July 12, 2011
Gaylord – Saturday July 9, 2011 - 41West travels to Gaylord to sing at Impact. The 41West band was smaller than usual. We called it T-N-T this time; Tom-Naomi-Todd. Carpenter Tom Johnston of Harvey brought his extreme cymbals and played a super set on the drums. Singer Song Writer Naomi Noordyk of Ishpeming opened with an Eva Cassidy song People Get Ready, sang brilliantly on some covers, along with a couple of original numbers she had written. Broadcaster Todd Noordyk of Negaunee Township directed, sang and played his Korg Keyboard. 41West or T-N-T encouraged people to honor God is all they do.
T-N-T Tom-Naomi-Todd with 41West at Impact Festival
About 10 bands, comedians, www.Smile.fm talent, and a big time wrestling team participated in a Gaylord event at the Otsego County fair grounds. A massive stage and sound system was trucked up from Detroit. It was a professional premier event organized by www.smile.fm representatives. Gaylord has been a hotspot for outdoor Christian events in the past and this tradition continued this past weekend.
Naomi Noordyk received a large applause after singing her new original song
Saturday’s Live Music was presented in all forms including heavy metal, Christian Punk, brite contemporary pop, and acoustic style worship music.
One highlight of the festival was a band of big time wrestler type athletes that bent 3/4 inch steel bars over their heads, broke baseball bats, and ripped phone books apart. Stand Ministries focused on a positive values based message.
Stand Minsitries were very entertaining and shared Christian Values
The emphasis of Impact was on reconnecting with God and living out moral values and daily living out a Christian life.
Organizer –Stacy Todd of Impact Music Festival can be reached at (989)731-0940
What a big, nice stage for Impact Festival
July 9, 2011
Sault Ste Marie – July 9, 2011 – 1200 to 1400 attended the concert at Kewadin this evening. A 5 piece band backed up the brite, fresh singing of Mrs. Kellie Pickler.
Kellie Pickler under a super light show at Kewadin
Kellie Pickler just got married on New Years this year
She and her bands travel in two deluxe jet black Provost Coaches. These are deluxe coaches, big rigs powered by large diesel pusher engines. There were no signs on them indicating they were hers but they sure were.
They have a large semi tractor rig licensed from a company in Arizona hauling a lot of their stage gear such as their Hammond Organ, Yamaha Pro keyboards, Deville guitar amps, numerous drums with a double kicks, and a dozen electric and a dozen acoustic guitars.
I would think it would be easier and more comfortable for a touring band to haul their personal gear to each show so there would be no surprises once they arrive.
One of two Provost coaches for the band along with the truck from Arizonia to haul gear
Two large diesel powered coaches haul the band in comfort
July 9, 2011
The cars have license plates from all over the U.S. and Canada
It doesn't look like a Lilac Bush...But locals said it was?
Mackinac island – Saturday July 9, 2011 – Since 1634, Millions of people have visited the historic city of Mackinac. Today hundreds are in town and they’re hopping the boat and riding the ferry to the Island.
The city is packed with people from every state imaginable. I noticed license plates from numerous states and Canadian plates too.
The smell of freshly rolled fudge captures me. Ohhh, I’d prefer a Carmel and Peanut Covered Apple.
50 kites line the sky right by Sheppler’s ferry boat entrance to Mackinac Island.
Two weeks after the Lilac Festival I found the last remaining lilac tree in full bloom. One lilac bush blooms on the north side of town by Lake Huron. Cool breezes keep the area colder keeping this lone lilac bush in late bloom.
And I just noticed this morning there are still 43 Sheppler’s ferry boat tickets available at www.upbargains.com. Major Discount has them on sale in Marquette at 906-228-6800
This area is so fun to visit. Mackinac City just takes your mind off things.
July 8, 2011
Ishpeming - July 8, 2011 – Adam Cates and the Big House Band was spectacular at the Ishpeming Armory.
This band flew to Marquette from South Carolina. They are pastors and leaders at a local active church on the coast.
Last night about 50 people actively worshiped God under Adam’s direction and power of the Holy Spirit.
Tonight a hundred came and enjoyed robust music and praise. Adam prayed for each person there and some moving testimonies were shared.
Organizer Paddy Palomaki said the two day event was a success. The free form worship experience met the needs of many locals from as far away as Calumet and Iron Mountain.
If you have needs or family difficulties, I am sure Paddy would be happy to chat with you anytime.
www.parachurchministries.com, or on Facebook at Parachurchministries
July 8, 2011
Green Bay – June 25, 2011 –
A week ago, we enjoyed the Mall. Right in front of Macys Department Store in Green Bay Wisconsin was a fun lovin’ Mazda Miatia convertible.
Sunny weather brings out the fun toys. Over the fourth in Marquette, we saw 74 degrees…No wind…brite yellow sunshine…and out they come out. I saw one at Cruise n Coffee, and this one was parked at Starbucks.
Another cool convertible…I don’t know the owner but I’m smiling…and thank God there’s funds left over after taking care of family for some toys.
I love summer.
July 5, 2011
The sky darkened as the rain pulsed down by the terminal entrance sign at Sawyer International
Gwinn – July 5, 2011 -You just never know about the weather in the U.P. – About 6pm cool & stormy weather rolled through Alger County and in Gwinn with 5 inches of instant rain. I drove just down the road a few miles it was sunny, warm, and humid in Negaunee.
The heavy rain in this picture hides the Sawyer International Airport entrance sign on the left with buckets of rain coming down. I kept thinking how do they land a plane in such heavy rains?
And at the same time in a few minutes I drove to partly sunny, warm, summer time weather in Ishpeming-Negaunee.
The U.P. weather changes so much with drastic swings within a few miles. Maybe our weather here remains so dependent on the wind over that giant pool of water to the north…Lake Superior
July 5, 2011
Ishpeming - July 1, 2011 - Record crowds attended this year and numerous families went downtown Ishpeming earlier in the day. Dan and Debra Choszczyk of Champion had a booth on main street. They use reclaimed steel to make blades, knives, survival knives, axes, and letter openers. Nothing is manufactured with new materials just recycled items.
These knives and blades are made from recycled steel.
Black River Blades uses old ice skate blades, gun barrels, and even Harley Davidson pipe. All items are made from reclaimed steel. Black River Blades even fires up a portable forge at area festivals and create blades as people watch.
I found this booth very amusing and intriguing. Black River can be reached at 906-631-7477 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2, 2011
Negaunee Township – July 2, 2011 – The DeadRiverCampersInc.com board sponsored the first ever sanctioned fireworks display just south of Pride Rock near Turtle Island on Dead River Basin.
The first big fireworks blast July 2 on the Dead River
The fireworks were great over the Dead River
Opps- my flash came on, but this is kinda cool too on the Dead
$5,000 was put up by the board for a serious class of fireworks.
Shouts of glee, boat horns, has, and peanut gallery yeahs filled the basin. Dozens of campers and boaters enjoyed 20minutes of continuous fireworks action.
“Only $1,000 has come in donations from the 395 campers of the Dead”, said board member and Ishpeming Chamber Of Commercial President Bruce Turino. “We hope the campers and boaters that have enjoyed this will mail some money in” said Turino.
Lite winds from the West moved some of the residue smoke from the shots near the Turtle Island area of the basin, Eastward to UPPCO’s dam and power generation facility.
One skeptical neighbor said, “Watch out for some tipsy boaters. What if one miss fires and falls on the boaters. Some might be swimming. What if they get run over as other boaters leave in the dark.”
None of these “What if’s” happened. As the 20 spectacular minutes ended, and boaters slowly went home in the dark, all went well. Being skeptical and making negative comments was not worth the effort.
All that viewed agree the Dead River Campers Inc.board investment was well worth it.
It is my opinion those that enjoyed the display should donate so the board can do it in 2012. Send your donation envelope into The DeadRiverCampersInc.com board.
Double double images with the water reflecting on the Dead...very nice.
Everybody was safe during the 1st Board sanction fireworks July 2 2011
July 2, 2011
Ontonagon - July 1, 2011 - I was asked by my brother-in-law Scot to let you all know that his father, John Milbourn (the missing man from Ontonagon County) has been found and is ok. The family thanks you for all you have done. Thank you Todd and Walt and Great Lakes Radio.
John Milbourn was found and is OK!
July 2, 2011
Ishpeming – July 1, 2011 – A new record of people turned out downtown Ishpeming at the Festival of Treasures. “We set a record this year,” said Charlie one of the Ishpeming Business Association board members. “Hundreds of people came down much earlier this yea as well”. ABC 5 & 10 reporter pointed out that the main new event this year was the “Texaco Country Showdown” wfxd.com and apparently that really helped draw people downtown Ishpeming. 8 singers and bands entertained brilliantly.
This Ink is the only safe ink for kids and adults beause it washes off and smells like fruit.
Visitors took part in a chain saw demonstration, shopping for scarfs, jewelry, wood carved pencils, homemade beef jerky, Avon, temporary tats, knives carved out of recycled steel, and extreme wood carvings by the chain saw carvers.
The Shopping Show has two of these carvings available at upbragins.com
Republic Lions are serving delicious Sloppy Joe meals for $5 bucks