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Larsmont Mitten Tree

May you always have a poem, like a pair of cozy mittens; Knitted by a friend who loves you. May your poem hold your hands through the blizzard of your living; Every word a warm blessing. Written by a soul you’ll never know but somehow understands. -Amy LV    On the Friday following Thanksgiving, we will begin what we hope will become an annual holiday tradition – a Mitten Tree – which will be located in the main lodge building at Larsmont Cottages.  We will be reaching out to the local…


mitten tree

The Mitten Tree, on TV

Did you see the Mitten Tree? The Mitten Tree, for you and me? Well, that same tree was on TV—on TV on channel three! That’s enough rhyming for now (and it wasn’t actually channel three). But something about the holiday season has us feeling bouncy. We won’t go so far as to say our hearts were three sizes too small before starting our mittens, hats, scarves, and boots drive, but now, let’s just say Tiny Tim would be proud. Chuck Paton, our general manager, decided this year to put up a tree so…


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Get Inline

America’s Largest Inline Marathon We all love Grandma’s Marathon, but sometimes you’d rather just go roller blading. Experience the largest inline marathon in the nation as the leaves begin to change. The NorthShore Inline Marathon (September 13) draws participants from all over the country for a 13.1 mile, 26.2 mile, or combined 39.3 mile race. There are even a couple of races for the runners—the Wheels Off half marathon and a 10k that takes you through the power tunnels. It’s a fun…


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Two Harbors Kayak Festival

  Would you like to tour the lake in a kayak, watch (or participate) in a 5, 10, or 18-mile race, or get your kids involved in the sport with instruction or with a kids race? This August 2–3 (with an event or two on the 1st), come visit the Two Harbors Kayak Festival. The oldest and largest open water kayak race on Lake Superior has evolved into a festival perfect for anyone interested in recreational kayaking. The event features the following:  Racing These 18, 10, and 5 mile races draw…


Bird is the Word

There’s something about coffee that seems to inspire deep conversation. The French Enlightenment took place in salons, and artists, writers, and philosophers seem to swear by their favorite brew. If wine is the drink of choice for the elite jet-setter, then it’s coffee for the intellectual, the poet, the musician. Is it any wonder, then, that so many coffee shops host art exhibitions? These community gathering spaces are often havens for the arts, and The Vanilla Bean (open daily 7am-3pm) in…


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North Shore Poets

In an age where libraries are closing left and right, the social experience of gathering in one and talking about the written word is becoming more valuable all the time. There isn’t a website around that can provide the feeling of being in a room and sensing the electricity of the emotions of all assembled when a person reads aloud a powerful, beautiful poem. The North Shore Poets group has been around for about four years, and they are dedicated to keeping alive the kinds of storytelling…