Festivals and More at the End of Summer

Labor day marks the end of our summer season. The summer is our busiest season but by no means do we get to rest in the fall. Early September is the season for our music festivals, starting with Radio Wave on September 8 and 9 (sponsored by WTIP) and followed closely by Unplugged XI featuring the Mountain Stage Players, from September 13-16 (sponsored by the North House Folk School). Both of these are popular events so plan accordingly and order your tickets now.
After that comes the change in seasons as the leaves turn, the nights get cooler and the days get shorter. For some of us, this is the best time of the year. In the store we are quickly making room for a fantastic selection of fall and winter clothes and equipment. Soon we will be putting our canoes and kayaks away and pulling out skis and snowshoes. But for a couple more weeks you can still book a kayak tour, BWCA day trip or fly fishing class/trip. Rock climbing will continue all fall, and we will transition to ice climbing as the winter moves in.
And winter brings us to the sled dog race. Grand Marais,the Grand Portage community and the Gunflint Trail are teaming up with the Cook County Mushers to put on a three-day dog sled stage race from January 6-8. The race is named the Gichigami Express. Each day, the dogs will race approximately 60 miles. Each day will have a start and a finish, so it will be a very spectator-friendly event. Stone Harbor is going to be working hard to make sure this becomes a premier event each winter. The Grand Portage Tribal Council is underwriting the $25,000 purse, and we need volunteers and sponsors to helps out. Until we get the web site up and running you can contact Beth Drost, the race director at beth@gichigamiexpress.com, myself jack@gichigamiexpress.com or info@gichigamiexpress.com We are really excited about this race, can’t you tell?

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