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Letters 09-15-2014

Stop The Games On Campus

Four head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13 million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11 million...

The Truth About Fatbikes

While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...

Man Has Environmental Responsibility

I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...

The Bush & Obama Facts

Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...

Ban Pesticides

I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...

Respect for Presidents?

Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...


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Monday, July 5, 2010

Blissfest celebrates 50 years

Music Rick Coates Blissfest Celebrates 30 Years: Roots music festival examines its own roots...
By Rick Coates
When Blissfest kicks off this Friday, the festival outside Cross Village will celebrate 30 years of promoting the diversity and heritage of traditional styles of music.
This year’s version features headliners Richie Havens and John Hiatt, plus bluegrass-rappers The Deadly Gentlemen, Detroit blues diva Thornetta Davis, Australian transplant Harper, Ann Arbor’s My Dear Disco, world music from Funkadesi, and local favorite Claudia Schmidt (who was there to open the first Blissfest in 1980).
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Blissful John Hiatt

Music Rick Coates Blissful John Hiatt: Songwriting powerhouse headlines 30th BlissFest
By Rick Coates
John Hiatt’s musical career has woven its way through several musical genres over the past 36 years including rock and roll, blues, new wave, country and folk. As a songwriter his tunes have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Paula Abdul, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Keith Urban, to name a few.
Despite being a hit-maker for others, Hiatt has never achieved the mainstream status of the many who have recorded his songs. He has been labeled “The American Elvis Costello,” and often draws comparison to Bruce Springsteen by musical critics. The unassuming singer/songwriter has found his own way to hang on to a musical career that includes 19 albums and legions of dedicated fans.
Hiatt will headline the 30th Annual Blissfest this weekend, performing on the main stage Saturday night. It will be his first visit to Bliss and he is looking forward to it.
“We have played Northern Michigan before but never Bliss; (I’ve) heard a lot of good things about this festival and we are honored that they have asked us to be a part of the 30th festival,” said Hiatt. “We can be pretty blissful so I am sure we will fit in.”
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Tastemakers: Brownwood Farms Festival Cherry Butter/ Bacardi Torched Cherry

Dining Rick Coates Brownwood Farms Festival Cherry Butter
Brownwood Farms is celebrating their 65th anniversary this year. When they started in 1945 along the shores of Torch Lake, one of their first products was a cherry butter. Now, to celebrate the National Cherry Festival, Brownwood has launched Festival Cherry Butter.
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Have kitchen, will travel: Mark Fowler

Dining Rick Coates Have Kitchen, Will Travel: Food guy Mark Fowler‘s EMS comes the the festival rescue
By Rick Coates
Chef Mark Fowler took a vacation to Florida a few years ago with some buddies. While they were hanging out at the beach they noticed a food vendor with a portable kitchen keeping busy.
“My friend looked at me and said hey ‘Mark do you see how busy that guy has been every day we have been here?’ I nodded my head and smiled,” said Fowler. “My mind started racing thinking that I could start something like that for festivals in Northern Michigan.”
Fowler returned home to Cadillac and eventually opened the Bistro, but the concept of a traveling festival catering operation remained in the forefront of his mind. Last week he launched Epicurean Mobile Services (EMS), a portable catering operation based out of an old converted ambulance. He’ll be operating outside of Right Brain Brewery in TC’s Warehouse District for the month of July.
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

The Global Wine Pavillion

Dining Rick Coates The Global Wine Pavilion offers a taste from all over
By Rick Coates
About 10 years ago the National Cherry Festival saw a trend taking
place in the festival business: festivals were going under. Realizing
the economic and historical importance of the event for Traverse City
and Northern Michigan, they set out make sure they would not become
another statistic on the list of festivals of the past.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Oye Como Va! Gregg Rolie?s musical journey

Music Rick Coates Oye Como Va! Gregg Rolie’s musical journey
By Rick Coates

Keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie has accomplished something few in the music business have been able to do. It is tough to create one great rock and roll band, yet Rolie cofounded two legendary rock groups, Santana and Journey. He now fronts the Gregg Rolie Band that performs all of the hits from the early Santana days along with originals Rolie has written over the years. They will take the Bayside Entertainment Stage at the National Cherry Festival on July 4.
Carlos Santana and Gregg Rolie co-founded Santana in 1966 during a chance meeting in Palo Alto.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Tastemakers: National Cherry Festival culinary events/Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate

Dining Rick Coates National Cherry Festival Culinary Events
The National Cherry Festival kicks off this weekend with more than 150 events throughout the week. The week is loaded with food events with Cherries D’Vine and the Cherries Grand Buffet topping the list of favorites.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Tastemakers: Higher Grounds Olive Oil/ Archangel Summer Wheat

Dining Rick Coates Higher Grounds Olive Oil
Chris Treter of Higher Grounds Trading has built his Traverse City based coffee roasting business on using fair trade coffee beans. Treter is on a first name basis with the Mexican and Ethiopian farmers who grow the beans he roasts at his production facility located at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Treter amakes annual pilgrimages to the Central American growing regions to meet with farmers and also to fundraise and raise awareness for various needs in these villages. He has helped to spearhead the Chiapas Water Project since 2005 to assist those who live in Chiapas, Mexico in developing safe drinking water.
Since launching Higher Grounds eight years ago Treter had always planned to offer more than just coffee. He has found his next product line, Palestinian Fair Trade Organic Olive Oil. Released last month, the olive oil is available at specialty shops primarily in the Traverse City area and at Higher Grounds as well as by mail order. The olive oil comes from ancient olive trees from the rich red soil of Palestine. The Palestinian Fair Trade Organization adheres to strict organic farming practices and this cold pressed extra virgin olive oil meets U.S., European and Japanese organic standards. According to Treter, the fact that the olives are pressed immediately after harvest result in a full flavor olive oil that is “fragrant, buttery with hints of pepper and lemon.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Tastemakers: Good Harbor Vineyard‘s Fishtown White/ The dining room at Arcadia Bluff‘s Perch Plate

Dining Rick Coates Good Harbor Vineyard’s Fishtown White
This year’s 25th Annual Leland Wine Festival will be one of celebration as the past 25 years will be remembered as well as some pondering of the future of the event (see related article) as a new chairperson takes over. Amidst it all will certainly be reflection on winemaker Bruce Simpson, who was one of the Festival co-founders. Simpson passed away a year ago this past March. While only Festival insiders were aware of Simpson’s role in the launch of the Festival (he also helped to organize it behind the scenes each year), he was known throughout the Michigan wine community for his Good Harbor Vineyards, located a few miles south of Leland on M-22.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Leland Wine & Food Festival

Features Rick Coates Changing of the Guard: Leland Wine & Food Festival Celebrates 25 Years & new leadership
By Rick Coates
Kate Vitler, owner and innkeeper at the Riverside Inn and Restaurant in Leland, has big shoes to fill; two sets in fact, as she oversees the 25th anniversary of the Leland Wine & Food Festival. The Festival that takes place this Saturday at the harbor in Fishtown has been coordinated since its inception by Cris and Kathy Telgard. The couple decided last year to turn over the reins to Vitler.
“I don’t think the community of Leland, the wineries and restaurants, can thank the Telgards enough for their work over the past 25 years. They had a great crew of volunteers, many who are continuing to help with the festival, but they kept it all together and there is a lot of work to be done year round to get the Festival ready,” said Vitler. “We should put a couple of lifeguard chairs in the center of the activities and let the Telgards enjoy the event but they wouldn’t go for it. they will be volunteering their time.”
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Tastemakers: Petoskey/Harbor Springs Restaurant Week/ Light of Day Chakra Teas

Dining Rick Coates Petoskey/Harbor Springs Restaurant Week
This week several restaurants in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area are participating in what they hope will be an annual event. The Petoskey/Harbor Springs Restaurant Week is modeled after what several metropolitan areas around the country have been doing for years, promoting the virtues of dining at local establishments. Ann Arbor has been doing it for years.
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Rasheda Ali Dinner Event

Features Rick Coates Rasheda Ali Dinner Event
By Rick Coates
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is one of the most recognized figures in the world; despite not setting foot in the ring in 30 years Ali remains a popular figure. Today he is better known as the most famous person battling Parkinson’s disease, a far cry from his “floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee,” and “I am the greatest” days.
Ali’s daughter Rasheda will be in Traverse City on Thursday, June 3 to be the guest speaker at the 25th Anniversary Dinner to benefit the Grand Traverse Area Parkinson’s Support Group. The dinner follows their annual summer forum that features Dr. Stanley Fahn, M.D., Scientific Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and Chairperson of the Parkinson’s Community Research Advisory Council of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research.
Rasheda Ali will also sign copies of her book I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall: A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease during the cocktail hour at the historic Traverse City Opera House. Her speech will include a special message from her father.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Forest Dunes

Features Rick Coates Forest Dunes: Sinks a Hole in One as ‘the Best’ in the U.S.
By Rick Coates
Michigan is number one in the country in the quantity of public golf
courses, and is third behind Florida and California for the total number
(both private and public); impressive considering Michigan’s weather and
current economic plight. Now within that ranking of most golf courses
comes another notable accomplishment; Michigan is now home to the #1
public golf course in the country.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Tastemakers: Parkshore Resort Louisiana Oysters/ Drank

Dining Rick Coates Parkshore Resort:Louisiana Oysters
The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana has shrimpers, oyster farmers and the rest of Louisiana’s $2.4 billion annual seafood industry scrambling to harvest their wares. The oil slick is encroaching on prime oystering and shrimping grounds and fishing has been banned throughout much of the key fishing waters of the Gulf region. The Louisiana seafood industry that produces about 40% of all seafood sold in the United States and employs 27,000 is now in serious jeopardy.
 
Monday, May 10, 2010

Tastemakers: Chef Hermann‘s Cream of Morel Soup/ Hatter Royale Hopquila

Dining Rick Coates Chef Hermann’s Cream of Morel Soup
Morel season is in full swing as the blacks have peaked and the whites are now popping. Known as natures “edible gold,” morels are enjoyed best by simply tossing (thoroughly washed) them in flour and sautéing in butter. If one were to choose a second way to enjoy them it might be in the form of cream of morel soup, in particular the one perfected by Chef Hermann Suhs of Cadillac.
 
 
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