Catch a bit of history and cultural traditions this weekend at the annual Rendezvous Days & Pow-Wow in Grand Portage.
The Rendezvous is celebrated every year at the Grand Portage National Monument when re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from the past. There are workshops and demonstrations, too. For the complete schedule of events and activities for Rendezvous Days, click here.
For a preview, tune into WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday from 5-7 p.m. to meet Rendezvous re-enactors who portray a surveyor and a traveling artist, as well as a fiddler who specializes in fur trade songs. Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver will also be on the show.
The Traditional Gathering Pow-Wow, hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is held in conjunction with Rendezvous Days in the Pow-Wow circle just down the road from the Monument. There are food and craft vendors on the site, too. Warm-up sessions are Friday night with Grand Entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All invited. Free.
This is the final weekend of the Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theater Festival at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Performances of the musical “I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change” are at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at the door.
Friday is First Fridays! in Grand Marais and a number of shops and galleries will be open with special events and treats. Cellist Yvonne Caruthers will play at Sivertson Gallery from 4-6 p.m., Lake Superior Trading Post will have candy samples and, perhaps, live music and Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen is teaming up with Voyageur Brewing Co. for a craft beer tasting from 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located at 4210 W Hwy 61 in Lutsen.
Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries will hold an opening reception for the show, Archives & Extras, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit includes a special show and sale of Betsy Bowen’s woodblock prints rarely, if ever, seen, as well as select pieces from Bowen’s personal collection of art by favorite artists. Stephan Hoglund decided to join in the venture and includes his fine art photography as well as art from his personal collection. The exhibit continues through Aug. 23.
This is the final weekend of the fantastic Belvo/Cushmore exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit can be seen through Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday, Cameron Norman will hold a fish-printing class: “Gyotaku: The Dao of Fishy-ness,” at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Students will learn how to print from a fresh fish and enjoy a fish cake lunch as well. There are still a few openings. Call 218-387-2737 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Also on Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At 1 p.m. potter Maggie Anderson will give a throwing demo in the ceramics studio at the Art Colony at 1 p.m.
And finally, Shannon Drury, a popular and funny blogger, will read from her book, “The Radical Housewife,” at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
On Sunday, one of the most anticipated concerts of the season, “Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings,” will be held at Fire Hall #1 at Poplar Lake on the Gunflint Trail. A benefit for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, the concert features local and regional musicians, including Bill Beckstrand, Karina Roth, Yvonne Caruthers, Philis Anderson, Paul Jacobson, Barb LaVigne, Judy Ranheim, Kathy Bolstad, Erika Ternes, Cooper Ternes and Laura Popkes. Tickets are still available at email@example.com or 218-388-9494.
In art news, Neil Sherman will teach ‘Painting and Paddling in the Boundary Waters” Aug. 11-13. He is teaming up with Hungry Jack Outfitters to do the class in the BWCAW. For more info, call 218-388-2275. Also, Sherman has a one-man show that opened Aug. 5 at the Minneapolis Club. A reception for the show, “New and Recent Paintings of the North Shore,” will be held there Aug. 19 from 5-7 p.m.
And Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens is one of the artists showing their work at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder.
Here’s all the music for the weekend:
Thursday, Aug. 6:
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire. Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 7:
- Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing Co., 8 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8:
- Feeding LeRoy, Voyageur Brewing Co., 3 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay Resort, 7 p.m.
- Maria Nickolay, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Feeding LeRoy, Voyageur Brewing Co., 9 p.m.
- The Sweet Papa Dave Band, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 9:
- Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings, Poplar Lake Fire Hall, Gunflint Trail, 4 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 10:
- Band of Souls Duo, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
- The Fatten’ Frogs, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11:
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Here’s a selection of photographs we found this week:
Let’s start out with a photo of the fireworks at Fisherman’s Picnic.
The blue moon was a favorite of photographers, too. Here are a few captures.
Bryan Hansel took this beauty.
The moon had crested the clouds when Paul Sundberg caught this moment.
And here’s a completely different, and compelling, portrait of the blue moon.
The hummingbirds are back at feeders and flowers.
And Lake Superior has been acting up a bit. Here’s a great shot.
The Big Lake has been serene, too.
Here’s something for lots of color and whimsy. Don Davison calls this: “Old Fishing House Interior II.”
And finally, this classic shot of Split Rock Lighthouse by Thomas Spence.
Have a great weekend, everyone!