3rd Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21st, we will gather at Silo’s Restaurant (within the Pier B Resort Hotel) to enjoy some food, frolic, and fun. Will you be there? It all begins at 5:30 pm and ends whenever we’re tired. There’s a lovely view of the harbor and plenty of free parking, so join our host Sue Anderson. (Hey! Remember Harry Anderson? the musician/comedian who played the judge in “Night Court”? … well … no relation.)

800 West Railroad Street | Duluth, Minnesota 55802 | (218) 481-8888

Pier B Restaurant

Gabbing under the Gazebo!

That’s right. No more lonely nights or busy busy days. It’s time once again to gab under the gazebo at the home of Our Flounder, Dr. Bill van Druten. Saturday, August 24th, bring along something to share: maybe some food you’ve made or “spirits” to enliven the conversation. The fun starts at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at his lovely home: 2931 Greysolon Road in Duluth.  Park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue!

First Sunday

Sunday, August 4th
Mining, Economics, and Critical Thinking

Master electrician Bob Tammen lives with his wife Pat in Soudan, MN.  He has worked in mining operations all across the Midwest.  When he visits the communities he has worked in, he finds more poverty than prosperity.  While some individuals reap economic benefits from mining, it is quite rare that the whole community benefits in the long run.  Promoting mining almost seems to be a faith-based activity.

Besides the mines, Bob has worked in nuclear, coal, and gas fired power plants.  This and his service on the ground in Vietnam have made him skeptical of both governments and corporations.  Indeed, some recent revelations about Minnesota’s mine approval process give us cause for concern.

Full disclosure: Bob and Pat bought 100 shares of Polymet so they could attend its annual meeting.

  9:00     Coffee and Conversation
  9:30     Breakfast Buffet Available
10:00     Formal Program Begins
 
Duluth Radisson Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8981

3rd Wednesday

Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 pm

Golden Inn Restaurant was founded by two families with over 100 years of combined experience.  It has been at this location for many years and has earned a reputation of serving the finest quality authentic Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine in the area. Its mission is to provide a family-friendly experience with great food and excellent service at a reasonable price. Enjoy mixed drinks and imported or domestic beers in the open cocktail lounge with its Chinese décor.

Golden Inn Restaurant
24 “E” Street*
Superior, WI
54880-3053
(715) 395-2565


* Some navigation software calls it 24 East Street.

First Sunday

Rachael Martin

   Rachael E. Martin

“Kalevala – More Than Just
a Town South of Cromwell”

Find out more about Finland’s national folk epic, the Kalevala. In this slide presentation we will explore the origins of these oral folk poems, the main heroes and some stories included in the epic, and what scholars say about the meaning of the Kalevala. Discover what life was like in pre-Christian Finnish culture and the role of mythology in a culture’s development.

Rachael Martin is a historian and scholar focusing on the local history of the Western Great Lakes region. She earned her MA from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in American Studies. As an outgrowth of her studies, Rachael developed a course and wrote a textbook on the history of northern Minnesota women. This course has been offered at all U of M campuses throughout Minnesota.

Rachael teaches other local history classes at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, the College of St. Scholastica, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and for Community Education programs in Duluth and Superior and writes a monthly column on local history for the Senior Reporter magazine. She recently retired after 30 years as a museum director and educator in various museums throughout the region and now serves on the board of the Finnish American Historical Society.

Rachael is a native of northern Minnesota, where her Finnish grandparents homesteaded land on the Prairie River. Her mother was born on this homestead and grew up in Wright. Rachael grew up in Duluth and now lives on forty acres outside Superior, Wisconsin, where she and her husband maintain three vegetable gardens, 15 colonies of honeybees and a sauna.

  9:00     Coffee and Conversation
  9:30     Breakfast Buffet Available
10:00     Formal Program Begins
 
Duluth Radisson Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8981

First Thursday

This month, the first Thursday falls on July 4th, Independence Day.  Nonetheless, you and your friends are invited to visit Mexico Lindo for Happy Hours from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Sure, you’ll miss some kind of military parade on the television, but your hosts Tom and Gerry are looking forward to sharing some food, drink, and jocularity with you.  If you’re not there, you will miss it!