Greetings from the North Shore, where our lives, and undoubtedly yours, have changed a lot in the last few weeks. But we’re carrying on. Bars and restaurants, shops and art galleries might be closed, but some have organized take-out and/or curbside sales. And grocery stores, gas stations and the pharmacy are open as are a few other businesses, so people can get essentials. There’s a lot of communication in the community, too, especially on Facebook, WTIP Community Radio, VisitCookCounty.org and Boreal Access about how to share and support each other in the coming days and weeks ahead.
Many events and activities have been cancelled. Here’s an early list from VisitCook County.
- All music at Lutsen Mountains thru April 12
- Music in the North Shore Winery taproom through the end of March
- All events at the Hub/Senior Center are canceled.
- North House Folk School courses and events from March 19 – April 12 including the Shave Horses Skill Care on 3/19, and the film screening of KONELINE on 4/9, cancelled. Check www.northhouse.org for more info
- Grand Marais Ole Opry is cancelled
- Johnson Heritage Post, open by appointment only
- Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert 3/21
- All restaurant/bar-hosted music for the next two weeks due to the closure of public meeting spaces
- The Grand Marais Art Colony is closed to the public through April 6. The Members Show, set for April 24, has been canceled for this year. To see the complete list, click here.
- The Lake Superior Community Theater is postponing the play “Junie B. Jones The Musical“ at William M. Kelley High School in Silver Bay. The performances were to begin this week. Rescheduled dates will be announced. Those who’ve reserved tickets for the show through tix.com will have their purchases credited back to their cards. LSCT House Manager Sue Churack can answer additional questions at 218-220-9942.
And, for more Cook County information, to find out where there is pickup and curbside deliveries in restaurants and for retail store hours, click here. Exploring the North Shore is also posting information. Click here to see. And stay tuned for the next few weeks for updated information, too.
Meanwhile, there’s always the internet. On-line viewing, listening and learning opportunities are just popping up all over the place.
The Metropolitan Opera, for example, is streaming operas nightly through March 22.
And for other classical music, Minnesota Public Radio is streaming free classical concerts that you can listen to and watch online.
And not to forget, the great collection of local and regional singers and songwriters on WTIP Community Radio. Click here to browse.
Playbill has just put up links to 15 Broadway plays and. musicals you can watch from home. Some are for rent, some are free on YouTube. There is lots more on that site, too. Check it out here.
And the Art Institute of Chicago has put 44,000 works online that can be viewed for free.
There are all kinds of learning opportunities for kids already online, and more have been added in the last few weeks, including a Scholastic Learn At Home curriculum.
Click here to learn more. PBS has uploaded programs for kids this week, too, as have education companies. Google should be very helpful there, as is YouTube.
And the arts community has rallied to help artists and musicians survive as well.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has just introduced a new emergency grant for artists with cancelled or postponed projects. Check out the info here. ARAC is closed to the public, but the staff is available on-line.
Springboard for the Arts is expanding its Personal Emergency Relief Fund to include lost income due to cancelation of opportunities due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. The organization has also created a resource list for artists, arts organizations, and its partners during this time, and will be updating it when possible. Click here for details.
Other online book opportunities, abound, including getting a copy of the newly released audio book by Staci Lola Drouillard: “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of the Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.” Drouillard is reading the book.
One of the keys to stopping Covid-19, or at least flattening the curve so we don’t overwhelm our medical system, is social distancing, and the art world has responded to that. too. The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth posted this link the other day capturing the ennui and difficulties of social distancing with 15 artworks.
And perhaps the most powerful message of how social distancing can save lives comes from this video produced by California artists Juan Delcan and Valentina Izaguirre. It’s called “Safety Match.” It’s 12 seconds long.
The artists are interviewed about making this video here.
The music schedule is your choice this week. Play those CDs you haven’t listened to in awhile or search your favorite artists on YouTube to watch them play or check out their Websites for even more. I am looking forward to it.
The outdoors is open and photographers have been out and about. Here’s a selection of what they found.
Skyscapes, lakescapes and landscapes:
May the week be healthy for you.