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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Tastemakers: Grilled Michigan sweet corn/ Michigan Wine Competion

Dining Rick Coates Grilled Michigan Sweet Corn
8/10/09
After getting off to a slow start, Michigan sweet corn is now starting to be harvested. The first roadside stands in North Central Michigan are starting to pop up and fresh sweet corn is now making its way to area farmers’ markets. No summer is complete without enjoying several ears of fresh Michigan sweet corn. While there are several ways to prepare corn on the cob, grilled is the best.
There is essentially three ways to grill corn on the cob: in their husks, just a layer of the inner silk, or fully husked. There are several schools of thought on whether to soak corn before grilling; I find that a 30-minute soak works best. As for husk or no husk, it depends on how much else you have going on. Fully husked corn requires less attention while on the grill. My preference is to remove the husks to the final layer and grill that way.
It takes about 15 minutes. turn a few times until tender and simply lightly butter, add fresh ground salt and pepper and it is hard to find a better side dish this time of the year. Of course that depends on who you are as I like to have three ears of grilled corn as my main dish and four ounces of grilled salmon with a cherry BBQ glaze for my side dish.
As for pairing wine with grilled corn, try the Chardonnay from Chateau Fontaine or the 2008 Best of Show Pinot Blanc from Left Foot Charley. As for beer, pick up a growler from your favorite microbrewer; try a pale ale. --Rick Coates


 
Monday, August 3, 2009

Tastemakers: Wellington Street Market - Kurry Guru/ Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Dining Rick Coates Wellington Street Market
Kurry Guru
Rick Coates 8/3/09

Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee opened The Cooks House in Traverse
City 15 months ago and through hard work and word of mouth they have
created quite the buzz among foodies in the region. So last fall as the
economy was crumbling, they launched a second venture, the Wellington
Street Market (the former House of Doggs location next to Jack’s) right
around the corner from their Front Street location.
 
Monday, August 3, 2009

40 years after ... why Woodstock still matters

Features Rick Coates 40 Years After...
Why Woodstock Still Matters

By Rick Coates 8/3/09

August 15 will mark the 40th anniversary of the most iconic event in rock
and roll history, The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, a three-day festival of
peace and music.
 
Monday, July 27, 2009

Tastesmakers: National Mustard Day/ Short‘s in a bottle

Dining Rick Coates Tastesmakers: National Mustard Day/ Short‘s in a bottle
Rick Coates 7/27/09
Often referred to as the “king of condiments,” mustard now has its own day. Yes, the first Saturday in August is known as National Mustard Day. It was created in 1991 by the National Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, WI, and yes, they have a big festival with a parade honoring this sandwich and sausage staple.
 
Monday, July 27, 2009

Behind the scenes/the warehouse crew

Features Rick Coates Behind the Scenes
The Warehouse Crew

By Rick Coates 7/27/09

Each year notable producers, directors, actors and other dignitaries take the spotlight at the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF). While this cast of characters is an important element to the success of the TCFF, so are the countless volunteers who deserve a “supporting actor” award for making the event one of the top film festivals in the country.
 
Monday, July 27, 2009

Woodstock: New cut to play at the Film Festival

Features Rick Coates By the Time We Got to Woodstock...
New cut of a 40-year favorite to play the Film Festival

By Rick Coates 7/27/09
 
It has been 40 years since Woodstock took place. What was billed as an
“Aquarian Exposition” and “3 Days of Peace & Music,” became the event that
defined a generation.
 
Monday, July 20, 2009

Suttons Bay Blues Festival

Music Rick Coates Damn Right
Suttons Bay
Got the Blues...
By Rick Coates 7/20/09

For years the Suttons Bay Jazz Festival has been a staple the last weekend
in July in this quaint Leelanau Peninsula village. But after last year’s
event, organizers announced they were heading in a different direction
with a smaller indoor version of the festival to take place in Traverse
City. That left Suttons Bay and the Leelanau Peninsula with an open
weekend to promote.
 
Monday, July 20, 2009

Tastemakers: 2009 Film Festival Parties

Dining Rick Coates 2009 Film
Festival Parties
Rick Coates 7/20/09

While the movies take center stage at the upcoming Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), the parties are the center of the social scene. Since its inception five years ago, the TCFF has hosted a Founders Party, Opening Night Party and a Closing Night Party. Each year since, they have added something new to the mix. For example, the Friends of the Film Festival Potluck Party (Saturday, July 25) was added a couple of years ago, and this year they have added the Filmmakers Party (Saturday, August 1).
These parties are well attended with some drawing close to 1,000 people. At the heart of each party are the many “local” offerings, from food provided by area eateries to wines from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula as well as local entertainment. Last year’s Opening Night Party turned into a dance party and it went over so well that the Closing Night Party continued the theme.
Festival organizers created the parties for filmgoers to “rub shoulders” with the filmmakers and those who star in the films. For the most part, the “celebrity” guests to town have obliged and attended the various parties. Impromptu parties have also popped up each year at local clubs and eateries and those interested just need to ask around. Here is a listing of parties open to the public:
 
Monday, July 20, 2009

Tastemakers: 2009 Film Festival Parties

Dining Rick Coates 2009 Film
Festival Parties
Rick Coates 7/20/09

While the movies take center stage at the upcoming Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), the parties are the center of the social scene. Since its inception five years ago, the TCFF has hosted a Founders Party, Opening Night Party and a Closing Night Party. Each year since, they have added something new to the mix. For example, the Friends of the Film Festival Potluck Party (Saturday, July 25) was added a couple of years ago, and this year they have added the Filmmakers Party (Saturday, August 1).
These parties are well attended with some drawing close to 1,000 people. At the heart of each party are the many “local” offerings, from food provided by area eateries to wines from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula as well as local entertainment. Last year’s Opening Night Party turned into a dance party and it went over so well that the Closing Night Party continued the theme.
Festival organizers created the parties for filmgoers to “rub shoulders” with the filmmakers and those who star in the films. For the most part, the “celebrity” guests to town have obliged and attended the various parties. Impromptu parties have also popped up each year at local clubs and eateries and those interested just need to ask around. Here is a listing of parties open to the public:
 
Monday, July 20, 2009

Au Sable‘s canoe craze

Features Rick Coates AuSable’s Canoe Craze
120-mile canoe marathon draws
crowd of up to 25,000

By Rick Coates 7/20/09

The Weyerhaeuser AuSable River Canoe Marathon is billed as “America’s longest, richest and toughest canoe race.” The race starts in Grayling at 9 p.m. on July 25 and is a 120-mile trek of the AuSable River throughout the night, finishing in Oscoda around 11 a.m. the next morning.
Now in its 62nd year, the race has become the largest spectator sport event in Northern Michigan.
 
Monday, July 13, 2009

Darius Rucker

Music Rick Coates A Little Bit Country
Hootie frontman Darius Rucker
gets his cowboy hat on

By Rick Coates 7/13/09
 
Vocalist Darius Rucker enjoyed more than 20 years of success as the front
man for Hootie & The Blowfish, their album Cracked Rear View is tied with
The Beatles 1967-1970 as the 11th bestselling album of all time in the
United States.
 
Monday, July 13, 2009

Tastemakers: Gaylord Alpenfest July 14-18, 2009/ The Shed Michigan beers

Dining Rick Coates Tastemakers
Rick Coates 7/13/09

Gaylord Alpenfest
July 14-18, 2009

Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, Alpenfest in Gaylord has grown from a small community-based celebration over a couple of days into a five-day festival that attracts visitors from all over. Despite its growth, Alpenfest has remained true to its community roots by celebrating the traditions of its German and Polish settlers. The festivities begin on Tuesday, July 14, and with more than 80 events, including several concerts, there is a lot to do - and a lot to eat.
 
Monday, July 13, 2009

Howl of the Wolves

Features Rick Coates Howl of the
Wolves
Minor league football tackles TC
By Rick Coates 7/13/09

Ryan Brown walked off the football field six years ago realizing that he had played the last downs of his favorite sport. He considered himself one of the lucky ones; the Traverse City High School and Traverse City West standout was able to play four years of college football at Northwood.
“Football is the one sport you don’t get to play after high school for the most part. Every other sport has adult leagues; sure a few get to play college football and even fewer get to play professional,” said Ryan Brown. “At least with these other sports you get a chance to feed the hunger by playing them after you’re finished with school. Every year in the fall I start getting that hunger again and really miss suiting up and playing.”
For Brown and others, that “hunger” is now being fed with the formation of the TC Wolves, a new-semi professional football team in Traverse City. The team is part of the North America Football League (NAFL) and will kick off their 10-game schedule this weekend at Ypsilanti Yellow Jackets, the team’s home opener will be Saturday night July 25 at Traverse City Central against the Chicago Wolverines.
 
Monday, July 6, 2009

Joe McBride

Music Rick Coates Joe McBride
Brings Smooth Jazz With a Twist to Idlewild Music Fest

By Rick Coates 7/6/09
 
Jazz Pianist Joe McBride and Idlewild both have something in common, they
are “Lookin’ For A Change.” Their paths cross this weekend as McBride is
one of the headlining acts at the Seventh Annual Idlewild Music Fest.
 
Monday, July 6, 2009

Blissfest 2009

Music Rick Coates Blissfest 2009
By Rick Coates
7/6/09
For the past 29 years the Blissfest Music Festival has built its reputation by presenting innovative folk, roots and worldbeat musicians at their annual event held near Cross Village (between Harbor Springs and Mackinaw City). This year is no different as a collection of jam-band, bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, folk, jazz, Latin and other ethnic music and dance groups come in for the three-day Festival July 10-12.
Much of the allure to Blissfest has been from musicians that fly under the radar of mainstream music. From time to time the Festival has brought forward a national headlining act, but for the most part these musicians are ones who do not review commercial airplay; these are musicians who build their following playing the best festivals around the country.
 
 
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