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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

Home  Strum City: Return of the Great Indoor Folk Festival
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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.”

AH, YOUTH…

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.”

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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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