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J A N U A R Y
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north house folk school
Classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais
Jan 8-11
:: Craft of Birch Ski Making
Jan 9-11 :: Kick Sled Building
Jan 10 :: Soap Making
Jan 12-13 :: Traditional Finnish Ski Poles - Craft Your Own Set
Jan 13-16 :: Make Your Own Birch Skis
Jan 13-16 :: Wood Canvas Canoe Repair II
Jan 17 :: No-knit Felted Hat
Jan 17-18 :: Sweet Grass Basketry
Jan 17-18 :: Beginning Millinery & Haberdashery
Jan 17-18 :: Eating Nose to Tail: Suckling Pig
Jan 22-25 :: Masonry Heater Building
Jan 23-24 :: Sausage Making
Jan 23-25 :: Timbered Sawhorse Trestles
Jan 23-25 :: Sew Your Own Anorak
Jan 24 :: Freestyle Clogging
Jan 25 :: Keep on Clogging
Jan 28-29 :: Carving Spoons, Butter Knives & Bread Boards
Jan 29-Feb 1 :: Build Your Own Ukelele
Jan 29-Feb 1 :: Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop
Jan 30-31 :: Artisan Breads I
Jan 30-Feb 1 :: Sewing the Saami-inspired Toumisalo Hat
Jan 30-Feb 1 :: Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze & Gouge
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live music cook county
Live Music in Cook County

2 :: Sivertones, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen
3 :: Joe Paulik
, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen
4 :: Jim Miller & Michele Miller, 7-10pm, Lutsen Resort, Lutsen
4 :: James Moors, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
5 :: Jim Miller & Michele Miller,8-10pm, Bluefin Bay, Tofte
6 :: James Moors, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, Lutsen
7 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
12 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
15 :: Gordon Thonre, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
16 :: The Wrong Omar, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
17 :: Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, 7pm, Grand Marais
17 :: The Wrong Omar, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
19 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
24 :: Paul Mayasich, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
25 :: Timmy Haus, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
26 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
30 :: Reina del Cidr 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais

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all month
art colony classes
Workshops at the
Grand Marais Art Colony
Jan 8 - Feb 5 :: Pet Portaiture, 5 Thursdays, 6–8 pm
Jan 9 - Feb 1 :: Liminal Space: Lynn Speakers Solo Exhibition
Jan 10 - 11 :: Still Life in Oil
Jan 13 :: Slump A Dish
Jan 13 - Feb 17 :: Artists Roundtable: The Artist's Way, 6 Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

Jan 14 - Apr 15 :: Life Drawing, 10 Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm
Jan 15 - Mar 5 :: Beginning Clay, 8 Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Jan 26 - 30 :: The Colors of Winter
Jan 27 - Mar 17 :: Skill Building: A Potter's Workplace, 8 Tuesdays, 6-8pm
1 First Day Hike
at Tettegouche State Park
1 - 4 pm
Start the New Year off on the right foot (and the left) and join the park naturalist for a hike into Tettegouche Camp. The trail is groomed so snowshoes are not necessary, but bring them if you want to snowshoe in. Once we cover the 1.7 mile trail in to the Camp, we will discuss the 100+ year history of Tettegouche Camp before we hike back out just before sunset.
Park in the parking lot on Lax Lake Road (park permit required and can be purchased at the Visitors Center). Bring water and snacks and dress for an active winter day. Meet at the Tettegouche Camp Trailhead. Hike will be cancelled if colder than -15F at start time
3-4
Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race
Start, layover & finish :: Trail Center Lodge, midway up the Gunflint Trail
The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is a 12-dog continuous race of two runs, approximately 50 miles each. 
4 Cold Moon Snowshoe Along Lake Superior
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
5 - 6 pm
January marks the Minado Giizis or Spirit Moon in the Anishinaabeg calendar. Experience it in a new light as you snow shoe along Lake Superior to its reflection in the icy waters of Lake Superior.
Meet in Lakeview Lodge to have the secrets of the full moon revealed to you by the warmth of a cozy fire, then bundle up to snowshoe about a mile to the picnic flow area. Dress warm and appropriately for conditions. Traditional snowshoes available upon request, please call ahead to reserve.
4- Feb 1
lutsen mountains events
Events at Lutsen Mountains

Jan 4-13 :: College Week
A week of music, parties and activities for college students with special student discounts.

Jan 7-10 :: Snow Ball Music & Ski Festival
Lutsen Mountains’ biggest, most anticipated music event of the year – Snowball keeps festival season alive and well in the depths of a Minnesota winter with a three-day ski and music party. Three Nights of music at Papa Charlie’s, eight bands, live music and jam sessions, plus the camaraderie of skiing, snowboarding, hot tubing and sharing this bliss with your fellow festivillians. This is a jam cruise – Minnesota style!

Jan 30 - Feb 1:: Family Festival
A weekend of Family events on and off the slopes - races, fireworks, and more. Special packages.
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events at gooseberry falls
Baptism River Snowshoe
at Tettegouche State Park
1 - 3:30 pm
Dust off those old snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Park for hike up the Baptism River Valley. Beginners will get a nice introduction to this low-impact winter sport. The Park Naturalist will lead you on a gentle stroll up the river valley, giving snowshoeing tips and interpreting the winter scene that we encounter along the way.
If you need to borrow a pair of snowshoes, please contact the naturalist at 218 353-8809 to reserve them. There will be no rental fee for participants in this program. Program will be cancelled if colder than -15F at start time.
1o Winter Woes and Wonders
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Hwy 61 near Schroeder
10 am
Those of us who have survived the last couple of Minnesota winters know that it can be a long, hard process - and we are coming from the perspective of warm shelter available nearly all the time! Imagine the world from the point of view of a Chickadee, who must eat, keep their body temperature at 108 degrees at least during the day, and somehow make it from one day to the next. And maybe even start thinking about spring and singing as early as January. How do they do that?
oin us for a look at animal adaptations for making it through winter and a hike at Sugarloaf to see who's actively moving about this year and how to tell who's who. Dress warmly as the Nature Center can be chilly. Hot beverages will be available before and after the hike. Free.
16 History Mystery Outdoor Challenge
at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
12 - 2 pm
Using snowshoes, sleds, GPS units and more you'll challenge yourself to put together the riddles and find the clues to solve the Split Rock History Mystery! Show up anytime from 12:00pm-2:00pm! Program takes place outside so dress warm and be ready to dig and dive into the snow! Meet at the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Trail Center. 
17
Grand Marais Ole Opry hosted by the North Shore Music Association
7:30 pm; at Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
Back by popular demand. Carl Solander emcees an evening of classic country music featuring Singleton Street, Lavigne, Mills & Viton; Bursheim & DeCoux and more!
17
3rd Annual Squirrel Appreciation Day
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
1 - 3 pm
Tis the season to get squirrely! Join the naturalist and your fellow squirrel enthusiasts as we discover the world of the squirrel through hands on activities and friendly competition. See if your team can be the one to take home the Golden Squirrel!
Reservations required. Please call or email in advance to register your team. Reservations will be accepted until program capacity has been met. Program will take place both indoors and outdoors. Meet in the Visitor Center Theater. 
23-29
beargrease sled dog race
John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
31st Running
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon commemorates the life of John Beargrease, the son of a Chippewa chief who delivered mail by dog sled along Lake Superior’s rugged North Shore in the late 19th century. John Beargrease’s weekly deliveries along the North Shore played a pivotal role providing a lifeline for communities and commerce.
31 Groundhog Bowl
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
1 - 2:30 pm
Super Bowl Sunday not a big deal to you? What about Groundhog Bowl Saturday then? Monday, February 2nd marks Groundhog Day; will winter last or will winter stay? Crawl inside a quinzee and pop out like a groundhog to see if your shadow is looking back along with other hands on activities.
Program will take place both inside and outside. Meet in the Visitor Center Theater. 
31 -Feb 1 Snowshoe Lacing Workshop
at Tettegouche State Park
9am - 3pm
Lace your own snowshoes in this two day workshop. You will get all of the instruction and assistance you will need to lace your own pair of Ojibwe-style snowshoes, from the knots to tie to the intracacies of weaving the three areas of decking on each snowshoe.
The cost of this workshop is $110, which is the cost of the kit and additional supplies. All kits will come with bindings. (If you do not need bindings, indicate this when you register and subtract $30 from the workshop fee.)
Deadline to register is December 31st. Email the park naturalist at kurt.mead@state.mn.us to register and for answers to any questions.


F E B R U A R Y
all month
north house school grand marais
Classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais
Feb 1 :: Faltbreads from the Wood-fired Hearth
Feb 3-6 :: Wood Canvas Canoe Repair III
Feb 5-8 :: Masonry Heater Building
Feb 6-7 :: Forge & Craft a Crooked Knife
Feb 6-7 :: Tell Your Family's Story
Feb 7-8 :: Birchbark Tutorial
Feb 10-12 :: Sculptural Forms in Felt
Feb 11-13 :: Spinning for Fair Isle, North Carolina Style
Feb 12-15 :: Northern Fiber Retreat
Feb 12-14 ::16 Inspiring courses, from 1 to 3 days
Feb 12-14 :: Demonstrations and speakers
Feb 12-14 :: Fiber Show & Tell
Feb 12-14 :: Family Fiber Workshop
Feb 19-20 :: Lathe Turning; The Wooden Bowl
Feb 19-22 :: Mohair Cinch Weaving
Feb 20-22 :: Cabinetry Basics: Building the Wall Cabinet
Feb 21-22 :: Pattern, Texture, Milk Paint
Feb 22 :: Home Cheesemaking
Feb 23-Mar 3 :: Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames
Feb 27 :: Saami Friendship Bracelet
Feb 27-28 :: Sausgae Making
Feb 27-28 :: Silversmithing: The Jewelr's Palette
Feb 27-28 :: Fly Tying & Selection
Feb 28 :: Viking 'Knit' Chain Bracelet
Feb 28 :: Winter River Exploration
all month
music
Live Music in Cook County

1 :: James Moor, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
2 :: Joe Paulik, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
2 :: Tim Mahoney, SongwriterSeries, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
3 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
3 :: Jim Miller & Michele Miller, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
3 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
4 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
4 :: Ian ALexy of Hobo Nephews, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
5 :: Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
5 :: Joe Paulik, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
5 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
6 :: Briand Morrison, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
6 :: Briand Morrison, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
6 :: The Last Revel Band, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
6 :: American Scarecrows, 9:30pm - 1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: Gordon Thorne, 3:15-5:45pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: Eric Frost, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: Deep Winter Dance with the Splintertones, 6pm, Hovland Town Hall
7 :: Joe Paulik, 6:45-9:15pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: Eric Frost, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
7 :: Gordon Thorne, 7-10pm, Music by the Fireplace, Lutsen Resort
7 :: Band of Roses Bon Jovi Tribute Band, 9pm, Grad Portage Lodge& Casino
7 :: The Last Revel Band, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
7 :: Cloud Cult, 9:30pm - 1 am,$12 adv/$16 door, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns

8 :: May North, 3:30-5:30pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
8 :: Classical Evening of Flute & Piano, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
9 :: Boyd Blomberg & Adam Moe, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
9 :: Jeremy Messersmith, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
10 :: Fingerstlye Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
10 :: Timmy Haus, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
10 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
11 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
11 :: Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
12 :: Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
12 :: Gordon Thorne, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
12 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
13 :: James Moors, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
13 :: Jim Miller & Michele Miller, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
13 :: Michael Monroe, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
13 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
14 :: Eric Frost, 3:15-5:45pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
14 :: Shane Martin, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtn
14 :: Pete Kavanugh, 6:45-9:15pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
14 :: Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, 7pm, Grand Marais
14 :: Gordon Thorne, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
14 :: Joe Paulik, 7-10pm, Music by the Fireplace, Lutsen Resort
14 :: Adrian Legg, Grand Marais ACA, 7:30pm, tix $22/$10
14 :: The Mosspiglets, 8-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
14 :: The Splintertones, 9:30pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns

15 :: Shane Martin, 3:30-5:30pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
15 :: Classical Evening of Flute & Piano, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
15 :: Briand Morrison, 6:45-9:15pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
15 :: Joe Paulik, 7pm, Sven & Ole's, Grand Marais
15 :: Timmy Haus, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
16 :: Shane Martin, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
16 :: Meg Hutchinson, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
17 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
17 :: Shane Martin, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
17 :: Open Mic Night w/ Eric Frost, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
18 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
18 :: Alan Spahawk, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
19 :: Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
19 :: Eric Frost, 8-10pmBluefin Grille, Tofte
19 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
20 :: Timmy Haus, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
20 :: Pete Kavanuagh, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
20 :: Eric Frost, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
20 :: Clearwater Hot Club, 8:30-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
20 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
21 :: Chris Silver, 3:15-5:45pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
21 :: Pete Kavanugh, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtn
21 :: Jim Miller & Michele Miller, 6:45-9:15pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
21 :: Gordon Thorne, 7-10pm, Music by the fireplace, Lutsen Resort
21 :: Joe Paulik, 7pm, Sven & Ole's, Grand Marais
21 :: Maria Nickolay, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
21 :: Clearwater Hot Club, 8:30-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais

22 :: Good Intentions, 3:30-5:30pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
22 :: Classical Evening of Flute & Piano, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
23 :: Pete Kavanugh, 8-10pm, Bleufin Grille, Tofte
23 :: Barbara Jean, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
24 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
24 :: Boyd Blomberg, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
24 :: Open Mic Night w/ Eric Frost, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
25 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
25 :: Jerree Small, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
26 :: Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, 6-8pm, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort
26 :: Timmy Haus, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
26 :: Gordon Thorne, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
26 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
27 :: Timmy Haus, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
27 :: Mary Bue, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
27 :: The Sivertones, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
27 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
27 :: The Thunderheads, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
28 :: Eric Frost 3:15-5:45pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
28 :: Jim Miller & Michele Miller, 4-6pm, Moguls, Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtn
28 :: Pete Kavanuagh, 6:45-9:15pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
28 :: Cherry Dirt, 7-9pm, Cascade Lodge Pub, Lutsen
28 :: Jon Kallberg, 7-10pm, Music by the Fireplace, Lutsen Resort
28 :: The Thunderheads, 9-12pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
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winter arts grand marais
Grand Marais Art Colony Classes
Feb 7:: Community Ink Day: Print Your Valentines
Feb 7 :: I Love Glass
Feb 9 - Mar 8 :: Fiber Revolution Art Quilt Exhibit
Feb 12-15 :: Northern Fibers Retreat
Celebrate the Art and Craft of Fibers in the heart of cozy winter.  This 4 day retreat features a variety of classes, Lunch and Learn lectures and a community dance, all while celebrating with other fiber enthusiasts.
Feb 12 - 13 :: Quilting, from Traditional to Artistic
Feb 14 :: Button It Up with Glass!
Feb 14 :: Painting with Fabric
Feb 14 :: Print on Clay
Feb 14 :: Stitchery: Texture & Color
Feb 15 :: Introduction to Ply Split Braiding
Feb 15 :: Paper Clay
Feb 19 - Mar 5 :: Discover Fused Glass, 3 Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm
Feb 27 :: Develop Your Portfolio: Hire a Professional Photographer
Feb 27 - Mar 1 :: Fish-skin Sewing
3 Cold Full Moon Snowshoe Along Lake Superior
at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
6 - 7pm
February marks Makwa Giizisor the Bear Moon in the Anishinaabeg calendar. Experience it in a new light as you snow shoe along Lake Superior to its reflection in the icy waters of Lake Superior. 
Meet in the Trail Center to have the secrets of the full moon revealed to you by the warmth of a cozy fire, then bundle up to snowshoe about a mile to the picnic flow area. Dress warm and appropriately for conditions. Traditional snowshoes available upon request, please call ahead to reserve. 
5-8
women dog mushing
BOW - Women's Winter Adventure Dog Mushing!
Grand Marais / Hovland
offered by Points Unknown
Course details: This adventure is for those who want to participate in every aspect of dog mushing with the highlight to running your own small team of sled dogs through miles of beautiful trails in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Step by step instruction is provided in an atmosphere of encouragement, support and team work.
Class is limited to 4 participants; cost is $895 per person
6 - 15 Winter Tracks Festival
throughout Cook County
Features the Winter Arts Festival, Snow Sculpture Tour, Snowmobile Fun Run, Lutsen Family Fun Festival and Snowarama Snowmobile Ride
6-7
Two Harbors Winter Frolic
  • free admission at the Depot Museum
  • sliding and skating at the Curling Club / golf course
  • mini mite hockey tournament
  • curling challenges
  • chili cook off, pancake breakfast bonifre with s'mores
  • t-ball tourney, kids races, fun run ad 5k, bean bag tournament
  • medallion hunt and Snow Ball w/ DJ noon-6pm and live music 6-11pm
7
snowmobile fun run grand marais
Snowmobile Fun Run
Cook County Snowmobile Club
Register at Hungry Jack Lodge 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for first card, then to Trail Center, Windigo, Hungry Jack, Gunflint Lodge, and Gunflint Pines. Have lunch where you choose and get last card at The Landing by 6:30 p.m. Games, food and drink specials, prizes and entertainment. Money raised goes to the Club!
7
Snowshoe 101
at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
1 - 2 pm
Whether you think of yourself as a pro or have never strapped on a pair of snowshoes there is something to discover in this program! Have the history, kinds and science of snowshoes revealed to you through activities and presentations led by the Naturalist. Afterwards we?ll experience this exhilarating form of recreation ourselves on an optional short nature snowshoe. 
Bring your own snowshoes or use ours at the park! All abilities welcome! Please contact the naturalist if you would like to know more information on adaptable equipment or plan on borrowing snowshoes. Plan on staying into the evening to snowshoe the trails during our Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike Event later that evening from 6:00-8:00pm.
7
snowarama
11th Annual SnowArama
Grand Portage
Ride for a cause: raising money for Easter Seals Kids! During the last 11 years of Snowaramas riders have raised over $230,000.00 for Easter Seals kids!
7
guided hike
Superior Hiking Trail :: Snowshoe Hike
10am; Magney-Snively Trailhead to Spirit Mtn. Grand Ave. Chalet
1.9 miles, Snowshoe through beautiful forests, over a stone bridge and along several creeks.
Meet at the Spirit Mtn. Grand Ave. chalet parking lot.
1) From the south, take I-35 to the Cody Ave. Exit #251A and continue on Cody St. for 0.3 miles. Turn right on N. 63rd Ave. W. and go 0.6 miles. Turn right on Grand Ave. and go 1.8 miles to Grand Ave. Chalet parking lot on right.
2) From the north, take the I-35 Grand Ave./Hwy. 23 Exit #251B and go right 2.0 miles to the Grand Ave. Chalet parking lot on the right.
14
Winter Camping 101
at Tettegouche State Park
9 am - 4 pm
Join the Tettegouche State Park Naturalist for a one-day introduction to winter camping. We will build a traditional quinzhee, an insulated snowcave, for sleeping. Also covered will be topics such as cooking outdoors in the snow, tricks for staying dry and warm in the winter, and we will discuss and try out some methods of transporting gear through the snow.
This one day workshop will cover everything you need to know about camping in the winter. Particpants who CHOOSE to do so will be able to sleep in the constructed quinzhees and try out the skills they have just learned. Come for just a day of winter fun and learning, or make a weekend out of it. You choose.
Pre-registration is required. Call 218 353.8809 or email kurt.mead@state.mn.us.
14
snowmobile fun run grand marais
Hungry Jack Lake Drag Race
Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail
Cook County Snowmobile Club – Ridge Riders
Sign up at 11 a.m. Racing starts at noon. Prizes awarded inside Hungry Jack Lodge after races.
14
candle light ski lutsen
Candle Light Ski & Snowshoe
6-8 pm at Oberg Mountain Trailhead in Tofte
It's a Sweetheart of an event! The Annual Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe on Sugarbush Trails in Tofte, MN! Park at the Onion River Rd trailhead where there will be a bonfire with hot chocolate and sweet treats. Cross Country ski or snowshoe by candlelit luminary bags.
14 Adrian Legg
hosted by the North Shore Music Association
7:30 pm at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
adults $22, students $10
England's Guitar magazine describes Adrian Legg as "impossible to categorize as a player." Renowned and awarded for his unique style of fingerpicking on electric guitar and the way he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Legg has been hailed as "one of the wizards" of the guitar (Philadelphia Inquirer), "an adventurer" (Newsday) and "a genius" (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist, and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer, and author, witty and engaging between-song onstage raconteur, and an at-large commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
15 Grand Marais Ole Opry hosted by the North Shore Music Association 
7:30 pm; at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais
Classic country showcase, featuring regional & local musicians, including longtime A Prairie Home Companion dobro and steel guitar master Cal Hand and his daughter, Grand Marais singer/songwriter Amanda Hand. Also featuring Wisconsin's kickin' American roots duo The DitchLilies
15 Annual Arrowhead Vintage Snowmobile Rendezvous
Classic snowmobiles at Wildhurst Lodge, 7344 Hwy 1, Finland.
Call 218 353 7337
15 31st Annual Sawtooth International Ski Race
Pincushion Mountain Trails, Grand Marais
For classical and freestyle skiers and skiers of all ages and ability levels. We will have a 10K classical technique event, followed by a 20K freestyle event. Both will be run on a 10K loop utilizing the intermediate level Pincushion Mountain trails.
There will be a self-seeded mass start at 10:00 am for all 10K classical racers and another mass start at 11:00 am for the 20K freestyle racers. Separate awards will be given for the 10K classical and for the 20K freestyle events.
20-22 Open Bonspiel
Cook County Curling Club in Grand Marais
All skill levelsare welcome to have a fun bonspiel experience.
$200 entry fee; Friday night appetizers, Saturday night prime rib dinner
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events at gooseberry falls
Snowshoe 101
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
11 am- 12 pm
Whether you think of yourself as a pro or have never strapped on a pair of snowshoes there is something to discover in this program! Have the history, kinds and science of snowshoes revealed to you through activities and presentations led by the Naturalist. Afterwards we'll experience this exhilarating form of recreation ourselves on an optional short nature snowshoe. 
Bring your own snowshoes or use ours at the park! All abilities welcome! Please contact the naturalist if you would like to know more information on adaptable equipment or plan on borrowing snowshoes. 4 types of traditional snowshoe available for borrow! 
Plan on staying into the evening to snowshoe the trails during our Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike Event later that evening from 6:00-8:30pm.
21 Baptism River Snowshoe
at Tettegouche State Park
1 - 3 pm
Dust off those old snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Park for hike up the Baptism River Valley. Beginners will get a nice introduction to this low-impact winter sport. The Park Naturalist will lead you on a gentle stroll up the river valley, giving snowshoeing tips and interpreting the winter scene that we encounter along the way.
If you need to borrow a pair of snowshoes, please contact the naturalist at 218 353-8809 to reserve them. There will be no rental fee for participants in this program.
21 The Frostbiter fat tire bike race
Mineral Center Traiolhead, Grand Portage; 20 and 40-mile baike race
$50 entry fee goes to the Easter Seals of Ontario; includes a great ride on Grand Portage’s groomed snowmobile trails as well as lunch at the lodge. There are prizes for the rider who collects the most pledges for Easter Seals.
call (800) 543-1384.
22-23
Sugar on Snow
Held at the Clair Nelson Community Center, Finland, Minnesota.
You can see the trades that New England settlers did two centuries ago--blacksmithing, broom making, grain grinding, and other trades.
21-23
bonspiel cook county mn
Mixed Bonspiel Curling Tournament
Cook County Curling Club in Grand Marais
An international tournament, event is open to everyone. Teams consist of 2 men and 2 women.


M A R C H
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grand marais folk school
Classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais
Mar 5-8 :: Wood Week
Mar 5-6 :: Build Your Own Shaving Horse
Mar 5-6 :: Carving Ladles & Spoons
Mar 5-6 :: Knife & Axe Skills
Mar 5-8 :: Nordic Drinking Vessels in wood
Mar
5-8 :: Norwegian Ale Bowls
Mar 5-8 :: Scandinavian Style Flat Plane Carving
Mar 5-8 :: Tool Making for Wood workers & Others
Mar 8 :: The Basics of Milk Paint
Mar 8 :: Restoring & Turning Hand Planes
Mar 11-13 :: Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings
Mar 11-15 :: Techniques of Pram Boat Building
Mar 11-22 ::Build Your Own Norse or Swedish Pram
Mar 13-14 :: Lake Superior winter Photography
Mar 13-15 :: Casting Bronze Buttons
Mar 13-15 :: Woodblock Printmaking
Mar 14 :: Soapmaking
Mar 14-15 :: Eating Nose to Tail:Rabbit
Mar 19-22 :: Aniishinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing
Mar 20-22 :: Black Ash Pack Baskets
Mar 20-22 :: Building Exterior Doors [service learning project]
Mar 21-22 :: Sharpening Tutorial
Mar 22 :: Charcuterie
Mar 24-Apr 6 :: Build Your Own Wood-Canvas Canoe
Mar 24-Apr 3 :: Build Your Own Northwest Trade Gun
Mar 26-28 :: Automata: Making Wood Move
Mar 27-28 :: Nno Feltings Scarves & Wraps
Mar 27-28 :: Intro to Storytelling
Mar 27-29 ::Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Botanical Medicine
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music in cook county lutsen grand marais

Live Music in Cook County

1 :: Classical Evening of Flute & Piano, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
1 :: Steve Blexrud, 7:30-10:30pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
2 :: Eric Frost, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
2 :: Moors & McCumber, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm Pap Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
3 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
3 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
4 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
5 :: Pushing Chain, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
5 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
6 :: Billy Johnson, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
6 :: Briand Morrison, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
6 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: Billy Johnson, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: The Big Wu, 9pm-1am, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns

8 :: Wu Acoustic, 3:30-5:30pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
8 ::
Classical Evening of Jazz Guitar, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
9 :: Joe Paulik, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
9 :: Chris Koza of Rogue Valley, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
10 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
10 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
11 :: Open Mic Nigh,t 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
12 :: Timmy Haus, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
12 :: Gordon Thorne, B8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
12 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
13 :: Timmy Haus, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
13 :: Eric Frost, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
13 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
14 :: Joe Paulik, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
14 :: Gear Daddies, 9:30pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns

15 :: Classical Guitar with Scott Fraser, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
16 :: Pete Kavanuagh, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
16 :: Lucy Michelle w/ John Munson & Chan Poling, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's Lutsen Mtns
17 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
17 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
18-23 :: Dulutsen, All Day, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtn
18 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
19 :: The Sivertones, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
19 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
20 :: Briand Morrison, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
20 :: Michael Monroe, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
20 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
21 :::Boyd Blomberg, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
21 :::Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert 7pm, Grand Marais
21 :: :Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, 7pm, Grand Marais

22 :: Classical Evening of Flute, Piano & Guitar, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
22 :: Timmy Haus, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
23 :: Joe Paulik, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
23 :: Charlie Parr, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's Lutsen Mtns
24 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
24 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
25 :: Open Mic Night, 5-9pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
26 :: Gordon Thorne, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
26 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
27 :: The Sivertones, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns
27 :: Pete Kavanuagh, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
27 :: Friday Night Live w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
28 :: Spring Carnival at Lutsen Mountains, All Day
28 :: Eric Frost, 4-6pm, Moguls at Caribou Highlands Lodge, Lutsen Mtns

29 :: Classical Evening of Violin & Piano, 6-8pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
29 :: James Moor, 7-10pm, Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
30 :: Pushing Chain, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
30 :: John Mark Nelson, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's Lutsen Mtns
31 :: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, 5:30-7pm, Lutsen Resort
31 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns

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3d-printing
Grand Marais Art Colony Classes
Mar 4 :: Develop Your Portfolio: Hire a Professional Photographer
Mar 16 - 29 :: 2015 Artist in Residence

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spring carnival lutsen mountains
Special Events at Lutsen Mountains

Mar 18-23 :: Dulutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival
The thriving homegrown music scene from the North Shore's gateway city moves up the coast for a 6-day showcase of Duluth's finest musicians.

Mar 28 :: Spring Carnival
Spring fever is setting in. Come to the party in your beach gear and crazy costumes! Deck party, live music and fireworks!
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guided hike
Superior Hiking Trail :: Snowshoe Hike
10am; Cove Point Lodge to Beaver Bay Trailhead
3.6 miles, Snowshoe through birch, balsam and maple forests with some nice overlook views of Lake Superior.

Meet at the Beaver Bay Trailhead parking lot. At Hwy. 61 milepost 51.1, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 4 (Lax Lake Rd.) and go 0.8 miles to Trailhead parking lot on right.
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mush for  a cure gunflint trail
Mush for a Cure
Mush For a Cure is not a race, it is a fun event to celebrate the sport of dog mushing and to cap off a winter of hard work, training and racing while raising funds to find a cure for breast cancer.
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snowmobile fun run grand marais
Annual Trout Derby Picnic & Fishing Contest
sponsored by the Cook County Snowmobile Club – Ridge Riders
Gunflint Lake, 40 miles north of Grand Marais
9-11am - registration with fish in by 1pm
This event is a fundraiser to help support the club in their endeavor to continue to maintain the trails and grooming equipment.
 
13-15
bonspiel cook county mn
Chuck Futterer Memorial Open Bonspiel
Cook County Curling Club in Grand Marais
An international tournament, event is open to everyone. Teams consist of four people, and the event attracts between 16 and 24 teams from Thunder Bay, Canada.
13-15
st urhos day finland mn
38th Annual St Urho's Day Festival
Finland, MN
Crazy good fun celebrating the fictional Finnish saint who drove the grasshoppers away, saving the grape crop. Fair enough!
20-21

inuit premiere at sivertson's gallery
15th Annual Inuit Premiere featuring Kate Vasyliw, and Throat Singers
Sivertson Gallery,Canal Park in Duluth and downtown Grand Marais
showcasing new Art of the North with these special events
Fri, Mar 20
noon at Siviis in Canal Park
       Kattajjak: Nunavik-style Throat-Singing, Nina Segalowitz and Special Guest
5-7pm at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais
       Opening Reception & Social Hour with Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts plus throat singing teaser & poetry reading
Sat, Mar 21
1, 3 & 6 pm at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais
       Kattajjak: Nunavik-style Throat-Singin, Nina Segalowitz and Special Guest
6pm :: Fireside chat with Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts

 
27-29 BOW - Intermediate+ Level Cross-Country/Snowshoe Weekend
offered by Gunflint Lodge
Join us for a weekend of x-c skiing and/or snowshoeing at Gunflint Lodge. Lodging, meals, and instruction included. This class is for intermediate to advanced skiers as the terrain at Gunflint is hilly. Lighted ski trail for evening skiing.
Limited to 14 participants; cost is $200 per person
   


A P R I L
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north house classes
Classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais
Apr 3 :: Saami Friendship Bracelet
Apr 3-4 :: Silversmithing: The Jeweler's Palette
Apr 4 :: Saami Friendship Bracelet continuation
Apr 14-16 :: Build Your Own Spring-Pole Lathe
Apr 17-19 :: Service Learning & Volunteer Weekend
Apr 17-19 :: Tools for the Blacksmith Shop
Apr 17-19 :: Sawhorses for the Woodshop
Apr 20-22 :: Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond + optional day Apr 23
Apr 21-26 :: BuildYour Own Dovetail Log Sauna or Cabin
Apr 24-26 :: Prepare & Preserve Healthful Meats
Apr 25 :: Growing Dye Plants: Gardening for Color
Apr 25-26 :: The Harvest Basket: Red Osier Basketry
Apr 25-26 :: Beadwork on a Bag
Apr 30-May 1 :: Spoon Carving Tutorial 1
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pottery classes
Classes at
Grand Marais Art Colony

Apr 7-28 :: Faces, 4 Tuesdays, 9am-noon
Apr 9-May 14 :: Pots for Painting, 6 Thursdays, 6-8pm
Apr 9-23 :: Pewter Cast Jewelry for ages 12-16, 3 Thursdays, 4-6pm
Apr 11-13 :: Still Life in Pastel
Apr 11 & 18 :: Mything Around: Metaphors to Understand Your Story
Apr 13-May 4 :: 2D to 3D for ages 10-14
Apr 21 & 28 :: Writing Our Stories
Apr 30 & May 7 ::Printing on Functional Fabrics for ages 10-16
all month Live Music in Cook County

1 :: Teahue Alexy of Hobo Nephewss, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
2 :: Sweetwater Shakedown Music Festival, All Day, Lutsen Mtns

6 :: Erik Koskinen, Songwriter Series, 8-10pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
7 :: Open Mic Night w/ Boyd Blomberg, 7pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
9 :: Gordon Thorne & Friends, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
9 :: Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
10 : Dance Party w/ DJ Beavstar 9pm-1am, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
10 :: Gordon Thorne & Friends, 8-10pm, Bluefin Grille, Tofte
10 :: Friday Night w/ Timmy Haus, 9pm, Papa Charlie's, Lutsen Mtns
11 :: Mountain Meltdown, all Day, Luten Mountains
11 :: Fingerstyle Masters Weekend Workshops & Concert, 9:30am- 3pm, Tofte
11 :: Joe Paulik, 7-10pm, Music by the Fireplace, Lutsen Resort

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Special Events at Lutsen Mountains
Apr 2 :: Sweetwater Shakedown Music Festival
What better way to celebrate this glorious season than with a three-day ski, snowboard and music festival? Sweetwater Shakedown presents the arrival of spring with some sweet musical accompaniment for both young and old performed by top-notch bluegrass entertainers at this epic three-day music event!
Apr 11 :: Mountain Meltdown
Celebrate the last weekend of ski season with a two-day music festival. Saturday and Sunday will feature 5 bands each day and our outdoor beer garden & BBQ.
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spring dance
Spring Dance! Randy Sabien & the Unusual Suspects
hosted by the North Shore Music Association
7:30 -10:30 pm at North House Folk SChool, Grand Marais
adults $10, students $5
Grab your comfy shoes and come on down to North House Folk School for a NSMA-hosted community dance, featuring internationally acclaimed violinist and fiddler Randy Sabien, locally loved jazz/blues pianist Chris Gillis, and super-solid upright bassist Jim Chenoweth.
   
18-19
snowmobile races
Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge
Lutsen Mountains

The first ever Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge at Lutsen Mountains will include hillclimb, hillcross, and short course cross country racing on and around the Lutsen Ski Resort. This is officially a qualifier for the 2016 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimbs!! The Kings of Stock, Improved Stock, & Open classes will receive the coveted golden ticket to race at the 2016 World Championship Hillclimbs at Jackson Hole!

 
 


M A Y

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north house canoe class
Classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais
May 1 :: Creating Sacred Space
May 1 :: All Fired Up; Cooking with Fre
May 1-4 :: Northern Sustainability Symposium
May 2 :: Creating Your Home Herbal Apothecary
May 2 :: Soba: Peparing Japanse-Style Buckwheat Noodles
May 2-3 :: Spoon Carving Tutorial 2
May 3 :: Green Medicines
May 4-7 :: Woven Decorative Bands on the Modified Rigid Heddle Loom
May 6-10 :: Basic Timber Framing
May 8-9 :: Artisan Breads 2
May 8-10 :: Crafting the Twig Chair
May 8-10 :: Swedish Decorated Birch Bark Canisters
May 14-17 :: Outdoor Timbereed Benches
May 15-17 :: Shaded Telemark Style Rosemaling
May 16 :: Cooking with the Seasons; Fish
May 20-24 :: Forge-Welding a Damascus Blade & Other Items
May 21-23 :: Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
May 21-24 :: Dovetail Log Cabin: Builder's Workshop + optional day May 25
May 22 :: Sausage for the Summer Grill
May 23 :: Fly Casting Workshop
May 23-24 :: Cattail Basketry; Twining and Fishtail Plaiting
May 26-29 :: Knife, Bowl & Spoon; Four Days of Woodcraft
May 26-29 :: Joe Seliga's Square Stern Wood Canvas Canoe Form
May 26-29 :: Make Your Own Damascus Folding Jackknife
May 29 :: Boreal Field ID with Bob
May 29 :: Bird & Wildlife Photography in the Field
May 29-Jun 1 :: Northern Landscapes Festival
May 29-31 :: Adirondack Chair Building
May 29-31 :: The Geologic Story of the North Shore
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printmaking classes art colony
Classes at
Grand Marais Art Colony


May
2-3 :: Acrylic & Mixed Media
May 7-10 :: Art as Journey
May 9 :: Mosaic Garden Ornaments
May 9 :: Garden Glass
May 16-17 :: Capture the Light in Watercolor
May 16-17 :: Fast Track to Stained Glass
May 18 - 20 :: Clay Sculpture: Self Portraits
May 22 :: Hand Papermaking
May 23 :: Intro to Letterboxing
May 23 :: Community Ink Day: Screenprinting
May 23 :: Paper Marbling
May 23 :: Natural Dye & Western Bookbinding
May 24 :: Asian & Western Bookbinding
May 30-31 :: Impressionistic Watercolor
   
2 Ham Run Half Marathon
Wilderness Half Marathon, 5k & Little Runts Run
13.2 miles from Gunflint Pines to Way of the Wilderness plus a Ham Run 5K and Little Runts Run. Post-Race Festivities for the Ham Run Half Marathon will take place at the end of the Gunflint Trail at Way f the Wilderness Canoe Outfitters and the Trail’s End Café. There will be ham and fixings with free food for race participants as well as massages and more. Non-racers are welcome to attend and are asked for a nominal donation for food.
2 & 30 Accessible Strolls
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
1-2 pm
Join a naturalist for a guided stroll on paved ADA Accessible trails EACH 1st and 4th SATURDAY OF THE MONTH FROM MAY THROUGH AUGUST. Each hike will cover a different topic from wildflowers to waterfalls to mushrooms and macro-organisms.
These are great opportunities for individuals with mobility challenges and parents with strollers. 
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opening of fishing mn
MN Fishing Season Opens
walleye, sauger, northern pike, lake trout & stream trout in lakes
May 9-10 is also Take-a-Mom Fishing Weekend in MN
16 Peter Mayer hosted by the North Shore Music Association
7:30 pm; at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais
$15 adults & $5 youth [18 & under]
Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet —songs about interconnectedness and the human journey, about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk" and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.
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cross river schroeder mn
Opening Day with exhibit
10am - 4:30pm, Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder
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michael monroe
Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert
7pm, Grand Marais
23
Northwoods Animals LIVE!
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
6 pm
Join Audubon Center of the Northwoods for an exciting night with live animals! Come and meet four live animals that live in the deciduous forests of Minnesota including a salamander, snake, porcupine and an owl. What job do each of the animals fill in the forest? Explore the adaptations that the animals use to do their jobs through activities and demonstrations.
Meet at Lady Slipper Lodge. Limited indoor space available so get there early!

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chik-wauk
Chik Wauk Museum & Nature Center
at 28 Moose Pond Drive near the end of the Gunflint Trail
Opens for the season; May 25 - October 20, 2013.
Admission is $3 for adults, 
$2 for children ages 5-18., kids under 5 get free admission.
23 Day Hill Hike
at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
11 am - 12 pm
Hear the stories of Split Rock's past from logging to Peregrine falcons now flying overhead on a guided hike into the past as we hike up Day Hill. Meet at the Campground Bathhouse. Hike goes up a steep rocky trail.
23 & 30
farm and craft market north shore
Cook County Farm & Craft Market
9am - 1pm, parking lot 1 block south of the stop light, Grand Marais
Saturdays, Memorial weekend through MEA
All of our vendors are local and offer a variety of crafts, baked goods, and seasonal produce. Whether you are looking for unique gifts or a morning treat, the market has something for everyone.
24 & 31

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
11 am - 12 pm
Take a stroll with the naturalist EVERY SUNDAY at 11 am to discover signs and habitat of a new animal. Hike meeting places and length of hike and program time will vary, check the Gooseberry Events Calendar to see where to meet and find out the animal of the day!

24 Geocache Bash! Introduction to Geocaching
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
11 am - 12 pm
Help us unveil the latest Parks and Trails Geocache Challenge through a day of Geocaching! First, discover how a GPS works and just how much we use them in our daily lives. Then stick around to compete in a challenge to find the new Gooseberry Geocache! How long will it take you?
Meet outside the Visitor Center by the Art Column.

Geocache Bash! Geocache Dash!
12 - 2pm
Stop by anytime to check out a GPS unit and see how quickly you can find the cache!
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guided hike
Superior Hiking Trail :: Spring Hike
10 am; Spirit Mtn. Grand Ave. Chalet to Skyline Pkwy. at Highland Street Trailhead
6.2 miles, Enjoy forests and nice views as well as climbs and descents along several creeks — all within the city of Duluth! The hike ends with a new trail re-route along Keene Creek.

Meet at the new Skyline Pkwy. at Highland St. Trailhead parking lot.
1) From the south, take I-35 Boundary Ave. Exit #249. Turn left, cross bridge, then take right onto Skyline Pkwy. Drive 2.4 miles to Trailhead at intersection of Skyline Pkwy and Highland St.
2) From the north, take I-35 Central Ave Exit #252. Turn right and go 0.8 miles uphill on Central Ave. Turn left on Highland St. and go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Skyline Pkwy. to new parking lot on right.
tba Two Harbors Historical Sites open daily for Summer Season
including the Historical Museum, Agate Bay Light Station, Edna G tugboat and 3M Museum
 
 


J U N E
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Classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais
Jun 2-7 :: Norwegian 'Trestle Frame' Timber Framing
Jun 5-7 :: Mosaic Garden Art
jun 5-9 :: Building and Baking in the Wood-Fired Brick Oven
Jun 9-11 :: Nalbinding Mittens
Jun 12-13 :: Wildflower Photography
Jun 13-22 :: Sail Training Trip; Isle Royale Circumnavigation
Jun 15-18 :: Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction
Jun 16-18 :: Old-Fashioned Rug Hooking
Jun 17 :: Drop Spindle Spinning
Jun 17-18 :: Help Yourself to Knitting
Jun 17-19 :: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving
Jun 18-19 :: Spinning Fibers on a Wheel
Jun 19 :: IntermediateKnitting Skills
Jun 19-21 ::
Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice pageant
Jun 22-23 :: Artistic Bark Edged Wooden Bowls
Jun 22-24 :: Scandinavian Style Flat-Plane Figure Carving continuation
Jun 24-28 :: Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop
Jun 25-28 :: Build Your Own Yurt
Jun 30-Jul 6 :: Cedar-Strip Boat Construction Techniques & Fundamentals

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acrylic workshop art colony
Classes at
Grand Marais Art Colony


Jun 1-5 :: Painting Abstract Landscapes
Jun 6-7 :: Mysterious Sand to Glass
Jun 11-2 :: Forming with the Hydraulic Press
Jun 11-12 :: Prairie Home Enamelin'
Jun 11-12 :: Jewelry Making with Found Objects
Jun 13 :: Salt Water Etching for Jewelry Artists
Jun 13 :: Metal Piercing
Jun 14 :: Cold Connections: Titanium Jewelry Making
Jun 16-17 :: Acyrlic Paint In: See & Say
Jun 18-19 :: Painting the Essence of Things
Jun 20-21 :: Intaglio: Printing From Below the Surface
Jun 20-21 :: Two Potters, Alternate Rourtes
Jun 22-26 :: From Concept to Creation
Jun 24-26 :: Colored Pencil Potential
Jun 25-26 :: Drawing Basics
Jun 26 :: Blown Glass Ornaments
Jun 27-28 :: Glass Beads
Jun 27-28 :: Watercolor Basics
Jun 27-28 :: Advancing in Drawing
Jun 29-30 :: Animal Sculpture - Beginner
Jun 29- Jul 1 :: Writing Craft: Research, Writing & Publication
Jun 29-Jul 2 :: House Portraits
all month Music in Cook County
new performances are constantly added, so be sure to check local sources when you arrive



   
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guided hike

Superior Hiking Trail :: Guided Hike
National Trails Days Hikes

Both hikes meet at the Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center. A free state park day pass will be provided for those who do not have one. 
From I-35, take the Carlton Exit #235 and go right (east) on Hwy. 210 for 5.5 miles to Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center parking lot.

Long Hike ::  Wild Valley Rd. Trailhead to Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center 
5.9 miles. 
This NEW section of the SHT features a nice mix of forest, steep climbs and views of the St. Louis River and valley.

Short Hike::

2.5 miles. This hike crosses the famous Swinging Bridge and travels along the St. Louis River on the East and West Ridge state park trails.


All SHTA hikes begin at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine; are free of charge and open to the public; are led by a member of the Superior Hiking Trail Association, and many include an orientation and briefing by an area naturalist. Wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes, bring lunch, beverages and insect repellant.

6 & 27 Accessible Strolls
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
1-2 pm
Join a naturalist for a guided stroll on paved ADA Accessible trails EACH 1st and 4th SATURDAY OF THE MONTH FROM MAY THROUGH AUGUST. Each hike will cover a different topic from wildflowers to waterfalls to mushrooms and macro-organisms.
These are great opportunities for individuals with mobility challenges and parents with strollers. 
7, 14, 21 & 28 Take a Walk on the Wild Side
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
11 am - 12 pm
Take a stroll with the naturalist EVERY SUNDAY at 11 am to discover signs and habitat of a new animal. Hike meeting places and length of hike and program time will vary, check the Gooseberry Events Calendar to see where to meet and find out the animal of the day!
6 [tentative]
car show
Annual Classic Car Show
Downtown Grand Marais
10am - 2pm
color • shine • sleekness • memories
11 classes: cars, trucks, bikes, 25 awards
Parade through Grand Marais 2pm & trophy presentation follows
7, 13, 20 & 27
farm and craft market north shore
Cook County Farm & Craft Market
9am - 1pm, parking lot 1 block south of the stop light, Grand Marais
Saturdays, Memorial weekend through MEA
All of our vendors are local and offer a variety of crafts, baked goods, and seasonal produce. Whether you are looking for unique gifts or a morning treat, the market has something for everyone.
13 State Parks Open House
All MN State Parks offer Free Admission including
the 8 State Parks on the North Shore

Split Rock Lighthouse Open House
Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during an open house at Split Rock Lighthouse and State Park. Admission is FREE to both the Lighthouse and the State Park on this day only. Tour the light station, keepers house and fog signal building. Stop by the Visitor Center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries, and view a film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior.
   
13

Guided Bike Ride to Iona's Beach
at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Join a naturalist for a guided bike ride on the Gitchi Gami State Bike Trail. We will travel from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park's Trail Center to Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area on a 3 mile bike ride on paved trails. Along the way discover the land-use history of the stretch of scenic shore.
All abilities welcome. We will bike at a slower pace and make several stops. Once at the Beach we'll embark on a short hike before ending the program here. Pack a lunch and enjoy it by the shore and bike back at your own pace. 
Meet at the Split Rock Lighthouse Trail Center. Helmets are mandatory. Water bottle and camera recommended.  

Shipwrecks of the North Shore
7 - 8:30 p
m
Have the icy tale of the infamous Maatafa Blow Storm of 1905 told to you through interactive storytelling. Please bring flashlights if you have them. Meet at the Trail Center.

20 Grandma's Marathon
Scenic 61 to Duluth
What else could you want in a marathon? Grandma’s Marathon starts in the middle of the woods, runs along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior and finishes at a pub.”
Gary Bjorkland Half-Marathon
Named after the Duluth-area native, 1976 Olympian and first-ever Grandma’s Marathon Champion in 1977. Half the distance – just as fun! Run on the second half of the beautiful Grandma’s Marathon racecourse.
21 Summer Solstice Celebratory Hike
at Gooseberry Falls State Park
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Celebrate the start of summer (by the exact minute!) on the shores of Lake Superior. The solstice is all about light and the arrival of our longest day of the year. Discover old traditions and start new ones on this sun happy hike. Meet at the Lakeview Lodge,
21 Two Harbors Celestial Celebrations: Summer Solstice
Burlington Bay Beach, off Hwy 61 in Two Harbors
This is an open invitation to the community and tourists to join in celebrating the longest day of the year. Come for free hot dogs and singing around the fire. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Find us on Facebook at Two Harbors Celestial Celebrations for more information. Canceled if heavy rain or high winds.
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children's day at split rock lighthouse
Children's Day
at Split Rock Lighthouse Historical Center
10am-6pm
10am-6pm
$9 adults, $7 seniors and college students; free for ages 17 and under
Fours geared for children highlight this popular annual event. Visitors will hear stories of the children who have lived at the light station, join in special games and a scavenger hunt. Free admission for ages 17 and under.
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lutsen 99er bike race
Lutsen 99er
The Midwest's Premier Bike Race
The Lutsen 99er is your chance to race through the beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore — from the Lake Superior shoreline straight up to the top of the Sawtooth Mountains. There are events planned for the entire weekend, including a pre-race pasta feed and post-race party with live music. A shorter, 39-mile course is also available. Join us for the second Lutsen 99er!
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michael monroe
Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert
7pm, Grand Marais
tbachik-wauk Chik Wauk Museum & Nature Center
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature at the end of the Gunflint Trail on Moose Pond Drive

1pm Welcome Summer Open House
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