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The Roadhouse

  • Friday 5-7pm
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Dave TerSteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


What's On:
Halo Cone.  Photo courtesy Minnesota State Fair.

New foods coming to the State Fair

It’s a Roadhouse tradition to find out about all the new foods the Minnesota State Fair offers each summer.  Julie chats with Nikki Hines from the Fair to find out what we can expect this year.  A full list of the new foods is available here.


Colleen Myhre in Studio A.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Colleen Myhre plays live on The Roadhouse

Colleen Myhre returns for a live music session on The Roadhouse.  She also chats with Dave about her upcoming summer plans.


Wooden Boat Show at North House by Annela Rova

Wooden Boat Show featured speaker Douglas Brooks talks Japanese boatbuilding

This weekend is North House Folk School’s wooden boat show, and the weekend's featured speaker, writer and researcher Douglas Brooks, joined Brian on The Roadhouse to chat about his experiences as an apprentice boat builder in Japan.  

You can learn more about Douglas here.

More information and a schedule of events for the wooden boat show can be found here.


Isle Royale.  WTIP file photo.

Voyage of Discovery gives youth a camping experience

Minnesota Sea Grant, National Park Service, and Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are offering three two-day overnight camp experiences for new and beginning campers.  Each trip begins and ends at Grand Portage National Monument and includes a day trip aboard the Sea Hunter III to the Windigo Visitors Center on Isle Royale National Park.

The deadline to register for these camp experiences is Monday, June 17.  More information and registration is available on the Minnesota Sea Grant website under news and events.

Brandon Seitz, biological science technician with the National Park Service, joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more about this opportunity.


Paper Parlor in Studio A. Photo by Brian Neil.

Paper Parlor kicks off their Summer Tour on The Roadhouse

Paper Parlor is a five-piece group that blends many genres into upbeat tunes. The band is Zach Shears (auxiliary percussion), Chad Hoffland (lead percussion), Wilson Johnson (bass), Kirdan Wenger (vocals/guitar), and  Allison Payonk (saxophone).  They stopped by The Roadhouse just before a gig at the Wunderbar to play some tunes for us.

You can learn more about Paper Parlor on their Facebook page here.


Cliff Jacobson in Studio A.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Outdoors author Cliff Jacobson joins The Roadhouse

Accomplished outdoors writer Cliff Jacobson was recently in the area at the BWCA Expo this past weekend.  He also joined Brian on The Roadhouse to talk about his latest book, "Justin Cody's Race to Survival!" and much more.  

You can find out more about Cliff here.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Two Harbors company producing gourmet vegetarian and vegan frozen foods

We recently learned about a company in Two Harbors, Ruth’s Vegetarian Gourmet, that produces gourmet vegetarian and vegan frozen foods—and wanted to learn more.  Tina Van Aernum, PR and marketing director for the company, joined The Roadhouse to tell us more.



Ginstrings in Studio A. Photo by Brian Neil.

Ginstrings return for another Roadhouse performance

Ginstrings are an acoustic progressive string band with roots in Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana, and are frequent visitors of the North Shore music scene.  They joined the Roadhouse while in town for a recent gig to play some tunes from their upcoming album.



Local resident Bob Carter shares strategies to quit smoking

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since
1987. It encourages a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.  

Bob Carter, a former smoker who has also taught others about quitting, joined The Roadhouse to talk about quitting tobacco. 


Photo Credit: Ian Corless (via Superior Trail Races) /

Ultramarathoner Michael Koppy running entire Superior Hiking Trail

Accomplished runner Michael Koppy stopped by The Roadhouse Friday, May 31, to talk about his attempt to run the entire length of the Superior Hiking Trail, 310 miles, starting on National Trails Day. He began at the Canadian end of the trail Saturday morning.

Here's where you can track his progress: