Carah Thomas


Upcoming Events

Annual Borealis Chorale & Orchestra concerts

The annual Borealis Chorale & Orchestra concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9 at 7 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. This year they will debut a commission by William Beckstrand titled, “All Earth is Hopeful”.  All are welcome to come sing along and enjoy this community offering of music.

Twas the Bight Before Christmas

Grand Marais Playhouse has upcoming performances of two plays.  Both are titled Twas the Night Before Christmas, with the kids’ script authored by Kathryn Schulz Miller, and the other by Ken Ludwig.

Performances are December 8-10, Friday and Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. More information is available at

West End Craft & Vendor Show & Bake Sale

The West End craft & vendor show and bake sale will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Schroeder Fire Hall.

Kid's Christmas Story Hour

A kid’s Christmas story hour will be held at The Hub on Saturday, December 9 from 10 to 11:30 am.  There will be singing, crafts, treats, and a book for each child.

Saturday Fiber Circle

The Saturday Fiber Circle is back on Saturdays from 10 am to noon.  The drop-in weekly group at Dappled Fern yarn shop in Grand Marais is a place to work on easy projects and connect with other fiber folks in the area.  More information is available at

Author Meet and Greet with Paul Bogard

Drury Lane Books hosts a meet and greet with author Paul Bogard as part of the Dark Skies Festival. Paul will be available to chat and sign books anytime from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 9. This event is open to the public, and mobility aid accessible. More information is available at

Holiday Bake Sale and Lunch

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women host their annual holiday bake sale and lunch on Saturday, December 9 from 11 am to 1 pm.

Dark Skies Gallery Exhibition

The exhibition, Dark Skies – from artists Adam Swanson and Sam Zimmerman is currently on display at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.

Swanson and Zimmerman join forces to present a powerful exhibition celebrating the dark skies of the BWCA, which has been named as one of only 17 certified International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world.

The exhibition runs through December 10 alongside the gift shop and permanent Anna C Johnson display.  Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday 10-4.

Grand Marais Al-Anon Meetings

Weekly Grand Marais Al-Anon meetings are every Monday at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais. More information is available by calling 218-370-9799.

One Block of Wisconsin Street Closed to Vehicle Traffic December 12-15

To facilitate a local business construction project (the installation of the Crosby Bakery building), one block of CSAH 9/Wisconsin St. will be closed to vehicle traffic from Tuesday, December 12 through Friday, December 15, the Cook County Highway Department announced.

Wisconsin St. will be closed to vehicle traffic between 1st Ave W and Broadway Ave. The area will be open to pedestrian traffic, but pedestrians are asked to obey all construction zone signage.

More information is available on the county’s website.

North House Community Open House

North House Folk School hosts an open house for their new building on Tuesday, December 12 from 3 to 4 pm (while it’s light out).  They will have coffee and cookies in the Blue Building and will be available to share info, answer questions, and offer small group tours of the new space.

Ruby's Pantry

Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions on the second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 pm at the ISD166 Campus.  Enter at the Sawtooth Mountain Elementary School driveway. More information is available by email –

Evening Open Curling

Cook County Curling Club hosts an open curling night every Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Open to prospective new members looking to test drive the sport.  Bring a clean pair of shoes.  More information is available at

Naturalist Book Group: White Pine

CCHE is hosting another book discussion as part of the Naturalist Book Group. The next book the group will discuss is White Pine – The Natural and Human History of a Foundational American Tree. This book touches on the story of the white pine, its environment, and the history of the relationship between humans and nature. The group will meet over Zoom on Tuesday, December 12th from 6:30-7:30. To learn more or to register please visit

Schroeder Township meeting

The regular Schroeder Township Board of Supervisors meeting is held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Schroeder Town Hall at 7 pm.  More information at

Operation Family Christmas

Operation Family Christmas is a local program that helps local families in need during the holiday season.  Tags for kids to be adopted for Operation Family Christmas are at all local banks.  Gifts can also be donated at Johnson’s Family grocery store and Operation Family Christmas will offer a chance for parents that didn’t apply to come and get gifts.  More information is available from Jes Rodne at 218-370-2019.

Cook County West End Alanon

The West End Alanon family Group meets each Wednesday at 7 pm at the Lutsen Town Hall.  Alanon is a group that supports friends and family members of alcoholics.  The group welcomes anyone who has been affected by a friend or family member who has a problem with alcohol.

Northern Lotus Meditation

Northern Lotus Meditation takes place on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm, with instruction in meditation and room manners at 6:45 pm, at Two Bird Healing Arts Center in Grand Marais.

Thursday Art Night

Joy and Company hosts Thursday Art Night every Thursday from 4 – 6 pm.  New events are planned each week.  More information is available on the Joy and Company Facebook page.

Hygge Party Fiber Circle

A weekly Hygge Party drop-in fiber circle takes place at Dappled Fern yarn shop on Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm.  More information is available at

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