It’s Moose Madness Weekend in Grand Marais, a family friendly event featuring all kinds of activities, contests, demonstrations and fun things to do. This year, Grandma Ray’s is Moose Headquarters where you can get lots of info, maps and directions.
To see the complete schedule of events throughout the weekend, pick up a copy of the Moose News Tribune and check it out. Or read it on-line here.
Moose Madness starts at 9 a.m. on Friday morning with the Moose Madness Medallion Hunt, which is always highly competitive. The Medallion is hidden somewhere in downtown Grand Marais. Sometimes it’s found right away. Other times, no one can find it until late on Friday, Either way, check for the latest clues at Moose Headquarters. It’s the ultimate in scavenger hunts and fun for everyone.
Also on Friday, North House Folk School will feature sweet grass basketry demonstrations in the morning and birchbark weaving in the afternoon, as well as a community rug-felting project. The Lake Superior Zoomobile will be at East Bay Suites from 1-4 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday night, check out the North Shore Winery in Lutsen at 5 p.m. to see WTIP’s The Roadhouse live, and then stay to play the radio station’s Small Change Trivia from 7-8 p.m. Music by Gordon Thorne with Mike Roth.
At the Grand Marais Art Colony, Marlys Johnson will teach Raccoon Mask Making from 1-3 p.m. on Friday.
The students will create a unique felted raccoon mask to wear to The Big Lake/Gunflint Mercantile Masquerade Ball on Friday afternoon. Students will use needle felting and wet felting techniques to decorate their masks and then the group will parade downtown for the party. Masks are great for Halloween or wall décor. $10, call the Art Colony to register at 387-2737.
On Friday night, Over the Waterfall plays for a Contra Dance at North House Folk School starting at 7 p.m. There’s a small charge at the door.
On Saturday, look for more Moose Madness activities, including mini Make-A-Bowl classes at the Art Colony to make bowls for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, an event to help the hungry in Cook County. The fundraiser is held Nov. 15. For more info and to register, call 387-2737. Click here to see the calendar for dates. You can now register on-line.
The Art Colony will also hold a drop-in Community Ink Day in the print studio on Saturday afternoon. All invited.
North House will hold more craft demonstrations on Saturday and the community felted rug project will continue, with the final foot-stamping of the wool. The public is invited to try this out.
This is the last weekend of the season for the Cook County Market, which is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Senior Center parking lot, weather permitting.
Meanwhile, WTIP Community Radio is holding it’s Fall Membership drive this weekend, which always includes great programming and live music in the studio. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, Oct. 19: Plucked Up String Band, 1-2 p.m.; Wunderdogs,4-5 p.m.. Saturday, Oct. 20: Rod and Al, 5-5:45 p.m.; Rampant Roots, 6-7 p.m. and on Sunday, Maria Nickolay, 2-4 p.m. There are also activities for kids and adults at the radio station over the weekend. To find out more, see www.wtip.org.
For Sven & Ole lovers, the Grand Marais Playhouse will present “Ole Runs for Office” this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.
In the play. Ole has decided to throw his hat into the ring and run against Knut Knutson, the long-time president of Muskrat Lodge 3412.Will Lena talk Ole out of the political limelight or cave in to the glamour of being “first lady of the lodge”? Tickets for this funny play are available at the door. Kid friendly.
And on Monday and Tuesday, the mini-class, Glass: Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls, will feature a chance to make a glass bowl for the Empty Bowls fundraiser in the glass studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Call 387-2737 to register.
Also on Monday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 3:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
On Tuesday, Visit Cook County and Cook County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Fall Gala at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino starting at 5:30 p.m. The guest speaker is John Edman, of Explore MN Tourism. Sen. Tom Bakk and Rep, Rob Ecklund will also speak. For more info and tickets, click here.
And on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Kate Fitzgerald will give the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books starting at 6 p.m. Each full moon the community gathers outside around the fire to hear local writers read their own work or the work of others. The public is invited to enjoy the spoken word and watch the moon rising over the Big Lake.
Also on Wednesday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a “Making a Mark: Life Drawing” session in the Founders Hall at 5:30 p.m.
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. The sessions run through Dec. 19. No instruction given.
The Art Colony is also looking for models who might be interested in the work. Compensation is available. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more. info.
The new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, “George Morrison/Surrealist Forms & Other Drawings” opened to accolades last week. The exhibit is a fascinating walk through the history and focus of this nationally known artist.
There is only one painting in the exhibit (see above) but there’s a great collection of his prints. The print below, entitled “Faculty Meeting” is such an extraordinary example of how just one simple line an evoke emotion and attitude. It is only one of many in the exhibit.
The exhibit continues through Nov. 4. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. t0 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Monday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
In Duluth, the Joseph Nease Gallery is exhibiting “Elemental Forces and Other Work” by Karen Owsley Nease.
Nease’s paintings of Lake Superior inspired choreographer Laura Goodman to create a ballet to interpret these visual images. It is being performed by the Minnesota Ballet at the DECC Oct. 19-20. The images are used as the backdrop in the ballet. The exhibit continues at the Nease through Oct. 27 culminating in an Artist Talk at the gallery with Nease and Goodman on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. during the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk.
Jonathan Thunder has opened an animated exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art entitled “Manifesto.”
Sivertson Gallery celebrates the 18th annual Inuit Premiere next weekend, Oct. 26-27, with an extraordinary showcase of Inuit art and sculpture, carving demonstrations and throat-singing performances. A must-see. Stay tuned for details and/or click here for more info.
In Duluth, the opening reception for Anne Labovitz’ “122 Conversations” at the Tweed Museum of Art will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25.
The North Shore Music Association’s Bluegrass Master’s Weekend will be held Nov. 2-4 at Lutsen Resort. Get ready for three days of jamming, a full day of vocal workshops and an evening concert with Valerie Smith and her band, Liberty Pike.
Tickets for the vocal workshops and concert on are available at Lutsen Resort. Stay tuned for details and/or click here for more info.
Here’s the music schedule for this week;
Thursday, Oct. 18:
- John Russ, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
- Maria Nickolay, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- James Moors, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19:
- North Country Fair, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
- Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Wunderdogs, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Brian Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20:
- Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge, 8 p.m.
- Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Aurora Baer, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
We’ve found some interesting photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife:
Here are a few fall shots:
And the start of winter:
And this, a reminder of what it was like just one week ago.
And what it’s like today:
Have a great weekend, everyone!