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thing we could hope for. We just hope the weather is what the windsurfers WORTHINGTON — need … and (people) have Mother Nature has a tall a good time out there.” order to fill for the 22nd It takes a lot of work to annual Worthington put together a successful Windsurfing Regatta and community event, and Music Festival, set to take members of the Regatta’s place this Friday through board of directors have Sunday, June 10-12, at been hard at it to ensure Sailboard Beach on the this year’s Regatta has shores of Lake Okabena. something for people of The order is for sunny all ages to enjoy. skies and just enough There will be kids wind to push the sails, games and art projects, but not too much wind to ax throwing, sailboard send your empty plates lessons and, if all of that and used napkins sailing sounds like too much in the breeze. You know work, you can always that’s happened before! just sit back and relax There should be plen- 12 food vendors. Hungry corn, cheese curds or a ta. There will be colorful acts coming to town? in your lawn chair while ty of empty plates and for some smoked meats? gyro? Yep, those will be sailboards competing in “The planning has enjoying the music and stained napkins after You got it. How about available as well. races on Lake Okabena gone, overall, really the sounds of waves people sample the a corn dog? Check that We all know the food for people to watch, and well,” said Regatta board reaching the shore. variety of foods being off your list too. Snow isn’t the only thing we who could forget about president Josh Miller last offered by the festival’s cones, iced coffee, pop- enjoy about the Regat- all of the great musical week. “So far, it’s every- SURF: Page 5

Easton Corbin is Friday night musical headliner By Emma McNamee The Globe WORTHINGTON — The 2022 Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival will kick off Friday with country music singer Easton Corbin as the headliner. The 2010 Billboard’s Top New Country Artist will kick off the weekend festival at 9 p.m. on Sailboard Beach, on the shores of Lake Okabena. A Florida native, Corbin entered the country scene in 2010 with his chart-topping debut single “A Little More Country Than That.” He went on to garner another No. 1 hit with the feel-good song, “Roll With It,” as well as seven Top 10 singles throughout his musical career. “We’re super excited,” said Regatta board chairman Josh Miller of Corbin’s appearance. “I think he is going to be

Schedule of Events FRIDAY, JUNE 10 11 a.m.: Food vendors open 4 p.m.: Beer tent open 6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies, National Anthem & flag raising 7 p.m.: Maiden Dixie 9 p.m.: Easton Corbin

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our best one yet.” Corbin will join other country music acts such as Maiden Dixie, Friday’s opening performer at 7 p.m., and Brad Morgan who will perform Saturday. “This came with lots of planning from our

music committee,” said Miller. “Somehow we’re fortunate enough to land these great artists that we’ve been able to get over the years.” For Corbin, 2020 launched a series of new releases, starting with the release of his singles

“Turn Up” and “Didn’t Miss a Beat,” which he performed on NBC’s TODAY Show. Corbin’s EP of the same title, which included songs like “Old Lovers Don’t Make Good Friends” and “Back To

8 a.m.: Yoga with Lexi Larson 9 a.m. to noon: Bloody Mary Bar 9 a.m.: Skipper’s meeting, racing to follow 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Children’s Activities 11 a.m.: Food vendors open 2 p.m.: Midnight Beer tent open 2 p.m.: Crailsheim Band Concert 4 p.m.: Legacy of the Loud 6 p.m.: Chair Auction, Raffle drawing follows 7 p.m.: Brad Morgan 9 p.m.: Viva Knievel

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 9:30 a.m.: Skipper’s meeting, racing to follow 11 a.m.: Community church service 11 a.m.: Food vendors open

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A dozen food vendors offer everything from slow-smoked meats to treats

By Julie Buntjer The Globe WORTHINGTON — Year after year, people from around the region come to Worthington for its Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival — and they stay for the music and the delicious foods served up by an array of food truck operators and food tent vendors. New to the food scene at this weekend’s festival is a Bloody Mary Bar, open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday inside the beer garden. Purchase your drink and build it your way with beef sticks, cheese, olives and pickles. Returning for his second year with the Jon-E-1 BBQ red trailer is Worthington’s own Jon Lang, who will be serving up a delicious array of meats, from brisket to pulled pork, shredded chicken, smoked sausage and jalapeno cheddar sausage. Customers can order a meal, which includes a sandwich and two sides, or get the loaded corn

mac with your choice of meat. Sides include smoked beans, macaroni salad, coleslaw, potato salad and, of course, the oh-so-good corn mac and cheese. A selection of pop, as well as bottled water will also be available for purchase. “I’m excited to come again,” Lang said of his return to the Regatta. “I love seeing all of the people come out and enjoying the festivities and me being able to serve them some food.” Lang will have his food truck open for business

from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday — or until he runs out of food. Sunday’s opening will depend on whether he has any food left. It takes anywhere from 12 to 16 hours to prepare the meats. “It will be an allweek deal next week,” he said of food preparation. “The biggest thing this year was having a hard time getting certain items. At one time I couldn’t get macaroni noodles, and then it was to-go containers. It’s been kind of crazy.”

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Lang first started his food truck business for the 2021 Worthington High School prom, and he said business has been amazing. “The town has really supported me,” he said, adding that his catering business is 10 times greater than what he had anticipated. A staple of the Regatta for the past several years has been the TnT Indian Style Tacos and the Cheese Carriage, both of which are returning this year. Paul and Susan Koob oper-

to our community and bringing our truck there year after year.” Other food vendors to visit during the festival weekend are: Ź Midwest Concessions: various fried foods, lemonade and desserts. Ź Lakeside Travel Plaza LLC: Godfather’s pizza, pop, popcorn and candy. Ź Diventuri Concessions: fried foods and fresh cut fries. Ź Griggs Cuisine LLC: Gyros, greek salad. Ź Itsy Bitsy Ice Box: shaved ice, cotton candy. Ź Z&Z Bar B.Q: ribs, chicken, gumbo, baked beans, rum cake, pecan bars and potato salad. Ź Lingen Dairy Soft Serve: soft serve, slushies, iced coffees. Ź Three Mad Poppers: flavored kettle corn. Ź Asian Hut: chicken teriyaki, rice, egg rolls, bubble tea, fried rice.

ated both trucks, selling their Indian-style tacos at the festival for 12 years before turning over that portion of the business to Susan’s son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Marissa Marten. This will be the Martens’ fourth year offering plate-sized Indian-style tacos for the public. The tacos are made with fry bread and your choice of beef or beans — or both — and then piled high with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and optional hot sauce or sour cream. Other options include taco salad, nachos supreme and dessert fry bread (think elephant ear) with or without ice cream. The Cheese Carriage, which continues to be operated by the Koobs, will sell cheese curds, corn dogs and beverages. “We’ll be open for the whole thing,” said Marissa Marten. “The Regatta is one of our most fun events and we really enjoy coming back

Maiden Dixie returns to Sailboard Beach to kick off Regatta festival p.m. performance Friday on Sailboard Beach. The country-rock WORTHINGTON — quintet first broke onto The first musical act to the music scene in 2011. take the stage during While they’ve dabWorthington’s 2022 bled in original music, Windsurfing Regatta and they’re mostly known Music Festival, Maiden as a cover band, having Dixie, will kick off the played a wide range of weekend festival with a 7 A-list clubs in MinnesoBy Emma McNamee The Globe

ta and opened for several national acts. With a musical repertoire spanning genres, Maiden Dixie boasts a song list including country music staples like Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, as well as classic hits from the likes of Fleetwood Mac,

The Beatles and Queen. Recent artists like Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes are also listed. Friday night will mark Maiden Dixie’s second visit to the festival, having first performed here in 2015. They will take the stage alongside

With Worthington native Wesley Berger on bass and vocals, band members Dan Staddon, Kaytee Amaro, Brandon Hilk and Ben Bouissier help to blend their unique mix of country, rock, blues and folk for a performance audience members are sure to enjoy.

other country music acts like Easton Corbin and Brad Morgan during the weekend festival. “We’re excited for them to kick off the festival on Friday,” said Regatta music committee chairman Barry Roberts. “It’s great to have them back.”

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Daring musicians Viva Knievel take Regatta stage Saturday Minneapolis-based group to cover an eclectic mix of tunes By Kari Lucin The Globe WORTHINGTON — With a 12-person lineup including a horn section, the band Viva Knievel — not to be confused with the 1977 movie of the same name — might just be the biggest rock band ever to perform at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival. “We wanted to step it up,” said Barry Roberts, who serves as music chairman for the Regatta as well as being a member of its Board of Directors. “What is a really cool cover band and a party band that would be neat, and it’s going to get people talking?” Viva Knievel, a high-octane cover band based in Minneapolis, was the answer, and they will play at 9 p.m. Saturday. “We’re going to take the jump and take the challenges,” said Mark Schwandt, Viva Knievel’s drummer. The name of the band was inspired by motor-

cycle daredevil Evel Knievel, who took chances and made big jumps across canyons and over buses, most famously in the 1970s — and when it started out, Viva Knievel primarily played classic rock from that same era. Its members were all original artists with their own original bands, and they got together to perform at a wedding. It was almost a social club of sorts, Schwandt said. “When people were moving across the country and taking on new jobs or growing their families, it was a way for us to maintain our friendships and maintain communication,” he explained. “Over the course of almost a decade now, it’s grown into almost a machine, and we take a lot of pride in it.” It’s a simple concept for a band that proudly calls itself a “fearless American wrecking ball” on its website, vivaknievelband. com, which claims it will bring “chaotic stage shows, salute-inducing

patriotism, face-melting guitar solos and earth-rumbling renditions of all your favorite songs that other bands are too afraid to play.” That’s not an idle boast, either, as the group plays a dizzying array of very disparate tunes from very different genres. “They do a lot of punk, a lot of Top 40, a lot of party stuff,” Roberts said. “They like to hit basically every genre” except country. Sure, an audience might get to hear “Rock the Casbah” or “Let’s Dance,” but they’re just as likely to get Vampire Weekend’s “A-Punk,” the Killers’ “When You Were Young” or “Uptown Funk.” Fatboy Slim and Bruce Springsteen are both on the setlist, along with The Heavy, U2 and Jimi Hendrix. “We are such music nerds that the joy of what we do is also getting these songs exactly right,” Schwandt said. “Recreations to a T. When it comes to tones, when it comes to per-

formances, we really try to break these down and not do interpretations of songs but try to play them verbatim — how close can we get to the original recording?” Viva Knievel is also choosy about what it plays, picking only songs its members really love. “We recently brought on a new keyboardist whose name is Jack Kolb’Williams, and he is an all-star,” Schwandt said. “A great pianist and a great drummer.” Now the group has three percussionists, and as a result Viva Knievel has added a lot of percussion into its set, with all three taking a turn at the drums. The band will be switching instruments on stage and featuring many different singers from within its lineup. “People aren’t sure what to expect, but it’s going to be a very entertaining show, and (it’s) one of the best cover bands in the Midwest,” Roberts said. “They only do a handful of dates a

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Viva Knievel will take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday at WKH :RUWKLQJWRQ :LQGVXU¿QJ 5HJDWWD 0XVLF )HVWLYDO year. We’re lucky to be able to get them here.” “We’re very excited to come to Worthington, and we just worked up

our new live show for the summer,” Schwandt said. “We’re as excited to perform it as I hope people are to see it.”

Brad Morgan makes first Regatta festival appearance By Emma McNamee The Globe WORTHINGTON — Country music artist and songwriter Brad Morgan will make his first appearance at Worthington’s Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival, filling the 7 p.m. slot on Saturday. Since entering the music scene in 2011, Morgan has released

a full-length album and two EP’s. His 2019 song “Grain of Salt,” has been dubbed a “fun, storytelling, summertime single,” which charted 11 in the nation on the New Music Weekly Chart. Born and raised on a farm near Manning Iowa, Morgan’s Midwest country roots are evident in crowd favor-

ites such as “Unlocked,” “Catchin’ Nothin’ But a Buzz,” “Plan B is for Beer,” “Perfect for Me,” and “Grain of Salt.” “We’ve been trying to get him for a few years now,” said festival music committee chairman, Barry Roberts. “He lives in Nashville now … but we’re excited to have gotten a couple of great, Midwest-based artists.”

Winning The Guthrie’s River Ruckus “Ruckus Rumble,” in 2013 opened the door to new opportunities for Morgan, allowing him to perform with some of county music’s largest acts throughout his career. In 2018, he was declared the KBOE 104.9 FM 2018 Iowa Country Artist of the Year. Morgan has also received nomina-

tions for Midwest Country Music Organization’s 2019 Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and 2021 Entertainer of the Year, according to his website. While 2021 saw the release of a new single for Morgan, titled “You Don’t Know,” the songwriter is continuing to work on new music to release in 2022 as he performs.

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The Regatta offers plenty of fun for children Arts, crafts, carnival games and sand sculpting will be on tap By Kari Lucin The Globe WORTHINGTON — While adults may appreciate the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival’s bloody mary bar and beer tent, there are plenty of fun — and free — activities for kids at the shindig too. “I’ll be out there with the ArtMobile and I’m looking forward to working with the kids,” said Gail Holinka, who runs the ArtMobile. “We’ll have a good time.” She’s planning to do arts and crafts with young people from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the usual location, near the intersection of Third Street and Lake Avenue. Activities will include making suncatchers,

with all kinds of shapes and themes available, and creating fancy hats kids can wear during the festival. For adults and older children, there’ll be a 5-foot-tall cutout of a sailboard to help paint, which will be displayed at future Regattas, Holinka said. There is no cost to participate. Also, the sand pile will be back this year, accompanied by plenty of molds and sand-related toys that will allow youngsters to build the castles or sand sculptures of their dreams. If art and sculpture aren’t a particular kid’s cup of tea, there’s still plenty to do at the Regatta. For the eighth year in a row, Client Community Services Inc. will host its

Kids’ Zone from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday near Sailboard Beach, with carnival-style games for all ages. There’ll be a fishing pond, a duck pond, a dinosaur dig, golfing, a ring toss and a prize wheel, plus other games and prizes. “A lot of times the community gives to us, and this is our opportunity to give back,” said Jeri Schettler, CCSI executive director. CCSI’s supervisory staff will be there, and some of the consumers — those the agency serves — will help out as well, providing a community integration element for them too. “They really enjoy it,” said Ashley Clark, support services director at CCSI. Plus, CCSI will have face painting. “Come on out, bring your kids. It’s free,” Schettler said.

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is the scheduled performance from Viva Knievel at 9 p.m. on Saturday. While the most pop“They’re really going hair band hits, but also By Kari Lucin The group is more than to specialize in the rock some of the standards ular shows seem to be a cover band, though, The Globe WORTHINGTON — side,” said Barry Roberts, of the era from Journey, the national-level coun- with its whip-fast guimusic chairman of the Boston, Aerosmith and try music acts the fesLegacy of the Loud, a tar riffs and vocals that tival brings in, Roberts festival and a member Guns ’N Roses. Twin Cities cover band It’s all part of the fes- said that on Satur- shift to match the style of its Board of Directors. determined to bring lis- “They are going to cover tival’s strategy, Roberts day night he prefers to of the originals, with teners all the classics of everything from Bon Jovi, said. bring in a party band just enough difference 1980s rock, will play at 4 AC/DC, Def Leppard, all “We want to bring in or a cover band, “the to make the material p.m. Saturday at Sailboard that kind of ’80s rock.” familiar music and spe- total opposite” of Fri- new again. Beach at the Worthington The group has shared Legacy’s repertoire cialize in the genres that day’s country-oriented the stage with everyone Windsurfing Regatta and includes a vast array are going to hit every crowd-pleasers. Legacy is part of that, as from David Lee Roth to of tunes, not just the (demographic),” he said. Music Festival.

Whitesnake, Warrant, Queensryche and John Fogerty, and they’ve even performed at the Minnesota State Fair. They’ll bring their unique medley format to the Regatta, where you might find anything from “Renegade” to “Welcome to the Jungle” or “Dream On.” “It really has grown into quite the festival,” Roberts said.

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AU CTION Auction begins at 6 p.m. Saturday 2022 years we’ve worked with charities, organizations WORTHINGTON — and committees to help After a two-year hiatus, fund their cause. This Worthington’s Wind- year the proceeds will surfing Regatta & Music be going towards the Festival will once again Amelia Earhart statue on feature a fundraising Sailboard Beach. “Along with veteran chair auction. auctioneer Steve Prins, Spearheaded by The Globe since the earliest we will welcome one years of the festival, the of the youngest, newevent will again feature est auctioneers in our 10 Adirondack-style area, Riley Widboom, to chairs that have been help auction the chairs hand-painted by local from the Regatta stage,” artists. This marks the Harms added. “Together, 17th year The Globe has they will surely entertain sponsored the fund- and work the crowd for a raiser, with numerous fun-filled evening.” local organizations as the benefactors of the Earhart’s time in Worthington funds raised. Amelia Earhart honed This year, The Globe selected the Worthing- her adventurous spirit in ton Area Chamber of Worthington long before Commerce’s Communi- she started setting flight ty Image Committee to records and broke new receive the funds. The ground for women pilots. money raised will supBorn in Kansas in port the committee’s 1897, Earhart took her plan to install a 500- first flight in 1920. She pound bronze sculpture became an international of Amelia Earhart on Sail- sensation for her work in board Beach, along the aviation before she was shores of Lake Okabena. lost at sea in 1937. An estimated $44,000 Multiple Earhart biogneeds to be raised for the raphies take note of her purchase of the statue, time in Worthington, which features Earhart where she first rode in an seated on a park bench, automobile and learned and its installation. how to play tennis. “We are so excited to “There was an exciting bring back the chair auc- motor trip to the Gration to this year’s Regat- ham Lakes — three cars ta,” said Globe Publisher in a convoy — where Joni Harms. “Over the the Kansas visitors swam By Julie Buntjer The Globe

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The Regatta board worked to incorporate some fresh ideas into this year’s festival, the result being the first-ever Bloody Mary bar, open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the beer tent on Sailboard Beach. “Hopefully it becomes an annual thing,” Miller said. “We just thought we’d make it more fun and appealing, and (add) another stream of income.” Also new this year — and thanks to the contingent from Worthington’s sister city of Crailsheim, Germany — the festival stage will feature a concert from the visiting Crailsheim city band. The performance is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. Approximately 70 guests from Crailsheim

will be visiting Worthington this week. They arrived Tuesday evening, and will be here until June 14. In addition to the performance at the Windsurfing Regatta, the Crailsheim band will be in concert at 7 p.m. today, June 8, at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell, and lead a farewell concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington. With all of the free musical entertainment on tap for the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival, it’s important to note that the three-day event wouldn’t be possible without sponsorships and sales of food and beverages during the event. Sponsors for this year’s Regatta include Billion Automotive, The Thompson Mexican Grill, Sanford Worthington, United Prairie Bank, Jay-

and fished and roasted marshmallows. Amelia’s dress caught fire, and she jumped in the lake,” wrote former Globe editor Ray Crippen in 2009. It was Crippen who, in a 2010 Globe column, suggested the city of Worthington erect a statue of Earhart in the community, offering the downtown area, Worthington Regional Airport or along Lake Avenue as ideas. “I never have believed Worthington has made enough of its association with Amelia Earhart,” Crippen wrote. The Community Image Committee began discussing the possibility in earnest in 2018, according to Zuby Jansen, who co-chairs the committee. “It’s just a great historical piece to put by our lake,” Jansen said of the sculpture, designed by artist Gary Lee Price. It features Earhart sitting on a park bench and gazing at the sky, with her leather aviator helmet and goggles beside her. Earhart, along with her sister, Muriel, and their friends swam and fished in Lake Okabena, and took turns riding a pony named Prince.

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This is the proposed Amelia Earhart bronze statue the Community Improvement Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce would like to purchase and install on Sailboard Beach in Worthington.

off Saturday evening, with Prins and Widboom starting the bidding at 6 p.m. on the Regatta festival stage. Chair sponsors and their artists include: Crafty Corner Quilt and Sewing Shoppe, Bob Henderson and Rod Harvey; Johnson Jewelry, Adry Stafford; CCSI, Lisa Severance; Nau Construction, Sue Nau; Merck, Clint Meyer; Avera Worthington Medical Center, Amanda Von Holdt; The Stag, Nobles County Art Club; Johnson Builders, Eleanor Teerink; The Daily Chair auction is at Apple, Alisha Clausen; 6 p.m. Saturday and the Union for DisThe 10 locally-painted trict 518, Worthington chairs will be auctioned High School Art Club. cox PowerSports, Merck, JBS and the Worthington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Food vendors will be open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and reopen at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Meanwhile, the beer tent will open at 4 p.m. Friday, and be open at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Bloody Mary Bar going until noon, and other adult beverages sold from noon until close. The Globe will once again have a tent at this year’s festival, where people can come in and purchase a limited edition Worthington-Opoly game and the equally limited edition Worthington-Crailsheim pins, marking the 150th anniversary of the city of Worthington, and the 75th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Crailsheim, Germany.

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Beach preach Second year for Sunday worship at the Regatta By Jane Turpin Moore The Globe WORTHINGTON — Maybe the nearly perfect June weather had something to do with it. Or maybe people were just thrilled with the chance to be together on the shores of Lake Okabena offering praise and thanksgiving as another successful Worthington Windsurfing Regatta weekend wound down. Whatever the reasons, the first attempt at a Sailboard Beach Sunday service in June 2021 was a hit — and organizers are primed for the second annual event. “We never dreamed it would be such a great success,” said Wesley Kouba, lead pastor at Worthington’s Lakeside Church and a member of the Regatta Board for a second year. “The weather was amazing and that was a key factor in our favor, plus it was the first Regatta after COVID, so for people to have the chance to come out was special. The attendance was certainly encouraging.” Worshippers from several different denominations were part of the crowd, which was estimated at about 300 people, and Kouba said the assembly was a cooperative project among

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many ministers from the Worthington Area Christian Ministerial Association (WACMA). “It was a community effort, and we opened it up to whoever wanted to participate,” Kouba said. The 2022 service is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 12, at Sailboard Beach. (However, if it rains or the weather is otherwise inclement, the service will be canceled.) Attendees may bring their own lawn/camp chairs for seating. Taking advantage of the stage setup that will have been in use for musical acts earlier in the weekend, musicians from the Lakeside Church’s band (which includes keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, bass and vocals) will lead the music portion of the service that Kouba expects will last about an hour overall. “We’ll have some paper copies of song lyrics but will also have QR codes available for people to scan with their phones,” said Kouba. Most will find the format fairly familiar; Kouba said ministers from various local churches will assume the roles of Scripture readers and leaders of corporate and/ or responsive prayers. “And we’ve invited people from different

congregations to share a contribution of spiritual hope,” said Kouba, “Maybe a brief word about recent experiences of joy, hope or celebration from the past year, what they’re grateful to the Lord for. “We want to share and declare there is reason to celebrate and not give up.” John and Kris Stewart, co-pastors of Worthington’s Living Waters Covenant Church, will offer the sermon. The intended sermon text is Philippians 4:8, in which the apostle Paul exhorted his fellow believers to think on things that are honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise (words taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible). “The verse ends with the phrase, ‘think on these things,’ and we will discuss how this passage encourages us to take all of this into account and remember it when we are acting,” said John Stewart. “We need to be focus-

ing on the positives and considering how our actions affect others.” Added Kris Stewart, “It’s about being intentional and thinking about how you are treating other people and living your life.” As a married couple for 31 years and pastoral partners for a quarter-century (they will mark their 18th year in Worthington this fall), the Stewarts have had plenty of practice sharing a pulpit and will each deliver segments of the sermon on Regatta Sunday. They also are experienced at leading outdoor services in non-traditional spaces so the couple are fully ready to roll with whatever the morning may throw their way, whether that be wind or sun. “We’ve had a ‘Worship on the Water’ service for our church from the end of a dock, and last year on July 4 we had an outdoor service when it was terribly windy,” said Kris Stewart by way of affirming that less-than-stellar weather conditions will

not faze them. But Sunday morning is not only about a service; it’s also about service, said Kouba. “The Regatta always needs volunteers because it takes a lot to pull off a large community event,” he said. “After the service, we encourage people to stay and help us tidy up the Sailboard Beach area to its beautiful pre-Regatta self.” Added Kris Stewart, “If the sermon involves thinking about how you treat one another, this is part of it — a real chance to live it out, not just to sit, soak it up and walk away.”

And Kouba, who delights in the idea that members of a diverse community can assemble as a unified faith community, is hopeful some food vendors will stick around to offer service attendees options to purchase a tasty lunch of their choice, too. “Many hands make light work,” said Kouba of the cleanup portion. “You can put your faith into action, and this can be a way to care for and love our city. “The life of Jesus calls us to serve, and what a fantastic way for God’s people to do something cool,” he continued.

past decade as an independent artist, he says “A Little More Country Than That” still reflects who he is as an artist and where he sees his career going. “That’s really how I grew up,” Corbin said

in his press bio. “‘A Little More Country Than That’ radiates with me and my band as well because that’s really who I am. That’s where I came from; that’s what I am. It’s just as important now

as it was then because that’s the one that started it all for me … I think it also defines my audience and who they are.” During his early years, Corbin was surrounded by music. He cred-

its Merle Haggard and Hank Williams as artists who helped define his musical memories. Even then, Corbin knew he wanted to be a country music singer. Now, over a decade

into his career, Corbin is known as a vocalist and “country traditionalist” who weaves timeless story songs together while tipping his hat to the classic country artists who came before him.

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