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The laughter started in rehearsals for the Grand Marais Playhouse’s latest production “The Beaux's" Stratagem” and has continued at every show. The period comedy by George Farquhar, adapted by Thorton Wilder and Ken Ludwig continues this weekend.
The story is about two young men who go gallivanting around the
countryside, one playing the master, the other the servant, then
switching roles in the next town, all in hopes of meeting women and
using their money to continue their escapades. But the plan doesn’t
quite work out when they both fall in love. Of course, there are
obstacles to overcome to be together with their loves and the audience
will laugh until they cry watching the antics of the young men and
women and the oddball characters that surround them.
The cast includes Jackson Nickolay and David Warren as the two gentlemen; Sarah Warren and Sarah O’Phelan as the young women. The
other players are Will Brandenburg, Kim Carlsted-Gillis, Jeff Fenwick,
Katrina Axtell, Jordyn Kirk, Mike DeBevec, Maria Nickolay, Aaron
Carlson, Tina Krauz, and Yvonne Block.
Kids 11 years old and under are invited to take part in the Cook County ATV Club Coin Dive from 6 – 6:30 p.m. in the log rolling tank at Fisherman’s Picnic Lumber Camp. ATV Club secretary Rhonda Silence said, “Kids, bring your goggles, bring your fins, bring whatever you want, but come splash for coins in the big log rolling tank!”
The Coin Dive is part of the ATV Club’s outreach for ATV safety. Before the dive, there is a brief discussion of ATV safety and the importance of ATV youth safety education, correct safety gear and having the right size machine for kids.
“Sometimes parents think of ATVs as toys and they are not,” said Silence. “They are powerful machines and it takes education and practice to ride them. Children should never ride a machine that does not ‘fit’ properly.’”
Silence added that the ATV Club wants to see every child take the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ATV Safety training. “Even if your family does not have an ATV does not mean your child will never ride one. There are over 260,000 ATVs registered in the state of Minnesota. Your child could visit a friend and go for a ride. They should be prepared and know the safety rules!”
For several months now, the First Congregational UCC along with American Legion Post 413 has been hosting and helping with fundraisers for the America’s Vet Dogs program. There has been a roving silent auction, featuring a number of items that relate to canines and other critters. All for the purpose of providing a professionally trained guide or service dog for a wounded American soldier. During Fisherman’s Picnic, the church and the legion are wrapping up the silent auction and raffle. And they are inviting you to consider one of the most recently donated items, an original print by Nedetta Buchheit of Grand Marais.
The print is of an original piece titled “Cry, Cry, in the night for those US soldiers lost in the Iraq War” It is a beautiful, but heart-wrenching work on watercolor canvas with watercolor and acrylics. Buchheit, who has never shied away from difficult subjects, started Cry, Cry in 2004 when casualties began to mount in the Iraq War.
She explains, “The mournful cry of the loon rising up from the lake cries for all those lost.”
The loon is covered in stars—cutouts from rice paper, covering the crying bird’s back. Each star represents a fallen soldier. “In August 2010, the casualty count was 4,420,” said Buchheit sadly.
She is offering the original painting for sale. The price? One dollar per star. Buchheit knows that it is unlikely that anyone can pay that much for the painting, but she is hopeful because she plans to donate the money from the sale of the painting to an organization that helps returning veterans.
GicLee prints on heavy weight archival paper are also available for $200, the proceeds of which will also be donated to benefit veterans.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a Cook County Community Education program that gives parents and children the chance to get together, socialize and be exposed to valuable school readiness skills. And each year at Fisherman’s Picnic, the ECFE parents host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. This year’s breakfasts of all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 from 7 – 11 a.m.
The cost is just $4 for children and $6 for adults.
Proceeds from the family-friendly fundraiser are used to supplement participation fees for Open Gym and to purchase play and learning equipment for the children of our community. Open Gym and other activities strengthen the parent-child relationship through messy play, reading books, dress-up, art and more. ECFE also offers time for parents to meet and discuss parenting topics with others while their children are being cared for.
This sharing of parenting issues and ideas has become a very important part of the lives of many Cook County families throughout the years.
“A special thank you goes out to our local businesses for their valuable donations to our fundraiser,” said Early Childhood Coordinator Lynn Sheils.
She added, “Please come out to the Community Center and start your Fisherman’s Picnic mornings with a hearty breakfast while you support the young families of Cook County.”
Back in the halcyon days of logging, lumberjacks used axes and two-person saws to fall trees. Logs were floated down rivers and rafted across Lake Superior surrounded by “boom” logs that kept them together.
And lumberjacks being proud men, used their free time to create contests to see who the best boom log runner was; who the best log roller was; who the best ax man was and who was the best with a cross cut saw both individually and in pairs.
Today those sports remain—as well as a contest to see who can cut with a chainsaw the fastest—and they will be recreated at the Fisherman’s Picnic Lumber Camp, both for display and also for some good-natured and hard fought competition.
And oh, yes, the competition long ago extended to Lumber Jills, some who are as good or better than their male counterparts in some of the disciplines.
Event coordinators Niel and Jenny Atkinson host the lumber camp. Jenny is an eight-time world log rolling champion and with Julie Collman coaches the North Shore Log Rollers.
Lumber Camp will offer all day log rolling passes for $5 to anyone who wants to try the slippery sport. If you want to watch world championship and amateur log rolling and speed birling, the Minnesota State Championships start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The North Shore Rollers host their own tournament sponsored by Northstar Cabling and Studio 61 the night before at 4:30 p.m.
The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a bake sale and pie social today, Thursday, August 2 until 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post. Stop by for coffee or beverage and support the Legion Auxiliary. Proceeds of the bake sale are used for auxiliary activities such as the children’s Christmas Party.
American Legion Bingo opens in the big tent at noon today.
And, while you’re at the Legion, buy a “Pets for Vets” raffle ticket for some fabulous prizes. Proceeds of the raffle go toward the purchase of a specially trained dog and the training required for a service dog for a wounded soldier.