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A Fun Weekend Coming Up

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:37am

David Johnson took this incredible photo of the ice build-up in the Grand Marais Harbor recently.

This is a potpourri weekend — there’s theater and lots of music, outdoor fun, like fat tire bike racing, downhill and cross county skiing as well as great opportunities for  ice photography … and beer tasting: Voyageur Brewing Co, the new brewery in Grand Marais, has opened, and the reviews are great.

Detail of a quilt by Benedicte Caneill, one of the quilts in the Art Colony exhibit. The exhibit continues through March 9.

There’s also a fun Art Quilt Show at the Grand Marais Art Colony and lots of wonderful paintings on display by Howard Sivertson, Liz Sivertson, Dave Gilsvik and Tim Pearson at Sivertson Gallery. All four artists were featured at the Fireside Chat Weekend at the gallery last weekend.

WTIP is holding its winter membership drive this week with lots of live music scheduled in the studio. (See music listing, below). There’s also some special programming planned, including an interview with adventurer Noah Horak and DJ Beavstar (Andrew Beavers) at 7 p.m. Thursday night and a Radio Waves Music Festival special from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Hosted by Cathy Quinn and Deb Benedict, the program will feature live recordings from the popular fall music festival.

Also this weekend, the Frostbiter Fat Tire Bike Race for Easter Seals Kids will be held all day Saturday in Grand Portage at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.  The timed event features a 20-mile loop and a more adventurous 40-mile loop.  For more information,contact Rhonda Harrison at 807-345-7622 ext. 4 or Lunch at the Lodge is included.

Jamie Rabold on this photo of the Frozen Photographers Winter Gathering last year: “A cool shot showing a bunch of crazy photographers making a plan to attack the pile of ice!!”

For those who really like to get out there in frosty weather, the Frozen Photographers Facebook Group is holding their Winter Gathering at Gooseberry State Park on Saturday. More than 40 people have signed up so far, said Jamie Rabold, who started the group, and more could show up.

Frozen Photographers now boosts more than 1,400 members. The only requirement … prove that you have had to get cold to take some photos. The group will meet in the lake view warming house on the park grounds and several local photographers, including John Gregor and Brian Rauvola, will give presentations. Light painting and steel wool burning are also planned for night shooting.

Rabold said in a chat message that this will be an annual event for members of Frozen Photographers for sure. “Frozen Photographers need to get together in the cold to get our cards punched!” he wrote. Stay tuned to see a few photos from the gathering next week.

Catherine Glynn will perform “The Belle of Amherst” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday night.

Then, this Saturday night, Emily Dickinson fans will have a treat when Catherine Glynn performs “The Belle of Amherst” by William Luce. The acclaimed playwright weaves Dickinson’s poems, diaries, and letters into a portrait of one of America’s greatest and most prolific poets. Luce mixes her encounters with close friends and family with the poet’s own, often amusing observations. “Full of passion and poetry and heart,” wrote the New York Daily News.

Glynn is an accomplished performer and has acted with the Austin Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Shakespeare, The Rude Mechanicals, Collaboraction, SPAC, The Commonweal, Chicago Dramatists and The New American Theatre. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 adults, students are free. The performance is brought to the ACA by the Grand Marais Playhouse.

In other art news, photographs by Travis Novitsky are being shown in “Spirit Tree, Spirit Place” exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. The exhibit also includes drawings and artwork by Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore as well as words from poems by Joanne Hart. The exhibit continues through Feb. 22, and is being held in conjunction with the Minnesota History Center’s exhibition: “Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison,” which continues through April 26.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting a weekend art excursion to the Twin Cities April 24-26. The tour includes an exclusive guided home tour of Minnesota art collector Tom Arneson, a private tour of NE Studios with Grain Belt Building artist Lynn Speaker and a guided tour of George Morrison’s exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, to name a few. For more info and to register, contact the Art Colony at 387-2737 or visit

A Kickstarter campaign has started to develop Bravissimo, the Music Game.

Ellen Sandbeck of Duluth has started a Kickstarter campaign to further develop a board game she invented to teach children (and adults) how to read music. She and Duluth composer Tyler Kaiser are working to improve and expand it. The game is called Bravissimo. Learn more about it here.

And last, but not least, Grand Marais is still leading the national contest to determine America’s Coolest Small Town — but not by much. Vote here and vote often until Feb. 25 and let’s win this thing!

Visit Cook County won the Travel Marketing Award of Excellence at the Explore Minnesota Conference recently for it’s public transit-based awareness campaign. The award was accepted by Visit Cook County executive director, Linda Kratt, on behalf of Visit Cook County staff and its marketing agency Giant Voices of Duluth.

“We have a great partnership with Giant Voices, our marketing agency in Duluth,” says Kratt. “We received the Explore Minnesota award for wrapping Twin Cities bus shelters with scenes from Cook County, so bus riders could experience in a small way the feeling of being surrounded by the beauty of our area.”  Bravo!

There are lots of opportunities to listen to live music this weekend, too. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 19:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hanson, Live on WTIP, noon
  • Gordon Thorne, Live on WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost & Bill Hanson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mills, LaVigne & Viton, Live on WTIP’s Thirsty Boots, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Live on WTIP, noon
  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Al Oikari & Rod Dockan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 8 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21:

  • Roxann Berglund & Brian Morrison, Live on WTIP, 2 p.m.
  • Al Oikari & Rod Dockan, Live on WTIP, 3 p.m.
  • Chris Silver, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik & Briand Morrison, Live on WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Live on WTIP, 5 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Live on WTIP, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Sven & Ole’s Pizza, 7 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Big Wave Dave and the Ripples, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22:

  • Good Intentions Bluegrass Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Classical Evening of Flute & Harp with Betty Braunstein and Janell LeMire, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 23:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Barbara Jean, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Jerree Small, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

There were lots of great photographs posted this week, too.

Here is a collection of ice photos.

“North Shore Ice at Tettegouche State Park” by Paul Sundberg.


“Plate Ice Paradise” by Travis Novitsky.


“Rock, Ice & Water — Gooseberry Falls” by Jeff Henry.


Frozen Wonderland at Tettegouche State Park by Bryan Hansel.


Ice piles at  Split Rock. Photo by Christian Dalbec.


An icy landscape by Don Davison.


“Ice Sunset” by Jamie Rabold.


“Frozen February” by Travis Novitsky.


“Last Light” by Jeff Henry.


The Northern Lights were popping this week. Here are a few photos we found.

Jamie Thomas Swanson said she took this out of her bedroom window.


Photo by Bruce Johnson.


Northern Lights Pillars by David Johnson.


And we found some incredible sunrise/sunset shots.

Photo by Mary Lou Williams.


“Sunrise in Two Harbors” by Christian Dalbec.


“This Morning,” by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


















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Fireside Chats, Northern Fibers Retreat & Adrian Legg

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:06am

“Fresh Snow” by Howard Sivertson. Howard, Liz Sivertson and David Gilsvik will be the featured speakers on Saturday  during the Fireside Chat Weekend at Sivertson Gallery. The panel discussion is at 6 p.m. All invited.

There’s a very busy weekend coming up — that’s probably the understatement of the winter. In short, there’s plenty to do, both indoors and outdoors, for everyone. Plus that, Saturday is Valentine’s Day, so plans are being made all over the county to celebrate the romantic day.

For outdoors lovers, there’s lots of snow in the woods and the ski runs are great at Lutsen Mountains.

Cross-country skiers celebrate winter this year with the Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival. It has been pared down somewhat due to predicted cold weather and nasty wind chills this weekend, but there is still plenty to do. The festival is sponsored by the North Shore Ski & Run Club to benefit youth ski programs.

The festival starts on Friday night with a Y-Ski Spaghetti Feed at the Cook County Community Center at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, racing starts with kids’ races at noon (12 and under) followed by Classic races and the Skiathlon race at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, Go Dog North Shore is sponsoring a casual and competitive Skijoring race starting at 10 a.m.  Everyone is invited to join in the fun. For more info and to register, visit

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 12-15 this year with lots of classes and workshops at North House Folk School, the Grand Marais Art Colony and other local venues. The Northwoods Fiber Guild is also co-hosting the event.

Highlights include a number of Community Gatherings, including a Lunch & Learn session with  Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum, who will demonstrate silk screening techniques at the Community Center at noon on Friday. At noon Saturday, Martha Owen, a sheep farmer and resident fiber artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, will give a Lunch & Learn presentation entitled “Wool in Song & Story” at the Congregational Church (across from the Art Colony). Preregistration is required for catered lunch. Call 387-9762 to register.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an opening reception for  Fiber Revolution: Art Quilt Exhibit, from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a gallery talk by Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum, and then a Show-and-Share hosted by the Northwoods Fiber Guild.

At 7:30 on Saturday, the featured speaker for the Northern Fibers Retreat,  Anna Gunnarsdóttir, will present a talk entitled “Inspired by Nature: Felting from an Icelandic Perspective” at North House Folk School. Gunnarsdóttir is an internationally acclaimed artist from Iceland. The presentation is free.

Then on Sunday, there will be a Soup Potluck at North House at noon. For the complete schedule of classes and events, click here.

“My Place in the Milky Way” by Dave Gilsvik.

To top it all off, this is Fireside Chat Weekend at Sivertson Gallery. It’s a 3-day event starting on Friday night with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and a Trollbeads Party.

On Saturday, River Blend Studio (jewelry by Jesse Furo Pearson and paintings and prints by Tim Pearson) will hold a Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 6 p.m. there will be a Fireside Chat Panel Discussion with Howard Sivertson, Liz Sivertson and Dave Gilsvik. And on Sunday, the River Blend Trunk Show continues followed by a Fireside Chat with Tim Pearson at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Adrian Legg performs at the ACA on Saturday night.

There’s also some great music this weekend when award-winning British acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg, performs at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Legg is a recording artist, performer, photographer and writer as well as being an innovator in guitar design. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

There’s a gala opening at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday night, too, featuring refreshments, artist talks and music by Nancy Pants, a wildy popular band from Montreal. The show includes short, animated films by Julia Potts as well as work by Carly Waito and Dagmara Genta. The exhibits at Def-Sup continue through March 14.

In other news, musicians Teague Alexy & Marc Gartman will perform on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The hosts will also interview Damien Fowler, the author of “Falling Through Clouds,” the story of the plane crash in Grand Marais in 2003, where Grace, 4, and Lily, 3, Pearson survived, but their mother and the pilot did not. “Falling Through Clouds” is about a young father’s fight for his family in the wake of the plane crash that killed his wife, badly injured his two daughters, and thrust him into a David-vs-Goliath legal confrontation with a multi-billion dollar insurance company and the resulting legal battles. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

And to really complicate matters, the Duluth Playhouse is presenting “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Feb. 12-22 with a special dinner show catered by Blackwoods on Valentine’s Day. Call 218-733-7555 for reservations, or see

Oh, and if you think that Grand Marais is the coolest small town in America, you can vote here and vote often. The winning town will be featured on the cover of Budget Travel Magazine.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Feb. 12:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hanson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Ohlschmidt, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJBeavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13:

  • James Moors, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Teague Alexy & Marc Gartman, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Ohlschmidt, Silver Bay Lounge, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Ohlschmidt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, reservations at 387-2919.
  • Adrian Legg, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Mosspiglets, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m
  • The SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15:

  • Shane Martin, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Classic Guitar with Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Sven & Ole’s Pizza, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16:

  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Meg Hutchinson, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17:

  • Shane Martin, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.

We found lots of great photographs this week.

Let’s start with some beautiful ice shots.

“Steamy Sunrise” by David Johnson.


Grand Marais at 30 Below by Steve Harsin.


Red Ice by Ken Greshowak.


Macro window crystals by Amanda Leigh.


Midwinter Panorama by Don Davison.


We found some nice sunrises and sunsets, too.

Lake Superior Sea Smoke Sunrise by Paul Sundberg.



Sunrise Panorama by Jamie Rabold.


Storm Wave Sunset by Bryan Hansel.


And here’s an amazing moonrise.

Split Rock Full Moon Rising at Sunset by Robert Cunningham.


And here is a change of view …


Lake Superior Cobble by Dave Grinstead.


Paul Sundberg caught this great shot during our last wind storm.

Grand Marais Storm by Paul Sundberg.


And here are some great shots of the blue hour.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Boat House at the End of the Blue Hour by Jamie Rabold.


And last, but not least, check out this awesome shot of a sun pillar by David Johnson.

Quite the Sun Pillar by David Johnson.


Enjoy your weekend! And Happy Valentine’s Day!
















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