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Just in time for Moose Madness in Grand Marais! Nace Hagemann caught these twins taking a drink the other day. Enjoy!

Just in time for Moose Madness in Grand Marais! Nace Hagemann caught these twins taking a drink the other day while their mom watches him carefully. Enjoy!

It's Moose Madness weekend in Grand Marais.

It’s Moose Madness weekend in Grand Marais.

It’s Moose Madness weekend in Grand Marais, marking the end of the summer season with a grand event.

Everyone in town participates in Moose Madness one way or the other with contests, games, music, art-making and more. There’s a Moose Medallion Hunt, a moose cartoon competition (Cook County News-Herald), a moose poetry competition (Northern Wilds), moose storytelling (Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library) and moosey stuff at many stores.

For cute animal lovers, the Lake Superior Zoomobile will be at East Bay Suites on Friday from 2-5 p.m. with hedgehogs, chinchillas, bugs, bunnies and birds.

Joy & Co. will feature lots of moosey craft activities throughout the weekend and Kay Rosenthal will give spinning demonstrations at The Market from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

At the Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, Christine Walberg will hold a jewelry making class on Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. and Kim Knutson will hold an embroidery demo on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Plus, Nace Hageman will be showing his moose photography collection at the gallery.

North House Folk School will hold craft demonstrations all weekend as well as offer family centered short courses. There will be Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and a Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a number of family art activities, including Watercolor Resist Painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Print Studio will offer families the chance to do a monoprint from 1-4 p.m. and the Glass Studio will have sessions on making glass baubles at the same time. And finally, there will be an Artist Talk at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with Bevie LeBrie entitled “How the Arts Build Resiliency in Youth and Communities.” All events are free and open to the public.

This is the last weekend of the season for the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, too. It is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Obviously, Moose Madness weekend is always a busy and fun time for everyone. For the complete schedule, click here.

And, in case you are wondering, poets of every age have something interesting to say about moose. Here’s a haiku submitted by Steve Bates, 36, in last year’s contest.

Moose Haiku

Silently stalking

Munching, sloshing, bellowing

Ghost of the north woods.

Moose Madness weekend also signals the close of some shops and galleries as well as new fall hours for others.

The Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries closes on Sunday to re-open for the Holiday Art Underground Sale Dec. 4. However, the artists could be there (by chance) or it will be open by appointment. Call the studio at 218-387-1992 or email betsy@woodcut.com.

Two popular food spots close for the season this weekend, too. The World’s Best Donuts closes on Saturday as does Sydney’s Frozen Custard. The band, Shoot from the Hipsters (Unplugged) plays an “until-next-year” concert on Sydney’s deck at 6 p.m. Saturday.

There is still time to see some wonderful exhibits, though.

The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center at the end of the Gunflint Trail closes Sunday, and there is plenty of time to see their exhibits and explore their nature trails. To learn more, click here.

The Lake Superior Watercolor Society’s exhibit at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder closes on Thursday, Oct. 15.  The Heritage Center closes for the season on Oct. 17, but will re-open for “Holidays in Schroeder,” Nov. 21.

The Blue Moose Gallery closes this weekend, too, but will re-open for a holiday show in late November. Stay tuned.

night paint Firelight by Scott Lloyd Anderson

“Firelight” by Scott Lloyd Anderson won the Night Paint competition at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2015.

The Grand Marais Art Coony’s wonderful Plein Air 2015 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post doesn’t close this weekend, and it’s a must-see.

The exhibit, featuring the work of 70 plein air artists who painted Cook County for a week, continues through Nov. 15. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Do you know your Duluth artists? Well, an exhibit opens at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday, Oct. 15, that will test your recognition skills. Here are a few of the paintings.

"Portrait of An Artist" opens at the Duluth Art Institute Oct.15.

“Portrait of An Artist” opens at the Duluth Art Institute Oct.15.

Entitled “Portrait of an Artist and (Self) Portrait of an Artist,” the two-part exhibit by Sarah Brokke features “Portrait of an Artist,”  36 paintings of local poets, musicians and visual artists that have inspired her, and “(Self)Portrait of an Artist,” showcasing the visual art, poetry, live music and interdisciplinary endeavors by those featured in her portraits. A full-color book by Holy Cow! Press will be available.

Sarah Brokke is the director and assistant professor of art at the College of St. Scholastica and a teaching artist at the Duluth Art Institute.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday. The exhibit continues through Jan. 21. For a listing of the Duluth artists portrayed in the show, click here.


The Heck Yeah Holler String Band, which debuted at the Radio Waves Music Festival in September, will play at Cascade Lodge Pub at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Members are Andy & Amy Schmidt, Tim Dennison, Pat Flack and Bob LaMettry.

Brulé, with its spectacular Native American stage production of

Brule will present

Brule will present “Sight, Sound & Soul” in Silver Bay Oct. 24.

“Sight, Sounds & Soul,” is performing at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.

Hailing from South Dakota, Brulé thrills audiences with a fusion of cultural rock, traditional sound, and theatrical dance with insights to share about our connections to others, to the land, and to other living things around us. Brulé’s electrifying show includes a five-piece rock ensemble with traditional Native American instrumentation and dancers.

The concert is sponsored by the Northern Lake County Arts Board with financial support from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Silver Bay Tourism Association For ticket information, click here.

Arna Rennan, Duluth musician and painter, will give a presentation  entitled “Music of the Immigrants: What They Left, What They Found, Norwegian Traditions They Keep” at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.

“The Troll with No Heart in His Body,” written by Lisa Lunge-Larson and illustrated by Betsy Bowen will appear at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis as part of their event called A Nordic Christmas: Myths, Legends & Fairytales. A display of the book, woodblocks and prints used for the book illustrations, as well as working materials will be shown.There are 20 original artist prints that were created for this book which has become a Nordic classic.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Friday, Oct. 16:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Shoot from the Hipsters Unplugged, Sydney’s, 6 p.m.
  • Woodblind, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Josef Diethelm, Oktoberfest Celebration, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations @387-2919
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:3o p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 18:

  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

We found some amazing photographs this week.

Let’s start with this great photo by Layne Kennedy, who is leading a photo workshop in Costa Rica.

Layne Kennedy took this photograph in Costa Rica, where he is leading a workshop.

Layne Kennedy took this photograph in Costa Rica.

A little closer to home, Thomas Spence took this incredible shot of bald eagles in an argument.

Tom Spence took this photo. His comment: A couple out of focus eagles sparing for tree top position near a dead bear this morning.

Tom Spence’s comment on this photo:  “A couple out-of-focus eagles sparing for tree-top position near a dead bear this morning.”

Bald eagles this morning sparing for position at the top of the highest tree in Superior National Forest near Tofte

Don Davison caught the Grand Marais harbor at the perfect moment.

Don Davison calls this: "And then the sun comes out."

Don Davison calls this: “And then the sun comes out.”

Fall colors were at peak last week. Here are a few inspiring photos.

"Fall Color" by Sandra Updyke.

“Fall Color” by Sandra Updyke.

Sparky Stensaas took this amazing shot of trumpeter swans on a foggy morning.

sparky stensaas trumpeter-swans-spring-lk-carlton-co

Photo by Sparky Stensaas.


Here are some more wonderful fall shots.

"Fall Along a Falls Yesterday" by Thomas Spence.

Fall Along a Falls Yesterday” by Thomas Spence.


"Fall Color Sunrise at the Rock," by Bryan Hansel.

“Fall Color Sunrise at the Rock,” by Bryan Hansel.


"A Beautiful Fall Day" by Travis Novitsky.

“A Beautiful Fall Day” by Travis Novitsky.


"Fall Splendor" by David Johnson.

“Fall Splendor” by David Johnson.


Here’s another spectacular shot, this time by Kelley Marquart.

Photo by Kelly Marquart.

Photo by Kelly Marquart.

And here’s a beautiful contrast — B&W by Kirk Schleife.

"Falls in the Fog" by Kirk Schleife.

“Falls in the Fog” by Kirk Schleife.


And here are some more beauties.

"Fall Waves" by Sandra Updyke.

“Fall Waves” by Sandra Updyke.


"Crescent Moon above the Lutsen Chalet on Moose Mountain" by Bryan Hansel.

“Crescent Moon above the Lutsen Chalet on Moose Mountain” by Bryan Hansel.

Here’s another gorgeous night shot .. the aurora and the International Space Station streaking across the sky. Thomas Spence took it.

Thomas Spence caught the International Space Station streaking across the sky the other night.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

And last, but not least, a little boy helping his mom shop. Enjoy!!!

Ari helps his mom, Molly Hicken, go shopping.

Ari helps his mom, Molly Hicken, shop, as his twin sister munches on a graham cracker. Photo by Molly Hicken.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!







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