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Labor Day Weekend coming up

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:24am

Bryan Hansel took this photo of Thompson Falls the other day.

Fall is in the air —  no doubt about it — making Labor Day weekend right on time this year.

It will be pretty quiet in Cook County, but there’s still plenty to see and do.

Moors & McCumber play at What’s Upstairs? Stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Rodney Bursiel.

First up is a Thursday-night  concert by Moors & McCumber at What’s Upstairs? Stage, above Betsy Bowen’s Studio at 7:30 p.m, Aug. 28, followed by the screening of “Cold Love,” an adventure film about Lonnie Dupre.

Moors & Mc Cumber, who have performed at What’s Upstairs before, are dynamic and highly skilled musicians who  switch up instruments on almost every song.

They play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, piano, harmonica, cello, weissenborn, ukulele, and create catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live. The acoustics in the space are outstanding, too. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. All invited.

On Friday, North House Folk School will continue its craft demonstrations from 1o a.m.-4 p.m. The demonstrations are held Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 7.   Tina Fung Holder will be demonstrating basketry this week.Free. All invited.

This is the last week of  art demonstrations at the Grand Marais Art Colony. A clay demo will be held in the ceramics studio at 10 a.m. on Friday. All invited.

Internet cartoonist Bill Barnes, who will be giving workshops in cartooning at the Grand Marais Public Library from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, will talk about the upcoming workshops on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Musicians Max Bichel and John Gruber will be in the studio to a few tunes.

On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. featuring lots of arts and crafts, baked goods and vegetables in season including tomatoes, peppers, onions, kale and lettuce. Maria Nickolay will play.

On Sunday, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will host an Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the museum front porch and grounds over Labor Day weekend on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, there’s a suggested donation for pie, ice cream and beverage. This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items.

Also on Sunday afternoon, MacArthur House celebrates its 14th anniversary with music on the deck with Mad Max & His Flying Circus (The SplinterTones) from 4-7 p.m. Bring your own chair and an appetizer to share. MacArthur House is located at 520 W. 2nd St. All welcome.

In other art news:

Carah Thomas (Carah Boo) will release her first solo CD at the Radio Waves Music Festival next weekend.

Carah Boo (Carah Thomas) has completed her first solo CD which will be released at the Radio Waves Music Festival next week. The title of the CD is “Big Empty Heart,” the title cut, written by Thomas. The CD features mainly traditional folk songs on mountain dulcimer and voice, along with two originals and three cover songs. Kari Wrich designed the CD cover with a photo by Nina Rizzo. Al Oikari recorded, mixed and produced the CD as well as plays on it.

September artists exhibiting at the Cross River Heritage Center include Trish Hunter, Tim Ostroot, Mary Jane Huggins, Kathleen Gray Anderson and Dave DeGree.

Birchbark Books & Gifts has copies of William Kent Krueger’s latest, “Windigo Island.” They also have John Henricksson’s book, “Over the Portage, Into History.” It was first published as an e-Book.

Sivertson Gallery is now carrying children’s books. Titles include “Children of the Northlights” by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire“Market to Market” by Nikki McClure; “The Best Part of a Sauna” by Sheryl Peterson, illustrated by Kelly Dupre; and “A Wild Neighborhood” by John Henricksson, illustrated by Betsy Bowen.

Tickets are still available for the Grand Marais Art Colony’s “Tour d’Art: The Legacy,” a homes tour of artists and instructors associated with the Art Colony.

The tour includes the homes of Hazel Belvo and Marsha Cushmore, Sharon and Steve FrykmanLiz Sivertson, Byron Bradley and Dan Quick. The tour is Oct. 4. For more information, call 218-387-2737.

Here’s the music schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Moors & McCumber, What’s Upstairs Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Pation, 3 p.m.
  • J Squared and The Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflit Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

  • Mad Max & His Flying Circus, MacArthur House B&B backyard, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 1

  • Joe & Jessi,  Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller,  Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found some great photos this week.

Let’s start out with this great portrait of a man and his dog by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

 

And then a beautiful fall-is-here photo by John Sikkila.

Fall is here. John Sikkila captured it perfectly in this photo of crown coral and spring cap mushrooms.

 

Here’s a wonderful shot of the northern lights by Heidi Pinkerton.

Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

We had quite a thunder storm the other night. Travis Novitsky too shot of the storm over the Spirit Tree in Grand Portage.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Sandra Updyke was out walking the beaches on a windy day and took this image.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Here’s a another beautiful image of our beloved North Shore. It’s by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

 

Stephan Hoglund took this beauty.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

 

And Michael Furtman caught this loon parent bringing a BIG fish to its rapidly growing offspring. It took the youngster awhile to swallow it, but he managed, Furtman wrote on his Facebook page.

Photo by Michael Furtman.

 

Thomas Spence took this great shot of the Temperance (?) River at sunset the other day.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

And Bryan Hansel captured the Blue Hour in this lovely shot… the Blue Hour is about 45 minutes after sunset when, under the right conditions, everything turns blue. Enjoy!

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

And have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Pation, 3 p.m.
  • J Squared and The Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fuzzy Ellis, Gunflit Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

  • Mad Max & His Flying Circus, MacArthur House B&B backyard, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 1

  • Joe & Jessi,  Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller,  Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Kristi Downing Celebration, Art & Music

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00am

A summer sunrise by Kirk Schliefe.

It’s a quiet week in Cook County, as everyone gets ready for the music festivals and art tours coming up in September. But there’s still lots to do and see.

Kristi Downing, by Layne Kennedy.

On Saturday, a celebration of the joy, spirit and life of raku potter Kristi Downing, who passed away last year, will be held at the Hovland Town Hall. Aug. 23 was her birthday.

A benefit art sale will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Town Hall featuring a variety of artworks, including KK textile collages and commemorative raku cups as well as donated work by local and regional artists. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds will benfit the KKD Scholarship Fund at North House Folk School.

The event will also feature a fish fry fry from 5-7 p.m., donations accepted, a celebration of Kristi’s life in video, readings and music from 7-8:30 p.m. and a dance from 8:30-11 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

Other events this weekend include free craft demonstrations at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Parking lot featuring lots of arts & crafts, produce in season, baked goods and more.  Singer/songwriter Maria Nickolay will sing.

And the 4th annual Grand Portage Classic Car Show will be at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by the The Rockin’ Hollywoods starting at 9 p.m.

Writing is one of the things one can do  and/or and appreciate this weekend, too.

Sugarloaf Cove.

To learn more about the art of writing, Jill Swenson, an author, book developer and literary manager, will hold a writing workshop at Sugarloaf Cove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Entitled “Writing Wild Workshop,” the workshop will focus on the creative partnership between writing and nature one can find at Sugarloaf. Participants will be encouraged to write creatively in whatever genre they choose: haiku, short story, memoir, natural history, poetry, narrative nonfiction, science fiction. Cost is $30 for members. For more information, call 218-525-0001 or click here.

Also, Kate Hopper is reading and discussing her book, “Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood” at Drury Lane Books in a Writer’s Salon at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Award-winning poet Larry Schug will be reading his poems at the Cross River Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Satuday, too. He is the author of a number of poetry books, including “Scales Out of Balance,” “Caution: Thin Ice,” “Arrogant Bones,” “Nails,” and “At Gloaming,” which has just been published. The public is invited. Free.

In other art news, the Birney Quick Retrospective continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 7. The exhibit features a wide variety of paintings, prints, lithographs and drawings created by the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony during his career. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony continues its exhibit and sale of work by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Festival this year. The gallery space also features work by Art Colony members.
The  Art Colony is holding Friday studio demonstrations throughout August. Potter Joan Farnam will be demonstrating in the Art Colony’s  ceramics studio at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Free.

Sivertson Gallery has new paintings by David Gilsvik, many of the BWCA, new large, fused glass totems by Nancy Seaton and hand-turned bowls by Howard Hedstrom.

Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings at the Coho Cafe through August. Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer’s exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors continues through Aug. 30.

Blue Moose has new stained glass by Shelly Bouquet from Grand Rapids, including a loon and northern lights. The shop is also featuring a new artist crafting bird houses by Duluth artist Dave Hoad and handmade wall art from Haiti crafted from recycled oil drums.

Betsy Bowen puts the final touches on the lake trout she painted on a propane tank at Como Oil.

Artists who will be creating work for the Great Place Race, a Moving Matters and Cook County Chamber of Commerce project, include mosaic benches at the Grand Marais Art Colony by Kelly Dupre and Peter Jansen, Little Free Libraries around town crafted by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Betsy Bowen’s painting of a lake trout on the Como propane tank, and an art bench at the Co-op by Tom Christiansen. In all, the Great Place Race funded 16 projects. Patrick Knight is producing a video about the project. Pushing Chain (Boyd Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe) has just released their first CD. “Pushing Chain.”

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

Thursday, Aug. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Midwest Assembly, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23:

  • Don Juans, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music on the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Restaruatn, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Gin Strings, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • The Rockin’ Hollywoods, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

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

Monday, Aug. 25:

  • Joe & Jessi, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • The Sudden Lovelys, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s,  8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Grand Marais Public Library, 6 p.m.

Summer is celebrated in gardens and the woods with great displays of flowers. Here are a few of the wonderful photos we found this week.

Photo by Ryan Tischer.

 

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

 

Photo by David Johnson.

We found some beautiful landscape photographs, too. Here’s a selection:

Two gorgeous shots by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

 

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

A Lake Superior island, by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s a beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Baptism River Canyon by Bryan Hansel.

A Grand Marais sunrise by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

And last, but not least, this wonderful shot by Thomas Spence taken near Tofte.

Heartbreak Creek by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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