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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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‘Mind-Blowing’ Open Air Concert Series is Back

Kristi Kates - May 26th, 2014  

Though it’s the crown jewel of Bay View’s famous Victorian cottage community, the restored John M. Hall Auditorium is no musical wallflower.

This summer the 100-year-old concert venue just north of Petoskey will shake, rattle, and roll with bluegrass, Irish, and classic rock.

PLANNING AHEAD

Chris Ludwa, the artistic director of Bay View’s Music Festival, keeps the auditorium hopping each summer with a schedule of shows that take best advantage of the venue and its updated, state-of-the-art facilities.

“The gorgeous, old open-air auditorium blows your mind the first time you see it,” Ludwa said. “It’s like time stopped and you are able to observe it all and take it all in.”

Taking it all in along with Ludwa are the members of Bay View’s community committee, who meet throughout the year to determine the next summer’s roster of acts.

“We look at what Interlochen is doing, what’s trending, who the up-and-coming bands are, and then try to select for a wide cross-section of society,” Ludwa said.

The goal: to provide show experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.

So this summer, Bay View is topping their bill with a triple threat of diverse performers.

ONE, TWO, THREE

The fest’s 2014 lineup features one emerging artist: the Irish buzz band Moxie (July 5), who amp up traditional Irish music with pop in a distinctive and energetic way.

They’re arriving for their first stateside tour to promote their new upcoming album, “Planted,” which will hit outlets in August.

Add in one crossover artist: the genre mixing Time for Three (July 19), who call themselves a “classically trained garage band.” The three string musicians blend country, gypsy, jazz, bluegrass, and classical sounds which has them rearranging Brahms one minute and reinterpreting The Beatles the next.

And wrapping up the headliners is the late-’60s rock band Blood Sweat and Tears (August 2), which has recently added reality TV show’s “American Idol” finalist Bo Bice on lead vocals.

SOUNDS FOR ALL

The 2014 Bay View schedule also includes ’50s tunes by The Doo Wop Project, theater performances of the Mozart opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” the Chamber Music faculty series, and the Sunday Sunset mixed-media music revues.

Ludwa recommends all shows, but he’s personally looking forward to Time for Three this year.

“They played really well to our audience about five years ago, and have such diverse musical experiences that you can’t help but love them,” he said. “I feel like they represent the best of what music is: fun, intricate, and communicative.”

But it’s perhaps even more important to Ludwa to show that great music is truly inclusive of all age groups and interests.

“I take great joy in seeing older audiences surprised that a younger generation’s music isn’t all crap, and younger audiences surprised that their parents’ and grandparents’ music wasn’t that different from their own,” he said.

The 2014 Bay View Concert Series kicks off on June 15. For tickets, a full schedule and more, visit www.bayviewfestival.org.

 
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