Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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‘Crazy-Good’ Festival

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  


Short’s Brewery is upping the ante on their annual Elk Rapids fest.

Beyond the popular brewery tours and special beers on tap, Short’s has snagged the indie band Deer Tick to headline their one-day party in the parking lot.

With top-notch music, great food, and of course, Short’s own specialty brews, this fest is one that people will wish were longer – not shorter.


Started in 2010, after Short’s started production in Elk Rapids, the initial idea behind Short’s Fest was to throw a party during Elk Rapids’ Harbor Days celebration that would allow the public to enjoy food, brew, and music, and also let them visit Short’s usually closed-to-the-public production facility, where Short’s conjures up their extensive, unique, and “fearless” lineup of craft beers.

“We get tons of requests for tours, which we normally don’t offer, so it made sense to create Short’s Fest to give the public that opportunity,” said Bridgett Beckwith, Short’s director of marketing.


Beckwith said Short’s wanted to book a band with “coolness and awesomeocity,” a band that was gaining some national accolades but that wasn’t out of their reach.

Deer Tick, the Rhode Island-based band whose latest album, 2013’s “Negativity,” is generating plenty of buzz, has made two appearances on David Letterman’s show, and is slated to play at several national festivals.

“Deer Tick was on our radar because a few of our brewers are huge fans,” Beckwith said “Sometimes things just fall into place. I saw them in Chicago, and I’m really stoked to see how their vibe affects the festival.”


In addition to the music, which will also include an opening set from zany dance groove Michigan band Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, there will be plenty of Short’s famed brews, which will be complemented gastronomically by Short’s own hot dog cart and Terry’s Pretzel Cart, plus fare from the Riverwalk Grill.

“Along with sodas and other refreshments, we will of course have beer,” Beckwith said. “There will be two locations pouring the same lineup of 20 beers, including some ‘special appearance’ brews.”

A couple of Beckwith’s picks that will be available at Short’s Fest are India Spruce Pilsner and Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Black Beer, which is aged in bourbon barrels.

“It’s a pretty great list,” said Beckwith, who helped harvest the local spruce tips for the pilsner.


For anyone older than 21, this is an inexpensive and fun way to hear some new music and get introduced to the folks at Short’s and their products.

But the fest is also valuable in another way, Beckwith said, because it allows Short’s to give back.

“We plan to continue to show the village of Elk Rapids that we’re a company that cares about our community, the arts, and its future success,” she said. “Plus the music is going to be crazy-good.”

The 2014 Short’s Fest will take place on August 2 from 4pm-10 pm at the Short’s Brewing Co. production facility, 211 Industrial Park Dr., Elk Rapids. Tickets to Short’s Fest are $8 and include access to the event and live music. They can be purchased online at shortsbrewing.com as well as at the door the day of the event. Refreshments purchased separately.

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