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Ice-Out! Music & the Easter Bunny

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:51pm

Bob King of the Duluth News-Tribune timed it perfectly — he arrived at Gooseberry Falls just before ice-out and took an incredible video and photos. For the link, see below.

Rivers are opening up all over the North Shore and some, like Duluth News-Tribune photographer, Andrew Krueger, caught the magic moments. Here’s a link to a video he took of the ice-out, which has gone viral.  See our photo section at the end for more images of early spring rivers.

There are some fun events scheduled for this weekend, too.

Prudence Johnson

Twin Cities jazz singer Prudence Johnson will be a guest performer at Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert on Saturday night. She will perform with Jane Aleckson of Big Top Chatauqua. Monroe will perform a short set during the show. The reception is at 7 p.m., the music starts at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 387-2919.

Also this weekend, the 5th annual Easter Egg Fundaiser for KIDS Plus will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Bruce Johnson will be available to take photos with the Easter Bunny.The Easter Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per child, $10 per family. Other games and activities are planned, and refreshments will be served. One perk this year… there will be two raffles for $400+ each in gifts and certificates. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased the event as well as Buck’s Hardware and the Cook County Extension office. All proceeds will go toward youth programs in the county. The public is invited. Because of good snow cover, Lutsen Mountains is open for skiing and snowboarding this weekend. On Easter Sunday, there will be a Sunrise Service on Moose Mountain followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.  The public is invited. (Gondola tickets must be purchased.)

“A Separate Reality,” intaglio print by George Raab.

In Thunder Bay, George Raab, an internationally known printmaker, will open at exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on April 19. Entitled “Into the Woods: Etchings by George Raab,” the exhibit features his intaglio prints inspired by his photographs. He will give an artist talk at 7:30 p.m.(EST) April 24. The exhibit is open through June. 15.

In other art news, Sivertson Gallery will be releasing giclee prints of Howard Sivertson paintings that haven’t been seen for years. The gallery has already released a number of giclee prints of  paintings by David Gilsvik and Liz Sivertson. Mark Tessier is putting a catalog together of the new prints. The Seniors at Cook County High School took at trip to the Guthrie Theatre in the Twin Cities recently to watch Shakespeare’s “Othello.” The Grand Marais Art Colony has just released its catalog for spring, summer and fall classes and workshops. For more information, call 387-2737. Greg Wright and North House Folk School will be featured on WDSE’s The Playlist on Thursday, April 17. The Playlist airs at 9 p.m.

Great Gifts of Lutsen is featuring a wide variety of cards crafted by local and regional artists include Terri Nelson deNatale, Earl Orf, John Peyton, Betsy Bowen, Kelly Dupre, Kristin Accola, Jane Richards and  Jackie Kotlarek.

“Point Lobos–China Point” by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens has had a painting accepted in the Laguna Plein Air Painters annual show in Newport Beach, Calif. The show opens April 26.

And speaking of April 26, Peter Yarrow’s concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts next Saturday night has almost sold out. To get your tickets, click here.

Here’s the music scheduled for this week:

Thursday, April 17:

  • Local’s Night, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Bump Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 18:

Gone Already, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19:

  • Maria Nickolay, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert with special guests Prudence Johnson &  Jane Aleckson, 7 p.m. Reservations: 387-2919.
  • Gone Already, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Wayne Renn, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 20:

Joe & Jessie, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Lots of cool photos this week.

Let’s start with an awesome photo taken by Don Davison during the recent school trip to the Guthrie.

CCHS student Steve Borud gazes out at the city from the Guthrie.  Photo by Don Davison.

Ice-out was definitely on everyone’s mind this week — but the cold weather held that dramatic event at bay for some of the North Shore rivers. Nevertheless, we found some beautiful photos..

Travis Novitsky took this shot of the High Falls on the Pigeon River, which are just beginning to open.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


took this shot of the Temperance River … also just opening up when he was there.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


And then there’s this:

Richard Hoeg caught this incredible shot of a paddler shooting The Deeps earlier this week.

Lake Superior still has plenty of ice, however. David Johnson was out shooting some of it.

Photo by David Johnson.


And Jessica Barr caught this gorgeous iceberg the other day.

Photo by Jessica Barr.


Jamie Rabold and friends were out lighting up the Lester River this week and took this award-winning photo.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.


But another kind of light took the headlines  this week — the full eclipse of the moon.

Here are some of the images we found:

Two of our favorite photographers decided to sequence their images.

First up is Layne Kennedy‘s dramatic collage.

Photo by Lane Kennedy.

And here’s Bryan Hansel‘s take — a longer sequence of moon changes.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And here’s one of the most popular images we found. It’s by Judi Barsness… Blood Moon over Lake Superior.

Photo by Judi Barsness.


Happy Easter, everyone! Have a good weekend.










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Spring! Fingerstyle Music, Art & More

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:56pm

John Gregor caught this shot of the Middle Falls of the Gooseberry Falls. The spring melt is beginning.

The first weeks of April can be quiet in the Northwoods as snow begins to slowly melt in the rivers and maple sap flows into waiting buckets. But there’s still lots to do on the North Shore this weekend.

This is the last week for  the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.”  

First up — “Fiddler on the Roof.”

We’re hearing lots of exciting things about this iconic, award-winning musical, a production of  Lake Superior Community Theatre – Great acting, wonderful voices, a powerful production.

The final performances of the play are at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Performances start at 7 p.m.

Call 218-220-0682 to reserve your seat or click here.

A few of the glazed and painted pots by Ginny Sims awaiting firing at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Ceramic artist Ginny Sims concludes her artist residency at the Grand Marais Colony this week with a Community Engagement Project from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Participants are asked to bring an object that has meaning for them, and Sims will lead them in creating large-scale drawings inspired by the objects as well as discuss her process of creating them for her own work.

Preregistration is required. Call 387-2737 for more information.

Also this weekend the not-to-be-missed Fingerstyle Guitar Masters Weekend will be held at the Bluefin Resort in Tofte. Gordon Thorne performs at the Bluefin Grille on Friday night, a full complement of classes on Saturday, and then an evening concert with Phil Heywood and Eric Lugosch at the Bluefin Grille at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

The Saturday workshops are from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 3:30 p.m. and are open to anyone.
To pre-register for for the workshops, email or call 218-353-7308. One session is $30, both sessions are $50 (lunch included).

This is also Mountain Meltdown Weekend at Lutsen Mountains with lots of music on Saturday and Sunday at Papa Charlie’s. Cook County bands are featured on Sunday. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, April 12:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Carroll
  • 1 p.m. – Bad Bad Hats
  • 2:30 p.m. – Fury Things
  • 4 p.m. – Nathan Miller
  • 9:30 p.m. – TBA

Sunday, April 13:

  • 11:30 a.m. – Whurl (Derek Smith, Erik Lastine, Will Seaton)
  • 1 p.m. – Joe Paulik Band (Joe Paulik, Jessi Nicholson, John Mianowski, Derek Smith, Max Bichel)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Cook County’s Most Wanted (Rod Dockan, Al Oikari, Carah Thomas, Gary Croft, Snuffy Smith, Steve Johnson, Derek Smith)
  • 4 p.m. – Spruce Roots (Eric Frost, Jessa Frost, Bill Hansen, Travis Wickwire, Jim Elverhoy)

Other music opportunities on Saturday include Maria Nickolay, who will play at the Cascade Lodge Pub at 7 p.m. and Cook County’s Most Wanted, who will play for an Ice Out! party at the American Legion., 8 p.m.

Loon totems by Nancy Seaton.

In other art news, fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be the featured artist on WDSE’s The Playlist, which airs at 9 p.m. on Thursday night. She will talk about the creative process involved in making her fused glass work.

A fused glass wall hanging by Seaton can also be seen at the “Mapping Mystery: Entry Points to the Creative” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The show concludes on Sunday.

The “Mapping Mystery” exhibit features works in a variety of different media by local artists. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Art and Ambiance, a fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, featuring a live and silent auction of affordable, original works by more than 40 local and regional artists, is at 7 p.m. (EST) April 11. CBC’s Lisa Laco is the host with Dave Shaw as auctioneer. Jazz musician Robin Ranger will play. For more info, visit

“Spring Has Sprung,” an multi-media exhibit of the Voyageur Artists group, opens at the Waterfront Gallery with a reception from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Participating artists include Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Elsie Cook, John Anderson, Michelle Ronning, Rose Kadera Vastilla, Helen Hartley, Linda Hoffman, Nancy Steinhauser, Dorothy Moe, Sheila Fallon, Shelley Getten, Arlee Wilkes, Marlene Miller and Joyce Gow. The Waterfront Gallery is located at 632 First Ave., in Two Harbors. The exhibit continues through June 7.

And here’s a heads-up to two music events April 19. Jazz singer Prudence Johnson will be a guest artist at a Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert. For tickets, call 218-387-2919.

The Midnight Ramble, a celebration of Levon Helm’s life, will be held at Cascade Lodge Pub this spring. Stay tuned for details.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, April 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 11:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • Rod Dockan & Friends, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 12:

  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, all day
  • Maria Nickolay, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Lugosch and Phil Heywood, Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Bluefin Grille, 7:30 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, American Legion, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 13:

  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, 11:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

We found an interesting series of photos this week. We’re assuming that people are pretty tired of looking at ice, but we’ve included a few of them anyway. Otherwise, there are some interesting wildlife shots that have popped up.

First up, a joke. Joe Paulik posted this on his Facebook page. Take a look:

“No sand in Minnesota but we’re very adaptable. We find other perfectly good places to stick our heads.”  – Joe Paulik


Here’s a Michael Furtman.

A snowshoe hare shows the chocolate swirls of spring. Photo by Michael Furtman.


Christian Dalbec took this photo of a hawk apparently trying to remove a leaf from its talons.

The hawks are returning. Photo by Christian Dalbec.


Here’s a sweet shot of an eagle parent feeding the youngest of its chicks.  Here’s a link to the cam so you can watch the action (or lack of action) yourself.

A Bald Eagle feeds one of its three chicks that have hatched in a nest monitored by the Minnesota DNR.


Paul Sundberg took this great photo of a pine marten.

Paul Sundberg caught this pine marten as it went to investigate the birdfeeder in his back yard. They like red squirrels who like birdfeeders.


The bears are starting to come out, too.

This bear sat in theis group of trees all day yawning. Photo courtesy of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.


Here’s a reminder of the beauty of the ice caves at the national park. The ice caves are closed for the season.

The ice caves at sunrise by Mike de Witt.


Here’s a wonderful B&W shot of ice by Duluth photographer Brett Grandson

“Light Storm” by Brett Grandson.


Here’s a lovely shot by Travis Novitsky.

“Seventh Sunset of April 2014.” by Travis Novitsky.


And here’s another gorgeous sunset by David Johnson.

“Plate Ice Sunset” by David Johnson.


And here’s a final ice shot. (Probably not the last of the season, although we can hope.)

“Frost on the Window” by Jamie Rabold.

Have a great weekend, everyone!












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