Mush for a Cure, A Play and a Chat

by Joan on March 5, 2014

They're skating in Grand Portage! Photo courtesy of the Grand Portage National Monument.

They’re ice skating in Grand Portage! Photo courtesy of the Grand Portage National Monument.


The weekend kicks off with the opening of “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Thursday at 7 p.m.  A production of the Grand Marais Playhouse, this timeless drama is an American classic. It is Wilder’s most performed play and first appeared on Broadway in 1938 to wide acclaim.  It subsequently won a Pulitzer Prize.  The play is a community youth performance and  will just run this weekend.

The multi-generational cast includes Braidy Powers as Dr. Gibbs, Diane Stoddard as Mrs. Gibbs, Cy Fortunato as George Gibbs, Robin Henrikson as Rebecca Gibbs, Dick Swanson-Mr. Webb; Beth Farone–Mrs. Webb; Breanna Hay–Emily Webb and Sam Kern–Wally Webb and Kevin Kager–Professor Willard,  to name a few in the 22-member cast.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10  for adults, $5 for students and are available at the door.

Mushers, and often their dogs, deck out in pink for Mush for a Cure.

Mushers deck out in pink for Mush for a Cure. (Photo courtesy Mush for a Cure.)

The Mush for A Cure FUNdraiser is this Friday and Saturday on the Gunflint Trail. The event is a non-competitive sled dog run to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to find a cure for breast cancer.
Mush for a Cure is always wonderful  and features hilarious “pink” events and a great opportunity to see mushers doing what they love most. It is also a fantastic fundraiser.To date, Mush for a Cure has donated $186,500 to the Breast Cancer Foundation. The goal this year is to raise $50,000.

Mush for a Cure starts on Friday at Trail Center at 5 p.m. with musher registration and a Pink Pasta Dinner.

The Pink Zombie Party follows at Windigo Lodge from 7-11 p.m..

At 9:30 p.m. at Windigo is one of the highlights of this fun weekend–The Bald, The Brave and The Beautiful Head Shaving. Three candidates vie to raise the most in pledges. The three contestants this year include Ana Genz, a breast cancer survivor and the first woman to compete in the head shaving. Her goal is to raise $6,000. She will donate her long hair to the Locks of Love. Corey Christianson and Craig Horak are also in the competition. They are working to raise as many funds as Ana and try to out-fundraise each other at the same time. Click here to learn more about the contest.

Saturday begins with a Mushers Pancake Breakfast at Gunflint Pines Resort from 8-11 a.m.  It is open to the public and a goodwill donation is requested.

The Short Course start is held at the Cross River Gravel Pit at 10 a.m. The Long Course Sourdough start is in front of Gunflint Pines on Gunflint Lake. In the this type of start, the mushers must be in their sleeping bags and  get up, harness their dogs and set out. Mushers will finish between 1-3 p.m. on the lake. The awards ceremony is at 3:30 p.m.  All invited. To read more about the event, click here.

"Beach Patrol," mosaic by Michael Sweere.

“Beach Patrol,” mosaic by Michael Sweere.

On Saturday night, Sivertson Gallery hosts mosaic artist Michael Sweere for a Fireside Chat at the gallery at 6 p.m. The title of his presentation is “Broken Plate Landscapes.” He will talk about how he does his work as well as be presenting several new pieces. Refreshments are served. All invited.

Also this weekend, the Frozen Photographers exhibit opens at the Duluth Photography Institute, 405 E. Superior St. in Duluth with a reception from 6-8 p.m. It will be a juried show featuring a wide range of work from local and regional photographers.

In Thunder Bay, the Bay Street Film Festival will be March 6 & 13 at the Finlandia Club in Thunder Bay. For more information, click here.

On March 9, the band Cheap Trick will be performing at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium at 8 p.m. (EST) on March 9.  For tickets and more information about the shows at this venue, click here.

And finally, the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay has put out a call for painters to exhibit in the lounge during upcoming shows including “Red,” a play about the abstract painter Mark Rothko which opens March 13 and “Same Time, Next Year,” an award-winning classic that opens April 17. For more info, email Justin Parcher, publicity and marketing coordinator at The learn more about the theater, click here.

By Carla Stetson.

By Carla Stetson.

Even farther afield, multi-media artist Carla Stetson, who lived and worked in Duluth for years, opens a show  at the Anderson Center in Red Wing at 7 p.m. March 7. The exhibit entitled “Natural Histories: Mixed Media” includes works by texitle artists Carolyn Halliday and Kimber Olson. Stetson will also have a gallery dedicated to her entire collection: Ornithography.

Grand Marais photographer, Bryan Hansel‘s latest blog is out. Read it here.

This is Woodcarver’s Week at North House Folk School. For find out more, click here.

The new course catalog for 2014 is out, too. To see, click here.

And not to forget–March 13 is EATS, a fundraiser for the Cook County Educational Foundation. It will be held at the Cook County Middle/High School from 6-8 p.m. next Thursday. The  event features lots of great tasting tables by local restaurants, music and a silent auction. Only 150 tickets will be sold for the event. They are available at the school office, Java Moose, the Blue Water Cafe or from any Cook County Educational Foundation board member.

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

Thursday, March 6:

  • James Moors, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 7:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. 5:30 p.m.
  • The Sivertones, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 8:

  • Al Oikari & Rod Dockan, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Kelberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m
  • Timmy Haus, The Landing at Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Spruce Roots, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 9:

  • Wu Acoustic Family, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Classical Evening of Flute, Cello & Piano, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, March 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Caroline Smith, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11:

  • Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Gordon Thorne, Moondance Coffee House, 5-7 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12:

  • Sonja and the Reckoning, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found lots of cool photographs this week.

We’ll start out with the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore which continue to be a very popular place to visit. Last Saturday, 2,650 visited the park, bringing the total to 80,000, more than half of all the people who visited  the park in 2013.

We’ll start out with this photo by Keith Crowley.

keith crowley watermarked rock

Photo by Keith Crowley.


Paul Sundberg visited the caves recently, too, and came up with this beauty.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


And John Heino posted this the other day. He calls it “This Calmness.”

Photo by john Heino.

Photo by john Heino.


And Bill Cady took this wondrous shot of the northern lights from the ice caves.

Photo by Bill Cady.

Photo by Bill Cady.


And yes, we all are pretty tired of winter, but beautiful images continue to come out of our unending winter wonderland. Jamie Rabold posted this the other day:

"Ice Ferns" by Jamie Rabold.

“Ice Ferns” by Jamie Rabold.


Thomas Spence caught this ice “explosion” at Temperance River State Park.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


The ice is beginning to pile up on the shores of Lake Superior, too. Jeff Henningsgaard took this beauty.


Here’s an icy scene lit by beautiful northern lights. Bryan Hansel took this one.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Christian Dalbec shot this gorgeous sunrise over Split Rock Lighthouse last weekend.


And David Johnson took this evocative shot of a Lake Superior fish house at sunrise.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Don Davison captured the grim reality and stark beauty of winter in this shot.

Photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.


And Christian Dalbec documents a reality for deer this year — wolf tracks on lakeshore ice.


And, just in case you might have forgotten …this should be coming … pretty soon.

Kunde Wintery in Kenwood, Calif. by Bob Bowman.

Kunde Winery in Kenwood, Calif. by Bob Bowman.

Have a great weekend, everyone!






















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