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17th Annual Arrowhead Arts Awards

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 West 3rd Avenue
Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council invites everyone to attend the 17th Annual Arrowhead Arts Awards presentation on Friday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Grand Marais Art Colony. ARAC will present the annual George Morrison Artist Award to nationally recognized visual artist and illustrator Chris Monroe of Duluth; and the Maddie Simons Advocate Award to Amy Demmer of Grand Marais, the Executive Director of the Grand Marais Art Colony and a community arts advocate.  The award presentation will take place at 7 pm. Food and live music will be provided. 

Drury Lane Books events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 05/30/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/30/2015 (All day)

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

Season opening for The Muffin Man: Saturday, May 30, at 11 am. Stories for young children.  Saturdays with the Muffin Man continue through August (no reading Aug 2 – Fisherman’s Picnic).

Full Moon Reading: Tuesday, June 2, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Erin Altemus.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, June 6, at 5 pm. Poet Sharon Chmielarz reads from Visibility: Ten Miles, a Prairie Memoir in Photography and Poetry.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, June 20, at 5pm.  Children’s author Lauren Stringer reads from When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky.

Full Moon Music Celebration: Wednesday, July 1, 8-9 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring cellist Yvonne Caruthers, formerly of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. Moon rise is at 8:27 pm.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, July 11, at 5 pm. Author Mary Relindes Ellis reads from The Bohemian Flats.
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, July 18, at 5 pm. Author Thomas Maltman reads from Little Wolves.
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, July 25, at 5pm. Author Caroline Giles Banks reads from Picture a Poem: Ekphrastic and Other Poems.
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 8, at 5pm. Author Shannon Drury reads from The Radical Housewife.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 22, at 5pm. Author Margi Preus reads from Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery.

Full Moon Reading: Saturday August 29, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Kate Fitzgerald.

More information on these events is available at  or 387-3370.

Summer Solstice Pageant Puppet Workshops

Good Harbor Hill Players
Betsy Bowen Studio, 301 1st Avenue West
Sat, 05/30/2015 - 10:00am - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:00pm
Good Harbor Hill Players invite one and all to help create the summer solstice puppet pageant.  Workshops will be Saturday mornings 10 to noon, Saturday afternoons 2 to 4 pm and Tuesdays 4 to 8pm, all at the Betsy Bowen Studio, 301 1st Avenue West.  The pageant will be performed as part of North House Folk School’s Wooden Boat Show on Saturday evening, June 20th.  More information from Betsy at 370-8077 or Jennifer at 370-2663. 

Cook County Food Shelf

First Congregational Church UCC, Grand Marais
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 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.


"Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead"

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Museum, 8 So Broadway, Grand Marais
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:00pm

The Cook County Historical Society has a new exhibit: "Music from the Tip o' the Arrowhead."  The exhibit features 100 years of local music and continues throughout the summer at the Cook County Historical Museum, 8 South Broadway, Grand Marais.  As part of this “growing” exhibit, community members are encouraged to add their own memories and memorabilia to the community music scrapbook, as well as to play a tune on the exhibit’s electric piano. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. More information is available at 387-2883 or online.

Public Input Meetings: broadband opportunities for rural communities

Cook County Broadband Commission
Tofte and Grand Marais
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 6:30pm - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 6:00pm

The Cook County Broadband Commission hosts two community input meetings to gather ideas regarding broadband applications that can have positive rural impacts.  Bill Coleman of the Blandin Foundation will facilitate the discussion.   Input from the meetings will be used to develop and submit a grant application with Blandin.  The first meeting is at Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30pm; and the second is at the Cook County Community Center on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4 to 6pm.  More information from Broadband Commission Chair Bob Pranis at 387-2358.

Ultimate Frisbee

Cook County ISD 166 Multi-Purpose Field
Wed, 06/03/2015 - 6:30pm

People of all ages are invited to play "Ultimate Frisbee" -- a limited-contact team sport, similar to football and soccer, but played with a flying disc -- every Wednesday starting at 6:30 pm at the Cook County ISD 166 multi-purpose field.  More information is available from Josh at 387-4040.

Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Fri, 06/05/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/01/2015 (All day)

The Grand Marais Public Library hosts a variety of events and programs for families, children, and adults. 
Ribbon-cutting ceremony: Friday, June 5 at 4:30 pm.  The event celebrates the new art installation from local sculptor Tom Christiansen.  Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Library Friends of Cook County. Funding through the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment and the Arrowhead Library System.

“The Roots and Routes of the Blues” Youth Program with Guy Davis: June 6, 1-2pm.  Co-sponsored by the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Public Library, this event, featuring world-renowned acoustic blues musician Guy Davis.  All local and visiting youth are invited to this free, all-ages musical program.

Third Wednesday Technology Open House:  June 17, 6-8pm.  All who have technology questions are invited to attend, as are those who would be willing to serve as a tech mentor to others. "Beginners or below" can spend time with a mentor to learn the basics of using a computer or mobile device. The sessions are unstructured. Depending on need, attention may be highly individualized. Participants may bring their own devices or use those owned by the library.

Songwriting Workshop with Brian Laidlow:  June 19, 10:30am.  Brian Laidlaw is a poet and songwriter from San Francisco and currently a member of the Composition and Songwriting Faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Aimed at high school age poets and songwriters, all are welcome.  Brian will perform his own music and share the process of developing a fledgling song idea into a finished song .
Annual Used Book Sale:  July 29 - August 1, hosted by Library Friends of Cook County at the Community Center. Wednesday, July 29, Sale set-up day Thursday, July 30, 5-7 p.m. Library Friends member only sale Friday, July 31, 8-4 General sale - open to the public Saturday, August 1, 8-noon, bag sale day.  Volunteers needed  to work during the set-up, sale and cleanup; more information from Jill Levene,

Book donations: The Library Friends of Cook County has received an unprecedented contribution of books and other materials from the community for the August book sale, which is the annual fundraiser.  Because of limited storage space, the Friends can no longer accept magazines or pocket-sized paperback books effective immediately. Also, textbooks and Reader's Digest Condensed books cannot be accepted.  Large format paperbacks are welcome.  The Friends thank the community for their generous donations.
Many of the Library's public events are sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in whole or in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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, and on the website,

Coolest Downtown Block Party

Downtown Grand Marais Retailers
Fri, 06/05/2015 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Downtown Grand Marais Retailers host the “Coolest Downtown Block Party”, Friday June 5th from 4 to 8pm.  The event includes music, refreshments, painting demonstrations, sweet treats, and activities for the whole family.  All are welcome to celebrate America’s Coolest Small Town.  

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 06/06/2015 (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.

Rummage Sale:  Saturday, June 6, 10 am - noon; fine goods including art on sale. 

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, and on the website,

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