Going on Faith

Spring 2017

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Courtesy Christ in the Smokies Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens going on faith [ spring 2017 ] 28 By Electric Worship Photography Courtesy King's Island TobyMac performs at Hills Alive Festival in Rapid City [ KINGDOM BOUND FESTIVAL ] DARIEN, NEW YORK Guests to the Kingdom Bound Festival not only listen for God's message from top Christian artists, but also look for visual representations of God's love in their own art. The four-day festival outside of Buffalo, New York, features popular Christian music, as well as a variety of activities, like the Art and Soul Workshops. Taught by artist Tony Goodwin, these sessions teach participants to find their inner creativity. Seminars, worship gatherings, skits and games all revolve around biblical teachings. The July festival recently added Awaken, a new youth program geared toward high school and college students. The pro- gram engages groups with guided worship, keynote speakers, interactive games and breakout sessions. The festival takes place on the grounds of Darien Lake Theme Park and partners with the amuse- ment park's lodge for packaged deals. Attendees can choose among the park's lodge, cabin, bunk house or campgrounds. Those staying at the park's accommodations can enjoy additional activities, including acoustic worship around the fire, morning worship services, open mic nights, movie nights and late-night dance parties. What started as a basic Christian concert in 1986 grew quickly once the Darien Lake Theme Park became involved the next year. In 2016, the concert drew more than 40,000 for more than 40 musi- cal acts, such as Skillet, RED, For King and Country and Rend Collective. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: All tickets to the concert include access to the Darien Lake theme park. The park offers more than 45 rides, including six roller coasters, a wave pool, a lazy river, dozens of family rides and entertainment shows. The 1,200-acre park also contains the rustic 196- room Lodge of the Lake Hotel. The park is in Darien, New York, in Genesee County, 45 minutes from Niagara Falls between Buffalo and Rochester. Groups in the area also take advantage of the region's quaint towns, the JELL-O Gallery Museum and Darien Lakes State Park. www.kingdombound.org/festival [ SPIRITSONG ] KINGS MILLS, OHIO Groups can embrace the joy of life by swaying to a song of praise one minute and screaming with their friends on a record-breaking roller coaster the next at SpiritSong. This contemporary Christian music festival takes place at Kings Island, an amusement park outside of Cincinnati. For more than 20 years, groups have traveled from near and far to attend the June festival, which includes entrance to Kings Island and Soak City water park. Top artists, such as Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac and Rend Collective, perform at the amusement park's 10,000-seat, outdoor Timberwolf Amphitheatre. Groups can choose from one-day, two-day or three-day tickets to the festival, but planners should book early, since the festival often sells out. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Guests can wander the 364-acre Kings Island for thrills at any of the park's more than 100 rides. Adrenaline lovers will appreciate the park's 15 roller coasters, including the world's longest wooden roller coaster, the Beast, and the record-breaking Banshee. The adjacent Soak Island offers more than 50 water attractions, such as the Tropical Plunge, where participants can choose from six different waterslides in one seven-story complex. Nearby Cincinnati also has a wide range of attractions, from cultural museums to an acclaimed zoo. Opened in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo holds the distinction of being the second-oldest zoo in the nation. Guests can admire more than 580 animal species, take a train ride or experience a 4-D Theater production. www.spiritsongfest.com Spiritsong at King's Island near Cincinnati KENTUCKY OHIO INDIANA Cincinnati Indianapolis Louisville Lexington 1 South of I-74 & west of I-275, 20 minutes west of Cincinnati Aer a day at nearby Creation Museum, it's the perfect time for a Twilight Tour. Venture down the Ohio River Scenic Byway to tour and dine in historic Aurora, Indiana's landmark estates – Hillforest Victorian House Museum and Veraestau Historic Site. Tour SOUTHEAST INDIANA www.TOURSoutheastIndiana.com 800-322-8198 Progressive Mansions Dinner Twilight Tour Guides in costume, Hillforest Delicious desserts, Veraestau

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