There is a lot to be thankful for in the West End these days.
Down in Beaver Bay, a new business has started up. The Blue Anchor Restaurant, which has been closed for two years, has reopened with new owners and new energy. Tim and Nicole Joyce met while attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. They opened their doors on October 15th and have already become a favorite stopping place for locals. They are open every day from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., offering an extensive breakfast menu, soups, burgers and sandwiches. You can enjoy your meal near the fireplace in the dining room, or order food to go. Everyone who has stopped there comments on the friendly atmosphere.
The Cook County High School alpine ski team, which trains at Lutsen Mountains, is experiencing a change of coaching leadership this year. Jim Vick, of Lutsen, was the coach for nearly 15 years, along with able assistance from Jim Elverhoy from Tofte and Mike Larson from Lutsen. The new head coach is Charles Lamb, of Schroeder. Charles is a veteran of the popular Lutsen Junior Alpine Club, where he has coached, organized and generally slaved away for a number of years, so his transition to high school coach is a natural one.
Speaking of which, the Lutsen Junior Alpine Club is gearing up for the upcoming ski season. The club is a development effort to get kids hooked on a lifetime of downhill skiing. It is open to all kids under the age of 15. A parent must accompany children under 6 years old. Kids 16 and older can participate if there is space available. Of course, there are many opportunities for older kids to help out as volunteers.
The club provides junior racing skis to the kids who choose to compete in races. The participants have to provide their own boots, poles, and season pass. The club strives to make sure that every child can participate, so if you’re interested, get in touch and they’ll find a way to get you skiing.
Registration for the Lutsen Junior Alpine Club is Dec. 3 at the Lutsen Mountains rental shop. Contact Charles Lamb at 663-8017 or Rick Backstrom at 387-9789 to get more detailed information. As always, you can contact WTIP for complete contact info.
The Annual Birch Grove Holiday Book Fair is scheduled for the week starting Tuesday, Dec. 10. The sale is open during school hours at the Birch Grove School and features books for children and adults, Wolf Ridge calendars, computer games, cookbooks, puzzles and more. There will be special shopping hours Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 1:30 until 6:30 p.m. during the always-entertaining Birch Grove Winter Program.
The Birch Grove Foundation is advertising a business opportunity for an entrepreneur to manage the Lake Superior Youth Hostel at the Birch Grove Community Center. The hostel has been operating as a successful private business for many years. Recently, the Birch Grove Foundation acquired the hostel.
The job includes working with large school and church groups who stay at the hostel while skiing at Lutsen Mountains on winter weekends. However, the foundation would like to expand the youth hostel, so the job could grow as time goes on. There is certainly a demand for youth hostel services year around in the West End.
The “wild ice” skating season has come and probably gone for another season. Great skating was reported on Dyers, Caribou, Deeryard and Fourmile lakes over the last week. High winds and cold temperatures held down the skating enthusiasm a little bit, but the folks who braved the elements reported having a sublime experience. Jessa Frost from Tofte took advantage of the wind by flying a para-foil kite while skating on Deeryard Lake.
With the 3 inches of snow already on the ground over the hill – and more on the way – it’s time to hang up the skates and pull out the skis and snowshoes.