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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.

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.

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,

"Growing Perennials in Cook County"

Cook County Master Gardeners
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Sat, 06/06/2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

The Cook County Master Gardeners offer a class on growing perennials on Saturday, June 6, from 9 am-3 pm, at the Community Center in Grand Marais. Brochures are around the county. More information is available from Diane at the CC Extension office, or by phone at 387-3015. Registration is requested by May 29.

Topics include:
     * Pesticides & perennials
     * Designing with perennials
     * Perennials for Zones 3 & 4
     * Native perennials in your landscape
     * Make and take a container with perennials
     * Demos on splitting tubers and  perennials


Boundary Waters Expo

Seagull Lake boat landing, Gunflint Trail
Fri, 06/12/2015 (All day) - Sun, 06/14/2015 (All day)

Visit Cook County will host the first-ever Boundary Waters Expo at Seagull Lake boat landing on the Gunflint Trail, Friday to Sunday, June 12-14. The family-friendly event will feature speakers, activities, hands-on demonstrations, a raffle with prizes, campfire storytelling, a shrimp boil, bake sale, and more. The BW Expo is sponsored by 18 businesses associated with creating ultimate outdoor adventures. Speakers include Cliff Jacobson, widely published canoeing and camping writer, and Jon Nelson, former Quetico Park Ranger and author of Quetico: Near to Nature’s Heart. More information is available on the website,

"Hot Dish" gatherings

Cook County Community Center, Log Cabin, Grand Marais
Fri, 06/12/2015 - 6:30pm

"Hot Dish" is a place for young folks of Cook County to find community, meet new people, and share art, music, writing and food. Gatherings are held on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Cook County Community Center Log Cabin in Grand Marais. More information is available from Stefanie at 218-232-0566.

Home Stretch Workshop

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais
Sat, 06/13/2015 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency hosts the 2015 Home Stretch Workshop on Saturday, June 13, 8:30 am - 5 pm, at Cook County Higher Education, 300 W. 3rd St. Grand Marais.  The workshop is open to all people interested in purchasing a home. Downpayment assistance is subject to income qualifications. Registration is required to Sandy at 218-999-0828.

Course Topics include: 
1. Qualifying for a mortgage/ loan programs
2. Budgeting/credit issues/ saving
3. Shopping for a home/realtor services
4. Professional inspections / appraisals
5. Closing/tutle insurance / homeowners insurance
6. Financial responsibilities as a homeowner


Grand Marais Public Library events and programs

Grand Marais Public Library
Fri, 06/19/2015 (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. 
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 .
Third Wednesday Technology Open House:  July 15, 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.

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,

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