Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Jamie Kauffold - July 1st, 2014  
June/July 30-06 send your dates to: Jamie@Northernexpress.com

Help the RFD BOYS celebrate over 40 years of performing bluegrass! Delighting Ann Arbor audiences since 1969 with their musicianship & between-song humor, the RFD Boys perform at several northern MI venues this week. Hear originals like “Sit by the River” & “I’m My Own Grandpa” at Fountain Point Resort in Lake Leelanau this Thurs., July 3; strolling the streets in Boyne City this Fri., July 4; the Amvets Post 114 in Elk Rapids this Sat., July 5; & the Garden Theater in Frankfort this Sun., July 6. All performances are at 8pm. For ticket & contact info, see their listings in “Dates.”

MONDAY  June 30

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERTS IN THE PARK: With Pico & Chown, a guitar & singing duo from TC who plays pop//show tunes & blues. 7pm, Onekama Village Park. onekama.info

BONNIE RAITT WSG PAUL CEBAR: American blues singer-songwriter & slide guitar player Bonnie Raitt is a nine-time Grammy Award winner. She brings legendary hits like “Something to Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Paul Cebar is a singer-songwriter, guitarist & bandleader from Milwaukee. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. For tickets visit interlochen.org

MAD SCIENCE MONDAY: What’s Inside of Me? This program features hands on activities with live presentations at 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. greatlakeskids.org

“MORE THAN HONEY” DOCUMENTARY: Oryana, TC is sponsoring this film by Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof about the relationship between humans & honeybees, about nature & our future. 6pm, State Theatre, TC. Tickets: $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors 65 & over, & $6.50 students & kids 12 & under. 947-0191.

Tuesday July 01

BÉLA FLECK & BROOKLYN RIDER: Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck teams up with string quartet Brooklyn Rider for an evening of music anchored by the recently recorded “Night Flight Over Water,” plus much more. Slipping between the worlds of American roots music & classical, these five musicians reveal a wide range of musical possibilities. 8pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. For tickets visit: interlochen.org

BOOK SIGNING OVER LUNCH: 11:30am, The Garden Café & Wine Bar at Pine Hill Nursery on Torch Lake. Students of Mill Creek Elementary of Elk Rapids, their teacher Kim Ranger, & several of their community partners will speak about the journey they took resulting in the publishing of “Looking at the Past... Gazing into the Future... A Journey Toward Stewardship.” RSVP: 231-599-2824.

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: With Michelle Chenard. Noon, Pennsylvania Park Gazebo, Petoskey.

FREE ASHTANGA YOGA: Early morning practice on the bay, 6-7:30am, Clinch Park Patio, TC. Presented by Ashtanga North. ashtanganorth.com

COFFEE @ TEN: With Gail DeMeyere, curator of Detroit @ CTAC, who has worked for the Crooked Tree Arts Center for over 10 years as the visual arts director/curator. 10am, CTAC Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. crookedtree.org

MANISTEE SHORELINE SHOWCASE: Presents the Jim Shaneberger Blues Band at Douglas Park from 7-9:15pm. 231-723-7500.

Wednesday July 02

GAYLORD COMMUNITY BAND: 8pm, under the Pavilion on Court in downtown Gaylord. Find on Facebook.

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: With Randy Marquardt. Noon, Pennsylvania Park Gazebo, Petoskey.

NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL SECOND TIME AROUNDER’S BAND REHEARSALS: 7-8:30pm, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, TC. cherryfestival.org or find on Facebook.

CARTER’S COMPOST PILE TURNING & COMPOST GIVEAWAY: 10am, off the Oryana, TC parking lot. See the Mobile Dirt Factory & take some finished compost with you to put in your garden. 947-0191.

“WE’VE GOT THE HUMP DAY BLUES & ALL THAT JAZZ”: Presents the Boogie Woogie Babies at Gull Landing, downtown Pentwater from 7-11pm. 231-723-7500.

“THE TEMPEST” INTERLOCHEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 8pm, Upton-Morley Pavilion, Interlochen Center for the Arts. $30 general admission. interlochen.org

CELEBRATE TRAIL CONNECTION: Celebrate the opening of the newest segment of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am at the Dune Climb, Glen Arbor. The Dune Climb to Empire segment more than doubles the miles of the trail, bringing the total to 9.5 miles. 941-4300 or traversetrails.org

Thursday July 03

POET LAUREATE OF DELAWARE JOANN BALINGIT: 7pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. tadl.org

WALK TALK TASTE STORE TOUR: Enjoy samples, food facts & new products to try at Oryana, TC at 6pm. Free, but registration required: 947-0191.


33RD ANNUAL CEDAR POLKA FEST: July 3-6, under the tents, on the tennis courts in downtown Cedar. Today features a flag raising ceremony at 5pm. cedarpolkafest.com

MOXIE: These Irish musicians perform at Inside- Out Gallery, TC at 9pm. $10 cover. 929-3254.

“SHREK: THE MUSICAL”: A song & dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar winning Dream- Works film. 7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. Presented by the Manistee Civic Players. Tickets: $20. 1-800-836-0717 or manisteecivicplayers.org

ELLSWORTH ELLEBRATION: Includes the Ebenezer 5K Fun Run, 50’s Drive-In Dinner, a hillside waterslide & more. ellebration.org

BOYNE CITY 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: Featuring the 37th Annual Waterside Arts & Crafts Show in Veterans Park, Soap Box Derby School & more. boynechamber.com

CONCERT ON THE LAWN SERIES: Featuring Billy Strings & Don Julin. 7pm, Hayden Gazebo, Grand Traverse Pavilions, TC. 932-3027.

FIREWORKS CELEBRATION: With the Petoskey Steel Drum Band in the Village at Bay Harbor from 7-11pm. There will also be balloon twisting with Jania Taylor. villageatbayharbor.com

FAMILY CARNIVAL/FIREWORKS, CRYSTAL MTN.: The family carnival will be held from 5-9pm & includes a petting zoo, magic show, bike parade & more. Fireworks are held at dusk. Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. crystalmountain.com

BIDWELL PLAZA SINGER/SONGWRITER SERIES: Kelly Shively. Noon, Bidwell Plaza, Petoskey.

MANISTEE COUNTY LIBRARY FOREST FESTIVAL SALE: 9am-5pm, The Book House, behind the Manistee Library. 231-723-9329.

THE RFD BOYS: The Red, White & Bluegrass Tour. 8pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. Tickets: $20 advance, $30 door. 231-256-9800.

ARTIST OPEN HOUSE WITH MARY KAY GENDERNALIK: Watercolors & mixed media. 5-7pm, Live for Art Gallery, Beulah. liveforartgallery.com

MANITOU MUSIC FESTIVAL: Presents the Northport Community Band on the Old School House Lawn, Glen Arbor, 7pm. Featuring a program of patriotic music. Free. glenarborart.org

STREET MUSIQUE: With Doug Thomas, Randy Reszka, the John Driscoll Ensemble, IDK & Twister Joe. 7-9pm, Main Street, downtown Harbor Springs. harborspringschamber.com

MARCH FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Meet at Legion Park, Cass & Washington streets, TC at 4:45pm. Walking around downtown for about an hour. 947-3117. www.uucgt.org

SALT CITY ROCK & BLUES FAREWELL TOUR: With Bo White & the Bluezers, Band X, & Red Apple Road. A meet, greet & eat with the musicians starts at 5:30pm; music runs from 7pm-12:30am, 1st St. Beach, Manistee.

Friday July 04 

33RD ANNUAL CEDAR POLKA FEST: July 3-6, under the tents, on the tennis courts in downtown Cedar. cedarpolkafest.com

RYAN SHAY MIDSUMMER NIGHT RUN: 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Ice Cream Fun Run. 7pm, Thurston Park, Central Lake. For more info visit ryanshay. org or call 231-544-2815.

THE RFD BOYS: The Red, White & Bluegrass Tour. Strolling the streets in Boyne City at 8pm.

BOYNE CITY 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL: Featuring the 36th Annual Independence Day Run (2 mile & 10K races), the Grand Parade, B.C. Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue, live music with Northern Nights & The Keelhaulers in Veterans Park, Soap Box Derby, fireworks over Lake Charlevoix & much more. boynechamber.com

4TH OF JULY 4K: Check-in at 8am at the outside tent at Kinlochen, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Race starts at 9am. Cost: $15 through July 3; $20 day-of. crystalmountain.com

4TH OF JULY EVENTS, DOWNTOWN HARBOR SPRINGS: 8am/8:15am: Paul Revere 3 & 10 Mile Run: Start at Zoll St. Park for 10 mile run & The Depot for 3 mile run. 1pm: Parade, Main St. 1:30pm: Parade Flyover of American Flag via Skydive Harbor Springs. 2:30-5:30pm: Beer Garden & Live Music on the Waterfront with the Jon Archambault Band. 3pm: Citizen of the Year Celebration with Young Americans at Shay Park. Dusk (about 10:30pm): Fireworks. visitharborsprings.com

SMILE THROUGH THE MILES 5K/10K: 8:30am, Louis Groen Nature Preserve, Johannesburg. smilethroughthemiles.com

CENTRAL LAKE’S BIG USED BOOK FAIR: 9am-4pm, next to the Central Lake District Library under the big tent, in the Cottage Book Store & in the library activity room. 231-544-2517.

4TH OF JULY EVENTS, BEULAH: Featuring fireworks, a parade, Firecracker 5K Footrace & more. For more info call 800-882-5801.

4TH OF JULY EVENTS, PETOSKEY: 4-6pm: Fun in Pennsylvania Park: Tommy Tropics’ Busker Mania with juggling, face painting, balloon twisting & more. 6pm: Parade, downtown. 7-8:30pm: Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Little Traverse Historical Museum. About 10:30pm: Fireworks at dusk, downtown. After parade activities: Live music at Bayfront Park & Festival Place; & Vintage Baseball Game at Ed White Field.

4TH OF JULY PARADE, VILLAGE AT BAY HARBOR: On Main St., 11am-12pm. Featuring the Petoskey High School Marching Band, Bay Harbor Equestrian Center costumed horses, & much more. village@bayharbor.com

TC NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: Featuring the Great American Picnic, 4th of July fireworks & more. For a complete schedule, visit: cherryfestival.org

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: With Don Julin & Billy Strings on the patio at Left Foot Charley, TC from 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy BBQ & jambalaya. leftfootcharley.com

Saturday July 05 

CENTRAL LAKE’S BIG USED BOOK FAIR: (See Fri., except today’s time is 9am-12pm.)


10am, Grand Traverse Resort grounds, Acme. Fee, $20. 231-534-6770 or http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/StarsStripesandSplatter.

33RD ANNUAL CEDAR POLKA FEST: July 3-6, under the tents, on the tennis courts in downtown Cedar. Today features a parade at noon. cedarpolkafest.com


THE CAPITOL STEPS: An evening of music & political comedy. 8pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. $33.50 general admission. interlochen.org

“SHREK: THE MUSICAL”: (See Thurs.)

THE RFD BOYS: The Red, White & Bluegrass Tour. 8pm, Amvets Post 114, Elk Rapids. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. 231-264-5182.

ELLSWORTH ELLEBRATION: Includes the Ellebration Bike Tour, a pancake breakfast, the Grand Parade, fireworks & more. ellebration.org

HIKE TO THE FORT: Take a guided tour through the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville with artist Dewey Blocksma. Meet at the Art Park trailhead at 10am. Cost, $10; free for 17 & under with paying adult. Must register in advance: mynorthtickets.com or 800-836-0717.

PADDLE FOR PINTS: Follow the TC Ale Trail & visit six breweries via the Boardman River on your SUP, kayak or canoe. Purchase your ticket online & report to the registration desk at The Filling Station Microbrewery, TC at 10:30am or noon. Tickets, $35. TCAleTrail.com

NEW WINE RELEASE PARTY WITH CONCERT: Taste 10 new wines & enjoy a concert on the lawn featuring the Largemouth Brass. $25 per person includes food, wine tasting & live music. Doors open for tasting at 11:00am & the concert begins at 5:00pm. Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards, TC. brengmanbrothers.com

ANTIQUES AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, PETOSKEY: July 5-6. Today’s times are 9am- 5pm. Admission, $5 (good for both days), free for ages under 15. petoskeyarea.com

‘ON THE ROCKS’ POP CONCERT: Featuring Irish musicians Moxie. 8pm, on the lawn of Hall Auditorium, Bay View, Petoskey. bayviewassociation.org

CHARLEVOIX SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: With roots band Dragon Wagon. 7-9pm, East Park Performance Pavilion, downtown Charlevoix. Find on Facebook.

AUTHOR SIGNING: With Brianne Farley, author of “Ike’s Incredible Ink.” 12-2pm, Horizon Books, TC. horizonbooks.com

CLAUDIA SCHMIDT: This ‘70s Chicago folkie/ singer/songwriter/Prairie Home Companion veteran performs at Conkling Heritage Park, Macinaw City at 8pm. Free. 231-436-5664.

HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: Today features Team Elmer’s Kid’s Day & 4-H Fundraiser. 10am- 2pm & $10,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic, 2pm. 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg. 231.267.3700. $10/day; kids under 18 admitted free today.

THE CHENILLE SISTERS: The musical union of Connie Huber, Cheryl Dawdy & Grace Morand. 8pm, Northport Community Arts Center. Tickets, $25. 231-386-5001.

TC NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: Featuring a cherry pancake breakfast, TC History in the Movies, teen disc golf, two-person beach volleyball tournament, kids’ big wheel race, the air show, Collective Soul performing & much more. For a complete schedule, visit: cherryfestival.org

BEULAH ART FAIR: This juried show is held in Beulah Park. For more info call 231-325-6642.

CROSS VILLAGE COMMUNITY PARADE: 1pm, Lakeshore Dr., Cross Village. Celebrate after parade at Three Pines Studio with American Spoon Gelato, cookies & music.

Sunday July 06

OVER THE TOP XTREME 5K: 8-11pm, Treetops Resort, Gaylord. 231-546-2229.

33RD ANNUAL CEDAR POLKA FEST: July 3-6, under the tents, on the tennis courts in downtown Cedar. Today features a polka mass at 11am. cedarpolkafest.com

WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Alessio Bax, piano. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. For tickets visit: interlochen.org

“SHREK: THE MUSICAL”: (See Thurs., except today’s performance is at 2pm.)

THE RFD BOYS: The Red, White & Bluegrass Tour. 8pm, Garden Theater, Frankfort. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. 231-352-7561.

ANTIQUES AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, PETOSKEY: (See Sat., except today’s times are 10am-4pm.)

VESPERS CONCERTS: With “Hollywood’s Great Moments in Music,” 8pm, Bay View, Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. bayviewassociation.org


MI ARTISTS IAMBA MULLENS & CANDICE COMPTON PAPPAS: 4-6pm, Ward Gallery, Petoskey. 231-622-4185.

HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: Today is Orange & Blue Day. Betsy Van Dyke Dressage Demonstration & $40,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City, 2pm. 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg. 231.267.3700. $10/day.

TC NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL: Featuring the four person beach volleyball tournament, “A Walk Through Festival History,” arts & crafts fair, cherry pie bike ride, Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest, Old Town Classic Vehicle Show, the Air Show, Cherries D’Vine, Here Come the Mummies performing & much more. For a complete schedule, visit: cherryfestival.org


DIXIELAND WORSHIP SERVICES & CONCERTS: Begins Thurs., July 3 at 7pm & runs every Thurs. through Aug. at the First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey. Featuring the Epsilon Jass Band. 231-347-4792.

FREE PARKOUR: Learn to climb, run, jump, swing, or vault over obstacles with ease & grace. Every Tues. at 7pm. Class led by Levi Meeuwenberg. For location & to register: TCParkour.com.

STONE CIRCLE GATHERINGS: Poetry, storytelling & music every Sat., 9pm, through 8/30. Outdoor setting around a fire. Ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right on Stone Circle Dr., and follow signs. There is a $5 donation for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under. 231-264- 9467. terry-wooten.com, stonecir@aol.com.

JAZZ AT SUNSET: Runs every Thurs. through Aug. 28 from 7-9:30pm at Chateau Chantal, Old Mission Peninsula. Features the Jeff Haas Trio every week, with different special guests each week. 231-223-4110.

GLEN ARBOR SUMMER SINGERS REHEARSALS: Every Tues. at 7pm, Glen Lake Reformed Church, Burdickville. Part of the Manitou Music Festival. 248-797-9325.

SARA HARDY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET: Held every Weds. & Sat. in City Parking Lot B + T, between Cass & Union St., TC from 7:30am-12pm. www.traversecity.com

VILLAGE AT GRAND TRAVERSE COMMONS FARMER’S MARKET, TC: Held on Mondays through Oct. from 3-6pm on The Piazza. www. thevillagetc.com

CHARLEVOIX FARMERS MARKET: 9am-1pm, Thurs., downtown Charlevoix.

INTERLOCHEN FARMERS MARKET: Every Sun., until last Sun. in Oct., 9am-2pm, Interlochen Shopping Center, in the parking lot, at the end of Ric’s, Interlochen Corners. 231-378-4488. Find on Facebook.

HARBOR SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET: Weds. & Sat., 9am-1pm, downtown Harbor Springs. Visit their Facebook page. Music at the Market takes place at these farmers markets each Weds. & Sat. This week’s musicians are Red Truck Poets on July 2, & Spectrum Brass on July 5.

BELLAIRE FARMERS MARKET: Held every Fri. from 8am-12:30pm behind the Bellaire Senior Center – William A. Hosmer Park.

FRANKFORT FARMER’S MARKET: Runs Saturdays through Oct., 9am-1pm, downtown Frankfort.

PETOSKEY FARMERS MARKET: Fri., 8:30am- 1pm, Petoskey. petoskeydowntown.com

KINGSLEY MARKET: Wednesdays through Sept. 24 at Brownson Park from 2-7pm. 231- 263-5902 or find on Facebook.

GAYLORD FARMERS MARKET: Runs Saturdays through Oct. from 8am-2pm; Weds. from July – Oct., 8am-2pm; & Saturdays in Nov., 9am-1pm. Held in downtown pavilion on Court St. Check out their Facebook page.

BLISSFEST JAM SESSIONS: Every Sun., 1-4pm, Red Sky Stage, Petoskey. Bring your instruments or just sing along or listen. redskystage.com

COMMUNITY BAND PERFORMANCE: Featuring the Harbor Springs Community Band in the park next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Petoskey every Mon. at 8pm.

STROKE & BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: A safe environment for survivors of traumatic brain injury or stroke. Patients & caregivers share challenges & learn in a comfortable setting. Held the second Tues. of each month through Oct. 14 at Demmer Wellness Pavilion, McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey at 6pm. mclaren.org or 231-549-1388.

DANCE!BENZIE: Dance at Mills Community House every Tues. from 6-10pm. Improvisational partner dancing based on waltz, swing, blues, slow, tango, Latin & more. Instructional workshop, 6-7pm for a fee; open dance, donation, 7-10pm. Info: facebook.com/groups/dancebenzie/

GUIDED HIKE ON THE NER: Takes place at the Boardman River Nature Center, Oleson Pavilion, TC every first Sat. of the month through Dec. at 10am. Join Molly McCombs on a hike to explore the natural world along the banks of the Boardman River. Free. 941-0960.

OLD TIME COUNTRY DANCE LINE & SQUARE DANCES: Held every second Friday (except Aug. will be Sat.) of the month at 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac from 6:30-9:30pm. Free dance instruction. 231-920-8389.

EARTHWORK MUSIC MONDAYS LIVE: 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

TRAVERSE CITY BACKGAMMON CLUB: Meets every Thursday at Horizon Books, lower level, TC at 6pm. Find on Facebook.

KIDS OPEN MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

FREE YOGA: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

“SATURDAY’S CHILD”: This story time is for families with children ages 3-7. Held Saturdays, 3-4pm in the Program Room at Petoskey District Library. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3112.

GREAT START PLAYGROUP: Held the fourth Weds. of each month, 10am, Alden District Library. Bring your preschoolers to play, hear stories & meet new friends.

HIP HOP UNIVERSE: Competitions, dance lessons & food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

READ TO CHAZ, THERAPY READING DOG: Second & fourth Wednesdays of each month, 4-6pm, Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

LIL’ SOULS PLAY GROUP: For moms & kids, birth - 6 years. Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month from 9:30-11:30am at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. www.bponline.org

PDL READER’S THEATER: Elementary group meets on Mon., 5:30pm; Teen group, Weds., 5:30pm. Program Room, Petoskey District Library. 231-758-3123 or www.petoskeylibrary.org

BRING IN THE LITTLE ONES: Move, shake & sing along every Mon. from 10:30-11am at The Little Fleet, TC. www.thelittlefleet.com

FREE OM GENTLE YOGA: Sun., 10:30am, Shanti School of Yoga, Logan’s Landing, TC. 231-632- 0615. Shantischoolofyoga.net

GOOD LIBATIONS TOURS: The Celtic Bus will pick you up at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort at 11am & take you on an excursion through Benzie, Leelanau & Grand Traverse counties, visiting wineries, breweries, distilleries & more. Must be 21. Held every other Tues., beginning June 24, through Sept. 16. 231-882-5424. mynorthtickets.com

THE YOUNG AMERICANS DINNER THEATRE: Young up-and-coming performers present Broadway-style shows while you enjoy dinner at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. They sing songs from the days when Al Capone still walked the streets nearby - to contemporary classics. Performances run Mon. – Sat. from June 27 – Aug. 23. For times & more info call 231-526-3152. boyne.com

MEDICINE WOMEN GATHER: On the new moon or the Weds. prior, 6:30-8:30pm, May-Oct. Share wisdom, plant knowledge, stories, seeds & plants. Email wisewomengather@gmail.com for location info & to register.

VARIETY HOUR & FIRE DANCING: Enjoy juggling, dancing, comedy, vaudeville, music & more, followed by fire dancing every Thurs. in July. Lelu Café, Northport, 9:30pm. Hosted by Third Space Movement. thirdspacemovement. com or 231-846-8362.

“LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY, PAST AND PRESENT”: This exhibit is held at the Little Traverse History Museum, Petoskey. petoskeymuseum.org

MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Enjoy live music by Brian Nolf, yard games, face painting & more every Mon. through the summer from 7-9pm on the front lawn of Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. crystalmountain.com

TUESDAY TEA & TALK SERIES: Explore the backgrounds of unique gemstones while enjoying tea in Becky’s garden every Tues. from June 24 – Aug. 12 (except July 1) at Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor at 3pm. RSVP: 231-334-3826.

MIDDLE EASTERN DRUM CIRCLE: Held on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm at Crystal Bindi Studios, TC (10660 Carter Rd.). 932-0668.

TINYTUESDAYS: Story time with Princess Jessilynn every Tues. at 10am at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. www.mcleanandeakin.com or 231-347-1180.


Hunting Beauty: American Landscape Paintings; Paintings by Heidi Marshall: July 5-15, Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. An opening reception will be held on Sat., July 5 from 2-7pm & a Gallery Talk & Tea will be held on Mon., July 7 from 2-4pm. 231-526-9447.

“Leelanau Lake Effect”: This series of oil & pastel paintings by Chicago artist Liz Wall takes place at Center Gallery at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor through July 3. Wall will conduct a painting demonstration & talk about her work July 1 at 1pm. 231-334-3179.

“Sculpting & Stitching”: Exhibit by Bart & Gail Ingraham. Bart carves wood & stone to describe his interpretation of the relationship of man to nature & Gail uses fiber to paint pictures, both idealistic & abstract. Through July 21, Cog’s Creek Gallery, TC. cogscreek.com

Ann Loveless & Anni Crouter Showin Exhibit: These ArtPrize first & second place 2013 winners will show their work at State of the Art Gallery in Beulah through July 19. 800-882-5801.

Clay and Glass: From the Earth to the Garden: A Lynn Dinning & Gene Reck exhibit at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

Invitational Arts Exhibition: Through July 18, Jordan River Art Center, East 23rd Jordan. Presented by Jordan River Arts Council. 231- 536-3385 or jordanriverarts.com.

Winter Reflections: This exhibit at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix runs through July 12. Featuring art by Caesar Citraro, Margie Guyot, Lori Feldpausch, Carolyn Damstra, Lena Dorey, Betty Bea Washburn & Mary Guntzviller. 231-838-6460 or find on Facebook.

Black and White: Photographs & Drawings – Bill Schwab & Ken Kewley. Through July 1, Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

Make Art Together: Presented by the Northport Arts Association evey Weds. throughout the summer from 10am-1pm in the art space behind Red Mullein, Northport. All levels of experience can work on their own pieces, share approaches, & get ideas. Bring your own materials. 231-386-7452 or redmullein@gmail.com

The Magic Thursday Artists: This art exhibit & sale will be held at the City Opera House, TC during July. Artists include Sue Bowerman, Nancy Donley, Pat Dixon, Ruth Kitchen & many others. They paint in oil, acrylic, pastel & watercolor. Opening reception will be held on Weds., July 2 from 5-7pm. cityoperahouse.org

“Land and Lake”: This exhibition showcases two complimentary Michigan artists: Bellaire artist Dani Davis & Grand Rapids artist Mark Bird. Davis creates detailed watercolor paintings of fish that flourish in the Great Lakes region. Bird paints the beauty of the Leelanau Peninsula. Through July at Cherry Cone, 240 E. Front St., TC.

Rufus Snoddy Solo Exhibition: Snoddy brings his “construction paintings” to the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Through July 12. oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or 231-352-4151.

“Feet in Two Worlds: Paintings by Melonie Steffes”: This exhibit runs July 3-Aug. 31 at Gallery Fifty in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Artist Reception will be held on Thurs., July 3 from 6-8pm. galleryfifty.com or 932-0775.

A Branch of the Tree: Featuring the work of Michigan artists working in various media that represent the Art Tree Gallery. Runs through Sept. 8 in the Atrium Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

Craig Weisse Exhibit: Featuring impressionist images of Weisse’s shoreline community of Empire. July 4-10, Center Gallery, Glen Arbor. An opening reception will be held on July 4 at 6pm. 231-334-3179.

Ellie Harold Exhibit: Blu Restaurant, Glen Arbor through summer. www.ellieharold.com

“Georgia Taylor: Within the Cocoon and Abstract Works”: This show at Brew, TC runs through July 14. www.brewtc.com

Detroit @ CTAC: Based on the current art scene in the city of Detroit, this exhibit includes works in paint, textiles, print, video documentary, photography & sculpture. CTAC Galleries, Petoskey. Through Sept. 6. crookedtree.org

Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC: “Seungmo Park: Meticulously Snipped and Wrapped”: First solo museum exhibition in the U.S. of the works of Seungmo Park of Seoul, Korea featuring his MAYA imagery & aluminum wire wrapped sculptural forms. Through Sept. 7. “How to Return? - Images by Contemporary Chinese Photographers”: Held through September 7. dennosmuseum.org

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org.

Mary Anderson Exhibit: This landscape artist’s exhibit “Close To The Land V” will run through Aug. 10 at Bella Galleria, Old Mission Tavern, TC. 231-223-4142.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring the 2012 Photography Contest winners, including Craig Goodrich, Ragnar Avery & Chris Brown, at the Watershed Center, TC. Portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org or 935-1514.

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