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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Solstice Celebration Sheds Light with Music, Food and Fun

Music Kristi Kates “Luke is home visiting family and friends, as are Breathe Owl Breathe bandmates Micah and Trevor, who will also be performing. Seth Bernard is a perennial favorite, the Galactic Sherpas will be on hand with music to dance by and Dr. Goodhart will be going table to table with some seasonal songs.
 
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Petoskey Paladins

Features Kristi Kates However, after doing some research on an organization called FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Bailey changed his mind. FIRST’s mission is to show students that science, technology and problem-solving can be fun and can lead to great careers.
 
Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Depression-Era Christmas at Wellington Farm

Features Kristi Kates DRAMATIC EFFECT The catalyst for making it “more” was a real life event that took place at Wellington many years ago.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

A Look Ahead: Winter Concerts 2015

Music Kristi Kates Doldrums of winter already getting you down? Let this season’s upcoming concerts rock you out of that funk! With everything from Louisiana blues to ska on the schedule between now and spring, there’ll be plenty of reasons to bundle up and get out of the house, both locally and downstate.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

From Sound to Screen at the Music House

Music Kristi Kates If you’ve ever driven by the white, modernized barn on U.S. 31 in Williamsburg and wondered about The Music House, you’re not alone. If you’re a fan of music, history, antiques or all three, you’ll find that this visually-understated stop is actually a must-see.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Cary Adgate’s Top Ten Picks for Up North Winter Fun

Features Kristi Kates Cary Adgate is an inductee of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, a former U.S. Ski Team member, U.S. National Ski Champion and two-time Olympian, having spent 18 years on top of the world-class ski competition circuit.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

Turtlenecks Times Two

Music Kristi Kates The Turtlenecks add ambiance to high-end restaurants around the region, including the former Tapawingo in Ellsworth, The Leland Lodge, and Trattoria Funistrada and LeBear in Glen Arbor. They also enhance art openings, the Traverse City Film Festival, Northwestern Michigan College’s Culinary Arts annual dinner and other local events.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Next Chapter

Music Kristi Kates Celebrating 12 years producing live orchestra performances for the Petoskey community, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra continues to grow with the recent addition of Anne McDevitt as the organization’s executive director and the appointment of Dr. Libor Ondras, originally from Slovakia, as the new music director and conductor.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

Revisiting Holiday Traditions

Art Kristi Kates While the lineup of guests at your holiday table might be different and trends in tree decorations and wrapping paper constantly shift, you can almost always count on hearing multiple renditions of “Santa Baby” in every store and seeing performances of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” in every town, year after year.
 
Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ragbirds Are a Travelin' Machine

Music Kristi Kates Multiple appearances at Blissfest and other Up North venues have made the Ragbirds familiar faces around the northern Michigan music scene, despite being based in Ann Arbor. The last time Northern Express spoke with the band, they were in the middle of promoting their then-new album, Finally Almost Ready, and were taking their sound to stages in 20 states.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

African Rhythms

Guitar Summit Offers Journey Through the Sounds of a Continent

Music Kristi Kates “A producer named Todd Fraracci decided to put together a recording project with the best, in his opinion, African guitar players who lived in Canada,” explained Donné Roberts. “It was like a round table. Each of us introduced himself and his song, and we played together like a jam session.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday With the Reeds: 1,000 Michigan Moments

Art Kristi Kates UNEXPECTED CAREERS Todd Reed began his writing career by first attending Northwestern Michigan College and then Michigan State University, where he earned a journalism degree. A job at the Ludington Daily News sidetracked him to photography when he was handed a camera to go with his typewriter.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Say Cheese: Macaroni N’ Cheese Bake-Off Pairs Wine with Creative Comfort Food

Dining Kristi Kates Macaroni and cheese has been around a lot longer than you might think—since the 14th century, to be exact. The ancient treat is documented by pasta-and-cheese casserole recipes found in the medieval “Liber de Coquina,” one of the oldest cookbooks ever discovered.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Man Takes on a Classic

Features Kristi Kates

Charlie Ross loves Star Wars. So much so that he’s actually turned it into a career.  Ross’ one-man show - the aptly-named One Man Star Wars Trilogy - is a nerd-actor’s tour de force.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Build Your Own Snow Shoes

Art Kristi Kates

Invented nearly 6,000 years ago in central Asia, snowshoes are as much a part of the modern winter fabric of northern Michigan as parkas, snow shovels and winter weather advisories.

While there are a plethora of storebought snowshoe options to choose from, sometimes it’s just cooler to make your own; that’s where Alan Wernette, park interpreter for Ludington State Park, comes in.

 
 
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