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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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Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Lollapalooza Report

A Nothern Michigander checks in

Music Kristi Kates A walk across the park got us to the far south stage in time for Interpol and a dose of ‘80s goodness, as the band cranked through an energetic setlist of their old hits, plus enthusiastic previews of tracks like “All the Rage…” from their upcoming new album.
 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Homecoming Pow Wow Celebrates Veterans

23 years of bringing Odawa culture closer to the community

Features Kristi Kates Every year, the Odawa people--along with members of other Indian nations and their non-Native neighbors--gather to honor their own at the Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow. This year, a new layer of meaning will be added to the celebration as the Odawa pay respects to all veterans and warriors, enhancing the event that brings northern Michigan’s unique cultures closer together.
 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Schooner Fest Sets Sail

The fest returns with ships, art, food, symphonic music, and much more

Features Kristi Kates

In the early days of Traverse City’s Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA), the membership would launch as many boats as they could in an impromptu “just for fun” regatta that would kick off the sailing season. These days, the Alliance holds this regatta, now called Schooner Fest, with a little more purpose: as a fundraiser for the organization.

 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Elvyn Lea

Unique Up North Lodging

Features Kristi Kates A rustic retreat that’s been off the radar for years is getting an extreme makeover by an ambitious local couple with an eye for potential. Say farewell to the Boyne Valley Lodge, and hello to Elvyn Lea, a fanciful property meant for summer brides, family getaways, and corporate retreats.
 
Monday, August 4, 2014

An Ocean of Sound

If there was one singer that captured the fizzy sounds of the 1980s, it was Billy Ocean.

Music Kristi Kates

Born in Trinidad and raised in England, Ocean’s mellow, soulful voice captured the ears of pop music fans worldwide. Now, 35 years after he began, he’s rolling back around with a whole new, yet familiar sound.

 
Monday, August 4, 2014

The Cult Comes to Streeters

Music Kristi Kates Tracks like “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Fire Woman” were their ticket. But by the mid-’90s, the roller-coaster portion of their career began, as they would break up and reunite several times, with Astbury at one point announcing that they would never make another studio album.
 
Monday, August 4, 2014

Ironworkers Festival Stays Strong

A drive over the Mackinac Bridge is enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.

Features Kristi Kates

But in the days before safety harnesses and aerial lifts, hundreds of men climbed to the top of the towering iron columns to piece the iconic structure together. The grueling and dangerous tasks – which continue today – unite the ironworkers as a real band of brothers. So it’s no surprise that they celebrate their achievements at an annual festival each year.

 
Monday, August 4, 2014

Boom Times Hit Village of Walloon Lake

Features Kristi Kates

Lingering sadly on the shores of tony Walloon Lake was a tiny village, marked by burned-out buildings and abandoned businesses. That was the 1980s. Today, the Village of Walloon Lake is booming, with one committed family sinking millions into its thoughtful, multi-stage redevelopment.

 
Monday, July 28, 2014

The Kenny Loggins You Don't Know

Music Kristi Kates

Kenny Loggins is kicking off August by heading to the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey for a live concert. Loggins, formerly one half of country duo Loggins and Messina, is best known for his hit title track to “Footloose,” a 1984 movie that starred Kevin Bacon.

 
Monday, July 28, 2014

Surviving Lollapalooza

Music Kristi Kates

Lollapalooza, the modern age’s answer to Woodstock, took Chicago by storm 14 years ago. Now, 160,000 music fans descend on Grant Park the first weekend in August to see headliners like Kings of Leon, Skrillex, and OutKast.

 
Monday, July 28, 2014

The Musical Side of TCFF

Believe it or not, someone once had to beg musicians to perform at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Music Kristi Kates Argentinian pop singer Milagros is returning, as well as some new groups, he said “We have the minimalistic music of Canadian performer Frank Paul, the neobluegrass of Fauxgrass, and an exciting collaboration of local legends Al Jankowski and David Chown,” said Sullivan.
 
Monday, July 28, 2014

Mixing Water With Fire

Features Kristi Kates Wakeboarding is a sport that is available to all ages and skill levels. But while it’s easy to learn, developing and mastering new tricks is all part of the challenge. The WakeFire park can actually help, as it allows both those starting out in the sport and experts to improve.
 
Monday, July 28, 2014

‘Crazy-Good’ Festival

Features Kristi Kates

Short’s Brewery is upping the ante on their annual Elk Rapids fest. Beyond the popular brewery tours and special beers on tap, Short’s has snagged the indie band Deer Tick to headline their one-day party in the parking lot.

 
Monday, July 28, 2014

Boyne Falls Celebrates 40 Years of Polish Festival

Features Kristi Kates For four days in Boyne Falls, everyone within spitting distance of downtown is Polish. And for 40 years, the Boyne Falls Polish Festival has been the place to be for pierogis, polkas, and parades.
 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Aaron Tippin Still Stands for Country

It took a country’s energy crisis to steer Aaron Tippin’s musical energy into country.

Music Kristi Kates “We are all comfortable performing on stage beside each other, and it’s great for the fans ‘cause it’s something new,” Tippin said. “We give the fans a mix of songs and a good variety, and we feed off of each other’s energy, which makes for a lot of fun.
 
 
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