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Spotlight: Trampled By Turtles

Don’t be fooled.  It may sound like the easiest type of reptilian attack to escape.  But, it’s actually one of many compelling reasons to escape to the north shore as Cook County hosts an event called Ten Days in September.  This extended version of a Legacy Destination Weekend, from September 8th though the 16th, will feature  public art competition, historical tours and a series of live musical performances by regional and national acts.

As the leaves start to change, music fans from throughout the region are expected to descend on Grand Marais for the much anticipated show Trampled By Turtles and Low at the Mountain Stage at the North House Folk School on the shore of Lake Superior. Both of these amazing bands hail Duluth as their original stomping grounds, and their music ranges from indie folk to American indie rock. If you haven’t jumped on their bandwagons yet, grab your air-banjo and head over to the school for a great night of music that will be recorded for a later rebroadcast worldwide.  The North House Folk School is a recipient a legacy grants through the State Arts Board, which only adds to its cool factor.

Trampled By Turtles will be stopping home for two shows in Minnesota during the middle of their current international tour, and Low will be coming off a performance at the Bumbershoot music festival in Seattle. While these schedules sound exhausting, don’t expect a second-rate show!  Their concert will also include performances by Rhett Miller, Barbara Jean and Minnesota, which is a band featuring local favorites Peter Himmelman and David Hollander.  This show is set to start at 7pm on Thursday, September 13.

For people who hit town a little early on that day, a unique art contest will be talking place all around town.  Local artists will be invited to gather at Artist Point in Grand Marais at 4 p.m. and then will scatter around town to paint.  They will have 90 minutes to create a new work and return to Artists Point with their creation.  Visitors will be able to find artists everywhere working on their projects and will be able to get a feel for the challenges that come into play with painting on location and with a time constraint.  Think Iron Chef for artists!

More information on the events that are part of the extended Legacy Destination Weekend is available at

* Photos courtesy of The North House Folk School.

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