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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Strum City: Return of the Great Indoor Folk Festival

- February 18th, 2013  

To paraphrase a popular musical, ‘the halls are alive with the sound of music’ this Sunday, Feb. 24, when the Great Indoor Folk Festival returns to the corridors of Building 50 in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

More than 100 musicians from Northern Michigan’s folk, bluegrass and acoustic music scene will be pickin’ and grinnin’ at the free, family-oriented event which runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the ground floor Mercato corridor of Building 50, with a satellite stage at the Left Foot Charley winery, just west across the parking lot in the Village.

“This is the most exciting festival we’ve had yet,” says Adair Correll, co-founder of the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, the singer-songwriter club which hosts the event. “We’ve opened the festival up to even more musicians this year, including many up-and-coming young performers who are catching a lot of interest in the area.”


The youthful lineup will perform on the New Folk Stage, with acts including Blake Elliott, E Minor, The Accidentals, Zak Watson, 3Hepcats, Miriam Pico, Billy Strings, RATONE, Angela Josephine, Hannah Rae Beale and Britt Wagner.

Returning oldies but goodies will include stars of the local acoustic music scene, including Adair Correll with Kurt Westie and Friends, Song of the Lakes, Sister Wilene, Wild Sullys, Sour Mash, New Third Coast and many others. (See the full line-up and times in the ad on page 25.)

Also this year, the Kid’s Stage will include a clogging demonstration along with six performers of children’s music.

In the past, performers were limited to members of Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, a singer-songwriter club which has been active in the Grand Traverse area for about 15 years. This year, however, a decision was made to be more inclusive, inviting younger acts to perform.

“We also have an open mic stage at the Cuppa Joe coffeehouse where anyone can stop by to play,” Correll notes. “This year, the Cuppa Joe stage will host several young singer-songwriters from Interlochen Music Academy.”

Who knows? Those in attendance could hear the first efforts of a new ‘Jewel’ at the open mic or on the New Folk stage.

At any rate, the festival’s audience is sure to hear plenty of new songs, Correll says. “We encourage all of the musicians to play their own original music, although some cover tunes are also permitted.”


The festival’s roots sprang from the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, which began performing monthly shows at Horizon Books in TC some 15 years ago. The shows continue to this day on the third Friday of each month at 8:30 p.m., with three musicians trading original songs.

In 2005, the Songwriters launched an annual party and jam at the Building 50 offices of Northern Express Weekly at the invitation of editor Bob Downes, who performs with the Acoustic Dynamite band and is co-coordinator of the Festival. The party planted the seed for the Great Indoor Folk Festival, which was an immediate hit with the public at its debut in 2009.

As in the past, this year’s festival is sponsored by Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, Northern Express Weekly and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

The Great Indoor Folk Festival takes place Sunday, Feb. 24 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Building 50 in the Grand Traverse Commons, with additional acts at Left Foot Charley winery. For the full schedule of acts and times, see the ad on page 25.

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