The temperature jumped up into the 80’s the past couple of days and it’s been delightful. The kids have been out enjoying the beautiful weather on the river in kayaks and paddleboards. They have even been swimming and not just a quick dip, but a swim across the river. Campers are happy and our resort guests too. It’s a wonderful time to be at Voyageur!
Voyageur Brewing Company is delighted to serve at the Pride Beer Dabbler in Minneapolis tomorrow night from 5:30 to 9:30. Please join us in Loring Park if you are able to sample our special offerings, Blanche du Bois (a spruce-infused variation of our Trailbreaker Wit) and Summer and Smoke, our Maple Hill Smoked Roggenbier dressed up in rainbow colors. Descriptions follow below:
Blanche DuBois (for 2016 Pride Dabbler)
Belgian Wit infused with Spruce
5.0% ABV – 15IBUs
Grain Bill: Pilsner, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Hallertau, Triskel
Spices: Orange Peel, Coriander, Cardamom, Spruce Tips
Yeast: La Chouffe
A faded southern belle both beautiful and frail, Blanche DuBois is one of Tennessee Williams’ most recognizable characters. A couterpoint to the rough and belligerent Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche maintains an air of propriety in a world which is falling apart around her. In honor of Blanche and the writer who created her, we have infused our Belgian Witbier with freshly harvested spruce tips to create a delicately refined beer to offset the rough world of IPAs. Like it’s namesake, this beer provides enough inner strength to stand up to the worthiest of adversaries cloaked in a refined grace which is both subtle and smooth.
Summer and Smoke (for 2016 Pride Dabbler)
Roggenbier made with Smoked Wheat and Maple Syrup
5.5% ABV – 20IBUs
Grain Bill: American 2-Row, Oak Smoked Wheat, Rye, Bonlander Munich
Yeast: La Chouffe
Our second tribute to Tennessee Williams takes its name from one of his most subtle love stories, a story of sensuality and spirit, mischief and morality. In Summer and Smoke, Williams juxtaposes a pious preacher’s daughter with the improper doctor’s son who lives next door. It is a story of differences and attraction in which what seemed to be clearly delineated becomes blurred by the end. Much like the main characters, the styles which we brought together in our tribute beer may bring to mind distinct flavors, but converge into something special and leave you with something you didn’t expect by the end. Built from hefeweizen, rye, and rauchbier styles, this is a beer of strong flavors which, somehow, fit perfectly together. It is a beer with depth and complexity which will leave you questioning your preconceptions of what you thought you knew. Join us for a pint and celebrate the diversity and development which you find along the journey to a perfect union.
If you are with us in Grand Marais this weekend, we are proud to have some incredible musicians playing on Friday and Saturday evening. Minnesota favorite Timmy Haus will be putting the kind of rousing and fun show he is famous for on Friday the 24th, and the next night, Saturday 25th, we are very lucky to be hosting Willy Waldman, as astounding trumpeter who displays his talent all over the country but is available for one night only in Grand Marais. You can read about these great guys on their websites below.
It’s exciting to write about these events, but it’s just the beginning of a long, lively season. The 4th of July is around the corner, followed by the Grand Marais Art Festival, Hopped Up Caribou Festival in Lutsen. Please keep reading as we keep you up to date on many ways to spend the golden Minnesota summer with us.
If you haven’t made it up to Chik-Wauk Museum lately then you’ll for sure want to make a trip up on the 3rd of July. There will be a grand opening celebration for the new Nature Center and no admission will be charged. There will be hourly informational presentations on the nature center patio by Chik-Wauk’s Naturalist, Jacqueline Mallinson and Keith Morris. There will also be kid’s activities in the Nature Center and on the trails.
The temporary exhibit for this season is about birds. You can learn to recognize birds and the sounds they make. You can also check out the nesting pair of loons on the platform in the bay and hike the many trails. birds make.
Be sure to come visit us at Voyageur too. We’ve got cold beverages, great clothing and daily canoe rentals if you’d like to take a paddle in the BWCA. You could even rent a canoe and paddle over to Chik-Wauk for the day. Whether it’s July 3rd or any day take a trip up to the end of the Gunflint Trail and visit us and Chik-Wauk.
Photos provided by Chik-Wauk
The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season and, in Cook County, it heralds a quickening and celebration of the arts. The Johnson Heritage Post opens an exhibit this weekend and, in the coming weeks, look for the Hovland Arts Festival (July 2-3) and the Grand Marais Arts Festival (July 9-10), as well as the Summer Theatre Festival, which starts July 21. And, of course, there is a wide variety of music throughout the month.
There are lots of other art-related events, opportunities and classes this summer, too. Here is what is on the slate for this week.
First up is an opportunity to join the Arrowhead Sketchers, a new group organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, which meets every Thursday afternoon to sketch and/or draw in a particular location. All are welcome, regardless of skill level, chosen medium, or age, including all plein aire painters.
This week, the sketchers will meet at the public boat landing in the Grand Marais Rec Park at 5:30 p.m. If the weather is bad, they’ll meet in the picnic shelter adjacent to the boat landing. Plans are to sketch for an hour and a half, and then gather to share their work and experiences. Just show up with sketchbook in hand and/or call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more information. Free.
On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens an extraordinary exhibit of paintings by Karen Savage Blue with a reception from 5-7 p.m.
Savage Blue, who is a member of the Fond du Lac Band and teaches at the Fond du Lac Community College, has had several major exhibits, including one at the Duluth Art Institute last year. The exhibit at the Heritage Post will include paintings from a recent project, where Blue made a painting a day for a year. WDSE’s The Playlist interviewed the artist about her project. Check out the fascinating video here. The exhibit continues through July 24. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
On Saturday, start out the day at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot. The market features a variety of crafters as well as baked goods and vegetables/plant starts in season. To find out more, check out its Facebook page here.
At 1 p.m., glass artist Gretchen Lisdahl will give a glass beads demo in the glass studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. All are welcome.
Then, at 5 p.m., Minnesota mystery writer William Kent Krueger will be the guest at Drury Lane Books for a Writer’s Salon.
He will read from “Manitou Canyon,” the latest in his Cork O’Connor series. This is a rare preview– the book won’t be published until Sept. 6 The event will be held outside, weather permitting. All invited. Free.
On Sunday, the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop Chamber Orchestra will hold a Gala Concert at 11 a.m. at Surfside Resort in Tofte. Chamber music workshops have been held all this week, featuring the Gichigami Trio (Sam Black,piano; Laurie Bastian, violin and Josh Aerie, cello), Betty Braunstein, flute; Kevin Miescke, French horn and Mina Fisher, cello. The concert will include participant ensembles and the WCMW Chamber Orchestra. It will be followed by a reception/light luncheon. The public is invited.
Then at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Catholic Church, the public will be able to find out all about cellist Yvonne Caruthers adventures when she played with the Washington Opera for its epic production of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring Cycle” in Washington, D.C. The four operas in the cycle take 15 hours to perform.
“It was a little like a Star Trek convention,” Caruthers writes, “with people dressed as their favorite characters, immersed in their roles over a span of several days, living and breathing the twists and turns of the stories.” Caruthers will be sharing her experience
with photos, video clips, musical excerpts, and lots and lots of stories. If you happen to be fascinated by gods, giants, intrigue, magic potions, betrayal, greed…and love, be sure to attend this humorous and musical evening. Free. One time only.
And, for an up-close and personal experience with opera, consider going to “Les Uncomfortables,” in Duluth, a reprise of the hugely popular opera spoof produced by Lyric Opera of the North and Colder by the Lake. The original production was staged in 2001.
“Les Uncomfortables” is an original comic opera, sung in English. It is based on the true adventures of Daniel Greysolon Sieur duLhut, the explorer for whom the city of Duluth is named. The story includes love and loss, portaging and paddling, and mosquitoes and mistaken identity.
Performances are June 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and June 26 at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd St. in Duluth. Tickets are $30, $40, and $50 plus a $4 ticketing fee. $10 student tickets are available by calling 218-464-0922. Select your seats at www.loonopera.org.
Also in Duluth, a new gallery is opening with a reception on Saturday. Lakeside Gallery, 4431 East Superior Street, is founded by painter Aaron Kloss, and features a variety of art work from local and regional artists.
A reception for this month’s featured artist, Shawna Gilmore, will be held from 1-3 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s new exhibitions continue with the Members Show, a Die Active Art Collection and video screenings by Creator Project 6.
The exhibits continue through July 23.
And the exhibit, “Arthur Shilling: The Final Works” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Many of the works in the exhibit have not been shown publicly before. Works have been borrowed from the Shilling Estate as well as many private and public collections.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Satellite Trunk Show featuring the work of jewelry designers Tedd McDonah & Beth Novak for First Fridays, July 1. Novak has been a jewelry designer for more than 30 years and is the Art Colony’s featured artist for the month of June.
Visit the Art Colony on the First Friday of July to view her work. Work by Pennsylvania jewelry artist, Tedd McDonah, as well as members of the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild, will also be on display .
Then, from 4:30-6:30 on July 1, the Art Colony will feature the 100-Day Project Digital Exhibition. Work was submitted from artists across the Midwest, including Grand Marais, who participated in the project: making art each day for 100 days.
Marty Harris will hold an opening reception for his solo show at Tettegouche State Park from 7-9 p.m. July 1. Michael Monroe will play. Stay tuned for details.
In other art news:
Sivertson Gallery visited the studio of potters Paul Zoldahn and Gail Rosenquist recently. Rosenquist is a new artist at the gallery, joining her husband, Zoldahn.
Woodcut printmaker Betsy Bowen will be exhibiting at the Park Point Art Fair in Duluth this weekend.
The art fair is held at the end of Park Point on Saturday and Sunday.
The Blue Moose has a new line of pottery by the Bill Campbell Studio in Cambridge Springs, Penn. Stellar Art Pottery features a broad selection of functional and decorative stoneware vases, bowls, plates and platters, with impressionistic glazes.
Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will present a fiber painting class at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery on Saturday from 5-7 p.m.
Reservations are required for this class. Call 218-387-2585 for more info and to register.
Joy & Co. has just received new Thompsonite stones. They are loose– not set in jewelry.
Great Gifts of Lutsen is featuring Lake Superior Mood Lamps by Todd and Julie Moser of Lutsen.
The lamps come in three sizes.
Natalie Sobanja has brought in new lidded jars to Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries. Jewelry designer Ron Piercy has crafted new Thomsonite rings and earrings, which are on display.
Paula Sundet Wolf is exhibiting her paintings at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.
And last, but not least, there will be a bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Also of note, Kristin Blomberg is exhibiting her work there.
Here’s the music schedule for this weekend. P.S. Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, who play at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 23:
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 24:
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Bug Lite!, Birch Terrace, 5 p.m.
- Portage Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 25:
- Willie Waldman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Billy D, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
- Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- The 4ontheFloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 26:
- Sawbill Trio, Voyageur’s Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Blue’s Happy, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.
Clouds, eagles and wolves are just a few of the images we found this week.
Here are some images from the storm.
The eaglets we’ve been featuring from the DNR nest in St. Paul have grown up. Here they’re flying high and playing in the sky.
Instead of fast and speedy, how about slow and steady?
Here are some more wildlife shots.
Nace Hagemann caught this lone wolf watching a moose cross the road the other day.
And here’s a moose on Isle Royale.
Here’s a lovely rose from the Grand Marais’ Rose Garden.
Sandra Updyke caught this beauty while camping this weekend.
And here’s another beauty by Paul Sundberg.
We began with a Solstice moonrise. Let’s end with a Solstice sunrise. Enoy!
Have a great weekend!
Our Riverside Cabin on the Seagull River is open and waiting for you. It has a gorgeous view, a nice deck and a private dock. It’s comfortable and quiet and a last minute cancellation made it available for you to enjoy from now until July 2nd.
We would hate to see it sit open so we’re offering it for just $250. Not $250 a night, just $250 total. You can come today and stay until the 1st of July for just $250. How is that for a deal? There’s a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, two bedrooms and we provide towels, linens, blankets and pillows. You can rent a boat and explore Saganaga, take a canoe and visit the Palisades on Seagull, walk over to Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center or hike any of the nearby hiking trails. Or just sit back and relax.
We would love to have you as our guest so give us a call and book your stay today. 218-388-2224.
Former crew member, Rube, getting ready for a paddle.
6/21/16 - Each year Sawbill is greeted by thousands of campers/paddlers, each with their own unique background and experience level. Meeting such a wide array of customers and listening to their BWCA experiences is a highlight during my day working at Sawbill. Among the many people I meet some of my most enjoyable encounters are when customers double as former crew members. This past month Rube Rubinstein, former crew member, came for a week long visit to Sawbill. After his time working in the Boundary Waters Rube moved to Hollywood and now works as freelance writer/producer. It is always fun to reunite with and meet past crew members and to hear about their experience working at Sawbill! Thanks for coming to visit Rube!
We are counting down the days until Sawbill's 60-year reunion celebration and looking forward to visiting with many more former crew members! -Alissa
Crews continue to finish the Care Center spaces as they are putting in the tile in the new spa area. Furniture for the resident rooms has arrived and is being placed in the rooms. The crews are finishing the resident’s dining and living room areas. Demo crews are starting to take out walls in the admin area. The construction crews have taken out the cornerstone of the existing building during demo to save in a time capsule. New sidewalks were poured for the Care Center additions. Boldt laborer, Jason was putting on some finishing touches by cleaning the resident rooms, and yes even cleaning we make it safe by wearing hard hats!
Sunday night a powerful storm moved through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Heavy rain, wind gusts over 40 miles per hour and lightning strikes pummeled our area of the BWCA accessed from the Gunflint Trail for over an hour. Branches and trees toppled over and unfortunately this left one man dead, a boy severely injured and another person suffered injuries as well.
We heard the news this morning at breakfast. A couple of our crew were at Hungry Jack Lodge last night where search and rescue team members were present. The news of a death and injury traveled fast especially since one of our crew members and her mom were camping on nearby Rose Lake. We were all very concerned until we discovered it was a man who had been killed on Duncan Lake and a younger boy, possibly his son had been severely injured, potentially two broken legs and a broken pelvis.
When our crew member and her mom returned to Voyageur they informed us they had actually camped on Duncan Lake. During the raging storm they heard someone screaming for help but knew they would be of no help if they were to attempt to paddle in the wind, waves and lightning. A helpless feeling but better than creating another emergency situation where rescuers would be needed.
The boy was rescued from the campsite and taken by ambulance to Cook County Hospital and then transported by helicopter to Duluth. According to an online article the boy was in critical condition as of 3pm on Monday. There was another man and boy at the campsite who were not injured. According to another article, the man who died was 43 year-old Craig Walz, a teacher from Rochester, Minnesota.
Another man was injured while camping on Clove Lake on the Granite River. A tree struck him as well and search and rescue paddled and portaged in to help transport him out of the Boundary Waters.
What a scary experience for everyone involved. We’re thankful more people weren’t injured including those involved in the search and rescue. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.
6/20/16 - The Boundary Waters is home to over 52 species of mammals and 150 species of birds. Animals native to Northern Minnesota include moose, gray wolves, loons, bald eagles and beavers.
If you hear a rustling or crashing in the woods, sit quietly and be patient. By traveling silently and attentively you may be fortunate to catch a glimpse of the illusive Canada Lynx, hear a beaver slapping its paddle-shaped tail against the water or view a moose snacking on fresh lily pads at the water's edge. Paddling on an early morning or late evening will provide you with additional opportunities to encounter wildlife.
A big thank you to customer, Tim Petricek, for sending in these excellent wildlife photos from his most recent trip to the BWCA. -Alissa
Canada lynx hiding among the trees.
Bull moose feeding on some tree leaves.
Bull moose running through the mud.
Gray tree frog perching on a canoe rack.
All it takes are a few days of sunshine and the lake water warms up quickly. I should rephrase that, the shallower smaller lakes warm up quickly, the bigger, deeper lakes take a little bit longer. On a calm day the surface temperatures are inviting while the deeper water remains much cooler.
The water temperature on Saganaga usually doesn’t get into the 70’s. Some smaller lakes in the BWCA will get into the 70’s but the average temperatures are in the upper 60’s. This isn’t warm when compared to a swimming pool because the average pool temperature is in the 80’s. Shallow lakes in other parts of the state might get that warm but not up here.
Then there’s Lake Superior that is so big and so deep that we rarely swim in it. Every once in awhile we’ll be brave and go for a dip near Grand Marais but it’s never for a long swim. As you can see from the maps below the temperature of the water is quite frigid. The good news is, it is warming up.
We have to make the most of the opportunity to go swimming because before we know it the water temperatures will begin a downward fall.
Our guest Fred Shermock shared these photos from his Quetico Park trip last summer so we thought we’d share them with you. Makes me want to paddle the Falls Chain in the Quetico, how about you? There are permits available and we’d love to help you plan your trip so give us a call, 218-388-2224.
There’s always a reason to celebrate and there’s no better place to do it than at Voyageur Brewing Company. Whether it’s National Trails Day, National Bike Travel Weekend or Father’s Day we’re ready to celebrate you and your adventures. We are posting special offers on our Facebook Page so be sure to check it out often so you don’t miss an opportunity to receive a free beer.
This weekend we have a great line up for entertainment. Beginning at 4pm on Friday Jerry VanDiver will be performing live. We’re excited to have this famous musician to entertain our guests of Voyageur and hope you’ll take advantage of this awesome opportunity. On Saturday you can listen to Marc Gartman perform also beginning at 4pm. Sunday is Father’s Day and we’d like to wish all of the Dads out there a wonderful day. We’d also like to see some Dads in the brewery so stop in for a craft beer or two.
Next Friday, June 24th is the Beer Dabbler Pride event in Loring Park Minneapolis. Voyageur Brewing Company will be there along with over 50 plus other Minnesota breweries. We’re looking forward to sharing our beer and stories with folks at this special event.
Thanks for your support of our Grand Marais brewery, we appreciate it.
Cook County News-Herald staffers love to get out and about the county. So we decided, while we are traveling the highway and bushwhacking through the forest, to take pictures to see if our readers can guess WHERE ARE WE?
Last month’s WHERE ARE WE? photo was taken at the first overlook going up the Mount Rose trail in Grand Portage. Nadette Peterson of Overland, Missouri was one of the people who recognized the spot and her name was drawn from all the correct guesses.
Nadette wins a free subscription to the Cook County News-Herald.
Try your luck! Take a look at the June photo. If you think you know where this photo was taken, send us your answer. You don’t have to be the first to reply. The location will be announced next month and a winner will be drawn from all the correct answers.
Whoever is drawn from the correct entries receives a free one-year subscription to the Cook County News-Herald (a $32 value). Good luck!
Answer to the June WHERE ARE WE? must be received by July 11, 2016.
Send your entry to:
Cook County News-Herald
PO Box 757
Grand Marais MN 55604
Drop it by our office at:
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When Mike and I purchased Voyageur Canoe Outfitters in 1993 we were known as the New Kids on the Block. Twenty odd years later we are no longer new and we are no longer kids. It used to be businesses on the Gunflint Trail remained in the family and didn’t change over often if ever but things are different these days and there are a number of new faces on the Gunflint Trail.
I don’t have time to go through all of the turnovers and sales today but I’ll give a quick rundown and talk more about them in a different blog. Gunflint Lodge was in the news back in December for selling out but that sale fell through. Now another buyer is about to seal the deal, if they haven’t already. A lodge that has been in the Kerfoot family for years will no longer be and the new owners are ready to take over.
I don’t know how old the new owners of Rockwood Lodge are but they took over last November so they are technically on their first summer. There are new owners at Loon Lake Lodge and the new owners of Tuscarora are now in their second season of outfitting canoe trips into the BWCA. Big Bear Lodge has replaced Old Northwoods Lodge at mid-Gunflint Trail and the name change was brought along by the new owners there. I think they have been there for a couple of years now.
There are still a couple of long lasting family businesses on the Gunflint Trail including Trout Lake Resort and Norwester Resort. Both have been around a long time and are celebrating milestones. More about that later too.
It seems as if we’ve had our share of rainy days on the Gunflint Trail but today wasn’t one of them. It was absolutely beautiful outside with plentiful sunshine and a high temperature of 83 degrees. The crew and our guests were happy for the sunshine and enjoyed the heat. It was super nice to be able to wear shorts and no sweatshirt. While I didn’t go for a swim I was very tempted and the water looked very inviting. Summer is coming and we’re ready for more sunshine and warm weather on the Gunflint Trail.
The Summer Solstice is here, and that means there’s lots to do in Grand Marais this weekend. Everything from North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show, the Solstice Puppet Pageant, art shows, music and more are scheduled.
First up is the 19th annual Wooden Boat Show at North House Folk School featuring lots of beautiful wooden boats on display, speakers, films, workshops, demonstrations, a community dance, the Lake Superior Chowder Experience, music, the Boats-to-Tools Auction and much more.
The weekend starts off with the waterfront wooden boat display opening at noon on Friday followed by the speaker series starting at 1 p.m. with Karen Sunderman, producer and writer at WDSE, who will give the inside story about the new documentary, “Steamship America: A North Shore Legend.” Other speakers on Friday include Josh Swan, who will talk about boat restoration and Mark Hansen and Phil Winger, who will discuss Greenlandic skin-on-frame kayaks and screen a shot film about racing the kayaks.
At 4 p.m., there will be a ribbon cutting for the new school store, which is now in the renovated yellow building on campus. And then, on Friday night, WTIP’s The Roadhouse and Small Change will be broadcast from North House starting at 5 p.m. The Boat Parade is from 6-7 p.m., followed by a family and community contra dance with Pig’s Eye Landing as well as a community music circle.
On Saturday, the Boat-To-Tools Silent Auction begins at 9 a.m. Artisan raft demonstrations continue throughout the day, with the Lake Superior Chowder Experience set for noon. Featured speakers on Saturday include Beth Moen, the primary instructor in the woodworking program at theSätergläntan Institute of Handcrafts in central Sweden, where she has taught since 1998. She is regarded as one of the premier woodworkers in the country. There will also be a film screening of “Zeb: The Schooner Life” as well as presentations on Duluth’s Viking Ship with Randy Ellestad and crafting leather and canvas bags with Mark Bartell.
On Saturday night, the Good Harbor Hill Players will present the 2016 Summer Solstice Puppet Pageant: “Jeepers! Creepers! Peepers!” at 8 p.m. in the Commons at North House, with music by GAMEPELAG.
Community members, artists and puppeteers have been working all month to prepare this show, crafting puppets, costumes and scenery to tell a story about the Northwoods in song and dance. Not to be missed.
Sunday is the annual member’s gathering with the Steam Bent Brunch, followed by a presentation by The Lost Forty, musicians and storytellers Brian Miller and Randy Gosa. There will also be a ribbon cutting for the 501 Building. For all the details of this busy and exciting weekend, see www.northhouse.org.
There’s lots of other activities going this weekend, too. On Friday, Al Oikari and Rod Dockan will play for the Lutsen Downtown Block Party, which is from 4-8 p.m.
Dat Dere Jazz will be on WTIP’s “The Scenic Route” at 4 p.m. on Friday, as well.
On Thursday night, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a special preview of the summer events at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with a suggested donation of $10. Come see scenes from the cheerfully macabre, terribly pleasing “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and “The Addams Family” which will run in repertory July 21 – Aug. 14 on the weekends.
Thursday night show at the ACA will also include a preview of the Playhouse’s Labor Day events–Mike and Julie Bateman will return as Ole and Lena in “Ole and Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and Renewal of Vows.” Plus, there will be a special video performance from Monroe Crossing. A variety of desserts will be available after the show. All invited.
On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market sets up in the Senior Center parking lot featuring arts and crafts, vegetables in season, baked goods, artisan breads and more. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hovland potter, Bob Tamanaha, will give a pottery demonstration in the ceramics studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.
On Saturday night, Sivertson Gallery celebrates the Summer Solstice with a party from 5-7 p.m.
The gallery holds a party every year to honor the summer solstice. This year, the gallery celebrates Women Who Run With Wolves and the new Rick Allen Trapper’s Daughter print–When Nights Are Brief and Days Are Long, Summer Stretches Out.”
The gallery has been running a Wolf Bracket Competition on Facebook, inviting friends to vote on their favorite wolf art. The final round is underway. Here are the choices.
On Sunday, a memorial for Byron Bradley, co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony, a KB Art Gallery partner and owner of Minneapolis’s all-time best art store, KB Art Materials, will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
Friends are invited to bring stories and photos to share.
On Wednesday, the Youth Art Space series at the Grand Marais Art Colony continues as the Print Studio opens its doors to youth to explore art in all its forms from 10 a.m. to noon.
This week, on June 22, youth will learn about Greek columns and then design their own in clay. No pre-registration required. Children under six must be accompanied by an adult.
On Wednesday night, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host David Feinberg, a painter and associate professor of drawing and painting at the University of Minnesota, who will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4:30 p.m. He will address “The Visual Language and the Unexpected.” Free. All invited.
In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery opens the 28th Anniversary Show & Supporters Appreciation Party with a gala reception from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday.
The opening features art by DefSup and Die Active members, live music by Traces, a band from (Montreal) and Visions of Doyle. Exhibits include the Members Show, a Die Active Art Collection exhibition and video screenings by Creator Project 6. The exhibits continue through July 23.
A new exhibit has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery as well:
Arthur Shilling: The Final Works.”
The gallery is also featuring “The Secondary School Art Exhibition” and “Every Picture Tells a Story.”
Grand Marais’ favorite cellist, Yvonne Caruthers, has just returned from performing in Washington Opera’s recent production of the “The Ring Cycle,” four operas written by the 19th Century German composer, Richard Wagner.
“It was a little like a Star Trek convention,” she writes, “With people dressed as their favorite characters, immersed in their roles over a span of several days, living and breathing the twists and turns of the stories.”
Now that she’s back in Grand Marais, Caruthers will share her experience with photos, video clips, musical excerpts, and lots and lots of stories. The presentation is on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall of St John’s Catholic Church.
If you enjoyed the “Lord of the Rings” books or movies, which share many of the same plot lines as Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” or if you happen to be fascinated by gods, giants, intrigue, magic potions, betrayal, greed….and love….be sure to attend this humorous and musical evening. Free and open to the public.
Duluth contemporary landscape painter, Aaron Kloss, is opening an upscale art gallery in Duluth. Lakeside Gallery, located at 4431 East Superior Street, features a great selection of local and regional paintings, woodcut and lino prints, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodworking and more.
The Grand Opening at the gallery will be Saturday, June 25, with a reception for Shawna Gilmore’s “A Curious World” show from 1 – 3 p.m. All invited.
The Baggage Building Art Center will hold the 4th annual Waterfront Art Sale June 25. The exhibit is a showcase for more than 20 Thunder Bay artists and includes ceramics, glasswork, photography, jewellery, printmaking, clothing, woodworking, iron works, sculpture, painting and books.
Painter Tom Soucek will spend the July 4th weekend creating his watercolors at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery, with demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 2-4.
In other art news
Betsy Bowen’s 2017 Calendar is out. The calendar “A Collection of Birds” was designed by Staci Drouillard.
Birchbark Books & Gifts has just received new copies of Lisa Crayford’s “Waterfalls of Minnesota.”
The Blue Moose has remodeled the entire upper shop where there is a wide selection arts and crafts including pottery, jewelry, stained glass. Wisconsin potter Joan Molloy Slack has new work in the shop.
The Coho Cafe in Tofte is exhibiting paintings by Paula Sundet Wolf. The artist is also exhibiting her work at Cook County Higher Ed and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.
William Kent Krueger will be featured in a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. June 25. He will be reading from his latest book, “Manitou Canyon” which will not be released until September. Also, the bookstore is featuring a series of female detective stories written by Mabel Seeley in the 1940s which have been re-released, including “The Crying Sisters.”
The bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery this Saturday has been cancelled. Stay tuned for the next one. The gallery has new work by a number of artists including 10 marbled monoprints by Misha Martin.
Martin writes that “marbling paper is an ancient art. Once called cloud art and used primarily by bookbinders for end papers, paint is floated on seaweed-thickened water. A sheet of treated paper is gently laid on top of the paint, lifted off and rinsed to produce a unique monoprint. This process can be repeated to create an over-marble.” The work can be seen at the gallery.
The Voyageur Art Club’s spring exhibit continues at Tettegouche State Park.
Here’s the music line-up for this week:
Thursday, June 16:
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lusten Resort, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 17:
- Jerry Vandiver, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Al Oikari & Rod Dockan, Lusten Downton Block Party, 6 p.m.
- Shoot from the Hipsters, Sydney’s Frozen Custard, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Cascade River Pub, 7 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
- Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 18:
- Gordon Thorne, Superior National Golf Course, 2:30 p.m.
- Marc Gartman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Cascade River Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 19:
- Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 8 p.m.
We found lots of wildlife photos this week! Here’s a selection:
And then there’s this powerful photo story that Paul Sundberg included on his blog this week. He checks loon nests every year, and he wrote/photographed this story about one of the nests he visited recently.
“When we put the canoe into the lake, there were two loons out on the bay. At first I thought they were a couple of bachelors.
“As we canoed over by a small island the loons followed along side of our canoe. We could see black flies covering their heads. This is a very bad year for black flies. Sometimes loons will abandon their nests when the black flies get bad enough.
“When we got to the island one of the loons swam close to shore. I looked with the binoculars and saw a nest, but only one egg, and it didn’t look right. Upon closer inspection we saw that there were two holes in the egg and the nest was messed up like a predator had destroyed the eggs and dug into the nest to eat the liquid that came out of the eggs. We were really bummed to see that the eggs had been destroyed. We heard about a second nest where predators had gotten to the eggs in recent weeks.
“One of the loons started making little whining noises and swam up to the nest. It reached up, picked up the egg with its mouth and carried it out to where we were in the canoe.
” It came so close that I couldn’t even focus in on it with my long lens. To our surprise it swished the egg back and forth until it was full of water. It then opened its mouth and let the egg sink to the bottom of the lake.”
And here’s another amazing photo. Jamie Rabold caught this sturgeon sleeping in the Duluth Harbor.
And then there’s this: I counted 18 goslings. How many do you see?
Wildflowers are blooming, too.
Paul Sundberg found this recently.
And here’s a beauteous David Johnson.
And last, but not least, Neil Sherman was out painting the other day. Here’s a photo he took of his work in progress
Have a great weekend, everyone! Enjoy the Solstice!
I hate to read the news but every once in awhile a headline catches my attention. I then get drawn into the story and fixated on it. That was the case today when I saw the news about a 2-year-old who was snatched by an alligator while wading in a lake at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
I’ve been sick to my stomach all day as I imagine the shock and fear of seeing your child grabbed by an alligator. Then not being able to get the alligator to release your child and watching helplessly as the alligator swims away with your boy. It is such a terrible story made even worse by the fact it happened at Disney World.
I remember staying at a resort on property at Walt Disney World and wondering why on earth there was a beach near the lake with a sign saying, “No Swimming.” To me a beach is a place to hangout so you can swim in the water and I wouldn’t probably go through the hassle of getting sandy if I couldn’t go in the water. But I guess a beach is a beach and some people like to sit in the sand regardless of if they plan to get into the water.
I also remember walking with my little kids next to the water numerous times at Disney properties. I don’t think I ever thought about alligators in the water. Sure, it’s Florida, but Walt Disney World? I realize it isn’t common for alligators to attack and kill humans but once is enough to convince me to stay away from the water. I am just so grateful it didn’t happen to my kids and my family.
The good news is there aren’t alligators in the Boundary Waters. I am reminded of how lucky we are to live in a place where relatively few dangers lurk. We don’t have poisonous snakes or polar bears and we can drink the water we paddle in.
I feel very fortunate especially with all of the recent tragedies in the world. It’s a good reminder to count our blessings and give thanks continually because everything can change in the matter of seconds.
Since late winter, my friend Kati and I have been trying to plan a quick canoe trip. Like most canoe trips, even though it was just the two of us, it took a little finagling to sync up our schedules. Last week, we managed to carve out a sliver of time for a two day canoe trip and decided to tackle the Granite River Route. Kati’d paddled the route once during her three seasons as a canoe guide at Wilderness Canoe Base and I’d flirted with the route (aka a day trip to Sag Falls and another day trip to Clove Lake via Larch Creek) but had never paddled it in full.
14:25 – Kati rolls into Tuscarora. We quickly transfer all of her personal items into the gear pack that Andy and I threw together the night before.
14:50 – Depart Tuscarora for the Cross River Bridge on the North Gunflint Lake Road.
15:05 – Load the canoe and paddle off.
We pass through the Gunflint Narrows into Magnetic Lake, but go through too quickly to really get a look at the trestle remnants hiding under the water from the old railroad bridge that spanned Gunflint Lake in the late 1800s. In Magnetic Lake, we pass our second historical highlight – the Swiss Chalet style cabin on Gallagher’s Island. This unique cabin was built in the 1920s by the Gallagher family and it’s been carefully maintained ever since. Because it’s a private residence, we didn’t want to paddle right next to it, so our pictures don’t show how very cute it is, even from a distance.
16:00 – Turn the corner and officially enter the Boundary Waters (although we missed the sign) and the Granite River. Reach our first portage of the day and spot the first of countless international border markers dotting the route. About 9 inches of rain had fallen on the Gunflint Trail in the last few weeks, so the portages are a little sloppy and/or flooded.
16:40 – After another short portage, (and a slight bushwhacking stint) we arrive at the base of Little Rock Falls and snap some photos. Nourished from a quick handful of GORP, we soldier on. Thankfully, in June you have about 18 hours of daylight to paddle in each day, so we have plenty of time to set up camp yet.
17:15 – Arrive Wood Horse portage. There are moccasin flowers, false lily of the valley, and other spring wildflowers everywhere!
18:15 – We paddle by the Granite River’s first campsite, near where the Pine River flows in. The site is up on a high rock face and is uninhabited. We decide to press on and see if there are any open sites on Clove Lake. Halfway down the portage, we see that the campsite across the lake is occupied and hear voices coming from the other campsite near the portage. Neither of us had any desire to camp in the campsite on the far side of the lake (it has a great beach, but is a buggy site this time of year), so we turn around.
19:00 – Return to Pine River campsite. Unload gear. Grab pots and pans and paddle to the widest part of the river to fill up on water.
19:10 – I set up stove in the Pine River campsite, put water on to boil for supper. Kati scopes out tent pads.
19:20 – Water boils. Stir in red beans and rice mix with slices of bratwurst. Turn pot down to a simmer. Attempt to figure out how to set up Andy’s “Big Agnes” 2-person tent.
19:40 – Test supper. Done! Take off heat, put water on to boil for dishes and to put in Nalgene bottles to cool over night for drinking the next morning. Return to tent pad to stake out tent.
19:45 – Dinner is served.
20:00 – Clean up campsite, tuck canoe behind trees for the night. Enjoy a spectacular sunset.
21:10 – Turn in for the night
Wake up to very noisy chickadees singing in the trees above our tent. Based on the light coming into the tent, figure it must be around 7 a.m. Go back to sleep.
07:10 – Decide to get going. Both shocked to discover that it’s only 7. Head out to the fire grate to put on water for oatmeal and tea.
08:00 – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the sunshine on the rock face overlooking the glass-calm Granite River. Realize that in a string of rainy, cold days we’ve somehow won the weather lottery for our short trip.
08:30 – Start packing up the campsite. We pause to take a lot of photos around the site, especially of the trio of moccasin flowers blooming towards the back of the site.
09:20 – Slather on sunscreen and don ridiculous sun hats. Paddle to Clove Lake portage.
09:30 – Start the Clove Lake portage for the second time in as many days. Over breakfast, we decided against single portaging and I have a much happier portage than the night before. While I run back for the food pack, Kati stays at the Clove Lake side of the portage and repacks the gear pack so it rests better on her back so she can have happier portages for the rest of the day too.
10:20 – Paddle across Clove Lake. Both the southern campsites are full. This proves to be the most people we see all day.
11ish – Arrive at portage. Quickly discover that the first half of the 40 rod portage is ankle deep in squelching, boot swallowing muck, aka loon sh!t. We persevere and treat ourselves with several handfuls of GORP and big drinks of water at the portage’s end.
11:40 – Push off again and enjoy a quiet paddle through an especially scenic portion of the river. After the mucky state of the last portage, neither of us is any big rush to make it to “Swamp Portage.”
12:00 – Arrive Swamp Portage. Not as bad as we had feared. A little buggy, sure, and the end of the portage is basically a river, but we spy tadpoles and frogs swimming in the portage pools and beautiful marsh marigold foliage frames the portage boardwalk.
12:25 – Feeling, to quote Winnie-the-Pooh, a little “11 o’clockish,” we decide to press on to Gneiss Lake before breaking for lunch. This means two more portages and a tricky bit of current stand between us a summer sausage and cheese sandwich lunch.
12:40 – Reach Granite River portage. Warmed by the first sunlight we’ve had in week, dragonfly nymphs are hatching near the portage landings. Bad news for mosquitoes – good news for campers!
13:00 – Around the corner from the portage, we navigate through the one bit of real current on the Granite River that you don’t portage around. We head for the deep center of the river and are merrily whisked down the river. Wheee!! Like going down a waterside! In the widening in the river after the current, we spy a pair of loons – the one creature Kati was hoping to see on the trip.
13:40 – We finish the Gneiss Lake portage and start looking for a campsite to eat lunch at on Gneiss Lake. The primo campsite on the island is taken and its residents are fishing nearby, so we settle on lunch on the rock face of the most northern campsite on the lake.
14:20 – We pack up lunch and start making our way towards Devil’s Elbow and Marabouef Lake. We still haven’t decided if we’re going to camp on the Granite River or on one of the island sites on Saganaga near Sag Falls. We have to meet a towboat at Sag Falls at noon the next day, so making it to Sag means a quiet, slow morning tomorrow, but two more portages today. On the other hand, it feels pretty good to think that all the day’s portaging is already behind us.
We make our way slowly through the Devil’s Elbow and Marabouef Lake, swinging by each campsite to check it out.
15:50 – Find ourselves at the northern most peninsula with campsites on Marabouef Lake. Figure we can be on Sag by 6, but opt instead to camp on the last campsite on Marabouef, a north facing site tucked into a quiet bay.
16:40 – Do a water run, start boiling water and setting up camp.
18:20 – Enjoy a fine camp dinner of Pesto Pasta Primavera with Salmon. We don’t feel like bothering with a fire, so we just break s’more ingredients into our chocolate pudding and call that good enough.
19:00 – Clean up campsite. We cool off our Nalgenes filled with boiled water by putting them on a stringer and floating them in the lake. We take a gander at the map and try to determine when we need to depart the campsite the next morning to make it to Sag Falls by noon.
21:00 – Bedtime.
07:00 – Wake up. Slower start than the day before. No need to boil water, since we just need cold water to mix into our granola and neither of us are coffee drinkers.
08:00 – Start taking down the campsite.
09:15 – Depart campsite. The wind’s picked up and we have to paddle hard to turn the corner into the southerly wind. Once we’re headed the right direction though, the wind pushes us up the river towards our final destination. We stop paddling for a minute and realize that with the wind, we could reach Sag Falls in time for our pick up, even without paddling another stroke. Dark storm clouds start to gather and thunder rumbles in the background. We notice taller trees where the Sag Corridor Fire of 1995 burned the river.
10:10 – Reach Horsetail Rapids portage. Pull on rain pants and jacket. Start portage.
10:15 – Downpour starts.
10:20 – Downpour ends. I’m now hanging out on the base of lone cedar tree in the middle of calf deep water with the canoe on my shoulders. There’s a 30 ft. section of calf deep water covering the portage trail to the canoe landing on the other side of the portage. I can’t see how deep the water is and I really don’t want to slip in the water or onto the steep rock face next to the water with a Kevlar canoe on my shoulders. We opt to take the canoe off and two man it through the deep water.
10:50 – Depart Horsetail Rapids portage. Count our blessings that we decided to camp on Marabouef the night before instead of attempting to make it all the way out to Sag. Better to deal with flooded portages first thing in the day.
11:10 – Arrive Sag Falls portage.
11:30 – Canoe and all gear at the tow boat pick up point on the Sag Lake side the Falls. Have snack. Wait for towboat.
12:00 – Jack arrives in the towboat.
12:40 – Reach public landing on Sag Lake Trail. It’s Friday and the landing is full of people loading up their boats to get to their cabins on the Canadian side of Sag.
13:10 – Arrive Tuscarora. Unpack Kati’s items. Rouge thunderstorm rolls in. Mark up Granite River map with all the insight we’ve gained from the trip. Start planning next year’s trip.
Have you ever been unprepared to catch a fish? I have and it isn’t fun. It seems like when I’m prepared to catch a fish I won’t get one but as soon as I just toss a lure out there for the fun of it I hook into a northern pike. Then I find myself without a needle nose plier completely unprepared to release the fish. This not only causes me stress but it also stresses out the fish. Being prepared is just the first step in properly catching and releasing a fish. Read on for more.
DNR NEWS Catch and release properly to help fish survival
Anglers can boost the odds of fish surviving catch and release with methods that avoid internal damage to fish.
“Fish can be injured by hooks, stress and being pulled from deep water,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “As we head into the fishing season we remind anglers to keep the fish’s survival in mind when planning to catch and release.”
Fish hooked in the mouth almost always survive. Setting the hook quickly helps avoid hooking a fish in the stomach or gills. Jigs, circle hooks and active baits like crankbaits are more likely to hook a fish in the mouth. Barbless hooks or pinched barbs can help, but where a fish gets hooked is more important than the presence or absence of a barb.
Quickly landing a fish, minimizing its time out of water and handling the fish firmly but carefully all help it survive after release.
“By all means take photos, but it helps to have the camera ready and to have pliers that work well for taking hooks out,” Parsons said. “Cutting the line and leaving the hook in the fish is also a good option.”
The DNR encourages anglers to practice some restraint when the fish are really biting, especially during the summer or when fishing deep water. Fish pulled up from deep water can experience stress and injury, so anglers who plan on catch-and-release are reminded to avoid deep water.
“Deep water and also warm water temperatures increase the stress put on fish when caught and released,” Parsons said. “Anglers tend to do more fishing and catch more fish in warm weather, but these are also important times to take special care during catch and release.”
Here are a few more tips for successfully releasing fish:
- Wet your hands before touching a fish to prevent removal of their protective slime coating. Rubberized nets help, too.
- Unhook and release the fish while it is still in the water, if possible, and support its weight with both hands or with a net when removed from the water. Never lift them vertically.
- Hold a fish firmly but gently. Don’t drop it. And don’t hold a fish by the eyes.
- Do not place fish you plan to release on a stringer or in a live well.
Revive a fish by cradling it under the belly and gently moving it back and forth in the water until it swims away.
- Harvest a fish that can be legally kept if it is bleeding heavily or can’t right itself.
“No good angler wants to see a released fish die,” Parsons said. “Responsible catch-and-release fishing can help ensure we continue to have quality fishing throughout Minnesota.”
For more information on fishing and fishing regulations, visit www.mndnr.gov/fishmn.
More tips from the DNR-
Question of the week Q: What are some tips for successfully releasing fish?
A: The most important thing to remember about how to release fish without injuring them is to be prepared. Have the necessary equipment readily available: needle-nose pliers, forceps, line clipper, a soft mesh or coated landing net – and oh yes, your camera.
It is critically important to minimize the time the fish is out of the water. If possible, unhook the fish while it is in the water. If taking a picture, hold larger fish horizontally with the head and body supported. Do not hold large fish vertically or by the gills or eyes.
Play and land the fish as quickly as possible and moisten your hands with water to protect the fish’s slime layer and prevent post-release infections. If the fish is deeply hooked, cut the line inside the fish’s mouth. If it is deeply hooked and bleeding, consider keeping the fish to eat as long as it is of legal size in the open angling season for that species.
With the state record fish program now accepting applications for catch-and-release muskie, flathead catfish and lake sturgeon, anglers with a potentially record-setting catch are encouraged to quickly measure and take a picture of the fish before releasing it. Allowing state records to be set via catch-and-release presents an opportunity to recognize Minnesota’s outstanding fishing opportunities for these species while also formally honoring the skill of anglers who catch and release a trophy muskie, flathead or sturgeon. For guidelines, visit www.mndnr.gov/recordfish.
Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager