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Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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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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