It might not feel like it, but spring is arriving — slowly. And the type of weather we’ve been having is perfect for corn snow, a feast for downhill skiers and snowboarders every year.
This year is no exception. There’s lots of snow on Lutsen Mountains this year, and this weekend is the time to celebrate it with lots of great skiing and the 3-day Sweetwater Shakedown Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s.
The music starts at 9:30 p.m; with Leftover Salmon and continues all through Friday and Saturday and includes the Sans Souci Quartet, the Roe Family Singers and the Bluegrass Ball Part I on Friday and Gordon Thorne, Paul Mayasich & Al Oikari, the Wu Acoustic Family, Kind County and the Bluegrass Ball Part II on Saturday. See the music schedule below for times. The Apres-Ski music in the afternoons is free. Tickets are available at the door and advance tickets can be purchased at www.lutsen.com
There are some fun art events happening this weekend, too.
Ginny Sims, a ceramic artist, is the Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony through next week. She is working on a series of large pieces in the ceramic studio as well as developing drawings to use on the pieces in the Founders Hall.
She will hold an Open Studio from 1-2 p.m. this Saturday, and then a community art event next Saturday.
Everyone is invited to come to the Art Colony this Saturday to meet Sims and see her work in progress.
Also, the Mapping Mystery: Entry Points to the Creative exhibit, curated by the Spirit of Wilderness Episcopal Church, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through April 13. The exhibit features work in a wide range of media from artists of every age.
The Heritage Post is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m.Sunday. All are invited to come see this interesting show.
The Lakehead University Student Juried Exhibition continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (on the campus of Conferderation College) through Sunday at 5 p.m. (EST)
Next weekend, is Art and Ambiance, a fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, featuring a live and silent auction of affordable, original works by more than 40 local and regional artists. The event begins at 7 p.m. (EST) April 11. CBC’s Lisa Laco is the host with Dave Shaw as auctioneer. Jazz musician Robin Ranger will play. For more info, visit www.theag.ca.
The Definitely Superior Art Gallery is currently featuring hree exhibits which are running concurrently through April 26:
▪ Amy Swartz’ “Pest”
▪ “Contemporary 14: Dr. Robert Chadhuri Collection” and
▪ Adam Makarenko’s “Minature Frontiers.”
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. (EST).
At the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors, Dale Burton’s hand-forged metal and rock exhibit continues through April 5
. A new exhibit, “Spring is Sprung” featuring artists of the North Shore Voyageur Artists group, opens April 12. The Waterfront Gallery is located at 632 First Ave. in Two Harbors.
And not to forget, Lake Superior Community Theatre’s production of the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” opens at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium this week. Shows are at 7 p.m. April 4-5, 10, 11 & 12 and at 2 p.m. April 6. Some tickets are available at the Grand Marais Public Library. For on-line reservations, click here.
For the art of making chili, check out the 5th annual International Cook County Chili Cook Off at St. John’s Catholic Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. Proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for the Coldwater Foundation, a nonprofit youth leadership development program. More than 17 chefs have signed up for the event. Tickets are available at the door.
And here’s a video of Nirvana performing “All Apologies.” April 4 was the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death.
Lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:
- Thursday, April 3:
▪ Gordon Thorne with Paul Mayasich & Al Oikari, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
▪ Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
▪ Leftover Salmon, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 4:
▪ San Souci Quartet, Apres Ski, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
▪ Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
▪ Gordon Thorne, Silver Bay Lounge, Silver Bay, 8 p.m.
▪ Diet Folk Trio, Gunflint Tavnern, 8:30 p.m.
▪ Travelin’ McCoury’s Bluegrass Ball, Part 1 with Roe Family Singers, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 5:
▪ Gordon Thorne, Paul Mayasich and Al Oikari, Papa Charlie’s, 1:30 p.m.
▪ Wu Acoustic Family, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
▪ Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
▪ Karaoke, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
▪ Gordon Thorne, Paul Mayasich and Al Oikari, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
▪ Kind Country, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
▪ Travelin’ McCoury’s Bluegrass Ball, Part II with Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident and Andy Hall & Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters
Sunday, April 6:
▪ Janell Lemire and Betty Braunstein, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
Here’s our potpourri of photos this week.
We’ve seen lots of satellite photos of ice on Lake Superior this winter. Here’s an interesting contrast created by the National Weather Service – Lake Superior in March 2014, (top) and Lake Superior in March 2013. Brrrr.
Everyone seems a little irritable about this long winter. Sandra Updyke caught this shot of deer in her front lot recently. (She’s been feeding them all winter.) She calls this “Temper, Temper.”
The deer are definitely all crowded near the lake, and on it, as Paul Sundberg shows in this photo.
Sundberg also offers proof that spring is right around the corner. He got this shot of a ruffed grouse drumming on his favorite log, even though it was covered with snow. Note the beautiful detail on the feathers.
We also found some gorgeous landscapes.
And last, here’s an incredible northern lights shot by Matt Herberg.
Have a great weekend, everyone!