July 22, 2014
The Fisherman’s Picnic
Remember block parties—back when entire neighborhoods used to get together, grill a few hamburgers, and just enjoy each others’ company? Well, they still exist. Even in our warp-speed, too-busy-to-breathe world, small towns like Grand Marais still celebrate the concept of just being together. This multi-day, blow-out-the-town extravaganza (July 30—August 3) is absolutely a celebration of life, no matter where you come from.
There are two musicals (Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense” and Katherine DiSavino’s “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”). There are three tennis tournaments (Seniors, Juniors, Open and Adult NTRP). There’s an ice cream social and a kid’s carnival, log rolling and minnow races, a trail run and a softball tournament.
This is truly an event for the ages, and we haven’t even gotten to the fish part yet. Buy an official button as early as the 26th and try your luck for the biggest walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, lake trout, salmon, or brook trout, as cash prizes offered for first through third place. If you’d rather eat fish than catch them, the Lions Club serves up hundreds and hundreds of fish burgers. While those two words in combination may strike fear in your hearts, rest assured that this hand breaded Lake Superior Herring makes sandwiches that are “so good, they have their own song”.
The full schedule is available online. But here’s a closing thought. The last scheduled event in the festivities is a fish toss. You stand in a line across from your partner and toss a fish back and forth, stepping back further each time. Any pair who drops their fish is out, and the winner is the person left standing the longest. You see, experiencing a truly strange and exotic activity firsthand doesn’t always require a passport or a plane ticket. Sometimes, the weirdest things in life are right under your nose.