Local Events & Announcements

"By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 S Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 07/29/2014 (All day)
“By Way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior” is the new exhibit at the Cook County Historical Museum in Grand Marais. It shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Included in the exhibit are information about the arrival of settlers by water, the selection of Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay as ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County. Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake. The museum's summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883.

Cross River Heritage Center events and exhibits

Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
Thu, 08/28/2014 (All day) - Sat, 10/18/2014 (All day)

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder hosts a variety of events and exhibits this season. 


"Ojibwe Faces and Stories," an Eastman Johnson Traveling Exhibit on loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society, will be on display through the summer.

An exhibit of Carl Gawboy's work, including watercolor pieces from Bois Forte Heritage Center in Tower and private collections, the "Voyageurs Bench" created with fabricator Jay Newcomb, and ink drawings from Gawboy and Ron Morton's Talking Sky is on display through August 31.


The center will host a Wine and Beer Tasting on Thursday, September 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays. The center closes for the season on October 18. More information is available by phone at 663-7706, or on the website, www.crossriverheritage.org.

Upcoming classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Art Colony offers exhibits, events, activities and classes in a variety of media and for adults and kids. Classes are held from 9 am to 4 pm unless otherwise noted.
Adult classes

"Capture the Light in Watercolor," with instructor Jeanne Larson, August 30-31.

"Transfers & Transform: Fiber Arts Collage with Disperse Dyes," with instructor Kimber Olson, August 30-31.
 The Grand Marais Art Colony is located at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue. The Art Colony and gift shop are open from 9 am to 4 pm daily. More information about courses and events and registration are available at 387-2737 or arts@boreal.org, and on the website, www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center events

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day) - Sun, 10/12/2014 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is open on weekends through the fall, and offers occasional public programs, which are free unless otherwise noted.

Special programs:

"Tales they Tell: Plants at Sugarloaf," with botanist Chel Anderson, Saturday, August 30, 10 am.  

"Geology Walk," with naturalist Margie Menzies, Saturday, August 30, 2 pm.

"The Arctic Flora of Lake Superior's North Shore," with UMD scientist Katie Winkler, Sunday, August 31, 1 pm.
Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available at sugarloafnorthshore.org, or by phone at 218-525-0001.

Drury Lane Books Events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day) - Wed, 10/22/2014 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

Saturday, August 30, 11 am: Stories for young children with The Muffin Man.
Saturday, September 6, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Ken McCullough reading from and discussing Broken Gates.

Monday September 8, 5 - 6 pm: Full Moon Reading featuring Erin Huggins, outside on the lakeshore.

Wednesday, September 17, 2-4 pm: Book signing with Lorna Landvik, signing Best to Laugh, her latest novel.

Saturday, September 20, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Kate Hallett Dayton, reading from and discussing Salt Heart and Catalpa.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group,title to be determined.
Saturday, October 4, 5 pm: Writer’s Salon with poet Louis Jenkins, reading from and discussing Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems.

Wednesday, October 8, 5 - 6 pm: "Full Moose Reading," featuring Tom McCann, outside on the lakeshore.
Saturday, October 18, 11 am: "Moose-a-Rama," stories for kids with The Muffin Man.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm: Women’s Book Group, title to be determined. 

More information on these events is available at drurylandbooks@boreal.org,  or 387-3370.

YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Sat, 08/30/2014 (All day) - Sun, 09/07/2014 (All day)

The Cook County Community YMCA, adjacent to the school complex at 105 W 5th Street in Grand Marais, offers a variety of classes and activities.

The community is invited to participate in open archery on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. Children ages 9 and below must have an adult with them. Open archery does not include instruction, but there will be a staff member present to monitor safety and give archers commands.

The Y invites the community to enjoy a free family day from 11 am to 3 pm on the first Sunday of the month. Activities include open gymnastics, open gym time with age-appropriate toys, game room, open kid’s club, and swimming. 

Open House, September 2-7: All are invited to try the Y for free this week.

Tuesday, September 2: "Blackout Volleyball," 6-8 pm, with glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark volleyball.

Wednesday, September 3: Pool Party, 4-6 pm, with contests and prizes.

Friday, September 5: Family Block Party, 3:30-6 pm, with kids' activities, games, contests, and prizes.
     Outdoor movie, "Despicable Me," at 8 pm outside the Y.

More information and class registration are available from the Emily Marshall, Branch Executive Director, at 387-3386 ext. 506, or emarshall@duluthymca.org, or on the website, www.cookcountyymca.org.


Senior Center Rummage Sale

Cook County Senior Center, Grand Marais
Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

The Cook County Senior Center in Grand Marais will host a rummage sale on Saturday, August 30, from 9 am to 2 pm. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

Chik Wauk Museum summer events

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Sun, 08/31/2014 (All day) - Mon, 10/20/2014 (All day)

The Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, through October 19. The museum presents the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through dioramas, video displays, and family-friendly, interactive exhibits. Seven nature trails, including two ADA accessible paths, crisscross the museum’s 50-acre grounds. Grounds are dog-friendly and feature several picnicking spots. The museum and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society host special events and naturalist programs.

All summer:

"Butterflies, Skippers and Moths of the Gunflint Trail" special exhibit will be on display all summer.
Special programs:

Sunday, August 31:   Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social and Sidewalk Sale from 11 am to 4 pm.

Saturday, September 27: Year-end Gift Sale begins.

More information is available from Ada Igoe, museum manager, at 388-9915, or info@chikwauk.com, and on the website, www.chikwauk.com.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Sun, 08/31/2014 (All day) - Thu, 09/04/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults.   

Museum passes: The library has passes for a variety of regional museums and historical sites, good through August 31.

Thursday, September 4: Cartoonist Bill Barnes presents two workshops. At 6 pm, he demonstrates "The Basics of Cartooning," a workshop for middle schoolers to adults, covering creation of comic strips. At 7 pm, he covers "The Technology and Business of Cartooning," for mature teens and adults, desciribing how to publish comic strips to the Internet and make money doing it.
The library is located one-half block off Hwy 61 on 1st St and 2nd Ave W in downtown Grand Marais. The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 5 pm; on Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm; and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays. More information on library programs is available from Patsy Ingebrigtsen, 387-1140 or pingebrigtsen@arrowhead.lib.mn.us, and on the website, www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Cook County Food Shelf is open every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in the lower level of First Congregational Church UCC in Grand Marais. The food shelf also is open the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 to 7 pm. In addition to food for people, the food shelf accepts and distributes food for pets. The food shelf serves as a NAPS program for elders and WIC small bags distribution site. The church is located at 300 West Second Street.

The food shelf needs bags. Anyone who can donate bags is asked to leave them at the church only if the building is open, or call Gwen at 387-9860 to let her know you have bags to contribute.

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