A Fun Weekend Coming Up

by Joan on February 18, 2015

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

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.

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 rharrison@easterseals.org. Lunch at the Lodge is included.

frozen photographers gathering Friday Feb. 20

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.

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 www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

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

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.

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


"Plate Ice Paradise" by Travis Novitsky.

“Plate Ice Paradise” by Travis Novitsky.


"Rock, Ice & Water -- Gooseberry Falls" by Jeff Henry.

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


Frozen Wonderland at Tettegouche State Park by Bryan Hansel.

Frozen Wonderland at Tettegouche State Park by Bryan Hansel.


Photo by Christian Dalbec.

Ice piles at  Split Rock. Photo by Christian Dalbec.


An icy landscape by Don Davison.

An icy landscape by Don Davison.


"Ice Sunset" by Jamie Rabold.

“Ice Sunset” by Jamie Rabold.


"Frozen February" by Travis Novitsky.

“Frozen February” by Travis Novitsky.


"Last Light" by Jeff Henry.

“Last Light” by Jeff Henry.


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

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

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


Photo by Bruce Johnson.

Photo by Bruce Johnson.


Northern Lights Pillars by David Johnson.

Northern Lights Pillars by David Johnson.


And we found some incredible sunrise/sunset shots.

Photo by Mary Lou Williams.

Photo by Mary Lou Williams.


"Sunrise in Two Harbors" by Christian Dalbec.

“Sunrise in Two Harbors” by Christian Dalbec.


"This Morning," by David Johnson.

“This Morning,” by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


















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