Around Cook County
"The Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute" will be presented at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
The free program will be presented by Betty Braunstein, flute and Janell Lemire, harp, members of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
Betty and Janell play two of the world’s most beloved instruments; the ancestors of these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world. Using their modern flute and harp, images from the past, actual instruments from other times and places, and music for flute and harp, these musicians will explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.
The program is suitable for audiences of all ages, and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of wolf hunting won a victory as a Minnesota Senate panel votes 7-6 for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons.
Wolf hunting opponents argued before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday that the state acted too hastily when it decided to resume sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year. Hunters and trappers then killed 413 wolves during the state's inaugural wolf season, which ended in January.
Supporters of the wolf hunt told the committee the state's wolf population has recovered enough to allow for properly managed hunting and trapping, and that the decision was made after years of study and court battles.
The bill now goes to a Senate environment budget committee, where its prospects are uncertain.
The Cook County Senior Center has planned an overnight trip to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is planned for Monday, March 18. Guests will receive $15 in free slot play and seniors receive two-for-one drink coupons from the Players Club. Spend the evening and the next day; enjoy $5 off your breakfast. The cost for double occupancy is only $12 per person; single occupancy, $24.
For more information or for registration of any of these upcoming trips, stop in or call the Senior Center at 387-2660.
Hedstrom Lumber Company is once again offering to give away free tree seedlings. White Spruce, White Pine and Norway Pine seedlings are available, and can be mixed and matched in any combination, up to a total of 200 seedlings per person. Anyone interested is asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the number of seedlings and species desired, by April 15. The pick-up date will be May 3, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Everyone is asked to bring their own buckets to haul the seedlings. No seedlings will be held after May 3.
Congratulations to Steve Bragg of Lutsen for receiving the “Big Hitter Award” at the Calhoun Companies’ award breakfast celebration in Minneapolis on Feb. 13.
This award was given to the three most productive of 21 Calhoun agents servicing the five state area and Steve Bragg came in second.
Calhoun Companies sells only businesses and commercial properties and has been doing this since 1908 and Steve operates the Arrowhead Office working from Ashland WI to Lake of the Woods, MN.
The Grand Marais Playhouse has begun its 43rd season with rehearsals for First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a poignant comedy by Ron Osborne. The cast includes Adrianna Berglund, Brenna Hay, Cailin Carpenter, Sarah Larsen, Mara MacDonell, and Michaela Peterson. The play is directed by Sue Hennessy with Cy Fortunato as stage manager and Emma Bradley is creating the costumes.
The play is described by Samuel French publishers: “During WWII, six women gather at the church to roll bandages and plan the church's 75th anniversary. Overseeing things is Edith, the pastor's wise-cracking wife who dispenses Red Cross smocks and witty repartee to Luby, whose son is fighting in the Pacific; Mae Ellen, the church's rebellious organist who wants to quit but hasn't the courage; Olene, who dreams of a career in Hollywood; Sammy, a shy newcomer with a secret; and Vera, an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. When Luby learns her son has been wounded, she confounds the others by blaming the vulnerable Sammy.
“Twenty-five years later, our "First Baptist Six" reunite. Back to reconcile with Luby—whose son died of his wounds— is Sammy, whose own son is now in Vietnam; and Olene, whose flashy show business career will set the town on its ear. There to welcome them are Vera, her secret still safe; Mae Ellen, still rebellious and still looking for an escape; and Edith, whose biggest challenge isn't the church's upcoming centennial but revelations that shake relationships formed over a quarter of a century. With humor and pathos, these six very different women find comfort, forgiveness and redemption in each other.”
Performance dates for First Baptist of Ivy Gap are April 25, 26 and 28 and May 2-5, Thursday - Saturday 7 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.