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Press Release: Cook County To Host Ten Days Of Events Featuring Many Legacy Funded Projects

Grand Marais (Minn) – A public art competition, historical tours and a series of live musical performances by regional and national acts are all on tap for Cook County as they turn a Legacy Destination Weekend into an event they are calling Ten Days in September.

As the leaves start to change, music fans from throughout the region are expected to descend on Grand Marais for the much anticipated show by Trampled By Turtles and Low at the Mountain Stage at the North House Folk School on the shore of Lake Superior. The show’s intimate setting will make for a great night of music that will be recorded by National Public Radio for later broadcast on their Mountain Stage program.

“We like to say up here that we are way north of ordinary, and this is a perfect example,” said Suzanne Weber of the Cook County Visitor and Convention Bureau.  “We’ll have a whole bunch of great music, as well as some artistic displays and a bunch of opportunities for people to learn about the history of this area.”

Many of the events that are a part of the Legacy Weekend have benefitted in one way or another from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that was adopted by the voters in 2008.  The amendment created a new source of revenue for a number of outdoors and cultural projects throughout the state.

Legacy Funded Activities Include:

September 8
Gunflint Trail Historic Homes Tour: Residents of Hungry Jack Lake, located in the mid-Trail region of the Gunflint Trail, will open up their historic cabins to the public for this special Gunflint Trail Historical Society fundraiser. Refreshments will be served. Starting location and time TBA.   The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has received legacy funding through the Minnesota Historical Society.
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September 8-9
Radio Waves Music Festival – A 2 day Festival featuring two days of music by local and regional artists in an outdoor venue on the shores of Lake Superior. The festival offers fantastic food, children’s activities, dancing, and on-site camping. Radio Waves Music Festival was funded through a Legacy grant from the Arrowhead Regional Art Council. Tickets are only $5 per day, available at the gate.
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September 13-16
Unplugged XI: The Northern Harvest, For three nights, local regional and national acts will share a stage at North House Folk School for a music series.  National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage will be on hand to record the performances for future broadcast.  There will also be mini craft workshops modeled after classic North House courses, music workshops, an online auction and an artisan craft market, jam sessions, and presentations by craftspeople. The North House Folk School is funded in part through Legacy grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
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September 8 -16
Cascade River State Park: The WPA wayside, along Highway 61 was restored with a Legacy grant from the Art and Cultural Heritage Fund. Park trails are accessible for hiking from the wayside.

September 7-13
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center:  Open daily in September, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum and nature center presents the cultural and nature history of the Gunflint Trail through interpretative and interactive exhibits located in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge building. The grounds feature a number of hiking trails and picnic areas. Special exhibit on the history of Chik-Wauk Lodge. Admission fee. Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center have helped to preserve Minnesota’s history with the help of Legacy grants through the Minnesota Historical Society
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Other Non-Legacy Funded Activities also available:

September 7-14
Plein Air Grand Marais: A week-long Outdoor Painting Competition that features over 50 renowned painters, the scenic backdrop of Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area   and various art activities which culminate in a dynamic exhibition of artwork. On September 13, artists will be invited to a competition where they each get 90 minutes to paint a local scene of their choice.  They will all start out at Artists Point at 4 p.m. and then fan out around the area, before returning with their finished work at 5:30 p.m.  Works created in this contest and others will be on exhibit and for sale through the end of the month at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
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September 10-15
WTIP Community Radio Open House – Local radio station WTIP will be displaying a number of arts, history and culture audio pieces focusing on the area. Doors are open 9-3 daily.
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September 15
Small Talk with Stuart Sivertson:  The Cook County Historical Society Museum located in the historic Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence in Grand Marais hosts a “Small Talk” on Saturday, September 15th at 4:00 p.m. Stuart Sivertson will be sharing his fond memories of commercial fishing on Lake Superior, his vast knowledge of fish populations and his love for the fishing tug the Neegee (restored and on display on the west side of the Grand Marais Harbor).   The Museum, located at 8 South Broadway, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. – free admission.
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More information on the extended Legacy Destination Weekend is available at

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