Letters

Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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