There’s nothing quite like a November gale — wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine. Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins. This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake.
The 2013 Lake Superior Storm Festival was a smashing success! Thank you to the hundreds of event participants and many businesses that joined us in celebrating the power and beauty of the Big Lake.
Check out this video of Lake Superior waves exploding against the Grand Marais breakwall just a few days after the festival.
- Cook County Visitors Bureau staff
Storm Festival 2014 | November 7 – 9, 2014
Fri, Nov. 7
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. SUP the North Shore | Sven & Ole’s
Catch a bite to eat while Randy Carlson, Surf/Kite Program Coordinator at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, shares the art of stand-up paddle boarding the great lake.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Call-In Storm Themed Trivia | Small Change Radio Program
Tune your radio in Cook County to 90.7 FM or click to live stream from the website WTIP.org
Live call-in trivia hour with Lake Superior and storm themed questions. Call in at 1-800-473-9847 or locally at 218-387-1070
Sat, Nov. 8
10:00 a.m. The Life and Loss of the Henry Steinbrenner | Lutsen Resort, Lutsen
In a suite overlooking Lake Superior, hear local expert Jim Shinners tell the story of the Henry Steinbrenner, the most recent ship to be lost along Minnesota’s famed north shore. Jim will take you back to the life of this ship from her keel laying to her third and final sinking in a fast moving storm near Isle Royale in 1953.
10:00 a.m. Seasons of the North Shore | Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
In the auditorium of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, photographer Paul Sundberg will share images and stories of the North Shore, highlighting wildlife, scenery and — of course — storms.
11:00 a.m. The Muffin Man and Kids Go Big! | Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais
The Muffin Man is coming to the Art Colony! Celebrate Storm Weekend and come listen to the Muffin Man read ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ followed by Kids Go Big! a time for young artists to stretch their creativity and paint in large brush strokes.
12:00 p.m. Wave Dash | Lutsen Resort, Lutsen
You have probably heard of a “polar plunge.” Wave Dash takes the idea one step further — literally. You don’t just dunk in Lake Superior — you run into it.
That’s right. Take a quick, chilly dash into Lake Superior, contribute to a good cause, and win bragging rights for life, a and a special festival gift of a logo fleece hat. Afterward, warm up with cocoa or coffee and a roaring fire. Changing rooms, towels and refreshments provided.
Suggested $10 donation benefits the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department and EMTs.
1:30 p.m. The Life and Loss of the Henry Steinbrenner | Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais
In the auditorium of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, hear local expert Jim Shinners tell the story of the Henry Steinbrenner, the most recent ship to be lost along Minnesota’s famed north shore. Jim will take you back to the life of this ship from her keel laying to her third and final sinking in a fast moving storm near Isle Royale in 1953.
1:30 p.m. Seasons of the North Shore | Lutsen Resort, Lutsen
In a suite overlooking Lake Superior, photographer Paul Sundberg will share images and stories of the North Shore, highlighting wildlife, scenery and — of course — storms.
7:00 p.m. Superior Songwriters Shindig | Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub
An open mic night featuring the music of the Big Lake emceed by Boyd ‘Bump’ Blomberg. Enjoy themed drinks and specials, too.
P.S. Calling all musicians (amateurs welcome)! Bring your instrument and perform a song inspired by Lake Superior and receive a free StormFest logo fleece beanie. Original songs highly encouraged.
Sun, Nov. 9
9 am Writing Up A Storm – FREE Writing Workshop | East Bay Suites Community Room
Writing should be fun, not frustrating. You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy this free creative workshop, led by Shelby Gonzalez, founder of Writing Field School. In Writing Up a Storm, you’ll play with five powerful techniques to beat writer’s block, free your creative energy, and find your flow. You’ll also take home a free gift – an Adventure Story Anatomy Chart to guide you in writing about your North Shore explorations.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Taking Fashion by Storm Brunch | Stone Harbor, Grand Marais
Make merry and be inspired by the latest fall outdoor and lifestyle styles. Fashion shenanigans begin at 12:15. Mimosas, scones and brunch fare provided.
Mon, Nov. 10
Noon-6:00 p.m. Beacon Lighting to Commemorate the Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald
@ Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Whether the lake is stormy or serene, we invite you to:
- Tune your radio to WTIP Radio (90.7 FM) or listen online for special storm-themed programming
- Sample special-edition fudge at Gunflint Mercantile, Grand Marais
- Indulge in a new pie: Boreal Cyclone (created especially for StormFest!) Whipped Peanut Butter Mousse on Chocolate Ganache & Pretzel crumb crust, topped with Whipped Cream, pretzel sticks and peanuts! at The Pie Place Cafe, Grand Marais
- Explore the Storm-Lover’s Book Display at the Grand Marais Public Library — your cozy port in the storm.
- See the Members Show at the Grand Marais Art Colony
- Make small breads like pretzel rolls or bagels and other traditional northern craft with a workshop at North House Folk School
- Hike to a spectacular Superior vista
- And more!