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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The Laughs are Back

Festivals join forces for a weekend of laughter and fun

Rick Coates - February 4th, 2013  

After a one year hiatus, Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival is back and with a new partner, The National Cherry Festival.

“For all the right reasons, we’re taking our wintertime efforts that went into producing the Winter WOW!Fest over the past six years, and this year we’re putting them to great use by working together with the Traverse City Film Festival to make a world-class event that will benefit the entire community,” said Trevor Tkach, executive director of the National Cherry Festival. “We will be incorporating all of the popular events from past Winter WOW!Fests.”


Back also will be founders Michael Moore and Jeff Garlin who will serve as the hosts of the four-day festival that takes place February 14-17 in downtown Traverse City.

“The expanded comedy festival, which will make use of the Winter Wonderland we call Northern Michigan, will be presented and run by the Traverse City Film Festival, in partnership with the National Cherry Festival,” said Michael Moore in a recent press release. “It will run pretty much the same way as the summer festival, except for the tire chains.”

Operating under the slogan of “two dozen comedians, a bunch of movies, thousands of laughs -- and 200 inches of snow,” the festival will feature top nationally-renowned comedians in concert each night, the best up-andcoming comics in the U. S., an improv group or two, comedy films, family comedy, and comedy filmmakers -- including Mike Birbiglia, who is returning to Traverse City with his film “Sleepwalk With Me.”


One new aspect of the festivities will be part of Front Street, which will be turned into an ice rink to offer free skating. Organizers are also bringing in a ferris wheel, a big sledding hill, ice sculptures, a hot chocolate contest, outdoor light shows after dark, the return of the infamous Williams Bros. and lots more family events produced by the National Cherry Festival.

“The Sunday morning’s pancake breakfast will benefit the area’s food pantries, and it is hoped that the festival will pump revenue into the entire local economy,” said Moore. “In five years, planeloads of people, fruitlessly trying to escape global warming, will come to Traverse City, Michigan to enjoy comedy in the freezin’ cold.”

Venues for the festival include the State Theatre, the City Opera House, the Old Town Playhouse and the InsideOut Gallery. Organizers also have committed to pricing events so that all people will be able to attend -- and some of the events will be free.

Here is a partial listing of events:


Friday, February 15, 7:00- 8:30 pm Corner of State & Park Streets Hosted by Century 21 Northland and WKLT fm the evening with feature free s’mores and music around a bonfire.


Saturday, February 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ECCO (121 W. Front St., across from Golden Shoes) Tickets: $8 for 8 samples. Like soup? Don’t miss the friendly neighborhood soup throwdown between a dozen Traverse City restaurants who’ll be serving up steaming hot soup samples.


Saturday, February 16, 7:45 & 9:00 pm Downtown Front St. near Cass St. Hosted by the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau. DayStar will be setting up the big lasers and this family friendly show is free.


Sunday, February 17, 9 – 11 am Hosted by the Park Place Hotel Tickets: $3 Kids, $6 Adults. Join us for a delicious very cherry breakfast to benefit area food pantries. We’ll have pancakes with all the trimmings, sausage, fruit, face painting, and balloon twirling. All proceeds go to benefit the Fresh Food Partnership.


Sunday, February 17, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Local hot-chocolatiers battle it out to see who has the tastiest cocoa on Sunday. Front Street merchants will be home to tastes of these delicious beverages, fill out your score card and have a chance to win a $100 downtown gift certificate. Participants include: Good Harbor, Kilwin’s, Old Mission Traders, Morsels, Grand Traverse Pie Co., Patisserie Amie at Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars, and Grocer’s Daughter at American Spoon Foods.

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