We are in the heart of summer here on the North Shore, and a quick glance at the events schedule on visitcookcounty.com proves that well enough. There are 77 events listed between Thursday, July 11 and Sunday, July 14.
Granted, not all are arts and entertainment events, but getting a chance get outdoors and explore the Northwoods or paddle on an inland lake, all qualify as interesting things to do this weekend.
Here in Grand Marais, the fun starts at North House Folk School on Thursdaywith demos and mini-classes. Josh Tolkan will be demonstrating how to make a paddle at North House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Tolkan will also teach a mini course on making a paddle shaft on Saturday morning. To register for the class, call 387-5762. The demonstration on campus is free.
Also on Thursday at North House, children from ages 7-12 are invited to take a mini-course about tie dying using common compostable items like onion skins or beet greens. The students will make their dyes and then tie-dye a T-shirt to take home. Cost is $15. The class will be from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. To register, call 387-9752.
Also on Thursday, the Local Food Market will be held in the parking lot at the Cook County Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m.
The market will feature Brian Wilson’s strawberries, fresh vegetables and flowers, and artisan breads. There will also be a demonstration on how to make your own yogurt by Jeanne Wright at 5 p.m. All welcome.
On Friday, the Hopped Up Beer Festival at Caribou Highlands on Lutsen Mountains begins. This 3-day craft beer celebration includes a 4-course beer-paired dinner, a pig roast and live music with Timmy Haus and Big Wave Dave and the Ripples. The event takes place July 12-14. For more information and lodging inquiries visit hoppeduocaribou.com.
Also on Friday, North House will hold Try It: Timber Framing from 10 a.m. to noon where students will dismantle a timber frame and then put it back together. Class limited to 8. Free. Call North House at 387-2737 for more info.
Friday is also Try Days at Joy & Company from 4-7 p.m., where the public is invited to come in and make art from their great art supply selection. Free.
And, not to forget the annual (and delicious) Planked Trout Dinner, a fundraiser for the Cook County Historical Society, which will be held on Friday night in the Grand Marais Rec Park starting at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call 387-2883.
Also on Friday, the Rich Lewis Band will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, to talk about his music and play a few tunes. The program airs from 5-7 p.m. WTIP is holding a membership drive this weekend, too, with lots of live music scheduled for the big tent outside. Check the music schedule below for who will be playing when.
Saturday will be busy.
The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot at the Cook County Senior Center, opens at 9 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m., featuring a wide variety of arts and crafts.
The big news this weekend, though, is the Grand Marais Arts Festival, which will be held in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s arts festival features 70 artist booths showcasing original artwork by local and regional artists. Work includes painting, prints, ceramics, fiber art, glass, metalwork, woodwork, photography, multi-media pieces and more.
The booths are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. To see the artists who are participating in the festival, click here.
The 2-day arts festival also features hands-on art-making activities for every age as well as demonstrations and mini-classes. Sharon Giesfeldt-van Ruiswyk will teach a mini-class on making pop-up cards on Saturday morning and Andy Ness will teach a mini-class on making a small sculpture from aqua resin on Saturday afternoon. Check out the Art Colony tent for more info.
Also, the 2nd annual An Artful Evening, an Art Colony fundraiser, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday in Harbor Park featuring fine food and drink, an Artful Auction, live music and more. Author and comedian Lorna Landvik will be the featured guest speaker.
Landvik has recently-released her 12th novel, Chronicles of a Radical Hag (With Recipes). Other books of hers include the best-selling Patty Jane’s House of Curl and Oh My Stars. The Artful Auction features new work by a variety of artists. Get a preview of the artists who have donated piece to the auction here.
For tickets, click here. You can also purchase tickets by calling the Art Colony at 387-2737.
And not to forget the Clothesline Sale at the Arts Festival. This historic and popular fundraiser was started in 1947. It features 5” x 7” original works of art hung in the Art Colony festival booth.
Also on Saturday night, blues singer Kelley Hunt returns for another outstanding performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
The forward-thinking songwriter and pioneer in the blues, roots, and gospel traditions have earned her the respect of thousands of devoted fans across North America and Europe. With over 1,500 performances to her name, six guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, and consistent high praise from critics, Hunt is one of those rare independent artists who have forged their own paths to great success.
Check out this video of one of her songs.
Tickets are $20 adults, $10 youth and are available at the door. Or click here to purchase online.
In Duluth, well-known painter Earl Austin is liquidating his artwork in a sale at 8 E. College Street in Duluth. The sale will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Austin uses a variety of mediums. including acrylic paints, printing, pastels, collage, watercolor and spray paint.
Also, the Tweed Museum of Art is hosting “Intersections Family Day 2: Native Art” on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
At the event, Alison Aune and Wendy Savage will lead participants to create mukuk-style paper baskets inspired by George Morrison’s artwork and watercolors based on Carl Gawboy’s paintings. In addition, there will be a station to create Prisma Colors drawings inspired by Frank Big Bear.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments in the Special Events gallery space.
On Sunday, the Grand Marais Arts Festival continues, with booths opening at 10 a.m. Artist Bonnie Cuts will hold three sessions of a mini-class, offering the public an opportunity to create a mixed-media still life. Check out the Art Colony festival booth for details.
Things are pretty quiet in Cook County until Wednesday, when the annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races will be held at Gunflint Lodge.
The races are open to the public with events for the advanced to novice paddler. Even if you don’t sign up for a race, watching the races is always fun. Free.
Artist Tara Austin has opened an exhibit of her work at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit, entitled “Boreal Ornament II,” features a wide variety of work including paintings, felting, rosemaling and more.
The Johnson Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. All invited. Free.
Cameron Norman has a series of her fish prints, or gyotaku at Joy & Co.
The process of creating the prints from fresh prints was developed in Japan in the mid-1800’s. ago.
Painter Adam Swanson has opened an exhibit of his paintings at the Pine Knot News office in Cloquet.
Swanson’s paintings include works on science, humanity, and nature.
The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has opened an exhibit of photographs by 10 local photographers entitled “Through the Lens: A Northern Focus.”
The exhibit will continue through July.
Wildlife and landscape photographer/videographer Thomas Spence has a series of clips of videos he took of Canada lynx included in the Animal Planet series: Nature’s Strangest Mysteries: Solved!
“Late this past winter I was contacted by a Warner Brothers media company who were producing a new series for the Animal Planet channel titled Nature’s Strangest Mysteries: Solved! They were interested in some of my video footage of Canada lynx . The episode focuses on a viral video from Ontario of two lynx “screaming” at each other. In the episode titled Big Cat Screaming Match, some of my video clips are mixed in as the narrator and the experts dissect what is going on in the screaming video. They licensed about 5 minutes of video and used a few portions during the segment. The episode originally aired in June, but is being replayed on Friday, July 12 at 4 p.m. Look for it on your TV or online. A pretty exciting moment for me and my wildlife adventures.”
Thank you, Tom! Those of us who follow him on Facebook have really enjoyed the photos and videos he has posted of the Canada lynx in his neighborhood.
And finally, for artistic opportunities, check out the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The organization offers a variety of grants, workshops and more to artists in the Arrowhead Region. Click in the image below for more info.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, July 11:
- Rhoda Anderson Habedank, Live, WTIP, 1 p.m.
- Drew Heinonen, Live, WTIP, 4 p.m.
- Terry V’s Patio Party, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
- Rhoda Anderson Habdank, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
- Colleen Myhre/Americana Blues, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 12:
- Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Live, WTIP, 1 p.m.
- Rich Lewis Band, Live, WTIP, 5 p.m.
- Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- Rich Lewis Band, Live, WTIP, 6 p.m.
- Rox ‘n’ Soul, Roxanne Berglund & Briand Morrison, Wunderba, 7 p.m.
- Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Hopped Up Beer Festival, Caribou Highlands, 8 p.m.
- Brotherless Arms, (Jim Miller & Drew Heinonen, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 13:
- Timmy Haus, Hopped Up Beer Festival, Caribou Highlands, 1 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
- Charlie Roth, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
- Kelley Hunt, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
- Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, Hopped Up Beer Festival, Caribou Highlands, 8 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14:
- Gordon Thorne on Gospel Truth, Live, WTIP, 8 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, noon
- Wayne Suchy, Bluegrass Sundays, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
- Jacob Mahon & the Salty Dogs, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
- Gary Morris, Live, WTIP, 5 p.m.
- Open Stage with Pat Flack and Gary Croft, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Monday, July 15:
- Rox ‘n’ Soul, Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, Live, WTIP, 1 p.m.
- Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16:
- Joe Paulik, Campfire Music, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
- Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Let’s start with flowers.
And then a butterfly.
Here’s a fascinating photo of the salmon run in Alaska.
Evidence of wildlife:
Smoky skies make for great colors:
And then cool, cool water:
And Lake Superior beauty:
Have a great weekend, everyone!