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More Than Just Sticking a Toe Into Lake Superior

Grand Marais in the summer by Matthew Pastick.

Grand Marais in the summer– North House Folk School‘s The Hjordis passes by the light house. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

Summer seems to have arrived on the North Shore with warm temps and lots of sun – and we can see that the Hjordis is out plying the waters. (Click on the link to reserve your spot.) This weekend there’s lots to do and see, too, as well as taking a trip on Lake Superior.

The week’s events kick-off with the season’s opening of the Local Food Market. It will be from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 in the parking lot at the Cook County Community Center, and every Thursday afternoon through Oct. 17,

The Thursday Local Food Market opens on Thursday at the Cook County Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m. The market is held every Thursday through Oct. 17.

The Local Food Market opens on Thursday at the Cook County Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m. The market is held every Thursday through Oct. 17.

The Local Food Market, a project of the Northwoods Food Project, features locally grown vegetables in season, baked goods and fresh flowers and, often, fresh eggs, as well as other locally produced foods. Everyone is invited.

Also this week, the Grand Marais Art Colony is holding the Findings Jewelry Symposium, featuring nationally known jewelry artists teaching workshops, giving Artist Talks and participating in a Trunk Show on Saturday evening from 5-7 p.m.

As part of the Symposium, jewelry artist Anna Johnson, will give an Artist Talk at Cook Higher Education entitled “Artistic Symbiosis” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Anna Johnson, the keynote presenter at the Grand Marais Art Colony's Jewelry Symposium, will give an Artist Talk at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

Anna Johnson, the keynote presenter at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Jewelry Symposium, will give an Artist Talk about her work at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

Johnson will talk about jewelry in the world and share about her work and process, as well as talk about professional practice. This event is free and open to all. Goodwill donations are welcome. The event is held by the Art Colony in partnership with Cook County Higher Education.

Colleen Myhre will be a guest on WTIP’s the Roadhouse on Friday  She will talk about her music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. The musicians usually come on about 6:15 or so.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a jewelry Trunk Show from 5-7 p.m. at the Art Colony.

Jewelry artists participating in the Grand Marais Art Colony's Findings Jewelry Symposium will hold a Trunk Show at the Art Colonyfrom 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Open to all. (File photo)

Jewelry artists participating in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Findings Jewelry Symposium will hold a Trunk Show at the Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Open to all. (File photo)

The Trunk Show will feature handmade work by a number of jewelry artists including Anna Johnson, Danny Saathoff, Becky McDonah, Lissa Flemming, and Susan Crow, among others. For more info about the symposium, click here. The Trunk Show is open to the public.

There are a lot of other activities this weekend as well.

On Friday and Saturday, potter Ann Ward will  have Pots for Sale at 418 4th Ave.E. . located behind the IGA in Grand Marais. She is participating in a 3-family garage sale at that location.

Potter Ann Ward will have a variety of pots for sale at

Potter Ann Ward will have a variety of pots for sale at 418 4th Ave.W. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

And first thing on Saturday morning, the Cook County Market opens at the Senior Center parking lot in downtown Grand Marais. The Market, which runs from at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., features a wide variety of work by local artists and artisans. including woodwork, pottery, fiber art, books and more, as well as a massage table, fresh eggs and live music.

The Cook County Markets held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cook County Senior Center.

The Cook County Markets held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cook County Senior Center.  Jeff Liljestrand makes birdhouses on a stick.

And for those who want to experience the Northwoods and help young trees in the Pincushion Recreation Area, there will be a Seedling Support Project on Pincushion from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Participants will learn about the ecology of the region and the importance of on-going efforts to support forest restoration.

A Seedling Support Project will be held at Pincushion Recreation Area on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

A Seedling Support Project will be held at Pincushion Recreation Area on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will support tree seedlings by clearing back competing plants and making sure protective tree cages are intact. Meet at the Pincushion Recreation Area parking lot at noon. Volunteers should bring water and a snack. Wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt and closed-toes shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided. The project is a partnership between the Northwoods Volunteer Connection, Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District and the US Forest Service.

Also this weekend, the Cook County Historical Society is celebrating the history and heritage of Cook County, from Schroeder to the Gunflint Trail and along the shore to Grand Portage in a series of events. presentations and tours at museums and heritage sites. They are calling the event Passport Weekend. There are lots of things to see. Check out the image below.

johnson heritage post Passport-rack-card-final

One of the highlights of the event will be a presentation by Don Halverson about the community of Hovland, entitled “Hovland: The Unintentional Settlement.”

The Easton is docked at the Hovland dock where it has just unloaded oats for the horses in the logging camps.

In this old photograph, the Easton is at the Hovland Dock where it has just unloaded oats for the horses in the logging camps. Photo courtesy of Don Halverson. Halverson will give a talk about Hovland at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The presentation will include lots of great old photographs and stories and will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Johnson Heritage Post. All invited. Free.

Also on Saturday, Minnesota and Anishinaabe writer Linda Legarde Grover, will read from and discuss her latest novel, “In the Night of Memory” at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m.

Linda Grover will read from her latest novel at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Linda Legarde Grover will read from her latest novel at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public.

And, on Wednesday, the West End Market will be held at Mountain Inn on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen from 4-6:30 p.m. The market features arts and crafts as well as vegetables in season.

Exhibits:

 A new exhibit has opened at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring the wildlife paintings of Minnesota artist Alexa Carson.

Jerome, by Alexa Carson is one of the paintings currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Jerome, by Alexa Carson is one of the paintings currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through June 30. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

Plein air artist Neil Sherman has new work at the Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Approaching Weather by Neil Sherman.

Approaching Weather by Neil Sherman is at Sivertson Gallery.

Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery has just received new carved wooden boxes by Peter Kess of Ely. They are carefully made of fine woods and carved.

Wave Boxes by Peter Hess are at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery.

Wave Boxes by Peter Kess are at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery.

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

At Tettegouche State Park, an exhibit of the watercolor paintings by Susan Wright continues through the month of June.

"Cascades" by Susan Wright.

“Cascades” by Susan Wright.

The paintings are on exhibit in the Great Hall at the park.

In Duluth, painter Sue Rauschenfels is exhibiting a series of new work in acrylics at Pizza Luce.

Sue Rauschenfels is exhibiting new work at Pizza Luce in Duluth.

Sue Rauschenfels is exhibiting new work at Pizza Luce in Duluth.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a number of exhibits, including “Intersections,” Native American art chosen from its collection.

"From Every Direction" by Julia Buffalohead is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“From Every Direction” by Julia Buffalohead is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Artist Allen Killian-Moore is exhibiting his videos and photographs at the Duluth Art Institute.

"Still from Late Stage Catastrophe" by Allen Killian Moore, is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

“Still from Late Stage Catastrophe” by Allen Killian Moore, is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 11.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring the exhibition: “Northwest Coast Masks: Selections from the Permanent Collection.”

"Portrait Mask" by Beau Dick is one of the Northwest Coast masks currently on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Portrait Mask” by Beau Dick is one of the Northwest Coast masks currently on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibition continues through Sept. 12.

Upcoming:

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival will be June 21-23.

North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is June 21-23.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is June 21-23.

Look for rows of unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, Boats-to-Tools auction, mini-courses as well as the Summer Solstice Pageant. Stay tuned for details and/or click here for more info.

The Hovland Arts Festival is Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 this year.

The Hovland Arts Festival is Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 this year.

The Hovland Arts Festival is Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 this year.

The festival is held at the Hovland Town Hall and features lots of arts and crafts, music and food. Stay tuned for details.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival will be July 13 & 14 this year in downtown Grand Marais. The event features an incredible variety of artists and artwork, a fundraiser (An Artful evening) as well as food and music. Click here for more information.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is held along the harbor in Grand Marais. Northwoods Fiber Guild members yarn-bombed the bear statue a few years ago to celebrate the festival.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is held along the harbor in Grand Marais. Northwoods Fiber Guild members yarn-bombed the bear statue a few years ago to celebrate the festival.

Artist News:

John Bragstad has recently published a book of his poetry.

John Bragstad has published a book of his poems. They available in Grand Marais bookstores.

Blogger Lizanne Lately has written a great little piece about Things to do in Grand Marais on her adventure/lifestyle blog.

Photo courtesy of Lizanne Lately.

Photo courtesy of Lizanne Lately.

You can read her article, here.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will hold an Info Session and Grant Consultation in Grand Marais on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will be in Grand Marais for an info session and grant consultation on Saturday, June 22 at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will be in Grand Marais for an info session and grant consultation on Saturday, June 22 at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Grant consultation appointments will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Call the Art Colony for an appointment at 218-387-2737. Or, if you’re not able to make it to the information session but would like more information about grants, call at (218) 722-0952 to talk with our grants manager or make an appointment to talk in-person. You can also read about the ARAC grants here.

 Music:

Thursday, June 13:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Music by the Campfire, Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Rox n’Soul, Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 15:

  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K–Outdoor Set, Wunderbar, 6:15 p.m.
  • Wunderdogs, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Don Juan Trio, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • SFO: A Tribute to Journey, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 16:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Briand Morrison,  Jazz & Blues Afternoon Matinee,  Gunflint Tavern, 2-4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Open Mic, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

We are lucky to have great photographers out shooting on the North Shore every day. Here is a selection of the photos we found this week.

First of all,  lots of wildlife youngsters:

Young moose on the Gunflint Trail by Eric Sherman.

Young moose on the Gunflint Trail by Eric Sherman.

Figuring it out by James Hall.

Figuring it out by James Hall.

david johnson ducklings

Seven little ducklings. Photo by David Johnson.

And here are a few photos of adults being adults in the spring.

Dad bringing an oversize meal to a young chick by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Dad bringing an oversize meal to a young chick by Jeff Henningsgaard.

American kestrels mating in Yellowstone by Root River Photography.

American kestrels mating in Yellowstone by Root River Photography.

And a wolf sighting on the Gunflint Trail.

Wolf on the Gunflint Trail by Eric Sherman.

Wolf on the Gunflint Trail by Eric Sherman.

Waterfalls continue their magic.

The Cascade, courtesy of Lake Superior Trading Post.

The Cascade, courtesy of Lake Superior Trading Post.

This is also the season to take great photos of the Milky Way over Lake Superior, too. Here are two examples we found this week.

Near Silver Bay by Matt Herberg.

Near Silver Bay by Matt Herberg.

 

The best kind of nights by Justin Vrba.

The best kind of nights by Justin Vrba.

And this beauty, an evocative cedar forest:

Never miss an opportunity to walk through a cedar forest on a foggy day by Mick Rollins.

Never miss an opportunity to walk through a cedar forest on a foggy day by Mick Rollins.

And a surprising sunrise …

Exploded rainbow by Christian Dalbec.

Exploded rainbow by Christian Dalbec.

And then, this:

Up close and personal by Kelly Marquart.

Up close and personal by Kelly Marquart.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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  • Lizanne Dooner June 13, 2019, 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing my post! What a great write up you have about all the upcoming events and things happening! I can’t wait to come up again soon.

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