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O.A.R with special guest Allen Stone – Interlochen Arts Festival – September 1, 2015


O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show —including selling out Madison Square Garden twice —and the communal feeling it shares with its fans.

USA Today has called Allen Stone a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” and The New York Times has likened his socially conscious music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. But the 25-year-old singer-songwriter from the tiny backwoods town of Chewelah, Washington just sees himself as “a hippie with soul.”

O.A.R
Classic American author Thomas Wolfe famously stated “you can’t go home again,” but don’t tell that to the members of O.A.R. On their eighth studio album, THE ROCKVILLE LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration.

“This isn’t about us going back to our musical roots per se,” says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Md. high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). “It’s about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We’d drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people. Rockville was the catalyst then, and it’s the catalyst now.”

For the first time in a while, the band found that visiting their Maryland hometown gave them a sense of peace. For years, they had been pushing themselves to reach new levels of success, searching for their place in the world. Plus, turbulent times within their personal lives had led them to a slightly disconnected state. “I went home to Maryland many times while making this album and based these songs on all the familiar feelings that Rockville gave me,” Roberge says. “I tried to focus in on the simple things that always made this band so creative and driven. For everyone in the band, this was a restart. We’ve been hanging out, enjoying life, letting things go…The whole album is about a reboot.”

Allen Stone
While the buzz was building in early 2014 about the Internet of Things, Allen Stone was recording in his rustic Washington State cabin and extolling the virtues of an old-fangled kind of connection – the one that exists between people playing music together. The 26-year-old soul singer, praised as a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” by USA Today, was working on the follow-up to his self-titled breakthrough album, which he released digitally on his own stickystones label in late 2011. Sure, he acknowledges, he could have written and recorded his new set of songs alone on a laptop – but that wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun.

“I’m a social person and, to me, the greatest energy that you can cultivate is a collaborative energy. It feels better when you’ve got somebody to bounce ideas off of,” explains Stone.

While he’s not keen on creating music with computers, Stone nevertheless considers technology to be an enormous blessing. In fact, he might have never met his co-producer, Swedish musician Magnus Tingsek, if he hadn’t been digging around online for new music.

O.A.R with special guest Allen Stone
September 1, 2015 – 7:00pm
Ticket price(s):Platinum/Gold $57.50 Silver/Bronze $37.50
Audience: Age 3 and older

Kresge Auditorium

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Harvest Stompede – Annual Vineyard Run & Walk – September 12 & 13, 2015

Harvest StompedeThis annual weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty.

The Harvest Stompede Wine Tour starts on Saturday immediately following the race. The tour takes place from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine glass and a special wine pour and food pairing at each of 23 participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. (Tickets do NOT include race registration.)

To highlight the region’s culinary excellence, each winery will be partnering with farmers and restaurants to feature local ingredients in their food pairings.

The annual Harvest Stompede is September 12 & 13, 2015.

Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
$40 per person

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Crystal Mountain – Farm-to-Table Dining Series – September 18 – 20, 2015

Our Farm-to-Table dining series brings the fresh flavors of northern Michigan to the Thistle Pub & Grille the third weekend of each month, May through October.

Our chefs work with local farms, making personal visits to many of them, to build a custom three-course menu.

Our Farm-to-Table series is a clear example of Crystal Mountain’s commitment to the sustainability of the local food movement and the role that our restaurants play in it.

When: September 18-20, 2015, 5pm-close
Where: Thistle Pub & Grille
Cost: Starting at $29 per person
Menu: September Farm-to-Table Menu

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Leland Heritage Festival – September 19, 2015

Music & Food… Events, live music throughout town, and many dining & shopping specials!

Great Prizes!

Pick up and have your “PASSPORT TO HISTORY” stamped at the following 5 event stations to enter a fabulous prize drawing!

The 2015 Schedule – will be posted closer to the event date, but will be similar to the 2014 schedule:

10am-4pm
Free
Admission!

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Fall Festival in Frankfort – October 10, 2015

The Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Benzie County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Betsie River Campsite, Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar, Graceland Fruit and State Savings Bank will bring you the Annual Fall Festival celebration in Frankfort on Saturday, October 10 at 11:00 AM with the Fall Festival Parade (Parade Registration Form) featuring The Scottville Clown Band and entertaining Mutt March (click here for entry form, GIANT pumpkins and local built floats. We are still accepting participants in Parade and Mutt March. Applications can be picked up at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber Office, on their website at www.frankfort-elberta.com or just show up prior to the parade on October 11 (at beach turnaround) to enter either activity! Pick up your 2015 Fall Festival Souvenir T-Shirts and cinch bags at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce booth the day of the festival or at the Chamber office 517 Main St. Frankfort.

Directly following the parade, a host of activities will take place in the Open Space Park. Live Music featuring The Scottville Clown Band will perform under the Big Tent! Watch in awe as giant pumpkins and squash get weighed-in. There will be cash prizes awarded for several weight categories. NEW! Helicopter Rides – $55 per person. Departs from the Boat Launch parking lot and 10th and Main St. Kids 5-15 years of age can guess the weight of a giant pumpkin and have the opportunity to win a brand new BIKE! Face Painting and Kids Fishing Contest (at Big Bob’s)

Starting at noon, Judging for the Home Brew Competition at Stormcloud Brewing Co., Free Wagon Rides through downtown Frankfort. First Congregational Church will host their Cake Walk at 1pm

Back by popular demand Under the big tent: Silent Auction 12p-2:30pm, Pie Eating Contest (Register at 1:00pm – contest begins at 1:30pm) – All of these activities are located in the Open Space.

A wide variety of activities will be available from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm including Pumpkin Decorating, “Hillbilly Olimpiks”-the silly-themed obstacle course, the popular Kid’s Games (fee) and a Straw Maze will be all set up in Open Space Park for all to enjoy. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt to win cash prizes. The Garden Theater will again host FREE showings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. Watch as a 900+ lb. pumpkin drops from high in the sky onto a vehicle! For the right price, even you could get a chance to pull the rope that makes it happen!

If you need more information, please stop into the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce Office at 517 Main Street, Frankfort, email or call 231-352-7251 or email fcofc@frankfort-elberta.com

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Crystal Mountain – Farm-to-Table Dining Series – October 16 – 18, 2015

Our Farm-to-Table dining series brings the fresh flavors of northern Michigan to the Thistle Pub & Grille the third weekend of each month, May through October.

Our chefs work with local farms, making personal visits to many of them, to build a custom three-course menu.

Our Farm-to-Table series is a clear example of Crystal Mountain’s commitment to the sustainability of the local food movement and the role that our restaurants play in it.

When: October 16-18, 2015, 5pm-close
Where: Thistle Pub & Grille
Cost: Starting at $29 per person
Menu: October Farm-to-Table Menu

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