Unplugged XIV and Fundraiser Features National Musicians Sept. 17-19 in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (July 24, 2015) – Musicians have been creating a buzz at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais for a great cause since 2001.  The annual, family-friendly event Unplugged XIV and Fundraiser takes place Stage Thursday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The event will include over 12 nationally and internationally recognized performers including two concerts with NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, local brewery tastings and a Folk Artisan Market.  Top performers include: Haley Bonar, John Mark Nelson, Charlie Parr, Don Henry, Jon Vezner, and more artists to be determined.

Founder and Creator of Unplugged

Minnesota native Jon Vezner is founder and creator of the singer/songwriters event known as Unplugged.  Vezner is a successful musician and won a Grammy in 1990 for “Best Country Song”.  “Where’ve You Been” is the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea.  Vezner’s songwriting has been picked-up by some of big country artists, such as Martina McBride, John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Clay Walker and Diamond Rio.

 

 

 

 

 

Community at Unplugged

 

Raise a glass with local Minnesota breweries Fulton Beer and Voyageur Brewing. The breweries are offering beer tastings during the event, and funds raised will go to help support the North House Folk School.

 

Jam sessions give event attendees an opportunity to join with fellow musicians and create music together.

 

The Folk Artisan Market features ten artisans who will display their handwork as well as provide an opportunity for event attendees to try their hand at craft in mini courses and/or traditional craft coursework.  The market provides a variety of crafts to choose from including jewelry-making and shoemaking and will be free to the public.

 

Points North Online Auction

The Points North Online Auction “Auction with a Cause” will have North Shore lodging deals, one-on-one tutorials with North House Folk School instructors and gift certificates for local businesses.   All proceeds go to North House Folk School’s endowment fund and to fund campus improvements.

Event Schedule and Ticket Info

Please click on the link for the event schedule.

Event Sponsors

Visit Cook County, Event Partners, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, Fulton Beer, Voyageur Brewing Company, and RBC Wealth Management.

 

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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‘Rendezvous Days’ and ‘Pow-Wow: Traditional Gathering’ offer 18th Century heritage activities Aug.7-9 in Grand Portage

‘Rendezvous Days’ and ‘Pow-Wow: Traditional Gathering’ offer 18th Century heritage activities Aug.7-9 in Grand Portage

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering are bringing back a weekend of 18th Century music, dancing, craft demonstration, family celebration, cultural gatherings and hands-on workshops Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2015.  Both events are free (donations accepted) to the public and are located at the National Monument Heritage Center, 170 Mill Creek Road, Grand Portage, Minn. 55605.

During the Rendezvous, visitors can learn about the history of fur trading from historical experts, enjoy re-enactments from the rendezvous era by historical actors, and participate in ceremonial Native American Ojibwe pow-wow dances, as well as experience Native American food.

According to Linda Kratt, executive director for Visit Cook County, “The Grand Portage Rendezvous Days and Pow-Wow: The Traditional Gathering provide a real-life glimpse into the 1800s of the North West Company fur trade depot in Grand Portage and the Native American heritage.”

The Rendezvous Days program is hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Pow-Wow: The Traditional Gathering is hosted by the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa.  The combined event was rated Top Event by the American Bus Association in 2014.

Aug. 7-9 General Schedule

Rendezvous Days

Friday, August 7

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Presentations and contests

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Workshops

Saturday, August 8

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.       Presentations and contests

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                      Workshops

5 p.m.                          Monument closes for the day

Sunday, August 9

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                      Presentations and contests

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.        Workshops

5 p.m.                          Monument closes for the day

Pow-Wow: The Traditional Gathering

Friday, August 7

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.                        Activities (bingo, old-time softball game, Pow-Wow warm ups)

Saturday, August 8

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.                        Activities (softball, 1- and 3-mile walk/run, bingo, junior and senior princess/brave contests, men’s horseshoe tournament, flag-raising ceremony, dance, featuring Sweet Papa Dave)

Sunday, August 9

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.                        Activities (mixed softball tournament, turkey shoot, bingo, raffle drawing)

Click here for a full schedule for both events.

History

The Grand Portage National Monument is a U.S. national monument located on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  This historical place was the center of fur trade activity and Native American Ojibwe heritage. The monument is surrounded by 710 acres within the boundaries of the Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation.

The community of Grand Portage is named for the 8.5-mile historic trade route of the French-Canadian voyageurs, which passes through waterfalls and rapids that flow into Lake Superior.  It became the gateway between the rich northern fur-bearing country to lucrative international markets that were accessible via the lake.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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8th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival at Sweethearts Bluff in Grand Marais Sept. 11-13

8th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival at Sweethearts Bluff in Grand Marais Sept. 11-13

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (Aug. 26, 2015) – Don’t let the good times end on Labor Day weekend.  Head to the family-friendly 8th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival Friday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at Sweethearts Bluff at the Grand Marais campground.  Music lovers can listen more than 30 local and regional acts such as: The SplinterTones, Briand Morrison, and The Carpenter Ants take over the tented outdoor venue, with a variety of genres, including: rock to folk, jazz, swing, and country.

Local Lake Superior 90.7 FM WTIP North Shore Community Radio sponsors the three-day event that also includes on-site food, children’s activities, and on-site camping.

Where

  • Sweethearts Bluff in Grand Marais, Minn.

Campground & Recreation Area

Grand Marais, Minn. 55604

  • Camping reservations can be secured in advance at the adjacent campground by calling (218)387-1712.

Performance Schedule

 

 

 

Ticket Info

  • Admission is $10 per day or $20 for the weekend, and free to children 12 and under.
  • Guests can purchase tickets at the gate on the day of chosen performances.

Grand Marais was named Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America.  It’s no wonder why the annual fall Radio Waves Music Festival draws in incredible talent and visitors year after year.  For those who can’t get enough music, scenery and fun in Cook County, join the following weekend festivities at Unplugged XIV .

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com

North Shore Water Festival offers visitors chance to get wet July 18-19 in Grand Marais Harbor

North Shore Water Festival offers visitors chance

to get wet July 18-19 in Grand Marais Harbor

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (June 24, 2015) – During the weekend of July 18- 19, Grand Marais visitors can morph from watching the waves to getting wet during the second annual North Shore Water Festival on the “Norwegian Riviera”.  Visitors can enjoy fishing and touring kayak  and canoe demonstrations, participate in stand-up paddle board (SUP) activities in the harbor, including SUP yoga, sail aboard The Schooner Hjordis, plus check out what new water gear and equipment is available this year.  Most activities are free to the public, and only require signing a waiver and/or registering in advance.

“The Norwegian Riviera includes Lake Superior’s shoreline from Duluth to Grand Portage, Minn.,” says Executive Director of Visit Cook County Linda Kratt.  “While it has jokingly been called the Norwegian Riviera for years, the area is actually rich in all Scandinavian culture. Several restaurants either serve Scandinavian food or are named for Northern European figures, such as Sven and Ole. Activities enjoyed by Scandinavian ancestors are favored on the Norwegian Riviera: hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, and sailing, to name a few. We enjoy a good rivalry, and the North Shore’s long-standing competition among the Norwegians, Swedes and Danish has kept us all laughing for years.”

Visitors can get wet in Grand Marais Harbor

Experience a day on the North Shore with expert guides from Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, who will give SUP demos in the Grand Marias Harbor.  No registration is necessary to try out a board, but a waiver must be signed.  Demos will be given during festival hours: Saturday, July 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Behind the Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply store on Grand Marais’ East Bay, touring and fishing kayak, as well as canoe, demos are also available.

 

SUP Yoga Classes

Join certified yoga instructor, Tara Gorman and her canine yoga-teaching partner Casey for a one-hour SUP yoga class.  Classes will be held in Grand Marais Harbor on Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 19 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.  The SUP yoga classes are free to the public, but require advance registration due to limited space.  Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1fug1dw

Set sail on the Schooner Hjordis

The North House Folk School in Grand Marais offers sailing on the 50-foot Schooner Hjordis on Lake Superior.  The Schooner Hjordis will set sail on Saturday, July 18 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, July 19 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Limited space is available, and registering in advance is recommended.  Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1K7TY9s.  Per-person costs of sailing on the Hjordis ranges from $35-$55.

Vendors

 

The North Shore Water Festival is hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, with the support of local Grand Marais businesses. A variety of vendors will be on hand to show and offer demos of their gear and equipment, including:

 

Paddleboard | Pau Hana SUP and Surf Supply, BicSUP

Kayak and Canoe | Eddyline Kayaks, Wilderness Systems, Langford Canoe, Nova Craft Canoe

Accessories | Seal Skinz

Boat Racks | Yakima, Seattle Sports

Camping Gear | Frost River, Nemo Equipment, Seal Skinz, Cascade Designs, Camp Chow

Clothing | Outdoor Research, Woolrich, Keen

 

About Visit Cook County

 

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. This spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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CONTACT LYNN NELSON | LIN PR 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com KJERSTI VICK | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com