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Lake Superior Storm Festival | 2015

Lake Superior Storm Festival | 2015

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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 2014 edition of The 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. We are finalizing plans for 2015 so keep checking this page for updates!

Check out this video of Lake Superior waves exploding against the Grand Marais breakwall just a few days after the festival. Test your Lake Superior Storm knowledge with our Trivia questions, click on the image.

Storm Fest Trivia Questions
>>>>>> Storm Fest & Lake Superior Trivia, ANSWERS below – scroll to the bottom of the page <<<<<<

 

Storm Festival 2015 | November 6 – 8, 2015

Friday, November 6

1:00 – 4:00 pm By Way of Water:Our History with Lake Superior | Cook County Historical Museum | Grand Marais
Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. This exhibit shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay were ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County! Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Call-In Trivia Radio Show | WTIP 90.7 | Grand Marais
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

Saturday, November 7

 Shipwreck Story
Jim Shinners will do a special edition in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Jim’s storytelling abilities always make this a fascinating hour. Time and Location to be announced.

Lake Superior Storm Festival Wave Dash

Do you dare the Wave Dash?

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. By way of Water: Our History with Lake Superior | Cook County Historical Museum | Grand Marais
Before a highway made the North Shore accessible to automobiles, people came to Cook County by boat. This exhibit shares the story of how the lake shaped the people and communities of this region. Grand Marais Harbor and East Bay were ideal locations for settlement, the docks that steamships visited regularly, the shipwrecks America and Stranger, the United States Coast Guard, and the people and boats that passed through Cook County! Featured in the exhibit are the Fresnel Lens from the Grand Marais Lighthouse; the wheel from the S.S. America; multimedia stories about Isle Royale, heroic fishermen, and the lighthouse keeper’s family; and wonderful local art depicting a time when life depended on the Big Lake.

12:00 p.m. The Annual 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 hot beverages provided.
Suggested $10 donation benefits the Cook County Community YMCA and the Lutsen Volunteer Fire Department and EMTs.

8:00 p.m. Bluegrass Masters Concert | Lutsen Resort Ballroom | Lutsen
Featuring Mike Witcher and resophonic guitar. “…what sets Michael apart (and why he has such an impressive resume) is his sound. He has achingly gorgeous tone, dead-on intonation, and ideas and breaks that make you feel that thing deep in your gut when the music is just right. Every time I hear Michael play I hear something new, jaw-droppingly creative and tasteful. He is, simply put, one of the best resonator guitar players in the world.” – Chris Stuart
Tickets are $20 for Adults, $8 for youth ages 18 & under and available for sale at event only – in the resort lobby starting at 6 pm or at the ballroom door at 7 pm.

Stay tuned for more music additions!

Sunday, November 8

 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Taking Fashion by Storm Brunch | Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply | 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.

Here are some other weekend highlights for 2015:
Thurs. Nov. 5 – Sun. Nov. 8 North Shore Readers & Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice @ Grand Marais Art Colony in Grand Marais.
 Celebrating the art of writing and reading with Minnesota authors Sarah Stonich, Cathy Wurzer, Beryl Singleton Bissell, Chel Anderson, Bill Burbin, Rachael Hanel, Laurie Hertzel, Diane Wilson, Ken McCullough and Keynote Address by author Lorna Landvik.
Hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony in partnership with The Grand Marais Public Library and Drury Lane Books.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Noon-6:00 p.m. Name Reading and Beacon Lighting to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald | Split Rock Lighthouse
This popular annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open from noon to 6 pm. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the day, visitors can watch two films, the 30-minute film Edmund Fitzgerald Investigation, and an hour-long film about Great Lakes shipwrecks. At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell and the playing of the Naval Hymn. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit and the tower once again opened for visitors to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.

All Weekend 

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

  • Explore the Storm-Lover’s Book Display at the Grand Marais Public Library – your cozy port in the storm
  • Sample storm fest special-edition fudge at Gunflint Mercantile in Grand Marais
  • Hike to a spectacular Superior vista on Pincushion Mountain Trails or Britton Peak
  • Eat, drink, and be merry at local restaurants and taverns featuring local & regional craft beers.
  • Find memorable treasures in our local-owned shops
  • Cozy up with a good book, a warm beverage, and watch the waves

Exhibits to visit

And more!

>>>>>> Lake Superior & Storm Trivia ANSWERS <<<<<<
storm festival trivia

Q1: d.) all the above

Q2: c.) 39F (4C)

Q3: d.) 92.2%

Q4: a.) the Three Sisters

Q5: c.) White Hurricane

Q6: b.) November 10, 1975

 

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