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In Recovery Mode — Holiday Fairs, Music & Snow

Lake Superior was showing its strength today by Dustin Lavigne.

Lake Superior, showing its strength by Dustin Lavigne.

 Stormy weather, a snow dump in Duluth and the loss of the iconic Sea Stack in Tettegouche State Park marked the first few days of December on the North Shore. We have documented some of it in the photo section, see below.

Now, the wind has died down, Lake Superior is quiet, and we continue gearing up for the holidays.

This weekend is one of the high points of holiday celebrations in Cook County — the Northwoods Fiber Guild holds its annual open house and sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony, the Girl Scouts help youngsters secretly pick out and wrap presents for their families in Santa’s Workshop and more than 100 members of the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra hold their annual Christmas program on Sunday and Monday night.

.We start the week on Thursday, Dec. 5, when Grand Marais author Staci Drouillard will be the featured guest at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books to celebrate the publication of her book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.”

The book, published by the University of Minnesota Press, is the story of a once vibrant, now vanished off-reservation Ojibwe village near Grand Marais, and it is a vital chapter in the history of the North Shore.

Staci Drouillard will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, to celebrate the publication of her book, "Walking the Old Road." At the Writer's Salon, she will read from and talk about the book, as well as and sign copies.

Staci Drouillard will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, to celebrate the publication of her book, “Walking the Old Road.” At the Writer’s Salon, she will read from and talk about the book, as well as sign copies.

Blending memoir, oral history, and narrative, Walking the Old Road reaches back to a time when Chippewa City, then called Nishkwakwansing (at the edge of the forest), was home to generations of Ojibwe ancestors. Drouillard, whose family once lived in Chippewa City, draws on memories, family history, historical analysis, and testimony passed from one generation to the next to conduct us through the ages of early European contact, government land allotment, family relocation, and assimilation.

“A book 35 years in the making, “Walking the Old Road” adds an important layer of human history to the bedrock of the North Shore,” Drouillard writes.

The Writer’s Salon is from 5-6 p.m. Free and open to all.

Friday features two art openings:

“Art in Process: The Exhibition” featuring the work of Molly Ovenden, opens with a reception at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

"Art in Process: The Exhibition" opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

“Art in Process: The Exhibition” opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Ovenden primarily works in acrylics, watercolors and felt-tip pens. The exhibit continues through Dec. 29. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Also on Friday, Tettegouche State Park will host the opening reception for an exhibit by landscape painter Lisa Kosmo. The opening reception is from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the park.

Painting by Lisa Kosmo. She is opening an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Painting by Lisa Kosmo. She is opening an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Kosmo’s exhibit continues through Dec. 29.

Also, starting on Friday, Lutsen Mountains will host the Snowball Music & Ski Festival, continuing through the weekend. One of the headline bands, Heatbox, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday, to talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. To see the band line-up for the festival, check the Music Schedule, below.

Saturday will be busy. Santa’s Workshop starts at 8 a.m. at the Cook County Community Center with a pancake breakfast, bake sale and kid’s play corner. Kids can start shopping in a separate space at 9 a.m. with Scout elves there to help them pick out presents and wrap them. Santa will be there for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All invited.

At 9 a.m., the Northwoods Fiber Guild opens the doors at the Grand Marais Art Colony for the annual Open House and Holiday Sale. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features high quality handmade clothing and gifts. Everything from mittens to scarves, sweaters to felted purses, socks and more are featured here.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild's Open House and Holiday Sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Holiday Sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

There’s also a Christmas tree decorated with a wide variety of handmade ornaments. Homemade treats and refreshments, as well as spinning, knitting and weaving demonstrations are on-tap during the day and the craft table is open to all.

In annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held at the Grand Portage Lodge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring a variety of art and artisans as well as food and Ojibwe beadwork. All invited.

Saturday is also Community Ink Day at the Grand Marais Art Colony, and the public is invited to create their own art piece while learning about the print studio and techniques. Youth under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. A $5 donation is requested.

In Knife River, this is the weekend for the Julebyen or Christmas Village featuring a great variety of exhibits and activities throughout the weekend, including train rides. In fact, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is running a Julebyen Train from Duluth to Knife River on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Julebyen is right across from the train station in Knife River..

The Julebyen, or Christmas Village, will be held at Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

The Julebyen, or Christmas Village, will be held at Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

At the event, look for outdoor and indoor markets, a Troll Village, a book corner, the Gnome Dome as well as children’s activities.There will be lots of Scandinavian food as well as performances, and a great selection of art and artisans. Two Cook County residents, printmaker Betsy Bowen and illustrator Kari Vick, will be among the artists exhibiting at the event. Open to all. For more info,  Click here,

Quite a bit further down the road, SVEA, Grand Marais’ a cappella Swedish group, will be performing at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday as part of the Institute’s Christmas activities.

SVEA will be performing at the Swedish American Institute on Saturday.

SVEA will be performing at the Swedish American Institute on Saturday.

On Sunday, Voyageur Brewing Co. continues its Artists and Holiday Music series with artists Hannah Palma Laky, Emily Wick, and Katy Attleson exhibiting their work from noon to 4 p.m. Roxann Berglund will play holiday favorites.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will perform this weekend, too, with concerts at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The concerts are an annual Cook County tradition that is nearly 70 years old. This year’s concert offers seasonal favorites and the world premiere of  “The Lingering Light of Day,” by composer Craig Carnahan and poet Julia Klatt Singer.

The creation of this new choral and orchestral work, written by Carnahan and Singer for the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra was funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The piece is based on material gathered from community listening sessions the artists hosted in Cook County last February, in which participants discussed what makes the North Shore a unique place to live. The concert is free, but donations are welcome. And come early to get a good seat.

On Wednesday, Voyageur Brewing hosts three artists: Nancy Seaton, Terry Lewis and Joan Farnam, for its Artists and Live Holiday Music Series.

Glass artist Nancy Seaton is one of the artists who will be exhibiting at Voyageur Brewing on Wednesday.

Glass artist Nancy Seaton is one of the artists who will be exhibiting at Voyageur Brewing on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Roxann Berglund will play. The event runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

And last, but not least, Wunderbar hosts “It’s a Wunderbar Life: Holiday Market” on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4-8 p.m. A popular holiday event, the market will feature more than 20 local artists and businesses scattered around the building as well as live music. Open to all.

Also on Thursday, the 11th annual “Light Up A Life,” sponsored by Care Partners, will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The event offers community members the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one during the holiday season. Each $5 donation lights one bulb in memory of a loved one. The tree will be located in front of the Heritage Post. A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held inside. Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft will lead a brief reflection, and Yvonne Mills will play. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments. For more information, contact Kay Grindland, Care Partners director at 387-3788 or email carepartners@boreal.org.

Exhibits:

 The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery, 301 1st Ave. W., featuring a wide variety of local artists and art.

Extinction Series, giclee prints, Kathy Fox Weinberg. The Art Underground Holiday Show at Betsy Bowen Gallery. (Note: The polar bear print has sold.)

Extinction Series, giclee prints, Kathy Fox Weinberg. The Holiday Art Underground  Show at Betsy Bowen Gallery. (Note: The polar bear print has already sold.)

Prints, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber art, photographs and more are on exhibit at the show. The artists are bringing in new work, too.

The Tweed Museum of Art has opened a new exhibit entitled “Ceramics by Glenn C. Nelson.”

One of the pieces in the Tweed's exhibit, Ceramics by Glenn C. Nelson.

One of the pieces in the Tweed’s exhibit, Ceramics by Glenn C. Nelson.

Nelson taught at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for years and is well-known for the ceramics program he developed there, as well as his impressive international ceramics collection, which he donated to the Tweed. The exhibit continues through February.

A new exhibit has opened at the Duluth Art Institute. Entitled “Laura Andrews & Paul Gudmundson: Integrated Vision,” the exhibit combines digital landscapes with meditative harmonies. 

"Falling," a digital projection, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute in the George Morrison Gallery.

“Falling,” a digital projection, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute in the George Morrison Gallery.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is opening a new exhibit on Friday. Benjamin Chee Chee: Life and Legacy, is a retrospective exhibit of the work of the Canadian artistThe exhibition presents a personal perspective, achieved through multifarious collaborations, including those with close friends of Chee Chee’s.

Untitled (In Flight) by Benjamin Chee Chee is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Untitled (In Flight) by Benjamin Chee Chee is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 23.

Upcoming:

Crafting an Artistic Life, an Artist Talk featuring Betsy Bowen, Tom Christianson and Lee Ross will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Participants will learn about the artists’ inspirations, their turning points and how they see their home on the North Shore influencing their work. Refreshments included. Suggested donation, $5.

Also, the Dark Sky Festival will be next weekend, Dec. 13-14. The event features a variety of events, including presentations, night sky viewing, slide shows and more. Stay tuned. And, to learn more, click here.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold the Curry Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Playhouse. The event will be held at the First Congregational Church and includes curries and musical performances. If you are interested in cooking up a curry for the event, contact Jane Gellner at kelner@boreal.org

FYI:

Visit Cook County has a page this year detailing Winter Trail Conditions.

VisitCookCounty .com has an extensive listing of trails conditions throughout the county. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

VisitCookCounty .com has an extensive listing of trails conditions throughout the county. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Information about the condition of cross country ski trails, downhill skiing, snowmobile trails and winter bike trails is updated frequently. To find out more, click here.

Photographer Bryan Hansel is making a series of videos about the making of a photograph. Check this one out: It’s about photographing ice patterns in the Grand Marais Harbor.

 

And last, but not least, the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival got a thumbs-up from Publisher’s Weekly recently. The biennial festival was launched in 2015 and is a collaboration between the Grand Marais Art Colony, Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library.

Drury Lane Books is one of the sponsors of the Readers & Writer's Festival.

Drury Lane Books is one of the sponsors of the Readers & Writer’s Festival.

“This year’s festival, held Nov. 7–10, featured 18 authors and seven publishing professionals giving talks, participating on panels, leading seminars, and teaching classes on writing for about 175 attendees comprised of readers and aspiring writers from all over the state,” writes Claire Kirch, who wrote the article for Publishers Weekly.

To read the entire article, click here.

 Music Schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 5:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6:

  • Southpaws Lite with Al Oikari, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains

  • Heatbox, 9 p.m.
  • Wookiefoot, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7:

Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains:

  • Pat Forsyth & The Diggy Trio, 12:30 p.m.
  • The Limns, 2 p.m.
  • Smokin’ Joe, 4 p.m.
  • Frogleg, 9 p.m.
  • Wookiefoot, 10:30 p.m.

In other venues:

  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Southpaws, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Lutsen Resort, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 9:

  • Luke LeBlanc, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
  • Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10:

  • Jim Miller, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11:

  • Roxann Berglund, Holiday music, Voyageur Brewing, 4:30 p.m.
  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Photographs:

It was a wild week on the NorthShore, with a record-breaking blizzard and high winds roughing up Lake Superior and doing some damage. One of the results? The Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park disappeared, falling in a jumble of rocks to the bed of the lake.

Here’s a photo of the Sea Stack before …

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

The Sea Stack a few days before it disappeared by Dave Miess.

Here’s a photo of after …

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

NorthShore ArtScene put out a special issue in memory of the Sea Stack earlier this week, gathering some of the photographs posted by local and regional photographers of one of their favorite places. Like this one, by Jeffrey Doty.

 I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

If you haven’t seen the complete collection, click here for more.

Meanwhile, we found other photographs this week. Here’s a short selection:

First, wildlife:

Taking the easy way by Thomas Spence.

Taking the easy way by Thomas Spence.

 

Sitting pretty by Heidi Pinkerton.

Sitting pretty by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Cross fox by Erich Jacob Beck.

A healthy cross fox by Erich Jacob Beck.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Day by David Johnson.

Happy Thanksgiving Day by David Johnson.

 

Wolf on the Gunflint Trail by @annahenn.

Wolf on the Gunflint Trail by @annahenn13.

 

Yellowstone buffalo by Tom Murphy.

Yellowstone buffalo by Tom Murphy.

And Lake Superior roared.

At the Silver Creek overlook by Edward Lee.

At the Silver Creek overlook by Edward Lee.

 

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Tettegouche, Nov. 30 by Ryan Rumpca,

 

After the blizzard--Shovel Point by Dave Miess.

After the blizzard–Shovel Point by Dave Miess.

 

The waves crashed over the pier in Duluth and spray froze on the Lift Bridge gears. It was closed for a day and ships were rerouted to the Superior, Wis. entrance.

The waves crashed over the pier in Duluth and spray froze on the Lift Bridge gears. It was closed for a day and ships were rerouted to the Superior, Wis. entrance.

Even when the waves weren’t crashing on rocks, they still looked dangerous.

Waves on Lake Superior during the storm by Lou Pignolet.

Waves on Lake Superior near Hovland during the storm by Lou Pignolet.

Waves plus freezing temps equals ice.

Ice sculptures by Paul Sundberg.

Ice sculptures by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ho, ho, ho -- it's magic by Matthew Pastick.

Ho, ho, ho — it’s magic by Matthew Pastick.

And, in Duluth, it snowed — a lot.

You betcha by Andy Konstas.

You betcha by Andy Konstas.

In short, it was quite a a storm.

Here’s to a quieter weekend:

A morning on the North Shore by Roxanne Distad.

A morning on the North Shore by Roxanne Distad.

Enjoy, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

 

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

 

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

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Special Edition: The Sea Stack at Tettegouche is gone

My tribute to the Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park by Susanne von Schroeder.

My tribute to the Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park by Susanne von Schroeder.

Greetings, everyone.

The Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park is gone, crumbling into Lake Superior during a storm over the weekend. What used to be the Sea Stack — above –is now gone.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

As a tribute to this iconic rock along the North Shore, photographers have been sharing their favorite images. We thought you might like to see them. Here is what we’ve found so far.

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One of the last images of the Sea Stack, taken on Nov. 30 by Donald Jay Olson.

The Sea Stack in winter:

The stack all iced up by Thomas Spence.

The stack all iced up by Thomas Spence.

 

In honor of the loss of the Tettegouche Sea Stack by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

In honor of the loss of the Tettegouche Sea Stack by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

 

The Sea Stack byDawn LaPointe.

The Sea Stack by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Honoring the Sea Stack that collapsed into Lake Superior during the storm by Roxanne Distad.

Honoring the Sea Stack that collapsed into Lake Superior during the storm by Roxanne Distad.

 

The Stack, Nov. 29, 2019 by Ryan Tischer.

The Stack, Nov. 29, 2019 by Ryan Tischer.

 

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My tribute to the iconic sea stack of Tettegouche State Park which was tumbled by yesterday’s storm. A most humbling testament to this Great Lake’s power. By Mary Amerman.

 

The Sea Stack by Bryan Hansel.

The Sea Stack by Bryan Hansel.

 

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

 

 always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. By Jeffrey Doty.

Here are a few Sea Stack photographs from other seasons:

Sea Stack last October by John Keefover.

Sea Stack last October by John Keefover.

 

Up until 2010, an arch connected the Sea Stack and land. The arch fell that year. Photo by Jon Wood.

Up until 2010, an arch connected the Sea Stack with the land. The arch fell that year. Photo by Jon Wood.

 

Barbara Hartwick took this photo of the Sea Stack and Arch in 2008.

Barbara Hartwick took this photo of the Sea Stack and Arch in 2008.

Here’s a photo of what it looked like to kayak under the arch.

"I'm pretty sure that this is a picture of the first time that I paddled under the Tettegouche sea arch, which later become the sea stack, which just collapsed." Photography by Bryan Hansel.

I’m pretty sure that this is a picture of the first time that I paddled under the Tettegouche sea arch, which later become the sea stack, which just collapsed.” Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

 

A calm summer day by Sandra Updyke.

A calm summer day by Sandra Updyke.

 

Sea Stack at sunset by Justin Vrba.

The Sea Stack at sunset by Justin Vrba.

 

Tribute to the Tettegouche Stack. This image was taken in 2015 by Andreas Friedl.

Tribute to the Tettegouche Stack. This image was taken in 2015 by Andreas Friedl.

And this image by Jim Schnortz.

Spring sunrise at the Sea Stacks by Jim Schnortz.

Spring sunrise at the Sea Stack by Jim Schnortz.

Kurt Mead, the interpretive naturalist at Tettegouche State Park, wrote this today in an email: “The same forces that created the Sea Stack brought it down. The Sea Stack is dead. Long live the Sea Stack.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just In Time for the Holidays

Walking in a winter wonderland by Roxanne Distad.

Walking in a winter wonderland by Roxanne Distad.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The full season of winter has arrived, and snow lovers are celebrating this week. It’s beautiful to walk outdoors and see the white-covered landscapes shift and change with the wind … to hear the crunch of snow in the chilly night air, and to know that the ski trails and ski hills will be groomed and ready.

The week starts out with the Gobble, Gobble Fun Run sponsored by Voyageur Brewing Co. The run is held first thing Thanksgiving morning.

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The Gobble Gobble Fun Run is an informal gathering of folks who want to get some exercise and get outside on Thanksgiving Day. The run of either 5k or 10k or anything in between begins at the east end of Cascade Beach Road at 9 a.m. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, participants who bring a monetary donation for the Cook County Food Shelf will receive a token for a free pint of beer at Voyageur Brewing. Note: This is not an official race. The road will not be closed and might be icy. Participants are responsible for their own safety. The event will not be timed and there will not be mile markers, awards or aid stations. But it is a chance to get a run before the feasts later in the day.

One of the most popular is the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the First Congregational Church starting at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 45th year the church has opened its doors to the community to gather together and enjoy this traditional home-cooked meal. There is no charge. The church is located at the corner of 3rd Ave. W. and Second Street. Call the church at at 387-2113 for special considerations about home delivered/ take-out/rides to the dinner. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving buffets will also be served at Gunflint Lodge from 11:30-5:30 p.m. and at Caribou Lodge from 3-8 p.m.

This weekend is full of holiday fairs and shows. It starts on Friday with the opening of the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Studio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Holiday Art Underground Show opens at Betsy Bowen's Studio at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The Holiday Art Underground Show opens at Betsy Bowen’s Studio a. on Friday.

Dozens of local artists are showing their beautiful work here for the holidays, including a number of new artists. Come for cookies, hot tea and a colorful eyeful. The gallery will host an Opening Celebration from 3-5:30 p.m. on Friday, right before the parade. Refreshments will be served, with music by Fred Anderson. All invited.  The show continues through Dec. 29.

Also on Friday, the North Shore Winery will host a European-style Christmas Market from noon to 7 p.m..

The North Shore Winery will host a European-style Christmas Market on Friday.

The North Shore Winery will host a European-style Christmas Market on Friday.

The market will offer  holiday decorations, art, art gifts, sculpture, wreaths, soaps, maple syrup, and warm winter beverages. Among the artists featured at the market, look for work by Kari Vick, Mueller Studios, Anna Hess, Jillian Kratt, Kathy Weinberg and Jim Cordes, just to name a few.

Light-Up Lutsen, a holiday event held in downtown Lutsen featuring events and receptions at businesses, will be held from 2-5 p.m., including caroling, a tree lighting, tasting and a metal pour at 5 p.m. at the Mueller Studio. Open to all.

Friday caps off with the Oh Ole Night Parade in Grand Marais.

The Oh Ole Night Parade is in downtown Grand Marais on Friday.

The Oh Ole Night Parade is in downtown Grand Marais on Friday at 5:30 p.m..

It’s Grand Marais’ quirky small-town Christmas parade with its Scandinavian heritage on full display. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wisconsin St., two loops around town and then a finish at Harbor Park for the tree lighting and fireworks, whatever the weather. DJ Beavstar will be emceeing the event, and there will be cookies from Crosby Bakery for munching. Murray the Moose will be out and about, too. To be in the parade, meet in the Senior Center parking lot at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories. All invited.

And finally, on Friday night, the New Standards Holiday Show will be featured at Papa Charlie’s starting at 8:30 p.m. This is the 12th year the New Standards have launched their Holiday Show on Lutsen Mountains. It’s one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheeling spectacle. The New Standards trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists and instrumentalists – and as always – a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests.

Here’s a clip from an earlier show:

Tickets are $20 in advance, $26 day of the show.

Saturday is very busy, too.

In Grand Marais, the annual Cook County Community Center Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center.

The Community Center Holiday Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Community Center Holiday Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

This year, look for ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, artwork, pottery, knitted hats and mittens. Food by Rebel Girls Catering will be available as well.

In Hovland, the Hovland Arts Festival Christmas Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hovland Town Hall.

The Hovland Arts Festival Holiday Sale is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hovland Town Hall.

The Hovland Arts Festival Holiday Sale is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hovland Town Hall.

This popular Christmas sale features a variety of artists and artisans and includes booths featuring birchbark crafts, photography, watercolors, candles, knitting, jewelry, beading, pottery, wreaths, handmade lotions and Christmas ornaments. There are a number of new artists this year, too. Refreshments available. All invited.

Also on Saturday, two beloved Minnesota musicians, Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will entertain the audience at Drury Lane Books with a reading of their new book,  “Jack and the Ghost,” a discussion of how it came about, and, perhap, perform a few songs. The event will be from 7-8 p.m. “Jack and the Ghost” is a gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts, and living through grief in a seaside town told through pictures.

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Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will give a reading from their new book and play a few songs at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday.

 

Poling is a founding member of the seminal New Wave rock group The Suburbs and the popular jazz/cabaret trio The New Standards. Michell is a musician and artist whose illustrations can be found on countless band posters, album covers, kids’ menus, and even T-shirts for Target. The event is free and open to the public.

And finally, this season’s best ski movie, “Return to Send’er” produced by Matchstick Productions, will be screened at Lutsen Mountains at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The exciting ski film is on a national tour and has some local connections: Beau Larson, son of Mike and Jana Larson, grew up on the slopes of Lutsen Mountains, fell in love with the out-of-doors and chased his dreams in college by pursing his arts degree in film and digital media. Beau now works for Matchstick Productions out of Crested Butte, Co., and served on the team that produced this movie. Also, photographs by Cook County graduate Emily Tidwell will be exhibited as well. She is now living in Reno, Nev.,, and is under exclusive contract to shoot photos for some Lake Tahoe’s largest ski areas.

But let this film speak for itself. Here’s the trailer:

Larson and Tidwell will talk about the film and their lives on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.  Note: Tickets are $5. Proceeds will be donated to the Lutsen Jr. Alpine Ski Team.

And finally on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Voyageur Brewing begins its Artists in the Taproom series featuring work by local artists and music by Roxann Berglund from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

artists in the taproom

Kim Knutson and Abby Tofte will be on-site on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

And on Thursday, Dec. 5, Staci Drouillard will be at Drury Lane Books for a Writer’s Salon to read and sign her newly published book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chipppewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.”

Staci Drouillard will be the guest at Drury Lane Books on Thursday, Dec. 5, to read from her new book, "Walking the Old Road."

Staci Drouillard will be the guest at Drury Lane Books on Thursday, Dec. 5, to read from her new book, “Walking the Old Road.”

The Writer’s Salon is from 5-6 p.m. Drouillard will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday, Nov. 29, to talk about her book. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Exhibits: 

This is the last weekend to see “Changing Seasons: Photographs by the Frozen Photographers” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Changing Seasons, featuring photographs by the Frozen Photographers is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this weekend.

Changing Seasons, featuring photographs by the Frozen Photographers is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this weekend.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

David Gilsvik has completed a number of new paintings, including “Turning of the Tamarack,” below.

"Turning of the Tarmarack" by David Gilsvik will be at Sivertson Gallery.

“Turning of the Tarmarack” by David Gilsvik will be at Sivertson Gallery.

Painter Tom McCann is exhibiting his work at the Cook County Courthouse.

Tommy Eckel’s Boat by Tom McCann is at the Cook County Courthouse.

The Tweed Museum of Art is currently featuring a special exhibition about Soviet-era art from The Museum of Russian Art, which includes this painting. The exhibition presents nonconformist and state-sanctioned art that spanned the final Soviet decades, from Stalin’s death in 1953 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

"The Mail Carrier," by Saak Shifman is one of the paintings in the exhibit of Soviet-era art at the Tweed Museum.

The Mail Carrier,” by Isaak Shifman is one of the paintings in the exhibit of Soviet-era art at the Tweed Museum.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has just opened a spectacular new exhibit entitled “The North Now,” featuring works by 47 artists from throughout Northern Ontario.

One of the paintings in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's new exhibit,  "The North Now."

One of the paintings in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s new exhibit, “The North Now.”

Artists throughout northern Ontario were invited to submit original works of art created within the last two years for consideration by a jury of arts professionals. Artists were encouraged to submit work that challenges, expands and innovates. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15.

 Upcoming:

Holiday events continue next weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Holiday Sale will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild's Open House and Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony is on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony is on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event features a wide variety of fiber art. Stay tuned for details.

Santa’s Workshop, a chance for youngsters to pick out gifts for their family and have them wrapped, will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

A Night Out in the Pottery Studio with Natalie Sobanja will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony rom 6:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Participants in "A Night Out in the Pottery Studio" work on a handbuilt mug during last year's event.

Participants in “A Night Out in the Pottery Studio” work on a handbuilt mug during last year’s event.

Participants will learn the ins and outs of wheel-throwing and hand building during this event. Dessert and wine will be provided and all supplies are included. Projects will be glazed by the instructor and available for pick-up one week later. To register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 9. The concert features traditional holiday music as well as world premiere of  ““The Lingering Light of Day,” by composer Craig Carnahan and poet Julia Klatt Singer. The piece is based on material gathered from community listening sessions the artists hosted in Cook County last February, in which participants discussed what makes the North Shore a unique place to live. Open to all.

 Music:

Thursday, Nov. 28:

  • Terry V &. Friends, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 29:

  • Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Super Duty, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20:

  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Super Duty, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Super Duty, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

We found some interesting photographs this week, including a fair number of deer photos.

Town deer in the morning sun by Roxanne Distad.

Town deer in the morning sun by Roxanne Distad.

I ran into this guy in the wood today by Jeff Grotte.

I ran into this guy in the woods today by Jeff Grotte.

Interested in deer:

Wolf tracks in my hood by Nathan Slettedahl.

Wolf tracks in my hood by Nathan Slettedahl.

Snow & ice shots:

Cook County Minnesota by Mary Sorenson.

Cook County Minnesota by Mary Sorenson.

Winter Wonderland by Paul Sundberg.

Winter Wonderland by Paul Sundberg.

 

The frozen puddle by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

The frozen puddle by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

At Tettegouche by Nathan Klok.

At Tettegouche by Nathan Klok.

Sunset light:

Water patterns flaked with ice by Jan Swart.

Water patterns flaked with ice by Jan Swart.

Northern lights:

455 seconds at Sawbill Campground by Jamie Rabold.

455 seconds at Sawbill Campground by Jamie Rabold.

Lake Superior light:

Lake Superior rocks by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Lake Superior rocks by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Peaceful light:

Minnesota Northwoods by Calie Vannet Estrada.

Minnesota Northwoods by Calie Vannet Estrada.

And stormy light.

Lake Superior was kicking up some monstrous waves today by Alex Kormann.

Lake Superior was kicking up some monstrous waves today by Alex Kormann.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Winterer’s Gathering, A Film Festival & A Diving Horse

Things are really freezing by Bryan Hansel.

Things are really freezing by Bryan Hansel.

 As we know — there are no theaters in Grand Marais. Instead, we have to watch movies at home, or travel to another town to see them.  This is true, except, once a year, during Winterer’s Gathering, when North House Folk School holds the Arctic Film Festival, and we get to watch as many as we want.

Absolutely, Winterer’s Gathering is full of fascinating things to do and see –workshops, skill shares, talks and demonstrations — even a chili feed — all focused on winter and the craft of the north.

Winterers Gathering postcard 2019

Winterer’s Gathering and the Arctic Film Festival is at North House Folk School this weekend.

But the Arctic Film Festival is really the frosting on the cake, in this writer’s opinion. The films start at 9 a.m. on Friday and continue through Sunday. They include outdoor adventures, a day in the life of an Arctic community, a historical drama about a fight for the throne in 13th century Norway … the list is pretty amazing. Some of the offerings are national and international award-winners, others are crafted by local communities or small production companies.

They’re all free, screened in the Blue Building starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

And, to further whet your appetite: Here are three trailers. Enjoy!

“Koneline: Our Land Beautiful”: Friday, Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m.

“Angelique’s Isle” (An Isle Royale story): Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 p.m.

“Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest” (A film about the Sami): Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.

There are other great community events during Winterer’s Gathering as well. The  Snowshoe Shuffle Contra Dance is on Friday night. The family dance is at 7 p.m., the Community Dance at 8 p.m. There’s also a Cold Snap Poetry Slam. It starts at 8 p.m.

And on Saturday morning, don’t forget the Great Gear Swap, a North House tradition. People can bring their outdoor gear, clothing etc. to sell and/ swap and  participants, including the public, can find great bargains. Registration is required to swap. Forms are available online here or can be filled out the day of the event. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.

Also on Saturday, there’s a Winter Camp Tour at 2 p.m., and the Deep Freeze Chili Feed at 6 p.m. (Tickets are $10.), followed by a presentation by this year’s featured guest, Bill Hanlon at 7 p.m. Hanlon is a wilderness hunter, backcountry horseman and wilderness advocate who explores the backcountry of British Columbia.

For the full schedule of films, classwork and presentations, click here.

There are other interesting events happening this weekend as well.

On Thursday, Nov. 21,  the Grand Marais Writers’ Guild. which meets monthly at the Grand Marais Public Library, will host “Writing about Religion: A Community Writing Workshop” from 6-8 p.m. in the library. Faciliated by fiction writer and essayist Kasey Payette, the workshop will use the tools of narrative craft to explore painful, complex, or surprising memories around religion and spirituality. Participants will delve into personal memories and stories guided by writing prompts, study literary craft techniques and enjoy quiet writing and optional sharing. The workshop is open to writers at all levels, as well as all faith backgrounds.

Chan Poling and Lucy Michell, the acclaimed authors of  “Jack & the Ghost,” will be guests on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night.  The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. The authors will be featured at Drury Lane Books on Nov. 30.

chan poling

Authors Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about their book, “Jack & The Ghost,” set in a town in northern Minnesota.

On Friday and Saturday, there will a Winter Block Party in downtown Grand Marais to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with wish list parties at Drury Lane Books, the Big Lake and Gunflint Mercantile. A party hub will be set up in Joyne’s parking lot with a bonfire, S-mores and craft opportunities on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All welcome.

On Saturday, Holidays in Schroeder will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: the Schroeder Town Hall and the Cross River Heritage Center. The annual Creations Bazaar, featuring featuring hand-made items, baked goods, tasty treats and coffee will be held at the Schoeder Town Hall. The Cross River Heritage Center will be celebrating the holiday too with krumkake and lefse demos and card-making as well as a gift shop sale. All welcome.

Grand Portage Lodge will hold the 2nd annual Craft Beer Fest, too. The event, featuring a wide range of Minnesota Breweries, will be held from Wednesday through Saturday. Cook County’s Most Wanted will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday night at the Lodge.

This weekend is a big one in Duluth as well. On Friday night, the Christmas City of the North Parade will start at 6:30 p.m. near Fitger’s Brewery and continue down Superior St. And on Saturday night, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights  will open at 5 p.m. in Bayfront Festival Park. The light show continues through the New Year.

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Festival Park in Duluth opens this Saturday. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Festival Park in Duluth opens this Saturday. Bryan Hansel took this panorama photograph last year.

And the North American Comedy Brewery Tour returns to Voyageur Brewery on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Exhibits:

 Changing Seasons, a juried show by members of the Frozen Photographers group, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery. The exhibit continues through Dec. 1.

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One of many photographs by members of the Frozen Photographers’ group currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.

 

The gallery’s winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Plein Air painter Greg Lecker is currently showing his work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

"Flow," by Greg Lecker is one of the paintings on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

“Flow,” by Greg Lecker is one of the paintings on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Lecker’s exhibit continues through November.

At the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, the exhibit of photographs from the Tweed’s collection “Space: Time and Place” continues.

This photograph fy Toby Old entitled "Horse Dive Show," was taken in 1991. It is in the "Space: Time and Place" exhibit currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibit continues through the New Year.

This photograph fy Toby Old entitled “Horse Dive Show,” was taken in 1991. It is in the “Space: Time and Place” exhibit currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibit continues through the New Year.

The exhibit features a broad range of photographs, including “Horse Dive Show” by Toby Old, above.

Upcoming:

 Nov. 29:

  • European Christmas Market, North Shore Winery, featuring a variety of vendors and live music, 1-4 p.m.
  • Holiday Art Underground opening reception at Betsy Bowen’s Studio. 3-5:30 p.m. featuring a wide range of local and regional artists.
  • Light Up Lutsen featuring open houses and special events in downtown Lutsen from 1-4 p.m. A hot metal pour will be held at the Mueller Studio at 5 p.m.
  • Oh Ole Night Parade, downtown Grand Marais and kicks of holiday celebrations in Grand Marais, 6 p.m.

Nov. 30:

  • Hovland Holiday Arts Festival. Hovland Town Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This arts festival features a wide range of local artists and artisans and includes everything from wood carving, fiber art, pottery, photographs, painting, glass and more.
  • Community Center Christmas Sale, featuring work by a variety of artists and artisans.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 7:

  • Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale and Open House, Grand Marais Art Colony, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is a tradition on the North Shore featuring high quality one-of-a kind fiber crafts. The event also features tasty treats, hands-on activities, fiber demos, music, and plenty of holiday spirit.
  • Holiday Craft Fair, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, featuring Ojibwe art, jewelry, baked goods and more, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Dec. 8 & 9:

  • Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Featuring the talent of more than 100 cook county residents, the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra’s annual Christmas concerts are a Cook County tradition nearly 70 years old. Hosted by the North Shore Music Association. Donations accepted.

Dec. 12:

  • It’s a Wunderbar Life: 3rd Annual Holiday Market, Wunderbar Eatery and Glampground,  4-8 p.m. More than 20 local artists and businesses present with their best and most “giftable” offerings. Hosted by The Big Lake.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 21:

  • Jon Kalberg, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Terry V & Friends, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22:

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Saints of Circumstance, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23;

  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Craft Beer Fest, Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grand Portage Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Saints of Circumstance, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 24:
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 25:

  • JohnRuss, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs

Here are a few of the images we found this week. First, wildlife:

Ruffed grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Ruffed grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

A Northwoods mink by David Johnson.

A Northwoods mink by David Johnson.

 

Boreal Chickadee by Ken Hupila.

Boreal Chickadee by Ken Hupila.

 

Can you imagine how many generations of buck it took to wear this pole this much? Photo by Keith Crowley.

Can you imagine how many generations of buck it took to wear this pole this much? Photo by Keith Crowley.

 

Lynx crossing the road. (Note that big back foot. great for floating over snow to catch a snowshoe hare.) Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

Lynx crossing the road. (Note that big back foot. great for floating over snow to catch a snowshoe hare.) Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

Signs of wildlife:

Raven's tracks by Travis Novitsky.

Raven’s tracks by Travis Novitsky.

 

Wolf tracks by Travis Novitsky.

Wolf tracks by Travis Novitsky.

 

Moose by Travis Novitsky.

Moose by Travis Novitsky.

 

A few plants in winter:

In denial, or the lonely life  of a late bloomer. Photograph by Don Malcolm.

In denial, or, the lonely life of a late bloomer. Photograph by Don Malcolm.

 

Highbush cranberries by Paul Sundberg.

Highbush cranberries by Paul Sundberg.

 

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary by Mary Amerman.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary by Mary Amerman.

And some icy shots:

Ice patterns on Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Ice patterns on Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

 

Exploring what's happening by Ramona Asher.

Exploring what’s happening by Ramona Asher.

 

Ice crystals in the air create pillars of light.

Light pillars in northern Ontario by Timothy Joseph Elzinga.

Light pillars in northern Ontario by Timothy Joseph Elzinga.

And finally, a portrait of the harbor.

Cold as ice by Matthew Pastick.

Cold as ice by Matthew Pastick.

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A Wintery Mix: Empty Bowls & Frozen Photographers

Silver Creek tunnel by Cindy Larson.

Silver Creek tunnel by Cindy Larson.

Winter has set in very early this year, but that hasn’t stopped Cook County from organizing fun events, playing live music, performing in the theater or exhibiting artwork. Here is what’s happening this week:

After months of preparation and planning, Empty Bowls 2019 is here. The fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 14, with two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Empty Bowls 2019 is this Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church in Grand Marais. More than 250 bowls have been crafted for this fundraiser to feed the hungry in Cook County.

Empty Bowls 2019 is this Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grand Marais. More than 250 bowls have been crafted for this fundraiser to feed the hungry in Cook County.

The event features a simple meal with soup and bread provided by local restaurants, and a sale of beautiful handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art Colony. After the soup meal, participants can satisfy their sweet tooth with a delicious homemade treat from the bake sale. This year, Northwoods Fiber Guild members have made microwave bowl cozies as well.

The community enjoys the Empty Bowls meal at St. John's last year.

Members of the  community enjoy the Empty Bowls meal at St. John’s.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls 2019 will fight hunger in Cook County by funding community hunger programs.

Funds from last year’s Empty Bowls event were distributed to the Cook County Food Shelf, Birch Grove Community Center’s WE Connect, Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, Cook County Public Health and Human Services, local schools, Snacks and Packs, and the Violence Prevention Center to help nourish those in need.

All invited. The soup meal is $6. (Kids under 12 eat free). The handcrafted bowls are $10 and up.

Not to forget: Thursday is also MN Give to the Max Day, the time to support your favorite nonprofits, including Empty Bowls, if you wish. Click here to learn more and to select organizations and schools you would like to support.

The Grand Marais Playhouse is presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid as the youth community play this year, and this is the final weekend to see it. The musical has received rave reviews and is highly recommended. Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Aurora Schelmeske as Ariel in Disney's Little Mermaid, which is in the its final week at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Aurora Schelmeske as Ariel in Disney’s Little Mermaid, which is in the its final week at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Tickets for the play are available at the door. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 youth, and $3 for children under 12.

On Saturday, the North Shore Winery will hold a “Paint & Sip” at the winery, giving everyone a chance to create a holiday painting and sip some great wine at the same time.

The North Shore Winery will hold a Paint & Sip event on Saturday.

The North Shore Winery will hold a Paint & Sip event on Saturday.

Cost for the Paint & Sip event is $45 per person which includes a glass of wine or cider. RSVP at (218) 481-9280 or email info@northshorewinery.us

On Saturday night, The Evening Stars,  the new 6-piece dance band playing soul, funk, classics and modern songs as well as original interpretations, will be performing at Grandma Ray’s.

The Evening Stars perform at Grandma Ray's on Saturday night.

The Evening Stars perform at Grandma Ray’s on Saturday night.

Members include Todd Miller, lead guitar and vocals; Jonathan Steckelberg, bass and vocals; Thomas Stamps, drums and vocals; Tina Haeg Raway, lead vocals, Erik Hahn, saxaphone and vocals, and Drew Heinonan, guitar and vocals. The music starts at 8 p.m.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Saturday, stop by Wild State Cider at 2515 Superior St., for the Grand Marais Craft Shop Takover. Participants include: The Big Lake, Hannah Palma Ceramics, Katie Mumm Photography, Nan Onkka Prints, North Woven Goods by Emily Wick, Ebenezer Stone Jewelry by Katy Attleson and Hungry Hippie Tacos. The event is from 1-5 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, A Critical Response Critique Session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 6-8 p.mwith, instructor Natalie Sobanja. The Critical Response Critique allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting and nurtures the development of artistic works through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. Simple snacks are provided and welcomed! Free. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

In other Art Colony news,  “Opportunities for Ceramic Artists,” a conversation with the staff at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis through a video conference, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. will be held at the Art Colony on Wednesday, Nov. 20. All invited. Free.

And, Making a Mark: Life Drawing, is being held in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. through Dec. 18. (There will be no session on Nov. 27.) The cost is $20 per session, $70 for the full series. Drop-ins are welcome.

Life drawing is for artists what jogging is for athletes—essential practice. Students can choose to draw in a highly detailed representational manner or to create loose and expressive sketches. As models work through a variety of postures and artists have the opportunity to study muscle detail, facial expressions, and overall form in a way that is not possible with a two-dimensional image. This session is open to all media and skill levels. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by or have the permission of a parent or guardian. No formal instruction is included.

FYI: Lutsen Resort will host Wine & Trivia Wednesdays through the winter at the resort from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Each week a variety of wine specials will be made available at a wine bar in the lobby and paired with an evening of fine trivia. Open to all.

Also, not to forget, Grandma Ray’s holds Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Exhibits:

“The Changing Seasons,” an exhibit by the Facebook group, Frozen Photographers, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. This is a great exhibit featuring a wide variety of photographs of landscapes and more from this talented group.

  1. "The Dog and the Boy–Lake Superior" by Ann Berget, is one of the photographs in the new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

    The Dog and the Boy–Lake Superior” by Ann Berget, is one of the photographs in the new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through Dec. 3. Winter hours at the Heritage Post are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Landscape painter Greg Lecker is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month, featuring a selection of paintings of water.  The exhibit is entitled “Watershed.”

"Wet," painting by Greg Lecker is one of tne of the paintings currently on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Wet,”  by Greg Lecker, is one of the paintings currently on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

In Duluth, at the Duluth Art Institute:

Shannon Cousino's "What Doesn't Kill You" woodcut print is currently being exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute.

Shannon Cousino’s “What Doesn’t Kill You” woodcut print is currently being exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute.

And at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth:

The Art in Conflict exhibition by the Museum of Russian Art continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Art in Conflict exhibition by the Museum of Russian Art continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 Opportunities:

Registration for the Winter Plein Air Retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn has opened. The retreat will be held Jan. 26-Jan. 31, with an exhibit to open at the Johnson Heritage Post Jan. 31. The registration deadline is Dec. 24. For more info and to register, click here.

 Upcoming:

Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be at North House Folk School Nov. 22-24 this year, featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, a gear swap, dancing, a film festival, speakers and more. It’s the classic event to welcome winter on the North Shore. All welcome.

Winterer's Gathering is next weekend, Nov. 22-24.

Winterer’s Gathering is next weekend, Nov. 22-24.

The featured speaker this year is Bill Hanlon. An avid backcountry hunter, Hanlon made an amazing discovery of a mummified ancient hunter while in the Tatshenshini/Alsek Wilderness Park in 1999. Bill will share the story of Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi or “Long Ago Person Found” on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.  He will also offer a seminar on backcountry expeditions during the weekend.

The Arctic Film Festival is always a popular part of the event, too.  To see the film schedule and all the events, click here.

Holiday Sales & Celebrations:

Here’s a brief outline of some of the holiday fairs/events planned for the next few weeks:

Nov. 23:

  • Holidays in Schroeder features the North County Creations Bazaar at the Schoeder Town Hall and events at the Cross River Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 29:

  • European Christmas Market, North Shore Winery, featuring a variety of vendors and live music, 1-4 p.m.
  • Holiday Art Underground opening reception at Betsy Bowen’s Studio. 3-5:30 p.m. featuring a wide range of local and regional artists.
  • Light Up Lutsen featuring open houses and special events in downtown Lutsen from 1-4 p.m. A hot metal pour will be held at the Mueller Studio at 5 p.m.
  • Oh Ole Night Parade, downtown Grand Marais and kicks of holiday celebrations in Grand Marais, 6 p.m.

Nov. 30:

  • Hovland Holiday Arts Festival. Hovland Town Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This arts festival features a wide range of local artists and artisans and includes everything from wood carving, fiber art, pottery, photographs, painting, glass and more.

Dec. 7:

  • Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale and Open House, Grand Marais Art Colony, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is a tradition on the North Shore featuring high quality one-of-a kind fiber crafts.
Northwoods Fiber christmas sale and open house

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale & Open House is at the Grand Marais Art Colony Dec. 7.

The event also features tasty treats, hands-on activities, fiber demos, music, and plenty of holiday spirit.

  • Holiday Craft Fair, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, featuring Ojibwe art, jewelry, baked goods and more, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Artist News:

David Huckfelt of The Pines was recently interviewed on WTIP Community Radio about his first solo album, written during his artist residency on Isle Royale National Park.

David Huckfelt talks about his first solo album and plays a few tunes on this interview from WTIP Community Radio.

David Huckfelt, right,  talks about his first solo album and plays a few tunes in this recent interview from WTIP Community Radio.

 To hear the interview and some of his new songs, click here.

And last, but not least, Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and Grand Rapids jazz musician Sam Miltich were among those featured on a PBS special on the impact of the arts in northern Minnesota. Check it out.

 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Nov. 14:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Terry V & Friends, Wunder bar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15:

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mark Joseph, CD Release, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 16:

  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Evening Stars, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Javier Trejo & Clayton Mohr, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p..m

Sunday, Nov. 17:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 18:

  • North Country Fair, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs

No wild Lake Superior scenes, this week, but there are plenty of other interesting images. First, wildlife:

Black-capped Chickadee and milkweed by Sibell Fary.

Black-capped Chickadee and milkweed by Gerry Sibell.

 

I shot this today with my camera by Matt Herberg.

I shot this today with my camera by Matt Herberg.

 

A cooperative Rough-legged Hawk by Michael Furtman.

A cooperative Rough-legged Hawk by Michael Furtman.

 

 

Our neighborhood fox, Tait Lake by Judi Barsness.

Our neighborhood fox, Tait Lake by Judi Barsness.

 

Adolescent embarrassment. This young eagle picked the wrong branch to land on, but he held on anyway by Michael McCloskey.

Adolescent embarrassment. This young Bald Eagle picked the wrong branch to land on, but he held on anyway, to its parent’s amusement. Photo by Michael McCloskey.

 

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Guarding a mate by David Johnson.

Here are some still shots:

Frozen in the artistry of ice by Roxanne Distad.

Frozen in the artistry of ice by Roxanne Distad.

 

Grey days of November : Stoney Point by John Gregor

Grey days of November : Stoney Point by John Gregor

 

Night lights by Tom Fiero.

Night lights by Tom Fiero.

 

Morning frost on the pine trees by Roxanne Distad.

Morning frost on the pine trees by Roxanne Distad.

And a few full moon photographs:

donald j olson the beaver or frosty full mooon

The Beaver or Frosty Moon by Donald J Olson.

 

 

Seagull River at Trails End Campground by Lisa Edstrom.

Seagull River at Trails End Campground by Lisa Edstrom.

 

And The Light at Split River Lighthouse:

Ceremonies at Split Rock by Dawn LaPoint.

Ceremonies at Split Rock by Dawn LaPoint.

Calm Grand Marais:

Skim ice, soft skies--spectacular by Sarah Jorgenson.

Skim ice, soft skies–spectacular by Sarah Jorgenson.

 

Pretty close to town today by Mike Carlson.

Pretty close to town today by Mike Carlson.

 

Thursday sunset by Annie Possis.

Thursday sunset by Annie Possis.

Color:

Dancing lights of Duluth by Helen Mongan.

Dancing lights of Duluth by Helen Mongan.

 

First light, North Shore, Lake Superior by Jan Swart.

First light, North Shore, Lake Superior by Jan Swart.

Frozen:

Goosberry Falls is frozen by Roxanne Distad.

Goosberry Falls is frozen by Roxanne Distad.

 

Lake Superior rock shark by Jan Swart.

Lake Superior rock shark by Jan Swart.

And first of the season sea smoke!

Sea smoke in Grand Marais.

Sea smoke in Grand Marais.

 

Sea smoke in Agate Bay, Two Harbors by Donald J Olson.

Sea smoke in Agate Bay, Two Harbors by Donald J Olson.

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Frozen Photographers, Readers & Writers

November bull. Photograph by Thomas Spence.

November bull. Photograph by Thomas Spence.

Some call this the Shoulder Season on the North Shore, when things really slow down, but if the event schedule for this weekend is any indication, there’s more than enough to keep everyone busy.

First up is the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival. Organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, this 4-day biennial event celebrates and fosters the literary arts through a series of workshops, presentations, author talks, panel discussions and a book fair.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is Nov.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is Nov.7-10 in a variety of locations in Grand Marais.

It is too late to register for the classes and workshops, but it is still possible to register and attend several free public events, including the opening reception on Thursday at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 4:30-5;30 p.m. Following the reception, Leif Enger will give a keynote address at the Grand Marais Public Library at 7 p.m.  It is open to the public.

One of the highlights of the festival is a presentation on writing with humor by authors Sally Franson, Lorna Landvik, and Julie Schumacher. The event will be held at the Grand Marais Public Library at 7 p.m. Friday. For a sneak preview, listen to WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday starting at 5 p.m.

Author and humorist Lorna Landvik will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library with

Author and humorist Lorna Landvik will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library with Sally Franson and Julie Schumacher pn Friday and a talk at Voyageur’s Brewing on Saturday.

Landvik, a favorite at the past festivasl, will also give a presentation entitled “Literature, Laughs and Lorna: at Voyageur’s Brewing at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Another public event that shouldn’t be missed is a presentation by poet, Michael Bazzett. who will give an author talk at Studio 21, the Art Colony’s new space that used to be the North Shore Pharmacy on Highway 61..

Poet Michael Bazzett will give a talk at Studio 21, the Art Colony's new space in the old Pharmacy Building, at

Poet Michael Bazzett will give a talk at Studio 21, the Art Colony’s new space in the old Pharmacy Building, at 5 p.m. on Friday

The talk is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8,  and is entitled “Our Lands Are Not So Different.”  Bazzett’s recently published verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh (Milkweed, 2018) was named “one of 2018’s 10 best books of poetry” by the New York Times. The event is free and sponsored by the Grand Marais Library Friends.

There are a number of author talks scheduled over the 4-day festival, including a panel of North Shore writers. Rush tickets are available at the door of each event which will be held at Studio 21.  To see the complete schedule, click here.

Also this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit of photographs by members of the Frozen Photographers, a closed Facebook group started by photographer Jamie Rabold several years ago. Some of the requirements to be a member of the group include:”You MUST from time to time risk FROSTBITE or at least GET COLD sometimes to get your shot. Ok, so we all get a little cold BUT if you want the shot sometimes you have to freeze your digits.”

This show will feature more than bone-chilling images, though. It’s called “Changing Seasons,” and will exhibit a great mix of photographs from a selection of these talented photographers.

"Compression Highway" by Jamie Rabold is one of the images that will be in the Frozen Photographer's exhibit that opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.

“Compression Highway” by Jamie Rabold is one of the images that will be in the Frozen Photographer’s exhibit that opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit continues through Dec. 1. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Also this week, the Grand Marais Playhouse presents the annual Community Youth Play at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. This year, they will present the  musical, “Disney’s Little Mermaid.

The cast and crew of Disney's Little Mermaid, presented by the Grand Marais Playhouse at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The play opens at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The cast and crew of Disney’s Little Mermaid, presented by the Grand Marais Playhouse at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The play opens at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Disney’s Little Mermaid” will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 and finish its run Nov. 17. Performances are at 7 p.m Thursday though Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 Youth, $3 Children. Tickets are available online or at the door. For more info, visit grandmaraisplayhouse.com

And finally, this is the weekend of the Lake Superior Storm Festival, featuring a variety of activities and events all weekend.

Lake-Superior-Storm-Festival-logoOn Friday, alocal craft fair and an equipment and fashion show will be held at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, a number of events will be held at Lutsen Resort, including the Wave Dash, starting at 10 a.m., and a poem and a remembrance ceremony on the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will be held at Artists’s Point with Jim Shinners on Sunday. Click here for details.

On Wednesday, Boreal Community Media will host “Dessert to the Max” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to come enjoy home-baked sweet treats and learn about the local nonprofits in Cook County. The event is designed to recognize the good work the non-profit community does in Cook County on the eve of Give to the Max Day, Thursday, Nov. 14. Give to the Max Day is  the single most important fund-raising event of the year in Minnesota.

A coalition of non-profit organizations from around Cook County will be on hand to tell you about their missions and current projects and how they are trying to make a difference in Cook County.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Joan Gardner-Goodno, executive director of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. All invited. Free. To learn more about Give to the Max Day click here.

Upcoming:

 Empty Bowls 2019 will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 14. There will be two seatings for the soup and bread dinner. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5-7 p.m. The soup and bread is provided by local restaurants and handcrafted bowls, made by community potters are available as well.

The Empty Bowls 2019 fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Grand Marais on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The Empty Bowls 2019 fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grand Marais on Thursday, Nov. 14. Pictured above are a few community potters who made special bowls for the event.

Empty Bowls 2019 features a simple soup dinner with soup and bread provided by local restaurants and a sale of beautiful handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with dinner from 5 – 7 p.m. After your soup meal, satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious homemade treat from the bake sale and be sure to pick up an adorable microwave bowl cozy made by the Northwoods Fiber Guild. Proceeds from Empty Bowls are donated to organizations that help feed the hungry, including the Cook County Food Shelf. All invited. And this year, kids get in free!

FYI

David Huckfelt of The Pines will be WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday Night to  talk about the residency he did on Isle Royale, the music that resulted, and an event happening Nov. 21 at the Hook and Ladder in Mpls. with Park Sup. Phyllis Green. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

AND, there are lots of holiday fairs scheduled for the season. Check back next week for all the details.

 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Nov. 7:

  • Terry V & Friends, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8:

  • Portage, Grandma Rays, 6 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

 Saturday, Nov. 9:

  • SisterTree with Eli Bentley, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Evening Stars, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10:

  • Briand Morrison. Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.

Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 11:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12:

  • Jim Miller, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

We have a short potpourri of photographs for you this week. First, wildlife:

Breakfast of Champions by John Heino.

Breakfast of Champions by John Heino.

"Otters can't wait for winter." Thomas Spence photographed these sliding otter trails along a road that just had a smidgen of snow. The otters slide for a little more than two miles, he said.

“Otters can’t wait for winter.” Thomas Spence photographed these sliding otter trails along a road that just had a smidgen of snow. It looked like they were having a great time,. He followed their trail along the road for more than 2 miles.

And some landscapes.

Fall color along a stream by Bryan Hansel.

“Fall color along a stream” by Bryan Hansel.

Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains by Paul Sundberg.

Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains by Paul Sundberg.

Getting the mail by Don Davison.

Getting the mail by Don Davison.

Partridge Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Partridge Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Here’s a beautiful abstract:

Autumn Color No. 1 by John Heino.

Autumn Color No. 1 by John Heino.

And the cold reality of our commercial fishermen:

Tending the herring nets in Big Bay, Hovland, by Lou Pignolet.

Tending the herring nets in Big Bay, Hovland, by Lou Pignolet.

And finally, this beauty:

Early light in late autumn by Ken Harmon.

Early light in late autumn by Ken Harmon.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Fall Has Fallen, Bluegrass Masters & New Inuit Prints

It's drop my leaves day. Photo by Daniel Olson.

It was a drop-my-leaves day for this tree. Photograph by Daniel Olson.

Daniel Olson’s photograph, above, says it all about this week on the North Shore. Fall has fallen, and winter’s on the way.

That also means there are some great things to do and see indoors this week.

The 29th annual Bluegrass Master’s Weekend kicks off at Lutsen Resort this weekend, a 3-day feast of bluegrass music sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Look for lots of jamming in rooms scattered throughout the resort all weekend. It also features a whole day of workshops with master fiddler Dan Kelly on Saturday and a concert with Kelly and Michael & Jennifer McClain and the Banjocats on Saturday night in the Lutsen Resort Ballroom.

Master fiddler Dan Kelly is the featured musician at this year's Bluegrass Master's Weekend at Lutsen Resort.

Master fiddler Dan Kelly is the featured musician at this year’s Bluegrass Master’s Weekend at Lutsen Resort.

Kelly, who won the Grand Masters Championship in Nashville at age 17, has toured with Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, and Lonestar. During that time, he performed at the Kennedy Center, the Grammy, CMA & ACM award shows, the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and at Carnegie Hall. He joined the Banjocats with Michael and Jennifer McClain in 2016.

He will be teaching fiddling workshops on a variety of topics all day on Saturday. Attendance is open to all and is $40 for the entire day. Participants can also choose to attend only segments, at $2 each/15 minutes.

Michael and Jennifer McClain and the Banjocats will be in concert with Kelly at 8 p.m. on Saturday night in the Lutsen Resort Ballroom. Tickets are available on-site. Note: To get a preview of the concert, listen to WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night –Michael and Jennifer McClain will be interviewed and play a few songs during the first segment, which will air at 5 p.m.

Here’s a video of the McClains and the Banjocats performing.

 To find out the class schedule and more information, click here. The public is invited to bring their instruments and join in the jamming or, just drop by for a listen on Saturday.

Meanwhile, this Friday, Bluefin Grille is hosting the Fall Food & Wine Lovers Weekend Friday through Sunday. The event features wine tastings and multi-course dinners prepared by Timothy Fisher, executive chef at Loew’s Hotel in Minneapolis. To find out more and make reservations, call 663-6200.

Also on Friday, which is National Author’s Day, author Tim Cochrane will be at a book signing at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino from 7-9 p.m. Cochrane has written “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishnaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade,”“Minong–The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale,” and “A Good Boat Speaks for Itself.”

Tim Cochrane will be a book signing at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

Tim Cochrane will be a book signing at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

Books will be available for purchase, or fans can bring their own copies for Cochrane to sign.

Also on Friday, Greg Lecker, who was the featured artist at the Johnson Heritage Post earlier this year, will open a new exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park on Friday, with a reception from 7-9:30 p.m.

"Rain makes the difference," by Greg Lecker. The painter opens an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Rain makes the difference,” by Greg Lecker. The painter opens an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

 The exhibit, entitled “Watershed,” explores themes of water and the Northwoods. At the reception, Lecker will give a brief discussion about his creative process, and Briand Morrison will play. Refreshments will be served. All invited.

On Saturday, the annual Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls event will be held in the Founders Hall at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-3 p.m.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be lots of bowls to “paint” with colorful glazes. They’ll then  be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls event, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at St. John’s Catholic Church. All are invited to try their hand at painting the bowls. There is a small $5 donation to cover material costs. Call the Art Colony for more info, or just show up.

Also on Saturday, the North Shore Winery will host the 4th annual Harvest Festival at the winery, featuring tours, live music, wine tasting and more. The event will be held from noon to 7 p.m.

Exhibits:

This is the last weekend to see “Wild Wonder: An Art Exhibit by Deb Kirkeeide and Kristen Palm at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is the last weekend to see "Wild Wonder" at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is the last weekend to see “Wild Wonder” at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Also in Grand Marais, Sivertson Gallery announced this week that the 2019 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection has been released and is currently on view at the gallery.

"Floral Transformation" by Ningiukulu-Teevee, stonecut and stencil print, is on view at Sivertson Gallery.

“Floral Transformation” by Ningiukulu-Teevee, stonecut and stencil print, is on view at Sivertson Gallery.

The collection features original stonecuts, lithographs, and etchings from artists of the Far North. The gallery is one of the few U.S. host galleries to represent this yearly catalog of prints.

Members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild are exhibiting work at the Angry Trout.

This needle-felted painting by Melanie Mathieson is one of the works on exhibit at the Angry Trout.

This needle-felted painting by Melanie Mathieson is one of the works on exhibit at the Angry Trout.

There’s plenty of time to see the exhibit, too. The Angry Trout will be open until Nov. 24 this year.

Betsy Bowen has published a number of new books featuring her drawings, paintings and prints that are available at her studio gallery, 301 1st Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

Betsy Bowen has published a number of new books featuring her paintings, drawings and prints.

Betsy Bowen has published a number of new books featuring her paintings, drawings and prints.

In Duluth, the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., is featuring a new exhibit entitled “Swedish Folk Painting: A Midwest Revival.”

The Nordic Center in Duluth is exhibiting

The Nordic Center in Duluth is exhibiting a modern take on Swedish folk painting through Nov. 9.

The exhibit features contemporary Swedish folk paintings by Judith Kjenstad, Pieper Fleck Bloomquist, and Alison Aune. The exhibit continues through Nov.9.

There are some great reviews for a new exhibit at the AICHO Galleries in Duluth at 202 W.2nd St. The exhibit features work by Rabbett Stickland and Pat Kruse entitled “Mniidoos and Wiigaas.”

Iskwaag Nibi The last waterhole. Creating a new world" by Rabbett Strickland is at the AICHO  Galleries in Duluth.

Iskwaag Nibi The last waterhole. Creating a new world” by Rabbett Strickland is at the AICHO Galleries in Duluth.

The exhibit continues through December.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Art Gallery is currently exhibiting “Their Breath in Beads.”

"The Aftermath of Storms 2019" by Melissa Twance is on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“The Aftermath of Storms 2019″ by Melissa Twance is on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

 Upcoming:

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival, a biennial event that locates, celebrates and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word, will be held Nov. 7-10. The festival is hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony in partnership with Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library.

At the festival, readers, writers and book professionals come together for four days filled with author talks, panel discussions, mini-classes and craft seminars. It is too late to register for classes, but it is still possible to register and attend several free public events including the opening reception at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 4:30-5;30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Leif Enger will give the keynote address at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday night. Free,  There are two local writers lunchtime reading panels, set for Friday and Saturday, as well as presentation by Lorna Landvik on Literature and Laughs at Voyaguer Brewing Co. at 7 p., Saturday, just to name a few events. Call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 for details.

And poet Michael Bazzett will give an author talk at Studio 21, the Art Colony’s new space that used to be the North Shore Pharmacy. The talk is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8,  and is entitled “Our Lands Are Not So Different.”  Bazzett’s recently published verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh (Milkweed, 2018) was named “one of 2018’s 10 best books of poetry” by the New York Times. The event is free and sponsored by the Grand Marais Library Friends. All the other author talks will be held in Studio 21, as well.

Stay tuned for details next week. For more information about these and other events during the festival, check out the schedule here. 

Also next weekend. the Grand Marais Playhouse will present its annual Community Youth Play – the musicalDisney’s The Little Mermaid.”

Disney's The Little Mermaid opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The play will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on two weekends,  opening on Thursday, Nov. 7. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 youth, $3 children.

And in Finland, visual and installation artist Catherine Meier will open an exhibit at the Clair Nelson Community Center, 6866 Cramer Roadfrom 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

Artist Catherine Meier

Artist Catherine Meier will open an exhibit at the Clair Nelson Community Center Nov.9.

Meier’s visual arts exhibition explores drawing, animations, projections and open space. An artist talk will be at 6 p.m. All invited.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Oct. 31:

  • Terry Valdiva & Friends, Wunderbar, 6. p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1:

  • Jon Miller & the Homerews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2:

  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Bluegrass Master’s Weekend, Michael & Jennifer McClain Band with Dan Kelly, Lutsen Ballroom, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Party, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Jon Miller & the Home-Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4:

  • Brothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5:

  • Roxann Berglund, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

Let’s start with some of the wildlife photographs we found this week:

"I wonder where this goes," by David Johnson.

“I wonder where this goes,” by David Johnson.

 

Have you ever taken the time to look carefully at a pileated woodpecker's beautiful job of carving into a tree? Photograph by Betty Hemstad.

Have you ever taken the time to look carefully at a pileated woodpecker’s beautiful job of carving into a tree? Photograph by Betty Hemstad.

 

I surprised these baby bears by Jamie Rabold.

I surprised these baby bears by Jamie Rabold.

 

Loons raised a duckling on Long Lake in Wisconsin, and it rode on its parents back until it was almost full grown. Watcher wondered it it would sink its parent. Photograph by Linda Grenzer.

Loons raised a duckling on Long Lake in Wisconsin this summer, and it rode on its parents back until it was almost full grown. Watchers wondered if it would sink its parent. Photograph by Linda Grenzer.

 

Porcupine by Jeffrey Doty.

Porcupine by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Eagles get thirsty too, by Thomas Demma.

Eagles get thirsty too, by Thomas Demma.

Here’s a photograph of some of the last fall colors.

Sumac adieu by John Heino.

Sumac adieu by John Heino.

 Waves during the last storm:

Waves by Paul Sundberg. He wrote that he got very wet taking this photograph. Nothing stops getting wet when it's blowing 60 mph, he said.

Waves by Paul Sundberg. He wrote that he got very wet taking this photograph. Nothing stops getting wet when it’s blowing 60 mph, he said.

Calm, after the storm:

Clouds by Therese Misgen.

Clouds by Therese Misgen.

Raindrop portrait:

Oak leaf raindrops by Mark Attridge.

Oak leaf raindrops by Mark Attridge.

And portraits of color:

Wish you were here by Mary Amerman.

Wish you were here by Mary Amerman.

 

Searching for birds takes you to the prettiest places by Kjersti Vick.

Searching for birds takes you to the prettiest places by Kjersti Vick.

And finally, this beauty:

thomas spence early snows.jpg

Early snows by Thomas Spence.

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Things Aren’t Quieting Down

The raw power of Gitche Gumee by

The raw power of Gitche Gumee by John Keefover.

Lake Superior was definitely whipped into a frenzy this week as 60 mph winds blew across her waters. The next day, the Big Lake was as calm as a millpond and crispy leaves littered the ground. Fall — on the North Shore.

We start this week with WTIP Community Radio’s Fearless Radio Fall Membership Drive.  The independent, community owned radio station can be found at 90.7 FM or streamed at WTIP.org.

Staci Drouillard, WTIP's Development Director, on-air during the membership drive.

Staci Drouillard, WTIP’s Development Director, on-air during the membership drive.

The membership drive, which started on Wednesday, features live music in the radio station’s studios, as well as creative programing and lots of fun. The station also invites listeners to visit the station to meet the staff and have a snack. Check out the Music Schedule below for who will be performing when, live, this week. And enjoy.

The Grand Marais Art Colony launches its Studio 21 Open House and Ideation Sessions for the new space at  21 W. Hwy 61 in Grand Marais today,  Thursday, Oct. 24 from noon to 2 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an Open House and Ideation session on Thursday, Oct. 24 from noon to 12 p.m. at Studio 21 on Hwy. 61. Other sessions will be held

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an Open House and Ideation session on Thursday, Oct. 24 from noon to 12 p.m. at Studio 21 on Hwy. 61. Other sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, )ct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m.

At the Open House, participants will learn more about the Art Colony’s mission and artistic direction. They will also have the chance to draw their own ideas about how the space could be used on gridded floor-plans.

Open House/Ideation sessions will also be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. All invited.

Also on Thursday, for a little levity in this change of seasons, check out the North American Comedy Brewery Tour at Voyageur Brewing Co., which will be held from 8-9:30 p.m. this Thursday, The Comedy Tour, which headlines Casey Flesch, brings talented North American comedians to local breweries across the United States to support local breweries. A portion of all proceeds go toward animal welfare organizations. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more info, click here.

On Friday, North House Folk School will host a Pop-up Basket Market from 3-5 p.m. and an evening presentation by Greg Johnson, a basketmaker and cultural educator.

North House Folk School will host a Pop-UP Basket Market from 3-5 p.m. Friday. Pictured are pine needle baskets.

North House Folk School will host a Pop-UP Basket Market from 3-5 p.m. Friday. Pictured are pine needle baskets.

The Pop-Up Basket Market will feature work by the instructors teaching this week at North House and include everything from birchbark to sweetgrass baskets. All invited.

On Friday night at 7 p.m., basketmaker Greg Johnson will give a presentation in the Blue Building entitled “The Four Seasons of the Ojibwe Harvest.”

Winter bark folded baskets crafted by Greg Johnson, who will give a presentation at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. Friday.

Winter bark folded baskets crafted by Greg Johnson, who will give a presentation at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. Friday.

His presentation will focus on the significance of a seasonal lifestyle in Ojibwe culture through the context of basketry. All invited. Free.

Also this weekend, Gunflint Lodge, in collaboration with the Grand Marais Playhouse, will host a Murder Mystery Weekend. The play starts on Friday night and segments continue through Sunday until the mystery is solved. For more info and to reserve a cabin, click here.

If you are planning to be in the Twin Ports on Friday, you are in for a treat. There are two community wide art events that evening: The Downtown Duluth Arts Walk from 5-8 p.m. and, across the bridge in Superior, Wis., the kickoff for the Goin’ Postal Art and Music Festival.

The Downtown Duluth Arts Walk features everything from gallery openings, artist studio tours, live music. cultural center events and more in the downtown area. The list of participating artists and venues is impressive.

Among the many featured artists is Aaron Kloss, who has just opened a studio on the 3rd floor of the recently renovated Old City Hall Building at 132 E. Superior St. Kloss’ work can be seen at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Detail of painting by Aaron Kloss. He has a new studio in the Old City Hall in Duluth.

Detail of painting by Aaron Kloss. He has a new studio in the Old City Hall in Duluth. Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais carries his work.

The public is invited to see the studio, as well as other guest artists located there. To find out more and see all the openings and events, click here.

In Superior,Wis., there will be art and music at six locations to celebrate North End Days, including a Frozen Photographers show at the VIP and the  Goin Postal Fall Art Show, featuring work by more than 20 artists.

superior goin postal fall art and music festival

In Grand Marais on Saturday, author and historian, Tim Cochrane, will give a presentation at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4 p.m. Entitled “The Linklaters: People of the Canoe Country.” The talk will feature photographs and focus on how the Linklaters managed to thrive and become notable in a world increasingly difficult for the Ojibwe.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on the Linklaters at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on the Linklaters at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino will hold a dance/concert and Halloween Costume Contest with the Westside Band of St. Paul starting at 9 p.m. Free. Must be 21 or older to attend.

On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Johnson Heritage Post will be open from 3-6 p.m. for a little Trick or Treating.

The Johnson Heritage Post will host a little Trick or Treating for kids from 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The Johnson Heritage Post will host a little Trick or Treating for kids from 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The gallery will be open for extended hours that day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Exhibits:

This is also a great time to see the exhibit, “Wild Wonder,” by painters Deb Kirkeeide and Kristin Palm at the Johnson Heritage Post

Snowy owl by Deb Kierkeede is one of the paintings currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Snowy owl by Deb Kierkeeide is one of the paintings currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 3. The winter gallery hours are from 10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Art in Conflict exhibit continues at the Tweed Museum of Art. Curated by the Museum of Russian Art,  the Soviet-era exhibition covers the period from Stalin’s death in 1953 until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

'Harvest" by Tamara Khitrova. (1955)

‘Harvest” by Tamara Khitrova. (1955), is one of the paintings in The Art of Conflict exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 The Duluth Art Institute is featuring a number of different exhibits this month, including the Minnesota Black Fine Art Show.

"Breaking Free, " photograph, by Ivy Vaino, is at the Duluth Art Institute.

“Breaking Free, ” photograph, by Ivy Vaino, is at the Duluth Art Institute.

Established and emerging Minnesota artists of African descent exhibit their work in this juried traveling show.Work on view includes fiber, mixed media, photography, graphic design and painting. It continues at the Art Institute through Jan. 2.

This is the last weekend to see “Displacement: Karen Cornelius and Peter Tittenberger” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. The exhibition features two reflections on childhood histories of displacement and the plight of displaced peoples as seen through the mediums of sculpture and printmaking.

Pink Sweater Pink by Karen  Cornelius is one of the pieces in the exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Pink Sweater Pink by Karen Cornelius is one of the pieces in the exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit closes Oct. 29.

 Upcoming:

 The North Shore Music Association hosts the 29th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort Nov. 1-3, with workshops by master fiddler Dan Kelly, jamming all weekend, and a Saturday night concert by the Michael & Jennifer McClain Band, featuring Dan Kelly.

North Shore Music Association's Bluegrass Masters Weekend is Nov. 1-3 at the Lutsen Resort, and features a concert by  Michael & Jennifer McClain Band, featuring master fiddler Dan Kelly.

North Shore Music Association’s Bluegrass Masters Weekend is Nov. 1-3 at the Lutsen Resort, and features a concert by Michael & Jennifer McClain Band, featuring master fiddler Dan Kelly.

Fiddle workshops with Kelly will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information about the classes and the event, click here. And stay tuned for details.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker opens an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park on Nov. 1 with an opening reception from 7-8:30 p.m.

Cascade Pools by Greg Lecker. He will open a show at Tettegouche State Park Nov. 1.

Cascade Pools by Greg Lecker. He will open a show at Tettegouche State Park Nov. 1.

The North Shore Readers and Writer’s Festival, hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony, is Nov. 7-10.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is Nov.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is Nov. 7-10.

The festival features 50 individual sessions with poets and writers, as well as publishers. Registration for the workshops and classes closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Call 387-2737 for more info, or see the link below.

Just to give you a taste of what’s planned: Author Leif Enger will present the keynote address as well as hold a craft seminar. Faith Sullivan, Beth Dooley, Sheila O’Connor and more will teach writing classes; learn literary craft from esteemed writers like poet David Mura and Mary Moore Easter as well as  local writers and publishers. There will also be author talks with Matt Goldman, Shannon Gibney, to name a few.

To see the complete schedule and register for classes, click here. 

Music:

 Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Oct. 24:

  • Terry V’s Patio Party, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Jazz Quattro, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Live at WTIP, Kenna Rose, WTIP Community Radio, 8 p.m.
  • Live at WTIP, Gordon Thorne, WTIP Community Radio, 10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25:

  • Live at WTIP, Eli Bentley, WTIP Community Radio, 1 p.m.
  • Live at WTIP, Colleen Myhre, WTIP Community Radio, 4 p.m.
  • Live at WTIP, Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, WTIP Community Radio, 6 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26:

  • Live at WTIP, Big Tree, WTIP Community Radio, 2 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • Big Tree, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Westside Band, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Live at WTIP, Portage, WTIP Community Radio, 7 p.m.
  • Vessel, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 28:

  • North Country Fair, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Photographs:

 It was a good week for photographs. Let’s start with wildlife:

This otter at the Angry Trout didn't get any chips with their fish. Photo by Kristin Bergstrom Gibbs.

This otter at the Angry Trout didn’t get any chips with their fish. Photo by Kristin Bergstrom Gibbs.

Here’s an interesting shot. Apparently possums love eating ticks. The trail cam was not in Cook County.

Possum eating ticks off a deer's head. Trail cam photo by Layne Darby St. Julien.

Possum eating ticks off a deer’s head. Trail cam photo by Layne Darby St. Julien.

 

The photo below was taken by Thomas Demma at the DNR eagle nest site near St. Paul, as a pair of eagles begin building their nest for next year.

A little help from your friends. Photography by Thomas Demma.

A little help from your friends. Photography by Thomas Demma.

 Here are a few great plant photographs.

Frosty mornings by Beth Drost.

Frosty mornings by Beth Drost.

 

Blueberries by Tom Fiero.

Blueberries by Tom Fiero.

Paul Sundberg shows how sunlight on leaves can affect their changing colors in the fall with these two photos.

A smaller leaf covers an oak leaf, by Paul Sundberg.

A smaller leaf covers an oak leaf, by Paul Sundberg.

The same leaf, showing how the shade affects its color.

The same leaf, showing how the shade affects its color.

And a sweet mushroom photograph.

A beauteous mushroom. Photograph by Christian Dalbec.

A beauteous mushroom. Photograph by Christian Dalbec.

As can be expected, we found a lot of storm photos this week. Here’s a selection.

First, one wave.

A salt-water free Lake Superior by Tony Wilder.

A salt-water free Lake Superior by Tony Wilder.

And then, more waves …

Gale winds by Kristofer Bowman.

Gale winds by Kristofer Bowman.

And then …

October gales by Dawn LaPointe and Gary Fiedler.

October gales by Dawn LaPointe and Gary Fiedler.

 

Spume on Split Rock Lighthouse by Dawn LaPointe and Gary Fiedler.

The storm and Split Rock Lighthouse by Dawn LaPointe and Gary Fiedler.

 

Rocking the October in black a white Mother Superior was mad as a wet hen, by Matthew Pastick.

Rocking the October in black a white Mother Superior was mad as a wet hen, by Matthew Pastick.

 

October storm at Tettegouche. Photograph  by Tone Coughlin, courtesy Destination Duluth.

October storm at Tettegouche. Photograph by Tone Coughlin, courtesy Destination Duluth.

The calm after the storm:

After the fall storm, we got a treat yesterday by David Johnson.

After the fall storm, we got a treat yesterday by David Johnson.

And finally, this:

On the lookout by Tony Wilder.

The photographer, Tony Wilder, calls this “On the lookout,” but we want to call it “Peek-a-boo.” 

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Moose Madness Weekend in Grand Marais

A fall bull snacking on twigs and leaves in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

A fall bull snacking on twigs and leaves in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Greetings from Grand Marais, where the summer season is about to officially end with a great community festival: Moose Madness Weekend.

This community wide event is a family focused celebration of all things moose and encourages families to unplug and just have a good time. Throughout the weekend, there are events for everyone. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic as well as fun competitions, and, of course, the big Hunt for the Moose Medallion.

Find out all about the events during Moose Madness weekend in the Moose News & Tribune.

Find out all about the events during Moose Madness weekend in the Moose News & Tribune, available in shops and online.

Shops and venues all over town will offer everything from games, a moose coloring contest, a scavanger hunt as well as a Raccoon Masquerade Ball, sponsored by The Big Lake. There will be a number of other activities too, including a family contra dance at North House Folk School on Friday night, live music by the Bazillions at Moose Central, (Grandma Ray’s), a number of art activities at the Grand Marais Art Colony as well as chance to decorate your own caramel apple at Gunflint Mercantile, to name a few.

There’s also a haiku and limerick contest, sponsored by Northern Wilds. Here’s one of the winners of the haiku contest last year:

Through the snowy lands

And between the knotty trees

Trots the great moose king.

By Maxwell Kaung, age 11.

On Friday and Saturday, there are lots of Moose Madness activities. Here are a few hands-on opportunities: On Friday, Minnesota authors and illustrators Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan will present a two-hour workshop at the Grand Marais Library entitled “Create Your Own Comic Book Character.” The workshop starts at 3:30 p.m. Also, Grand Marais Pottery and the Maker’s Market will hold a paint-a-moose event all day on Friday. Participants can paint a clay moose and it will be fired and ready for pick-up on Sunday. These are just a few of the activities offered over the weekend.

To find out all the details, and to take a look at the Moose News & Tribune, click here.

There’s lots going on in the county this weekend as well. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Tim Ramey will give a presentation on the history of Naniboujou Lodge at 7 p.m. at Cook County Higher Education.

Tim Ramey will give a presentation about the history of Naniboujou Lodge at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Tim Ramey will give a presentation about the history of Naniboujou Lodge at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The historic lodge, with its stunning artwork, was purchased by Tim and his wife Nancy in 1985. They have owned and operated it to the present. Tim will talk about its history and tell stories about his family running the lodge these many years. The event is free, but a $5 donation would be appreciated. Open to all.

On Friday, Bill Hansen, who is currently serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Uganda, will talk about his experiences there on WTIP’s The Roadhouse.

Bill Hansen, who is currently a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Uganda, will talk about his experiences there on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

Bill Hansen, who is currently a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Uganda, will talk about his experiences there on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. Hansen will be interviewed about 5:45 p.m.

If you’re’ in Duluth on Friday night, check out all the activities during the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk. The event features open studios, live music, art openings, exhibits and more.

Rights of the Child by Moira Villiard, acrylic. Villaird is exhibiting her work at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth.

“Rights of the Child ” by Moira Villiard, acrylic. Villaird is exhibiting her work at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market starts the day at the Cook County Senior Center’s parking lot at 9 a.m.

Terry Lord Lewis is one of the artisans showing at the Cook County Market on Saturday.

Glass artists Terry Lord Lewis is one of the artisans showing at the Cook County Market on Saturday.

The market opens at 9 a.m. and features a variety of work by local artists and artisans. It is open until 1 p.m. This is the last market of the 2019 season. All welcome.

Also on Saturday, the Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with speakers and family activities, including bird banding demos. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

And the First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a variety of places. Participants can enjoy a full day of apple picking, caramel apples, cider pressing demonstrations, bee keeping, tree care, and more.

The First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday featuring farm tours, cider-making, presentations and an apple stand. Many activities will be at the Cook County Community Center.

The First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday featuring farm tours, cider-making, presentations and an apple stand. Many activities will be at the Cook County Community Center.

There will be an apple stand and presentations at the Cook County Community Center and apple cider making at Great Expectations School. Self-guided farm tours will also be held. Visit the Cook County Community Center to learn more.

Also, photographer Travis Novitsky will give a presentation at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The title of his presentation is “Listening to the Northern Lights.” The presentation is free. Chik-Wauk closes for the season on Sunday, Oct. 2o.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two sessions of Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls in the ceramic studio at the Art Colony at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The final sessions for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls 2019 will be held on Monday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

TThe final sessions for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowl 2019 will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday and Monday. To sign up, call 387-2737.

The final sessions for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowl 2019 will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday and Monday. Instruction will be provided. To sign up, call 387-2737.

All invited. Instruction is provided. For more information and to sign up, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

And to cap off the week, the Annual Fall Gala to celebrate Cook County’s momentum in the areas of tourism, community and economic development will be held at Papa Charlie’s starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The awards ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, click here.

Exhibits:

“Wild Wonder,” an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring the work of Minnesota artists Deb Kirkeeide and Kristen Palm has opened at the gallery.

This painting by is in the Wild Wonder exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This painting by Kristen Palm is in the “Wild Wonde”r exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 3. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The North Shore Hospital has just opened a new exhibit in its corridors featuring the paintings of Joel Lewis and Lisa Perrin-Kosmo.

"Fanny and Dancer," painting by Joel Lewis, is currently on view at the North Shore Hospital.

“Fanny and Dancer,” painting by Joel Lewis, is currently on view at the North Shore Hospital.

Both artists are exhibiting large format paintings as well as other work. The exhibit continues through December. The public is invited to see the exhibit.

Betsy Bowen’s show, “Rare Works from the Archives,” continues at her gallery, Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, 301 1st Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

Sketches from life, one of the pieces in Betsy Bowen's exhibit, Rare Works from the Archives.

Sketches from life, one of the pieces in Betsy Bowen’s exhibit, Rare Works from the Archives.

The exhibit features framed prints and drawings as well as other works.

The Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has just mounted a new exhibit of stunning Gashkibidaaganag or bandolier bags in the Nelson Display Case of Native Art.

Bandolier bag, artist unknown, possibly Ojibwe, one of the items on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Bandolier bag, artist unknown, possibly Ojibwe, one of the items on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The exhibit continues through Spring 2020.

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting works at City Hall in Duluth.

Three works on display at  City Hall in Duluth, shown from upper to lower: Pieces-shown-from-upper-to-lower-are-Derek,Minnesota-Twins; Adam Demenge, Bird and -Kris-Blanchard, Color Canvas1.

Three works on display at City Hall in Duluth, shown from upper to lower: -Derek, “Minnesota-Twins”; Adam Demenge, “Bird” and -Kris-Blanchard, “Color Canvas 1.”

The Prøve Collective in Duluth, is featuring an exhibition of new large-scale canvases by painter Bob Pokorney.

The Prøve Collective is exhibiting large-scale paintings by Bob Pokorney.

The Prøve Collective is exhibiting large-scale paintings by Bob Pokorney.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring a number of exhibits, including a retrospective of Leo Yerxa’s work entitled Unfold Time.

Unfold-Time-1

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host three “Ideation Open House Events” in its new space on Hwy. 61 in the old pharmacy building to encourage the public to view the spaces and floor plan and offer their input and ideas to the Art Colony. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m.on Thursday, Oct. 26; from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26 and from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29  The public is invited.

Gunflint Lodge will hold a Murder Mystery Weekend with the Grand Marais Playhouse starting on Friday, Oct. 25. For more info and tickets, see www.gunflint.com.

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte will host the 10th annual Storytelling Dinner at Surfside Resort on Saturday, Oct. 26. The guest speaker will be Eric Brisson who will give a presentation entitled “Carrying On the Family Fishing Tradition.” For more information and tickets, call the museum at 218-663-7050 or click here.

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will sponsor its 5th Piatigorsky Foundation Classic Music Concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the William Kelley High School Auditorium in Silver Bay.

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 The Bluegrass Masters Weekend, sponsored by the North Shore Music Association, will be at the Lutsen Resort Nov. 1-3. The featured artist is master fiddler Dan Kelly, who will hold workshops during the event. He will be in concert on Saturday, Nov. 2 with Michael & Jennifer McClain & the Banjocats. Stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Tim Young’s book, “My Hands Paint,” published last year, is in its second printing.

"My Hand Paints" by Tim Young is available at Joy & Co.

“My Hand Paints” by Tim Young is available at Joy & Co.

The book is available at Joy & Co.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Oct. 17:

  • Terry V’s Patio Party, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Free Range Evangeilical Secularists, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Kilborn Quartet, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18:

  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Rootz Within, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19:

  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Thorne, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Rootz Within, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille & Tap Room, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Volk, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 21

  • Andrew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Photographs:

We found lots of photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Windy tree tops in Grand Portage State Park by Tony Wilder.

Windy tree tops in Grand Portage State Park by Tony Wilder.

 

A lucky encounter in Cook County by Mark Ellis.

A lucky encounter in Cook County by Mark Ellis.

 

Flight of the Northern Harrier by John Heino.

Flight of the Northern Harrier by John Heino.

 

Otters in Yellowstone by Heidi Pinkerton.

Otters in Yellowstone by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Chilly mornings have you poking your head out of bed: cow moose in the Superior National forest by Ryan Pennesi,

Chilly mornings have you poking your head out of bed: cow moose in the Superior National forest by Ryan Pennesi,

It really snowed in parts of Cook County this week. Here are some photos:

It snowed in October by Judi Barsness.

It snowed in October! by Judi Barsness.

 

Skiing in leaf fall by Kjersti Vick.

Skiing in leaf fall by Kjersti Vick.

And after it snowed, the wind came up.

The waves of Gitchi Gumi are powerful and beautiful today by Dusty Nelms.

The waves of Gitchi Gumi are powerful and beautiful today by Dusty Nelms.

It got pretty wild for awhile there.

October storm by Paul Sundberg.

October storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Grand Marais Oct. 12 by Shane Mossman.

Grand Marais Oct. 12 by Shane Mossman.

After the storms passed:

Happy Sunday on Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Happy Sunday on Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

 

Hunter's Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Hunter’s Moon by Paul Sundberg.

 

All-spectrum Minnesota by Lane Pelovsky.

All-spectrum Minnesota by Lane Pelovsky.

We found some great photos from out of state, too.

Upper Tehquamenon Falls, UP, Mich., by John Gregor.

Upper Tehquamenon Falls, UP, Mich., by John Gregor.

 

Tibbett Falls by Sandra Updike.

Tibbett Falls by Sandra Updike.

And, to change the mood completely … We found this photo on the Norwegian Landscapes site.

Photo from Norwegian Landscapes. Possible caption: Hmmmm. Maybe not.

Possible caption: “Hmmmm. Maybe not.”  Photo posted on Norwegian Landscapes web site.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Beauteous Final Days of Fall

Old rustic cabin on the backroads near Grand Portage by Aldo Abelleira.

Old rustic cabin on the backroads near Grand Portage by Aldo Abelleira.

Fall colors are peaking in Cook County this weekend, with an emphasis on gorgeous yellows and oranges. Check out our photo collection this week for all the details.

Meanwhile, fall events continue on the North Shore.

First up, Thursday is the final day of the Local Food Market for the season. The market features locally grown vegetables, wood-fired artisan breads, fresh flowers, snacks and more.

This is the final week for the Local Food Market this season and there will be lots to choose from.

This is the final week for the Local Food Market this season and there will be lots to choose from.

The market is held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot at the Cook County Community Center. If it’s raining, the market will be held in the 4-H Log Building.

There’s lots happening on Friday including the opening reception for a new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post as well as a concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

“Wild Wonder,” an exhibit by artists Deb Kirkeeide and Kristen Palm opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

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The exhibit “Wild Wonder”with paintings by Deb Kirkeeide and Kristen Palm opens with a reception at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Oct. 11 from 5-7 p.m.

Both are Minnesota artists. Deb Kirkeeide paints in oil, and is inspired by nature, especially birds. Kristen Palm paints large abstract acrylic landscapes, inspired by the Northwoods. The reception on Friday is open to all. The exhibit continues through Nov. 3. Fall Hours: The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Also on tap for Friday is a performance by renowned musician and humanitarian Samite Mulondo entitled “Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me”  at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The solo show features his stories, music, and visuals illustrating the resilience of the human spirit and the fundamental truth that “We are all the same.”

Taught traditional flute as a child by his grandfather in Uganda, Samite Mulondo went on to study western flute and is now known internationally as an acclaimed flutist and humanitarian.

Below is a video of him performing “Resiliance.”

Samite has released 10 internationally distributed CDs and has scored and appeared in films including “Song of the Refugee,” a documentary of his life (PBS, 1998), and “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” featuring Samite’s original score (PBS, 2009). In 2002, Samite founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organization that enables global musicians to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people.

Tickets are $15 adults, $5 youth. They can be purchased online at www.aca.tix.com or at the door.

On the Gunflint Trail on Friday night, David Battistel, a Canadian history teacher and instructional leader from Thunder Bay, Ontario, will give a talk entitled “Gunflint & Lake Superior Railroad: Logging the Boundary Waters” at 5:30 p.m. at the Cross River Lodge. Battistel has been researching and writing about the history of the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway for years, as well as the associated ventures of mining for silver and iron ore as well as logging. The Cross River Lodge is 46 miles up the Gunflint Trail off of County Road. 46. All invited.

Also on Friday night, the band, Easy Riders, will be guests on WTIP’s The Roadhouse where they will talk about their music and play a few songs. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

The Cook County Market, which features arts and crafts by local vendors, is cancelled this Saturday, Oct. 12. The last market of the season will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Senior Center parking lot.

There’s lots of live music on Saturday, though. (See the Music Schedule below.)

On Sunday, the first sessions of Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls begin.

The first sessions of Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held this weekend, on Sunday and Monday. Call the Grand Marais Art Colony to sign up at 387-2737.

The first sessions of Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held this weekend, on Sunday and Monday. Call the Grand Marais Art Colony to sign up at 387-2737.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group almost 30 years ago. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. The money raised is donated to organizations working to end hunger and food insecurity in their area.

Here in Cook County, the Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held Nov. 14 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grand Marais with seatings for lunch and dinner.

For the event, community participants as well as local potters and school students make a variety of handmade bowls which are available at the fundraiser.  The sessions to make the bowls will be held in the clay studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. Instruction is provided!  Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more information and to sign up.

Also on Sunday, Drury Lane Books will hold a Full Moon Reading around the campfire overlooking Lake Superior with poet Ruth Pszwaro.

 Ruth Pszwaro with read from her poetry at a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books on Sunday.

Ruth Pszwaro with read from her poetry at a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books on Sunday.

Pszwaro will read her poetry from the chapbook, “Liminal Space,” as well as more recent writings. If the weather is poor, the reading will be held inside. Open to all. Free.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Naniboujou Lodge will host an Afternoon Tea Fundraiser entitled “God Save the Queens: A Reprise,” featuring guest speaker Karen Halbersleben.

Halbersleben will discuss how six women have been crowned Queen Regnant of England since 1066, ruling for a combined 198 years of turmoil and triumph. She will consider how their gender influenced their years on the throne and seek to understand what is unique about a nation that sings with pride “God Save the Queen.”

The event, which is a fundraiser for Cook County Higher Education,  also features a silent auction, as well as a traditional British tea. This is a semi-formal event, so participants are encouraged to wear hats. There is also a collection of hats for rent. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. To register, click here.

 Exhibits:

Betsy Bowen’s exhibit, “Rare Works from the Archives” continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios, 301 1st Ave. W.

A hand-colored production original from Betsy Bowen's book, "Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman" is one of the rare treasures at the Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios.

A hand-colored production original from Betsy Bowen’s book, “Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman” is one of the rare works at the Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios.

The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 20.

Tom McCann has installed a series of his landscape paintings in the courtyard of the Cook County Courthouse.

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The paintings will be on exhibit for three months. The public is invited to see them.

In Duluth, indigenous artists Pat Kruse and Rabett Before Horses Stickland are exhibiting paintings and birchbark creations at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. 2nd St.

Rabett Strickland and Pat Kruse open an exhibit in Duluth on Friday.

Rabett Strickland and Pat Kruse open an exhibit in Duluth on Friday.

The opening reception will be held Oct. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. The exhibit continues through the end of October.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting a series of works collected by the Russian Museum of Art entitled “Art in Conflict,” featuring artists working in Russia during the Soviet Era.

One of the pieces from Art in Conflict: An Exhibition by the Russian Museum of Art.

One of the pieces from “Art in Conflict: An Exhibition by the Russian Museum of Art”at the Tweed Museum of Art. It is a detail of a poster triptych by Vladimir Fekliaev entitled “Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Yu. A. Gagarin’s Spaceflight in the Vostok Spacecraft on April 12, 1961.”

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently exhibiting “Their Breath in Beads,” a series of bead works by 10 regional artists.

Portraits of my relations by  Dawn Driver.

(detail) Portraits of my relations by Dawn Driver.

Upcoming:

Moose Madness weekend is next weekend in Grand Marais with activities, fun and games for every age. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic during the entire weekend, including the ever-popular Moose Medallion Hunt.

The Moose News & Tribune, which can be found inserted into the Northern Wilds magazine, as well as at  local venues, includes all the details of events over the weekend.

Find out all about the events during Moose Madness weekend in the Moose News & Tribune.

Find out all about the events during Moose Madness weekend in the Moose News & Tribune.

For more details click here.

The First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on  Saturday, Oct. 19.

The 1st annul Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19.

The First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19.

The all-day event includes apple orchard tours, apple picking, cider pressing demonstrations, an apple stand market as well as a variety of presentations at the Cook County Community Center. For more information and schedule of events, click here.

Opportunities:

 Volunteers are needed for the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Readers & Writers Festival Nov.7-10. There are a wide variety of positions available. For more information and to sign up, click here, or call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Music:

 Thursday, Oct. 9:

  • Terry Valdiva & Friends, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11:

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Fred Anderson, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Samite–Lessons of Humanity: What My Grandfather Taught Me, Samite Mulondo, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12:

  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Easy Riders, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 13:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Andrew Huber, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

 Photographs:

We found lots of interesting photos this week.  Let’s start with wildlife, featuring photographs taken by local and regional photographers outside the county.

Photography grizzlies along the Continental Divide by Heidi Pinkerton.

Photographing grizzlies along the Continental Divide (Yellowstone National Park) by Heidi Pinkerton.

Eye-to-eye, Grand Teton National Park by John Heino,

Eye-to-eye, Grand Teton National Park by John Heino,

 

Back away from the berries and nobody gets hurt--Black Bear,  Grand Teton National Park.

Back away from the berries and nobody gets hurt–Black Bear, Grand Teton National Park.

And with all the rains, photographers found fantastic waterfalls.

Bond Falls, Michigan, by Karla Sundberg.

Bond Falls, Michigan, by Karla Sundberg.

 

Bond Falls by Paul Sundberg.

Bond Falls by Paul Sundberg.

 

Kakabeka Falls, Thunder Bay, Ontario by Lin Salisbury.

Kakabeka Falls, Thunder Bay, Ontario by Lin Salisbury.

Fall River waterfalls by Layne Kennedy.

Fall River waterfalls by Layne Kennedy.

 

Fall color rages over the Temperance River by Bryan Hansel.

Fall color rages over the Temperance River. Dang, the yellows are good this year.

One Northern Lights photograph:

A little touch of the aurora borealis by Thomas Spence.

A little touch of the aurora borealis by Thomas Spence.

A river stream:

Seven Bridges Road in Duluth by Judy Gray.

Seven Bridges Road in Duluth by Judy Gray.

Two Split Rock Lighthouse photographs:

The colors of Lake Superior area always something amazing by Matthew Pastick.

The colors of Lake Superior area always something amazing by Matthew Pastick.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse with fog ring by Randy Quast.

Split Rock Lighthouse with fog ring by Randy Quast.

Lake Superior:

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by John Keefover.

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by John Keefover.

 

The road to cold by Nick Horvath.

The road to cold by Nick Horvath.

 

I love fall by Jon Wood.

I love fall by Jon Wood.

 

Too close for comfort by Martin Ramirez.

Too close for comfort by Martin Ramirez.

And fall colors:

Bean and Bear Overlook today, Silver Bay by Vasanth Rajkumar.

Bean and Bear Overlook today, Silver Bay by Vasanth Rajkumar.

 

Beautiful fall by Donna Price.

Beautiful fall by Donna Price.

 

Reflection: Pond in the Woods by Roxanne Distad.

Reflection: Pond in the Woods by Roxanne Distad.

 

donald jay olson stewart creek and the fall voliage showing off

Stewart Creek and the fall foliage showing off by Donald Jay Olson.

 

At Split Rock by Vasanth Rajkumar.

At Split Rock by Vasanth Rajkumar.

 

Slow pan -- poplar trees by Layne Kennedy.

Slow pan — poplar trees by Layne Kennedy.

 

Been wanting to compress these hills for years ... near Port Wing, Wis. by Jamie Rabold.

Been wanting to compress these hills for years … near Port Wing, Wis. by Jamie Rabold.

And finally, Grand Marais.

Fall in Grand Marais by Sierra Parsons.

Fall in Grand Marais by Sierra Parsons.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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