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Lake Superior Storm Festival | 2014

Lake Superior Storm Festival | 2014

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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 inaugural 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 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.

 

Sat, Nov. 8

 10 a.m. The White Hurricane of 1913 | Lutsen Resort, Lutsen

In a suite overlooking Lake Superior, hear local expert Jim Shinners tell the story of the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history.

 

10 a.m. Seasons of the North Shore | Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais

By the East Bay in Grand Marais, photographer Paul Sundberg will share images and stories of the North Shore, highlighting wildlife, scenery and — of course — storms.

Lake Superior Storm Festival Wave Dash

Do you dare the Wave Dash?

12 p.m. Wave Dash | Lutsen Resort, Lutsen

You’ve 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 long sleeve festival t-shirt and a special festival gift. Afterward, warm up with cocoa 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 White Hurricane of 1913 | Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais

In a suite overlooking Lake Superior, hear local expert Jim Shinners tell the story of the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history.

1:30 p.m. Seasons of the North Shore | Lutsen Resort, Lutsen

By the East Bay in Grand Marais, 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. 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 long sleeve festival t-shirt or logo fleece beanie. Original songs highly encouraged.

Sun, Nov. 9

TBD Writing Up A Storm – FREE Writing Workshop | TBD

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 a.m. – 1 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 p.m. Beacon Lighting to Commemorate the Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald

@ Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors

 

All Weekend 

Whether the lake is stormy or serene, we invite you to:

Boreal Cyclone Pie at the Pie Place Cafe 3

Boreal Cyclone Pie at the Pie Place Cafe

 

  • Tune your radio to WTIP Radio (90.7 FM) or listen online for special storm-themed programming
  • Build Your Own Lighthouse contest at East Bay Suites, Grand Marais
  • Check out the mysterious storm painting, and experience the Dark and Stormy Night Story Corner at Threads, Grand Marais
  • 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
  • Complete the StormFest scavenger hunt (pick up brochures at the Visitor Information Centers in Grand Marais and Tofte)
  • 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 a reindeer-leather Saami friendship bracelet or other traditional northern craft with a workshop at North House Folk School
  • Hike to a spectacular Superior vista
  • And more!

Lake Superior Minnesota North Shore surfing wipeout Oct 2013 from Shelby Gonzalez on Vimeo.