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Carve wood, make potica: Minnesota's folk schools teach heritage crafts

Jul 08, 2017 07:40AM, Published by Editor, Categories: Arts+Culture



By  Star Tribune  JULY 4, 2017 — 1:03PM

Theresa Crawford eyed the 8-foot timber, a far more formidable chunk of wood than the slender lengths she usually carves into St. Nicholas figures. Over two days, she’d chiseled out long bevels and deep notches, standing in a growing pile of pine shavings.

The post’s future is functional — to display the address at the family cabin. But in the tradition of folk art, why not make it beautiful?

Why not make it herself?

Crawford recently drove 450 miles from Brookings, S.D., to Grand Marais, Minn., for her first class at the North House Folk School, drawn by the chance to create something both handmade and useful.

The class allowed instructor Jock Holmen of Burnsville to put into practice what a Norwegian master carver once told him: “Don’t die with what you know.”

“He was all about, ‘share, share, share,’ ” said Holmen, who teaches at various folk schools, including North House and the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.

    Of course, you can only share if someone’s willing to absorb. But there are more and more thirsty minds, judging by the steadily growing folk school movement in the United States, where there are more than 200 schools of varying description.

    In the past decade, several have opened in Minnesota, joining stalwarts like the North House, in its 20th year, and the Milan Village Arts School, which opened in 1988.

    What exactly is a folk school?

    The concept is rooted in the Danish folkehøjskole, or folk high school, founded by N.F.S. Grundtvig as a balance to the more elite universities. Lifelong learning, he believed, resulted in a strengthened community.

    Greg Wright, North House’s executive director, agrees, citing the school’s mission.

    “We’re enriching lives and building community through the teaching of traditional northern crafts,” he said. “It’s really important that the statement doesn’t start out by saying ‘to teach craft skills,’ but ‘to enrich lives.’ Craft is the vehicle that leads to the gathering.”

    At the Ely Folk School, which opened three years ago, many courses reflect the region’s Finnish and Slovenian heritage, with classes about making potica and pasties, snowshoes and wool slippers. As its website states: “Folk schools are havens for interaction and renewal. Their mission is to inspire, not compel. They encourage learning for life instead of for exams.”

    That said, some schools are tweaking the traditional model and making their venues multipurpose destinations. At Lanesboro’s Eagle Bluff Skills School, which opened in 2013, the emphasis is on helping people lead “a more balanced and sustainable life,” and draws on the area’s strong Amish presence.

    The Duluth Folk School opened last year with what co-founder Bryan French envisions as “a multi-pronged business” that includes skills classes, but also space for artists and makers to rent studios, and eventually a cafe and store.

    “Being just a folk school is not enough for us to be financially successful,” French said. “We’re being a little bit looser. For example, we had an intro to kayaking class last weekend. It’s not a Scandinavian thing, but a thing that people want to do. We have classes on learning to use a chainsaw without cutting off your finger, or learning to play the banjo.

    “But there’s also rug-making or learning to carve a diamond willow trekking stick.”

    Denmark via North Carolina

    The first folk school in the United States was the John C. Campbell Folk School near Brasstown, N.C., about two hours north of Atlanta, founded in 1925 by John and Olive Campbell. She’d discovered the folkehøjskole concept while in Denmark and thought that fewer rural people would move to the cities if they had a saleable skill that also preserved their culture.

    Today, it serves more than 6,000 students annually, attracting “a lot of very smart, young, entrepreneurial people looking, after the economy bombed out in ’08, for other ways they could be their own bosses,” said Keather Gougler, marketing manager.

    While they always will teach Appalachian crafts, the roster is changing with the times. There’s a class in cooking over an open hearth, but also one on sushi.

    Wright credits the maker and do-it-yourself movements with North House becoming a multi-building campus that now draws more than 2,300 students to 400-some classes.

    Like Campbell, North House also reflects its geographical place. “People who live here really do still chop wood and make snowshoes as a part of their lives,” he said.

    In one of the stalwart classes, students learn to build a wood-fired brick bread oven. The quirkiest class may be one in which you build your own casket, which carries the tagline, “bury yourself in your work.”

    According to Wright, many students enroll to step away from technology and build something with their hands.

    “Surfacing when it did, the school did answer some kind of call,” he said. “We say that smartphones play a big role here: People either want to get away from them, or they need them to find North House.”

    Generally speaking, the typical folk school student is older, “someone who has the time, interest and the money, as well as a strong interest in lifelong learning,” Wright said.

    Tim Harrison of Orono came to Grand Marais for the class on building a brick oven. Whether he ends up building his own depends on finding a proper site, “but the fun part is the process — almost more so than having it.”

    This was his second class at North House.

    “The more you experience it, the more you want to experience it,” he said. “It’s kind of like life: You should enjoy the process, because it’s a lot more rewarding than the finish line.”

    Does birchbark matter?

    French emphasizes that folk schools enable people to try a skill on for size, as well as connect with others.

    “I can’t help but wonder at the preponderance of ways we socially isolate ourselves, and not even in a negative way,” he said. “It’s so easy to get wrapped into an e-mail chain, or phones. I use those things like everybody does. But people crave interaction, to physically engage in their world in a way that may be the less than obvious choice.”

    Maybe that’s an introduction to raising backyard chickens, or how to graft apple trees.

    “It’s so gratifying to watch people kind of get electrified during class,” said French, “to see them get out of their normal mode and try something.”

    At North House, a 10-month internship program is helping attract more young people to campus “who get to meet senior instructors and begin to think about what’s possible,” Wright said.

    “It comes around to other questions: Where does the future of craft come from? How do we move that forward another notch? In an era of driverless cars, does birchbark weaving matter?”

    It does, said woodcarver Jack Holmen — he’s also known as the Norwegian Termite (get it?). He said he often emerges from a class stint with renewed optimism.

    “When you get the 30-somethings and younger in here, so many students push my boundaries with new ideas of what’s possible, what they see in the wood,” he said. “It makes it all sorts of fun.”

    They leave with something they’ve made with their hands, but also with his guiding philosophy in their heads: Don’t die with what you know.




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      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Come and join the Cook County Historical Society's Annual "Old Timer's Gathering." It will be a g...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Youth Climbing Team

      07/31/2017
      09:00AM — 05:00PM

      Open to K-12 students interested in getting outside to adventure this summer. The team will explo...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      07/31/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • ForeverWell Cardio at the Y

      07/31/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A safe and heart-healthy aerobics class to energize your lifestyle using low-impact movements tha...


    • Yoga at the Y

      07/31/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Cardio/Strengh Class at the Y

      07/31/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength training cardio class that targets the major muscle groups using various equipment and...


    • Lunch At The Senior Center

      07/31/2017
      12:00PM — 12:30PM

      Chicken Caesar Salad/Melon/Dessert/Milk


    • Help us find our lost dog

      07/31/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Pilates at the Y

      07/31/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      A blend of deep muscle toning, stretching, balancing and cardio intervals guaranteed to pump up y...


    • Open Mic Every Monday at 6PM!

      07/31/2017
      06:00PM — 11:55PM

      Grand Marais Music Collaborative presents "Open Mic Night", every Monday at Grandma Ray's! The s...


    • Come and join the Cook County Historical Society's Annual "Old Timer's Gathering." It will be a g...


    • Qigong at the Y

      08/01/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      The practice of rhythmic breathing, posture and mental focus, using movement and sounds. Qigong t...


    • Kids' Day

      08/01/2017
      11:00AM — 04:00PM

      During this time frame we have special activities for Kids’, every Tuesday from June 27 – August ...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/01/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • US Forest Service Special Presentation

      08/01/2017
      02:00PM — 03:00PM

      Each Tuesday, starting on June 20, U.S. Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwo...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/01/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/01/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/01/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Yoga in Colvill

      08/01/2017
      05:30PM — 06:30PM

      All levels Yoga Class in Colvill at the Town Hall. No registration required. Mats available. J...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/01/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • Trivia Night at Grandma Ray's

      08/01/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      Trivia Night from 7:00-9:00pm every Tuesday down at Grandma Ray's.


    • Come and join the Cook County Historical Society's Annual "Old Timer's Gathering." It will be a g...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/02/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Happy Hikers Club local woodsy hikes

      08/02/2017
      09:30AM — 02:00PM

      The Happy Hikers will hike trails in Cook County. Meet at the YMCA at 9:30 am on Wed. (except fo...


    • Anxiety/Depression Support Group for Women

      08/02/2017
      10:00AM — 11:00AM

      Weekly support group for women. $2.00 suggested donation. No registration required. Please joi...


    • Forever Well Sit & Be Fit

      08/02/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/02/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Cardio/Strengh Class at the Y

      08/02/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength training cardio class that targets the major muscle groups using various equipment and...


    • Scrap Windmill Quilt Class at the Senior Center

      08/02/2017
      01:00PM — 04:00PM

      This quilt is an excellent project for beginners or advanced quilters who would like to use up th...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/02/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Lioness Buffet & Silent Auction

      08/02/2017
      05:00PM — 06:30PM

      Please join us for our traditional Lioness event! Everything for the buffet is still homemade, i...


    • Zumba at the Y

      08/02/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      The Zumba® program is a fitness-party with a contagious blend of Latin and international rhythms ...


    • Basketball at the Y

      08/02/2017
      06:00PM — 08:00PM

      Pick Up Basketball is played Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 PM. Anyone 16 years of age or older...


    • Group Strength at the Y

      08/02/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      A Strength building class targeting major muscle groups of the body using a variety of equipment ...


    • Kettlebells at the Y $

      08/03/2017
      06:15AM — 07:00AM

      A form of weight training that uses a weighted ball with a handle. Kettlebell exercises are whole...


    • Bird banding demonstrations

      08/03/2017
      07:00AM — 12:00PM

      Take a much closer look at songbirds! We will be banding birds and monitoring the populations of ...


    • Come and join the Cook County Historical Society's Annual "Old Timer's Gathering." It will be a g...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Harbor History Tours

      08/03/2017
      09:00AM — 10:00PM

      Tours will begin at the museum at 1 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. The tour will last...


    • ForeverWell Cardio at the Y

      08/03/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A safe and heart-healthy aerobics class to energize your lifestyle using low-impact movements tha...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/03/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • Intro to Wood-fired Baking

      08/03/2017
      02:00PM — 04:00PM

      Explore a variety of styles of the flatbread as we bake our creations in the harbor-side wood-fir...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/03/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Boundary Waters Grill Out

      08/03/2017
      04:00PM — 07:00PM

      The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and Sustainable Ely would like to invite you, your famil...


    • Thursdays Local Food Market

      08/03/2017
      05:00PM — 06:00PM

      The Thursday Local Food Market is back! Every Thursday, June 15 through Oct 12, from 5 - 6 p.m. ...


    • Cardio Kickboxing at the Y

      08/03/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility and burn calories through a combination of ma...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/03/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation and postures that increase strength, balance and flexi...


    • The Games Afoot

      08/03/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      “The Games Afoot” a hysterical farce that includes Shelrock Holmes, Seances, murder and many surp...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • CSA Distribution Birch Grove Community Center

      08/04/2017
      09:00AM — 04:00PM

      The first fresh veggie's from Round River Farm will be available at Birch Grove Community Center ...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/04/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Harbor History Tours

      08/04/2017
      09:00AM — 10:00PM

      Tours will begin at the museum at 1 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. The tour will last...


    • Forever Well Sit & Be Fit

      08/04/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for...


    • Timber Raising: A Crash Course in the Craft

      08/04/2017
      10:00AM — 12:00PM

      Must be pre-registered by 9am on the Friday of class. Participate in an old-fashioned barn rai...


    • Fish n' Chips at Cascade Restaurant Today!

      08/04/2017
      11:00AM — 09:00PM

      Friday's special is fish n' chips! So delicious! Happy Hour every day from 3-6pm with 1/2 pric...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/04/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Group Strength at the Y

      08/04/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength building class targeting major muscle groups of the body using a variety of equipment ...


    • Forest Pollinators at Hovland SNA

      08/04/2017
      01:00PM — 03:00PM

      MEET AT HOVLAND SNA - See directions below. Hovland Woods SNA, a large forested natural area, ...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/04/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/04/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • The Pajama Game

      08/04/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      “The Pajama Game” awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claim...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Harbor History Tours

      08/05/2017
      09:00AM — 10:00PM

      Tours will begin at the museum at 1 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. The tour will last...


    • Mystery Sweat at the Y

      08/05/2017
      09:15AM — 10:00AM

      Instructors will take turns teaching a class of their choice. It could range from kettlebells, st...


    • Plait A Mini Black Ash Basket

      08/05/2017
      10:00AM — 12:00PM

      Join this week's Instructor-in-Residence, April Stone, for a mini-course on Saturday, August 5th....


    • The Muffin Man Story Hour

      08/05/2017
      11:00AM — 12:00PM

      Come and enjoy the Muffin Man read picture books aloud to young children an dthe young at heart a...


    • Last year, art professor Karina Cutler-Lake taught a foundations design class for the first time ...


    • Interpretive Walk

      08/05/2017
      12:30PM — 01:10PM

      Interpretive Walk every Saturday starting at 12:30 for roughly 30 - 40 minutes. Starting June 3...


    • Book Signing: Author Dr. Roger MacDonald

      08/05/2017
      02:00PM — 04:00PM

      Come join us at Birchbark Books and Gifts in Grand Marais for a book signing with Author Dr. Roge...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/05/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Prime Rib Special at Cascade Restaurant & Pub!

      08/05/2017
      04:00PM — 09:00PM

      Top of the line cuts of the finest beef- our Prime Rib special is every Saturday night!! Happy...


    • Pour at Four Sculpture Event

      08/05/2017
      04:00PM — 05:00PM

      Come watch bronze sculpture being made each Saturday at 4 p.m. throughout the summer and fall at ...


    • The Games Afoot

      08/05/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      “The Games Afoot” a hysterical farce that includes Shelrock Holmes, Seances, murder and many surp...


    • Sunday Brunch at Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant

      08/06/2017
      08:00AM — 02:00PM

      The brunch at Naniboujou consists of a bountiful array of freshly baked pastries, quiche, scrambl...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Geology walks at Sugarloaf Cove

      08/06/2017
      10:00AM — 12:00PM

      Sugarloaf Cove is an incredible place to explore geology! Step back in geologic time and learn ab...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/06/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • The Pajama Game

      08/06/2017
      03:00PM — 05:00PM

      “The Pajama Game” awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claim...


    • Enjoy the traditional barbeque at Gunflint Lodge. We have such mouth watering foods as: chicken,...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/07/2017
      06:15AM — 07:00AM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Youth Climbing Team

      08/07/2017
      09:00AM — 05:00PM

      Open to K-12 students interested in getting outside to adventure this summer. The team will explo...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/07/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • ForeverWell Cardio at the Y

      08/07/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A safe and heart-healthy aerobics class to energize your lifestyle using low-impact movements tha...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/07/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Cardio/Strengh Class at the Y

      08/07/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength training cardio class that targets the major muscle groups using various equipment and...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/07/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Pilates at the Y

      08/07/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      A blend of deep muscle toning, stretching, balancing and cardio intervals guaranteed to pump up y...


    • Open Mic Every Monday at 6PM!

      08/07/2017
      06:00PM — 11:55PM

      Grand Marais Music Collaborative presents "Open Mic Night", every Monday at Grandma Ray's! The s...


    • Full Moon Reading featuring Mary Ellen Ashcroft

      08/07/2017
      07:30PM — 08:30PM

      Each full moon we gather outside around the fire to hear local writers read their own work or the...


    • Qigong at the Y

      08/08/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      The practice of rhythmic breathing, posture and mental focus, using movement and sounds. Qigong t...


    • Kids' Day

      08/08/2017
      11:00AM — 04:00PM

      During this time frame we have special activities for Kids’, every Tuesday from June 27 – August ...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/08/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • US Forest Service Special Presentation

      08/08/2017
      02:00PM — 03:00PM

      Each Tuesday, starting on June 20, U.S. Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwo...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/08/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Ruby Tuesday Food Distribution - Grand Marais

      08/08/2017
      04:30PM — 06:30PM

      ISD166 School, 101 W 5th St (County Rd 7) Grand Marais MN 55604 Day & Hours: 2nd Tuesday of ...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/08/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/08/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Yoga in Colvill

      08/08/2017
      05:30PM — 06:30PM

      All levels Yoga Class in Colvill at the Town Hall. No registration required. Mats available. J...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/08/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • Trivia Night at Grandma Ray's

      08/08/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      Trivia Night from 7:00-9:00pm every Tuesday down at Grandma Ray's.


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/09/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Happy Hikers Club local woodsy hikes

      08/09/2017
      09:30AM — 02:00PM

      The Happy Hikers will hike trails in Cook County. Meet at the YMCA at 9:30 am on Wed. (except fo...


    • Anxiety/Depression Support Group for Women

      08/09/2017
      10:00AM — 11:00AM

      Weekly support group for women. $2.00 suggested donation. No registration required. Please joi...


    • Forever Well Sit & Be Fit

      08/09/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/09/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Cardio/Strengh Class at the Y

      08/09/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength training cardio class that targets the major muscle groups using various equipment and...


    • Scrap Windmill Quilt Class at the Senior Center

      08/09/2017
      01:00PM — 04:00PM

      This quilt is an excellent project for beginners or advanced quilters who would like to use up th...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/09/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Sculpture artist, Greg Mueller, will be present images of his work “Art-WORKS” and discuss recent...


    • Zumba at the Y

      08/09/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      The Zumba® program is a fitness-party with a contagious blend of Latin and international rhythms ...


    • Basketball at the Y

      08/09/2017
      06:00PM — 08:00PM

      Pick Up Basketball is played Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 PM. Anyone 16 years of age or older...


    • Group Strength at the Y

      08/09/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      A Strength building class targeting major muscle groups of the body using a variety of equipment ...


    • Kettlebells at the Y $

      08/10/2017
      06:15AM — 07:00AM

      A form of weight training that uses a weighted ball with a handle. Kettlebell exercises are whole...


    • Bird banding demonstrations

      08/10/2017
      07:00AM — 12:00PM

      Take a much closer look at songbirds! We will be banding birds and monitoring the populations of ...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Harbor History Tours

      08/10/2017
      09:00AM — 10:00PM

      Tours will begin at the museum at 1 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. The tour will last...


    • ForeverWell Cardio at the Y

      08/10/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A safe and heart-healthy aerobics class to energize your lifestyle using low-impact movements tha...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/10/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • Intro to Wood-fired Baking

      08/10/2017
      02:00PM — 04:00PM

      Explore a variety of styles of the flatbread as we bake our creations in the harbor-side wood-fir...


    • The wooden mallet is a simple but valuable tool for any maker’s toolbox. Leather needs tooling, t...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/10/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Thursdays Local Food Market

      08/10/2017
      05:00PM — 06:00PM

      The Thursday Local Food Market is back! Every Thursday, June 15 through Oct 12, from 5 - 6 p.m. ...


    • Cardio Kickboxing at the Y

      08/10/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility and burn calories through a combination of ma...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/10/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation and postures that increase strength, balance and flexi...


    • The Pajama Game

      08/10/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      “The Pajama Game” awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claim...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • CSA Distribution Birch Grove Community Center

      08/11/2017
      09:00AM — 04:00PM

      The first fresh veggie's from Round River Farm will be available at Birch Grove Community Center ...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/11/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Harbor History Tours

      08/11/2017
      09:00AM — 10:00PM

      Tours will begin at the museum at 1 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. The tour will last...


    • Caregiver Coffee - Tofte

      08/11/2017
      10:00AM — 11:30AM

      Caregiver Coffee Join us to get to know other caregivers in a casual setting. Take part in a d...


    • Forever Well Sit & Be Fit

      08/11/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for...


    • Timber Raising: A Crash Course in the Craft

      08/11/2017
      10:00AM — 12:00PM

      Must be pre-registered by 9am on the Friday of class. Participate in an old-fashioned barn rai...


    • Fish n' Chips at Cascade Restaurant Today!

      08/11/2017
      11:00AM — 09:00PM

      Friday's special is fish n' chips! So delicious! Happy Hour every day from 3-6pm with 1/2 pric...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/11/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Group Strength at the Y

      08/11/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength building class targeting major muscle groups of the body using a variety of equipment ...


    • Butterwort Cliffs SNA

      08/11/2017
      01:00PM — 03:00PM

      MEET AT BUTTERWORT CLIFFS SNA - From Grand Marais 7 miles SW on MN Hwy 61. Park in pull-off on N....


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/11/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/11/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • The Games Afoot

      08/11/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      “The Games Afoot” a hysterical farce that includes Shelrock Holmes, Seances, murder and many surp...


    • Pow-Wow and Rendezvous Days

      08/12/2017
      08:00AM — 05:00PM

      What | The annual Rendezvous is celebrated every year during the second weekend of August. Th...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Harbor History Tours

      08/12/2017
      09:00AM — 10:00PM

      Tours will begin at the museum at 1 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. The tour will last...


    • Mystery Sweat at the Y

      08/12/2017
      09:15AM — 10:00AM

      Instructors will take turns teaching a class of their choice. It could range from kettlebells, st...


    • Hooked on Carving: Coat Hook

      08/12/2017
      10:00AM — 12:00PM

      Join this week's Instructor-in-Residence, Angela Robbins, for a mini-course on Saturday, August 1...


    • The Muffin Man Story Hour

      08/12/2017
      11:00AM — 12:00PM

      Come and enjoy the Muffin Man read picture books aloud to young children an dthe young at heart a...


    • Interpretive Walk

      08/12/2017
      12:30PM — 01:10PM

      Interpretive Walk every Saturday starting at 12:30 for roughly 30 - 40 minutes. Starting June 3...


    • Sugarloaf Annual meeting and ice cream social

      08/12/2017
      01:00PM — 03:00PM

      Help us celebrate another successful year of North Shore stewardship at our annual Ice Cream Soci...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/12/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Prime Rib Special at Cascade Restaurant & Pub!

      08/12/2017
      04:00PM — 09:00PM

      Top of the line cuts of the finest beef- our Prime Rib special is every Saturday night!! Happy...


    • Pour at Four Sculpture Event

      08/12/2017
      04:00PM — 05:00PM

      Come watch bronze sculpture being made each Saturday at 4 p.m. throughout the summer and fall at ...


    • The Pajama Game

      08/12/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      “The Pajama Game” awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claim...


    • Sunday Brunch at Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant

      08/13/2017
      08:00AM — 02:00PM

      The brunch at Naniboujou consists of a bountiful array of freshly baked pastries, quiche, scrambl...


    • Pow-Wow and Rendezvous Days

      08/13/2017
      08:00AM — 05:00PM

      What | The annual Rendezvous is celebrated every year during the second weekend of August. Th...


    • Johnson Heritage Post is proudly presenting a visual fiber arts show titled "Threads of Time & Pl...


    • Geology walks at Sugarloaf Cove

      08/13/2017
      10:00AM — 12:00PM

      Sugarloaf Cove is an incredible place to explore geology! Step back in geologic time and learn ab...


    • The Games Afoot

      08/13/2017
      02:00PM — 04:00PM

      “The Games Afoot” a hysterical farce that includes Shelrock Holmes, Seances, murder and many surp...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/13/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Enjoy the traditional barbeque at Gunflint Lodge. We have such mouth watering foods as: chicken,...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/14/2017
      06:15AM — 07:00AM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Youth Climbing Team

      08/14/2017
      09:00AM — 05:00PM

      Open to K-12 students interested in getting outside to adventure this summer. The team will explo...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/14/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • ForeverWell Cardio at the Y

      08/14/2017
      10:00AM — 10:45AM

      A safe and heart-healthy aerobics class to energize your lifestyle using low-impact movements tha...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/14/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Cardio/Strengh Class at the Y

      08/14/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      A strength training cardio class that targets the major muscle groups using various equipment and...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/14/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Pilates at the Y

      08/14/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      A blend of deep muscle toning, stretching, balancing and cardio intervals guaranteed to pump up y...


    • Open Mic Every Monday at 6PM!

      08/14/2017
      06:00PM — 11:55PM

      Grand Marais Music Collaborative presents "Open Mic Night", every Monday at Grandma Ray's! The s...


    • Qigong at the Y

      08/15/2017
      09:00AM — 09:45AM

      The practice of rhythmic breathing, posture and mental focus, using movement and sounds. Qigong t...


    • Kids' Day

      08/15/2017
      11:00AM — 04:00PM

      During this time frame we have special activities for Kids’, every Tuesday from June 27 – August ...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/15/2017
      12:00PM — 12:45PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • US Forest Service Special Presentation

      08/15/2017
      02:00PM — 03:00PM

      Each Tuesday, starting on June 20, U.S. Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwo...


    • Help us find our lost dog

      08/15/2017
      02:00PM

      Our 13 year old puggle got loose and wandered into the woods by Temperence River state park this ...


    • Water Fitness at the Y

      08/15/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      This all-depths water workout will target health and fitness objectives by combining a variety of...


    • Yoga at the Y

      08/15/2017
      05:20PM — 06:05PM

      The practice of breath control, meditation, and postures that increase strength, balance and flex...


    • Yoga in Colvill

      08/15/2017
      05:30PM — 06:30PM

      All levels Yoga Class in Colvill at the Town Hall. No registration required. Mats available. J...


    • Group Cycle at the Y*

      08/15/2017
      06:15PM — 07:00PM

      Multi-level workout with speed drills, hills and intervals. Cardio workout designed to get your h...


    • Trivia Night at Grandma Ray's

      08/15/2017
      07:00PM — 09:00PM

      Trivia Night from 7:00-9:00pm every Tuesday down at Grandma Ray's.


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