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Fisherman’s Picnic Weekend

When we were young. Photograph by Steve Ortmann.

When we were young. Photograph by Steve Ortmann.

Greetings from Grand Marais, where everything is geared up for the 92nd annual Fisherman’s Picnic.

The event, which draws families and friends from all over to celebrate the North Shore, has changed a lot over the years. but there’s still lots to see and do. Local historian Dan Helmerson will give a presentation on the history of Fisherman’s Picnic with narrative and photographs at the Johnson Heritage Post at 1 p.m. on Thursday. All invited. Free.

fish pic hist society herring contest 1948

Photo of the herring contest in 1948 courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society. Dan Helmerson will give a presentation about the history of Fisherman’s Picnic at the Johnson Heritage Post at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5.

Covid-19 has put a damper on some events at the Picnic, but there are still plenty of things to see and do. And, of course, a chance to sample the iconic food of the picnic, a fishburger.

The 92nd annual Fisherman's Picnic is in Grand Marais this weekend with lots of activities, contests, live music and, of course, fish bugers. In this file photo Pete Kavanaugh preps a fish burger.

The 92nd annual Fisherman’s Picnic is in Grand Marais this weekend with lots of activities, contests, live music and, of course, fishbugers. In this file photo Pete Kavanaugh preps one of many that will be consumed over the weekend.

Everything from the kids’ tractor pull to a trail run, the cutest puppy contest to the loon calling contest  — these are just a few of things on tap for this event. And not to forget the great Fisherman’s Picnic Parade, which is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

There are demonstrations and special events, too, including blacksmithing demonstrations and a presentation about local mural artist Lyle Saethre.

A presentation about Lyle Saethre and his murals around town will be held in a garage across from the Cook County Co-op on Saturday.

A presentation about the Lyle Saethre Mural Projectwill be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  on Saturday in the garage across from the Cook County Co-op.

To see all the details and the schedule of events for this weekend, click here.

One interesting note: For the first time since the pandemic, we can listen to some of our favorite local bands. The stage at Harbor Park will be one of the centers of the Picnic this year with bands we haven’t heard in more than a year, playing their music. Check out the Live Music schedule below for who is playing when.

Also on tap for this weekend:

Julie Kean will be giving birchbark basket weaving demonstrations at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Julie Kean will demonstrate birchbark basketweaving at North House Folk School Thursday through Sunday.

Julie Kean will demonstrate birchbark basketweaving at North House Folk School Thursday through Sunday.

 The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artist on Thursday and Friday is ceramacist Chotsani Elaine Dean.

Ceramacist Chotsani Elaine Dean, will be the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram Takeover Artist on Thursday and Friday.

Ceramacist Chotsani Elaine Dean, will be the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artist on Thursday and Friday.

An example of Chotsani's work.

An example of Chotsani’s work.

To see what she is posting, click here.

The Cook County Market, which features work by local artists and artisans, will be open on Friday and Saturday in a new location : on the street in front of the World’s Best Donuts.

The Cook County Market  will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the street in front of the World's Best Donuts.

The Cook County Market will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the street in front of the World’s Best Donuts.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a video presentation entitled “Reverence” with artists Steven Spazuk and Danielle Delhaes, who will participate via Zoom.

"Reverence," a video and Zoom presentation, will be held at Studio 21 at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“Reverence,” a video and Zoom presentation, will be held at Studio 21 at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The presentation is free. All invited.

Exhibits:

The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring two exhibits this month.

Hansel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore’s  exhibit, Two Artists- Two Stories: Juxtaposition During a Covid Conversation, opened last weekend and continues through Aug. 15.  The outstanding exhibit features panels of works created by the artists during the pandemic.

One of the works from the new exhibit by Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore entitled wo Stories: Juxtaposition During a Covid Conversation.

One of the works from the new exhibit by Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore entitled wo Stories: Juxtaposition During a Covid Conversation.

The gallery is also featuring a retrospective of works by John A Spellman III.

An exhibit of work by John A. Spellman !! opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

An exhibit of work by John A. Spellman III is on view at the Johnson Heritage Post

The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Photographer Nathan Klok has opened an exhibit of his photographs of the Split Rock Lighthouse at the park. It continues through August.

Nathan Klok is exhibiting his photographs at Split Rock Lighthouse this month.

Nathan Klok is exhibiting his photographs at Split Rock Lighthouse this month.

 Upcoming:

Minneapolis blues singer Annie Mack will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m., the first concert held by the North Shore Music Association since the pandemic. Stay tuned. For tickets,click here.

On Sept. 5, a touring theatre company, The Fox & Beggar Theatre, will present ” Goodnight, Absolom!” at the Grand Marais Tourist Park. Stay tuned for details.

The Fox & Beggar Theatre, which is touring the Great Lakes, will be in Grand Marais Sept. 5.

The Fox & Beggar Theatre, which is touring the Great Lakes, will be in Grand Marais Sept. 5.

The Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth is next weekend, Aug. 13-15, featuring blues artists from across the nation. To find out more, click here.

Artists at Work:

Grand Marais singer/songwriter Michael Monroe is moving to the Twin Cities to continue his career. Here’s a video/song he produced entitled “Time to Move On.”

Painter Jan Attridge has recently completed a book of her animal paintings.

Jan Attridge's book, "Animal Paintings: Spirit Protectors" can be ordered online at

Jan Attridge’s book, “Animal Paintings: Spirit Protectors” can be seen online here.

Bowl by Lou Pignolet. He is donating this bowl to North House Folk School's Online Auction for Unplugged.

Turned bowl by Lou Pignolet. He is donating this bowl to North House Folk School‘s Online Auction for Unplugged.

Robert Deshjarlait is nearing completion on a new painting. His comment" Looking deadly.

Robert Deshjarlait is nearing completion on a new painting. His comment: Looking deadly.

They asked to be picked up and I couldn't refuse. Photograph by Mary Beams.

They asked to be picked up and I couldn’t refuse. Photograph by Mary Beams.

Sailors Take Warning by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

Sailors Take Warning by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

A new collograph print by Noah Prinsen, who is working in North Carolina.

A new collograph print by Noah Prinsen, who is working in North Carolina.

Paper cut. Mississippi River Life by Ellen Sandbeck.

Multi-layered paper cut. Mississippi River Life by Ellen Sandbeck.

Other art finds from afar we found this week:

Temporary  monumental cardboard bridge by Olivier  Grossetete.

Temporary monumental cardboard bridge by Olivier
Grossetete.

Puffins by Peter Olson.

Puffins by Peter Olson.

Claude Monet's Garden at Giveryny, France.

Claude Monet’s Garden at Giveryny, France.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by Jacke Scherer.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by Jacke Scherer.

Online Music:

Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 5:

Harbor Park:

  • Rox & Soul, 11 a.m.
  • Kenna Rose, 1 p.m.
  • Common Ground, 3 p.m.
  •  4 Shore, 7 p.m.

Other Venues:

  • Al Oikari & Rod Dockan, Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miller & Harrison Olk, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 6:

Harbor Park:

  • Bug Lite, 11 a.m.
  • Portage Band, 1 p.m.
  • Splints, 3 p.m.
  • Pete K & Friends, 7 p.m.

Other Venues:

  • Jim McGowan, Birch Terrace Deck, 5 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, 6:15 p.m.
  • Jon Miller & Harrison Olk, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7:

 Harbor Park:

  • Joe Paulik, 11 a.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, 1 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, 3 p.m.
  • The Evening Stars, 7 p.m.

Other Venues:

  • Fleetwood Maki, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
  • Sky Blue, Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub, 6 p.m.
  •  TBA, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 8:

 Harbor Park:

  • Briand Morrison, 12-1 p.m., 2-2:30 p.m.
  • AAD Drum & Bugle Corps, Duluth, 2:45 p.m.

Other Venues:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, North Shore Winery,  3 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

 Photographs:

We found lots of images this week.

Spiders were a theme.

Photograph by Musa Abdel Rahman.

Photograph by Musa Abdel Rahman.

And we found two of the Goldenrod Crab Spider:

Just the right camouflage.. female goldenrod crab spider by Solveig Vick.

Just the right camouflage.. female goldenrod crab spider by Solveig Vick.

And here’s a close-up:

Goldenrod Crab Spider by Bryan Hansel.

A close-up of the Goldenrod Crab Spider by Bryan Hansel.

And butterflies:

Krautwurm's Fritillaryby Maria Skinner.

Krautwurm’s Fritillaryby Maria Skinner.

More wildlife shots:

A gorgeous cross fox by Thomas Spence.

A gorgeous cross fox by Thomas Spence.

 

Mama Moose by Kevin Linden. Taken somewhere along the Gunflint Trail.

Mama Moose by Kevin Linden. Taken somewhere along the Gunflint Trail.

 

Ruby Throated Hummingbird. The throat feathers are not red, said Paul Sundberg. They just reflect that color when the light hits them.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird. The throat feathers are not red, said Paul Sundberg. They just reflect that color when the light hits them just right.

 

Caught! by Holly Johnson.

Saw you! by Holly Johnson.

 

 

Watchful eyes by David Johnson.

Watchful eyes by David Johnson.

 

Samm mouth bass by Bryan Hansel.

Small mouth bass by Bryan Hansel.

Landscapes & Skyscapes:

Out collecting some things. Photo by Musa Abdel Rahman.

Photo by Musa Abdel Rahman.

 

Good night. Photo by Michael Furtman.

Good night. Photo by Michael Furtman.

 

A smokey morning by Ron Benson.

A smokey morning by Ron Benson.

 

Sunset in Upper Michigan by Derek Adams.

Sunset in Upper Michigan by Derek Adams.

 

On my walk ... by Kristofer Bowman.

On my walk … by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Split Rock reflections by Roxanne Distad.

Split Rock reflections by Roxanne Distad.

 

Fireworks. Flame-free. By Kristofer Bowman.

Fireworks. Flame-free. By Kristofer Bowman.

 

Sunrise clouded with smokey skies by Bryan Hansel.

Sunrise clouded with smokey skies by Bryan Hansel.

And this thought for today:

When we nourish hearts, everything gets better by Isaac Murdoch.

“When we nurish Hearts, the whole everything gets better.” Painting by Isaac Murdoch.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Nels Larsen August 5, 2021, 3:28 pm

    Thanks for putting this newsletter together, Joan!

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