It will be pretty quiet in Cook County this weekend, but there’s going to be lots of live music and a Fireside Chat to keep everyone busy. And there a few cool events outside of the county, too, so read on. And, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to play in the snow.
First up is is the Sean Emery Juggling Act at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. Friday. The show is free and open to the public. Emery, who trained with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, entertains crowds all over the country with his fantastic juggling, unicycle riding and physical comedy. The show will be enjoyed by all ages. Everyone welcome.
Also on Friday afternoon, the Cook County Community Center is hosting a bonfire, hot dogs, soup, cocoa, marshmallows and ice skating as part of “Let’s Move It” month. If you need skates, they can be rented for $1. The event runs from 4-7 p.m. The ice rinks and the warming house will be open all weekend, too.
Also on Friday, Lutsen Resort & Bent Paddle Brewery will host a Craft Beer Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the resorts dining room. Guest brewers Colin and Laura Mullen will be on-site to talk about the selections that are paired with the the courses. Tickets are $45. Call 800-258-86737 for reservations.
On Saturday, the first ever Best In Snow Skijor Race will be held at Washington Pines Ski Trail starting at 10 a.m. The fun event includes a skijoring clinic from 10 a.m. to noon and two timed races starting at noon. Each race will be capped at 15 teams, which are limited to one dog per skier. A $25 entry fee is required for each team per race. Both beginners and advanced skiers are welcome.
The event is a fundraiser for Go Dog North Shore, a new non-profit based in Grand Marais that aims to promote healthy and active human and dog relationships on the North Shore. For more information and to register, visit http://godognorthshore.org.
On Saturday night, Sivertson Gallery will host a Fireside Chat featuring landscape painter Mary Jo Van Dell. She has exhibited extensively in Minnesota and Wisconsin and her work is in permanent collections at the Minnesota Historical Society and the National Park Service. To find out more, click here. The Fireside Chat begins at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All welcome.
On Sunday, the annual Trout Derby Picnic and Fishing Contest will be held at Gunflint Lake. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. at the Gunflint Lake Boat Access. Cost is $10 for Snowmobile Club members and $20 for non members. All fish must be in by 1 p.m. There will be cook-out with fish burgers, hot dogs, brats and burgers as well as raffles and prizes, including a 1st place cash prize. The event is a fundraiser for the Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club. To find out more, click here or check the club’s Facebook page.
Registration is now open for a number of interesting classes at the Grand Marais Art Colony next month including 3-D Printing with Bob Pranis, Studio Landscapes with Neil Sherman, Drawing for Kids with David Hahn and John Franz, Still Life in Pastel with Lisa Stauffer, Write from the Heart — for Military Veterans with Jeanette Marie Cox, Artistic Vision through Drawing with Brandon Kuehn, and two fiber classes, Crochet: Beyond Boundaries and Uncharted Knitting with Karen Searle, to name a few. For more information, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.
And March 4-9 is Woodcarver’s Week at North House Folk School. A wide variety of classes will be offered including Bowl Carving with Jon Strom, Wooden Bowl Turning with Roger Abrahamson and Kind & Snarly Nordic Dragons: Carving Relief and in the Round with Phillip Odden, to name a few. To learn more, click here.
Photographers Christian Dalbec, Bryan Hansel, Travis Novitsky and Emily Rose will discuss their work, showing some of their favorite photographs of Lake Superior at the Lake Superior Photography Symposium at Split Rock Lighthouse March 1 from 1-4 4 p.m. John Gregor of Cold Snap Photography will be the moderator. Guests are encouraged to go on a field shoot at Split Rock after the presentation. The event is part of a photography workshop. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/splitrock.
The Grand Marais Playhouse will open “Our Town,” a play by Thornton Wilder March 6. It will run through March 9. This is the annual community/high school/youth play. More than 20 are in the cast, including Bob Carter, Braidy Powers, Diane Stoddard, Cy Fortunato, Robin Henrikson, Dick Swanson, Beth Farone, Breanna Hay, Sam Kern, Kevin Kager, Mark Abrahamson and Finn Garry.
Registration is now open for the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop, a chamber music experience for adult musicians of all skill levels and instruments. The workshop will be held at Surfside Resort in Tofte in late June. A full session (June 24-29) and a short session (June 26-29) will be held. The workshop includes ensemble coaching, seminars, a sight-reading session and refreshments. The faculty includes the Gichigami Trio (Sam Black, piano), Laurie Bastian (violin), Josh Aerie (cello)) and Betty Braunstein (flute) and Mina Fisher (cello). The workshop also includes a gala concert on June 29. For more information and to register, see www.woodlandchambermusic.com.
In other interesting news, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has activated the web cam at an eagle’s nest somewhere in Minnesota. Check out it out here. The last time we looked, the eagle was sitting in a snow-filled nest. (Thank you David Johnson for sending us this tip.)
Here’s the music schedule:
Thursday, Feb. 27:
- Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28:
- Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille at Caribou Highlands, 3:30 p.m.
- Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, 5:30 p.m.
- Joe and Jessi, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.
- Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 1:
- Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Moguls Girlle & tap Rom, 3:30 P.M.
- Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
- The Sivertones, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, The Landing, Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
- Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 2:
- Evergreen Grass Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
- Betty Braunstein & Vince Osbourne, classical music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
Monday, March 3:
- Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- GB Leighton, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4:
- Gordon Thorne’s Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, Moondance Coffee House, Lutsen, 5-7 p.m. Free.
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Open Mic Night with Bump Blomberg, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5:
- Actual Wolf, Spotlight North Music Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
And now for the photographs we found this week.
The sea caves at the Apostle Island National Lakeshore continue to get national and international attention.
It’s been really cold and people haven’t been necessarily prepared for it. Here’s a post from the Apostle Island Lakeshore Facebook page that gives you an idea of what that means:
“Parents taking small children to the ice caves must be sure to dress them appropriately for the extremely cold weather we are having this week. Bare skin must be covered to prevent frostbite. Kids get very cold when they are riding in sleds. No one has a good time when their children are crying from the cold. That happened a lot last weekend. ”
In all, an estimated 76,000 people have visited the ice caves this season, more than half the people who visited in all of 2013.
Spectacular photographs are coming out of this beautiful area as well. Minnesota native Keith Crowley had his images of the sea caves used in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. (Click to see)
Here’s another gorgeous shot of a sea cave by Christian Dalbec.
Bill Cady of CadyPhoto.com caught the northern lights at the sea caves last week.
We found other great images this week, too.
Michael Furtman found this hawk “snow-angel” in the woods last week. He said it is definitely a hawk because of the sharp wing tips. He assumes it was a red-tail, probably catching its breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Nace Hagemann caught this iconic shot of the Winter of 2014 the other day.
And Furtman shows us that spring is on its way in this shot. This snowshoe hare is already beginning to turn brown on its ears, legs and nose.
Here’s a playful shot by Layne Kennedy about the extremes of our winter.
And here’s a view of quiet, snowy and peaceful harbor by Don Davison.
There’s color and excitement in winter, too.
Tristan Beaster took this shot of a spectacular sun dog in North Dakota.
And Travis Novitsky caught this spectacular shot of the northern lights recently. He calls is “Horseshoe Northern Lights.” Enjoy!
Have a wonderful weekend!