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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SOBO Art Festival

Kristi Kates - June 20th, 2011
“WE is a big word when we discuss the 2nd Annual SoBo Arts Festival,”
explains festival co-coordinator Robin Lee Berry, “each of us have had big
and important jobs that are essential in making the festival happen.”
The idea for the Arts Fest began last year, when the community decided to
work together to “put a face,” as Berry puts it, on the collective pool of
local artist talent; Freshwater Studio’s Tony Williams and
Berry worked with Jerry Dennis, CindiFranco’s CoolStuff, and Lake Street
Market to create a committee that put together the first festival. This
year, most of the same team is back, along with the support of the Main
Street Committee of Boyne City, and have put together what Berry calls “a
very eclectic weekend” that coincides with the first Stroll the Streets of
summer 2011.

  When asked what this year’s festival highlights will be, Berry launches
into a list so extensive, it sounds like it would take up a week’s worth
of festival-ing, not a mere two days. But this is Boyne City’s SoBo -
ambitious and full of variety.
“Boyne Area gymnastics will be presenting an Aerial Silk event, and we’ll
have swing dance instruction followed by a street dance with Chris
Bickley’s Bay Area Big Band, a nationally acclaimed big band that is so
worthy to hear and experience,” Berry begins.
“Saturday is a musical jam at 10 a.m. - come one, come all! - followed by
a full day of music.”
Among the acts this year will be Kirby, Zumba, the Boyne Celtic
Collective, Northwoods Recorders, the community band, and the Charlevoix
Sax Quartet, among others.
“We’ll end the day with Jan Fowler and Peacemeal offering a Contra-dance,
which is big fun for families - if you have not tried it, this will be a
wonderful time to experience that. And all of this will be going on while
we present a juried art fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - a variety of mediums
will be presented, plus demonstrations, multi-media, authors with
published works, and the Healing Arts category. There will also be street
performers, including Twister Joe tying balloons - and this year, there
will be food, too.”

Live music has given Boyne City a boost.
“Karen Guzenchek, who owns Country Now and Then and Up a Lazy River with
her husband, Ray, came up with the idea that one night a week all summer
long, Boyne City would have live music playing on each street corner and
downtown merchants would be encouraged to stay open later to let folks
wander in,” Berry explains, “it has been a huge success, and hundreds of
people come in from all over every week to enjoy the festivities.”
The SoBo Arts Fest is poised to become a huge success of its own. With the
SoBo neighborhood itself growing and gaining attention regularly, any new
project is welcomed with open arms and plenty of local enthusiasm.
“The Boyne City Main Street Committee has been giving sincere, devoted,
and intelligent thought to smart growth with intention of shining a light
on Boyne as a community suitable to raise a family, create businesses,
retire, visit and play in,” Berry explains, “and I believe there is a
genuine wholesome quality to our town that is something people are missing
as other cities grow and expand. There really is a hometown feel here and
that truly is appealing. Hence our slogan, ‘Hometown Feel, Small Town
Appeal,’” she says.

And when asked what she, personally, is looking forward to, Berry’s answer
is that of a true performer - being able to collaborate with other
musicians, of course.
“I am pretty fond of that big band,” she says, “Chris Bickley is an
amazing talent, and since I have the honor of being their singer for this
concert, that will be a high point for me.”
“But,” she continues, “there are so many wonderful things planned for this
festival that I can honestly say I look forward to every item on the
schedule. I mostly hope that people find their way to Boyne City and plan
to spend the weekend experiencing the first Stroll the Streets of the
summer, and the 2nd Annual SoBo Arts Festival.”
“Festivals are an important environment to foster creativity, offer family
time, and increase the awe and wonder threshold, all in good clean air
surrounded by beautiful Lake Charlevoix,” Berry says, “it is important to
put feet to the pavement in Boyne to really appreciate it, and we hope
people will get very comfortable wandering all of our beautiful streets
here in Boyne City.”

The 2011 2nd Annual SoBo Arts Festival will take place on June 24 and 25
in downtown Boyne City and the SoBo Arts District. For more information,
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