Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional lifeways in the North. Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, film festival, speakers, and more, this is a classic event to welcome the season of snow.
We welcome Duluth’s own Sam Cook to teach and speak at the 2018 Winterer’s Gathering. Recently retired from decades as an outdoor writer at the Duluth News Tribune, Sam’s work is beloved by many for capturing the spirit of northern adventure with a wry and practical voice. He will give the Featured Presentation “Why We Couldn't Move Back to Kansas” on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm and teach a short writing workshop “Tell Me a Story” on November 16.
A full schedule for the 2018 event will be available in the fall of 2018.
See photos from the 2017 event here.
Sewing, woodworking, blacksmithing, and more! We offer a variety of great courses during Wintere's Gathering.
Arctic Film Festival
Dinner on a Stick & Outdoor Film Screening
Snowshoe Shuffle Contra Dance
Great Gear & Ski Swap
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30am
Deep Freeze Chili Feed
Winter Camping & Tent Tour
Bring your tent and camp with us! Winter camping all weekend with a tent tour Saturday at 2pm. See homemade yurts, arctic exploration tents, and more.
Open Fire Dinner on a Stick & Outdoor Film Screening
Gather around a bonfire and cook over an open fire as a community. Participants bring their own food. We’ll also enjoy a short outdoor film screening (free)
Members Event Pass Benefit: Snowshoe Shuffle Traditional Community Contra Dance
Friday, 7pm family dance, 8pm community dance
Don your winter wardrobe and warm up at this friendly community contra dance. Dances are called and instructed by the music ensemble, “Over The Waterfall.” The dance takes place in the historic timbered woodshop. No registration required. Free with the Member’s Event Pass or $5 for non-members, paid at the door.
Coldsnap Poetry Slam
Cold Snap Poetry Slam is a friendly celebration of the spoken word and the glories of the frozen North! Join in the fun by reading one of your own works or any selected seasonal poetry of your choosing. By sharing your favorite hibernal verse, presenters will receive wide recognition as cultural icons, as well as a free bottomless bag of popcorn for the weekend! Audience members will not only hear some great poetry but will also bear witness to the birth of a literary revolution.
The Great Gear & Ski Swap
Saturday, 10:30am – 11:30am
Bring your outdoor equipment to sell or get in on some great bargains & buy. Registration forms to sell your gear are ready. Backcountry skis to winter canvas tents. Ice skates to kites. Winter boots to down jackets. All are welcome.
Registration for items in the swap is required. Registration forms available online and at the event the day of the swap.
The Deep Freeze Chili Feed
Grab your bowl for this traditional winter favorite: chili & freshly baked cornbread. Hot chili (your choice: vegetarian or meat) is cooked up in the kettle and eaten in the warm banquet hall by the woodstove. $10/person, paid at the door.
Featured Presentation: Why We Couldn't Move Back to Kansas with Sam Cook
Former Duluth News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook takes you along in this presentation capturing his far-flung and work-related travels to Alaska's Brooks Range, Great Slave Lake and Baffin Island as well as closer to home four-season adventures in Minnesota's border country.
Member’s Event Pass Benefit: Winter Skill Seminars & Presentations
Event seminars are 45 minute presentations that cover a variety of winter-related topics. From camping tips to travelogues, cultural reflections to winter sport secrets, these inspiring talks offer something for everyone and take place throughout the weekend. Free with the Member’s Event Pass or $5 per seminar for non-members, paid at the door.
Member Event Pass Benefit: Skill Share Demonstrations
These short intensive sessions focus on particularly handy skills. Dress for a partially heated environment. Free with the Member’s Event Pass or $5 per seminar for non-members, paid at the door.
Arctic Film Festival
This one of a kind festival features films from around the globe that visually tell the story of the North. Documentaries, features and shorts showcase arctic landscapes, traditional cultures, northern adventures and changing climates. All films screenings are free.
Harborside Winter Tent Camp
An opportunity for winter campers to set up their shelter near campus, whether it be a canvas wall tent, an expedition or 4-season nylon-grade tent, or a traditional Mongolian yurt, and share information and ideas about winter camping in the elements of cold weather. Participants are invited to be a part of the Winter Tent Tour scheduled on Saturday at 2pm.
Registration is required—call the Grand Marais Rec Park at (800) 998-0959 to reserve a site. $8/night non-electric or $15/night electric.