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Art Colony Member Show, Halloween Parties, & Bluegrass

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:15pm

Susanne Von Shroeder says this is her favorite photo of the Lake Superior shoreline.

It’s another busy weekend in Cook County, especially since Halloween is on a Friday.

In fact, it’s really one of those nights (or weekends, for that matter) when a time travel suit would come in handy.

The day before Halloween, Oct. 30, enjoy new work by members of the Grand Marais Art Colony when the Annual Members Show & Sale opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Art Colony.

More than 100 artists have submitted work to this exhibit, and it includes everything from fused glass to sculpture, ceramics to photography as well as paintings in every medium.

The reception is preceded by the Art Colony’s annual meeting at 4 p.m. and members are invited to attend. The reception is open to the public. Refreshments served.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 23. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The evening of Halloween is very busy.

First up is the Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Cook County Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. It is a family friendly event and is a perfect place to meet before going out to Trick or Treat. Activities and games include “Pin the Boo on the Ghost,” Treasure Fishing, pumpkin bowling, face painting, Halloween arts & crafts, a cakewalk and spider web obstacle and lots of refreshments. The scariest costume parade is at 5 p.m. All invited.

Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub is having a Halloween Party starting at 3 p.m., too. Happy Hour is from 3-6 p.m. and the drawing for the best costume will be held at 8 p.m.

And that’s just to warm up the evening.

The Birch Terrace Supper Club is hosting a Halloween Party starting at 8 p.m. featuring Cook County’s Most Wanted.  A “clear-out-the-freezers” buffet will be served, including seafood. The buffet opens at 7 p.m., with costume judging and prizes at midnight.

The Gunflint Tavern is hosting a Halloween costume party on Friday as well, with music by the Gypsy Lumberjacks. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Two other Halloween parties start at 9 p.m., too, and this is where donning a time traveling vest might come in handy.

The Halloween Dance Party at the American Legion  starts at 9 and features the funky ’70s boogie dance band, Earth, Wind & Todd (Todd Miler, Holly Harwig, Amy Brooks-Varga, Jesse Johnson, John Mianowski) and a new reggae dance band, Angel Hair Rasta with Michael Monroe, Chris Gillis, Todd Miller, Ted Czaplicki, John Mianowski, Amy Brookes-Varga and Musa Abdal Rahman. The music continues to 1 a.m.

• Also at 9 p.m. on Friday, the Sensational Hot Rods will play for a Halloween Dance at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino in Grand Portage. All invited.

Emory Lester will teach workshops at Lutsen Resort on Saturday and perform at a concert Saturday night.

Also, this is the weekend for the North Shore Music Association’s 24th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. The planned activities, including a great concert by the Emory Lester Group, are on Saturday, but avid bluegrass fans arrive the night before and jam in various places throughout the facility. The public is invited to come listen and/or bring their instruments and join in.

On Saturday, Lester, known throughout the U.S. for his prowess on the acoustic mandolin, will be teaching workshops all day at the resort. The workshops are open to the public — $7 each, $30 for the whole day. And, on Saturday night at 8 p.m., the Emory Lester Group will perform in the ballroom at the resort. Tickets are available on-site. For more info and the schedule of workshops, click here.

Note: Both the Angel Hair Rasta band and the Emory Lester Group will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. Tune in! It should be a fun show.

The Paint-a-Bowl event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

And not to forget, the Art Colony will hold a Paint-a-Bowl event on Saturday, offering the public the opportunity to paint colorful designs on bowls that will be available at the Empty Bowls Lunch & Dinner fundraiser at St. John’s Catholic Church Nov. 13.

More than 40 bowls will be ready to paint from 10 a.m. to noon. No preregistration is required, but a $5 donation to cover material costs is requested.

Also, this is the last weekend to enjoy the exhibit, “Five Generations of Arts & Crafts” at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit closes on Sunday, Nov. 2.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The Heritage Post closes for the season after the show, to re-open sometime in May.

Here’s the weekend music schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 30:

  • Eric Frost, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Supper Club, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Sensational Hot Rods, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
  • Halloween Dance Party, American Legion, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1:

  • The Emory Lester Group, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 2:

  • Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 5:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.

We found some great photographs this week.

As most of us know, this is the season of the moose rut, and it’s a great time to get photographs. Here are a few we found.

Nace Hagemann this caught this great shot of two moose in the woods the other day.


Paul Sundberg took this photo of a gorgeous male.


And fall photos continue to drift in.

Paul Pluskwik caught some tamarack beauties in this shot.


Here’s a wonderful shot of light and leaves by John Sikkila.

To continue the orange theme, Mary Karlie Carlson had her camera ready for the partial eclipse of the sun last week and got a bonus — a perfect shot of the eclipse with sandhill cranes making a landing in a nearby wildlife refuge.

Photo by Mary Karlie Carlson.

Here’s a completely different mood — swans on a misty morning.

Photo by Jessica Barr.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!















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The Thank-You Bar, Chris Gillis & Friends

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:56pm

Night Sky by Travis Novitsky. Travis said he likes this time of year when the leaves fall off the trees and you can see the beauties of the night sky.

There are lots of interesting things going on this weekend.

First off is the dance installation, “The Thank-You Bar,” with Emily Johnson and Catalyst at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Oct. 24-25.

There are four shows:  7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. They are all limited-audience shows — only 20 per performance, which will be held on the stage at the ACA.

This Bessie-award winning performance includes dance, live music, storytelling and visual images, connecting ideas of displacement, longing, and language to history, pre-conceived notions, architecture, and igloo-myth.

“The Thank-You Bar” was created and is performed by choreographer Emily Johnson with composers and musicians James Everest and Joel Pickard and features beadwork by celebrated artist Karen Beaver, costumes by Angie Vo and Kari Multz , lighting design by Heidi Eckwall and paper sculptures by Krista Kelley Walsh. The performances includes a companion concert by experimental music duo BLACKFISH (James Everest + Joel Pickard) at 9 p.m. Saturday night. There will also an art exhibit in the lobby of the ACA.
“The Thank-you Bar” first premiered in 2009 in Anchorage, and has toured across the USA to wide acclaim, propelling choreographer Emily Johnson into the national and international spotlight as a visionary contemporary dance maker.

In 2014, Emily Johnson/Catalyst received a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts Touring” Grant to bring a series of performances and workshops to Grand Marais in 2014 -15.

There are some seats left for the performances. Tickets are available online at or, possibly, at the door.

There are two great music shows this weekend, too.  Chris Gillis & Friends will play at What’s Upstairs? above Betsy’s Bowen’s Studio at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in what’s being called the Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion. The concert will feature blues, jazz & boogie woogie. This should be a fun night of music (and dancing) featuring Chris Gillis, Mike DeBevec, Carah Thomas, Max Bichel, Eric Hahn and Liz Sivertson. Bob and Tom Andrews, the drummer and bassist who played with Gillis’ father, Frank Gillis, will perform as well. Tickets are $10.

And the Clearwater Hot Club will play at the Gunflint Tavern on Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Members from both bands will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

There are also two wonderful art shows open this weekend, too.

Five Generations of Art & Craft, an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, continues this weekend. Exhbitors include Ralph W. Smith, Glenn S. Smith, Nancy Daley, Jody Ouradnik, Amy Ouradnik and Madeline Burton. The exhibit continues through Nov. 2. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Liz Sivertson is one of the artists exhibiting in the Legacy Exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Tour d’Art Home Legacy Exhibit continues this week, too, featuring the home tour artists: Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, Liz Sivertson, and select students influenced by these legacy artists. The exhibit continues through Oct. 26. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Also this weekend, the Octoberfest Brewmaster Dinner featuring the Bent Paddle Brewing Company and a five-course dinner by Chef Judi Barsness will be at Waves of Superior Cafe at Surfside Resort on Saturday. To learn more and see the menu, click here.

There’s lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 23:

  • Billy Johnson, Gunflint Tavern, Oct. 23

Friday, Oct. 23:

  • .Portage Band, American Legion Post, 6 p.m.
  • Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion, Blues, Jazz & Boogie Woogie, What’s Upstairs?, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 a.m.
  • Gordon Thorne and Jim Ohlschmidt, West Branch Bar in Finland, 8 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23:

  • Portage Band, North Shore Care Center, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Ohlschmidt, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion, Blues, Jazz & Boogie Woogie, What’s Upstairs, 7:30 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 27:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Here is a selection of the great photos we found this week.

Kathy Gray-Anderson took this wonderful photo of Devil Track Lake.


Bryan Hansel took this beautiful photo of Devil Track Lake at a completely different time of day.


Here’s a peaceful fall shot by Ken Hupila.


Linda Ryma said these are her favorite falls on the Pigeon River.


Paul Sundberg took this iconic shot of fall leaves and blue sky.


Linda Slining captured the charm and beauty of fall on Lake Superior in this shot.


And here’s a great capture of pillars of northern lights. It’s by Laurie Kragseth.


For wildlife, here’s Nace Hagemann‘s moose munching on a twig. It is featured on the cover of the latest Northern Wilds. But, in case you missed it ….

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


And last, but not least, here are some  fat and happy geese.

Photo by Steve Gernonazzo.


Have a great weekend, everyone!





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