Monday, April 24, 2017

Day trips from Duluth - arts, music, nature, history

Come on an Up North Excursions' day trip this summer. Eleven trips are lined up.  Boat cruises on the St. Croix River, Irish Music Festival, Blueberry Fest in Ely, Afternoon Tea at Naniboujou, Church Basement Ladies performance and more.  See the full schedule at   Please sign up 2-3 weeks before the event so the trip can be a go for everyone.  Come explore the Northland!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Treasures & Dulcimers

Yesterday was the Treasures of the Earth Green Goods, Craft & Art Fair.  This fair of mine has the theme of things made of recycled or natural materials and there was 25 awesome artists who took on the challenge and even use those materials for all their work.  Pottery, jewelry, plant terrariums, paintings on wood and stone, wooden bowls and cutting boards, driftwood items, and more.  Good job.  Check again next March.

This May 6 is the Dulcimer Day in Duluth festival.  More information at

Check out the 2017 Up North Excursions Bus Trips.  These day trips explore the Northland's art, music, nature, and history.

Happy spring!  Cloudy day but the sun will come out tomorrow.   Where have I heard that before?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall 2016 Local art & gift fairs in Duluth

The fall is around the corner.
Here are the dates for the upcoming fall local fairs:

November 19 - Get Great Stuff local art & gift fair.
Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St.

December 3 - Get It Local ultra local art & gift fair
Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.

December 10 - Get to the Point Awesome Art & Gift Fair
Lafayette Building, 3026 Minnesota Ave.

Each of the fairs runs 10AM-3PM.
You'll find a nice selection of Duluth area artisans, authors, and organizations.

If you would like to participate as a vendor in one of these fairs , contact me at

Thanks for supporting local artists.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Excited for summer - now offering bus trips - sign up today

The short summer of Duluth is just about here.   This summer I'm starting up a bus excursion business.  Start in Duluth and we'll head to Bayfield, the Iron Range, Hayward, Renaissance Festival, St. Cloud gardens, and more.  Each trip has a nature, art/music, or history connection.  Check the calendar at for more information.  Please sign up at least 2 weeks prior to the trip.  There will be two trips per month in the summer and early fall.

July 14 and July 28 are the first trips.

Also, Woman-Made local art & gift fair will be July 30 (not July 23) at Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St.  Shop from 10AM through 4PM.  Meet the artists and you'll have a special time picking out great gifts.

And - the June/July issue of the Look at Lakeside newsletter is published.  Go to

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fairs, Poetry and More

I'm an organizer of community events ;

Here are some upcoming ones -

March 26 Free poetry workshop with Sheila Packa, 10AM at the Unitarian Church, 835 W. College St..

April 9 Better World conference - free event.  Social justice for all.  9 workshops.  Topics : compassionate communication, engaging youth into action, strength in diversity, overcoming poverty, affordable health care, and more.  More info at  or or email

Be sure to come to this year's Dulcimer Day in Duluth festival May 14 at the Coppertop Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway.  More info at

Local art & gift fairs are being set up for the rest of the year
July 23 Woman-Made at Duluth Congregational Church

November 19 Get Great Stuff, Duluth Congregational
December 3 Get It Local, Peace Church
Dec 10 Get to the Point, Lafayette Community Building

Let me know if you'd like to participate.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fall 2015 events - local fairs

Local artists.   Locally-made unique items.

Check out these fairs:

October 10 Get to the Point - Awesome Art & Gift Fair at Lafayette Community Building on Park Point.

November 14 Get Great Stuff at Duluth Congregational Church.

December 5 Get It Local Fair at the Peace Church.

All of these Duluth fairs will run 10 AM-3 PM.

Check my website for any updates or email me to inquire to be a part of the fairs.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring events 2015

It's feeling like spring - sort of.   It's time for a fun cabin fever reliever local art & gift fair.
Treasures of the Earth will be March 28 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 835 W. College St.  Over 20 artists will be selling cool things made of natural or recycled materials.  A book sale will also be going on at the church.

Also, calling all folk music fans and lovers of dulcimers.   Dulcimer Day in Duluth festival will be held May 2.  Concerts will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Classes include mountain dulcimer, ukulele, autoharp, and guitar.  Advanced registration is recommended for classes.  Vendors will be open for business 10AM-3 PM .  A day concert ticket is required during concert time.   See the schedule, performer information, and registration form - and SPONSORS - at

Finally,  I'd like to announce July 18 Woman-Made:Marvelous Things Made by Northland Women.  The Coppertop Church will be filled with about 30 regional artists.  The fairs are a great place to buy affordable one-of-a-kind locally-made gifts. 

Thanks for all the support of attendees at the fairs.  It's a task to put the events together.  I'd like to think they are good community contributions to increase the local economy and local knowing each other status.   A part of me will always be about learning - and these events are also great to keep on learning.