Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

Topic: blissfest
Monday, July 8, 2013

Taj Mahal Brings a Half Century of Tradition to Blizzfest

Features Rick Coates For years the Blissfest Folk & Roots Music Festival has attracted at least one notable musical legend, and this year is no exception as Taj Mahal brings 50 years of guitar picking experience to the stage.
Monday, July 7, 2014

A Bliss-tering Hot Music Fest

After 34 years, Petoskey’s Blissfest has become as much a community as it is a music festival.

Music Kristi Kates Now “generations old,” as its co-founder puts it, each year’s Blissfest just keeps getting better and better, with a more eclectic lineup and more Bliss devotees.
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.
Monday, March 23, 2015

And Now For Something a Little Different: Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series Goes Local

Music Kristi Kates WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: The Cabin Fever Review is a unique twist on Blissfest’s concerts lineup — these performers are all local talent. “March 28 is the beginning of spring break season, when much of the population escapes winter for a week,” explained Blissfest’s guru Jim Gillespie.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Jams!

Music Kristi Kates DUAL GENRES The Blissfest String Jam has continued every Sunday since, from 1-4pm, at Red Sky Stage. Many of the folks who played at the Grain Train have become regular participants at the Red Sky version of the jam, which continues to welcome new musicians.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Downtown Sounds

Music Kristi Kates Founded by local Sheryl McCleary (also known for running Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) with the support of Blissfest, the aim was to encourage community talent and bring a unique arts experience to the city. Today, Street Musique is managed by the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce,.
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 10, 2015

Jim Gillespie

A Beatnik’s Love Affair with Blissfest


For folk music fans looking to tour the past, a must-stop on the northern Michigan scene is 421 Howard Street in downtown Petoskey.

Today, that address houses the Julienne Tomatoes cafe, where you can snag a great sandwich. But back in the mid-’80s, it was the Spectrum Center artist collective and coffeehouse — where Blissfest was born. It’s also where Bliss Executive Director and festival guru found his calling.

Gillespie and his crew wrapped up another successful Blissfest this past weekend, the event’s 35th happening. We talked to him about how the whole thing began.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beat the Winter Blues with Music

Music Kristi Kates JUMPSTART JAMS “We’ve all heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),” said Blissfest guru Jim Gillespie. “And a lot of folks experience what’s just called the winter blues.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Blissfest's Winter Persona

Features Kristi Kates While the yearly Blissfest Folk and Roots Music Festival in Bliss, Mich. is more of an “all for one and one for all” kind of event, Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series, much like winter itself, is a little more subdued and focused.