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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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