This week: Bluegrass Masters weekend, making root beer from wild plants, an art opening and a harvest festival.
First up, learn how to make your own wild-crafted root beer at North House Folk School on Thursday night. The skillshare workshop, entitled “Roots, Berries, Bark + Flowers: Brewing Wild Root Beer,” will held in the Blue Building at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The participants will use a ginger culture for fizz and brewed hand-harvested plants to create an old-fashioned, delicious root beer.
The skill share is free and open to the public. There is a materials fee of $15 for those who might want to bring the starter and ingredients home to try in their own kitchen. All invited.
And then, look for the 28th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort Friday through Sunday. The event features bluegrass vocalist Valerie Smith and her Grammy-nominated band Liberty Pike.
The event features three days of small-group jamming, a day of bluegrass singing workshops (Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a concert by Liberty Pike on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The workshops on Saturday cover all kinds of topics for vocalists, including how to choose the right songs for your voice, trouble-shooting problem songs, how to phrase a bluegrass song and more. The concert with Smith and her band starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 kids and are available at Lutsen Resort. Everyone is invited to stop by and hear the music this weekend! For all the info on the event, including the workshop schedule, click here.
Here’s a clip of Valerie Smith singing one of her great songs, “Red Clay Halo.”
Also this weekend, the North Shore Winery will hold its 3rd annual Harvest Festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The day features tours of the wine-making process, music by Jon Kalberg and wood-fired pizzas by D&D Catering, weather permitting. All invited.
And on Wednesday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will hold a Silent Writers Meet-Up from 4-6 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center. The event is free and open to anyone, 13-adult, who would like to take a time-out to just write. No talking, just writing. Free. All welcome.
And finally, the Grand Marais Library and the Grand Marais Playhouse are collaborating to host a play reading at the library at 6 p.m. Nov. 7. The event features a reading of “The Enemy of the People,” by Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play.Attendees can read a part or just sit and listen. Open to all. Free.
This is the last weekend to see the exhibit, “George Morrison/Surrealist Forms & Other Drawings” at the Johnson Heritage Post. Morrison’s family are exhibiting works from their own collection, archival prints and some George Morrison originals.
The exhibit continues through Nov. 4. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
The Inuit Premiere continues at Sivertson Gallery featuring prints, sculptures and carvings by Canadian Inuit and Alaskan Siberian Yupik artists.
Of special interest: the 2018 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection and a great selection of sculptures by Bill Nasogaluak.
The North Shore Hospital and Care Center, which welcomes exhibits by local artists, has just opened a showing of work by illustrator and painter Keith Morris and photographer Jim Ringquist. The exhibit continues through January and the public is invited to stop by and look at the work.
Tettegouche State Park has opened a new exhibit for the month of November featuring the macro photographs of award-winning photographer Elizabeth Blair.
An opening reception for Blair will beheld at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in the Great Hall at Tettegouche. The exhibit continues through November.
In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a multi-media animated installation by Ojibwe artist Jonathon Thunder.
The animated installation comes with messages that exist on two planes: the ephemeral (or transcendent) and the physical. The stories that these animated vignettes represent are based on the Indigenous people’s memory of this region of the continent.
In Thunder Bay, Christi Belcourt’s retrospective, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth” continues through Nov. 25 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
There are lots of things going on in November, and we really can’t do justice to all of them here. Just stay tuned and we’ll tell you about them. However, here are a few.
The Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit, “Listening to Lichen & Sculptural Weaving: Elise Kyllo and Patricia Beilke” with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.
Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
More than 30 bowls will be available to paint Nov. 10, and instructors will be available to help, if needed. The bowls will then be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help to hungry, which will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church Nov. 15. All welcome to try their hand at painting a bowl. A $5 donation materials cost is requested.
The Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival will be held at North House Folk School Nov. 16-18. The event celebrates the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional lifeways in the North. Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, film festival, speakers, and more, this is a classic event to welcome the season of snow.
The Arctic Film Festival is fantastic. Here’s a. trailer of “The Eagle Huntress,” one of the films that will be shown that weekend.
Duluth News-Tribune’s columnist and writer Sam Cook is the featured speaker. For the schedule of events during Winterer’s Gathering, click here. Stay tuned for more.
And, in Silver Bay, the Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party will be held at the William Kelly Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. The event is sponsored. by the Northern Lake County Arts Board. Stay tuned for details.
Thursday, Nov. 1
- Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2:
- Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Lutsen Resort, jamming, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Jon Kalberg, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
- Ian Alexy, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
- The Gin Strings, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Joe Paulik Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3:
- Bluegrass Masters Weekend Workshops, vocal/bluegreass workshops, Lutsen Resort, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets on-site.
- Bluegrass Masters Concert with Valerie Smith & her band, Liberty Pike, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m. Tickets on-site.
- Common Ground, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- The Gin Strings, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov 5:
- Celtic Slow Session, Mountain Thyme Music, Wunderbar, 7-9 p.m.
We found some interesting photos this week.
And finally, this photo of very strange clouds.
Apparently these types of unusual clouds are caused by ice crystals and swirling winds.
Have a great weekend, everyone!