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Winter can be long and dark... cast off your cabin fever and join your friends and neighbors for craft, community and camaraderie at North House every Thursday night in January, February and March.

No registration required, just drop in to learn something new!

January: Northern Stories

  • January 5 - Cycling Nepal's Annapurna Circuit with Buck Benson

    Join adventure cyclist Buck Benson for a slideshow about his recent mountain bike trip around the famous Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. From the steamy jungles to the nearly 18,000 foot Thorung Pass, this challenging route made for an epic bike experience. Buck will share stories and photos of 8,000 meter peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, challenging bike terrain, picturesque Buddhist villages, colorful culture, and amazing geography.

  • January 12 - Finlandia: The story of composer Jean Sibelius with Yvonne Caruthers

    Composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) has become a Finnish national hero; there are monuments, schools, competitions, and even coins honoring him. His piece Finlandia was at one time one of the most recognizable musical works in the US and Europe. Sibelius' life has strong parallels with life along the North Shore; he retreated to a home in the Finnish forest as a young man, and lived there the rest of his life. Yvonne Caruthers has lectured about Sibelius for the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center, performed most of his orchestral compositions, and will share her love of his music using photos and recordings. Come and soak up the beauty and raw power of one of the 20th century's greatest composers.

  • January 19 - Fika and the Craft of Coffee with Josh Lindstrom

    Fika is Swedish for coffee break: at its heart it is a social connection over coffee and a goodie. Coffee is a social drink and is shared among all demographics. Join Josh Lindstrom, coffee roaster and owner of Fika Coffee, and explore the relationship between coffee production and consumption and how to craft a quality coffee experience.

  • January 26 - Walking the Old Road: Stories of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Chippewa with Staci Droulliard

    In the lat 19th century, as European-Americans settled the Grand Marais area, the Ojibwe who lived there gradually moved east and formed a small town of 100 families known as Chippewa City. Now the Chippewa church and cemetery are only remnants of the once vigrant town. Fast forward a century and meet Staci Droulliard, current Grand Marais resident and descendant of one of the Chippewa City families. Join Staci for a presentation about her current book project researching the stories of both her family and the lost chippewa City community.

February: Films

  • Wednesday, February 1 - Small Homes: The Right Size with Lloyd Kahn

    From geodesic domes to tiny homes, Lloyd Kahn has spent a lifetime fascinated by the structures we build. His business - Shelter Publications - has specialized in books on shelters and fitness for over 45 years including many titles authored by Lloyd himself. One of his most recent books, Tiny Homes on the Move, even featured North House founder Mark Hansen’s gypsy wagon. On the eve of publishing his next book - Small Homes: The Right Size - Lloyd is traveling from his home in California to talk about his latest project and some of the homes he’s visited along the way.

  • February 9 - Film: Sherpa

    The Mount Everest story seems familiar: Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay’s successful summit in 1953, paving the way for many adventurers to climb in their footsteps. But the story doesn’t end there. The Nepalese mountaineering industry has relied heavily on the Sherpa - a people who live in the Himalayan mountains - as guides and porters. Sherpas often face the most dangerous tasks associated with climbing Everest. Economic disparity, religion, altitude, risk, conflict... Sherpa casts a light on the social cost of doing business on the world’s greatest mountain.

  • February 16 - Film: Rams

    Two brothers live next to each other and tend sheep in a remote corner of Iceland. Even in a country that prides itself on sheep, the brothers have some of the most lauded, prize-winning, and rare breeds. That is, until a disease starts to wipe out the livestock of the entire area. Stark, beautiful scenery is juxtaposed with a couple of austere and determined Icelanders in this nuanced comedy, a perfect way to spend an evening during the wooly Northern Fibers Retreat.

  • February 23 - Film: The Great Alone

    The Iditarod is a grueling 1,000 mile dogsled race in the remote Alaskan wilderness. Started to revive and celebrate the long tradition of running dogs in Alaska, the race already has lore full of heart warming tales and rough, cold-tested characters. This film tells the story of Lance Mackey, an Alaskan who grew up around the race, survived drug addiction and cancer and ended up a champion musher. Get in the spirit of the Iditarod just a few days before the 2017 race starts.

March: Skill Shares

(schedule TBA)


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