It will be beautiful and quiet in Grand Marais this weekend, with plenty of time to explore the outdoors and the boutiful signs of spring.
North House Folk School celebrates the beginning of the summer season with the Northern Landscapes Festival featuring a number of workshops, classes and birding opportunities on the North Shore. Click here to learn more.
Two presentations for the public will be offered at the Folk School this weekend, too.
On Friday night, Steve Robertson, interpreter for the U.S. forest Service, will give a presentation about the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Hear the stories of how the Superior National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and hundreds of wilderness areas across the country became federally protected areas through the Wilderness Act. Robertson will offer insight into the way the Wilderness Act has shaped the nation. The presentation is at 7 p.m. at North House.
On Saturday night, Minnesota author and geologist Richard Ojakangas, will give a presentation about the geology of the North Shore. Ojakangas, author of “Roadside Geology of Minnesota” will talk about the geology of the area going back 1.1 billion years. His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.
To read a little about rocks and other historical tidbits on the Gunflint Trail much later than 1.1 billion years ago, check out Ada Igoe’s latest article in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine. Here’s the link.
The Northeast Minnesota Book Awards were announced last week with nods to two Cook County residents. Kathy Rice, who wrote The Pie Place Cafe Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore, received the first place award for general nonfiction and Kelly Dupre, who illustrated “The Best Part of a Sauna,” shared the first place award for children’s literature with the book’s author, Sheryl Peterson,
In art news, two art exhibits continue this weekend: The Joyce Gow Retrospective at the Johnson Heritage Post and the Instructor Show at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
The Grand Marais Art Colony launches its studio tour series this Friday at 10 a.m. with demonstrations in the glass studio. Free and open to the public. The Art Colony will also hold a historical building tour at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Next week, the Art Colony will open the Warren MacKenzie Pottery Exhibit with the screening of a documentary about MacKenzie’s life by Mark Lambert from 5-7 Friday, June 6. Stay tuned.
Betsy Bowen’s latest book, “Plant a Pocket of Prairie” has been released and she has copies of it at her gallery, as well as themed prints of her artwork in the book. She also has new card designs as well as her 2015 calendar.The gallery is also featuring work by Ron Piercy (sculpture), Ruth Nakalembe (paper-bead jewelry) and Fritz Lehmberg (pottery)
The Waterfront Gallery, 732 First Ave. in Two Harbors continues the “Voyageur Artists Annual Spring Exhibit” through June 7. Artists include John Anderson, Elsie Cook, Shelley Getten, Joyce Gow (In Memoriam), Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Helen Hartley, Linda Hoffman, Jeff Leighton, Marlene Miller, Michelle Ronning, Juanita Truax and Rose Kadera Vastila.
In Thunder Bay, George Raab’s intaglio exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, “In the Woods,” continues through June 15. “John Hartman: A View from Collins,” works from the gallery’s permanent collection is also on view until June 15 as is “Digitizing the Collection.”
And on Sunday, the Hovland Kids’ Art Show & Ice Cream Social will be at the Hovland Town Hall from 5:30-7 p.m. The young artists (ages 5-13) participated in a winter art camp sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church. All invited.
Here’s the music for the weekend:
Thursday, May 29:
- Lane Trisko, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 30:
- Briand Morrison, The Pie Plac, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 31:
- Portage Band, American Legion, 6:30 p.m
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge Pub. 8 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the Northstars, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 1:
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4:
- Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Lots of interesting photos this week. Here’s a selection:
Have a wonderful weekend!