Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Cadillac's Festival of the Arts

Art Kristi Kates Named in honor of the late Phyllis Olson, a dedicated worker for the Cadillac Area Artists’ Association for more than 40 years, the fair is held in the Cadillac City Park adjacent to beautiful Lake Cadillac.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Off the Beaten Path at Bella Vita

Dining Kristi Kates “We joke that the interior of our restaurant is retro chic,” laughed Bella Vita coowner Kelly Woodard. Woodard, who runs the restaurant with co-owner Matthew Rader, said the restaurant is like an ’80s flashback, with a carpeted dining room, local landscape paintings and brass rails — and they like it that way.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Michigan Roadside Oddities!

Features Kristi Kates Part of the charm of a road trip is the wacky, pure Americana things you see along the way. Some of them are quaint, some are eyebrow-raising, some are cause for immediate laughter — and many are simply downright strange. All of them make for great summer memories and there are plenty to start with right here in Michigan.
Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 Charlevoix Venetian Festival

Features Kristi Kates The glittering Boat Parade (Saturday, July 25 at dusk) is the major highlight of Venetian Fest. The parade on Round Lake features all kinds of boats and lights, with great viewing along Charlevoix’s waterfront. Awards go to the most creative entries. The theme this year is Mardi Gras, so expect lots of masks and beads in shades of purple and orange.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues on the Road with Mulebone

Music Kristi Kates Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.
Friday, July 3, 2015

35 Years of Bliss

Music Kristi Kates Few knew that the little music fundraiser started by Jim Gillespie back in 1981 would turn into the mega-event it is today. It’s a summer highlight for many local music fans… and for plenty of visitors, some who make the trek north specifically for the festival from all over the country.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Four New Ways to Use Cherries

Dining Kristi Kates Now, enjoy! In warm weather, it shows its best color (literally; it’s a deep, rich red) mixed with soda water and ice as a soft drink, a perfect balance of tart and sweet flavors. It can also be used as a mixer in cocktails and, drizzled over grilled peaches or ice cream, it’s a unique seasonal dessert.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Your Guide to Northern Michigan Orchards

Dining Kristi Kates BLUEBERRY FOREST FARM | 3436 Tobias Road, Elmira 231-584-3443 | pickitfarmfresh.com/blueberry-forest-farm/michigan/elmira | Violet Beauregarde would love this place, which has been in operation since 2001. It’s nothing but blueberries, blueberries and more blueberries, with U-Pick available from 10am to 6pm. | FRUITS AVAILABLE: blueberries
Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Fundays!

Features Kristi Kates This Friday series of events in downtown Petoskey is complemented by familyfriendly late-night Movies in the Park, one of the most popular outdoor movieviewing events in northern Michigan; all movies start around sunset.
Friday, July 3, 2015

A Centennial at Bay View

Features Kristi Kates Bay View’s John M. Hall Auditorium is celebrating 100 years this summer. The renowned local venue that sits alongside Bay View’s legendary Victorian cottages and campus buildings, many of which have hosted notable and famous guests, has certainly enjoyed a storied past.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Cherry Fest Rocks!

Features Kristi Kates Actually, Cherry Fest more than just rocks. With a diverse slate of performers covering everything from alt-pop to country, comedy parodies to funk and vintage hairband jams, there’s something for every variety of music fan during festival week (including your chance to be a Cherry Festival musical idol).
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Martinis and Blues at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates “There’s a trend?” joked Pink Martini’s percussionist, Brian Davis. “I occasionally miss those, but if there are groups surfacing inspired or influenced by what Pink Martini’s doing, how cool is that?” According to Davis, Lauderdale comes up with the...
Saturday, June 27, 2015

It's Time to D'Art for Art

Art Kristi Kates The event is supported by 250 artists who donate original artwork. The art is passed along to every individual, or couple, who purchases a ticket to the festivities, which includes a preview event on Wednesday and the main D’Art event on Thursday, both held at Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Modern Rock

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Comments, questions, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Weepies Moving Forward

Music Kristi Kates Steve Tannen and Deb Talan began writing music together the night they met. They’d soon form two long-term partnerships: one as a married couple and the second as the duo The Weepies, logging 20 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million records sold.