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Apr. 7th, 2005

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Brand New Music Festival Receives Grant Funding and Announces Discounted Ticket Sales

The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, a project of the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (a 501c3 non-profit organization) has received grant funding. The Western UP Convention and Visitors Bureau approved up to $5000 grant for advertising and promotional expenses. In addition, a $2000 grant was received from the Copper Country Community Arts Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Early Purchase Special - 25% Off until April 15th!

Purchase a ticket early and save 25% off the normal ticket prices of $20 Friday, $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday, or $50 3-day pass. Get your tickets soon because there is a limited supply, only 1000 tickets will be sold for each day of the festival!

The first Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is scheduled to take place Friday August 26 (4 - 10 pm), Saturday August 27 (12 - 10 pm) and Sunday August 28 (10 am - 7 pm) at the Winter Sports Complex (ski hill and chalet area) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon County located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The festival will feature Grammy nominated Iris DeMent (Folk/Country) and special guests Kelly Joe Phelps (Blues), Ember Swift (High-Energy Folk) and Garnet Rogers (Contemporary Folk) along with Bill and Peg Carrothers (Jazz), Conga Se Menne (Finnish Reggae), Rachel Davis, Sista Otis, as well as other artists.

Up to 1000 people each day will hear the over 15 artists who will appear on an outdoor stage. Temporary canopy covered stages will be set up at the base of the hill and several acres of open slope will be mowed and ready for your blankets and lawn chairs. Attendance is limited therefore a bad seat will not be found. Additional workshops and performances will take place indoors at the ski chalet. The restaurant located inside the ski chalet will offer a varied menu and will be open throughout the festival.

The Porcupine Mountains are a popular tourist destination. Ontonagon is largest by acreage and is also one of the least densely populated counties in Michigan. We welcome you to our community and openly share our wondrous natural surroundings. There are more than 40 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, which was recently named one of the cleanest beaches in America. The thousands of acres of state and federal land, a community lighthouse, an area rich in mining history and Native American history are all a part of the legacy of the area. Make sure you allow for fishing, boating, hiking, camping, and local tours and museums. Ontonagon County also boasts Michigan's and the Midwest's largest span of virgin hardwood maple/hemlock forest located within the boundaries of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

"The Music Festival being planned offers locals and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy a mix of cultural entertainment during the 3-day event. The economic impact of such festivals lasts long after the festival ends, as visitors to our area will want to return time and time again to take advantage of our scenic, recreational outdoor activities. I commend the Friends of the Porkies on their on-going efforts to invite locals and visitors to enjoy not only the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, but also our entire area", said Dorothy Bussiere, Administrative Secretary of the Ontonagon County EDC.

Donations may be sent to:

Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
P.O. Box 694
White Pine, MI 49971

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

www.porkiesfestival.org

Zach Miller
Festival Coordinator
217-621-6768
zach@porkiesfestival.org
Linda & Don Kermeen (Co-coordinators)
Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
800-344-5355
info@superior-shores-resort.com

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From:the_sween
Date:April 7th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Talk about getting in on the ground floor of something: Eva and I got our tix in the mail the other day and we're numbers 4 and 5.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
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And the crazy thing that I keep meaning to email you guys about is that if you're going to be mad bad volunteers you can TOTALLY have free admission. Our standard is that anyone who puts 6 hours into the festival during that weekend gets a weekend pass.

You bought the tickets before I remembered to tell you that!

So we can refund your ticket purchase at some point...
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
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Also, while I'm at it, I keep meaning to email you and Eva about this too but how many posters do you want to put up around Madison.

You can print your own (on bright colored paper if you can!) from here if you have access to a decent laser printer:
http://www.porkiesfestival.org/marketting/FestPosters/FestPoster2.pdf

Or we can mail some to you. We've got lots already made. Just tell me how many you can put out and when you put them out send me a list of where you put them up.

You'll get a free t-shirt for your street team work!
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From:the_sween
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
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We can print them out. I have access to mad quantities of bright colored paper and a laser printer that came with my office.

Is there a time period you'd like the majority of them put up?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
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Basically as soon as you can. This weekend would be great but I totally understand that that is pretty short notice to spring a job on ya, so whenever you can. Just let me know what areas you hit and how many you got out there.

We'll reposter probably every month or so until the fest.

Thanks!


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From:the_sween
Date:April 8th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
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I've been feeling like crap the last few days, but I'll see what I can do. It shouldn't be a problem to head up to campus and downtown to put a bunch up.

Which brings up another question: how specific do you want to get with the reporting of locations?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 8th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
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Specific enough that if I get another volunteer to work Madison I can tell them where not to go (also to give tips of good locations for repostering to someone who might recover the same area). Not knowing the lay of the land there I trust you to figure out how specific that needs to be. You can probably do it in terms of areas like "campus" or "downtown" with some examples of the kinds of places you hit like "every bulliten board in every classroom" or "just coffeeshops and major posting boards" or something like that. If there's some particularly noteworthy places where you put them up like "the office of the Society For Traveling to Outdoor Folk Shows" or something note that. But definitely don't worry about noting every single individual location.

Basically do as much or as little work as you are comfortable doing, it's a BIG city and I definitely don't expect you and/or Eva alone to cover the whole thing. If notetaking is onerous, just tell me how many you put up and it's not a big deal.
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From:swank76
Date:April 7th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Don't you think it misleading to have the website named "Porkiesfestival" when this involves neither teen hijinx, sophomoric sex nor any of the movies?

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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 7th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Heh. The rate at which people make that joke is a good measure of how far you are from the UP.
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From:boannan
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
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I assume more distance = higher frequency.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 8th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
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Yes, because everyone from the UP knows those mountains as "The Porkies" so they are WAY higher on the list of potential referents for the word "porkies" than the 80s movie.
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