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Spring! Fingerstyle Music, Art & More

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:56pm

John Gregor caught this shot of the Middle Falls of the Gooseberry Falls. The spring melt is beginning.

The first weeks of April can be quiet in the Northwoods as snow begins to slowly melt in the rivers and maple sap flows into waiting buckets. But there’s still lots to do on the North Shore this weekend.

This is the last week for  the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.”  

First up — “Fiddler on the Roof.”

We’re hearing lots of exciting things about this iconic, award-winning musical, a production of  Lake Superior Community Theatre – Great acting, wonderful voices, a powerful production.

The final performances of the play are at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Performances start at 7 p.m.

Call 218-220-0682 to reserve your seat or click here.

A few of the glazed and painted pots by Ginny Sims awaiting firing at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Ceramic artist Ginny Sims concludes her artist residency at the Grand Marais Colony this week with a Community Engagement Project from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Participants are asked to bring an object that has meaning for them, and Sims will lead them in creating large-scale drawings inspired by the objects as well as discuss her process of creating them for her own work.

Preregistration is required. Call 387-2737 for more information.

Also this weekend the not-to-be-missed Fingerstyle Guitar Masters Weekend will be held at the Bluefin Resort in Tofte. Gordon Thorne performs at the Bluefin Grille on Friday night, a full complement of classes on Saturday, and then an evening concert with Phil Heywood and Eric Lugosch at the Bluefin Grille at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

The Saturday workshops are from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 3:30 p.m. and are open to anyone.
To pre-register for for the workshops, email or call 218-353-7308. One session is $30, both sessions are $50 (lunch included).

This is also Mountain Meltdown Weekend at Lutsen Mountains with lots of music on Saturday and Sunday at Papa Charlie’s. Cook County bands are featured on Sunday. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, April 12:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Carroll
  • 1 p.m. – Bad Bad Hats
  • 2:30 p.m. – Fury Things
  • 4 p.m. – Nathan Miller
  • 9:30 p.m. – TBA

Sunday, April 13:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Whurl (Derek Smith, Erik Lastine, Will Seaton)
  • 1 p.m. – Joe Paulik Band (Joe Paulik, Jessi Nicholson, John Mianowski, Derek Smith, Max Bichel)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Cook County’s Most Wanted (Rod Dockan, Al Oikari, Carah Thomas, Gary Croft, Snuffy Smith, Steve Johnson, Derek Smith)
  • 4 p.m. – Spruce Roots (Eric Frost, Jessa Frost, Bill Hansen, Travis Wickwire, Jim Elverhoy)

Other music opportunities on Saturday include Maria Nickolay, who will play at the Cascade Lodge Pub at 7 p.m. and Cook County’s Most Wanted, who will play for an Ice Out! party at the American Legion., 8 p.m.

Loon totems by Nancy Seaton.

In other art news, fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be the featured artist on WDSE’s The Playlist, which airs at 9 p.m. on Thursday night. She will talk about the creative process involved in making her fused glass work.

A fused glass wall hanging by Seaton can also be seen at the “Mapping Mystery: Entry Points to the Creative” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The show concludes on Sunday.

The “Mapping Mystery” exhibit features works in a variety of different media by local artists. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Art and Ambiance, a fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, featuring a live and silent auction of affordable, original works by more than 40 local and regional artists, is at 7 p.m. (EST) April 11. CBC’s Lisa Laco is the host with Dave Shaw as auctioneer. Jazz musician Robin Ranger will play. For more info, visit

“Spring Has Sprung,” an multi-media exhibit of the Voyageur Artists group, opens at the Waterfront Gallery with a reception from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Participating artists include Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Elsie Cook, John Anderson, Michelle Ronning, Rose Kadera Vastilla, Helen Hartley, Linda Hoffman, Nancy Steinhauser, Dorothy Moe, Sheila Fallon, Shelley Getten, Arlee Wilkes, Marlene Miller and Joyce Gow. The Waterfront Gallery is located at 632 First Ave., in Two Harbors. The exhibit continues through June 7.

And here’s a heads-up to two music events April 19. Jazz singer Prudence Johnson will be a guest artist at a Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert. For tickets, call 218-387-2919.

The Midnight Ramble, a celebration of Levon Helm’s life, will be held at Cascade Lodge Pub this spring. Stay tuned for details.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, April 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 11:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • Rod Dockan & Friends, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 12:

  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, all day
  • Maria Nickolay, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Lugosch and Phil Heywood, Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Bluefin Grille, 7:30 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, American Legion, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 13:

  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, 11:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

We found an interesting series of photos this week. We’re assuming that people are pretty tired of looking at ice, but we’ve included a few of them anyway. Otherwise, there are some interesting wildlife shots that have popped up.

First up, a joke. Joe Paulik posted this on his Facebook page. Take a look:

“No sand in Minnesota but we’re very adaptable. We find other perfectly good places to stick our heads.”  – Joe Paulik


Here’s a Michael Furtman.

A snowshoe hare shows the chocolate swirls of spring. Photo by Michael Furtman.


Christian Dalbec took this photo of a hawk apparently trying to remove a leaf from its talons.

The hawks are returning. Photo by Christian Dalbec.


Here’s a sweet shot of an eagle parent feeding the youngest of its chicks.  Here’s a link to the cam so you can watch the action (or lack of action) yourself.

A Bald Eagle feeds one of its three chicks that have hatched in a nest monitored by the Minnesota DNR.


Paul Sundberg took this great photo of a pine marten.

Paul Sundberg caught this pine marten as it went to investigate the birdfeeder in his back yard. They like red squirrels who like birdfeeders.


The bears are starting to come out, too.

This bear sat in theis group of trees all day yawning. Photo courtesy of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.


Here’s a reminder of the beauty of the ice caves at the national park. The ice caves are closed for the season.

The ice caves at sunrise by Mike de Witt.


Here’s a wonderful B&W shot of ice by Duluth photographer Brett Grandson

“Light Storm” by Brett Grandson.


Here’s a lovely shot by Travis Novitsky.

“Seventh Sunset of April 2014.” by Travis Novitsky.


And here’s another gorgeous sunset by David Johnson.

“Plate Ice Sunset” by David Johnson.


And here’s a final ice shot. (Probably not the last of the season, although we can hope.)

“Frost on the Window” by Jamie Rabold.

Have a great weekend, everyone!












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Another Snowstorm? Music & Art

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:45pm


David Johnson took this photo of a beautiful sunrise in Grand Marais recently.

It might not feel like it, but spring is arriving — slowly. And the type of weather we’ve been having is perfect for corn snow, a feast for downhill skiers and snowboarders every year.

This year is no exception. There’s lots of snow on Lutsen Mountains this year, and this weekend is the time to celebrate it with lots of great skiing and the 3-day Sweetwater Shakedown Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s.

The music starts at 9:30 p.m; with Leftover Salmon and continues all through Friday and Saturday and includes the Sans Souci Quartet, the Roe Family Singers and the Bluegrass Ball Part I on Friday and Gordon Thorne, Paul Mayasich & Al Oikari, the Wu Acoustic Family, Kind County and the Bluegrass Ball Part II on Saturday. See the music schedule below for times. The Apres-Ski music in the afternoons is free. Tickets are available at the door and advance tickets can be purchased at

There are some fun art events happening this weekend, too.

Ginny Sims, Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, works on one of her pieces in the ceramics studio at the Art Colony.

Ginny Sims, a ceramic artist, is the Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony through next week. She is working on a series of large pieces in the ceramic studio as well as developing drawings to use on the pieces in the Founders Hall. She will hold an Open Studio from 1-2 p.m. this Saturday, and then a community art event next Saturday.

Everyone is invited to come to the Art Colony this Saturday to meet Sims and see her work in progress.

Also, the Mapping Mystery: Entry Points to the Creatve exhibit, curated by the Spirit of Wilderness Episcopal Church, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through April 13. The exhibit features work in a wide range of media from artists of every age.

“Wounded Moose,” by Tom McCann is one of the pieces in the Mapping Mystery exhibit.

The Heritage Post is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m.Sunday. All are invited to come see this interesting show.

The Lakehead University Student Juried Exhibition continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (on the campus of Conferderation College) through Sunday at 5 p.m. (EST)

Next weekend, is Art and Ambiance, a fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, featuring a live and silent auction of affordable, original works by more than 40 local and regional artists. The event begins  at 7 p.m. (EST) April 11. CBC’s Lisa Laco is the host with Dave Shaw as auctioneer. Jazz musician Robin Ranger will play. For more info, visit

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery is currently featuring

One of the pieces from “Pest,” by Amy Swartz, a critically acclaimed Toronto artist.

three exhibits which are running concurrently through April 26:

  • Amy Swartz’Pest”
  •  ”Contemporary 14: Dr. Robert Chadhuri Collection” and
  • Adam Makarenko’sMinature Frontiers.”

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. (EST).

At the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors, Dale Burton’s hand-forged metal and rock exhibit continues through April 5. A new exhibit, “Spring is Sprung” featuring artists of the North Shore Voyageur Artists group, opens April 12. The Waterfront gallery is located at 632 First Ave. in Two Harbors.

And not to forget, Lake Superior Community Theatre’s production of  the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” opens at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium this week. Shows are at 7 p.m. April 4-5, 10, 11 & 12 and at 2 p.m. April 6. Some tickets are available at the Grand Marais Public Library. For on-line reservations, click here.

For the art of making chili, check out the 5th annual International Cook County Chili Cook Off at St. John’s Catholic Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. Proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for the Coldwater Foundation, a nonprofit youth leadership development program. More than 17 chefs have signed up for the event. Tickets are available at the door.

And here’s a video of Nirvana performing “All Apologies.”  April 4 was the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death.

Lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, April 3:

  • Gordon Thorne with Paul Mayasich & Al Oikari, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Leftover Salmon, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 4:

  • San Souci Quartet, Apres Ski, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Silver Bay Lounge, Silver Bay, 8 p.m.
  • Diet Folk Trio, Gunflint Tavnern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Travelin’ McCoury’s Bluegrass Ball, Part 1 with Roe Family Singers, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 5:

  • Gordon Thorne, Paul Mayasich and Al Oikari, Papa Charlie’s, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wu Acoustic Family, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Karaoke, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Paul Mayasich and Al Oikari, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Kind Country, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Travelin’ McCoury’s Bluegrass Ball, Part II with Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident and Andy Hall & Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters

Sunday, April 6:

  • Janell Lemire and Betty Braunstein, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

Here’s our potpourri of photos this week.

We’ve seen lots of satellite photos of ice on Lake Superior this winter. Here’s an interesting contrast created by the National Weather Service – Lake Superior in March 2014, (top) and Lake Superior in March 2013. Brrrr.

Lake Superior in March 2014 and March 2013.


Everyone seems a little irritable about this long winter. Sandra Updyke caught this shot of deer in her front lot recently. (She’s been feeding them all winter.) She calls this “Temper, Temper.”

“Temper, Temper,” by Sandra Updyke.


The deer are definitely all crowded near the lake, and on it, as Paul Sundberg shows in this photo.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Sundberg also offers proof that spring is right around the corner. He got this shot of a ruffed grouse drumming on his favorite log, even though it was covered with snow. Note the beautiful detail on the feathers.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


We also found some gorgeous landscapes.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.


Photo by David Johnson.


Photo collage by Jim Ringquist. It is in the “Mapping Mystery” show.


And last, here’s an incredible northern lights shot by Matt Herberg.

Photo by Matt Herberg.

Have a great weekend, everyone!












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