November 2012 Posts

Wanted: Harp Teacher

Does anyone know anyone who teaches harp lessons? My 9.9-year-old daughter is interested in taking lessons in the new year. Please email me: bobnzeke @ Thanks!

This week: tinsel and turkey, wine and winter sports


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Tonight you can get into the synthesized Christmas mood with Mannheim Steamroller at the DECC.

Pair some wines for Thanksgiving at Chester Creek Café on Tuesday.

On Thursday, there’s a big Thanksgiving Buffet organized by the College of St. Scholastica for those in need at the DECC. Most volunteer shifts are filled already, but you can sign up or contribute online.

The 21st Annual Duluth National Snocross runs Friday through Sunday at Spirit Mountain with all sorts of motorized snowy fun.

Jeff Dunham brings his army of puppets to Amsoil Arena on Sunday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know!

Duluth-area Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner: 2012 Edition

Based on grabbing information from previous posts on this subject rather than actually performing due diligence and calling the restaurants to confirm, here’s this year’s list:

Buffalo House (Midway Township)
Captain Barker’s Restaurant & Lounge (Superior)
Black Woods (Duluth, Proctor, Two Harbors)
Dreamland Supper Club (South Range)
Dry Dock Bar & Restaurant (Midway Township)
Foster’s Sports Bar & Grill (Hermantown)
JJ Astor (Duluth)
Ledge Rock Grille (Larsmont)
Midi Restaurant (Duluth)
Old Town Bar & Restaurant in Superior
Pickwick (Duluth)
The Shack Smokehouse & Grille (Superior)
Upper Deck Restaurant (Superior)

And, of course, there’s always a free Thanksgiving dinner at the DECC.

Anyone with further information, additions or corrections to this list may, as always, comment on this post or e-mail factcheck @

Looking for Annabelle

I lived in the Duluth area until December 2004, and am back here temporarily. I’m looking for a former member of Low Income People Organizing for Power, Annabelle, who’s from South Dakota, she told me. It’s about a matter that we discussed previously about 10 years ago that hasn’t been solved yet. If anyone knows Annabelle, could you please mention this post to her?

Mary Bue – “Apple in the Ocean”

Mary Bue music video directed by Jim and Allen Richardson.

Merv Griffin “Christmas City” B-Side

Some people may not know that in addition to the Merv Griffin Duluth-themed classic “Christmas City,” which was written for the Christmas City of the North Parade, there is also a B-side to the 45 RPM single that was released back in 1962. It’s called “The Song of the Christmas City.”

Also a song written with Duluth in mind (and worked into the song lyrics), this one is more of a slow jam compared to Christmas City’s more upbeat jingle-bell jive. The song features addition vocals by one Maureen Reynolds who I couldn’t find any information on. Apparently she’s off the grid.

You can download good vinyl rips of both tunes to add to your own Christmas playlist right here. Enjoy!

Christmas City of the North Parade Stream

Hi folks. Especially the folks who are far away Duluthians, this could be good news for you.

I just got word in this nice little video from Kevin Jacobsen and LeAnn Wallace that the Christmas City of the North Parade will be streaming live at the Northland’s Newscenter website.

The twitter hashtag is #christmascityparade

Warm face on cold, national chain again

Every once in a while, I get special service at a shop that I would otherwise expect to be a cold, emotionless, national chain. I like to tip the hat here to those folks.

Duluth mountain bike trails featured in Salsa Cycles ads

Photo by Gnat

Winter weekly events

Hey, howdy! I’m working on putting together the weekly events for December through February for the PDD Calendar.

If you have or know of a weekly event that you’d like to publicize on the calendar for that period, please let me know and send me a picture related to that event. Mention in the description how long the event should run.

50 years of being “nice-icle”

Merv Griffin recorded this precious little ditty in 1962. Happy Christmas City of the North Parade everyone!

Give to the Max for the Lake Superior Zoo

The season for giving is upon us, and today, GiveMN’s Give to the Max day, our hearts are filled to the brim with love for our supporters. Needless to say, this year has taken a toll on not only the physical form of our zoo, but the staff as well. And yet, through the clouds, rain, and mud, an irrefutable ray of sunshine has beamed down upon us. Whether through a child’s lemonade stand, a random donation, or simply an encouraging comment given to our staff, these gestures have truly kept us going through some of the darkest times in our lives.

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Duluth Album Releases in 2011

Compiled here is an incomplete list of Duluth-related music releases from 2011.

Fractal Power at Schooners

Set the Wayback Machine for May 14, 2004, at Schooners Nightclub in the old Canal Park Inn. (The bar closed later that year and the hotel was demolished in 2006 to make way for the new Canal Park Lodge.)

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