The big news this week: The annual Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show will be performed by the Good Harbor Hill Players at North House Folk School at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

The event is always a lot of fun.

Here's a sneak preview at one of the scenes in "Heat Wave," the Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show at North House Folk School Dec. 21.

Here’s a sneak preview of one of the scenes in “Heat Wave,” the Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show at North House Folk School at 6 p.m. Dec. 21.

Everyone bundles up and gathers outside the red building on the North House campus to watch a shadow puppet story that’s always full of wonderful characters having quirky and highly amusing adventures. The title of this year’s show is “Heat Wave.”

As can be seen from a a sneak preview shot from the upcoming show, left, the shadow puppets do out-of-the-box things and really catch the imagination.

There’s live music, too, played behind the screen. And there’s a surprise at the end…we don’t know what it will be this year, but it’s pretty well guaranteed.

Then the bonfire is lit and everyone is invited to throw in their gloomies (pieces of paper on which   gloomy thoughts, feelings, etc. are written down and then best thrown into the fire and given up to the flames.) Then everyone goes indoors for a winter potluck.

If you’d like to help with the shadow puppet show, workshops will be held at North House Folk School at 6 p.m. through Saturday. All welcome. Call Betsy at 218-370-8077 for more info.

Liz Sivertson did this painting of the SplinterTones, now the band's official image.

Liz Sivertson did this painting of the SplinterTones, now the band’s official image.

Also not to be missed this weekend, the high-octane band, the SplinterTones, plays at Papa Charlie’s on Saturday night.

A band that’s both exciting to listen to and dance to, the SplinterTones includes Max Bichel, fiddle; Liz Sivertson, saxophone; Leah Thomas, accordion; John Gruber, guiter; Holly Harwig, percussion; Jeff DeShaw, Bass; Rick Brandenburg, drums. The music starts at 9 p.m.

In other art news, Paula Sundet Wolf’s  pastels and Timothy Young’s acrylic paintings will be on exhibit at Cook County Higher Education from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18.  A portion of the sales will be donated to CCHE. All invited. Dec. 18 is also the day of the CCHE Holiday Open house from 1-2 p.m.

The Art Underground Holiday Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio continues this weekend with a wide variety of art by local and regional artists. The show includes pottery, fiber art, fused glass, paintings, woodcut prints, photographs and more. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21-24. The exhibit closes on Christmas Eve.

Neil Sherman was interviewed by painter and PBS videographer Roger Bansimer and his wife, Sarah, for an upcoming program on public television. The couple produce a series entitled “Painting and Travel” for PBS stations. Click to see their web site. Here’s the segment they made with Sherman. The couple are great producers and used a camera drone very effectively in this video. (Plus the interview with Neil is great!) Click here to see the video.  Enjoy!

The Spirit of the Wilderness is inviting artists of every age to participate in an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post (to open March 13) entitled “Igniting Imagination.” The show encourages artists to examine the overlap between creativity and spirituality — specifically paying attention to illumination and how it is expressed in the artist’s particular medium. Illumination is a broad and nuanced term. Electric lights illuminate a room would be the literal meaning, for example, but medieval artists illuminated manuscripts and painters have “illuminated” music.

In the art show, all artists are invited to explore this theme. Choose a “significant passage” to illuminate, or consider working with another artist, perhaps across a media or genre.

Questions? Call Lee Stewart at 218-387-2983, Bonnie Gay Hedstrom at 218-387-2538 or Mary Ellen Ashcroft at 218-387-1536.

Here’s the music for the weekend.

Thursday, Dec. 18:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hanson, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19:

  • Eric Frost & Friends, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20:

  • Portage Band, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 3 p.m.
  • Al Oikari and Rod Dockan, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, American Legion, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22:

  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 23:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

We found some great photos this week.

Here are two wonderful shots of dogs enjoying the outdoors.

Photo by Lori Schaefer.

Photo by Lori Schaefer.

 

Photo by Erin Altemus.

Photo by Erin Altemus.

 

Photographers are starting to post wonderful birds-in-winter shots, too. Here’s a chickadee by John Sikkila.

Photo by John Sikkila.

Photo by John Sikkila.

 

Gail Murton caught this classic shot of a blue jay.

Photo by Gail Murton.

Photo by Gail Murton.

 

John Sikkila posted this great shot of a gray jay, too.

Photo by John Sikkila.

Photo by John Sikkila.

 

Ice has been a big topic this week, as well. Here’s a pretty wonderful natural ice sculpture that Bryan Hansel found.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

David Johnson caught this moment on the ice-covered shores of Lake Superior.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

 

Here’s a wonderful icy sunset by Ann Possis. She calls it “This is the season of sherbet sunsets.”

Photo by Ann Possis.

Photo by Ann Possis.

 

This black & white beauty is by John Ongaro.

Photo by John Ongara.

Photo by John Ongara.

 

Here’s another black & white…this time of a shot of a river’s ice flow by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

 

David Grinstead took this photo of an ice volcano where the Brule River in Wisconsin enters Lake Superior. There’s black sand on that beach and it is carried onto the ice when the water rushes through the “volcano’s” hole.

Photo by David Grinstead.

Photo by David Grinstead.

 

The hoar frost was also beautiful this week. Here’s a lovely photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.

 

Nancy Seaton took this beauty.

Photo by Nancy Seaton.

Photo by Nancy Seaton.

 

And where there’s ice, there are fishermen. This is one of Layne Kennedy‘s photos from “A Hard-Water World.”

Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.

 And since Christmas is right around the corner, here’s a beautiful holiday shot by Thomas Spence.

thomas spence Christmas town

Photo by Thomas Spence.

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