This is the weekend for Rendezvous Days & the Celebration Pow Wow in Grand Portage. The annual gathering is the community’s biggest and most grand celebration of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage. The event starts on Friday and continues through Sunday.
Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather at the Grand Portage National Monument to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from the historic past.
There are all kinds of activities for families at the Monument as well, with live music and more. In short, there’s lots to see and do.
Just a bit down the road from the Monument, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hosts its annual Celebration Pow-Wow at the pow-wow grounds. More than 300 dancers and a large number of drum groups from around the region and Canada attend this 3-day pow-wow.
The dancing starts on Friday night with practice dancing and drumming. Grand Entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Pow-wow also features arts and crafts booths as well as food vendors, including fry bread and Indian tacos. Both events are free and open to the public. It’s always a good time.
There are lots of things to do and see in the county as well this weekend.
First up is the weekly meeting of the Arrowhead Sketchers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The group, which is open to anyone, meets at a different location in the county each week to paint, draw, sketch or photograph.
This week, the Sketchers will meet at the farm of Cathi Williams at 85 Fall River Road in Grand Marais. This will be a great opportunity to sketch, paint or photograph a working farm, including horses, cows, a pond and studio as well as farm equipment. All welcome. Free. For more information, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 287-2737.
Also this week, woodworker Angela Robins will be the Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School.
Robins will be demonstrating her craft Thursday through Sunday, and teach a mini-course from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For more info and to register for the class, call 387-9762.
And, take note… this is the final weekend of the Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theater Festival. The musical “The Pajama Game” will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The comedy “The Game’s Afoot” will be on-stage at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The reviews have been great! Don’t miss these. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 under 18. Save $5 when you buy tickets to both shows. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a tile-painting class where articipants can explore the colorful world of Majolica glazes.
The instructor will give an overview of these ancient glazes, including their origin and properties, and demonstrate Majolica painting techniques. Then students can pick out their tiles and paint them with their own unique designs. The tiles will then be glaze-fired and available for pick-up on Sunday. Cost is $20. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more info and to register.
On Friday night, the band The Thunderheads will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday starts out with the Cook County Market, featuring a wide range of crafters exhibiting their work in the parking lot of the Cook County Senior Center. Fiber art, woodworking, ceramics, handcrafted baked goods, including sweets and artisan breads, handmade soaps and multi-media work is featured at the Market.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, potter Maggie Anderson will give a pottery demo in the ceramics studio of the Grand Marais Art Colony. The event is free and open to all.
And at 4 p.m., there will be a bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. Free. All invited.
On Sunday, there’s a great musical experience in store when the “Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings … and a Little Jazz” will be presented at the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Hall #1 on Poplar Lake. The event is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.
The concert this year will feature a wonderful blend of classical and jazz music, with the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble joining the concert this year. New musical guests also include Nancy and Hugh Magill, who will play several Brahms waltzes from “Neue Liebeslieder” as a piano duet. Fred Anderson, guitar, will play a familiar J. S. Bach piece, and also a composition of his own: “Lost in C.”
The program starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20/adult, $5/ children 5-18, and children under 5 are free. Contact person for ticket reservations is Patsy Coleman, 313-673-6202, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a “Meet the Artists” social hour at the Schaap Community Center following the concert. All invited to enjoy a wonderful Sunday afternoon of outstanding music.
The exhibit is free. The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday as well as Monday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.
A new gallery art show has opened at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder featuring the work of a number of local and regional artists in a variety of media. Exhibits include Photography: Kathy Gray-Anderson and Tim Ostroot, Painting: David Hahn, Bruce Palmer, Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens and Trish Hunter and Beadwork: Marcie McIntire.
The art show at the Heritage Center continues through Oct. 21.
Tettegouche State Park is featuring the charming little “inklings” of Jill Levene in the Great Hall this month.
The show includes originals as well as affordable prints by this talented artist. The exhibit continues through Aug. 28.
In Duluth, the exhibit “A Thousand Words” continues at the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the exhibit “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through this month.
WTIP Community Radio is gearing up for the annual Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 8 -10, at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This marks the 10th year of the family-friendly festival, which features three days of live music from a diverse mix of local and regional artists. Twenty-nine acts will take the stage at this year’s festival, with eight new bands, and six that have not played in several years. For the full line-up click here.
Mark your calendars for Grand Marais Plein Air competition and exhibit Sept. 8-14 sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony. Watch 60 artists paint the beautiful, rugged 3,340-square miles of Cook County, and then attend the exhibit showcasing more than 200 new paintings of the North Shore. The opening reception is at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 15. This year’s Awards Juror is Kami Mendlik. Stay tuned for details.
A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and re-imagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, and replaced it with a new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour.
The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists exhibiting their work in studios and galleries along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8. To find out more, click here.
Johnson Heritage Post has put out a call for artists to exhibit in 2018 and beyond. The gallery would love to feature local artists throughout each calendar year. If you are interested in applying, please click here and download the application form. Your application may be emailed, mailed, or dropped off at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.
The Heritage Post is looking forward to seeing community members talented artworks. Don’t miss the chance to exhibit – apply now!
In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Centre has put out a call or artists to exhibit this fall in a number of mediums.
American artists are welcome. Printmakers, quilters, wood artists and fiber artists are all encouraged to apply. The Baggage Building Arts Centre is located at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. For more info, contact Angie Jensen at email@example.com.
Here’s the music for this weekend:
Thursday, Aug. 10:
- Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
- Bump Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 11:
- Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
- Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 12:
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 13:
- Briand Morrison–The Art of George Morrison, Grand Portage Community Center, 11 a.m.
- Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
- Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings … and a Little Jazz, Gunflint Trail Fire Dept. Hall #1, 4 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 14:
- Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 16:
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Here’s an interesting selection of the photos we found this week:
And then flowers and insects:
And a sailboat:
And a sunrise:
Have a great weekend, everyone!