The July 4th weekend will be very busy in Cook County, with an arts festival, lots of music, fireworks and parades as well as plenty of family activities.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday with two events celebrating Lake Superior:
- A guided tour of Artist Point and the geology of the North Shore witha U.S. Forest Service naturalist from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Meet in the lobby of East Bay Suites. Free
- Mike Link and Kate Crawley, who walked around Lake Superior, will give a presentation about their five-month saga at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3:30 p.m. All invited. Free.
On Friday, July 4, look for lots of events throughout the county.
The 34th annual Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run & Walk kicks off the day with a 9 a.m. start at Birch Grove Community Center. On-site registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Kids’ races start at 9:05 a.m.
The July 4th Festival at the Tofte Town Park runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring live music (Cook County’s Most Wanted, 11 a.m., the Cook County High School Band at noon), D’Merritt after the parade until 5 p.m.), local arts & crafts, food and a dunk tank and a beer garden.
The Tofte 4th of July Parade (a must-see) starts at 2 p.m.
Fireworks over the lake begin at 10 p.m.
The Cook County Farm & Craft Market will hold a special July 4th market at the Senior Center Parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. It will also be open at the same times on Saturday.
From 6-8 p.m., the First Congregational Church will hold an Ice Cream Social featuring sundaes, cones and root beer floats. Freewill donations accepted. Everyone invited.
The 4th of July Parade is at 8 p.m. on Wisconsin Street followed by live music in Harbor Park with Oversize Load.
The fireworks over the harbor start at dusk, around 9:45 p.m.
The arts festival features a variety of arts and crafts, lathe-turned bowls, jewelry, painting, photography, fused glass, ceramics, sculpture and stone carving, wood art and more.
There’s lots of live music on both days, too.
Musicians include John & Martine Redshaw, Blueberry JAAM with Jim & Michele Miller and Andy & Amy Schmidt, Roxann Berglund & Briand Morrison, Joe & Jessi, Maria Nickolay, Pushing Chain and Pickled Beats.
See the Hovland Arts Festival Facebook page for more details.
The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino puts on a fantastic display of fireworks over the lake every year. The show begins at dusk.
Art is also a theme for this weekend, with the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a printmaking demo with master printer Jerry Riach at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4.
On Saturday, the Art Colony opens an exhibit of Tim Pearson’s watercolors with a Meet-the-Artist reception from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit is open through July 31.
Pearson is also a fisherman and a guide. To see more of his work and learn more about him, click here.
Another art treat available in Grand Marais is an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post entitled “Feels Like Home: Jo Wood Beadwork and Don Lessard Paintings.”
The exhibit continues through July 20.
Also on Saturday, Peter Juhl will be a Sugarloaf Cove for a presentation entitled Rock Balancing as Art. The event, which is free, begins at 10 a.m.
The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder is featuring a variety of local artists in July, including Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, David Hahn, Travis Novitsky, Bruce Palmer, Rose Vastila, Alan and Shell Foeckler.
The North Shore Music Association celebrates the blues on Saturday night with acclaimed Twin Cities blues singer Annie Mack. Annie and her band will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Friday, she and her husband will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. The program is aired from 5-7 p.m.
Note: Jim Boyd, who wrote the newly released book about the Hedstrom Lumber Company, “Sawdust In Their Blood” will talk about the book on the show, too.
For blues fans that want three days of music, check out the 13th annual Bluesfest in Thunder Bay’s Marina Park July 4-6. The headliners include Melissa Etheridge, July 4; Rival Sons, July 5 and the Wallflowers, July 6. For more info, click here.
In other music news, 30 bands will perform for three days at the 7th annual Radio Waves Music Festival this year at Sweetheart’s Bluff. The festival will be held Sept. 5-7. For more info, visit www. wtip.org
And tickets for Unplugged XIII at North House Folk School Sept. 11-14 are now on sale. Mountain Stage Radio will record Sept 11-12 and the classic Unplugged concert will be Sept. 13. For more information, visit www.northouse.org.
In other art news, David Gilsvik has been selected to paint a mural for the Grand Portage National Monument. The mural is a joint project between the Grand Portage Band and the National Park Service. Gilsvik said they are working on ideas for the design and he will probably get started painting this fall. Stay tuned.
Grand Marais made the national news when it was listed as one of the 12 awesome places in the Midwest to visit this summer in the Huffington Post. Read about it here.
And finally, help shape music in the community by filling out this brief online survey for the North Shore Music Association. Here’s the link.
Here’s the great music line-up for this weekend:
Thursday, July 3:
- Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
- Bughouse, Raven’s Nest, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 4:
- Live Music at the Hovland Arts Festival, starts at 10 a.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Tofte Town Hall, 11 a.m.
- Cook County High School Band, Tofte Town Hall, noon
- Bump Blomberg and Adam Moe, Gunflint Tavern, 3 p.m
- Brian Morrison, the Pie Place Cafe, 6 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Music by he Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9:30 p.m.
- Oversize Load, Street dance, Harbor Park, Grand Marais
- The Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 5:
- Live Music at the Hovland Arts Festival, starts at 10:30 p.m.
- Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, Cook County Farm & Craft Market, Senior Parking lot, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe, Gunflint Tavern, 3 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Lounge Patio, 3 p.m.
- Annie Mack, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
- The SplinterTones, Sydney’s Roof, 7:30 p.m.
- The Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 6:
- Steve Blexrud Band, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Monday, July 7:
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Wood Blind, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8:
- Cory Morin, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:
Here are two shots of the recent storm in Grand Marais. The first, as it came across the lake, the second as it left.
And last, but not least …
Happy 4th of July everyone!