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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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