Category: Press Releases

Folk Musicians Perform at NMU

Two folk music acts—the duo Alloatar and singer/songwriter Eli Hebel—will perform a Beaumier Coffee House concert at Northern Michigan University. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Aallotar is a musical collaboration between Finnish-American violinist Sara Pajunen and Finnish accordionist Teija Niku. The transatlantic collaboration revisits the earlier days of Finnish folk music to make a freshly minted sound.

Eli Hebl is a freshman at NMU from Two Harbors, Minn. Hebl will showcase his extensive experience as a performer and songwriter as he plays his original and soothing folk music.

This event kicks off the Beaumier Heritage Center’s celebration, FINNtastic February, which celebrates the traditions, culture and people of Finland. For more information, contact the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at 227-3212.

Gus Macker Makes a Comback to Delta County!

Gladstone, MI-January 28th, 2015-Gladstone Michigan Welcomes the Gus Macker June 13-14!
Gus Macker, the Delta County Commerce Center, and the Gladstone DDA
announced the return of the World’s largest 3-on-3 Basketball tournament
on June 13th and 14th in beautiful Gladstone Michigan!
The event will take place in downtown Gladstone complete with contests,
basketball clinics, music, food, activities, and other vendors.
The Macker is for everyone! Teams consist of 3 players and one
alternate. There are age brackets for 10 and under up to 30 and over.
Registration information will be coming soon so SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming Events in the U.P.

Aug. 21
Les Cheneaux Arts Council Art Show
Cedarville Lodge, Cedarville
Aug. 5-10
Keweenaw Mineral Days
Aug. 7-10 23rd Annual Humungus Fungus Fest
Crystal Falls
Aug. 9 37th Annual Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts
Aug. 10, 17, 24 & 31 Outdoor Movies by the Bay
St. Ignace
Aug. 14-17 Gogebic County Fair
Aug. 15-17 11th Annual Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium
Aug. 16 Tour de Dickinson Bike Ride
Iron Mountain
Aug. 21-23 4th Annual Harbor Fest
Aug. 28-Sept. 1 123rd Annual Iron County Fair
Iron River

Snyder announces Fitness Awards Finalists

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that 62 Michiganders, organizations and events have been named finalists for the 2014 Governor’s Fitness Awards.

The finalists were selected by a committee of judges for their commitment to personal health, dedication to their communities, and the unique definition of what fitness means to them. The group, which includes a second-grader with Tae Kwon Do dreams, a team of nurses, and Fortune 500 companies, will be honored during the 2014 Governor’s Fitness Award Gala Celebration at Ford Field in Detroit on April 24.

“This year’s finalists embody all the characteristics that the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports represents,” Snyder said. “Each has a strong, consistent commitment to physical fitness that has helped transform them, their companies and their communities. Their efforts are helping reinvent the way they live, work and do business, and the Governor’s Fitness Awards are a way to recognize the positive contributions they are making throughout our state.”

The Governor’s Fitness Awards are a platform for recognizing individuals and organizations in Michigan that have made outstanding contributions to health and physical fitness during the last year. For more information on the Governor’s Fitness Awards, visit Check back often for finalist updates, including the 2014 People’s Choice Award voting process.

“We look forward to celebrating each and every one of our 2014 finalists,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. “The commitment of each finalist at an individual, community and organizational level serves as an inspirational example of how we are all working to make physical activity part of our daily lives, and The Governor’s Fitness Awards are an opportunity to recognize hard work and the myriad benefits of healthy, active lifestyles.”

For a list of finalists, visit

The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports work to bring about behavior change through programming, special projects and events that encourage citizens to build physical activity and sound nutrition into their daily lives. By empowering, facilitating and celebrating healthy choices, the Foundation works to foster prosperity for all.

Opening Day… for Skiing – Boyne Mountain to Open Slopes on November 15

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. – Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls is opening for skiing and snowboarding this Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, becoming the first resort in northern Lower Michigan to open for the 2013/14 season. Two slopes, Victor and Pierson, and the Hemlock chairlift, are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lift tickets are $25 for most ages. This is the earliest opening for Boyne Mountain Resort in over 20 years.

The resort started making snow with their proprietary Boyne Low-E fan guns on Monday afternoon.

“Our snowmakers and groomers have been working hard,” said Ed Grice, president and general manager of Boyne Mountain Resort. “We always strive to have our passholders and guests out on the slopes doing what they love as early as possible. This opening comes a few weeks earlier than we’re all use to, which is a bonus.”

The resort plans to close the slopes temporarily after Saturday to resume snowmaking. Colder temperatures are expected to return early next week, and when they do, Boyne Mountain stands ready to once again fire up their fleet of snow guns.

Hours of operation are weather dependent. For the latest updates on snow conditions, please visit or for more information, call 800.GO.BOYNE.

Located in Boyne Falls, Michigan, Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, been named among the Top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers, recognized as a Top 10 Indoor Waterpark by Budget Travel and is a Spa Magazine Readers’ Choice Favorite. Boyne Mountain offers 60 runs on 415 skiable acres, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark featuring The Big Couloir extreme body slide, Solace Spa, Zipline Adventures, two golf courses, disc golf, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities and real estate. Boyne Mountain is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Learn more at and

Downtown Marquette Halloween Trick or Treat – October 26th

MARQUETTE, MI – The Marquette Downtown District will once again be providing a safe and fun opportunity for children to trick or treat. On Saturday, October 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., families can bring little ghosts and goblins door to door collecting goodies from downtown businesses.

Participating locations will have orange “Welcome Trick or Treaters” signs in their windows. Last year, more than 1,500 children and parents visited the district.

Following trick or treat, the City of Marquette and Downtown Development Authority will host the second annual Halloween Spectacle, a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. This year’s theme is Heroes versus Villains and the community is encouraged to dress as their favorite character and pick a side. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City starting at 6:40 p.m. and converging in the Marquette Commons at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at 906-228-9475 or visit

Prevent Consumers from Being “Ripped Off”

halloweenAs Halloween approaches, Scambook, the Internet’s leading consumer advisory platform, has identified three schemes to watch out for this October.  Safety is a crucial around all holidays and Scambook is alerting the public to watch out for Halloween costume stores that don’t deliver, Halloween-themed phishing attacks, and scalpers selling fake tickets for haunted house tours and theme park events such as “Six Flags Fright Fest”.  Scambook wants consumers to be aware of these top three trending Halloween scams:

1.  Retail Tales of Terror: I Paid for My Costume, Where Is It?

There are many bogus costume shops, which is one of the biggest threats to consumers during the Halloween season.  Scambook has received various complaints from consumers who ordered a costume from a website and never received it, despite being charged.  Customers have also received the wrong sizes or costumes in poor condition.  In the worst cases a fraudster also has their credit card number.

On Internet marketplaces like eBay and Etsy, consumers may encounter fraudulent individual sellers auctioning off costumes, Halloween memorabilia and raw materials for costume-making.  As with any online store, these individuals might take customers’ money, never send the item, or send a counterfeit prop with a forged certificate of authenticity.

2.  The Email Is Coming from Inside the House: Don’t Get Halloween Hacked

Hackers and cybercriminals use the holiday to target victims with Halloween-themed phishing attacks.  In the past, victims have been tricked into visiting a malicious website that downloads a Trojan virus onto their computer when scammers use a technique known as Blackhat SEO to place their website near the top of the Google search listings for “Halloween skeleton templates” or other themed search terms.

Cybercriminals also launch phishing attacks via email and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, sending fake Halloween e-cards and links to bogus games or phony video clips.  When clicked on, the computer becomes corrupted and the hackers can gain access to vital personal information stored on the hard drive, such as bank account numbers or Social Security numbers. They may also hijack accounts and use the victim’s email or Facebook to spread the scheme.

3.  No Admission to the Carnival of Souls: Avoid Buying Fake Event Tickets

With any popular ticketed Halloween event such as Six Flags Fright Fest, there will always be tickets sold on secondary markets like Craigslist and Stubhub.  There are a number of individuals who purchase tickets for popular events just to resell them at an inflated price. Unfortunately, buying from one of these ticket scalpers can be risky because there’s no guarantee you’ll receive a real ticket.

Please let me know if you would like to speak with Scambook’s Director of Marketing Kase Chong to learn more. For more information please visit

News From Travel Michigan Vice President George Zimmermann

Steady progress continues for Michigan’s tourism industry, according to reports by Smith Travel Research. Through June, the state’s hotel occupancy rate was 54.2%, up 1.9% over the same period in 2012. The average daily rate (ADR) at Michigan hotels was $84.50 for the first half of 2013, up 4.7% over 2012. And revenue per available hotel room (RevPAR) was $45.83, an increase of 6.8% over January to June 2012.

These hotel metrics are an excellent barometer for what’s happening in the broader tourism industry statewide, and they have been on the upswing for more than two years. In 2012, visitors spent $18.064 billion in Michigan. Of that, $4.736 billion was spent on business travel and $13.328 billion was spent on leisure trips, the highest spending on leisure travel in Michigan’s history.

Safe travels, always.

For more information, contact George Zimmermann at (517) 335-1862

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“Ryan Casper is real. He is the music he sings, which he does with power and authority. If he doesn’t reach the top of Country music, it will be the industry’s loss.”-Howard Phelps of WLBQ Radio, Morgantown, KY

“Ryan is the most talented rising star I have interviewed in a long time, humble and pure talent. I think Ryan will win fans everywhere he goes.”-Rick Wesley of WKDO Radio, Liberty, KY

“Wow, Ryan Casper is a perfect example of what’s right with ‘Indie’ music in Nashville. This guy can write and sing with the best of ‘em. And what passion he has when he sings…you would’ve thought he was in front of a crowd of thousands with the tremendous effort he put into his in-studio performance.”-Mike Thomas of KFAV Radio, Warrenton, MO

“Ryan Casper has all the elements of talent and work ethic to compete in the Country music format. He has my respect as an Artist, Husband and Father. Based on these facts, he has as good of a shot to be a leading contender in Country Music as anyone I’ve seen.”-Bernard Porter of PCG Nashville

“As far as new artists go, I’ve never had such a demand. Bottom line…great guy, amazing music and I think it’s safe to say this might be Ryan Casper country now.”-J-Dub(Justin Whitfield) of KKOW Radio, Pittsburg, KS

Boy Scout Jamboree Discovers the Magic and Mystery of Science

Thousands of Boy Scouts have gathered in West Virginia this week for the national Boy Scout Jamboree. There, they’ll get a first-hand experience of the magic and mystery of science and engineering, at the Michigan Technological University Mind Trekkers’ hands-on demos.

Mind Trekkers–Michigan Tech student volunteers–will be showing the Scouts how to walk on water—well, to walk on liquid anyway—dashing across and sinking into ooblek, a Newtonian fluid that acts like a solid when pressure is applied. Scouts will discover how to fire a ping pong ball right through a soda can without using explosives. They’ll find out that static electricity can be a hair-raising experience, and they’ll learn how—and why—you can poke nails through a balloon without popping it.

It’s an encore performance for Michigan Tech. Mind Trekkers was a hit at the last Boy Scout Jamboree in 2010.

Mind Trekkers is all about getting kids of all ages hooked on science and engineering. “We want to ignite each student’s passion to discover the science behind the mystery of what they are experiencing in an informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) setting,” says Steve Patchin, founder and head of Mind Trekkers at Michigan Tech.
The Boy Scout Jamboree is Mind Trekkers’ first stop as they trek their hands-on science show to festivals across the nation, culminating at Science Spark’s USA Science & Engineering Festival in April 2014 in Washington, DC.

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