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Moose Madness Weekend in Grand Marais

A fall bull snacking on twigs and leaves in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

A fall bull snacking on twigs and leaves in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Greetings from Grand Marais, where the summer season is about to officially end with a great community festival: Moose Madness Weekend.

This community wide event is a family focused celebration of all things moose and encourages families to unplug and just have a good time. Throughout the weekend, there are events for everyone. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic as well as fun competitions, and, of course, the big Hunt for the Moose Medallion.

Find out all about the events during Moose Madness weekend in the Moose News & Tribune.

Find out all about the events during Moose Madness weekend in the Moose News & Tribune, available in shops and online.

Shops and venues all over town will offer everything from games, a moose coloring contest, a scavanger hunt as well as a Raccoon Masquerade Ball, sponsored by The Big Lake. There will be a number of other activities too, including a family contra dance at North House Folk School on Friday night, live music by the Bazillions at Moose Central, (Grandma Ray’s), a number of art activities at the Grand Marais Art Colony as well as chance to decorate your own caramel apple at Gunflint Mercantile, to name a few.

There’s also a haiku and limerick contest, sponsored by Northern Wilds. Here’s one of the winners of the haiku contest last year:

Through the snowy lands

And between the knotty trees

Trots the great moose king.

By Maxwell Kaung, age 11.

On Friday and Saturday, there are lots of Moose Madness activities. Here are a few hands-on opportunities: On Friday, Minnesota authors and illustrators Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan will present a two-hour workshop at the Grand Marais Library entitled “Create Your Own Comic Book Character.” The workshop starts at 3:30 p.m. Also, Grand Marais Pottery and the Maker’s Market will hold a paint-a-moose event all day on Friday. Participants can paint a clay moose and it will be fired and ready for pick-up on Sunday. These are just a few of the activities offered over the weekend.

To find out all the details, and to take a look at the Moose News & Tribune, click here.

There’s lots going on in the county this weekend as well. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Tim Ramey will give a presentation on the history of Naniboujou Lodge at 7 p.m. at Cook County Higher Education.

Tim Ramey will give a presentation about the history of Naniboujou Lodge at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Tim Ramey will give a presentation about the history of Naniboujou Lodge at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The historic lodge, with its stunning artwork, was purchased by Tim and his wife Nancy in 1985. They have owned and operated it to the present. Tim will talk about its history and tell stories about his family running the lodge these many years. The event is free, but a $5 donation would be appreciated. Open to all.

On Friday, Bill Hansen, who is currently serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Uganda, will talk about his experiences there on WTIP’s The Roadhouse.

Bill Hansen, who is currently a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Uganda, will talk about his experiences there on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

Bill Hansen, who is currently a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Uganda, will talk about his experiences there on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. Hansen will be interviewed about 5:45 p.m.

If you’re’ in Duluth on Friday night, check out all the activities during the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk. The event features open studios, live music, art openings, exhibits and more.

Rights of the Child by Moira Villiard, acrylic. Villaird is exhibiting her work at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth.

“Rights of the Child ” by Moira Villiard, acrylic. Villaird is exhibiting her work at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market starts the day at the Cook County Senior Center’s parking lot at 9 a.m.

Terry Lord Lewis is one of the artisans showing at the Cook County Market on Saturday.

Glass artists Terry Lord Lewis is one of the artisans showing at the Cook County Market on Saturday.

The market opens at 9 a.m. and features a variety of work by local artists and artisans. It is open until 1 p.m. This is the last market of the 2019 season. All welcome.

Also on Saturday, the Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with speakers and family activities, including bird banding demos. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

And the First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a variety of places. Participants can enjoy a full day of apple picking, caramel apples, cider pressing demonstrations, bee keeping, tree care, and more.

The First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday featuring farm tours, cider-making, presentations and an apple stand. Many activities will be at the Cook County Community Center.

The First annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday featuring farm tours, cider-making, presentations and an apple stand. Many activities will be at the Cook County Community Center.

There will be an apple stand and presentations at the Cook County Community Center and apple cider making at Great Expectations School. Self-guided farm tours will also be held. Visit the Cook County Community Center to learn more.

Also, photographer Travis Novitsky will give a presentation at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The title of his presentation is “Listening to the Northern Lights.” The presentation is free. Chik-Wauk closes for the season on Sunday, Oct. 2o.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two sessions of Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls in the ceramic studio at the Art Colony at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The final sessions for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls 2019 will be held on Monday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

TThe final sessions for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowl 2019 will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday and Monday. To sign up, call 387-2737.

The final sessions for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowl 2019 will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday and Monday. Instruction will be provided. To sign up, call 387-2737.

All invited. Instruction is provided. For more information and to sign up, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

And to cap off the week, the Annual Fall Gala to celebrate Cook County’s momentum in the areas of tourism, community and economic development will be held at Papa Charlie’s starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The awards ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, click here.

Exhibits:

“Wild Wonder,” an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring the work of Minnesota artists Deb Kirkeeide and Kristen Palm has opened at the gallery.

This painting by is in the Wild Wonder exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This painting by Kristen Palm is in the “Wild Wonde”r exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 3. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The North Shore Hospital has just opened a new exhibit in its corridors featuring the paintings of Joel Lewis and Lisa Perrin-Kosmo.

"Fanny and Dancer," painting by Joel Lewis, is currently on view at the North Shore Hospital.

“Fanny and Dancer,” painting by Joel Lewis, is currently on view at the North Shore Hospital.

Both artists are exhibiting large format paintings as well as other work. The exhibit continues through December. The public is invited to see the exhibit.

Betsy Bowen’s show, “Rare Works from the Archives,” continues at her gallery, Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, 301 1st Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

Sketches from life, one of the pieces in Betsy Bowen's exhibit, Rare Works from the Archives.

Sketches from life, one of the pieces in Betsy Bowen’s exhibit, Rare Works from the Archives.

The exhibit features framed prints and drawings as well as other works.

The Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has just mounted a new exhibit of stunning Gashkibidaaganag or bandolier bags in the Nelson Display Case of Native Art.

Bandolier bag, artist unknown, possibly Ojibwe, one of the items on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Bandolier bag, artist unknown, possibly Ojibwe, one of the items on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The exhibit continues through Spring 2020.

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting works at City Hall in Duluth.

Three works on display at  City Hall in Duluth, shown from upper to lower: Pieces-shown-from-upper-to-lower-are-Derek,Minnesota-Twins; Adam Demenge, Bird and -Kris-Blanchard, Color Canvas1.

Three works on display at City Hall in Duluth, shown from upper to lower: -Derek, “Minnesota-Twins”; Adam Demenge, “Bird” and -Kris-Blanchard, “Color Canvas 1.”

The Prøve Collective in Duluth, is featuring an exhibition of new large-scale canvases by painter Bob Pokorney.

The Prøve Collective is exhibiting large-scale paintings by Bob Pokorney.

The Prøve Collective is exhibiting large-scale paintings by Bob Pokorney.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring a number of exhibits, including a retrospective of Leo Yerxa’s work entitled Unfold Time.

Unfold-Time-1

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host three “Ideation Open House Events” in its new space on Hwy. 61 in the old pharmacy building to encourage the public to view the spaces and floor plan and offer their input and ideas to the Art Colony. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m.on Thursday, Oct. 26; from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26 and from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29  The public is invited.

Gunflint Lodge will hold a Murder Mystery Weekend with the Grand Marais Playhouse starting on Friday, Oct. 25. For more info and tickets, see www.gunflint.com.

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum in Tofte will host the 10th annual Storytelling Dinner at Surfside Resort on Saturday, Oct. 26. The guest speaker will be Eric Brisson who will give a presentation entitled “Carrying On the Family Fishing Tradition.” For more information and tickets, call the museum at 218-663-7050 or click here.

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will sponsor its 5th Piatigorsky Foundation Classic Music Concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the William Kelley High School Auditorium in Silver Bay.

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 The Bluegrass Masters Weekend, sponsored by the North Shore Music Association, will be at the Lutsen Resort Nov. 1-3. The featured artist is master fiddler Dan Kelly, who will hold workshops during the event. He will be in concert on Saturday, Nov. 2 with Michael & Jennifer McClain & the Banjocats. Stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Tim Young’s book, “My Hands Paint,” published last year, is in its second printing.

"My Hand Paints" by Tim Young is available at Joy & Co.

“My Hand Paints” by Tim Young is available at Joy & Co.

The book is available at Joy & Co.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Oct. 17:

  • Terry V’s Patio Party, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Free Range Evangeilical Secularists, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Kilborn Quartet, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18:

  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Rootz Within, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19:

  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Thorne, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Rootz Within, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille & Tap Room, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Volk, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 21

  • Andrew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Photographs:

We found lots of photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Windy tree tops in Grand Portage State Park by Tony Wilder.

Windy tree tops in Grand Portage State Park by Tony Wilder.

 

A lucky encounter in Cook County by Mark Ellis.

A lucky encounter in Cook County by Mark Ellis.

 

Flight of the Northern Harrier by John Heino.

Flight of the Northern Harrier by John Heino.

 

Otters in Yellowstone by Heidi Pinkerton.

Otters in Yellowstone by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Chilly mornings have you poking your head out of bed: cow moose in the Superior National forest by Ryan Pennesi,

Chilly mornings have you poking your head out of bed: cow moose in the Superior National forest by Ryan Pennesi,

It really snowed in parts of Cook County this week. Here are some photos:

It snowed in October by Judi Barsness.

It snowed in October! by Judi Barsness.

 

Skiing in leaf fall by Kjersti Vick.

Skiing in leaf fall by Kjersti Vick.

And after it snowed, the wind came up.

The waves of Gitchi Gumi are powerful and beautiful today by Dusty Nelms.

The waves of Gitchi Gumi are powerful and beautiful today by Dusty Nelms.

It got pretty wild for awhile there.

October storm by Paul Sundberg.

October storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Grand Marais Oct. 12 by Shane Mossman.

Grand Marais Oct. 12 by Shane Mossman.

After the storms passed:

Happy Sunday on Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Happy Sunday on Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

 

Hunter's Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Hunter’s Moon by Paul Sundberg.

 

All-spectrum Minnesota by Lane Pelovsky.

All-spectrum Minnesota by Lane Pelovsky.

We found some great photos from out of state, too.

Upper Tehquamenon Falls, UP, Mich., by John Gregor.

Upper Tehquamenon Falls, UP, Mich., by John Gregor.

 

Tibbett Falls by Sandra Updike.

Tibbett Falls by Sandra Updike.

And, to change the mood completely … We found this photo on the Norwegian Landscapes site.

Photo from Norwegian Landscapes. Possible caption: Hmmmm. Maybe not.

Possible caption: “Hmmmm. Maybe not.”  Photo posted on Norwegian Landscapes web site.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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