods to the 'shred' event at Nubs Nob Terrain Park, Harbor Springs, 11am-4pm.
 - M-23 Strings CD Release Party: New bluegrass band at Sleeping Bear Inn, Frankfort, 7:30-10pm. $10 entry.
 - Stafford's Holiday Parade: Downtown Petoskey starts at 10am. "It's a Doggone Holiday" theme with horses, floats, reindeer and local business and organization pets, traveling down Mitchell Street, ending at Stafford's Perry Hotel. Includes Santa's workshop in the veranda. Donations of new, unwrapped toys to Toys For Tots along the parade route.

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