Local Events & Announcements

Naturalist Programs

USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest
Tue, 06/17/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/23/2014 (All day)

Naturalist programs are offered at a variety of resorts and campgrounds along the North Shore through the Resort Naturalist Program.  This program is cooperatively funded by the USDA Forest Service and the Cook County Visitor Bureau.  All naturalist programs are free of charge and open to everyone. Activities including hikes and campfires are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday every week during the summer. The 2014 season runs through August 23, with a schedule of 17 programs a week.  For a full schedule, click here.

Grand Marais Playhouse summer productions

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
Thu, 07/17/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/10/2014 (All day)

The Grand Marais Playhouse offers two productions this summer at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts:

"Nunsense: The Mega Musical," by Dan Goggin, will be performed on July 17, 19, 25, 27, and 31, and August 2, 8, and 10.

"Nana's Naughty Knickers," by Katherine DiSavino, will be performed July 18, 20, 24, and 26, and August 1 and 3.

Tickets are available online at www.arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com. More information is available at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com


YMCA classes, events, and announcements

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais
Mon, 07/28/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (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. 

Weekly play dates for families with young children will be held during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

Fitness punch cards are available this summer at the Cook County Community YMCA for specialty classes such as Zumba Step, HIIT Strength, Zumba Step, Qigong, Aikido, Parent/Child Yoga and more.

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.


"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.

Fisherman's Picnic

Grand Marais Lions Club
Harbor Park, Grand Marais, and other locations
Wed, 07/30/2014 (All day) - Sun, 08/03/2014 (All day)

The 85th Annual Fisherman's Picnic will be held in and around Harbor Park in Grand Marais Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-August 3. Sponsored by the Grand Marais Lions Club, the annual event features crazy days sales, a craft show, daily contests and prizes, food, live music, kids' activities, tennis and softball tournaments, professional log rolling, a parade, and fireworks. A Fisherman's Picnic button provides admission to many events and contests.

A full schedule of events is available on the Lions Club website, www.grandmaraislionsclub.com. Several featured events are scheduled each day:

Lioness Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction, Wednesday, July 30, 5-6:30 pm, St. John's Catholic Church, 5th Street and Broadway.

Buck’s & Northern Wild’s Big Fish Contest, July 26-August 2. Fish must be registered by 5 pm Saturday, August 2, to compete for the largest in six categories of fish.

Grand Marais Playhouse presents two musicals: "Nunsense" by Dan Goggin, on Thursday, July 31, and Saturday, August 2, at 7 pm; and "Nana's Naughty Knickers," by Katherin DiSavino, on Friday, August 1, at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 3, at 3 pm. Performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 101 W 5th St. Tickets are available at www.arrowheardcenterforthearts.tix.com, or 387-1284.

Tennis Tournaments: Seniors events (50’s, 60’s, and 70’s+), July 31 - August 1; juniors events (18 & under), August 1-3, open and adult NTRP events (16 & Older): August 1-3. An ice cream social concludes the events on Sunday, August 3, at 2 pm at the High School tennis courts.

Lions Club Fishburger Stand: Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3, opening daily at 11 am.

Live Music: Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3. North Shore musicians will perform on the Harbor Park Stage throughout each day. Harbor Park dances will be held each night at the Park Stage.

Kids' Activities, Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3: Little kid rides, including ferris wheel and spinning airplanes, located in the Senior Center Parking Lot on Broadway Avenue; inflatable rides for kids of all ages located on Wisconsin Street.

Bingo, Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3: Bingo starts each day at noon at the Bingo Tent in the American Legion’s Beer Garden. Proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations.

Log Rolling, Friday-Saturday, August 1-2: North Shore Rollers will be hosting the logrolling event this year. Friday features open rolling for all ages. Saturday is the Minnesota State Logrolling Championship Amateur Only Tournament, with warm-up 9:30-10:30, and rolling beginning at 10:30 am, at the Cook County YMCA.

Daily Contests, Friday-Sunday, August 1-3. Friday features minnow races, World's Best Donut Bingo, egg toss, loon calling contest, stock saw contest, DQ Upside Down Blizzard Race. Saturday features minnow races, cross-cut log sawing contest,  stock saw contest, 3-point shooting contest, pickled herring eating contest, pizza eating contest, kids ' tractor pull, rock skipping contest, loon calling contest, cutest puppy contest. Sunday features the Lions Fish Toss. Details will be available at the info booth.

Minnow Camp, Friday, August 1,  8:30 am- 2 pm, at the Recreation Building in the Tourist Park. Open to boys and girls 5-12 years old.  Kids should bring a lunch and wear outdoor appropriate clothing. Pre-register by calling Laura at 370-1245; walk-ins are welcome up to a maximum of 40 children. 

Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run, Saturday, August 2, two miles north of Grand Marais up the Gunflint Trail (Co Rd 12). The course is a trail run looping through the edge of a boreal forest with challenging hills. Pre-teen run at 9 am (8 years and under run ¼ mile, 9-12 years run 1 mile); 5 mile run/walk at 9:45 am, 3-mile non-competitive walk at 9:50 am.Pre-register at www.pincushiontrails.org. More information is available from Theresa Oberg, 387-1424 or t.oberg@live.com.

Ben Franklin Annual Rock Painting Contest: All ages can paint a rock and bring it to the Ben Franklin store before 3 pm on Saturday, August 2. The theme me is “Northwoods Wildlife,” and rocks must be no larger than 7”x 7”. Prizes will be announced on the Park stage at 5 pm.

GM Lions Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3. On Saturday, games start at the High School, Pappy Wright, and Rec/Tourist Park Fields at 8 am. On Sunday, games begin at 8 am, with finals on the Rec Park. There is a maximum of 28 teams and each team is guaranteed 3 games. Pre-registration is available from Bob Spry, 387-2411 or nst@boreal.org.

Kids Tractor Pull, Saturday, August 2, for ages 4-11 years. Each participate must be accompanied by an adult to register.

Fireworks, Saturday, August 2, 9:45 pm, at the harbor.

Putt N Pets Mini Golf Tournament, Sunday, August 3, 9 am to 3 pm. Age divisions 13 and under and 14 yrs to adult.

Lions Fish Toss, Sunday, August 3, 3:30 pm, Wisconsin Street. Partners compete by age group, tossing a fish and increasing length of toss until it fish is dropped.

"Ride into History" -- 14th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association
Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/16/2014 (All day)

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association hosts "Ride into History," the 14th Annual North Shore Trail Ride, on Saturday, August 16. Distance options are 28 or 34 miles; no long ride is offered this year because of road construction. This year only, the ride fee includes free admission to Split Rock Lighthouse, as well as to all state parks. The ride begins at 9 am at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Registration on the day of the ride is welcome, but special artist-designed t-shirt is not guaranteed. Fee is discounted for registration by July 31. Registration is available at www.ggta.org.  More information is available on the website or from Bill Blank at 218-370-1003.

Local area summer farmers' markets

Two Harbors, Finland and Brimson
Fri, 08/01/2014 (All day)

Several local farmers markets are open this summer. The Two Harbors Farmers' Market, located near the downtown bandshell, is open on Saturdays from 9 until noon. Finland hosts a market on Fridays from 5-7 pm at the Clair Nelson Center. Brimson has a market on Saturdays from 9 to noon at Hugo’s on Hwy 44.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library, 102 2nd Ave W
Fri, 08/01/2014 (All day) - Fri, 08/22/2014 (All day)

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

Free books for kids: All kids and teens participating in the "Paws to Read " summer reading program can receive 10 free books at the Libary Friends of Cook County annual book sale, on Saturday, August 2, from 9 am to noon. Readers must stop by the library to pick up coupons for their free books before the sale.

Friday, August 8: "The Secret Life of Puppets Workshop," featuring the Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, is an opportunity to try performing with puppets at 3 pm on Friday, August 8. The interactive program mixes puppetry history around the world, handcrafted puppetry, and zany comedy with live music.  

Public Art Project Call for Submissions: Artists working in all media are invited to compete for an award to create one or more artworks to display at the library. The art should honor the community and reinforce the perception of the library as a place to experience arts, culture, and history in a variety of formats. Any artist interested in the project can pick up a brochure outlining submission requirements at Sivertson Gallery, the Grand Marais Art Colony, City Hall, or the library. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 22, at 4:30 pm. More information is available from Steve Harsin at 387-1140, or sharsin@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.  
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.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center events

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Sat, 08/02/2014 (All day) - Sat, 08/30/2014 (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 daily during the summer and offers a schedule of public programs. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Every Thursday from 7 am-noon: Bird banding demonstration (come any time).

Every Saturday at 2 pm: Geology walk around the Cove led by naturalist. 

Every Sunday at 1 pm: "Naturally Superior," in-depth presentations on a variety of North Shore nature topics, by Sugarloaf Cove naturalist Margie Menzies. 

Special programs:

Saturday, August 2, 10 am: "Demise of the Passenger Pigeon," with Lizzie Condon, will explore how the most abundant bird species in the world become extinct, and what can be done to prevent future extinctions.

Saturday, August 9, 1 pm: Annual member meeting and Ice Cream Social.

Saturday, August 16, 10 am: "Lake Superior Astronomy."

Saturday, August 23: "Writing Wild - Stories from Sugarloaf Cove" (preregistration and fee required).

Saturday, August 30, 10 am: "In the Field," with botanist Chel Anderson.  
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 www.sugarloafnorthshore.org, or by phone at 218-525-0001.

Chik Wauk Museum summer events

Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Gunflint Trail
Mon, 08/04/2014 (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.


Mondays through August 25: Chik Wauk Kids' Day. Children can visit the museum free of charge on Mondays, and hands-on activities, stories, hikes, and craft projects will be available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the museum.  

Tuesdays through August 19, 3 pm: US Forest Service naturalist programs, featuring a different northwoods topic each week.

Wednesdays through August 27, 11 am - 4 pm: "Stories with Harriet and Bill," with Harriet Boostrom Taus and Bill Boissenin, who grew up on the Gunflint Trail and will be on hand in the museum to share their childhood stories.
Special programs:

Sunday, August 17, 2 pm: "Gunflint Trail Geology Field Trip," with geologist John Green.

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.

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