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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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Leaving Iowa

Good Ol’ Fashioned Forced Family Fun

Ross Boissoneau - May 26th, 2014  

Stuffing the kids in the family truckster for a road trip is a summertime rite of passage that never seems to die.

In the play “Leaving Iowa,” this rite lives on … and then some.

Playwrights Tim Clue and Spike Manton wrote the award-winning play about family and family vacations. It runs in Traverse City from May 30-June 14 at the Old Town Playhouse’s Studio Theatre.

Director Scott Bufe says from the time he and his wife first saw the play, he wanted to bring it to Traverse City.

“I saw this play several years ago in Chicago, and I knew I wanted to bring it here to our community theatre,” said Bufe. “It’s a wonderful play that I think we can all relate to.”

“Leaving Iowa” broke box office records at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich. and received a nomination for Best New Play from the Detroit Free Press.

The story follows Linda Miller and Joe Kilpatrick as “Mom & Dad” and Amber Carr- Kennedy and Cris Boyer as “Sis & Don middleaged writer Don Browning’s return to his Iowa hometown, where he decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa in search of a proper resting place. As he drives familiar roads, the story shifts from the present to memories of his childhood annual – and torturous –vacations.

“Everyone I talk to has at least one story about a family car trip,” said Bufe, who grew up taking road trips back and forth to Northport from out of state. “That’s how we went on vacation – we all piled into the car.”

Bufe says that’s why the story has such a universal appeal. It’s all about being together – very close together – with family for hours on end.

“The fights, the singalongs – what parents did to make it enjoyable,” he said. “We all heard at least once, ‘I’ll pull this car over.’” Bufe said the story is a touching one. “It’s a universal experience in terms of the good and bad on a family vacation or road trip,” he said. “It’s also a very touching story about a child reconnecting with parents and understanding the lives of his parents.”

Showtimes are 7:30pm, Thurs.-Sat. and 3pm, Sun., June 8 at the Old Town Playhouse’s Studio Theatre, located at 620 Railroad Place in Traverse City. Tickets are $15 and are available through mynorthtickets.com.

 
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