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Save America

I read your paper because it’s free and I enjoy the ads. But I struggle through the left wing tripe that fills every page, from political cartoons to the vitriolic pen of Mr. Tuttle. What a shame this beautiful area of the state has such an abundance of Socialist/democrats. Or perhaps the silent majority chooses to stay silent...

Doom, Yet a Cup Half Full

In the news we are told of the civil unrest at Ferguson, Mo; ISIS war radicals in Iraq and Syria; the great corporate tax heist at home. You name it. Trouble, trouble, everywhere. It seems to me the U.S. Congress is partially to blame...

Uncomfortable Questions

defending the positions of the Israelis vs Hamas are far too narrow. Even Mr. Tuttle seems to have failed in looking deeply into the divide. American media is not biased against Israel, nor or are they pro Palestine or Hamas...

The Evolution of Man Revisited

As the expectations of manhood evolve, so too do the rules of love. In Mr. Holmes’s statement [from “Our Therapist Will See Us Now” in last week’s issue] he narrows the key to a successful relationship to the basic need to have your wants and needs understood, and it is on this point I expand...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Asia brings continent-shaking prog rock

Music Rick Coates Bass player and vocalist John Wetton’s middle name must be “Supergroup.”
Wetton was on the forefront of the Progressive (prog rock) scene in the
late ’60s and its heyday of the ’70s lending his vocal, songwriting and
musical talents to several “super” groups, including King Crimson, Roxy
Music, Uriah Heep and UK before forming Asia in 1981. 
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

Tastemakers:Boyne City National Morel Festival /Cupcake Vodka

Dining Rick Coates Despite recent unseasonably cold temperatures the often elusive morels are popping up all over Northern Michigan. That is good new for the 51st Annual National Morel Festival in Boyne City. The four-day festival begins this Thursday May 12 and continues through Sunday May 15 and is loaded with several events.
Here are a few highlights for the weekend. On Friday May 13 the MorelFest “Wine & Dine” will take place at the Beach House Restaurant at Boyne Mountain from 5 - 7 pm.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce for $40 per person.  Ticket holders will enjoy assorted gourmet hors d’ oeuvres paired with assorted wines. Here is a sampling of what is being offered: Morel, Grilled Ramp and Gruyere Quiches, Marinated Morels served in Belgian Endive Cups with a Port Wine Vinaigrette and topped with Toasted Pine Nut and Morel Meatloaf Sliders.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Pammy Tinsley

Art Rick Coates The Swirly Art of Pammy Tinsley: Radio host offers twists & turns at Opera House exhibit
By Rick Coates
Pammy Tinsley grew up a “muse” for the bullies at her school. After years of verbal torment that led to her dropping out of school, she was uncertain of her talents and purpose in life. Now at the age of 50, Tinsley has focused the creative flame within her by launching into a new career path that includes radio personality, graphic designer and artist.
An exhibition of her works will be on display during the month of May at the City Opera House in Traverse City. She will host and artist reception on Tuesday May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. that will also feature the musical stylings of Jon and Johnny, along with DJ Nesta.
For Tinsley, her life has been about either being in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time. One of those right places was three years ago at a bar when she met up with WKLT Morning Show personalities Omelette & Finster.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Tastemakers: Mother‘s Day Brunch Stafford‘s style/Early Times Mint Julep

Dining Rick Coates Mother’s Day Brunch Stafford’s Style
Looking for that perfect spot to take Mom this weekend? Try one of the restaurants from Stafford’s Hospitality; each of their four locations will offer their annual Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday. However, this year they will all have a little different “flavor” as Stafford’s Hospitality founders Stafford and Janice Smith will appear at each of the four brunches.
The Smiths will be signing copies of “Stafford’s Hospitality: Fifty Years of Historic Lodging and Waterfront Dinning.” Typically Stafford takes the position behind the carving station at Stafford’s Bay View Inn for Sunday Brunch during the summer months but this year the Smith’s, who winter in Arizona, returned early to help the company they founded 50 years ago celebrate. The couple will stagger their visits to each the restaurants with a schedule of their appearance times on their website. Of course this is a loose schedule as many patrons will want to share their memories of Stafford’s Hospitality while getting their books signed.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

From Women‘s hands

Art Rick Coates For women between the ages of 35-54 cancer is the leading cause of death. In 2003 a group of female artists and cancer survivors led by Rosalyn Tyge and Jen Hutchinson launched “From Women’s Hands,” an art show and sale to benefit the Women’s Cancer Fund of the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation.
This year, the event will take place April 29 - May 1 at The Streeters Center in Traverse City, featuring over 100 female artists exhibiting and selling original art.
“We are really excited about the event this year it has been really ramped up with addition of the ‘Tickled Pink,’ our opening night celebration on Friday,” said co-chair Jen Hutchinson.
“Tickled Pink” will feature celebrity waitstaff from the area serving drinks and food. The ticketed event on Friday, April 29 includes a separate dance area featuring national touring seven-piece funk band Soul Xpress and goes from 6 to 10 p.m.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

50 years of Stafford‘s hospitality

Dining Rick Coates 50 Years of Stafford’s Hospitality : New book takes a look back at the Stafford’s story
By Rick Coates
If a picture tells a thousand words, could a name do the same? Just mention Stafford’s Hospitality and for hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents of the region, wonderful stories and memories come to mind. This year Stafford’s Hospitality, with operations in Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs, is celebrating 50 years of business.
In many ways, Stafford’s and Hospitality is somewhat redundant -- the two are synonymous with each other. Few if any have done the hospitality business better than Stafford’s. That tradition started with their founders and today, the “second generation” has been handed the torch with new ideas, while hanging onto the core values that have led to success over the past 50 years.
The company was founded in 1961 by Stafford “Duff” Smith and his wife Janice. The two met while working at the Bay View Inn in Petoskey, where Stafford was the assistant manager (he had been working there since 1957) and Janice had just started as the dining room hostess in the summer of 1960. Later that year, Stafford would be hired as the manager of the Perry Hotel. A few months later, in early spring of 1961, the Perry Hotel was sold and Stafford lost his position.
But in early summer 1961, Stafford was offered the opportunity to purchase the Bay View Inn on a land contract and did so. The couple were married soon afterwards. At the age of 22, Stafford and Janice Smith owned a 60-room inn and were probably the youngest innkeepers in the Midwest.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Tastemakers: Food for Thought home canning? Schmohz Brewery Brewers Six

Dining Rick Coates Food For Thought Home Canning
This weekend Timothy Young, founder of Food for Thought in Benzie County, will offer a seminar on “home canning” at the Chef’s Challenge event at Boyne Mountain. Young considers himself to be an “avid home canner” who learned the art of canning from his mother when he was a kid.
Canning is gaining favor again in our country and while it’s no longer the necessity it was during our grandparents’ generation, it has new significance today. Primarily it offers one the ability to enjoy locally grown products year-round. The canning options are endless, from making spaghetti sauce from locally grown tomatoes and vegetables, to canning all sorts of fruits and vegetables, to making homemade preserves and jams.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Tastemakers: Lulu‘s Bistro Short‘s Beer Dinner/ Short‘s Black Licorice Lager

Dining Rick Coates LuLu’s Bistro
Short’s Beer Dinner
Chef Michael Peterson has been a fixture on the Northern Michigan culinary scene for the past 20 years. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America and training in Paris at the prestigious Le Grenadine, Peterson returned to his native Northern Michigan and launched the popular Spencer Creek Landing in Alden. In 2001, along with his wife Rebecca, he moved his culinary talents to downtown Bellaire and opened LuLu’s Bistro. They also recently opened Siren Hall in Elk Rapids.
In its 10 years of operation LuLu’s has helped to revitalize Bellaire. Toss in Short’s Brewing Company that opened seven years ago and the recent restoration of Shanty Creek Resort, and the Antrim County community has become a year-round destination.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

The greening of business

Features Rick Coates The Greening of Business: Michigan Green Consortium blossoms with new ideas
By Rick Coates
“Going Green” may seem trendy or the hip thing to do right now, but soon
businesses may not have an option, it may be law.
While many businesses are incorporating self-imposed green initiatives,
laws are popping up all over the country mandating everything from reduced
energy use to required recycling laws, to the elimination of plastic
shopping bags.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Drew Hastings

Features Rick Coates The Serious Side of Drew Hastings
By Rick Coates
Comedian Drew Hastings loves performing in the Midwest, especially in small towns, where he feels his humor connects. He hopes to prove that theory this week when he returns to the Traverse City Opera House for an encore performance Friday, April 22.
Born in Morocco, Hastings grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area. After high school he pursued odd jobs until the age of 31 when he decided to give acting and stand up comedy a try. He moved to Los Angeles and found himself in some development deals and television show pilots that didn’t go anywhere. But what did take off for him was stand up comedy.
Hastings quickly found himself being booked on several network talk shows including receiving
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Courtney Argue 4/11/11

Music Rick Coates Courtney Argue: A Hopeful Star is Born…
By Rick Coates 
While American Idol and the soon-to-debut American version of The X Factor
look for the next big pop stars, Traverse City’s Courtney Argue has her
own plans. The 2008 TC West High School graduate has a big-time producer,
a major music deal in the works, and a reality television show in
pre-production.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Tastemakers: Stafford‘s Perry Hotel Titanic Dinner/ Sexy Red 4/11/11

Dining Rick Coates Stafford’s Perry Hotel Titanic Dinner
This time of the year “Titanic Dinners” pop up all over the place in honor of that final dinner served on April 14, 1912 before the “unsinkable ship” sunk to its demise 12,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean. The story of the Titanic is well documented in articles and books and the 1997 film that won 11 Academy Awards and to date has grossed almost $2 billion worldwide (second all-time to Avatar which is closing in on $3 billion). There were 706 survivors and 1,516 who perished in the sinking 99 years ago.
Stafford’s Perry Hotel is hosting their 6th Annual Titanic Dinner on Saturday April 16 in their H.O. Rose Dining Room. Plenty of history will be shared that night as Titanic expert David Kaplan will give a visual presentation of the ship, its events and the affect it has had on history. Plus there will be models, original newspapers and artifacts on display. The service team will be dressed in period attire and Stafford’s even encourages dining guests to dress the part as well if they so choose.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

2nd Chance Prom 4/11/11

Features Rick Coates Get Your ’80s on at the 2nd Chance Prom
By Rick Coates
It’s prom season and high school students all over Northern Michigan are
scrambling to find prom dresses and tuxedos while ordering corsages and
boutonnieres.  Some will do a double take and a ‘say what?’ when they find
out that their parents are going to prom as well. Of course, there will be
a deep sigh of relief when they find out their parents have their own prom
to attend.
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

Traverse City Chocolate Festival/Martha?s Leelanau Cafe Belgian Beer Class & Tasting 4/4/11

Dining Rick Coates Traverse City Chocolate Festival
Three years ago self-described chocoholic Barbara Disborough wrote “The Guide to Chocolate in the Grand Traverse Region.” Northern Michigan continues to grow in the number of artisan chocolate makers as well as the number of shops that offer high quality chocolate products.
A former respiratory therapist, Disborough is an aficionado of all things chocolate and has spent the past several years searching out the best the region has to offer. The book has become a popular compendium for visitors and locals alike and Disborough has been offering a variety of customized and personalized tasting events around the area.
In 2009 a group of chocolatiers asked Disborough if she would help them organize and promote a “chocolate festival” in Traverse City. “I was retired and had time on my hands so I agreed to help,” said Disborough. “At first I was just doing some basic promotion but before I knew it they had me organizing most of the event.”
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

Mitch Albom 4/4/11

Features Rick Coates Mitch Albom: Weighing in on newspapers, Detroit and Michigan sports
By Rick Coates
When the National Writers Series announced the first half of their season
in January, co-founder Doug Stanton said there would be some additional
surprise guests added along the way. One of those “additional” guests is
bestselling author Mitch Albom, who will take the City Opera House stage
this Wednesday April 6 at 7:30 pm. 
 
 
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