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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Rick Coates - August 22nd, 2011
Suds & Song
TC Microbrew & Music Fest chugs this weekend

By Rick Coates

The festival season is winding down and and putting an exclamation mark on
a stellar summer of events is the Third Annual Traverse City Microbrew &
Music Festival.
The brainchild of Sam Porter and Porterhouse Productions, the festival
will take place this weekend, August 26 & 27, at the Village at Grand
Traverse Commons. The Microbrew & Music Festival will feature over 50
craft breweries, wineries, cider and mead makers along with 10 local
In keeping with Porter’s philosophy of creating gatherings that celebrate
music, food and drink, over 70 musicians will share the spotlight with
brewmasters and winemakers.
The festival will kick off on Friday, August 26 from 5-10 p.m. featuring
headliner Martin Sexton with tickets at $30 (Sexton has been garnering $25
to $40 a ticket this summer on his tour). In addition to Sexton, other
performances include Euforquestra, Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums and Jam
Rek drummers. The night will also feature $3 pints and a new event that
Porter is excited about.

“We have the Michigan exclusive on the Silent Disco. This has become
extremely popular as of late,” said Porter. “How it works is we will have
a special tent where people get headphones to use and there will be a DJ
spinning tunes. Only people with headphones are able to hear the music. It
is really wild to walk in and see several hundred people dancing around
and singing and not being able to hear the music.”
The silent disco tent has been enjoying popularity at several music
festivals including Bonnaroo and Glastonbury this year. The silent disco
tent allows up to 200 festivalgoers at a time to dance to music broadcast
via a FM-transmitter to wireless headphones worn by participants, giving
the effect they’re dancing in silence. Popular local DJs and local music
venues will trade off spinning music every hour all night Friday and
Saturday in the silent disco tent during the festival.
Day two will feature an expanded festival experience from 4-10 p.m on
Saturday. Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative festival cup and
five drink tokens. The 50-plus beverage makers will offer over 200
flavors of beer, cider, mead and wine. Additional tasting tokens on
Saturday are available for $1 for a 7-oz. pours. The live lineup will
include Rebirth Brass Band, Barrage, Euforquestra, Ella Riot, That 1 Guy,
Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums and several other acts, along with the
Silent Disco in full swing.

“There is so much I am proud of in regards to this event. Certainly the
fact that the community has embraced it. I’m seeing a trend of more
collaborative type efforts in the region as result,” said Porter. “Also
the charitable component of this event. Each food vendor is partnering
with a local charity so we will be benefitting everything from the
Cherryland Humane Society to the Women’s Cancer Fund to the Cherry T-Ball
Drop among others.”
He adds that the festival features an educational component. “We have the
MSU Extension Educational Tent featuring workshops on beer-related topics,
and the popular Hop ‘N Brew tasting shack where brewers discuss a
particular special release.”
In addition to each food vendor making donations to local charities,
proceeds from the festival will benefit Munson cancer support units and
the Cherry T Ball Drop, which collects funds and food donations for area
shelters every New Year’s Eve.
Porter advises advance ticket sales, which have been brisk. For all
practical purposes last year’s event was sold out. “I remember what
happened during the Winter Microbrew Festival; the week going into the
event tickets sales exploded and we ended up selling out a couple of days
before,” said Porter. “That seems to be the trend for this event as well.”

Tickets to the 2011 TC Summer Microbrew & Music Festival are on sale at
Oryana, Zamar Guitar, Jack’s Market, Tilley’s Party Store, and online at
www.porterhouseproductions.com. Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door
for Friday and $40 in advance/$45 at the door for Saturday. The festival
is open to attendees ages 21 and up. Info: www.porterhouseproductions.com.

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