Arts & Culture

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Artist-designer Taylor Baldry on The Conversationalist

Buck chatted Dec. 23 with Taylor Baldry, a Minneapolis artist-designer, about The Conversationalist, his project to promote face to face interaction in the digital age. They touched on many of his other creative ideas, as well, which you can read about here.


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Moments in Time: Northern Cleaners & Laundry

Vi Wonser and her husband Gordon operated Northern Cleaners & Laundry from 1947 to 1981 in downtown Grand Marais. In this editon of Moments in Time, Vi shares her memories of the business.


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Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison plays Studio A

Bob and Buck welcomed Grand Portage musician Briand Morrison back to The Roadhouse Dec. 16 for more of his gorgeous jazz guitar.


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Artist Betsy Bowen on her latest projects, including "Twelve Owls" with birder Laura Erickson

Buck and Bob welcomed Grand Marais artist Betsy Bowen Dec. 16 to talk about her recent projects, including "Twelve Owls," "Burr and Hamilton," the winter solstice pageant, and more.


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Of Woods and Words: A Season of Diversions

For many people, making it through the long Minnesota winter is all about diversionary tactics. In my opinion, the holiday season comes far too soon after winter’s beginning to do much good.


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Of Woods and Words: The Deer Hunters Round-Up

In those dark pre-WTIP days, my brother and I used to listen to commercial radio from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


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Community Christmas Concert: Rehearsals & Reflections

This year’s performances of the annual Community Christmas Concert in Grand Marais drew capacity crowds, December 4 & 5th.  In this feature, WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson talks with conductor and composer Bill Beckstrand, now in his second year as director.  Mark also recorded parts of the final rehearsal and spoke with orchestra and chorus members.


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Gabriel Ayala, 2011 Native American Artist of the Year, on his unique guitar style

Bob spoke Nov. 25 with Gabriel Ayala, recently named 2011 Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards for his album “Passion, Fire and Grace.” Ayala is a classical guitarist and has developed a new genre he calls ‘jazzmenco’.


Joan and Bob Burrows clean herring roe at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais / photo by Barbara Jean Johnson

Behind The Work: Joan and Bob Burrows

 Joan and Bob Burrows work at the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais each fall during the herring roe harvest.


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Of Woods and Words: Deeply Rooted

The other day, while I waited to check out at one of the local grocery stories, I noticed a familiar mug resting in the coffee corner. It was just an ordinary beige coffee mug, the 12-oz.