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Ultimate Frisbee

Cook County ISD 166 Multi-Purpose Field
Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:30pm

People of all ages are invited to play "Ultimate Frisbee" -- a limited-contact team sport, similar to football and soccer, but played with a flying disc -- every Wednesday starting at 6:30 pm at the Cook County ISD 166 multi-purpose field.  More information is available from Josh at 387-4040.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, SW of Schroeder
Thu, 08/06/2015 (All day) - Sat, 08/29/2015 (All day)

Sugarloaf Cove southwest of Schroeder is a 35-acre preserved site, with foot trails leading to a beautiful sheltered cove on the lake, and including a 7.5-acre Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area, open to the public. Trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is open most days during the summer, with a resident naturalist.

Bird banding sessions:

Thursdays through August 27, all are invited to hands-on, drop-in bird banding sessions anytime between 7 am and noon. 

"There's No Place Like Home" programs on Fridays at 1 pm. Each week participants will explore a unique habitat or location with Sugarloaf's naturalist. These events are sponsored in part by the Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

August 7 - Inland lakes 
August 21 - Lake Superior

Summer programs on Saturdays at 10 am:
August 8 - 1 pm. Annual meeting and ice cream social.  All are invited to attend the annual meeting of Sugarloaf: the North Shore Stewardship Association on August 8 at 1 pm. Following the business meeting, Dick Ojakangas will give a presentation on "Geology of Minnesota: The North Shore and More." 

August 15 - "In a Patch of Goldenrods," with Larry Weber. Naturalist Larry Weber's tour into a patch of goldenrods reveals all the creatures that call it home.

August 22 - 10 am - 3 pm. "Nature Journaling Workshop." The presenter shares sketchbooks, ideas and skills, naturalist drawing, and visual poetry. Participants will be supplied with a small sketchbook and variety of drawing and painting equipment for the day for notes and exercises. There will be a short introduction to basic drawing. Advance registration is requested. 
August 29 - "The Limits of the Universe: Neutrinos and Dark Matter." Allen Lipke discusses internationally significant research underway at the Soudan Underground Physics Lab about neutrinos and dark matter, and what the discoveries may mean.
Sugarloaf Cove is located approximately six miles southwest of Schroeder, at mile 73.3, 9096 Hwy 61. More information about programs and events and registration are available from Molly Thompson at, by phone at 218-525-0001, and on the website, The local phone at Sugarloaf is 663-7659.

North House Folk School classes, events, and activities

North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Thu, 08/06/2015 (All day) - Mon, 09/21/2015 (All day)

North House Folk School, on the harbor in Grand Marais, offers classes in northern craft and hosts a variety of public events and activities.
Timber Raising: A Crash Course in the Craft | Fridays 10 am-noon. A timber-framed tiny house in two hours? Tenons and timbers, mortises and more.  An opportunity to participate in an old-fashioned barn raising, working as a group to assemble an 8x8 timber framed structure; learn about the history of timber framing and see several examples of completed frames. Ages 10+ with adult.

Instructor in Residence Live Demonstrations:  most Thursdays - Sundays 10 am- 4 pm.  North House instructors demonstrate their work for the public on the Commons at North House. 
      "Traditional Hide Tanning," with Nate Johnson, August 6-9.
     "Black Ash Basketry," with Lindy Lind, August 13-16.
     "Blacksmithing," with Robert Burns, August 20-23.
     "Shoemaking," with Candaca LaCosse, August 27-30.
     "Wet Felting," with Elise Kyllo, September 3-6.
     "Bowl Turning," with Jim Sannerud, September 10-13.

Upcoming courses with space available:

     "Traditional Paper Rush Chair Seat Weaving," August 19-20 (details online at

     " Natural Dyes in the Steambox," August 20 (details online at

     "Traditional Seat Caning For the Vintage Chair," August 20-23 (details online at

     "You Can Handle It: Nordic Inspired Stacked Handle Flatware," August 28-30 (details on

The North House Folk School campus is located at 500 West Hwy 61, on the harbor in Grand Marais. Local residents receive a 25% discount on class fees. More information is available at 218-387-9762 or 888-387-9762, by email at, and on the website, Registration for classes and events is available by phone and on the website. 



Septic system maintenance informational open houses

Cook County SWCD
Mid-Trail Fire Hall, Hovland Town Hall
Thu, 08/06/2015 (All day) - Thu, 08/13/2015 (All day)

Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor septic system maintenance informational open houses:

Thursday, August 6, Schaap Community Center, Mid-Trail Fire Hall, Gunflint Trail, 9 - 11 am
Thursday, August 13, Hovland Town Hall, 9 - 11 am

Mitch Everson of Cook County Planning and Zoning will be available to answer questions about septic systems. More information is available from Cook County SWCD at 387-3648 or 

Local food market

Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

A local food market will be open on Thursdays through August from 4- 6 pm at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. All local food producers may sell fruits or vegetables that they have grown in Cook County. Tables and refrigerator space are available. Set-up is at 3 pm before the market opens at 4. This is an experimental farmers' market to see if local producers and buyers would utilize a weeknight market. More information is available from Diane Booth at 387-3015 or Kristin Wharton at 387-2330. 

Grand Marais Playhouse 45th Season

Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
Thu, 08/06/2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 2:00pm

The Grand Marais Playhouse presents "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," and "Moon Over Buffalo" in repertory as part of its Summer Theater Festival through August 9. Shows are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm; Sunday at 2 pm.  Performance details are available at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.comTickets are available online at


Grand Portage Voyageur Rendezvous Days and Traditional Pow-Wow

National Park Service and Grand Portage Band of Chippewa
Grand Portage National Monument and Pow-Wow Grounds
Fri, 08/07/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/09/2015 (All day)

The National Park Service and the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa once again will collaborate in hosting the Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days and traditional Pow-Wow, Friday through Sunday, August 7-9. Admission is free to the National Monument Heritage Center and the stockade, reconstructed buildings, and historic "re-enactor" encampment, as well as the pow-wow grounds. A variety of traditional and historic presentations, contests, and workshops are offered at the monument by NPS staff and volunteers. Workshops are limited in size and are offered to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to interact with participants in the re-enactor encampment to learn about the history of the fur trade in  Grand Portage. The traditional Pow-Wow hosts ceremonial dances, which all are invited to watch. Vendors offer a selection of arts, crafts, and Native American food. More information is available from the monument office at 218-475-0123; a full schedule is online.

First Fridays Block Party

Cook County Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Grand Marais
Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

The Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Grand Marais retailers, and art galleries host their monthly block party on August 7, from 4 to 8 pm. There will be family activities at Joy & Co., refreshments, drawings, and music in Harbor Park. All are invited to celebrate summer in the "Coolest Small Town in the USA."

Drury Lane Books events

Drury Lane Books. Grand Marais
Sat, 08/08/2015 (All day) - Tue, 10/27/2015 (All day)

Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in downtown Grand Marais, hosts a variety of events and readings.

The Muffin Man: Stories for young children, every Saturday at 11 am, through August (except August 1).
Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 8, at 5 pm. Author Shannon Drury reads from The Radical Housewife.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, August 22, at 5 pm. 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.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, September 5, at 5 pm. Jim Pearlman (editor), Deborah Cooper (editor), Mara Hart (editor), Pamela Mittlefehldt (editor) Lake Superior poets reading from their newest anthology, Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior.

Full Moon Reading: Saturday, September 26, at 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Amy Schmidt.

Writer’s Salon: Saturday, October 3, at 5 pm. Poet Jill Breckenridge reads from Sometimes…: poems.

Moose-a-Rama with The Muffin Man: Saturday, October 17, 11 am. 

Full Moon Reading: Tuesday, October 27, 5 pm, outside on the lakeshore, featuring Tom Mc Cann.

More information on these events is available at  or 387-3370.

Grand Marais Art Colony classes, events, and announcements

Grand Marais Art Colony
Sat, 08/08/2015 - 1:00pm - Sat, 09/05/2015 - 1:00pm

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.
Saturday demonstrations:  Artists demonstrate their craft at 1 pm.
August 8 | Clay | Maggie Anderson
August 15 | Clay | Melissa Wickwire
August 22 | Painting | Tim Pearson
August 29 | Glass | Mary Bebie
September 5 | Painting | Anna Hess

Public Lecture Series:

Jeff Hirst and Kat Corrigan | August 11 | 4 pm
"How to View Contemporary Art," with Charles Matson Lume | August 14 | 7 pm
Mary Jo Van Dell & Guillermo Cuellar | August 26 | 4 pm
"A History and Overview of Botanical Art," with Denise Walser-Kolar | September 2 | 4pm

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,

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