Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Montessori Milestone

Features Carina Hume There are no grades or homework and mornings are spent working on whatever you choose–it’s not the typical school experience most of us remember. Unheard of? Not if you’re
a former Montessori student or the parent of one.
Thursday, January 11, 2007

He‘s a Magic Man

Art Carina Hume There’s been a lot of magic in Harry Colestock’s life: He helped put John Glenn Jr. into space, enabled surgeons to efficiently melt a knot at the end of a suture, and puts smiles on the faces of many with his magic act.
A resident of Walloon Lake, Harry’s magical beginnings go back to his childhood. Born in 1923, Colestock was a child of the Great Depression who quickly learned the value of work. When his father lost his job, the family sold their house, purchased a five-acre piece of property just west of Birmingham, and lived in a tent.
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Art Guides, Docent Program

Art Carina Hume Twenty excited third-graders gather near the stairs in the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s lower level.
“Do you know what you’re going to see today?” asks Susan Sheets, a six-year veteran of the art center’s docent program and current co-chair.
Five hands shoot into the air. “Paintings,” says one student.
“Drawings,” says another.
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ghost Supper

Dining Carina Hume Ghost Supper. The true meaning of these words is open to interpretation, particularly this time of year. For the Halloween-obsessed, visions of white-sheeted revelers come to mind. For the spiritual Odawa Indian community, a Ghost Supper represents much more. It’s the yearly tradition of honoring the departed with a meal and earthly gifts in remembrance of, and in respect to, all those who have passed on.
In existence long before foreign settlers arrived on this land, Ghost Suppers have surrendered to minor changes through the years, but the premise remains the same.
Thursday, September 21, 2006

Seminole Pub

Dining Carina Hume Sharing is a good thing. At least when the unique food offerings at the Seminole Pub are involved.
In its third season and open to the public, the Seminole Pub is located in the Country Club of Boyne and is surrounded by Boyne’s picturesque Donald Ross and Arthur Hills golf courses.
Patrons will love the casual golf-themed atmosphere and varied-level seating with an outdoor deck and snack bar area. Three televisions and a well-stocked, mirrored bar at the pub’s center caters to patrons along with a humidor containing cigars for sale. The pub itself is non-smoking, but a door to the outside deck is just steps away.
Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kewadin‘s U.P. Empire

Music Carina Hume If you’re a gambler looking for
neon lights and showgirls, go to
Vegas. But if you enjoy table games and slots along with Northern Michigan’s beauty, Kewadin Casinos is for you. With five locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Kewadin’s proximity to all the U.P. has to offer adds to its appeal.
Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Beach House

Dining Carina Hume Steps away from Boyne Mountain’s Alpine and Monument golf courses sits an ivy-covered stone building, whose quaint architecture could be found, seemingly, a world away. Built by Boyne in the early 1970s, the charming Beach
House restaurant overlooks Deer Lake and offers tranquil views and casual resort beachside dining.
“We have food and beverage service on the beach here,” says Kent Krehel,
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bill Hosner hosts Into Plein Air

Art Carina Hume Talkative, friendly, and a newcomer to Petoskey, artist Bill Hosner is not afraid to take chances.
A thriving illustrator turned fine artist, Hosner had the courage to pursue a new mid-life profession long before it became fashionable to do so. Nearly 13 years later, Hosner’s intensity and ability to capture scenes from life has taken him to the top, once again.
He’s one of four nationally-known artists whose work is being showcased in Crooked Tree Arts Center’s summer exhibition titled, “Before Their Eyes: en plein air.” En plein air is a French phrase meaning ‘in open air’ and describes art that has been completed on-site without the use of a photograph. “They’re paintings that are generated on location,” explains Hosner, “and to me, true plein air is completed on location.”
The exhibit also features the talent of plein air artists, Scott Christensen, Gil Dellinger and Daniel Gerhartz, all Hosner acquaintances.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hidden No Longer

Dining Carina Hume For those escaping the bustle of the city for Northern Michigan’s beauty, the Hidden River Golf & Casting Club and Rainbow Room restaurant outside offer a tranquil retreat.
Quiet surrounds you the moment you step out of your vehicle at the golf club on the Maple River, north of Petoskey. Beautifully manicured greens appear on each side of the mature pine tree-lined parking lot. The expansive log clubhouse with cedar-shake siding is dwarfed by the trees around it. If you listen closely, you just might hear the sounds of the Maple River bubbling its way downstream behind the clubhouse.
The surroundings are no mistake, reveals general manager and PGA golf professional Kevin Whitmore, “The biggest thing about the facility is we try to epitomize Northern Michigan, what Michigan is all about.”
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Charly‘s Of Charlevoix

Dining Carina Hume W
hen Helen and Tim Coon sold Charly’s (pronounced shar-lees) Restaurant in 2000 they thought permanent retirement from the restaurant world was a given. They were wrong.
Since last summer, Charly’s Restaurant – named in 1997 by the Coons for the town of Charlevoix and tourist Father Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix who visited Fisherman’s Island in 1721 – has been back in the hands of the Coons and owner/chef Helen is back in the kitchen.
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Art up North

Art Carina Hume Northern Michigan’s beauty is rivaled only by the artwork that area galleries and summer shows bring. The Petoskey and Harbor Springs area art scene doesn’t disappoint with this jam-packed summer schedule.
Petoskey kicks off its summer art fun with the Seventh Annual Downtown Gallery Walk on Thursday, June 15. From 5:30 – 9 p.m. participating galleries will have refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and many artists on hand. Everyone is welcome and each gallery visit earns participants a dot on their walking map that will be turned in for tickets at the AfterGlow party at the end of the night. Tickets will be drawn to raffle off participating galleries’ donated art. There is no charge for the event and additional tickets can be earned for each purchase made. Over $10,000 in prizes will be given away.
Well into its summer season, the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) in downtown Petoskey is offering the Alma Print Show through June 18. This traveling show treats visitors to a diverse collection of print methods and techniques.
In CTAC’s Edith Gilbert Gallery through June 25 is the 20th Century Photography Masters exhibition. On loan from the Crouse family’s private collections, the exhibit features, among others, the work of Ansel Adams, black and white pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Steve McCurry’s photo of an Afghan girl made famous by National Geographic.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mackinaw Theatre goes down Rock‘s Road

Art Carina Hume If you long for the rock ‘n’ roll glory days of the 1950s, they’re just a short drive away. Six days a week, the smokin’ piano of Jerry Lee Lewis, the gyrating hips of Elvis and many other ’50s icons command Mackinaw Theater’s stage.
Don’t expect any poodle skirts or bobby socks here. The “Heroes of Rock ‘N’ Roll” strive to captivate audiences with its authenticity and influential rock sound.
“We were looking to capture this essence of the music, the soul of the music, the thing that made [it] so raw and powerful for its time…,” says 22-year-old writer, producer and performer in the show, Dean Z, who had a hand in every aspect of it.
Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Speedy Sturgeon

Features Carina Hume Hot summer days in Northern Michigan call for cool summer fun on the water. Big Bear Adventures in Indian River offers a variety of river excursions sure to get you wet (or safely keep you dry) depending on your preference.
“We started back in 1980,” says owner Patti Anderson. “We rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes and cats.”
All trips take place on the crystal-clear Sturgeon River. The fastest river in Michigan’s lower peninsula, the Sturgeon offers narrow passages and low-hanging branches.
Thursday, June 8, 2006

The Douglas Lake Bar

Dining Carina Hume Just the letters “DLB” mark the front of this unassuming log building tucked along the southwestern shore of Douglas Lake. Once known for its “wild side,” the Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse, not far from Pellston’s airport, has catered to pilots, snowmobilers and summer residents alike.
“It has a real colorful past,” says owner Steve Rudolph, who purchased the restaurant known as “A Gourmet Roadhouse” with his wife Copland in 2002. “The building is 80 years old, but was a rock ‘n’ roll bar in the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
Go-go dancers and weekend dance bands entertained in the bar on a stage that was first added in 1947. Originally opened in 1917 as “The Bryant Hotel” (a fire nearly destroyed the building in 1938), the rebuilt hotel turned restaurant grew as a favorite hangout for bikers. In the winter, cozy fires and chili parties brought in snowmobilers and up-north charm and stunning lake views lured summer guests.
Thursday, May 18, 2006

In the Homemade Jam

Music Carina Hume The local sheriff ended a recent outdoor jam session, but that can’t stop these Harbor Springs teens. With ages ranging from 15 to 19 and a love of music fueling their drive, the band, Something Different in the Homemade Jam, won’t let a little neighborly intolerance hold them back.
Homemade Jam is a proponent of funk’s strong backbone and heavy groove.
“We try and have the (intensity) levels go up and down,” said lead singer and guitarist Chris Michels, an 18-year-old senior at Harbor Springs High School, “all still usually based on funk or blues.”