Susanne Von Shroeder took this awesome photo of the Lake Superior shoreline.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Pluskwik caught some tamarack beauties in this shot.


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

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.

Photo by Mary Karlie Carlson.

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

Photo by Jessica Barr.

Photo by Jessica Barr.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
















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