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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Summer Arts

A round-up of the season’s most creative events

Al Parker - June 17th, 2013  

Art lovers in Northern Michigan can find a high quality show almost every weekend through Labor Day this summer. Here are details on some of the most popular shows and art fairs across the region.

• While not a typical art show, the Dennos Museum in Traverse City will host “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” an exhibition from the National Geographic Society though the summer. It begins June 16 and runs through Sept. 22 at the museum. The photography of Tim Laman captures images of the 38 species of these elusive birds in New Guinea for the first time. A number of activities are planned in coordination with the exhibition. For more information, visit www.dennosmuseum. org/birds or call (231) 995-1055.

• Boyne City’s Peninsula Beach Park hosts the SoBo Art Festival on June 28-29. There’s a juried art show featuring an interesting mix of works, art demonstrations and activities for youngsters.

• Celebrating its 15th year, The Summer Solstice Art Show in Charlevoix’s East Park is known for its high quality art displayed on the shores of Round Lake. Whether you are interested in oils, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, pottery, photography, furniture or jewelry, you’ll find it here. The two-day event is set for June 29-30. For information, call (231) 547-2101 or visit Charlevoix.org.

• Since 2006, Elk Rapids has hosted Art Rapids! where some 70 talented artists from as far away as Florida and Missouri display, demonstrate and sell their works in Veterans Park. Juried categories include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, drawings, pastels, sculpture, metal, photography, jewelry, glass and ceramics. This show is a fixture for the final Saturday in June. This year it’s June 29. For info, visit artrapids.org.

• On June 30, the National Cherry Festival Arts and Crafts Fair will be held along Union Street in Traverse City. More than 100 artisans will offer wares and works at this juried event. To learn more, visit downtowntc.com or call (231) 922-2050.

• Celebrate the Fourth of July with a visit to the Harbor Springs Art Fair at the city’s Zorn Park. This one-day event features talented artisans from across Michigan and is one of the standout activities held on the holiday. For details, call (231) 526-7999.

The Beulah Art Fair is traditionally held the first Saturday after Independence Day. This year that’s July 6. An interesting variety of media will be displayed by regional artists at this juried show. For details, call (231) 325-6642 or go to visitbenzie.com.

• The 30th annual Harbor Springs Women’s Club Art Fest is scheduled for July 10 at Nub’s Nob. This juried event attracts dozens of artists from across the country. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Call (231) 526-6496 for details.

• The 16th annual Leland Artist’s Market is set for July 14. It features 80 booths and artists on the lawn and inside the venerable Old Art Building. You’ll see fine art paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, tiles, glass, jewelry, woodcarving, basketry, fiber arts, folk art and gourmet food items. For information, call (231) 256-2131.

• Charlevoix’s East Park is the setting for the city’s annual Arts & Crafts Show on July 14-15. This show offers a mix of fine art and hobby crafts. With more than 150 artisans on site, this show offers something for almost everyone. For details, call (231) 547-2101.

• On July 17, the 42nd annual Glen Lake Women’s Club Art Fair will be held at the Glen Arbor Town Hall. More than 90 artists will display their creations in a variety of media, including pottery, glass, jewelry and more. For details, call (231) 326-6084.

• Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park will host the annual Art in the Park on July 20. Some 130 artists will be displaying their works. Whether you’re a newbie to the art world or a seasoned collector, this show always offers tempting treasures.

• The 53rd annual edition of the Traverse City Outdoor Art Fair will be held at Northwestern Michigan College on July 27. More than 100 vendors will be at this show which has turned into a summertime tradition for art lovers. There’s always an impressive assortment of works in many media. For details, visit artcentertraversecity.com.

The Bay Harbor Fine Art Fair marks its 15th anniversary on July 27-28. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, this show draws thousands of visitors each year to Bay Harbor. More than 100 artists will display during the event. For info, visit bayharbor.com.

The Suttons Bay Art Festival will be held at the village’s Marina Park on Aug. 3-4. More than 100 artists will be set up near the village marina along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. To learn more, visit suttonsbayartfestival.org.

• Charlevoix’s reputation as an artistic center is proven at its annual Waterfront Art Fair on Aug. 10. This is always one of the top shows of the summer and, with more than 150 artisans chosen from more than 1,000 submissions, it offers an impressive variety of works in many media. To learn more, call (231) 547-2675.

• The 37th annual Frankfort Art Fair will be held in Market Square Park on Aug. 16-17. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this summer mainstay attracts almost 200 artists and is known for offering items in almost every media and price range. To learn more, visit Frankfort-elberta.com.

 
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