February 26, 2014
Brrr…it’s cold out there! When the high temperature is 2 degrees BELOW zero (Saturday’s forecast) it can be really tempting to just snuggle up by the fireplace.
But winter has its compensations, too. The piercing red-orange sunrises are even sweeter when you see them shining through frosted pine boughs. Cross-country skiing, sledding, and making snowmen are all considerably easier in January than in July. And finally, winter provides an easy excuse to stay inside and enjoy the arts. Here are a couple of fun places to go.
Gun Flint Tavern
111 W Wisconsin St.
The Gun Flint has become a north shore draw, and for good reason. They serve a blend of microbrews, including the crisp and light Kayak Kölsch from Lake Superior Brewing Company, along with options from Surly, Bells, and Summit. If you’re hungry, there’s a crazy-eclectic menu, which right now includes tamales, Asian noodles, muffaletta, and pizza. On the music side, there’s Bluegrass, jamgrass, blues, jazz, reggae, folk, rock, Americana, roots, Cajun, Irish and even sea chanties—because there’s nothing like a good sea chanty. Music is on weekends all year round and weekdays in summer.
Grand Marais Public Library
104 2nd Avenue West
Can a library be fun? Consider this. February 28 at 4pm, you can see Sean Emery, a one-man juggling and comedy act who is professionally trained with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. On February 26 and March 26, check out an informal poetry reading from 7–8. And while a lot of people default to TV or video games, there’s still no substitute for a good book—and here, they’re all free for the loaning.