Happy Thanksgiving!

by Joan on November 26, 2014

David Johnson took this photo after the sou'wester we had earlier this week.

David Johnson took this photo after the gale we had earlier this week.


The holiday season kicks off this weekend with art, music and the annual Grand Marais Christmas parade, and, of course, Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday specials in shops all over the county.

Painting by Anna Hess.

Painting by Anna Hess.

First up is Home for the Holidays Holiday Market at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. The event, which is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, features new work by local and regional artists, an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. on Friday with caroling and tree lighting at 6 p.m..

There will be artist demos on both days.  Artist demonstrators include Judie Johnson  who will demonstrate basketmaking at noon both days. On Friday,  Tom Christiansen  will demonstrate bronze casting at  1 p.m. and Nate Saunders will demonstrate making pots at 2 p.m. On Saturday,  John Books  will demonstrate sculpting at 1 p.m. and Anna Hess will demonstrate making pet portraits at 2 p.m. The event also features ornament-making for charity. All invited.

Friday is also the official opening of the holiday season in Grand Marais with the O Ole Night Christmas Parade. The tree lighting ceremony in Harbor Park is at 4:45 followed by the parade at 5 p.m. The public is invited to get in the parade, too. Walkers, jugglers, winter bikers, four-legged pets, decorated vehicles and Scandinavian sweater-wearers are all welcome to turn up in the Senior Center parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and line-up to march in the parade.

And Michael Monroe will be a guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night as well to talk about his music and play a few songs. He will hold a Log Cabin Concert on Saturday night. The  Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie's at 8 p.m. Friday night.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m. Friday night.

And to cap off Friday night, the New Standards returns to Papa Charlie’s with their annual Holiday Show at 8 p.m. 

This performance features swinging versions of classic holiday tunes and includes “a smattering of irreverence and a healthy sprinkling of spectacle.”

There are surprise visits by rock musicians, too, and joke-telling and more.

The New Standards have performed in clubs and theaters everywhere, from Shanghai to New York, released half a dozen CDs and several popular YouTube favorites.

The core band includes Chan Poling (piano), Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass), but the show also includes unexpected rock star guests, poems or stories, and bits of comedy. Tickets are $18 advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.lutsen.com for more.

Then on Saturday, the Hovland Holiday Arts Festival will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with everything from handmade candles to prints, Ojibwe beadwork, hand-turned bowls, jewelry, photographs and more. Refreshments are available. All invited.

winter bees

Rick Allen will be at Sivertson Gallery on Saturday afternoon to sign his new book.

Also, Rick Allen will be at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday to sign his latest book, “Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold,” written by poet Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Allen.

The gallery will also hold a trunk show of Kirk Sklar Jewelry this weekend.

In other art news, Amymarie Schmidt had one of her poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

And Betsy Bowen was recently featured on a program on Minnesota Public Radio. It was titled “In Grand Marais, She’s the Community’s Woman of All Seasons.” To listen to the interview, click here

There’s lots of music this weekend, too. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Nov. 28:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s,  8:30 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29:

  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., 387-2919
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20:

  • Jaggedease, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2:

  • James Moors, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Winter has arrived, as we’ve all probably noticed, and some interesting photographs were posted this week. Here’s a selection:

Let’s start with some intriguing Black & White photos.

Kirk Scheife calls this one “Poor Little Lost Tree.”

Photo by Kirk Scheife.

Photo by Kirk Scheife.


Jeff Hennisgaard said he thought these deer tracks in an early snow in the woods made an intriguing image.

Photo by Jeff Hennisgaard.

Photo by Jeff Hennisgaard.


Devil Track Lake is almost iced over, as Kathy Gray-Anderson caught in this lovely sunset shot.

Photo by Kathy Gray-Anderson

Photo by Kathy Gray-Anderson.


Bryan Hansel caught a brief day of pancake ice on the Grand Marais Harbor in this gorgeous photo before the ice melted and/or was blown away.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Here’s another of Hansel’s images… this time of Lake Superior.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Layne Kennedy was in town last weekend and caught this image on the shore.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.


And now, for some of David Johnson‘s images. He was out shooting like crazy during the gale and made some fantastic photographs..

First, a shot of waves breaking on the shore.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Then, two photos of the icy results on the breakwater … Enjoy!

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!





























David Johnson was out shooting a storm this week, during the storm, and we decided










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