Celebrating Winter on tap for Legacy Weekend

Grand Marais – Thriving on the changing climate of the poles and the North Shore will be celebrated and displayed during Cook County’s Legacy Destination Weekend, November 17-20, 2011.  Hands-on outdoor events, educational films, and history exhibits are scheduled to highlight the local benefits of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, which voters passed in 2008.

Wildlife biologist Rolf Peterson, filmmaker George Desort, and polar explorer Mark Terry headline this year’s Winterer’s Gathering at North House Folk School. Peterson presents a 50-plus year study of the decreasing levels of wolves and moose on Isle Royale National Park. Filmmaker Mark Terry explored Canada’s Northwest Passage to research the effects of warmer temperatures for his film project, which shows this weekend.  Featured instructor Garrett Conover will lead workshops on reading ice, wilderness travel, and overnight winter camping.  Other courses include dog and wolf behaviors and filmmaking.

“North House Folk School is proud to be a Legacy grant recipient and bring new skills and new visitors to Cook County,” said school Executive Director Greg Wright.

During Legacy Weekend, the Cook County Historical Society exhibits the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Lighthouse Keeper’s House Museum, the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery hosts the Northern Photography show, and the Grand Marais Art Colony presents a glass ornament class.  The Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School receive Legacy Funding through the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Minnesota Historical Society awarded Legacy grants to the Cook County Historical Society and the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery.

A self-guided hike at Cascade River State Park, another Legacy grant project location, is also part of Legacy Destination Weekend.

The Legacy Destination Weekends recognizes one community each month to highlight Legacy events.  Legacy Weekends is a partnership of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota, and Explore Minnesota Tourism. More information: http://www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-ideas/legacy/cook-county/index.aspx

Kate Watson North House Folk School kwatson@northouse.org 218.387.9762

21st Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend: November 4-6, 2011

Grand Marais – Each year the North Shore Music Association sponsors a great weekend for bluegrass musicians and fans, with a focus on a specific bluegrass instrument. It’s a three-day jamming/workshop/concert event in a relaxed setting, and a wonderful opportunity to connect with bluegrass friends.

This Year’s Workshops and Instructor/Performers: Guitar with Tim Stafford, and Songwriting with Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Tim Stafford began playing guitar seriously at the age of 18. His early groups include Mountain Memories, Boys in the Band, and Dusty Miller, which was named SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band champions in 1990. A few months later he joined Alison Krauss and Union Station, along with Adam Steffey and Barry Bales.
Tim won a Grammy in January 1993 for his work on “Every Time You Say Goodbye” (Rounder, 1992). In 1994, he organized the group Blue Highway, whose first project, “It’s a Long, Long Road,” spent six months at the top of the Bluegrass Unlimited charts and went on to win IBMA’s Album of the Year Award (1996). In January 2001, Tim was voted the guitar performer of the year in bluegrass music at the 27th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Awards Show in Nashville. Tim has taught guitar and banjo at numerous festival and event workshops across the country.

Steve Gulley is a founding member of the bluegrass group Mountain Heart, with whom he recorded five highly acclaimed CDs as lead singer. He has been tapped as a harmony and featured singer on projects such as the widely-praised Keith Whitley album Sad Songs and Waltzes, as wells as projects by Ronnie Bowman, Dan Tyminski, Tim Stafford, David Parmley, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Parker and Grasstowne’s Phil Leadbetter, just to name a few.

Steve has earned multiple Male Vocalist of the Year nominations from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. His first solo project, Sounds Like Home, has just been released on the Lonesome Day Records label. In December 2006, Steve joined fellow musicians Alan Bibey and Phil Leadbetter to form Grasstowne, a bluegrass/acoustic band.

Kate Fitzgerald North Shore Music Association 218-387-1272 music@boreal.org