Festival Finale

SING: Multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson (left) and Savannah Buist entertain at the Festical of the Arts Closing ceremony on Friday at Crossroads Charter Academy. (Pioneer photo/Miranda Roberts)

SING: Multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson (left) and Savannah Buist entertain at the Festical of the Arts Closing ceremony on Friday at Crossroads Charter Academy. (Pioneer photo/Miranda Roberts)

BIG RAPIDS – The month-long Festival of the Arts in Big Rapids came to an end on Friday with a closing ceremony and concert held at Crossroads Charter Academy.

“Thanks to our community, our university, our downtown businesses, everybody who is so supportive,” said Carrie Weis, FSU Gallery Director and festival board chair. The sponsorship and donations that make this happen is really an incredible thing.”

Awards were presented to Festival of the Arts competition finalists, which included Sk8 Deck design winners Gordon Mallett, Bailey Darwin and Anna Williams, GarageBand winner Jennifer Waite and Five Minute Fiction winner Earl Waite.

Following closing remarks, Tiyi Schippers, president of Gopherwood Concerts in Cadillac, introduced The Accidentals, made up of multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, of Traverse City.

“These two girls were orchestra geeks,” Schippers said. “They met in the high school orchestra up in Traverse City. They were playing for a benefit, and so they had to get together and rehearse. It was like lightening. Do you ever have that feeling? Where it just hits? Music does that. It makes that synergy between human beings, and it’s something we experience together. They said, ‘Let’s do this.’

The Accidentals played an hour-long set full of unique, original songs, putting a twist on traditional folk music.

“They have energy between them and an artistry. Their songs are well beyond their years.”

The duo studied songwriting together at Interlochen Arts Academy.

“I’ve heard it said that songwriting is a lot like reading your diary out loud on a stage,” Schippers said. “It’s very challenging to do that, but when you are given a community like Interlochen that nurtures and supports that and honors that, it gives you the courage to get out there and do it.”

SONGWRITER: Katie Larson, of The Accidentals, sings an original song at a concert held at Crossroads Charter Academy on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Miranda Roberts)

SONGWRITER: Katie Larson, of The Accidentals, sings an original song at a concert held at Crossroads Charter Academy on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Miranda Roberts)

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