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 Motor City Comes to Crooked Tree

Kristi Kates - March 17th, 2014  

Detroit power rock is coming to Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, which is billing it “a rockin’ music experience unlike any other this season.”

The Motor City Women, backed by their four-piece band Detroit Express, say they are set to rock CTAC with their fierce stage presence and powerful renditions of everything from blues, funk, pop, and even country.


Lady T, Stacia Petrie-Ford, Aja Sardis, Terrilea, Cheryl Lescom, and Valerie Barrymore make up the Motor City Women, a singing group that Barrymore said was actually founded by the now-retired Kate Hart, who put the ensemble together years ago.

“All of the credit goes to Kate,” Barrymore said. “She found each of us; some of us were recommended by fellow musicians, some she caught during our performances.”

Putting six dynamic female performers in one act could have been trouble, but it turned out to be just the opposite.

“I didn’t think such a project would succeed, thinking women would never get along well enough,” Barrymore said. “I was completely wrong.”

Hart emphasized “sisterhood, love, and friendship for all of us,” Barrymore said.

“We really care about each other,” she said. “Pure and simple, what brings us together is our love of music,” bandmate Petrie- Ford said, “but what keeps us together is our love for each other.”


After a while, Hart wanted to retire, but the remaining vocalists didn’t want to break the act apart. So they decided to continue as the Motor City Women.

While each Woman has at least one original song in the set list, and all are influenced to some degree by the Motown sound, each has their musical “specialty” within the act.

The covers, especially the recognizable Motown ones, are some of their most popular hits in a live setting, but their favorite songs to perform are their originals, Petrie- Ford said.

“Each Woman chooses her own repertoire and brings her original or cover songs to the group,” she said. “We like to give the audience a very unique experience, and when you write your own music, ideally you can showcase your own individual vocal strengths.” With several Detroit Music Awards to their credit, the Motor City Women show no sign of slowing down any time soon.

“We just have too much fun performing together – we really encourage each other,” Barrymore said. “There is no ego to destroy this project.”

The Motor City Women and Detroit Express will be performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey on Sat., March 22 at 8pm. Tickets $10 students/$25 members/$35 non-members. For tickets and more info, visit crookedtree.org.

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