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The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
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Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Dave TerSteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 


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Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo

Musical duo Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo return to The Roadhouse

Local artists Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo recently made a return trip to The Roadhouse with another great performance.  The duo also spoke with host Ann about their progress on a second album and more.

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Grand Marais harbor

2018 International Yacht Race begins in Grand Marais

The 2018 International Yacht Race began in Grand Marais on Saturday, August 4.  The course is 77 miles long, beginning right in front of the Grand Marais lighthouse and ending in Thunder Bay.  Bob Vander Ploeg is the fleet captain of the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, and he joined The Roadhouse prior to the start of the race to talk about yacht racing on Lake Superior.

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Grand Marais Public Library. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

New cloth bags now available at the Grand Marais Library

The Grand Marais Public Library received a gift of 16 handmade cloth bags recently from the local Fiber Arts Guild, for use by patrons in carrying their books home. Roadhouse host Ann Possis spoke with Jo Wood, a Guild member and well-known bead and fiber artist, about this project. 

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Mary Bue (Photo via Facebook)

Mary Bue on The Roadhouse

Musician Mary Bue recently stopped by The Roadhouse on her way up the North Shore for a gig at the Wunderbar.   She brought in her ukelele and guitar to give us a fantastic performance out of studio A.

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Layne Kennedy (Photo via Twitter)

Photographer Layne Kennedy describes how to tell a story with images

Layne Kennedy is a world-class photographer whose work appears in places like Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, and Outside magazines, just to name a few.  He also teaches photography, and he was recently in Grand Marais teaching a class at North House Folk School.  While here, he stopped by the WTIP studios and chatted with Roadhouse host Brian Neil about his work.

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Author Jack Blackwell on "Boundary Waters Boy"

After his father died, 17-year-old Jack Blackwell joined his grandfather, Alec Boostrom, on his trapline here in northern Minnesota's canoe country, and heard many stories about this grandfather's past.  Now, Jack tells his grandfather's stories in a new book called "Boundary Waters Boy," published by Northern Wilds Media.  Jack and his friend Bill Hansen joined The Roadhouse to chat with Dave and Jay about some of the stories included in the new book.

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Adventurer Lonnie Dupre on his most recent book

Local Arctic adventurer Lonnie Dupre recently stopped by The Roadhouse to talk with Jay about his recently released book, "​Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter".  

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Photo courtesy of Ellie Ballantine

Bluegrass band The Thirsty River performs on The Roadhouse

Twin Cities-based bluegrass band The Thirsty River (Evan Jungbauer, Banjo; Jake Jungbauer, Guitar; David Anderson, Percussion/Keys; Mike Store, Acoustic Bass; Ben Jungbauer, Mandolin) returned to WTIP to play on The Roadhouse. They played a number of original tunes and talked about how the band came to be.  You can learn more about The Thirsty River here

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Image courtesy Bell Museum

Bell Museum set for grand opening at new facility

The Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum, was founded in 1872. They’ve just spent three years building a new, state of the art facility, and their grand opening is next weekend. Holly Menninger with the Bell Museum joined The Roadhouse to tell us more.

 

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Ellen Stekert in Studio A

Folklorist Ellen Stekert performs and shares stories from folklore

Folksinger, folklore scholar, and former president of the American Folklore Society Ellen Stekert joined The Roadhouse to share some stories from folklore.  Stekert brought a guitar along as well and performed one of her favorite songs.
 

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