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July 23, 2011
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Adam Whittington's performance stages keep getting bigger.

The young singer-songwriter from Ishpeming is appearing today at the Mall of America in Minneapolis as part of the Indie Music Channel 2011 Fest-Metro Music Inc. He'll be on the main stage at 12:30 p.m. (CDT), Macy's Court at 3:30 p.m. and the Nickelodeon Stage at 6 p.m., reported his mother and manager, Teresa Whittington.

'He is excited to perform there because it has been one of his dreams," Teresa Whittington said.

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And that is just the start.

"Adam will be on the No Bully Tour America 2011 beginning Aug. 22-28. He will be traveling via tour bus with other artists to several West Coast locations, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Colo., Albuquerque, N.M. and Phoenix," she said.

Fans who want to know more about Adam's participation in the tour - which had an East Coast leg, a Country Music leg, and a Pop Music leg, which is what Adam is part of - are advised to check his website,, or for specific locations.

"Adam will also be available to communicate with fans throughout the tour using video chat," Teresa said. "Adam could be performing one to three times a day at different venues in each city. "

The 19-year-old has a specific reason for participating in the tour.

"Adam being a victim of bullying when he was younger and knowing many others who have experienced being bullied, felt this tour would be an excellent way to use his music and talent to help others. He will be performing his original music and speaking at some of the locations," his "momager" said.

This summer, Adam has been featured in performances at a number of locations.

"He feels blessed being able to perform in the areas of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota while being home and is so happy to have such a supportive community," Teresa said.

Adam will return to California in mid August. In addition to the tour, studio work will be on Adam's agenda once he returns to Los Angeles.

Rabbit Island

In the June 26 edition of The Mining Journal, Rob Gorski, a New York City emergency room physician, talked about his dream for making an artists residency on Rabbit Island off the Keweenaw Peninsula.

It's an island he purchased and it's his wish to have a building constructed there to allow artists of all kinds a spot in which to work, to create and to live. To achieve that goal, he and his friend, Andrew Ranville, started a Kickstarter project to raise funds.

Gorski provided this update:

"We will be arriving at the Island (today) and staying until mid August to begin the project and start to put the funds to use. We're terribly excited about this and look forward to getting started. We hope to blog and Tweet a bit from our phones out there (occasionally there are a few bars of service, strangely enough) and people can find this by checking out our website,

"In the end, we ended up receiving about $2,500 above our goal and reached $14,970 which will be put towards our creative efforts on the island in preparation for future artists to come and work. We were overwhelmed with support from like-minded people all over the world as stories that were written (including the initial Mining Journal piece) kept being bounced around the web and via word of mouth.

"In the end over 120,000 people viewed one Gizmodo blog article alone and in one day our Flickr photo page was viewed by 29,000 people. This was really amazing. We're still definitely in shock. We had no idea the story would go viral but it goes to show the power of the Internet when an idea takes off."

Puzzling development

Freelance writer Mary Kinnunen has penned "Peninsula Crosswords," 50 puzzles with Upper Peninsula themes.

"I expanded the puzzle content from the central to the whole U.P.," said Kinnunen, a third-generation Yooper, in a press release.

Covering the territory from Copper Harbor to Menominee and from Ironwood to Sault Ste. Marie with themes from food to sauna to fishing, "Peninsula Crosswords" is available at area booksellers. Visit for a complete listing of U.P. outlets.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.



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