June 2013 Posts

This week: shindigs, hoedowns, hootenannies and cake!


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

It’s been a year and we’re still sorting out the mess. A public hearing of the Flood Recovery Grant Amendment is tonight at City Hall.

You can see three real life and really live newlywed couples compete for fabulous prizes at the Underground‘s reboot of the Newlywed Game on Tuesday.

Wednesday is United Way‘s Day of Caring, matching up volunteers with community needs.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a Newer to Town Vista Cruise on Thursday.

This Friday is the Northland Frisbee Invitational in Cloquet.

Get your hoe down at the Barn Dance Weekend at the Brule River Barn Friday through Sunday.

This weekend is the Park Point Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Happy birthday to us! Perfect Duluth Day turns 10 this Saturday and you are invited to a big free shindig at the Underground before the Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere Concert at Bayfront so you can hit both.

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

Video Archive: Homegrown 2003

Here’s a sloppy VHS version of KDLH-TV’s coverage of the 2003 Homegrown Music Festival, including clips from the only Homegrown Kickball Classic ever held at the Wade softball fields — and the only time a TV news personality was invited to participate in the game.

Starfire’s fabulous mohawk appears near the end, although the quality of the video doesn’t do it justice.

Vietnamese Lantern Review

I know this a Duluth blog, but I wanted to get the word out about the Vietnamese Lantern in Two Harbors. I ate there last night and it blew my socks off. The food was amazing!

Like shopping? Fixing things? Hanging out in the hardware aisle?

Combine your passions into a volunteer position at the Twin Ports ReStore! The Twin Ports ReStore is a retail outlet specializing in new and gently used building materials donated by our community and offered for sale at a deep discount. All proceeds help to build and repair homes for families in need right here in the Twin Ports. Volunteers are needed to do everything from running the cash register to accepting, sorting and pricing donations to making minor repairs to donated materials.

Intrigued? E-mail Susan at volunteer @ twinportshabitat.org or call 218-722-3875 or visit our website at twinportshabitat.org to find out more.

Minnesota Wine Exchange Review

I spent last Friday evening at the Minnesota Wine Exchange for the first time.  It is a fantastic place to enjoy Minnesota wines and beers right in the center of Downtown Duluth (Lake Ave & Superior St.).  If you’re interested in sampling wines, you can purchase a “flight” consisting of three glasses, each filled 1/3 full with a different wine for the reasonable price of $5. 

If you’re hungry, there are appetizers and sandwiches which I plan on trying some day soon when I go there for lunch. If you want to relax and enjoy conversation with friends, this is the place to go. Background music for listening with local art exhibited on two levels for viewing. The  paintings of the late John Peyton are currently being displayed.

This is a locally owned business selling Minnesota products which is a win-win situation. If you haven’t been there, I would encourage you to try it. The day I went there was a perfect Duluth day indeed!

Beaver Relocation in Downtown Duluth

This beaver was in the downtown Duluth area, near the on-ramp for the adjacent freeway. Farzad from Wildwoods captures it. It is later released outside of town by a creek. Video courtesy of Duluth PD Officer Jayme Carlson.

Zoo News

From Lake Superior Zoo: We are very sad to announce that one of our wolves has died. “Cohen,” who was on loan, along with his brothers “Capone” and “Dillinger” from the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, MN was euthanized after emergency exploratory surgery on Tuesday, June 18.

Does anyone have any info on the Craft Brew Village in September?

On the Bayfront Festival Park website it lists one of the 2013 events as Craft Brew Village, Sept. 20-22. The Hot Air Ballon Festival is also going on at the same time. Just curious if anyone has any more information. That weekend coincides with the official start of Oktoberfest in Munich, so I’m wondering if this maybe is Fitger’s Oktoberfest.

Tree Planting in Duluth

Almost exactly a year after the historic flood, we found the timing to be refreshingly ironic as we set off on our annual tree planning exercise. Employees from Loll Designs, Epicurean, and Intectural all joined to plant trees in four areas around Duluth (Amity Creek, Hartley, Kingsbury Creek, and Featherstone Drive). As it is known, erosion from stream beds were hit hard from the flood and we saw that first-hand as we sought to plant and rehab those areas.

Placing Literature in Duluth

Check it out: Placing Literature is a new website that maps scenes from novels that take place in real and familiar locations — like, you know, places in Duluth, as shown above. On the site you can zoom around the map worldwide and add new points of literary interest. (The hot spots right now are New York, California, around Lake Superior and the Orient.)

Stormy and beautiful by the lake

Whipping water and big waves this early morning at Glensheen Mansion on Lake Superior.


As some of you know, I have long been interested in storm-water retention. Looking at these pictures of the flood, I am going to once more enter into the fray. I do not do this seeking anything, it just seems to be a common sense thing to do on so many levels. This is what I think. Take it for whatever you want. One small thing you could do.

Flood Damage/Recovery

This little MPR piece with Derek Montgomery’s photos is the coolest.

Before and after photos: 2012 flood damage, recovery in Duluth, northeast Minnesota

Follow the link to see the flood photos from a year ago, then click on the image to transform it to a post-flood 2013 image.

PDD Band Publicity Photo Showdown: Teague Alexy vs. Tangier 57

Back in April, Perfect Duluth Day launched a series of polls, tournament style, to determine which Duluth-area band had the sweetest pic. Tangier 57 won the championship, and, now that the post-Homegrown grace period is up, must defend its title.

The challenger:

Teague Alexy (photo by Joshua Priestley)

The reigning champions:

Tangier 57 (photo by Patrice Bradley)

Which band has the better publicity photo?

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This poll is now closed. The results were:

Teague Alexy – 54.5 percent
Tangier 57 – 45.5 percent

Note: Only people who are logged in to their Perfect Duluth Day blogging account are allowed to vote (to prevent people from voting multiple times). To create an account, click here. If you need help figuring it out, click here.

I thought I saw a squatch!!! What is Bigfoot Music Productions?

For a while now, people have been asking what Bigfoot Music Productions actually is. So, we thought we would take a minute to provide a little clarification so everyone can fully understand what we are doing.