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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Snow Jam to Rock Gaylord

Kristi Kates - March 10th, 2014  

Gaylord, cashing in on its perennial snowbelt status, is launching its first-ever Snow Jam Festival March 14 and 15 at Treetops Resort and Spa.

Organizers say they’re serving up the same high-energy combo of music, sports, and spirituality that’s made their summertime faith-based Big Ticket Festival such a big hit.

ROCK TO GO

Music will take place both days, but Saturday night’s headliner features Portland, OR post-grunge band Kutless, and Grammyaward-winning gospel rockers Audio Adrenaline.

Other bands on the roster include electrorockers Shine Bright Baby, Grand Rapids’ spiritual rapper Beacon Light, and Detroit’s Alive City.

In between concerts, there’s plenty to do on the slopes and grounds of Treetops, too – this is a snow jam, after all.

Beyond skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and sleigh rides, other activities at Treetops’ Cran-Hill Ranch Go-Zone include a climbing wall, “archery tag,” and fun inflatable games that will make the most of the snowy locale.

Hungry or thirsty? In addition to all of Treetops’ regular offerings – the Legends on the Hill restaurant, the Hunter’s Grille, and the Halfway Café – Snow Jam will be running their own outdoor hot cocoa bar to keep you warm and keep your energy up through two full days of music, faith, and fun.

STAGE OF SNOW


Beyond the music, Snow Jam is poised to take full advantage of both Gaylord’s snowbelt locale and Treetops’ slopeside location with yet another unique feature: an outdoor stage built out of snow.

“Gaylord is the snowiest city in the Lower Peninsula,” said Kristopher Klay, director of development and marketing for the non-profit White Stone Project, which organizes Snow Jam and the Big Ticket Festival in June. “So there will be two stages – one inside and the other outdoors – and the outdoor stage will actually be built out of snow!”

SNOW JAM’S BIG BROTHER 

Snow Jam was conceived on the heels of White Stone Project’s successful nineyear-old Big Ticket Festival, held annually in June. Big Ticket Festival brings 10,000 visitors daily into Gaylord and features sporting events and activities, plus faithbased music in a wide range of genres, from electronic to alt-rock to rap.

While Big Ticket is the “flagship event” of White Stone Project, the expansion into the winter months with Snow Jam is a direct result of the first fest’s success, Klay said.

“Not only will this be an experience most people have never had,” Klay said, “but it will also be something that connects them spiritually.”

Snow Jam will take place March 14 and 15 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Tickets to Snow Jam are $35 at the door. Lodging packages are available through Treetops Resort at (855) 280-8536. For more info on Snow Jam, the complete schedule, and concert lineup, visit bigticketfestival.com.

 
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