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Moose Madness Weekend!

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:41am

Northern lights graced the skies in Cook County the other night. Here’s a photo by Nace Hagemann documenting the night.

David Johnson calls this one “Old Frosty Rump.”

Fall’s Final Fling and/or  the Moose Madness Family Festival is this weekend in Grand Marais; there’s lots to see and do and it’s definitely moosey.

There’s a Moose Medallion Hunt, a Moose Cartoon Contest, a Moose Poetry Contest, a Moose Coloring Contest, a Moose Sumi-e  workshop, (at the Grand Marais Art Colony), a Moose Mosey (or Rut Run on the Rocks), a Moose-A-Zumba (under a tent), a Moosebassador (Michael Monroe) performing in Harbor Park, a Moose-A-Rama with the Muffin Man at Drury Lane Books, Moose Cookies and Moose Bucks that can be earned all over town.  Murray the Moose is on the loose, too, and available for photo ops throughout the weekend.

Oh, and Michael Monroe will be on WTIP Community Radio‘s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about his new CD, “The Call of the Moose.” He’ll sing a few songs, too. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday nights.

The Cook County Events Bureau has moved and will be in the new Tourist Information Center, right next to the Dairy Queen) all weekend. It’s Moose Central this weekend, and is the place to go to find out what’s happening, pick up entry forms for the contests, Moose Medallion Hunt clues and more.

And that’s just a brief listing of all the moosey things going on in Grand Marais this weekend. It’s a grand celebration at the end of fall and draws families throughout the region for a weekend of fun.

To see the complete schedule of events, click here.

North House Folk School is holding a Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend, too, with a wide variety of courses and classes, including a special rate for adult/child pairs. See for all the course details.

There are also a number of public events at North House over the weekend including a Campfire Bannock & Outdoor Film Screening at 7 p.m. Friday. Over the Waterfall will play for a kid dance from 7-8 p.m. and an 8 p.m. community dance following.

On Saturday, there will be a Sled Dog Meet & Greet (with real sled dogs and mushers) from noon to 2 p.m.  and a spinning and knitting demonstration from 2-5 p.m.

Everyone is invited. Free.

Meanwhile there’s more going on in town, too, with two local artist book signings at Sivertson Gallery.

Kelly Dupre will sign the book she illustrated, “The Best Part of a Sauna,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gallery on Friday and Betsy Bowen will sign the book she illustrated, “Plant a Pocket of Prairie at the gallery on Saturday from 11;30 to 2 p.m.

Mario Cianflone will be at the library at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Marais Public Library will host Mario Cianflone for a special presentation on the history and music of the accordion at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone invited. Free.

Also on Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be open for the last day of the 2014 season. The market is held in the Senior Center parking lot and features a wide variety of arts & crafts, homebaked goods, jams and more. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are two wonderful art exhibits open in town as well.

The Five Generations of Arts & Crafts exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post features a wide variety of artwork by the Ralph W. Smith, Glenn S. Smith, Nancy Daley, Jody Ouradnik, Amy Ouradnik and Madeline Burton. The exhibit continues through Nov. 2. The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Sculpture by Byron Bradley.

The Tour d’Art Legacy Exhibit continues at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The show features a selection of works by the founders of the Art Colony, Birney Quick and Byron Bradley, as well as artists closely associated with it– Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman and Liz Sivertson.  Work by some of their students is also included. It’s quite an amazing show, and highly recommended. The Legacy Exhibit  continues through Oct. 26. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. daily.

In other art news, here’s an interesting list of photography contests in the region and links to each:

Fall Color Photography Contest

Gunflint Trail Photo Contest
Over $100 in Sven & Oles Gift Cards up for grab
Lutsen / Sawbill / Tofte Photo Contest
Prizes from Bluefin, AmericInn, and Sawbill
Waterfall Photography Contest
Win a $1,000 resort stay in Babbitt
Moose Madness Photography Contest

Images on Bryan Hansel‘s new landscape calendar.

Speaking of photographers, Bryan Hansel has just released his calendar for next year: Northern Landscapes 2015. To find out more, click here.

And here are a few things to look forward to.

Chris Gillis will play two concerts at What’s Upstairs? above Betsy Bowen’s Studio Oct. 24 & 25. A number of musicians will perform with him, including the drummer and bass player from his dad’s (Frank Gillis) band. Stay tuned for details next week.

And, the premiere of “The Story of Winter,” a Kenny Blumenfeld and Alex Johnson film, opens at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis Oct. 24. The trailer is really funny… only in Minnesota. Check it out here (and get tickets if you’ll be in town.)

OK. Here’s the music line-up:

Thursday, Oct. 16:

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

Friday, Oct. 17:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Bay, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • The Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Mario Cianflone, History & Music of the Accordion, Grand Marais Public Library, 3:30 p.m.
  • Jeff Diethelm, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19:

  • Polka Fest, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, noon to 8 p.m.
  • Steve Blexrud, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

It was hard to pick what photos to put up this week. There were a lot of wonderful ones. Here’s a selection. Enjoy!

“Fall Art Project,” by Thomas Spence.

Full Moon Over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Lunar Eclipse by Paul Sundberg.

“Hollow Rock” by Linda Farwell Ryma.

Here’s Bryan Hansel‘s shot of the northern lights the other night, taken with a fisheye lense.

And, to finish off, here’s a moose haiku written last year for the poetry contest. And have a great weekend!

Silently walking,

through the woods, antlers brushing

the tall evergreen trees

Sonja Milkovich, Age 9

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Fall is Falling, Art & Music

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:03am

John Sikkila took this gorgeous photo. He calls it Morning in Autumn. 

There are some cool new exhibits in Grand Marais this week, as the season winds down in Cook County.

Cyanotype by Madeline Burton is one of the pieces in the Five Generations exhibit.

First up is the Five Generations  of Arts & Crafts exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, which opened with a lively reception last Friday.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 2.

The wide-ranging show includes everything from paintings, fiber art, and jewelry, to encaustic, handmade paper, photography, collages and more crafted by five generations of the Smith-Daley-Ouradnik family.

The show was put together by local encaustic and handmade paper artist Nancy Daley and her two daughters, Jody Ouradnik and Amy Ouradnik, and Nancy’s granddaughter, Madeline Burton.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder will close on Saturday, Oct. 18 and re-open for the Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Drawing Nov. 22.

Meanwhile, stop by and see their exhibits, including work by local artists and artisans and the “Ojibwe Faces and Stories: Eastman Johnson Graphic Panels,” the featured exhibit this year. The Heritage Center also has a well-stocked gift shop.

The Heritage Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays.

One of the paintings in the Tour d’Art Legacy Exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

There’s a new exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony, too.

Entitled ‘Tour d’Art Home Legacy Exhibit,” the show features work by by four artists on the Legacy Home Tour including Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, and Liz Sivertson as well as select students these artists have influenced. The exhibit includes paintings, prints, glass and sculpture. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Also this week, an exhibit of paintings created by the Summer Youth Program in Grand Portage entitled “Seven Grandfather Teachings” opens with a reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Grand Portage Community Center on Friday, Oct. 10. The paintings were facilitated by art therapist, Belle Janicek, who worked with the children to put their ideas on paper and then transfer and paint images on canvas.

Among the Anishinaabe people, The Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. The exhibit will display seven canvasses: Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Courage, Humility, Honesty.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

In Thunder Bay, the powerful exhibit, “Walking With My Sisters,” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Oct 12.

The show is a commemorative art installation for the missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada and the United States, and features more than 1,000 decorated and beaded vamps or moccasin tops arranged in a sacred manner in the gallery space.

For this exhibit, the gallery is open from noon to 8 p.m.(EST)  Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. (EST) Friday through Sunday.

Also, this is the week for Random Acts of Poetry in Thunder Bay. A number of Thunder Bay poets read poetry in a wide variety of venues and places throughout the week, including to the Thunder Bay City Council, at Waterfront Park and at the Farmer’s Market, to name a few.

To catch the word, check out the schedule of appearances here.

In other art news, the Barley Jacks, a roots-bluegrass band, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about their music and sing a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday is Community Ink Day at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The public is invited to visit the print studio and create a fall-inspired monoprint. The event, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11,  is open to all ages and skill levels. No pre-registration is required.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market will held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, too. The market closes for the season next Saturday, Oct. 18. The market is held in the Senior Center parking lot and features a wide variety of arts & crafts as well as baked goods, jams, jellies and pickles and produce in season.

Auditions for “We Happy Few” by Imogen Stubbs, produced by the Grand Marais Playhouse, will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.  Performances are Dec. 4-7 and 11-14.  The Playhouse is also seeking a stage manager, light board operator, sound board operator and backstage crew.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with video production and sound editing, and a saxophone player and a pianist  are needed for either live or recorded participation in the production.  Set construction will begin Nov. 8. For more information, call 387-1284 ext. 2.

Life Drawing sessions have begun at the Grand Marais Art Colony. They will be held  from 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday nights through through Dec. 10. Open to all artists. Participants must be 18 and older or accompanied/permission by an adult or guardian. Cost is $100 for the entire series or $12 a session. Drop-ins are permitted.

There lots of music this week. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 9:

  • Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Barley Jacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Barley Jacks, Gunflint Tavern,  8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week. Here are a few.

The first snowflakes have fallen Cook County. Here’s a photo by David Johnson to prove it.

David Johnson‘s “A Skiff of Snow.”


An eclipse of the full moon could be seen very early Wednesday morning. Bryan Hansel was out there and caught this beauty.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And we had some wind the other day.

David Johnson‘s “Southwester.”


Layne Kennedy caught a calmer moment on Artist’s Point with this shot. His latest blog post, “Turn that Bad Light into Good Light” can be read by clicking here.

“Superior Red Light” by Layne Kennedy.


And, of course, we found lots of wonderful fall shots. Let’s start with a close-up of a fall leaf by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Mary Amerman caught this fleeting view of fall colors in a creative way.

Gunflint Trail by Mary Amerman.


Here’s a wonderful shot of Wolf Lake by Paul Sundberg. He said it’s a shot he’s been working on for years and  he finally nailed it this year.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Christian Dalbec caught this haunting shot of the Cascade River the other day.

Photo by Christian Dalbec.


The end of the leaf season can still be gorgeous, however. Paul Pluskwik took this beauty.


Photo by Paul Pluskwik.


And, finally,  Holly Johnson Beaster took this great shot of a rose blooming at the Rose Garden recently … in fall colors! Enjoy!

Photo by Holly Johnson Beaster.


Have a good weekend, everyone!

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