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Summer events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:54pm

There are many upcoming events at the Grand Marais Art Colony this summer; including a rummage sale on June 6, several artist visits, and many different classes. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Art Colony Program Coordinator Ruth Pzswaro to learn more about them.


"HomeStretch" Workshop provides assistance to home buyers, June 13

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:21am

June is National Homeownership Month and there will be a local one-day workshop to assist folks interested in purchasing a house.  WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with Sandy O’Fallon of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) on North Shore Morning. 


The Home Stretch Workshop is Saturday, June 13th, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at Higher Ed, 300 W 3rd St in Grand Marais.  More information and registration is available from Sandy at 218-999-0828.

Workshop is open to all people looking to purchase a home. Downpayment assistance subject to income qualifications.

 Course Topics include:

 1.  Qualifying for a Mortgage/Loan Programs
2.  Budgeting/Credit issues/Saving
3.  Shopping for a home/realtor services
4.  Professional inspections/appraisals
5.  Closing/title insurance/homeowners insurance
6.  Financial responsibilities as a homeowner

(Photo by Mark Moz on Flickr)



North Shore Music Association presents Guy Davis Saturday

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:08am

The North Shore Music Association will present renowned musician Guy Davis at 7:30 p.m. June 6 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

The roots of Guy’s blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or playful and bouncy as a hayride. He can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, of their days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the KKK.  He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer.  But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. 

Throughout his career, Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces. His influences include the great blues musicians Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. But it was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues. 

The son of legendary actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Guy taught himself the guitar and learned by listening to and watching other musicians. He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration Mulebone, which featured the music of Taj Mahal. In 1993, he performed Off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.  He received rave reviews and became the 1993 winner of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive Award” presented to him by Robert Cray at the W.C. Handy Awards ceremony.

Guy has been nominated for nine W.C. Handy Awards over the years, including “Best Traditional Blues Album,” “Best Blues Song” and “Best Acoustic Blues Artist.”

Sign up now for "Road, River and Rail" trip with Birch Grove Community Center

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:06am

The Birch Grove Community Center Senior Circle Tour trip by “Road, River, and Rail” is scheduled Aug 16 - 21.  People should contact Community Center WE Connect Director Caroline Wood at the center for more information or to place a $100 security deposit to register.

There is always something happening at the Birch Grove Community Center. On Monday and Wednesday there is Go4Life Fitness at 10:30 a.m. - $2; Zumba Friday at 10:30 a.m. - $2; Pickle Ball Thursdays starting at 2 p.m. $2. Scrap, stamp, and card making is the second Sunday of every month 2-7 p.m., $5.  

Senior Lunches are Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. - $5 and community hearth oven pizza parties are Wednesdays 5-8 pm - $5; We request RSVPs to make sure we have enough food for lunch and pizza nights. 

To RSVP for pizza, to register for the “Road, River and Rail” trip or for more information about Birch Grove call 663-7977 or


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Lutsen 99er offers events for all ages during last weekend in June

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:09pm

Fifteen hundred mountain bikers will gather at Lutsen Mountains during the last weekend of June for the Lutsen 99er. WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson spoke with Mike Larson and Linda Kratt on North Shore Morning. 


Blues musician Guy Davis comes to Grand Marais June 6

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:33pm

Nationally-known blues musician Guy Davis will be visiting Grand Marais on June 6th, with plans for a concert and a special kids program. WTIP host Yvonne Mills spoke with Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association on North Shore Morning. 


Event:  “The Roots and Routes of the Blues” Youth Program with Guy Davis
Venue: Grand Marais Public Library
Date: June 6, 2015
Time:   1-2 PM

Co-sponsored by the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Public Library, this event, featuring world-renowned acoustic blues musician Guy Davis, will be a fun, playful, musically and culturally enriching time for all.
 Event: Performance by Guy Davis
Venue: Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Date: June 6
Time: 7:30 PM

For more information contact Kate Fitzgerald of the North Shore Music Association at 218-387-2916.