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Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Big Ticket Festival: A Party With a Purpose

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2014  

With the focus squarely on spirituality, Gaylord’s Big Ticket Festival was founded in 2005 by Glen Catt, whose vision was to create a festival that “truly connected with every member of the family.”

Fast-forward almost ten years later, and Big Ticket is still going strong, a multi-genre event that covers bluegrass, pop, rock, rap, and country music, plus a range of other festival diversions. The 2014 version is set to be one of their biggest yet.

MUSIC AND MORE

“Music was just the beginning,” said Drew Spanding, executive director of the festival and President of White Stone Project, which oversees the event.

“Every year, Big Ticket also hosts some of the world’s best speakers to communicate messages of hope. Over the years, we have also had ice skating exhibitions, marathons, illusionists, action sports, and more.”

This year’s schedule includes a big lineup of bands, including headlining rockers Third Day on Saturday, popular CCM artist Chris Tomlin on Friday, and power-popsters Tenth Avenue North on Thursday.

And that’s just the very beginning of the schedule of bands; there are over 30 main stage performers in all, plus an Indie Showcase that will present up-and-coming musicians.

All faith-based artists, these performers help Big Ticket teem with positivity, which Spanding said is part of what makes the festival special.

“The songs are not about the artist, but about something larger than them,” he explained. “This kind of music points you to something so much greater than a person.”

BIG COUNTRY

New to the fest this year is something that will expand Big Ticket’s appeal even more - they’re kicking off a country music night called Big Ticket Country on the Wednesday before the fest, with Country Music Award Duo of the Year winners Thompson Square in concert.

Kiefer and Shawna Thompson have appeared on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, and have snagged two Grammy nominations in addition to their CMA nod.

They’ll be joined by special guest speaker Nick Vujicic from Australia, who has overcome life without limbs, and now works to inspire others to beat obstacles in their lives.

“Nick is truly one of the most remarkable people in the entire world,” Spanding said enthusiastically. “He gets over 30,000 requests to speak a year, and he’s coming to Northern Michigan!”

FUN FOR EVERYONE

In addition to the musical performers and inspirational speakers, Big Ticket is bringing back plenty of other favorite events, too.

The Giant Inflatables - which include the inflated Mechanical Bull and the Euro-Bungie - are sure to bring lots of laughs, while the Stand Strength Team will demonstrate feats of strength to communicate messages of positivity and motivation.

Food vendors, a special prayer tent, a kids zone, and camping round out the festival fun, in a weekend the whole family can enjoy.

Spanding is looking forward to this year’s event, but he’s also got his eyes set further forward, with plans to continue improving the event year by year.

“We can still grow the festival by 50 percent in our current location,” he said. “I would hope we are fortunate enough to reach a sellout in the next few years.”

The 2014 Big Ticket Festival takes place June 19-21 at the Otsego County Fairgrounds in Gaylord. For tix and a complete schedule, visit bigticketfestival.com; Big Ticket Country tickets (June 18) are sold separately.

BIG TICKET’S 2014 LINEUP:

Third Day

Chris Tomlin

Tenth Avenue North

Sidewalk Prophets

Thousand Foot Krutch

Jon Micah

Aaron Shust

Matt Maher

Graham Saber

Mikeschair

The Vespers

Dara Maclean

Fireflight

Bluetree

Rapture Ruckus

And many more!

 
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