Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Jamie Kauffold - December 9th, 2013  

DEC 9-15

A WINTER’S CONCERT: Help those affected by illness or trauma in TC at this benefit concert produced by M’Lynn Hartwell and associates at Freshwater Events this Friday, December 13. Featuring many of the region’s musicians, including the Little River Band, Jeff Haas & Joshua Davis, Saldaje, Samantha Cooper & many more. 7pm, TC Circuit, TC. Tickets: $15 or $12 with a donation of a non-perishable item. Available at http://FreshwaterEvents.com

monday 12/9

“Museum Hours”: This film is presented by The Bay Film Series at The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 6pm. Tickets, $8.50. www.thebaytheatre.com

Health Insurance Marketplace Training & Q&A Session: Led by Pat Borowiak. 6:30pm, AmVets Post 114, Elk Rapids. (800) 432-4121.

Book Signing: Kevin Revolinski will sign his book “Michigan’s Best Beer Guide” at Brewery Ferment, TC from 3-4:30pm.

Local Author Daniel Hendrix: Will discuss his novel, “The King’s Daughter,” at 7pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

“Ramona Quimby”: Ramona’s third-grade year leads her to the discovery that while life is not always fair, having a sister like Beezus around can be a pretty good thing. Comedy for the whole family. Junior Studio Production. 7pm, Old Town Playhouse Schmuckal Theatre, TC. Tickets, $6. www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Annual Christmas Bazaar on Mackinac Island: Featuring arts, crafts, meals & more to benefit Mackinac Island Medical Center & Island churches. Mackinac Island Community Hall from morning til dinner time.

tuesday 12/10

“Museum Hours”: (See Mon.)

Free Waterpark Pass - Toys For Tots: Drop off an unwrapped, new toy to The Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel in Mt. Pleasant & receive one free waterpark pass to be used today. www.soaringeaglewaterpark.com

Images & Stories of the Year: Join the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society at this program, where the members share images & stories of birds, travel & nature. 7pm, Independence Village of Petoskey. 231-330-4572.

Positively Petoskey: Presented by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce at the 22nd Annual Breakfast for Champions. 7am, breakfast; 7:30am, program. Ovation Hall, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. 231-347-4150.

“Ramona Quimby”: (See Mon.)

Dec. Great Lakes Seminar Series: 7pm, ISEA Education Center & Museum, Suttons Bay. ISEA Founder Tom Kelly will give his annual “Year in Review” presentation. 231-271-3077.

Women’s PM Newcomers Book Club: 1pm, lower level of Horizon Books, TC. Featuring “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. 231-645-4442.

wednesday 12/11

Free Waterpark Pass - Toys For Tots: Drop off an unwrapped, new toy to The Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel in Mt. Pleasant & receive one free waterpark pass to be used today. www.soaringeaglewaterpark.com

Nightlink - Traverse City Professionals: This networking event runs from 5-7pm at The Corner Loft, TC. No cost.

Ellsworth Wooden Shoe Christmas Festival: 6-7:30pm, Banks Township Hall. Featuring the Community Tree Lighting at 6pm, & caroling, Twister Joe & more.

2nd Annual Pangeas 4 PEACE: 6-10pm, Pangea’s Pizza Pub, TC. This is a fundraiser for PEACE Ranch. It benefits the 12 rescue horses that provide therapy at PEACE. Meet Cocoa the Mini Horse. $10/person, $25/family (4). www.peaceranchtc.com

Men’s Newcomers Breakfast Group: 9am, Omelette Shoppe next to Wild Birds Unlimited store in Campus Plaza, TC. 933-9321.

InterActive Story Time: 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Enjoy “The Ginger Bread Man” by Eric Kimmel. www.greatlakeskids.org

thursday 12/12

Leelanau Chamber Holiday Open House: 5:30pm, Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Lake Leelanau. 231-994-2202.

Ladies’ Night: Held in downtown TC from 5-9pm. www.downtowntc.com or 922-2050.

“The Nutcracker”: Presented by the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Co. & Orchestra in Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. Tickets: $26 adults, $23 seniors & $10 students. www.tickets.interlochen.org

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Old Town Playhouse: This American holiday tale comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, in this adaptation of the Christmas classic of George Bailey and his search for purpose and love. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 children, $20 group. www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Tailgate Party: Paul Swaney, founder of Stadium Journey, will talk about what it takes to get published, his magazine & his new book, Pro Football Cookbook – Recipes for the Home or the Tailgate. 7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. 231.223.7700.

Dec. Music Program & Holiday Bazaar Fundraiser: Featuring TC West Senior High Orchestra & scholarship performers Sage & Veyda DeArgo-Ruopp. 12:15pm holiday bazaar; 1pm artist performance. First Congregational Church, TC. Free.

The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue: 7pm, City Opera House, TC. Featuring original songs, brand-new sketches, & some classic favorites. Tickets $23, $35. www.cityoperahouse.org

Paul Vondiziano: This classical guitarist will perform at 7pm in the Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

2014 Book Discussion Group Selection & Potluck: 10am, Interlochen Public Library.

Author Signing, Bill Smith: Bill will sign his holiday themed book, “Chickadee Spirit,” 6-8pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Books & Brie Book Club: 3:30pm, Alden District Library. Discussing “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo.

friday 12/13

Sawyer Brown: Enjoy some of Sawyer Brown’s most popular songs such as “The Nebraska Song,” “They Don’t Understand” and “Step That Step”. 8pm, Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown. Tickets, $20/$30. http://www.casino2win.com/ entertainment.html

“The Nutcracker”: (See Thurs.)

Biggest Little Holiday Party: Grand Traverse Resort, Acme. Pre-party reception, 5:30pm. $30/ person. www.grandtraverseresort.com

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” Old Town Playhouse: (See Thurs.)

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” Ramsdell Theatre: Based on the 1946 film. Presented by the Manistee Civic Players at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee at 7:30pm. Tickets: $20. Visit: www.manisteecivicplayers.org or call 1-800-836-0717.

A Winter’s Concert: This benefit concert produced by M’Lynn Hartwell and associates at Freshwater Events features many of the region’s musicians, including the Little River Band, Jeff Haas & Joshua Davis, Saldaje, Samantha Cooper & many more. 7pm, TC Circuit, TC. Tickets: $15 or $12 with a donation of a non-perishable item. Available at http://FreshwaterEvents.com All proceeds benefit those affected by illness or trauma in TC.

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 10:30am- 12:30pm: Author Signing: Paul Swaney: “The Stadium Journey Cookbook” provides a recipe for an appetizer, entrée & cocktail inspired by each team and region in pro football. 4-6pm: Authors Signing: Fred Hoisington & Peg Jonkhoff: “Perry Hannah’s Gifts Then & Now” features full color photos of TC. 6-8pm: Author Signing: Richard Smith: “Great Michigan Deer Tales #6” is a new collection of true short stories about how, where, when & by whom Michigan’s biggest bucks have been bagged, with one exception. 8:30-10:30pm: Live Music with Kat Eldred. Enjoy the music of this local guitarist/singer. www.horizonbooks.com

Cabin Fever Artist Elizabeth Abeel’s Talk: This batik artist & drawing instructor will explore the power of creativity from several perspectives. 5:30pm, Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort. www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

Toddler Time: 10am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Holiday Cookie Decorating. Children will decorate their own cookie, holiday style to eat here or take home. www.greatlakeskids.org

Harbor Springs Ski Team’s Annual Warren Miller Movie, “Ticket to Ride,” & Pizza Dinner Fundraiser: 5-9pm, Camelot Room, Boyne Highland Day Lodge, Harbor Springs. Tickets, $10. http://www.hsskiteam.com/index.htm

Christmas in Alanson: Includes Santa, caroling, tree decorating & lighting, Christmas fishing for kids & more.

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: Manistee Art Institute artists have been working for months to create these gifts, including pottery, jewelry & small works of art. 5-9pm, Elf Workshop, lower level of Ramsdell Theater, Manistee. 231-723-2682.

saturday 12/14

Christmas in The Village: Santa Lucia Celebration. Featuring free horse-drawn carriage rides from 2-5pm, & a Santa Lucia Concert featuring Lisa & Ingemar Johansson with the Northwind Flute Choir at 4pm. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. www.thevillagetc.com

Pop Up Michigan Artisan Trunk Show: 10am- 4pm, Parkside Arts Council Gallery, Bellaire. Featuring Michigan made items such as jewelry, pottery, yarn & hats. www.parksidearts.org

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Ramsdell Theatre: (See Fri.)

Tannenbaum Blitzen: Enjoy a community buffet, Christmas carols around the tree, a torchlight parade down the face of Schuss Mountain & a visit from Santa. 6-10pm, Ivan’s Mountainside Grill, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire. www.shantycreek.com

“The Nutcracker”: (See Thurs., except today’s times are at both 2pm & 7:30pm.)

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Old Town Playhouse: (See Thurs.)

Childrens Concert by Joe Reilly: 6-8pm, GT Circuit, TC. Featuring a silent auction; proceeds

benefit the Human Nature School Scholarship Fund. Tickets advance/at door: Kids & elders, $5/$6; adults, $10/$12; families, $25/$30. www.humannatureschool.org

Santa Swim: Noon - 2pm, East Jordan Community Pool. $2/person.

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 10am-12pm: Author Signing & Talk: John U. Bacon: “Fourth & Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football” addresses the months Bacon spent in the company of young athletes who play the game. 12- 2pm: Author & Illustrator Signing: Jerry Dennis & Glenn Wolff: “It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes” is an updated edition of the national bestseller. 2-4pm: Author Signing: Randall Magley: “Short Stories by Randall Magley” is a compilation of fictional stories of different genres and timelines. 4-6pm: Author Signing: John O’Herron, “Up ‘n Atom Wednesday”: This “happy atom” tutoring method has helped countless students achieve their full potential over the years. 6-8pm: Author Signing: Deneille Renee, “Ebenezer Eve5”: It’s Christmas Eve again, & Scrooge is giving gifts to different people. www.horizonbooks.com

Lioness Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 9- 11am, Banks Township Hall, Ellsworth.

Hollidazzle Parade: 5:30pm, Main St., Village at Bay Harbor. Performance by the Petoskey Steel Drum Band Double-Decker Bus. Bring a new, unwrapped toy that will benefit the local chapter of Toys for Tots.

Holiday Market: 12-4pm, The Little Fleet, TC. www.thelittlefleet.com

1st Annual Santa Fun Run 1K: 4pm, Village at Bay Harbor. Enjoy hot cocoa & cookies with Santa post race. Cost: 11 years & older, $25; 10 years & younger, $10. Proceeds benefit the local Toys for Tots program. http://visitors.petoskey.com/ events/details/1st-annual-santa-fun-run-1k-1713

Home for the Holidays: Enjoy the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration at 7:30pm in Lars Hockstad Auditorium, TC. Tickets from $20. www.traversesymphony.org or 947-7120.

Boyne Mountain 3rd Annual Village Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: 5-9pm, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. www.boyne.com

Santa at the Castle: 11am-3pm, Castle Farms, Charlevoix. Join Santa for crafts, games, Polar Express Train Display, horse-drawn rides around the Castle property & more. $5 admission per person. www.castlefarms.com

Community Potluck & Program: Winter Nature Hike: Noon, Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center, East Jordan. Free. Register: 231-536-0333.

Santa’s Workshop: Visit Santa in his sleigh. 12-2pm, Rose Garden Veranda, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

MET Opera - Live on Screen, FALSTAFF: 12:55-1:55pm, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. www.ramsdelltheatre.org

Santa Claus w/Special Guest Jeffery Schatzer: Children’s author Schatzer will promote his book “The Elves in Santa’s Workshop”. He will also be playing the part of Santa! Kids can decorate cookies, make Christmas cards & give their lists to Santa. 11am-2pm, Kalkaska County Library.

Kenny Rogers: Christmas & Hits Through the Years. With special guest Linda Davis. 7pm, Kewadin Casinos Dreammakers Theater, Sault Ste. Marie. Tickets $62.50 & $52.50. www.kewadin.com or 1-800-KEWADIN.

Leland Holiday Wonderland: Featuring holiday caroling by the Leland Public School Comet Chorale, Santa at the Leland Toy Company, food pantry collection, & much more. 10am-5pm, Leland. www.lelandmi.com

“Gift Twice Given” Benefit: Shoppers that make purchases at the Ward & Eis Gallery in Petoskey today will be giving a gift “twice given” because 20% of each sale will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM). 231-347-2750.

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: (See Fri., except today’s times are 1-9pm.)

sunday 12/15

Winter Warm Up Gathering: Enjoy ornament making, cookie decorating & winter tales by Jennifer Strauss. 3-5pm, Leelanau Outdoor Center, Maple City. Cost, $3. 231-334-3808.

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Ramsdell Theatre: (See Fri., except today’s performance is at 2pm.)

Home for the Holidays: (See Sat., except today’s time is 3pm.)

Lunch with Santa: 12-3pm, Stein Eriksen’s, Clock Tower Lodge, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls. Visit with Santa & Fritz, the Resort’s mascot. Reservations: 231-549-6854.

Events at Traverse Area District Library, TC: 1pm: Choral-Aires concert featuring the TC Central High School Choral Ensemble. 3pm: Book launch for “Perry Hannah’s Gifts: Then and Now” featuring local authors Peg Jonkhoff & Fred Hoisington. www.tadl.org

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Old Town Playhouse: (See Thurs., except today’s time is 3pm.)

Torch Valley Farms Equestrian Program: 9786 Church Road, Ellsworth, 2pm.

Christmas Program & Service: East Jordan Lighthouse Missionary Church, 11am.

Northwoods Family Nature Club: Scavenger Hunt: 1pm, Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center, East Jordan. Free. Register: 231-536- 0333.

Christmas Concert: Featuring The Village Voices and Northport Community Band. 3pm, Northport Community Arts Center. Tickets: $20 adults, $5 students. 231-386-5001 or www.northportcac.org

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 1-4pm: Author Signing: Karl Manke, “Secret, Lies & Dreams”: Look into the fundamental Mormon polygamist experience of Jacob Muller. 4-6pm: Author Signing: Buzz Harcus, “Mission Shanghai”: Three strangers are brought together on a military flight from the States to Shanghai in December, 1945. www.horizonbooks.com

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: (See Fri., except today’s times are 1-5pm.)


East Jordan Lighted Christmas Village: In EJ Tourist Park through Jan. 5.

Lighted Village & Model Train Display: At 138 River St., downtown Elk Rapids. Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through Christmas from noon-5. www.elkrapidschamber.org

Visit Santa & Mrs. Clause: In Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s Gallery of Shops on the lobby level, 6-8pm, on: Dec. 7, 14, & 21.

Sparkle in the Park: Through Jan. 1 at Hopkins Park Campground, Bear Lake. http://suapi2.org/api/0/e/detail/options:eventid=30729 Earthwork Music Mondays Live: Starting in Dec., 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Christmas at the Island House: This special holiday exhibit is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 1-4pm, from Dec. 6 - Jan. 5 at the Elk Rapids Historial Society.

Visits with Santa: Saturdays through Dec. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

Technique Cooking: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at noon; Thursday, 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which goes toward purchase.

Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan. Special holiday date: Dec. 23.

Michigan Folksong Legacy: Discoveries from the Great Depression, a traveling exhibit from MSU, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, through Jan. 5. www.dennosmuseum.org

Village Farmers Market: Saturday, indoors at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am-2pm.

Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.

11th Annual Festival of Trains: Held Dec. 14 - Jan. 4 at the History Center of Traverse City. Featuring the Historic Miniature City from Clinch Park, interactive model trains & more. Dec. 14-15: Annual Swap Meet for model engines cars, track & accessories. Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun., noon-4pm. Dec. 16-20: Santa visits nightly, 5-7pm. Admission: $5 individuals (4 & under free), $30 family pass. http://traversehistory.org/events/festival-of-trains/

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.-April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.

Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

22nd Annual Tree of Lights: For each $10 donation either in honor or in memory of a pet or person, a light will be lit on the Christmas Tree of Lights. Cherryland Humane Society, TC. Donations can be sent here too. 946-5116.


The Blissfest Music Organization invites artists to submit designs to be considered for the 34th annual Blissfest Music Festival logo. Submissions must be original artwork & of a size easily scalable for a variety of uses including T- shirts & posters. All formats are acceptable, however, digital artwork preferred in a vectored format. Entries must be received by Feb. 1. For more info, visit: www.blissfest.org

Holiday Art Exhibit: Animal acrylics & watercolors artist Anni Crouter is one of ArtPrize 2013’s top winners. See her exhibit at Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids now through Dec. 29: Weds. - Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon - 4pm. 231 264-0123.

Milagros: This all media exhibit runs from Dec. 6 - Jan. 12 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. This is a collection created by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition that celebrate “milagros,” the small miracles & surprises in life. 231-547-3554.

Christmas at the Manistee Art Institute: Member artists feature many different mediums from watercolors and pastels to ceramics, pottery, collage, photography, mixed media and fabric art. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Dec. 13 from 6:30- 8:30pm. Hardy Hall, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. For times & more info, call 231-723-2682.

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar: Held through Dec. 18 at CTAC galleries. (231) 347-4337. www.crookedtree.org

Jordan River Arts Council’s Gift Market: Held through Dec. 20 at East Jordan High School Auditorium. jordanriverarts.com or 231-536-3385.

Ian Wilson: Artist-In-Residence: Exploring distortion through portraiture. Through Dec. 10, Kalkaska County Library. 231-258-9411.

“Cabin Fever”: Exhibit at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, through Jan. 3.

Dennos Museum Center, TC: “Shine On: Gregory D. Seman”: Photographs of Northwest Michigan. A solo exhibition of black & white silver gelatin prints, presented in association with the publication of a book by the same name. Through Jan. 5; “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes”: Transforming Nature into Art. More than 100 artworks in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, & fabric, from some the region’s most versatile artists. Exhibition produced in conjunction with release of book by the same name. www.dennosmuseum.org

Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Featuring work by Delbert Michel, Village at Grand Traverse Commons, through Dec.

Call for Artists: Accepting all types of media for the March exhibit, "Community, What's Your Connection?", at Bay Pointe Church, TC, Feb. 24- 28. Opening March 14, at 6pm. 922-9882.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org.

Bier Art Gallery’s 4th Annual Ornament Show: Located in the red & white schoolhouse 6 miles south of Charlevoix on US 31. Discover a unique selection of handmade ornaments & gifts featuring the creative works of many talented artisans. Bier Gallery is open daily throughout the holiday season & the ornament show will continue through this time as well. 231-547-2288.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop & Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, TC. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447. www.threepinesstudio.com

Art Babes Reunion!: This holiday show runs through Christmas; Tues. - Sat., 11am-6pm, Cog’s Creek Gallery & Studios, TC. www.cogscreekgallery.com

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village.

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