Grand Portage Rendezvous Days: Ojibwe Culture, Fur Trade History, Community Fun, and a Tall Ship!

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days: Ojibwe Culture, Fur Trade History, Community Fun, and a Tall  Ship!

(June 27, 2016, Grand Portage MN) Grand Portage Rendezvous Days, August 12-14, 2016, has something for everyone! Don’t miss the eagerly anticipated Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s annual Celebration Pow Wow. Visitors can participate in a full slate of community and cultural events taking place throughout a jam-packed weekend in Grand Portage. Head to the Pow Wow grounds to view the majesty of the Celebration Pow Wow Grand Entries on Saturday and Sunday; experience recreational activities like mixed softball and horseshoe tournaments, a 1 and 3 mile walk-run, and the ever-popular turkey shoot; or check out the Princess + Brave contest, play bingo, and enjoy a feast. Plus, on-site vendors offer a wide selection of arts, crafts, and Native American food.

Just steps away from the Pow Wow traditional gathering you’ll find Grand Portage National Monument and Heritage Center where visitors young and old can explore a robust program of presentations, contests, and workshops. Try your hand at basic blacksmithing, enter the Throw the “Dough” contest, snoop around in a scavenger hunt, view an 18th century puppet show, listen to live music or French Canadian stories, play lacrosse, learn about historic cooking and baking, make an 18th century children’s toy, and much, much more!

“Mist of Avalon” will be at anchor in Grand Portage bay and free tours of the ship will be offered. The tours will run hourly 9AM – 7PM via a shuttle boat from the Grand Portage National Monument’s dock. Rubber-soled shoes and a ticket will be required. Tickets will be available at the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center on Saturday, August 13th.

Our website address for Rendezvous information is

www.nps.gov/grpo or call 218.475.0123.

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days celebrates the incredible cultural collision that gave rise to a flourishing international business in the remote, and virtually impassable, interior of North America. Local Native populations provided vital technical support to the fur trade – including transportation methods like birch bark canoes – that allowed hardy voyageurs to paddle tons of furs and trade goods thousands of miles through a complicated series of rivers, lakes and portages to rendezvous at Grand Portage to rest, transfer company goods, conduct business, renew friendships, and celebrate.

There’s fun for the whole family at Grand Portage Rendezvous Days, and admission for all events and activities is FREE! With plenty of free parking and an on-site shuttle service, moving between locations is a

breeze. Make plans to come spend the day! Grand Portage welcomes visitors for relaxation or play. Grand Portage is just two and a half hours north of Duluth, MN and less than one hour south of Thunder Bay,  Ontario. Warm  welcomes guaranteed.

For the full Grand Portage Rendezvous Days schedule of events please visit: www.grandportage.com

 

Frank Vecchio Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Marketing Manager USA Tel: 218.475.2943 CAN Tel: 807.628.7121 Cell: 807.628.7121 Email: gportage@tbaytel.net

Head to Grand Marais and Lutsen for two festivals in one weekend: North Shore Art and Beer Festivals July 8-10

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Head to Grand Marais and Lutsen for two festivals in one weekend:

North Shore Art and Beer Festivals July 8-10

 

Cook County, Minn. (June 17, 2016) – Spend the entire summer weekend of Friday, July 8- Sunday, July, 10 alternating between visiting with 70 local/regional artists and drinking beer.

 

Friday evening marks the beginning of the 6th Annual Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival at Lutsen Mountains, where brewers will pour more than 10 flavorful samples of cold regional beer. Starting Saturday morning, the streets of downtown Grand Marais will be lined with artists and their wares for the 26th Annual Grand Marais Arts Festival.

 

Grand Marais Arts Festival Address and Hours

Harbor Park – Wisconsin Street

Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, July, 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Festival Sponsors: Visit Cook County, The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and generous individual donors.

For additional information on the Grand Marais Arts Festival, click here: http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_368/

 

Approximately a dozen regional brewers are participating in the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival at Lutsen Mountains, about 20 minutes south of Grand Marais on U.S. Highway 61.  Beer aficionados 21+ can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers, enjoy chef-prepared food, and enjoy live entertainment by local Northern Minn. singer/songwriter, Timmy Haus on Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s.  Lodging and beer fest packages are available, as well as single-day Beer Garden tickets.  Single-day tickets can be purchased for $39 in advance or $49 at the door.

 

Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival Address and Hours

Caribou Highlands Lodge, 371 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen, Minn. 55612

Friday, July 8 from 4:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Please click on the link for a more detailed schedule | http://caribouhighlands.com/hoppedupcaribou/schedule/

 

Participating Brewers: Burning Brothers, Bent Paddle Brewing Company, Voyageur Brewing Company, Castle Danger Brewery, Gunflint Tavern Fine Food & Ales, Third St. Brewhouse, St. Croix Ales & Stouts, Summit Brewing Co., Fitger’s Brewhouse, Schell’s Brewing Co, and BoatHouse Brewpub & Restaurant.

 

For additional information on the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival, click here: http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_343/

 

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last 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. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

 

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CONTACT Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. 612.990.0126 | lnelson@linpr.com Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 | katie@visitcookcounty.com

North Shore Water Festival offers visitors chance to get wet July 16-17 in Grand Marais

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North Shore Water Festival offers visitors chance to get wet July 16-17 in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn., (June 09, 2016) – The third annual North Shore Water Festival (NSWF) in Grand Marais offers visitors a chance to get wet and participate in water activities on Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Stone Harbor.

The NSWF will have experts on-hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board (SUP) demo activities in the harbor, including SUP yoga, 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 for SUP board yoga.

To register for SUP yoga, please click here | https://campscui.active.com/orgs/StoneHarborWildernessSupply#/selectSessions/1415201

What | North Shore Water Festival

 

Where | Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

22 East 1st Street

Grand Marais, Minn. 55604

When | Saturday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Please click here for additional event info |

http://www.stoneharborws.com/2016-north-shore-water-festival/

http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/?id=3564

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.

For hi-rez photos of last year’s NSWF event, please click here | https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oz8ie8j483waxv2/AACQsw8cGPfKJGpR2tFq4UTla?dl=0

 

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last 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. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

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CONTACT Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. 612.990.0126 | lnelson@linpr.com Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 | katie@visitcookcounty.com

Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” Sailing to Grand Portage National Monument

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Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” Sailing to Grand Portage National Monument

As Part of National Parks Service Centennial Celebration

August 12-14, 2016

COOK COUNTY, Minn. (May 19, 2016) – The Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” will be in port at Grand Portage National Monument during the 2016 Rendezvous Days weekend, Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14 as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.

The “Mist of Avalon” will arrive in port on Friday afternoon.  Visitors who want a FREE tour of the ship can do so on a first-come, first-serve basis all-day on Saturday, and shuttles will be provided by Isle Royale’s boat the “Sea Hunter” throughout the day.  Visitors MUST wear tennis shoes or dock shoes for the tour.

“This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a ship that has appeared in numerous feature films and documentaries,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “Seeing a 19th Century Grand Banks schooner on the water will transport visitors back in time.”

The “Mist of Avalon” was originally built in 1967, but was not transformed into its current state as a Gaff Schooner until 1992.  Doug Prothru is the current captain in charge of the 100-foot long, and 85-foot high “Mist of Avalon”.

Another ship, the “Mackinaw”, will be docked outside of the monument for the weekend for FREE tours as well.  The “Mackinaw” is a 24-foot sailboat that has been restored and owned by Grand Portage National Park (GPNP).  The event will also feature a variety of birch-bark canoes for visitors to view.

Please visit the Visit Cook County link provided for additional information on the event | http://www.visitcookcounty.com/entry/_210/.

 

For more information on the Grand Portage National Monument, please click on this link | http://www.nps.gov/grpo/planyourvisit/grandportagenationalmonumentheritagecenter.Htm, or http://findyourpark.com/

 

For more information on Schooner “The Mist of Avalon”, please click on this link |

http://www.mistofavalon.ca/

 

For more information on the tall ships, click on this link | http://www.sailtraining.org/tallships/2016greatlakes/TSC2016index.php, @tallshipsfleet, or http://tallshipsduluth.com/ships/

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last 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. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

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Lynn Nelson | LIN Public Relations, Inc. 612.990.0126 lnelson@linpr.com Katie Krantz | Visit Cook County 218.387.2788 katie@visitcookcounty.com

Lutsen 99er grows from 80 to almost 1,700 participants in six years

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Lutsen 99er grows from 80 to almost 1,700 participants in six years

Register now for Cook County’s largest and most challenging mountain bike race of the year June 24-26, 2016

 

Lutsen, Minn. – June 14, 2016 – Over 1,700 mountain bikers are expected to compete in the Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Lutsen Mountains.  The race known for its 99-mile, mountainous course is now in its sixth year and has a few added perks, including a new 69-mile course and becoming a qualifying race for the notorious Leadville Trail 100 MTB (mountain bike race) in Colorado this August.

 

For an event to grow from 80 to 1,700 participants in six years is somewhat of a phenomenon. 99er Brand Manager Peter Spencer attributes the event’s incredible popularity to the welcoming spirit of the area, family friendly atmosphere of the event, along with an increasing appreciation for the natural challenges and beauty of the North Shore.

 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper named the Lutsen 99er the “Best mountain bike race” in the “Best of Minnesota 2016: Recreation” category on April 15, 2016.  See the article here: http://www.startribune.com/best-mountain-bike-race-lutsen-99er/375768871/.

The 99er started in 2011 with less than 100 participants. By 2013, there were 800 riders, with participants from over 20 states. And it’s grown to an expected 1,700 riders this year. The growth can also be attributed to Visit Cook County, the destinations marketing arm of the Northeast corner of Minn.

“Cook County has over 2,000 miles of potential rides – from the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail, winding along the Lake Superior shore, to white-knuckle single track, to endless backcountry roads threading the Superior National Forest,” says Linda Kratt, executive director for Visit Cook County.  “Biking in Cook County is a ride that is unforgettable.”

“Spectators will witness some of the best endurance athletes from across the country at the Lutsen 99er.  The riders train hard and long, knowing that they will be climbing to the finish,” says Spencer.

 

We very excited about a couple of new race features, he added. “The Lutsen 99er will be matching rider contributions up to $10,000 to build and maintain trails at Lutsen Mountains – thanks to our presenting partner Blueprint for Athletes, a company that provides diagnostics for athletes.  And Batteries Plus is providing a finish line bike valet to provide secure post-race storage.”

 

Lutsen 99er is family-friendly

The Lutsen 99-er offers a 99-mile course that will challenge the more experienced mountain bikers and now three shorter distance courses: a 69er, a 39er and 19er for beginner and intermediate riders on Saturday, June 25, as well as free kids’ races the morning of Sunday, June 26.  All race events start and end at Lutsen Mountains.  Click on this link for a course map and spectator access points:  http://www.lutsen99er.com/resources/spectator-info/.

All participants in each distance/category compete for the coveted Lutsen99er axe award, which is presented to the top finishers of the race during an awards ceremony outside Papa Charlie’s at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Prior year race results are available at http://www.lutsen99er.com/results.  Post-race activities will begin around 9 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s, and will include live music, beer, food and FUN!

Sponsors of the 2016 Lutsen 99er

The race depends on the generous support of their 150 volunteers and sponsors: Visit Cook County, Blueprint for Athletes, Fulton Brewing Company, Cascade Vacation Rentals, Subaru, Erik’s Bike Shop, GU Energy, Specialized, Twin Six, Fika Coffee, Chippewa Spring Water, Transamerica, Maple Grove Cycling, Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat, Smith Optics, Fruit Share, Batteries +Bulbs, Stages Cycling, Voler Premium Cycling Apparel, Sign Language XL, Papa Charlie’s, Superior Cycling Association, IMBA, Life Time Construction and Life Time Fitness.

Previous Lutsen99ers Video Link

To get a sense of what’s in store for the 2016 race, check out these video clips from previous events: http://www.lutsen99er.com/videos

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last 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. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via www.visitcookcounty.com, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

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