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Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival

Fri, Jun 22, 2018 - Sun, Jun 24, 2018
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Overview

Rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, chili and brats...there’s a bit of everything during our Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival. Try your hand at a workshop or course; be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; plan your next adventure. Join us as we welcome the summer season in the best way possible: talking boats, celebrating community and hanging out on the shores of Lake Superior.

View the 2018 schedule 

 

Interested in donating your time or skills to help make this event successful? Check out the description of volunteer roles here or sign up to volunteer here.

Wooden Boat Display

Wooden Boat Display

Friday - Sunday
Free

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Speaker Series

Friday and Saturday
$5/presentation or free for members

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Craft Demonstrations

Friday and Saturday
Free

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Community Gatherings

Friday and Saturday
Pageant, chowder, music, and more!

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Boats-to-Tools Auction

Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Mini Courses

Saturday 10am & 3pm
$30 tuition, materials fee varies

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Sailing on the Hjordis

Saturday, on the hour
$25

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Steam Bent Brunch

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
 

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Annual Member Gathering

Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Open to all, members can vote

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Featured Speaker

Sunday, immediately after the Members Gathering
Martha Greene Phillips, author of Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906 - 1916

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Volunteer for the event!

Volunteer for the Wooden Boat Show! See all role descriptions here and sign up here

Highlights

Wooden Boat Display

Friday - Sunday
Boat Parade Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wooden boat builders and enthusiasts from across the Midwest are invited to display their crafts on campus throughout the weekend. Admire the work of others, get your questions answered and perhaps feel inspired to build one of your own. Register your boat here


Speaker Series

Friday - Saturday
$5/presentation or free for members

Watch, listen, be inspired. The spirited journeys of sailors, boat builders and canoeists converge for two days of inspirational presentations.

This year's presentations include: Shanty Boats for Water World | Stannard Rock Lighthouse: The Lonliest Place on Earth | Rebuilding STAR, an Isle Royale Fishing Boat | Rhythms of Rowing | Folk Songs from "Minnesot-i-o" | Adventures of a Traveling Textile Teacher: International Connections | From the Northern Border to the Southern Wall: Paddling the Rio Grande River | Canoe Trip, 1917 Style


Steam Bent Brunch

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
 

Craft Demonstrations

Friday and Saturday
Free
Demonstrators on Friday & Saturday: Northwoods Fiber Guild, Urban Boat Builders, Anne Marie Neilsen, Jackson Sneve, Beth Dow, Jeanne Bourquin, Jock Holmen, Marybeth Garmoe, Mike Loeffler, Elise Kyllo, John Beltman, Jim Sannerud, Fred Livesay, Julia Prinsealear, Tina Fung-Holder
Demonstrators on Saturday only: Karen Rognsvoog, Robert Schulz, Harley Refsal


Event Mini-Courses

Saturday, 10am & 3pm - Sign up below
10am | Intro to Wood-fired Baking
10am | Knots: Intro to Fancywork
3pm | Intro to Wood-fired Baking
3pm | Leather Wallets: Sew Your Own
 

Boats-to-Tools Auction

DONATING
You are invited to join in the fun by donating an item (or several!) to the Boats to Tools Auction. Funds raised go directly to support our educational efforts. How can you help?
Have something to donate? Contact tmorse@northhouse.org

North House is looking for donated items for the auction with a focus on:

  • Boats of all types, boating supplies, boating books
  • Woodworking tools, woodworking supplies, woodworking books
  • Outdoor gear, camping supplies, outdoor-related books
  • Traditional craft
  • Gift certificates

ATTENDING
Auction Sneak Peek for North House Members only : Friday, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Auction Open : Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm


Community Gatherings

Harbor-Side Campfire Picnic (BYO Dinner on a stick) and S'mores
Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Boats-to-Tools Auction Sneak Peak
Members only | Friday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Community Music Circle: Sea Shanties & Lumberjack Jam
Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Free

Family Dance with Northern Aire
Friday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | $5 or free for members

Contra Dance with Northern Aire
Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | $5 or free for members

Live Music on Campus
Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Family Craft Zone
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Lake Superior Chowder Experience
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Solstice Pageant with Good Harbor Hill Players and GAMEPALAJ
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.


Sail on the Hjørdis

Saturday, June 16 with sails starting on the hour, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25/person, 6 people/sail

Enjoy a one-hour sail in the Grand Marais harbor aboard the 50’ schooner Hjordis.
Register here

Sunday, June 17 : 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
$50/person, 6 people/sail

Enjoy a two-hour sail on Lake Superior out past the harbor wall.
Register here


Annual Membership Gathering & Featured Presentation

Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate another year of mission-driven success at North House. The Annual Membership Gathering starts at noon and is followed by the Featured Presentation: "Canoeing with Dad and the Gang, circa 1900" with Martha Green Philips, author of Border Country, the Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906 - 1916.

 

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