Grand Marais Arts Festival & Lots of Music

by Joan on July 9, 2014

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux admires a peony from her yard.  Photo by her husband, Jay.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux admires a peony from her yard. She is performing in “Nunsense: A Mega Musical” which opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts next week.  Photo by her husband, Jay.


Here’s proof that summer has really arrived in Cook County — the peonies are blooming, and the Grand Marais Arts Festival opens on Saturday, just to mention a few of things to do this busy weekend.

On Friday, Caribou Highlands on Lutsen Mountain will host the Hopped Up Beer Fest on Friday and Saturday. The band, Fresh Hops, will play Friday night.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival will be held in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more than 70 regional and local artists juried into the show.

There will be all kinds of activities and demonstrations during the Arts Festival, too. There will be lots of live music in Harbor Park (see music schedule below), a wide variety of art activities, including screen printing a T-shirt, making an accordion book with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, gyotoku fish printing with Cameron Norman, creating clay characeters with Denise Tennen,  rock balancing with Peter Juhl and having your portrait drawn by David Hahn.

The Arts Festival also includes the Clothesline Art Sale with works donated by artists of every age. The pieces will be installed on real clotheslines in the Art Colony’s booth, and everyone is invited to check them out. The sale is a fundraiser for the Art Colony.

There will also be artist talks and demonstrations throughout the weekend, and art of every medium to admire and enjoy.

And members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild will be demonstrating on the lawn of the Johnson Heritage Post during the Arts Festival on Saturday. WTIP Community Radio will be broadcasting live from the festival, too.

There are a number of other events on the opening day of the Arts Festival, Saturday, as well.  The Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be open in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The North Shore Hospital Auxilary will sponsor a pie social in the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All invited. It’s also a great chance to see the latest exhibit.

The Cook County Historical Society is setting up a tent outside Bally’s Blacksmith Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to come identify mystery artifacts found while cleaning the shop, share stories about the shop and learn about the renovation. 

And the Historical Society will hold its annual Planked Trout Dinner fundraiser at the Rec Park’s Recreation Hall that night at 5:30 p.m. For advance tickets, call 387-2883 or email 

rachel kilgourSinger/songwriter Rachel Kilgore will be in concert at What’s Upstairs? above Betsy Bowen’s Studio at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

And Drury Lane Books will host a Full Moon Music event outside on Saturday night featuring music by Yvonne Mills and Friends at 8 p.m.

There are some wonderful art exhibits in the county, as well.

“Feels Like Home: Jo Wood Beadwork and Don Lessard Paintings” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. The Heritage Post is open from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Watercolor painter Tim Pearson has an on-going exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Spotlight Gallery. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Cross River Heritage Center  is hosting the 10th annual Lundie Vacation Home Tour at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The tour features homes in the Hovland area and a light supper at Naniboujou Lodge. The event is a fundraiser for the Schroeder Area Historical Society.For more info, click here.

Painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

Painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

And the Heritage Center is featuring a number of local artists this month, including work by painter Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, July 10:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Live at WTIP ,  noon
  • Roxann Berglund and Briand Morrison, Live at WTIP, 1 p.m.
  • Bill Hansen & Eric Frost, live at WTIP,  4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11:

  • Michael Monroe, Live on WTIP, noon
  • Maria Nickolay, live on WTIP, 1 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar, WTIP, The Roadhouse, 5 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place Cafe, 6 p.m.
  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12:

  • Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe, Harbor Park, 9 a.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Harbor Park, 11:45 a.m.
  • Eric Frost, Harbor Park, 2 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, WTIP, 3 p.m.
  • Al Hedstrom, WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Don Juan (John Gruber and Don Bauer), Sydney’s roof, 4-7 p.m.
  • Eric Hahn & Tom Van Cleve, WTIP, 5 p.m.
  • Whurl, WTIP, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Rachael Kilgour, What’s Upstairs?, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 287-2919 for reservations.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Oversize Load, American Legion, 8 p.m.
  • Yvonne Mills & Company, Full Moon Music, Drury Lane Books,  8 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 13:

  • Gordon Thorne, WTIP, 8 a.m.
  • Briand Morrison, WTIP, 12:15 p.m.
  • Amy Schmidt, WTIP, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 14:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 15:

  • Eric Frost, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

We found another group of great photos this week. Here’s a selection.

The dragonflies are beginning to appear, but this one was new to me. It’s a crimson-ringed-whiteface dragonfly. The photo was taken in a bog by Kathy Anselment-Nelson.

Photo by Kathy Anselment-Nelson.

Photo by Kathy Anselment-Nelson.


Here’s another water-loving animal. Nace Hagemann shot this one.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


David Johnson caught this interesting series of photos of a moose cow and her twin calves. First, enjoying the day, then sensing danger/a threat, and then moving on. Check it out.

Eating fresh grass by David Johnson.

Eating fresh grass by David Johnson.

"And then the wind switched," by David Johnson.

“And then the wind switched,” by David Johnson.


"Time to go," by David Johnson.

“Time to go,” by David Johnson.


Here’s a fun shot of “moving on” by Michael Furtman.

Photo by Michael Furtman.

Photo by Michael Furtman.


We found some wonderful landscapes, too. Here’s a Lake Superior sunset by Michael Monroe.

Photo by Michael Monroe.

Photo by Michael Monroe.


Travis Novitsky caught this shot of a double rainbow over Grand Portage Bay.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


And Bryan Hansel caught these beautiful fireworks on the 4th of July.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


But the real news this week was water … lots of it.

Here’s a Thomas Spence shot of the upper falls on the Temperance River after the deluge.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


And here’s a wonderful shot of the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Gayle Coyer took this shot of the Cross River after four inches of rain fell in the West End. She said she had never seen the Cross River so full of rushing water.

Photo by Gayle Coyer.

Photo by Gayle Coyer.


But Peter Juhl caught the jewel … multiple falls on Highway 61. Enjoy!

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.


Enjoy your weekend! Try to see and do everything you can! Good luck!






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