Rain is good … most of the time

Comerica Park

We had some rain last weekend that probably depressed attendance at the first ever Traverse City Wine & Art Festival. It felt like we had plenty of people though!

This morning on Michigan in Pictures I have a post where I started thinking about rain and events and tourism and such and how I’m still going to the first-ever Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival.

I do know that the rain will depress attendance at events like the TC Beer Fest that are just getting going and also at established ones that rely on good weather for big crowds. At a time when major event sponsors and – in cases like the GR & Leelanau bike races – whole events are vanishing due to Michigan’s dire economic climate, it seems to me that it’s almost a duty to lace on those boots and don raingear and get out to support & enjoy these events.

In Traverse City this year, our CVB started a new committee that is engaging lodging properties in the establishment, creation and promotion of events at a high level. I suspect that it’s going to help a lot of events that might otherwise fail to keep going and wonder if there are similar efforts on the statewide level brewing as well.

Check this and other pics out bigger in Nathan’s favorites slideshow or in his Detroit Tiger set.

…on a possibly related but probably unrelated note, we had a post earlier this week on Absolute Michigan about how the Tigers were providing folk in Michigan with something to roar about that you might enjoy.

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5 minutes on the 5th annual Traverse City Film Festival

One more video from the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival, this one by Michigan videographer Scott Allman. If you listen carefully, you can hear me ask Jeff Garlin a question. Ah, fame.

For more great videos, check out the Traverse City Film Festival’s photo/video/twitter/blog mashup (which amazingly enough I was able to code).

Traverse City Film Festival #5

Here’s a recap of the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival that was produced by Drago & edited by Ed Einhorn. Filmed by Mike McGee, Bill Latka, Jon Casey. I think Ed did an amazing job of getting this together in a short time and can’t wait to work with him again next year!

Also check out this video by Scott Allman of Jeff “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Garlin & Larry “Borat” Charles with yours truly as the interviewer

I had never heard of Tristan da Cunha

I am currently sitting on a boat, wallowing in a south Atlantic ocean swell, five cables off the rocky coastline of the most isolated, permanently-populated island in the world.

My fellow passengers have just landed and I swear a few moments ago, through powerful binoculars, I saw my wife waving to me from a sheep-filled meadow.

But I am pinioned here on deck six of the motor yacht Corinthian II, prevented from landing by a very large policeman.

Twenty-four years ago I wrote a few rather innocent-sounding lines in a book and in consequence I have been banned – apparently for life – from the island that lies forbidden before me; the tiny British colonial possession of Tristan da Cunha.

This begins Wallowing of the coast of Tristan, a report that I heard this morning on the BBC. It was a pretty interesting look at a very out of the way place from the perspective of a writer whose great sin that incurred the wrath of the island’s elders was to quote from another book about a secret affair of the heart.

Wikipedia sez that Tristan da Cunha has just one settlement, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and is regarded as the most remote permanent settlement in the world, being over 1,500 miles (2400 kilometres) from the nearest human settlement, on Saint Helena (where Napolean was imprisoned).

About the photo: Bruno Dr. Sanchez-Andrade Nuno a lot of photos from the January 2009 eclipse and information about them on his January 26 Eclipse blog.  This particular photo was taken by Leo  writes that he climbed up to the “Base”, the mountain surrounding the village and was later able to send these via internet, which arrived on the island about 2 years ago (probably providing a welcome alternative to their one TV station).