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 14th, 2014  
July 14-20

send your dates to: Jamie@Northernexpress.com

Don’t miss the Grand Parade during the 50TH ANNUAL GAYLORD ALPENFEST this Saturday, July 19. The Petoskey Steel Drum Band has been part of this parade with their double-decker float. These Petoskey High School students perform at over 30 concerts around the state each year. Since they were formed in 1997, they have performed at Disney, in Hawaii, on the Norwegian Dawn Cruise Ship, & at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. They are currently working on their sixth CD. The parade starts at noon & runs from Illinois Ave. to Main St. to South Otsego Ave. The band plays at 2pm under the Pavilion on Court. Alpenfest runs this Tues. – Sat., July 15-19. gaylordalpenfest.com

Monday July 14

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERTS IN THE PARK: With the Snyder Family Band, featuring award-winning siblings, fiddler Samantha & guitarist Zeb. 7pm, Onekama Village Park. www.onekama.info

BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL: Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create an evening of music, humor & laughter. 8pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $28. interlochen.org

GRAND TRAVERSE HUMANISTS MEETING: Larry Mawby will speak on “Winemaking in the Grand Traverse Area: Past, Present, Future?” 7pm, History Center of TC. Free. 231-392-1215.

MAD SCIENCE MONDAY: Children can explore magnetism & electricity with the Energy Bus. 1-3pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. greatlakeskids.org

“CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”: Miracle Productions presents this Broadway musical based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Junior’s life as a con man. It is a high energy show that tells a powerful story of family bonds, deception, love & redemption. 7:30pm, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. Tickets start at $25. http://www.miracleproductionstc.com/

Tuesday July 15

50TH ANNUAL ALPENFEST: July 15-19 in Gaylord. Today features an honors luncheon, Sechselauten Celebration, queen’s pageant, Burning of the Boogg, & much more. For a complete schedule visit gaylordalpenfest.com.

ELK RAPIDS GARDEN WALK CLUB: 10am- 5pm. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of. For more info visit elkrapidsgardenclub.org.

LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE PRESENTS THE PREVIEW PERFORMANCE OF “RICHARD III”: 7pm, Performance Pavilion, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Free. lakesideshakespeare.org

SIP & DAB: Margarita Time! Paint with local artist Shelly Morey while sipping & eating at The Platte River Inn, Honor from 6-9pm. $35/person. sipanddab.com

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Presents the Snyder Family. Noon, Pennsylvania Park Gazebo, downtown Petoskey.

SEEDUMS GARDEN CLUB: Citywide Garden Walk: 1-6pm. Tour five gardens in Cheboygan. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of. Available at Billie’s Women’s Fashions & The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce. 231-625-8368.

MANISTEE SHORELINE SHOWCASE: Presents Madcat’s Midnight Blues Journey at Douglas Park, Manistee from 7-9:15pm. 231-723-7500.

LUNCH & LEARN: “Learning to Love Math” with faculty hosts Tim McGraw & Kate Caliri. 12-1pm, Pathfinder Campus, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr., TC. Geared towards parents; children welcome with adult. RSVP: 995-3836.

Wednesday July 16

50TH ANNUAL ALPENFEST: July 15-19 in Gaylord. Today features the Alpenfest Walking Parade, Ladies Ankle/Mens Knee Contests, a concert with The Young Americans, bicycle & tricycle parades, a Restless Heart concert & much more. For a complete schedule visit gaylordalpenfest.com.

INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL: Presented by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy at Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Preserve, 10am-12pm. RSVP: www.gtrlc.org/events or 231-929-7911.

“HAMLET”: Presented by Riverside, LLC at the Studio Stage in Glen Arbor at 7pm. Free.

AUTHOR KATE HANNIGAN: This author of “Cupcake Cousins” will read from & sign her book at Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor at 11am. There will also be cupcake decorating. cottagebooks.com

LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE PRESENTS THE PREVIEW PERFORMANCE OF “TWELFTH NIGHT”: 7pm, Performance Pavilion, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Free. lakesideshakespeare.org

ANNUAL GARDEN WALK & FLOWER SHOW: “A Stroll Down Memory Lane,” featuring six gardens & a Standard Flower Show. 10am-4pm, downtown Charlevoix. $10 advance, $15 day of. 231-437-3032.

EDELWEISS GARDEN WALK: Visit five homes in the Otsego County area from 1-6pm. Tickets, $8; available at Family Fare, Saturn Books & Spud Warehouse. edelweissgardenclub.com

GLEN LAKE WOMEN’S CLUB ART FAIR: 10am- 4pm, Glen Arbor Town Hall. Featuring around 100 artisans. 231-620-7223.

AUTHOR LUIS CARLOS MONTALVAN: Returns to the Traverse Area District Library, TC at 4pm with his service dog & new children’s book “Tuesday Tucks Me In.” tadl.org

AUTHOR SIGNING: With Gloria Whelan, author of “Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine.” 2pm, Horizon Books, TC. horizonbooks.com

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Presents Children of the World in Harmony. For kids at noon, Pennsylvania Park Gazebo, downtown Petoskey.

D’ART FOR ART: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey hosts their fundraising gala. Featuring Detroit Circus. crookedtree.org

Thursday July 17

ARTIST OPEN HOUSE: L.C. Lim presents pastels, pastel & watercolor, and etchings & watercolor. 5-7pm, Live for Art Gallery, Beulah. 231-882-9370 or liveforartgallery.com.

50TH ANNUAL ALPENFEST: July 15-19 in Gaylord. Today features the Alpine Country Breakfast, Diaper Derby, stilt walking contest, Alpenfest Stone Throw, “Anyway You Want It: The Ultimate Journey Experience” & much more. For a complete schedule visit gaylordalpenfest.com.

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

LOGGING IN BENZIE: Dr. Louis Yock, director of the Benzie Area Historical Museum, will lead participants on a walk through the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, learning about the history of logging in Benzie County. Meet at the Art Park trailhead at 10am. Cost, $10; free for youth 17 & under with paying adult. michlegacyartpark.org

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY AND ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION WITH JASON ISBELL: This is the first time country music icons Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station will share the stage together. 7pm, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. For tickets visit interlochen.org.

FREE WINE & CHEESE EVENT: With Josh Malerman, author of “Bird Box,” & Ben Winters, author of “World of Trouble.” 6pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. For reservations call: 231-347-1180 or mcleanandeakin.com.

32ND ANNUAL GARDEN WALK: Presented by the Friendly Garden Club. 11am-7pm, featuring seven gardens plus an urban farm in the Oak Park and Boardman neighborhoods on the east side of downtown TC. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of. 616-540-4666.

“HAMLET”: Presented by Riverside, LLC outside at the Old Arts Building, Leland at 7pm. Free.


LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE PRESENTS “RICHARD III”: 7pm, Performance Pavilion, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Free. lakesideshakespeare.org

FREE ARTIST TALK: With Brian Nelson & John DeHoog at 5:30pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Nelson is a sculptor of stainless steel & DeHoog makes furniture & sculpture. Free. oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

STREET MUSIQUE: With Bob Greenway, Peacemeal, the Sunshine String Band, Jeff Pagel, & Magic Lady. 7-9pm, Main St., Harbor Springs. harborspringschamber.com

CHARLEVOIX SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Presents Jim Gill with children’s music. 7-9pm, East Park Performance Pavilion, downtown Charlevoix.

BIDWELL PLAZA SINGER/SONGWRITER SERIES: Presents Barbara Jordan at noon at the Bidwell Plaza, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Free. crookedtree.org

FREE ASHTANGA YOGA: At the dock on the river across from The Little Fleet, TC, 7-8:30pm. http://ashtanganorth.com/local-classes/

D’ART FOR ART: (See Weds.)

HEMINGWAY’S MICHIGAN: Retired history teacher Michael Artman takes you on a literary & historical travelogue. Northern Michigan was Hemingway’s boyhood summer home & influenced his work. 7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN: With Kyle Jennings. 7-9pm, top of Bay Mountain, The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor. $15 advance, $20 door. thehomesteadresort.com or 231-334-5100.

FOOD TRUCK RALLY FUNDRAISER: Hosted by the Boyne City Farmers Market at Veterans Park, Boyne City from 6-9pm. Featuring local beverages from local breweries & vendors from the Boyne City Farmers Market. Cost: $10/person; includes two beverage tickets. Proceeds raised will be used to help fund a winter market facility for the B.C. Farmers Market. boynecityfarmersmarket.org or 231-330-2704.

RITA RUDNER: This award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer & actress performs at City Opera House, TC at 7:30pm. Known for her “sweet-as-pie delivery of hilarious observations about relationships.” Tickets: $33 or $48. cityoperahouse.org

Friday July 18

50TH ANNUAL ALPENFEST: July 15-19 in Gaylord. Today features the Ugly Dog Contest, Kinder Klassics, Pet Parade, The Return: Beatles Tribute Band concert & much more. For a complete schedule visit gaylordalpenfest.com.

9TH ANNUAL HARBOR SPRINGS COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALES: Sales start at 9am today. Maps may be picked up to direct you to sales after July 16 at New Beginnings Thrift Shop, Harbor Springs (also the sponsor of the yard sales). 231-348-2980.

6TH ANNUAL CRUISING FOR THE CURE: July 18-19. Today features the pre-event reception: “Party on the Pier” at the Dockside, Torch Lake. Tickets, $50: 616-706-6367. cruiseforcure.org

DISNEY’S PETER PAN, JR.: Based on the Disney film & J. M. Barrie’s play and novel. Presented by the Old Town Playhouse Young Company. 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $15 adults, $6 children 12 & under. oldtownplayhouse.com or 947-2210.

MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES: Featuring the Jon Archambault Band. 7pm, Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan. 231-536-7351.

HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: Today features the $25,000 International Hunter Derby, 8-11am. 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg. $10/day. horseshowsbythebay.com or 231.267.3700.

“HAMLET”: Presented by Riverside, LLC at Waterwheel Park on St. Mary’s Street, Suttons Bay at 7pm. Free.


CONCERT ON THE LAWN SERIES: Featuring Harry Goldson & Friends. Goldson is a master of the clarinet & saxophone. He & his fellow musicians will play classic jazz tunes & big band favorites. 7pm, Hayden Gazebo, Grand Traverse Pavilions, TC. 932-3027.

LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE PRESENTS “TWELFTH NIGHT”: 7pm, Performance Pavilion, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Free. lakesideshakespeare.org

BIKE-IN TC’S “MOVIES IN THE PARK”: Featuring “Top Gun” at Bryant Park, TC at dusk. Free. bikeintc.org

BROADSIDE RELEASE PARTY: Landmark Books, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC, 6pm. Celebrate the release of a new broadside from Squirrel Cane Press. Featuring a poem by author Michael Delp & a short reading. 231-922-7225.

PETOSKEY ROCKS!: “Rockin’ the Art Scene,” 6-9pm. Featuring local artists throughout downtown Petoskey, including watercolor artist Marilyn Stockwell at Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History. There will also be carriage rides, ghost walks, local musicians, a concert in the park with 126 Army Band – Governor’s Own, & more. petoskeydowntown.com

DINNER & A MOVIE: Featuring “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” 5:30pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. Free movie; $5 for pizza, pop & dessert. harborspringschamber.com

CHARLOTTE ROSS LEE CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Presents Pete Kehoe at noon, & 126 Army Band – Governor’s Own at 7pm, Pennsylvania Park Gazebo, downtown Petoskey.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES: Presents the Robin Connell Jazz Trio. Connell taught jazz at Interlochen Arts Camp for 20 years. She brings original arrangements of time honored jazz standards & her own compositions. 7pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. $10 suggested donation. michlegacyartpark.org

CABARET 2014: Presented by the Benzie County Community Chorus, Cabaret 2014 is made up of 40+ voices & features music from the Broadway stage, the blues of the deep south, and the sounds of the Big Band Era. 8pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets start at $18. Benefits City Opera House. cityoperahouse.org

NORTHERN MI ARTISTS’ GUILD ART SHOW & SALE: 10am-6:30pm, First Methodist Church, Gaylord, behind the pavilion.

AUTHORS SIGNINGS: 2-4pm: Josh Malerman, author of “Bird Box.” 4-6pm: Carrie Pearson, author of “A Cool Summer Tail.” Horizon Books, TC. horizonbooks.com

THE SOUTHSIDE BLUES FEST: July 18-19. Featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Toronzo Cannon, Corey Dennison, East Bay Blue & many others at the Southside Festival Grounds in Buckley. Find on Facebook or call 231-269-3738.

BOOK SIGNING: Local author Elizabeth Lee will sign her book “A Tough Nut to Kill” at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey from 2-4pm. mcleanandeakin.com

46TH ANNUAL CADILLAC FESTIVAL OF ARTS: July 18-19, Cadillac City Park. Today features The Taste of Cadillac, art exhibits opening & the Cadillac Symphony performing. cadillacartists.org or 231-775-3216.

Saturday July 19

50TH ANNUAL ALPENFEST: July 15-19 in Gaylord. Today features Alpenfest Runs/Walks, the Grand Parade, Fairy Tale Princess Show, Taylor Swift Tribute, Alpenfest Idol Finals, Petoskey Steel Drum Band, grand fireworks & much more. For a complete schedule visit gaylordalpenfest.com.

NORTHERN MI ARTISTS’ GUILD ART SHOW & SALE: 9am-5pm, First Methodist Church, Gaylord, behind the pavilion.

BAY VIEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Presents Time for Three. Performing music from Bach & Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, Time for Three has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. John M. Hall Auditorium, Petoskey, 8pm. For tickets visit bayviewfestival.org.

DISNEY’S PETER PAN, JR.: (See Fri., except today’s times are both 2pm & 7pm.)

WINE ON THE WATER: Presented by the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce from 1-7pm at Suttons Bay Marina Park. Featuring 12 local wineries, one distillery, one brewery & five food vendors. Music by Billy Strings & Don Julin and The Bohemians featuring Dawn Campbell. Tickets, $15. leelanauchamber.com


9TH ANNUAL HARBOR SPRINGS COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALES: Sales start Fri. at 9am. Maps may be picked up to direct you to sales after July 16 at New Beginnings Thrift Shop, Harbor Springs (also the sponsor of the yard sales). 231-348-2980.

FRIENDS OF FISHTOWN 5K: This run/walk begins at 9am in Fishtown, Leland. Packet pickup & in-person registration at the FPS offices, 203 Cedar St., Leland & in Fishtown immediately prior to the race. Registration $28; $33 after July 16. www.fishtownmi.org

CAVANI STRING QUARTET: The only ensemble to be selected twice (2005 and 2011) as the recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, from Chamber Music America, the Cavani String Quartet performs in the Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts at 8pm. Tickets: $32 adult, $12 youth. interlochen.org

HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: Today is the WTCM 103.5 FM Family Day & Child & Family Services Fundraiser, 10am-2pm; Betsy Van Dyke Dressage Demo & $10,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic, 2pm. 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg. $10/ day. horseshowsbythebay.com or 231.267.3700.

EMPIRE’S ANCHOR DAY: 6am-noon: Fishing contest; 9am: Anchor Day Run; 2pm: Anchor Day Parade; 2-8pm: Lions Club BBQ chicken dinner; 7-11pm: Street dance w/ music by Streaker. empirechamber.com

UP NORTH STANDUP PADDLEBOARD CLASSIC: Hosted by Crystal Lake Adventure Sports on the shores of Crystal Lake & Lake Michigan. Featuring the Crystal Lake 6 mile/3 mile SUP Challenge & the Lake Michigan 4.6 mile Downwind Duel. There will also be a Free Kids Race (ages 7-12) on Crystal Lake. For more info visit upnorthsup.com.

TRAVERSE CITY PRIDE 2014: Presented by Us, this is a gathering of all Northern Michiganders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning or otherwise as well as the friends, family & straight allies for LGBTIAQQ people. 3pm: Gather at The Little Fleet, TC with signs. 3:30pm: Visibility stroll down Front St. 5pm: Speakers from the ACLU, MI Equality, City Commissioner Jim Carruthers, & local speakers. 7pm: Dance to music by DJ Acupunk & DJ Heady. jennwcameron@gmail.com or 231-620-3409.

“HAMLET”: Presented by Riverside, LLC at Veterans Memorial Park on River St., Elk Rapids at 6pm. Free.


22ND ANNUAL RIDE FOR FATHER FRED: July 19-20. Today features registration from 9-11am at Classic Motor Sports, TC; a self-guided tour along M22; 5pm post ride, food, entertainment & more at Streeters, TC; an 8pm Night Party, also at Streeters, with music by Iron Snake, & more. $25/$15 non-rider. 932-1300 or rideforfatherfred.com.


ANNUAL VENETIAN FESTIVAL: July 19-26, downtown Charlevoix. Today features disc golf, volleyball, horseshoe tournament & Aquapalooza – featuring a beach & boating party with the Sleeping Gypsies, & Don Middlebrook & Living Soul. venetianfestival.com

ART IN THE PARK: 10am-6pm, Pennsylvania Park, downtown Petoskey. Featuring items ranging from pottery to jewelry, paintings to photographs, & much more. petoskey.com

STREET LEGENDS & CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Noon, downtown Charlevoix. charlevoix.org

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: At the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC, 8pm. Doors open at 5pm; pre-concert entertainment by The Accidentals & more. Tickets from $35. mynorthtickets.com or 800-836-0717.

PORT CITY RUN: Featuring a 5K Run, 5K Walk, & 1 Mile Fun Run. 9am, along the Betsie Bay on the Betsie Valley Trail. 231-352-7251.

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: Led by the Peaceful Sisters in the Creative Arts Retreat Center, Benzonia, 7:30-10pm. $5-10 suggested donation. 231-882-4933 or betty@llamameadows.com.

PORT CITY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: 10am-4pm, Frankfort Market Square Park. 231-352-7251.

“ISADORE’S TREASURE”: Presented by the Leelanau Summer Music Festival, the Festival Chamber Choir performs a tribute to the stained glass windows in the Historic Holy Rosary Church, two & a half miles north of Cedar at 8pm. $20; $10 for students with ID. mynorthtickets.com or 1-800-836-0717.

HORIZON BOOKS, TC EVENTS: 10am-12pm: Author Talk with Robert Knapp, author of “Mystery Man: Gangsters, Oil & Murder in Michigan.” 12-2pm: Author Kate Hannigan will sign her book “Cupcake Cousins #1.” 2-4pm: Author Mikel Classen will sign his book “Au Sable Point Lighthouse.” 4-6pm: Book Launch Party with Leslie Lee, author of “Sacred Space.” horizonbooks.com

MICHIGAN ROCKS!: Learn MI’s geologic history & polish a Petoskey stone. 1pm, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Cost, $5. grassriver.org

KINGSLEY HERITAGE DAYS: July 19-20. 5K race, parade, Mudder Mayhem Mile, live music with Blackbird Pie & more. Find on Facebook.

FIVE FOR FIGHTING WITH ORCHESTRA: Five for Fighting is an American singer-songwriter known for his piano-based rock, such as the Top 40 hits “Superman,” “100 Years” and “The Riddle.” He will perform with an all-star orchestra including several Interlochen musicians. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. For tickets visit interlochen.org

6TH ANNUAL CRUISING FOR THE CURE: July 18-19. Features the in-water antique & classic wooden boat exhibition, parade of boats & photo shoot dedicated to the memory of Jane H. Thie. proceeds go to the Jane H. Thie Memorial Fund, Inc. & benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Takes place on Clam River. cruiseforcure.org

GUIDED KAYAK TRIP: This CSS event takes place at both 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. Enjoy a paddle down the Boardman River that will conclude at the Brown Bridge Quiet Area. Led by Boardman River Coordinator Steve Largent, you will experience the recently formed river channel, look for wildlife, and more. Kayaks provided by Backcountry North. $25 with rental, $15 with your own boat. Ages 13+. natureiscalling.org

BOOK SIGNING: Award-winning wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick will sign their book “I Am Africa” at Horizon Books, Petoskey from 10am-12pm. horizonbooks.com

A MONSTER BASH: Children’s event with Peter Brown, including signing “My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)” Monster costumes welcome. 10am-noon, Dale Carnegie Building, Petoskey District Library. Presented by both the PDL & McLean & Eakin Booksellers. Ages 4 & up. Reservations required: mcleanandeakin.com

ST. IGNACE FISH FEAST 4K & 8K: 9am. Find on Facebook.

10TH ANNUAL BEAR RIVER CRAWL: Featuring a 5K & 10K. 8am start at Bay Front Park, downtown Petoskey. Hosted by Northern MI Sports Medicine Center. northernmichigansportsmed.com

BOOK SIGNING: Award-winning wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick will sign their book “I Am Africa” at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey from 2-4pm. mcleanandeakin.com

DON JULIN & BILLY STRINGS: This bluegrass duo, along with house band Sour Mash, short sketches by the Round Up Repertory Company & more will be presented at the Northport Community Arts Center at 8pm. This will also be an on-site live recording session of a radio show that will be broadcast over Interlochen Public Radio (WIAA). Tickets, $25. 231-386-5001.

46TH ANNUAL CADILLAC FESTIVAL OF ARTS: July 18-19, Cadillac City Park. Today features the Kids Create-In, String Petting Zoo, live entertainment, art exhibits continuing & more. cadillacartists.org or 231-775-3216.

Sunday July 20 

KINGSLEY HERITAGE DAYS: July 19-20. Today features church in the park, old fashioned turkey shoot & more. Find on Facebook.

MANITOU MUSIC FESTIVAL: Presented by GAAA. Featuring Mulebone, including multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa & roots musician Hugh Pool. 8pm, Studio Stage at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor. glenarbor.org

HORSE SHOWS BY THE BAY: Today is Orange & Blue Day – Betsy Van Dyke Dressage Demo & $40,000 Grand Prix of the Great Lakes, 2pm. 6535 Bates Road, Williamsburg. $10/day. horseshowsbythebay.com or 231.267.3700.

“HAMLET”: Presented by Riverside, LLC at Haserot Park on E. Nagonaba St., Northport, 6pm. Free.

“CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”: (See Mon., except today’s performance is at 2pm.)

22ND ANNUAL RIDE FOR FATHER FRED: July 19-20. Today features registration from 9-10:30am at Classic Motor Sports, TC; escorted ride along Old Mission Peninsula; 10:30am post ride brunch at Streeters, TC, & more. $25/$15 non-rider. 932-1300 or rideforfatherfred.com.

LAKESIDE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE “TWELFTH NIGHT”: 7pm, Performance Pavilion, Tank Hill, Frankfort. Free. lakesideshakespeare.org

VESPERS CONCERT: Featuring By Request. 8pm, Bay View – Hall Auditorium, Petoskey. bayviewassociation.org

ANNUAL VENETIAN FESTIVAL: July 19-26, downtown Charlevoix. Today features Beach Bash Basketball, Venetian Jam (bikes, blades & boards) & “Worship on the Water” with the Andy Stefanic Band & Bryan Eggers. venetianfestival.com

WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, JOHN AXELROD, CONDUCTOR: 8pm, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. There will be a 7pm pre-concert talk hosted by Interlochen Public Radio’s Thom Paulson. Tickets: $16 adult, $13 senior, $10 youth. interlochen.org

SUNDAY SUNSET CONCERT SERIES: Presents TC singer-songwriter duo & multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson & Savannah Buist - The Accidentals. 8:30-10pm, Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor, Elk Rapids. Free. 231-264-8174.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION: With Peter Brown, author of “My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not).” 1pm, Horizon Books, TC. horizonbooks.com

BREATHE OWL BREATHE CONCERT: Enjoy this MI indie-folk trio at Bluestem Farm, 4218 M32, seven miles east of East Jordan, 6-10pm. Come early & share a potluck meal, & see the animals, vegetable gardens, woods, & fields of Bluestem Farm. Bring a dish to share & place-settings. Hayride is free. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door. http://breatheowlbreatheatbluestem.bpt.me/


DIXIELAND WORSHIP SERVICES & CONCERTS: Runs every Thurs. through Aug. at 7pm 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.

FITNESS OVER FIFTY: 11am, Tues. & Thurs. Yoga: 9am, Fri. Fife Lake Public Library. Free. 231-879-4101.

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 also takes place at these farmers markets each Weds. & Sat.

BOYNE CITY FARMERS MARKET: Through Oct., every Weds., 8am-noon, Veterans Park. boynecitymainstreet.com

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, downtown 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 Weds. & Sat. through Oct. from 8am-2pm; & Saturdays in Nov., 9am-1pm. Held in downtown pavilion on Court St. Check out their Facebook page.

“BELLA MUSICA”: This dinner theatre takes place every Weds. & Thurs. night from July 9-31 at Bella Fortuna North, Lake Leelanau. Enjoy a Tuscan-style buffet dinner from 6-7pm, followed by the revue at 7:30pm, which features everything from Broadway classics & tunes from contemporary Broadway shows like “Aida” to folk & soft rock. $50/person. Reservations: 231- 994-2400 or bellafortunarestaurant.com/reservations.

BLISSFEST JAM SESSIONS: Every Sun., 1-4pm, Red Sky Stage, Petoskey. Bring your instruments or just sing along or listen. www.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 compassionate setting. Held the second Tues. of each month through Oct. 14 at Demmer Wellness Pavilion, McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey at 6pm. www.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.

“A BOAT LOAD OF FUN – GREAT LAKES BLOCK BUILDING ADVENTURE”: An exhibit featuring a nine foot freighter, a 10 foot canal & locks, & over 40 historic boats, completely made out of Legos. On display through Sept. 1 at The History Center, TC. Visit the hands-on building station on site to design your seaworthy creation. traversehistory.org or 995-0313.

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. 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. Actors use their voices & upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. 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. thelittlefleet.com

FREE OM GENTLE YOGA: Sun., 10:30am, Shanti School of Yoga, Logan’s Landing, TC. Perfect for the brand new yoga student. Bring mat or rent one onsite. 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-andcoming 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. through 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

FREE PILATES CLASS: Every Tues. through July at 6pm at Nourish in Kids Creek MarketPlace, TC. Bring a mat & bottle of water. 231-645-1215.

JORDAN VALLEY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT SERIES: Thursdays in July, beginning July 10, 7:30pm, Memorial Park Bandshell, East Jordan.

YOGA BY DONATION: Everyone is welcome to yoga at Blooming Lotus, Interlochen on Wednesdays at 10am. bloominglotustc.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 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 (new location: 10660 Carter Rd.). 932-0668.

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


DENNISON GRIFFITH, ANDREW OTIS, & CAROL STEWART EXHIBITION: July 18 – Aug. 30, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. An opening reception will be held on Fri., July 18 from 5-7pm. oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

WATERCOLOR ART EXHIBIT: By TC artist Wendy McWhorter. Featuring landscapes, vineyards & floral. Through July at the Traverse Area District Library, TC. tadl.org

MARGO BURIAN EXHIBIT: Featuring paintings of Leelanau County’s land & water. A public reception will be held on Friday, June 18 at 6pm. Runs through July 24 at Center Gallery, Glen Arbor. 231-334-3179.

ALAN MACIAG EXHIBIT: Featuring landscape oil paintings at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids through Aug. 4. twistedfishgallery.com or 231-264-0123.

SOUL SURFING: This exhibit by TC artist Debra Lanning will be held July 15 – Sept. 30 at Brew, downtown TC. lalaartists.com

ANIMAL MENAGERIE: Works in clay by Julie Kradel & paintings by Diane Hanway at Cycling Salamander Gallery, Charlevoix. An opening reception will be held on Sat., July 19. Exhibit runs through Aug. 2. www.cyclingsalamander.com

JUNKYARD DOG & OTHER BEASTS: Sculptures by Doug Melvin. An opening reception on Sat., July 19 from 2-7pm. Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN NORTHPORT: Seeking artists for July 26 paint-out. $100 for best work plus people’s choice award. See www.northportartsforall.com, or Northport Arts Association on Facebook for more info, or call 231-386-1104.

VILLAGE SUMMER QUILT EXHIBIT: On display in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Starting at Notably Natural & continuing throughout the North Wing to Cordia. Fiber & textile artists from Grand Traverse, Leelanau, & Manistee counties are included in the show with over 50 works. Runs through Aug. 929.1100 or Facebook/NotablyNatural.

HUNTING BEAUTY: American Landscape Paintings: Paintings by Heidi Marshall: July 5-15, Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay invites artists to apply to their nautical-themed art show, taking place Sept. 18-Oct. 24. All mediums welcome, but should be inspired by the waters of the Grand Traverse watershed, which covers portions of Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska & Leelanau counties. Deadline: July 31. More info at www.gtbay.org.

“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 at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

23RD INVITATIONAL ARTS EXHIBITION: Through July 18, Jordan River Arts Center, East Jordan. Presented by Jordan River Arts Council. 231-536-3385 or jordanriverarts.com.

MAKE ART TOGETHER: Presented by the Northport Arts Association every Weds. throughout the summer from 10am-1pm in the art space behind Red Mullein, Northport. 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. cityoperahouse.org

“LAND AND LAKE”: This exhibition showcases two complimentary Michigan artists: Bellaire artist Dani Davis & Grand Rapids artist Mark Bird. Bird paints the beauty of the Leelanau Peninsula. Through July at Cherry Cone, 240 E. Front St., TC.

JOSEPH LOMBARDO EXHIBITION: Featuring oil paintings that explore the Leelanau landscape, the luminous light & bright colors that characterize the region in the summer. July 11-17, Center Gallery, Glen Arbor. 231-334-3179.

“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. galleryfifty.com or 932-0775.

“CONNECTIONS”: By TC photographer Tyler Franz will be displayed through July at The Redhead Café in Lake Leelanau. .

SEEKING NAUTICAL-INSPIRED ART: For the next Art of the Watershed exhibit, a nautical-themed juried art show taking place Sept. 18-Oct. 24. gtbay.org/2014/06/17/nauticalart/

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. crookedtree.org

ELLIE HAROLD EXHIBIT: Blu Restaurant, Glen Arbor through summer. 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.

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