Some call this the Shoulder Season on the North Shore, when things really slow down, but if the event schedule for this weekend is any indication, there’s more than enough to keep everyone busy.
First up is the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival. Organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, this 4-day biennial event celebrates and fosters the literary arts through a series of workshops, presentations, author talks, panel discussions and a book fair.
It is too late to register for the classes and workshops, but it is still possible to register and attend several free public events, including the opening reception on Thursday at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 4:30-5;30 p.m. Following the reception, Leif Enger will give a keynote address at the Grand Marais Public Library at 7 p.m. It is open to the public.
One of the highlights of the festival is a presentation on writing with humor by authors Sally Franson, Lorna Landvik, and Julie Schumacher. The event will be held at the Grand Marais Public Library at 7 p.m. Friday. For a sneak preview, listen to WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday starting at 5 p.m.
Landvik, a favorite at the past festivasl, will also give a presentation entitled “Literature, Laughs and Lorna: at Voyageur’s Brewing at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Another public event that shouldn’t be missed is a presentation by poet, Michael Bazzett. who will give an author talk at Studio 21, the Art Colony’s new space that used to be the North Shore Pharmacy on Highway 61..
The talk is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, and is entitled “Our Lands Are Not So Different.” Bazzett’s recently published verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh (Milkweed, 2018) was named “one of 2018’s 10 best books of poetry” by the New York Times. The event is free and sponsored by the Grand Marais Library Friends.
There are a number of author talks scheduled over the 4-day festival, including a panel of North Shore writers. Rush tickets are available at the door of each event which will be held at Studio 21. To see the complete schedule, click here.
Also this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit of photographs by members of the Frozen Photographers, a closed Facebook group started by photographer Jamie Rabold several years ago. Some of the requirements to be a member of the group include:”You MUST from time to time risk FROSTBITE or at least GET COLD sometimes to get your shot. Ok, so we all get a little cold BUT if you want the shot sometimes you have to freeze your digits.”
This show will feature more than bone-chilling images, though. It’s called “Changing Seasons,” and will exhibit a great mix of photographs from a selection of these talented photographers.
The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit continues through Dec. 1. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Also this week, the Grand Marais Playhouse presents the annual Community Youth Play at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. This year, they will present the musical, “Disney’s Little Mermaid.
“Disney’s Little Mermaid” will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 and finish its run Nov. 17. Performances are at 7 p.m Thursday though Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 Youth, $3 Children. Tickets are available online or at the door. For more info, visit grandmaraisplayhouse.com
And finally, this is the weekend of the Lake Superior Storm Festival, featuring a variety of activities and events all weekend.
On Friday, alocal craft fair and an equipment and fashion show will be held at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, a number of events will be held at Lutsen Resort, including the Wave Dash, starting at 10 a.m., and a poem and a remembrance ceremony on the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will be held at Artists’s Point with Jim Shinners on Sunday. Click here for details.
On Wednesday, Boreal Community Media will host “Dessert to the Max” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to come enjoy home-baked sweet treats and learn about the local nonprofits in Cook County. The event is designed to recognize the good work the non-profit community does in Cook County on the eve of Give to the Max Day, Thursday, Nov. 14. Give to the Max Day is the single most important fund-raising event of the year in Minnesota.
A coalition of non-profit organizations from around Cook County will be on hand to tell you about their missions and current projects and how they are trying to make a difference in Cook County.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Joan Gardner-Goodno, executive director of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. All invited. Free. To learn more about Give to the Max Day click here.
Empty Bowls 2019 will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 14. There will be two seatings for the soup and bread dinner. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5-7 p.m. The soup and bread is provided by local restaurants and handcrafted bowls, made by community potters are available as well.
Empty Bowls 2019 features a simple soup dinner with soup and bread provided by local restaurants and a sale of beautiful handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with dinner from 5 – 7 p.m. After your soup meal, satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious homemade treat from the bake sale and be sure to pick up an adorable microwave bowl cozy made by the Northwoods Fiber Guild. Proceeds from Empty Bowls are donated to organizations that help feed the hungry, including the Cook County Food Shelf. All invited. And this year, kids get in free!
David Huckfelt of The Pines will be WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday Night to talk about the residency he did on Isle Royale, the music that resulted, and an event happening Nov. 21 at the Hook and Ladder in Mpls. with Park Sup. Phyllis Green. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.
AND, there are lots of holiday fairs scheduled for the season. Check back next week for all the details.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Nov. 7:
- Terry V & Friends, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8:
- Portage, Grandma Rays, 6 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9:
- SisterTree with Eli Bentley, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Evening Stars, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10:
- Briand Morrison. Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 11:
- Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 12:
- Jim Miller, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
We have a short potpourri of photographs for you this week. First, wildlife:
And some landscapes.
Here’s a beautiful abstract:
And the cold reality of our commercial fishermen:
And finally, this beauty:
Have a great weekend, everyone!