Here is the second and final announcement Porterhouse made regarding the Microbrew/Comedy Fest situation yesterday. I have to give them kudos for being willing to compromise and still attempt to collaborate at this point in the game. There was hope that this solution would allow Comedy Fest to continue this year, as they only cancelled a few days ago and still have the venues (and presumably, access to any booked comedians). However, Comedy Fest emailed Porterhouse, the DDA and the City yesterday and informed them that regardless of any new developments, they still intend to cancel this year. The positive side of all this is that this move should at least allow Comedy Fest to return in 2013, and in terms of this year, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that the back-and-forth is finally over, and move on to better and brighter things.
And now for some good news: We’re pleased to announce that the 2012 Third Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival will be held at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons on February 11, 2012. In light of recent scheduling conflicts with the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, Porterhouse has determined the best compromise for all involved parties is to relocate the festival outside of downtown Traverse City. It’s our sincere hope that this will allow the Comedy Festival to return in 2013, and that both organizations will enjoy successful, cooperative events in the future. We’d like to thank Mayor Michael Estes, the City of Traverse City and the Minervini Group for working together this week to help make the venue change possible, particularly as this and other venue alternatives were previously unavailable up until now. The Minervini Group has been a committed partner of the summer incarnation of the festival, which has been held at the Village for the past three years, and we look forward to partnering with them again on the winter event. As with past festivals, the weekend will be a celebration of the craft microbrews, food, music, art and culture that make our region unique, as well as the natural beauty of the Village and the many wonderful merchants and residents who reside there. We thank the Traverse City community for its ongoing feedback and support, and look forward to celebrating with you this February!