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A Delicious Summer

The fog comes creeping in. Photograph by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

The fog comes creeping in. Photograph by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

Hello from the North Shore, where we are experiencing a delicious summer. The weather has just about been perfect for days on end, including a few pauses for badly needed rain.

And yes, Covid still stalks the land, causing stress for everybody, but we seem to be adapting pretty well up here. Caution: Thoughtfulness is always good.

Recommended.

Recommended.

Changes continue to happen in the community, though. To find information about businesses, lodging, dining opportunities and protocols, as well as the latest news about Covid-19 in Cook County, click here. 

Social distancing and wearing masks are still advised for everyone, and VisitCookCounty is offering free masks at the Information Center.

Thursday kicks off with a virtual Lunch and Learn on North House Folk School‘s Facebook page featuring this week’s artist-in-residence, Todd Hawkinson.

Todd Hawkinson is this week's artist in residence at North House Folk School. He will be featured on a live Lunch and Learn Session at North House's Facebook page at noon on Thursday, July 16, and give demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus through Saturday.

Todd Hawkinson is this week’s artist in residence at North House Folk School. He will be featured on a live Lunch and Learn Session at North House’s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, July 16, and give demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus through Saturday.

To view the live Lunch and Learn at noon on Thursday, click here. He will be demonstrating lost wax casting and jewelry making at this session, and on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

On Thursday night, North House instructor, Ken Koscik will present a free webinar on cedar-strip canoe building.

Ken Koscik will present a live seminar on cedar-strip canoe building at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Registration is required. See link below.

Ken Koscik will present a live seminar on cedar-strip canoe building at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Registration is required. See link below.

Koscik will talk about and demonstrate the process, as well as discuss how he got started making these beautiful things. Registration is required. To register, click here.

Also on Thursday, Bill Hansen will give a guest lecture on the History and Stories of Sawbill via a life Zoom Webinar through Cook County Higher Education.

Bill Hansen will talk about Sawbill on a live Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

Bill Hansen will talk about Sawbill on a live Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

The presentation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Register here or here. Free.

Also in North House news, the good ship The Hjordis is sailing again following Minnesota DNR guidelines. Each sail is limited to a single group or household.

The Hjordis is sailing again. To find out more and book at trip, see the link below.

The Hjordis is sailing again. To find out more and book at trip, see the link below.

 To find out more and book, click here.

On Friday, the Gunflint Trail Biggest Blueberry contest begins! Everyone is invited to come up the Trail to their favorite blueberry patch to see what they can find.  (And definitely eat a few.)

Morning dew on ripening blueberries. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

Morning dew on ripening blueberries. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

 The contest continues through Aug. 9. Cash prizes.  Click here to find out more and where to have your blueberry weighed.

Also, the North Shore Water Festival, featuring demonstrations and activities will be held on the harbor all day Friday.

The North Shore Water Festival is all day Friday at Bear Tree Park on the harbor.

The North Shore Water Festival is all day Friday at Bear Tree Park on the harbor.

And here’s some good news! The Johnson Heritage Post is re-opening this week with an exhibition of work by George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore. 

One of George Morrision's paintings, now on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of George Morrision’s paintings, now on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The show features archival prints and posters from both artists. The Gallery is open  from 1-4 p.m Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Covid-19 protocols are in place: Visitors are required to wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry and social distancing while in the Gallery.

On Saturday, look for local craft markets in downtown Grand Marais, including the Cook County Market, held in the Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Maker’s Market, which is held in the alley next to the Beaver House, and also features a food truck. The Maker’s Market is open Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of The Hub, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of The Hub, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17.

And on Sunday, Duluth’s Charlie Parr will perform at the North Shore Winery from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Charlie Parr will perform at the North Shore Winery on Sunday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Charlie Parr will perform at the North Shore Winery on Sunday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Here’s what the press release said about this popular musician:

“An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.”

Make reservations here or call  (218) 481-9280.

Art News:

 The City of Grand Marais has announced the artists selected to complete the City’s public art project to design and apply original artwork on additional trash receptacles in the downtown corridor, They are Sam Zimmerman and Ole Sorenson.

Zimmerman is a Duluth-based Ojibwe (Grand Portage Band) painter.

Sam Zimmerman is one of the artists chosen for the city project.

Sam Zimmerman is one of the artists chosen for the city project.

Ole Sorenson is a Grand Marais-based abstract artist who recently graduated from Perpich Arts High School.

Ole Sorenson was one of the artists chosen for the Grand Marais project.

Ole Sorenson was one of the artists chosen for the Grand Marais project.

 And the flower boxes in front of the Hungry Hippie Tacos  and the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Building 17, have been painted by kids from the YMCA’s summer camp. The designs are by Tim Young.

The kids from the Y's summer camp have finished painting the flower boxes in front of  Hungry Hippie Tacos.

The kids from the Y’s summer camp have finished painting the flower boxes in front of Hungry Hippie Tacos.

Artists At Work:

 Cook County artists continue to work through these unusual times. Here are some examples:

Potter Maggie Anderson has been in her studio.

Porcelain vace by Lutsen raku artist Maggie Anderson.

Porcelain vace by Lutsen raku artist Maggie Anderson.

Nan Onkka has been making new prints.

Lupines. Print by Nan Onkka.

Lupines. Print by Nan Onkka.

Bob Tamanaha has been doing the 100-day Project.

Bob Tomanaha is tying a fish fly every day as part of the 100-Day Project.

Bob Tamanaha is tying a fish fly every day as part of the 100-Day Project.

Jeff Morgan has been working in his studio.

Sunfish Mosaic by Jeff Morgan.

Sunfish Mosaic by Jeff Morgan.

Mary McDonald has been weaving.

Woven handbag with matching woven scarf by Mary McDonald.

Woven handbag with matching woven scarf by Mary McDonald.

We just had to include this.

Hana Crosby of Crosby Bakery has been doing extraordinary cakes. Check this one out — it is a cake for a wedding in Lutsen.

Wedding cake by Hana Crosby.

Wedding cake by Hana Crosby.

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series.

Comfort. Familiar. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Familiar. By Betsy Bowen.

Christi Belcourt posted this on Facebook this week:

Life is for learning by Christi Belcourt.

Life is for learning by Christi Belcourt.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened its studios for artists.

"Charlie," a moose rattle bowl by Joan Farnam.

“Charlie,” a moose rattle bowl by Joan Farnam.

Lee and Dan Ross are preparing work for the Summer Invitational Show at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis July 25- Sept. 5. The show will be online or by appointment. Lee has made a series of reconstruction collages for the exhibit with the titles Anya, Counterbalance, Undercurrents and Precarious. The prints are “my take on the precarious nature of life at this moment in time,” Lee writes. Here’s “Undercurrents.”

"Undercurrents," reconstruction collage by Lee Ross.

“Undercurrents,” reconstruction collage by Lee Ross.

 Art Potpourri:

 Here’s an article to read:

Artists helped lift America out of the Great Depression. Could that happen again? As unemployment soars, the WPA’s emphasis on artists shows a path toward recovery. Read it here.

Here’s a great little film about Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman meeting and talking to Swedes in America. It was produced in 1943.

And here’s a great interview by Will Moore on WTIP’s The Roadhouse with Mary Bue, who has just come out with a new album, The World is Your Lover.

Singer/songwriter Mary Bue talks about her music and plays a few songs from her new CD.

Singer/songwriter Mary Bue talks about her music and plays a few songs from her new CD.

You can listen to it here.

 Live Music:

Thursday, July 16:

Saturday, July 18:

  • Music on the Beach with Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m

Sunday, July 19:

  • Weekend Wine Down with Charlie Parr, North Shore Winery, 3:30-5:30  p.m. For reservations, click here or call (218) 481-9280.
  • The McCullough Brothers, Skyport Lodge, Devil Track Lake, 4-7 p.m. Outdoor seating, free. no reservations required. Food available.

Photographs:

Here’s what we found this week:

Wildlife:

"Staring is Rude" by Thomas Demma.

“Staring is Rude” by Thomas Demma.

 

Black Bear Beauty by Janie Latz.

Black Bear Beauty by Janie Latz.

 

He was eyeing my breakfast by Mark Tessier.

He was eyeing my breakfast by Mark Tessier.

 

North Shore Koi by Kristofer Bowman.

North Shore Koi by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Always a pleasure to spend time with moose by Benjamin Olson.

Always a pleasure to spend time with moose by Benjamin Olson.

A flower:

Holy cow! It's cone flower city at my house. So fun to see bees and butterflies by Sarah Allen.

Holy cow! It’s cone flower city at my house. So fun to see bees and butterflies by Sarah Allen.

Landscapes:

Comet from Gooseberry Falls by Jamie Rabold.

Comet from Gooseberry Falls by Jamie Rabold.

 

Comet NEOWise and the northern lights by Bryan Hansel.

Comet NEOWise and the northern lights by Bryan Hansel.

 

Grand Marais in summer by Mark Tessier.

Grand Marais in summer by Mark Tessier.

 

A little aurora and a comet by Travis Novitsky,

A little aurora and a comet by Travis Novitsky,

 

Amazing clouds tonight by Debbie Benedict.

Amazing clouds tonight by Debbie Benedict.

 

Sea rocks by Mark Tessier.

Sea rocks by Mark Tessier.

 

Dusk in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Dusk in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

 

Meredith and Pablo by Don Davison.

Meredith and Pablo by Don Davison.

May your week go well. Stay safe!

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