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Grand Marais Segway Tours open for business

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:57pm

Jim and Dianne Linden officially launched Grand Marais Segway Tours on Friday, May 29. They are offering a Grand Marais Harbor, Woods and Water Segway Tour.

The Lindens are long-time summer residents at the Grand Marais Municipal Campground.

The idea for Segway tours in Grand Marais came about because of curiosity—Jim Linden’s curiosity about how S egways work, which led them to get one. And then curiosity led them to start the Segway tour business.  Diane Linden said, “We brought Segways up last September and we were using them in the campground. Everyone kept stopping us and asking, ‘Where can we try one?’”

To find out more, head downtown Grand Marais—across from the News-Herald office and check them out!

Or schedule a tour by visiting their webpage www.grandmaraissegwaytours.com.

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All community members welcome at the Tennis Block Party on June 6

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:54pm
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WTIP spoke to Lee Bergstrom, president of the Cook County Tennis Association, and Emily Marshall of the Cook County YMCA about the upcoming Tennis Block Party. This event will be held on June 6 at 10 am at the public tennis courts and will open to anyone, regardless of age or skill level. Listen in to hear more about the activities at this event.

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Summer events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:54pm
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There are many upcoming events at the Grand Marais Art Colony this summer; including a rummage sale on June 6, several artist visits, and many different classes. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Art Colony Program Coordinator Ruth Pzswaro to learn more about them.

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"HomeStretch" Workshop provides assistance to home buyers, June 13

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:21am
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June is National Homeownership Month and there will be a local one-day workshop to assist folks interested in purchasing a house.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Sandy O’Fallon of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) on North Shore Morning. 

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The Home Stretch Workshop is Saturday, June 13th, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at Higher Ed, 300 W 3rd St in Grand Marais.  More information and registration is available from Sandy at 218-999-0828.

Workshop is open to all people looking to purchase a home. Downpayment assistance subject to income qualifications.

 Course Topics include:

 1.  Qualifying for a Mortgage/Loan Programs
2.  Budgeting/Credit issues/Saving
3.  Shopping for a home/realtor services
4.  Professional inspections/appraisals
5.  Closing/title insurance/homeowners insurance
6.  Financial responsibilities as a homeowner

(Photo by Mark Moz on Flickr)

 

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North Shore Music Association presents Guy Davis Saturday

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:08am

The North Shore Music Association will present renowned musician Guy Davis at 7:30 p.m. June 6 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

The roots of Guy’s blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or playful and bouncy as a hayride. He can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, of their days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the KKK.  He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer.  But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. 

Throughout his career, Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces. His influences include the great blues musicians Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. But it was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues. 

The son of legendary actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Guy taught himself the guitar and learned by listening to and watching other musicians. He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration Mulebone, which featured the music of Taj Mahal. In 1993, he performed Off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.  He received rave reviews and became the 1993 winner of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive Award” presented to him by Robert Cray at the W.C. Handy Awards ceremony.

Guy has been nominated for nine W.C. Handy Awards over the years, including “Best Traditional Blues Album,” “Best Blues Song” and “Best Acoustic Blues Artist.”

Sign up now for "Road, River and Rail" trip with Birch Grove Community Center

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:06am

The Birch Grove Community Center Senior Circle Tour trip by “Road, River, and Rail” is scheduled Aug 16 - 21.  People should contact Community Center WE Connect Director Caroline Wood at the center for more information or to place a $100 security deposit to register.

There is always something happening at the Birch Grove Community Center. On Monday and Wednesday there is Go4Life Fitness at 10:30 a.m. - $2; Zumba Friday at 10:30 a.m. - $2; Pickle Ball Thursdays starting at 2 p.m. $2. Scrap, stamp, and card making is the second Sunday of every month 2-7 p.m., $5.  

Senior Lunches are Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. - $5 and community hearth oven pizza parties are Wednesdays 5-8 pm - $5; We request RSVPs to make sure we have enough food for lunch and pizza nights. 

To RSVP for pizza, to register for the “Road, River and Rail” trip or for more information about Birch Grove call 663-7977 or bgf@boreal.org.

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