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Letters 08-22-2016

Historically Wrong In regard to Mary Keyes Rogers’ column about the downtown charter amendment, neither Samuel Adams nor Thomas Jefferson were at the Constitutional Convention...

The Film Possibilities I was surprised that none of the Traverse City Film Festival films addressed the most pressing and dangerous issue of the day: radical Islamic Jihad. Perhaps a storyline could have illustrated how the West brought this on themselves, or if we could only find jobs for those fellows! Perhaps put it down to global warming...

Helmets Save Lives The facts are in. Wearing a helmet is the most effective tool to save your brain in a motorcycle accident. The bonus? Helmets also save hearts. Nearly two yrs ago, on Aug. 26, 2014 our son lived...

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Six Sensational Festivals

Features Kristi Kates July 16–23 The Venetian Festival got its start 86 years ago as a candlelit boat parade. That’s a far cry from the big, friendly bustle that now takes over Charlevoix, but according to organizers, in 2016, the city’s signature event is bigger and better than ever.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The First Female Behind The Camera

Features Kristi Kates Born in France, the woman who is considered the world’s first female director and filmmaker is Alice Guy-Blaché, who started in the film business as a secretary and made her directing debut with the film La Fée aux Choux (1896), a quaint magical tale about a fairy she did for Gaumont-Paris studios.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Guide To Northern Michigan Fruit Farms

Features Kristi Kates We live in a bountiful belt of orchards and farms that bear some of the best fruit in the nation — why would you spend a second of your summer standing in a grocery store line to buy berries? This summer, make it your mission to pluck your local...
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Summer Friends Lecture Series

Features Kristi Kates During the summer months, Harbor Springs residents and resorters often can be found reveling in the quiet northern corner of Little Traverse Bay, reluctant to head south into the busier community of Petoskey.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Girl Power

Features Kristi Kates It’s interesting that in this day and age, there’s even a need to pen an article specifically about women working in the film industry. But it’s also a reality that the majority of directors in Hollywood are still, in fact, men.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Statewide Screenings

Features Kristi Kates The Ann Arbor Film Festival: March 21–26, 2017 Art and avant-garde blend in one of the state’s most eclectic cities More information: aafilmfest.org Ann Arbor’s artistic heritage runs deep, with this fest having already screened early works by such big names as James Benning, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, and Agnes Varda.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Brandi and Old Crow Medicine Show Have Your Summer Remedy

Music Kristi Kates The band’s turning point is the stuff of music industry legend. The band was out busking in front of the Boone Drug pharmacy in Boone, N.C., when happenstance led legendary American folk musician Doc Watson to them. Old Crow, on the spot, performed “Oh My Little Darling,” an old-time song they thought Watson might like.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Destination: Aten Place

Features Kristi Kates When asked about this year’s Aten Place concert lineup, you can almost see Bill Aten’s grin beaming through the phone. “I honestly think this is one of our very best seasons,” Aten said. “It’s just got such a good variety of performers of all different genre — about half new acts, and the other half, some of our favorites returning.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Meet Me By The Main Stage!

Features Kristi Kates There’s a whole host of things to do at Gaylord’s Alpenfest, the annual summer celebration of the city’s Alpine heritage. The 52nd Alpenfest will run July 12–16 this year, with every day stuffed full of food, carnival rides and games.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

History Underwater

Features Kristi Kates There is an incredible amount of history beneath the Great Lakes’ depths, and scuba divers are some of the people who know the lore best. As they descend into the fresh waters that we are all so familiar with, ghosts of the past slowly come into view: hulking freighters and broken masts.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Trusting His Instincts

Features Kristi Kates “Music was really my only friend as a kid,” Jones explained. “So here I was, living in this small town and listening to the music everyone else was listening to at the time. Then I started reading Thrasher (a skateboarding/music magazine) in sixth grade and found out about bands like Sonic Youth and The Dead Milkmen.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Voice Finalist Returns To Blissfest As Headliner

Music Kristi Kates One highlight of this year’s Blissfest is sure to be the return performance of Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blissfest Preview

Music Kristi Kates Count ’em: 36 years of Blissfest. That’s 36 summers out in the farmlands of Bliss, Mich., with dozens of acts each year in nearly as many genres, and around 5,000 music fans in attendance each day of the festival. So how tough is it for festival founder and guru Jim Gillespie to keep the fest fresh as we approach the 2016 event?.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Worthy Cherry

Features Kristi Kates Detroit’s cars, the cherry is likely Michigan’s bestknown export. Michigan is the primary tart cherry-producing state, accounting for nearly 74 percent of the nation’s tart cherry production.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two Decades of a Fruitful Partnership

Features Kristi Kates “It’s hard to believe that much time has passed already,” said Ed O’Keefe, president of Chateau Grand Traverse (CGT). “It started when we went to Cherry Fest 20 years ago and talked to them about getting local wines into the festival. Back in 1996, most wineries up here weren’t even in business yet; they mostly started around 1998 and later.
 
 
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