September Networking Breakfast

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce is hosting another networking breakfast this Friday (Sept. 13th). The breakfast is at Kamloops from 8 – 9:30. This is a great opportunity for local professionals to connect with each other in a casual environment. It’s a great place to introduce yourself and share what is going on with your business.

Register for the breakfast here!

Leaf Watching 2019

With summer wrapping up, it is time to look forward to Autumn. Football is back, the air is crisp, and the leaves on the trees are just starting to turn colors. The changing colors bring plenty of people to the North Shore, so where is the best place to get some fantastic views of fall colors?

Some of the fall color hotspots are three of the state parks along Highway 61; Gooseberry State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and Tettegouche State Park. These parks have well-kept trails that make hiking into the wilderness more approachable.

The truth is, no matter where you go on the North Shore, you will have an excellent time watching the fall colors. Go out and adventure!

Weekend Music

Last week I wrote about the last concert of the season for the Two Harbors City Band, but there is still a bunch of live music happening this weekend!

Castle Danger Brewery will be having two live performances during the weekend. On Friday, Dave Cofell will be playing progressive folk, blues, and originals. This concert starts at 7 pm and Dave will be playing until 9 pm. There will be more music at Castle Danger Brewery on Saturday when Americana duo Pushing Chain plays at 2 pm until 4 pm.

Another great place to catch some live music is at Kamloops Restaurant in Superior Shore Resort. Each Friday through October Kamloops has live music from 8 pm- 11 pm. Be sure to stop by each week for great food and great music.

If you will be closer to Duluth, stop by the Boat Club Restaraunt and Bar on Friday for live music performed by Maxi Childs Trio. Their performance starts at 6 pm and they will be performing until 11 pm.

The Historic Two Harbors City Band

The Two Harbors City Band has been playing every summer since 1897. That’s 122 years of providing the community with fantastic music. The dedicated musicians have been playing in the Paul Gauche Memorial Bandshell since it’s construction in 1937. Now over 80 years later the Two Harbors City Band may be playing their last concert in the Bandshell.

In recent years, there has been a movement of local music lovers that have formed a non-profit in order to design and construct a new performing arts center in Thomas Owens Park. The new venue will not simply be a stage but will include a storage area for music and equipment and a rehearsal area. For the general public, the performing arts center will have public restrooms, handicap accessibility, and multi-use areas to be used by the entire community. While the park may change in the future, what won’t change is the constant passion for music in Two Harbors.

Don’t miss what will likely be the last concert in the Paul Gauche Memorial Bandshell Thursday, August, 15th at 7:30 pm. It is sure to be an exciting night in the park.

Lake County Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble

It was a rainy Monday morning, but the chamber member golfers did not shy away. After a crazy rainstorm and an hour delay, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was underway! The event brought many local businesses together for a great networking event that raised money for the Chamber of Commerce.

Each hole was sponsored by a business member of the Chamber of Commerce. While teams waited on the tee box, there were games and prizes for teams to play and win. The games also ended up with you having the opportunity to improve how you play the golf hole.

Despite the rainy morning, the afternoon was warm and beautiful. Once all of the teams had finished their round of golf, everyone went inside to enjoy steaks for dinner. Prizes and awards were handed out, and everyone was able to have a chance to visit with each other.

Thank you to all who participated, sponsored, and volunteered in the Lake County Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble. It was a great event and we cannot wait until next year!

What’s Going on in Lake County?

It is another beautiful week in Lake County, take full advantage of it by checking out these great events. There will be farmers markets, music, golf, and more, so there will be something for anyone to enjoy.

The Two Harbors Farmers Market is on Thursday evening from 3 pm – 6 pm at Cedar Coffee Company. Enjoy walking around and seeing all of the fresh food! It is fun for the whole family and more importantly, it would support homegrown produce.

There are only three Two Harbors City Band concerts left in the season, so be sure to check out this historic band. This is also the last season in the Paul Gauche Memorial Bandshell, so it will be a memorable last few concerts in the park. The concert is on Thursday night from 7:30 until 8:30.

For golfers, This weekend is the annual Agate City Classic at Lakeview National Golf Course. This singles tournament is one of the highlights of the golf season as golfers from all over the state compete for the championship. Qualifying rounds are on Saturday with medal play on Sunday.

There are always fun events going on in the are, be sure to check out the events calendar so you can stay connected!

A Beautiful Week in Lake County

After living in Lake County for a decent amount of time, I have realized that you need to take full advantage of weeks like this. The forecast looks sunny and warm in the 80s along the North Shore. This weather will allow everyone to experience the whole North Shore to it’s fullest potential! Here are some fun things to do while the weather is great.

Taking a hike down by the waterfront in Two Harbors is one of my favorite places to walk around. Most people walk out onto the Breakwall, which extends a quarter of a mile into Agate Bay! If you time your hike, you may be able to see a huge “Laker” come into harbor to get loaded up on minerals to take back through the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The other place to hike is onto the rocky beaches by Burlington Bay. There, you can sit and watch waves crash into huge rock formations that can create a pretty spectacular water show.

How often do you get to go picnic? Probably not enough! Two Harbors features several parks with large green space. Picnicking is fun for the whole family and allows everyone to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. Want to do some exercise? Bring a ball and use the green space to play games. There are plenty of great places to picnic all around Lake County, check out these hotspots for picnicking.

If you are going further up the North Shore, stop by Black Beach in Silver Bay. Black Beach is a great Lake Superior swim spot. Keep in mind that the water may still be a little chilly, but compared to other spots on Lake Superior this is a great place to take a dip! If you are daring, you can climb the huge rock formation that is across from the beach.

Of course, there is way more to do in Lake County on a beautiful week like this, but that’s the great thing about the North Shore, there is always something to discover. Enjoy the fantastic weather!

Adventures in Lake County’s State Parks

When you are driving up Highway 61 alongside Lake Superior, you will come across three state parks; Gooseberry Falls State Park, Splitrock Lighthouse State Park, and Tettegouche State Park. Despite being within 20 miles of each other and all being on Lake Superior, all three of these state parks offers unique sights and experiences. If you have time on your North Shore trip, stop at all three!

The first state park you will come across is Gooseberry Falls State Park. You may think you will be able to see a really cool waterfall, but actually, Gooseberry Falls State Park has THREE waterfalls for you to view. Appropriately named the upper, middle, and lower falls; there are several trails for you to hike on and get to these different waterfalls. If you love Gooseberry Falls and do not feel like leaving, you can camp in the park with the purchase of a camping permit.

For more information on Gooseberry Falls State Park, visit their DNR Webpage.

The next State Park to visit on your adventure up the North Shore is Splitrock Lighthouse State Park. This state park is famous for the iconic brick lighthouse that overlooks Lake Superior. The lighthouse was built in 1905 in reaction to the Mataafa Storm, where 29 ships were destroyed. The history of the state park is truly unique and there are tours of the lighthouse for visitors. If you are interested in the history of Lake Superior and the North Shore, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park should be on your list of places to stop!

For more information on Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, visit their DNR Webpage.

Tettegouche State Park is a hotspot for climbers and hikers. There is a total of 22 miles of hiking trails in the park, as well as access to the Superior Hiking Trail. If you are more of a climber you should turn your direction to Palisade Head. Palisade Head is a cliff formation along Lake Superior. During the Summer and Fall, you may find several climbers scaling the side of the cliff. Tettegouche State Park is the place to stop for some of the best views of the North Shore.

For more information on Tettegouche State Park, visit their DNR Webpage.

The Extravaganza is Here! 2019 Heritage Days

It’s that time of the summer once again! Heritage Days kicks off in Two Harbors on Thursday, July 11th and runs through Sunday, July 14th. The annual summer tradition is a great time for the community as there are craft shows, stage entertainment, a street dance, and two parades. Each day has so many fun activities to get involved with.

The first day of Heritage Days is jampacked with fun events in the afternoon. The Heritage Days 5k starts at 6:00 pm, runners will run on the Breakwall and will have a great view of Agate Bay while they run. There will be a kids parade in Thomas Owens Park starting with the kids lining up at 6:15 pm, with the actual parade starting at 6:30 pm.

The first full day of Heritage Days is Friday and it kicks-off with the annual Agate Golf Scramble at Lakeview National Golf Course with registration at 9:00 am and a shotgun start at 11:00 am. Also starting at 11:00 am, the arts and crafts vendors will be lining up by the Depot Museum and community center. Vendors will be set up until 5 pm and will have their booths up on Saturday and Sunday. The Heritage Days Stage will also be setup by the community center and will feature performances starting at 11:30 am from Dave Cofell, Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, the Two Harbors Ukulele Group, and the Stonehouse Two Harbors Martial Arts Performance. The Street Dance starts at 7:00 pm and will feature the award winning Northwoods Band, they will be rocking the stage until 11:00 pm.

Saturday is a big day, with arts and crafts vendors starting at 10:00 am. If you are feeling hungry in the morning there is a pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm. Danny’s Auto on 3rd Avenue will be having the annual car show, that starts at 8:00 am and goes until 3:00 pm. The Heritage Days Parade starts at 1:00 pm and the route will be south on 7th Street and then east on 1st Avenue.

Sunday is the last day of Heritage Days so it will be the last opportunity to check out the arts and crafts vendors, which will start at 11:00 am. Sunday morning has two spots to get breakfest, one being the pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall again with the other being breakfast at the Airport. Both of these meals start at 7:00 am and go until 12:00 pm. There will be a church service at 9:00 am in the Bandshell. Sunday will also feature more performances on the Heritage Days Stage featuring Jeremy Lepak, Gina Lee, Jim Holbeck, Ricky Sundstrom, and The McCullough Brothers. Heritage Days wraps up with a closing church service at 6:00 pm in the Bandshell.

For a detailed list of activitites and events with information on start times and end times use this schedule.