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Letter from the Editor Brrrrrrrr..... Honey, it’s cold outside Or, at least, it is where I live. Yep, I’m still in northcentral Ohio with about 4” of snow on the ground instead of lounging on the beach with my laptop. Every winter I start in whining about freezing Winter weather and my hubby always responds with the same reasoning: Why are we here? Because we choose to be. And where is home? Here with the kids and grandkids (or most of them). So, why are you complaining? Ok, I’m not. So as much as I love the South (and I lived for 3 years near Orlando and loved every minute of it) I must admit Home is where the heart is. And there is so much to do and there are so many places to go and people to see that simply can’t be done in warmer climate. So you will find this Winter issue is geared toward both. If you love the outdoor snow sports, we provide the 9 top destinations for ski-

ing on P.6. If you want a romantic getaway, we have several options. The Winterfests abound in almost every state from northern states featuring dogsled races to Southern states featuring Jamfests or car shows. Or better yet, wherever your extended weekend getaway takes you, don’t forget to pack your handheld GPS and do some geocaching along the way. I got my first dose of the game last Spring when my sister and brother-in-law came for a visit. While we girls shopped, he went geocaching. While we finished our desserts and visited, he went geocaching. While we slept in at the resort, he could take his early morning walk and go geocaching. While we traveled from one destination to the other, well, we all went geocaching... You get the picture? See page 12 for our details on our cover feature.

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CONTENTS Top Nine 6 Ski Resorts in the U.S. Places to Go: 5 Winter Festival, WI 13 Norhwest Wisconsin 15 Blue Harbor, WI 16 WinterFests w/Dog Sledding, MI 17 Shreveport, LA 18 Fund Raiser Events 20 River City, TN Page 4

People to See 02 Musicians at Winterfest 20 Musicians at Winter Jam 22 Extraordinary Women, OK 23 The Killers, Bob Segar, Fl Things to Do 8, 9, 15, 24 Romantic Getaways 12 Geocaching 14 Focus on Human Rights

Bring Summer fun indoors in the Winter by visiting Breaker Bay TM at the Blue Harbor Resort in Wisconsin See P. 15 Winter, 2012

Top 9 Ski Resorts in America nearly every state with semi-annual snowfall and a slightly bumpy terrain boasts at least one ski resort, but for those people for whom skiing is as much a sport as a pastime, only the best will do. And that's what you will read about below. In a nod to geographical realities and to be considerate of readers who live on the East Coast, we included two Eastern resorts, although the skiing is inferior to what one will invariably find in the West. Moreover, we have selected one resort per ski area. (We expect that readers will feel that we did not include many of their favorites and you may tell us so here.) All the resorts included here, however, have been selected as much for the comfort and luxury of their lodges as for the quality of their ski runs. If you're into extreme skiing and rough accommodations, the following may not be for you. But if you like your snow as white as your bed linen and the air as intoxicating as a bottle of Dom Perignon, then these are the places for you. 1. The Little Nell, Aspen, Colo. - Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell has been spoiling guests since it first opened its doors in 1989. A member of Relais & Chateaux, The Little Nell boasts a superb restaurant and 92 guest rooms, each of which comes with a fireplace that is perfect for relaxing in front of after a long day on the slopes. If it's been a particularly hard day, work out the kinks and tender spots at the hotel's spa. For more information, please call (970) 920-4600 or visit their Web site at 2. Inn At Beaver Creek, Beaver Creek, Colo. Only half an hour (depending on road conditions) west of Vail, Beaver Creek is like Vail in embryo. While this pretty little ski town is hardly undiscovered, it has yet to become the skiing version of a megamall that now defines places such as Aspen Page 6

and Vail. But development here over the past few years has been ferocious and pseudo-Alpine condos are going up a rapid clip. Nevertheless, Beaver Creek offers challenging slopes for both skiers and boarders alike, as well as first-class accommodation at the massive yet comfortably rustic Inn at Beaver Creek. Located only yards from the ski lift of the western slope of the resort, the Inn is very comfortable, offering Jacuzzis in every room and complimentary breakfast. For more information, please call (888) 485-4317 or visit their Web site at 3. Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah - Since he first came to the U.S. four decades ago, former 1952 Olympic skiing gold medallist Stein Eriksen has made a career out of getting Americans up on skis. He has been both a ski instructor and a leading developer of luxury ski resorts, beginning first in Park City, Utah, and culminating in the creation of his eponymous resort in nearby Deer Valley in the Wasatch mountain range. The great thing about Deer Valley is that it is designed to provide ski runs for skiers of all ages and abilities. While there might be more challenging mountains, there are few more comfortable, which explains why it is so popular with older skiers as well as with families. Fireplaces are everywhere and, unlike many ski resorts that tend to decorate their rooms with faux-Alpine furniture, the lodge is full of the real thing. Another reason to go is the food at the lodge's restaurant, appropriately named Valhalla, after the Norse home of the gods. For more information, please call (435) 649-3700 or visit their Web site at 4. Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyo. - Aman Resorts has developed a reputation for creating peerless resorts on tropical islands and on beaches with exotic, lyrical names like Bora Bora and Amanpuri, but

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now it has brought its experience to bear on its first North American property, the Amangani. Located in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the Amangani is also the chain's first cold-weather resort; for a company that is more associated with sandy beaches and ocean breezes, they take to the snow very well. The 40suite, three-story lodge is set on the edge of a butte with views looking down the Teton Pass, which divides the Snake River Range from the snowcapped Teton Mountains. After a hard day of skiing, guests can relax in a sunken tub or on hydraulic massage beds after a dinner at the Grill, which offers Asian food with a Western touch. For more information, please call (307) 734-7333 or visit their Web site at 5. Topnotch, Stowe, Vt. - While it is unfair to compare the quality of skiing in Vermont to the powder of Utah, not everyone can live in Salt Lake City or Vail. Fortunately, for those skiers who live in the East, there is Topnotch, which offers some of the best skiing east of the Rockies AND 1st class pampering. Located between the picturesque Vermont town of Stowe and Mount Mansfield, Topnotch sits on 120 acres and during the winter offers skiers the perfect jump-off spot for skiing at the Stowe Mountain Resort. If you're more interested in crosscountry skiing, the lodge maintains a network of well-groomed trails. For more information, please call (800) 451-8686 or visit their Web site at 6. Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley, Idaho - The granddaddy of American ski resorts, Sun Valley became popular in the 1930s when celebrities who had learned to ski in Europe first discovered it. Today it is still one of the most popular ski destinations because of the quality of the trails on its two mountains: Baldy, for advanced skiers, and Dollar, for beginners. The great thing about Sun Valley is they've been doing it right for so long that they don't know any other way. The Lodge is wonderfully comfortable, full of roaring fireplaces and soft couches and beds that seem appropriately and satisfactorily old-fashioned. This is not a glitzy place, but if you want good food, good rooms and great skiing in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, this is the place. For more information, call (800) 786-8259 or visit online at 7. The Peaks At Telluride, Telluride, Colo. - The Peaks offer not only exceptional skiing in the 14,000foot-high San Juan mountain range, but also one of Winter, 2011

the finest spas, the Golden Door Spa. The resort contains 174 luxury rooms and suites, 14 penthouse condominiums and 10 private cabins. It has skiin/ski-out access to the mountain and three new Doppelmayr high-speed detachable quad lifts to help ensure quick access to the top of the run. While the slopes can accommodate skiers of all abilities, Telluride is particularly appealing to the expert skier who is looking for a challenge on one of its many advanced runs. This year the resort's total ski area has been doubled by the addition of 733 new acres from Prospect Bowl, meaning you could spend a week here and never ski the same run twice. After a hard day on the slopes, a visit to the 42,000-square-foot Golden Door really rounds out the experience at The Peaks. Inspired by traditional Japanese techniques and complemented by more modern practices like hydrotherapy and herbal wraps, the spa alone is worth the trip. For more information, please call (800)-789-2220 or visit their Web site at www.thepeaksre- 8. Sonnenalp, Vail, Colo. - If it weren't such a terrific hotel, the Sonnenalp's ersatz-Bavarian touches would almost be humorous. In fact, in many ways, the Sonnenalp is almost more Germanic than most ski lodges in Austria or Switzerland these days. It ends up adding to, rather than taking away from, the hotel's considerable charm. (Even better, each room comes with a large soaking tub and heated tile floors.) The quasi-Old World feel is particularly appreciated given the crowds that nowadays inundate Vail. While the Sonnenalp can't help you move through the lift lines any faster, it can give you a better place to return to after a day's skiing which, once you make it to the top, is still among the best in the world. For more information, please call (800) 654-8312 or visit online at 9. Powderhorn Suites, Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico - This world-class location offers casual elegance of Southwestern style combined with the comforts of European luxury. Featuring condominiums, suites and hotel rooms that will satisfy everyone's overnight lodging needs. Read by the fireplace, catch up on the real world with satellite TV, email a friend about your vacation with wireless high-speed internet, walk out on your balcony for an unbelievable view, or just rest and relax in our well-furnished, luxurious accommodations. For more information, call (800) 776-1111 or visit online at

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North Carolina

Things to Do: Romantic Getaway Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Western North Carolina Inn mear Asheville has received the AAA Four-Diamond Award for both the inn and restaurant for 15 consecutive years The AAA FourDiamond restaurant serves new American cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients that highlight the efforts of local farmers. Once a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, the 1906 Pine Crest Inn & Restaurant has received the AAA Four-Diamond Award for both the inn and restaurant for 15 consecutive years. The Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features 35 luxury guest rooms; four in the main Pine Crest Lodge and the remainder in ten Page 08

outlying cottages. Original buildings, including a 240-year-old log cabin, a woodcutter cottage, and a stone cottage, add to its charm. Each of the guest rooms has a private bath, telephone, television and VCR, and many rooms feature sitting rooms, fireplaces, and whirlpool baths. Carters at Pine Crest, The AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, serves new American cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients that highlight the efforts of local farmers. Their Blue Ridge Mountain setting is a popular spot for group retreats, seminars, small meetings and weddings. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-859-9135. 800-633-3001 or visit online at

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New Hampshire

Things to Do: Romantic Getaway The Inn at Thorn Hill

Reconnect and return to your world refreshed, relaxed and restored when you stay at The Inn at Thorn Hill. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, The Inn at Thorn Hill is a recipient of AAA's Four Diamond Award in both the lodging and dining categories for 2011. This inn boasts an extensive 3000 bottle wine list, one of the largest in New Hampshire. “Romantic escapes and relaxing retreats are our specialty in the beautiful setting of the village of Jackson, just over the covered bridge” says the owner. “Come recline on our wraparound porch, feel the sweet, clean breezes of the mountain air, watch a northern sunset and let our staff pamper Winter, 2012

and relax you.” The Inn offers sixteen unique guest rooms and suites in the main inn, carriage house and the private cottages, all luxuriously styled with Jacuzzi tubs, king and queen beds, steam showers, TV/ DVD and gas fireplaces. The Inn's full service spa offers an extensive spa menu and special spa packages. Enjoy your morning meal the way it should be, with mountain views from our dining room, homemade breads, granola, pastries and a range of choices that should please any palate. For more information, visit, or call 800-2898990.

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People to See at: The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music's largest annual tour and Pollstar’s #1 tour in attendance for the first quarter of this year, has announced its highly anticipated 2012 artist and city line-up during a special launch event held in Nashville. Founded and hosted by Grammy®-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong and produced by Premier Productions, the Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular will be headlined by Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers Skillet. The 47-city tour will also feature Sanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, illusionist Brock Gill, and national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the OneVerse PreJam Party will include performances from Dara Maclean, For King & Country, and We As Human. VeggieTales' Bob and Larry will also make a special appearance. Kicking off its 17th year January 6 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, the tour is slated to stop at Philips Arena in Atlanta; Dallas’ American Airlines Center; the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee; the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina’s Time Warner Cable Arena; the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, among other leading venues, before concluding April 1 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Winter Jam admission is $10 at the door, with no ticket required. “With one of the most powerful line-ups of Christian music’s top artists in Winter Jam history, we are thrilled to announce what promises to be our biggest tour yet,” said NewSong founding member and Winter Jam creator Eddie Carswell. “After seeing more than 90,000 people make decisions for Christ during last year’s tour, we enter Winter Jam’s 17th year of ministry excited to begin the adventure of what God has in store for us—and audiences around the country.” Presented by Holt International, additional Winter Page 10

Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular sponsors include the University of Mobile, The Creation Museum, OneVerse, Wayne E. Bailey Produce, Texas TransEastern, Premier Christian Cruises, Xtreme Conferences, and Camp Electric. Additionally, 2012 marks the continuation of the popular Jam Nation fan program, which will offer individual and group memberships guaranteeing free and early concert admission. Members also receive a limited-edition Jam Nation t-shirt, a collectible Jam Nation Platinum Access Pass, and can participate in a Jam Nation Q&A with select tour artists, among numerous other exclusive benefits. Since its formation by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has featured many of the top names in Christian music, including TobyMac, Third Day, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Jeremy Camp, among others. The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular outpaced attendance for all other tours in the first quarter, including Bon Jovi, U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, according to Pollstar’s 2011 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart. In addition, for the first time in its history, the tour will hit 11 cities in the western United States this fall.

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Celebrating 30 years in Christian music, NewSong has recorded 17 albums, garnering 20 #1 Christian radio singles and a Grammy® Award nomination, in addition to being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, among numerous other achievements. The band’s now-classic 2001 ballad, “The Christmas Shoes,” was a #1 hit at mainstream AC radio and inspired the best-selling novel and top-rated CBS television movie of the same name. NewSong’s latest recording, One True God, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart earlier this year. The project features the new single, “The Same God.” For further information on NewSong, visit With RIAA Gold certification, current scans easily surpassing 800,000 units, non-stop mainstream and Christian market touring, and RIAA Gold certification for each of their three hit Active Rock and Christian Rock singles, two-time Grammy® nominated alternative rockers’ Skillets’ latest, Awake has cemented the band as a top rock act in both the Christian and mainstream markets. Awake hit the ground running debuting at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, selling over 67,000 units and peaking at No. 1 on iTunes® overall “Top Albums” chart and “Top Rock” chart. After two years, the album remains on the Billboard Top 200 with only a handful of other mainstream acts claiming the same honor. Awake boasts four Active Rock radio hits with “Monster,” which was also AOL Music’s No. 4 “Mainstream Rock Song of 2009,” the No. 1 Christian CHR & Rock single “Hero,” which has been Winter, 2012

used by the NFL in their Sunday Night Football and NFL Weekend Kickoff promos, and their latest No. 1 mainstream hit “Awake & Alive," a remix of which is featured on the TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon soundtrack. And while Skillet’s intensely explosive live show consistently ranks within Pollstar’s Concert

Pulse “Top 50 Tours,” the band also received the 2011 Billboard Music Award for "Top Christian Album," and was Billboard's No. 2 “Top Christian Album" and No. 9 “Top Alternative Album” in 2010. For further information on Skillet, visit For more information, visit

Tour Schedule 01/20/2012 01/21/2012 01/22/2012 01/26/2012 01/27/2012 01/28/2012 01/29/2012 02/02/2012 02/03/2012 02/04/2012 02/09/2012 02/10/2012 02/11/2012 02/12/2012 02/16/2012 02/17/2012 02/18/2012 02/19/2012 02/23/2012 02/24/2012 02/25/2012 02/26/2012 03/02/2012 03/03/2012 03/04/2012 03/09/2012 03/10/2012 03/11/2012 03/15/2012 03/16/2012 03/17/2012 03/18/2012 03/23/2012 03/24/2012 03/25/2012 03/26/2012 03/29/2012 03/30/2012 03/31/2012 04/01/2012

Des Moines, IA St. Charles, MO Ft. Wayne, IN Reading, PA University Park, PA Columbus, OH Cleveland, OH Evansville, IN Louisville, KY Greensboro, NC Augusta, GA Greenville, SC Birmingham, AL Chattanooga, TN Council Bluffs, IA Kansas City, MO Oklahoma City, OK Little Rock, AR Cedar Park, TX Wichita, KS Tulsa, OK Tupelo, MS Memphis, TN Bossier City, LA Mobile, AL Columbia, SC Lexington, KY Nashville, TN Norfolk, VA Knoxville, TN Cincinnati, OH Peoria, IL Houston, TX San Antonio, TX Dallas, TX Springfield, MO Ypsilanti, MI Indianapolis, IN Champaign, IL Grand Rapids, MI

Wells Fargo Arena Family Arena Allen County Memorial Coliseum The Sovereign Center Bryce Jordan Center Schottenstein Center The Wolstein Center Ford Center Evansville Freedom Hall Greensboro Coliseum James Brown Arena BI-LO Center BJCC Arena McKenzie Arena Mid-America Center The Sprint Center Chesapeake Energy Arena Verizon Arena Cedar Park Center Intrust Bank Arena BOK Center BancorpSouth Arena FedEx Forum CenturyLink Center USA Mitchell Center Colonial Life Arena Rupp Arena Bridgestone Arena Scope Arena Thompson-Boling Arena U.S. Bank Arena Peoria Civic Center Toyota Center AT&T Center American Airlines Center JQH Arena EMU Convocation Center Bankers Life Fieldhouse Assembly Hall Van Andel Arena

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Let’s Go Geocaching

By Kathy Barnett Managing Editor


hey’re all around you. You just can’t see them unless you know where they are. They are hidden in trees, fence posts, and street signs. Others are lurking in cemeteries, public parks or perhaps an abandoned sewer tile. They’re big. They’re small. Their value? Usually nothing. But it depends on the person who finds it and what it means to them. Sometimes it takes a while to find one even though there are clues to each one. They’re known as caches. People known as geocachers are using modern technology to become modern-day treasure hunters. Johnny Depp has nothing on them.. ‘er, I mean “Captain Jack Sparrow.” They use handheld GPS devices to locate these hidden treasures across the globe. Geocachers - all 5 million+ of them - are an adventurous, family-friendly sort as discovery is what drives them. They thrive on finding new caches and on discovering new destinations while doing so. Armed with smartphones or Page 12

dedicated GPS devices, and in search of their next find, geocachers hit the road in an ongoing quest for their next treasure. Find the cache, sign the logbook and see what others have left behind. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date and signs their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets. It is often described as a "game of high-tech hide and seek." At its simplest level, geocaching requires the following steps: 1. Register for a free Basic Membership online at A basic membership requires only a valid email address and your name to create an account. 2. Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page at this website as it explains in detail how to “hide” a cache yourself and also “seek” by address, state, or even by country. There are step by step instructions to finding your very first cache if you are new at the sport. Keep in mind that distances can be deceiving. Understand the

ference between distances as the crow flies (a direct line) versus true distance of travel. You may be a mile from the cache according to you GPS device, but there may be a river or other obstacles in the way. It is up to you to find the best route to the cache, remembering to respect the environment and practice Cache In Trash Out along the way. 3. Enter your postal code and click "search." Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache. 4. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. 5. Share your geocaching stories and photos online with other treasure seekers. (For the record, there are 1,626,699 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide.) I’m sure this number grows by the minute. Where will you go on your next adventure? A simple side trip to find a geocache could be the beginning of a whole new reason to take an extended weekend getaway! Winter, 2011

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Put Your Romance on Ice This Valentine's Day at Blue Harbor Resort & Spa A Romantic Ice Fishing Adventure is the Perfect Way to Warm Up Your Honey! Blue Harbor Resort & Spa has the perfect Valentine getaway for the romantic adventurist! Stay in the upscale Blue Harbor Resort and Spa on Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, WI, and enjoy a romantic day on the ice -- ice fishing together! Enjoy a guide provided by Wolf Pack tours and up to six hours of ice fishing. The Valentine Adventure getaway also includes a lake view guest suite with a fireplace, breakfast, a private luncheon served in your ice hut, and warmup refreshments. In the evening enjoy a romantic a seafood dinner of native caught wild Walleye in Latitude's Restaurant the Resort's fine dining room. Your dinner will be specially prepared by the Resort's Chef, who is an award winning ice fisherman. And as an extra gift, the Chef will provide a Winter 2012

selection of his personal recipes to take home. The Valentine Adventure on Ice getaway is priced at $189* per person (based on double occupancy) for stays Sunday through Thursday evenings and $209* for Friday and Saturday evenings. The Valentine's Adventure is available with advanced reservations now through February 28th and is subject to ice conditions and guest suite availability. This Classic Lakeside Resort is less than a one hour drive from Milwaukee and a two hour drive from Chicago. The Resort is in the final stages of adding additional sophisticated services and amenities. All guest suites have been upgraded including flat screen TV's, plush pillow-top bedding and more open space. In addition, the Resort's dramatic Lobby is undergoing a renovation to provide a warm welcome and a

spectacular view of Lake Michigan. There is also a renovation to upgrade the function space for weddings and other special events. The 182 all-suite Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is a beautiful Victorian landmark on the shores of Lake Michigan. The resort is located in Harbor Centre District at 725 Blue Harbor Drive in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 53081. For more information and reservations visit: or call 866-701-2583 (BLUE). *Rates based on availability. Reservations are required. Does not include taxes, gratuities or resort fees.

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Places to Go: Michigan Winterfests Kalkaska Winterfest Please note due to current weather conditions with the lack of snow the dates have been postponed to : March 3 & 4, 2012. Kalkaska Winterfest is the largest sprint sled dog race in North America. It features an unlimited class race, the only one in the state of Michigan. Kalkaska Winterfest is held at the Kalkaska Civic Center. Other activities include: sled dog rides, IWPA Dog Weight Pull, outhouse races, children's games, and Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament. For more information visit the website or call (800) 487-6880 or (231) 258-9103. Lyon Township Winterfest In New Hudson, the Lyon Township Winterfest will offer a variety of events, including sled dog rides, ice skating, figure skating demonstrations, 5K snow run, midget hockey game and goal shoot off, an igloo building competition, snow golf, polar plunge, GPS treasure hunt, horse drawn sleigh rides, and

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other kids activities such as an ice fishing competition on Haas Lake, kids zone fun and games, old fashioned jump rope making and a Winter Animal Care Clinic. The winter celebration takes place in and around New Hudson and Lyon Township. January 21, 2012, 11am-4pm. For more information call (248) 437-2240. Winterfest 2012 Winterfest is a full weekend of winter fun in Grand Haven during the last week of January. With Michigan’s winters being long and cold, this is a perfect time to get out and be active. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone warm and having a great time including glow-bowl, a luau, and a humansled race. Winterfest began in 1979 and has grown into a big event along the West Michigan shoreline. This interactive festival is for the very young to the old. Activities are indoors as well as outdoors. For more information, visit

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PLACES TO GO Two major parade weekends and a variety of neighborhood parades will welcome visitors SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA With Mardi Gras season fast approaching, preparations are being made for countless parades, parties, balls, festivals, and neighborhood celebrations in Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side. Carnival festivities begin with the 12th Night Celebration Saturday, Jan. 7, and continue until the midnight Texas Street Bridge Closing Ceremony on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21. Shreveport-Bossier's major parade weekends will feature the Krewe of Centaur, which will roll on Feb. 11, and the Krewe of Gemini, which will roll on Feb. 18. These two parades typically draw some 400,000 people to experience the fun and pageantry of Mardi Gras. Both parades commence at 4 p.m., starting at East King's Highway Park in the Broadmoor neighborhood and ending on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. One aspect of ShreveportBossier's Mardi Gras season which sets it apart from many is the variety of parades and celebrations held annually. The Krewe of Harambee MLK Day Winter, 2012

Parade, celebrating African American culture and heritage, will march on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, known locally as "the Animal Krewe," provides a chance for festive pets to celebrate Mardi Gras in their own parade. The Krewe of Highland Parade, a family-oriented daylight parade, follows a route through Shreveport's historic Highland neighborhood, and is known for unusual throws ranging from grilled hot dogs to cans of SPAM. The Krewe of Aesclepius Children's Parade marks the finale of Mardi Gras celebrations and is held on the same evening as the Texas Street Bridge Closing Ceremony. Along with the parades, Shreveport-Bossier has a unique population of Mardi Gras fanatics who do more than just participate in the festivities. Individuals like Matthew Linn, founder of the Krewe of Highland and Robert Trudeau, a local Mardi Gras expert, play a huge part in making Carnival season not only fun but enriching for the community. Trudeau, who is also very active

in Mardi Gras activities, has written a popular handbook called How to Mardi Gras, a comprehensive 36-page guide to Carnival in Louisiana with 36 illustrations. He is also the cofounder of the Blanc et Noir Marching Society, a Second Line that marches in the Krewe of Highland parade. For more information about Mardi Gras in ShreveportBossier: Louisiana's Other Side, visit

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Places to Go: River City Winter Festival Saturday, January 21, 2012 The UTC Fine Arts Center 8:30 AM-5:30 PM FESTIVAL CONCERT Roland Hayes Concert Hall 4 PM with FREE ADMISSION CHATTANOOGA - UTC’s Department of Music will present the first River City Clarinet Winter Festival, co-hosted by the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir. The day-long event will include rehearsals, a lecture, and culminate in a public performance. Dr. Richard Shanley, Professor Emeritus of Clarinet and former Coordinator of Woodwinds at Baylor University, will be guest artist and clinician for the occasion. In addition to presenting a lecture on the role of harmony clarinets in the clarinet choir and other clarinet ensembles, Dr. Shanley will lead the festival choir during the rehearsals and direct the afternoon concert, which will conclude the day’s events. The stylistically diverse program will consist of original compositions for clarinet choir as well as transcriptions of standard works from the choral, symphonic and chamber repertoire by such masters as Mozart, JS Bach, Corelli, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others. The concert will be free and open to the public. “Response has been tremendous, with over sixty participants already registered from across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida,” said Dr. Nikolasa Winter, 2011

Tejero, director of the festival. Participation is free and open to all high school and college age clarinet students, community amateur and professional clarinetists, but online registration is required. The registration deadline has been extended until Wednesday, January 11, so there is still time to register. RICHARD SHANLEY is Professor Emeritus of Clarinet and former Coordinator of

Woodwinds at Baylor University, where he also performed with the Baylor Woodwind Quintet and Chamber Players. He has just returned from his second teaching trip to China, visiting universities and conservatories in Beijing, Shenyang and Shenzhen as a guest of former student, He, Yi. Dr. Shanley, along with his flutist wife Helen Ann, was recently honored in Chicago with the commission and premier of a trio for flute, clarinet and piano by Daniel Dorff in

tion of their 42 years of teaching at Baylor University. Dr. Shanley has performed and lectured at International Clarinet Society Conventions in Denver, Champaign-Urbana, Toronto, London, Phoenix and Austin, with three appearances at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. In addition, he has appeared at the Chicago, New York, Kansas City and Phoenix National Flute Association conventions as a member of the Baylor Woodwind Quintet as well as in chamber ensembles in New York, Baton Rouge and Dallas. He was also a soloist at the Sixth World Saxophone Congress in Chicago. Dr. Shanley has taught in the El Paso Public Schools and played principal clarinet with the El Paso, Fort Worth and Waco Symphonies, Waco Lyric Opera and clarinet/E-flat clarinet with the Cascade Music Festival Orchestra. Shanley has presented recitals and master classes in the US, Canada, England, Central and South America, Mexico, China, Belgium and Panama. His award-winning students hold orchestral and teaching positions in several of these countries also. He completed a B.A. degree in music education at New Mexico State University and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in clarinet performance with Lee Gibson at the University of North Texas. He has studied clarinet with Ronald Phillips, William Gower, Himie Voxman, Ray Tross, Robert Marcellus and Larry Combs. Page 21

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