Changes on the horizon
Change is constant and often times not easy. I think of the transformation we see in our county from season to season; not only with our weather. More traffic and people. Reduced traffic and people. The new faces of visitors and old friends “home” for the summer. And, long in our plans, the facelift to our office and information center. The artistry of the steel pergola certainly adds to the excitement of the exterior wall finishes coming next week. Completion of gardens and signage will complete this project and we are expecting everything to be completed by the end of summer. And another final change for today and heads up. I am officially assuming my maiden name. You will now be hearing from Linda Jurek at Visit Cook County; a new change for some and not so new for many.
Fisherman's Picnic just around the corner
The Fisherman’s Picnic always brings a flood of memories for me. Growing up here, my dad was the chief of police. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club. He took his turn sitting in the dunk tank knowing that many would enjoy sending him into the cold tub of water. Well this year, I will carry on his tradition and donate my dunking time for the YMCA fundraiser. And as many of us are aware, the Picnic is a common time for Cook County alumni to gather. This year also marks the 45th reunion of the Son’s Rays Choir. Hundreds of girls participated in this all girls’ choir director by Dode Stoskoph. Join us for Sunday morning service at Bethlehem Lutheran.
In the News
We work daily with our media relations specialist from the Minneapolis / St. Paul neighborhood. Lynn Nelson of LIN PR is constantly tapping the shoulders of various media outlets. Often times a lead happens quickly with very little notice. Last week, we received a call from WDIO. They were driving the North Shore to Cook County to cover the new winery and another story of a hiker on Pincushion. Lynn and the Visit Cook County team were able to convince them (very easily) to cover the Lake Superior Water Festival. I am always ready to tell our story and Jack Stone and the Stone Harbor team jumped on this one as well. You might think it is only a short TV story but we were also able to Tweet, Facebook and Instagram video and photos reaching thousands the day before this fun event.
Rendezvous Days, Powwow, and Tall Ship!
If you have never experienced Rendezvous Days & Powwow hosted by the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Nation this should be your year. The Pow-Wow has always been an attraction overflowing with vibrant colors, respected heritage and lots of drumming. This year, a special treat awaits you. As part of the 100 year anniversary of the National Parks Service, the tall ship Mist of Avalon will be in port. Tours will be available all day Saturday and are free on a first come, first serve basis.