Greetings from Grand Marais, where Covid continues to stalk our little community. Our advice? Mask up indoors and stay 6-feet apart, if at all possible. We’ve done it before … unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to do it again. Personally, I’ve lost the knack of talking intelligently through a mask, but assume that skill will soon return.
Cooler temps and showers have given firefighters the opportunity to control wildfires in the area.
The Greenwood Fire is 49 percent contained as of Sept. 8. In the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness, little fire growth has occurred on the John Ek Fire or the Whelp fire over the the last few days. For more info, click here.
The BWCA was opened to the public in select areas over the Labor Day weekend, but some entry points and trails remain closed. The Gunflint Trail is open. For more info, click here.
Here is what is happening in Cook County over the weekend.
First up is the Local Food Market, which is held weekly from 4:30-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cook County Community Center featuring foods from local producers. This week, look for everything from tomatoes and peppers and other garden produce to wood-fire artisan breads, newly harvested wild rice, fresh eggs and more.
This is the weekend to listen to lots of live music as WTIP’s annual Radio Waves Music Festival will be held live, on-air, on Friday and Saturday, including select video performances via Facebook Live.
Because there are still unknowns related to big crowds and Covid-19, the festival this fall will be shared on the air at 90.7 FM North Shore, 90.1 FM Grand Portage and 89.1 FM Gunflint Trail. This much anticipated community music event can also be heard in its entirety online at www.wtip.org.
Look for performances by Caitlin Thomas and Al Oikari, Michael Monroe, Joe Paulik, Adam Moe, Clearwater Hot Club and Briand Morrison, Cryote, Splints, Bump and Jim Elverhoy, Cherry Dirt, Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund, Sapsuckers, Red Lips, Jim and Michele Miller, Timmy Haus, Rich Mattson & the Northstars, Cook County’s Most Wanted, DJ Beavstar and Wunderdogs. See the music schedule below for performance times.
This is also the week that plein air painters from throughout the region will be in the county for the Plein Air Grand Marais Competition. Look for the painters everywhere in Cook County as they paint its beauty. The work will be on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 17.
The Grand Marais Plein Air Competition is hosted by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and Cook County Historical Society’s Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery. The competition class has 66 invitational and juried painters.
One of the favorite features of the competition is the Quick Paint held on Artist’s Point. The painters have 90 minutes to start and complete a painting. It begins at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 and the public is invited to watch the artists work. Stay tuned for details next week.
On Saturday, Cook County artists and artisans gather in the parking lot of The Hub (formerly the Senior Center) to hold the Cook County Market, featuring handmade arts and crafts as well as books, local rocks and stones as well as handcrafted balms and more.
There’s also live music. This week, Tom Knutson will play.
Also on Saturday, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center will host researcher/naturalist Katy Dahl as she explores the common loon and dives into discussing the research being done with the National Loon Center and the Loon Project. All about Loons will be begin at 111 a.m. Free for members; all other parking fee of $5 per car.
Also on Saturday, the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail, will host Keith Wendt, who will talk about how climate change interacts with and amplifies current threat to conserving our lands and waters in the Northwoods. The presentation is free and will be held from 2-3 p.m. Masks must be worn by everyone in the buildings.
Drury Lane Books will host an Author Meet-up with Theodore Catton, author of the “Rainy Lake House: Twilight of the Empire on the Northern Frontier,” outside the bookstore at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Catton is an associate professor of history at the University of Montana and the author of a few other beloved wilderness history books. He will be bringing hard copies of some of the maps and portraits featured in the book. The event is outdoors. so please plan for the weather. All invited. Free.
This is the last weekend to see “Reflections from the North,” Reid Thorpe’s contemporary landscapes currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit closes Sept. 12.
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.
The Duluth Art Institute announced that the opening reception for the Member Show will be held Sept. 21.
North House Folk School‘s Unplugged XX will be held next weekend. It is a combo event–virtual and in-person. The featured speaker and featured musician will perform virtually on Sept. 18.
Musician Amythyst Kiah is the featured artist this year.
Artists at Work:
Artists from Afar:
It’s coming down the pike, but not at -58F. Check this out:
For a laugh:
Thursday, Sept, 9:
- Martine and John Redshaw, WTIP, 3:30 p.m.
- Kenna Rose, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
- Caitlin Nicol-Thomas & Al Oikari, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Barbara Jean and Mike Lewis, WTIP, 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 10
- 2 p.m. North Shore Community Swing Band
- 3 p.m. – Caitlin Thomas and Al Oikari
- 4 p.m. – Michael Monroe (live from Minneapolis)
- 5 p.m. – Joe Paulik Band
- 6 p.m. - Adam Moe (live from Duluth)
- 7 p.m. – Clearwater Hot Club with Briand Morrison
- 8 p.m. – Cryote (live from Minneapolis)
- 9 p.m. – The Splints
- Caitlyn Thomas and Al Oilari, Birch Terrace Deck, 5:30 p.m.
- Big Wu Duo, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Sarah Burton, Silver Bay City Center Park, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11
Virtual Radio Waves Music Festival aired on WTIP Community Radio:
- 11 p.m. – Bump Blomberg and Jim Elverhoy
- 12 p.m.- Rich Mattson and the Northstars (live from Squash Fest in Wis.)
- 1 p.m. - Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund
- 2 p.m. - Cherry Dirt (live from NW Minnesota)
- 3 p.m. - Red Lips Duo - Kenna Rose and Maja
- 4 p.m. – Jim and Michele Miller (live from Hovland)
- 5 p.m. - Timmy Haus
- 6 p.m. - Ginger Bones
- 7 p.m. - The Evening Stars
- 8 p.m. – DJ Beavstar
- 9 p.m. - Wunderdogs
- South Paws with Caitlin Thomas, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
- Red Lips, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
- Chris Gillis & Thomas Stamps, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
- Big Wu Duo, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12
- Brilliant Colors Trio, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept., 15
- Jim McGowan, Lutsen Resort, Music on the Beach, 6:30 p.m.
We found some interesting work this week. Let’s start with wildlife:
The beginning of fall:
Landscapes, Skyscapes & Waterscapes
And finally, this: