Happy Independence Day! By the time you receive this posting, the 4th will be almost over, (We go out about 5 p.m.), but there are lots of places to look at fireworks at dusk and there are plenty of live music options.
Tofte’s 4th of July festivities started about 11 a.m. this morning with food, the best parade in the county, children’s activities and two stages with live music all day. The Sensational Hot Rods from Thunder Bay, the Cook County High School Band, the Yabobo Drum Group, Johnny Smith and Eric Frost performed for the crowds. A spaghetti dinner will be served at the Lutheran church from 5-7 p.m.
In Grand Marais, the First Congregational Church will hold a Pie Social from 6-8 p.m. at the church. The parade starts at 8 p.m. and Paul Pederson will play in Harbor Park afterwards.
Fireworks are scheduled in Tofte, Grand Marais and Grand Portage at dusk, around 9:45 p.m. They should be pretty spectacular this year, since the moon is full and will be on the horizon or just above when the first fireworks start. We’ll post any great photographs we find next week.
The new zip line at Gunflint Lodge had it’s grand opening today until 5 p.m. It will be open daily throughout the summer. It’s called the Towering Pines Canopy Tour and is really fun.
For music tonight, Bump & Barbara Jean are playing at Moguls at Caribou Highlands at 7 p.m., Scott Fraser is at Bluefin Grille at 9 p.m. and Azure du Jour plays at the Gunflint Tavern.
All the restaurants in town are open today, many with special 4th of July menus. You can also see great exhibits at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder and the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais.
Artists at Cross River Heritage Center in July include photography by Peter Juhl, Kathleen Gray-Anderson and Shell and Alan Foeckler. Nancy Kemp is showing her fused glass work a the Heritage Center as well.
The Johnson Heritage Post is exhibiting landscape photographs by John Gregor and David Gredzens as well as plein air oil paintings by Joi Electa. Entitled “Northern Perspectives: Local Color,” the exhibit continues through July. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
One of the perks of coming to Cook County in the summer is all the opportunities to explore the outdoors. Several lodges on the Gunflint Trail are offering free paddling days this summer. Tomorrow, Thursday, Bearskin Lodge and Hungry Jack Outfitters are both offering free lake paddling. On Friday, Clearwater Lodge is the place to be for free paddling. On Monday, NorWester Lodge and Voyageur Canoe Outfitters offer the perk, and Tuscarora Outfitters and Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters offer it on Tuesday, July 9.
If you want to explore Oberg Mountain during a guided hike with a U.S. Forest Service naturalist, meet at the Oberg Mountain trailhead at 10 a.m. A Forest Service naturalist will give a presentation on Lake Superior by a campfire at Eagle Ridge Resort at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, too.
For all the activities and family events this week, click here.
This is the final week of ”Lethal Lecture,” the murder-mystery dinner theater at the Harbor Light Supper Club & Bar. Performances are Thursday through Sunday. Seating for the three-course dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m. Call 387-1142 to make reservations.
For chicken lovers (and movie lovers), Sugarloaf Cove is screening the movie, “Mad City Chickens” at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Nature Center. The movie is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. This is the first of the Friday night movie series that Sugarloaf will run every Friday through August. Bring a comfortable chair and enjoy a movie you’ll probably never see anywhere else. Free! Here’s a link to the Mad City Chickens web site.
On Saturday, author Sheila O’Connor will talk about her latest juvenile fiction book, “Sparrow Road” at Drury Lane Books at a Salon at 5 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Senior Center parking lot featuring lots of arts & crafts, plants, early vegetables, locally roasted coffees, bakery goods and more.
There’s all kinds of great music this week, too.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Samantha Crain will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.
Crain is a member of the Choctaw tribe and often performs at tribal festivals and events throughout the United States and Canada. She has been featured at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg and has won two trophies from the Native American Music Awards, one for song writing and the other for best folk record.
Tickets are available at the door.
Here’s the rest of the music line-up for this weekend:
Wednesday, July 4:
- Bump & Barbara Jean, Moguls, Caribou Lodge, 7 p.m.
- Brett Berka & Friends, Harbor Light Supper Club & Bar, 7 p.m.
- Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
- Azure du Jour, Gunflint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5:
- Annie Enneking, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 6:
- Bump & Barbara Jean, Devil Track Lodge, 7 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Harbor Light Supper Club & Bar, 9 p.m.
- Earth, Wind & Todd, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 7:
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
- Bump & Barbara Jean, Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., reservation s 387-2919.
- Samantha Crain, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Trail’s End Band, Windigo Lodge, 7:30 p.m.
- Moss Piglets, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 8
- Briand Morrison, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Devil Track Lodge, 5 p.m.
- Adam Moe, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Monday, July 9
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Monday Music Medleys, Devil Track Lodge, 5 p.m.
Here are some of the photos we came upon this week.
First, a photo from Kathleen Gray-Anderson, taken during the full moon last night.
Here’s a great kildeer shot by Bryan Hansel. He caught her on her nest.
Paul Sundberg took this photo of wave-washed rocks at Tettegouche State Park recently.
We had lots of lightning in Cook County recently. Nace Hagemann caught this photo of it.
And last, but not least, Stephan Hoglund took this wonderful photo of lichens and Lake Superior.
Have a fun and safe 4th!