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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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.


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.


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 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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