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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Boyne's City Answer to Soho

Kristi Kates - June 23rd, 2014  

Tucked just south of Boyne City’s S. Lake Street is a gem of a spot – and a fest – the locals have christened “SOBO.” Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the quaint area, known for its arts, shopping, dining, and entertainment shops.

To celebrate SOBO’s unique character, five years ago the town launched its annual SOBO Arts Festival.

Held at the end of June, the festival features a juried art fair, music, dance, theater, healing arts, jugglers, mimes, children’s art projects and games.

SOBO SHORE

The festival’s growth has been slow and sure by design, balancing a sophisticated artsy feel with Boyne City’s small town image.

“We love that the SOBO Arts Festival celebrates the arts, while also supporting our local businesses,” said Shannon Pearce, this year’s festival chair. “Boyne City is one of a kind.”

Last year, the fest was moved to Peninsula Beach Park, both as an upgrade to accommodate the growing attendance, and extend the SOBO district itself.

It was the perfect opportunity to spice up the yearly theme, which is “SOBO by the Shore,” Pearce said.

FOODIE FUN

This year, festival organizers have added more booths and are building on the culinary arts vis a vis one mighty trend: food trucks.

In the truck mix are Happy’s Tacos, Etta’s, Kate’s Cupcakes, Rolling Scones, Brian’s Ice Cream Experience, Pigs Eatin’ Ribs, and the Boyne City Lions Club.

“Great food will be available throughout the day so you can show up for lunch, and stay for dinner,” Pearce said.

ART-O-RAMA

The festival will kick off on June 27, in conjunction with Boyne’s popular Stroll the Streets event, when the Bay Area Big Band plays on South Lake.

There will also be SpinArt demonstrations, SOBO’s “Mural Mania,” sidewalk chalk artwork, and an opportunity to make empty bowls for the Manna Project.

By Saturday, the “art” portion of the fest will really be in full swing, with the artists displaying their work, and ongoing musical performances, giveaways, magicians, and an interactive art experience in cooperation with the Boyne Library’s Summer Reading Program.

With a fest so well organized and jam-packed full of fun, what more could Pearce hope for as the 2014 SOBO Arts Festival begins?

“I pray that the weather cooperates!” she said.

The 2014 5th Annual SOBO Arts Festival will take place in downtown Boyne City June 27-28. For more, visit soboartsfestival.com.

 
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