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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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