Duluth is the proud home to Grandma's Marathon and all of the events that surround the infamous race!  The folks who organize Grandma's do a good job of keeping racers, spectators, and even natives busy with plenty of food, fun and entertainment.

But let's be realistic:  There are other things going on this weekend, too.  Whether you're looking to get away from the activities in Canal Park or just want to round-out your Twin Ports experience - it's good to know about what else is happening the weekend of June 17-19.

While it's not inclusive of everything that is scheduled for June 17, 18 and 19 (how could it be?), this list can serve as an idea-starter for other things to do while you're in the Duluth-Superior area during Grandma's Marathon weekend.

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    See The Abraham Lincoln Funeral Car At The Depot

    On display all summer long at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is  a replica of Lincoln's Funeral Train Car .  While this isn't the exact train car that carried Lincoln's body across the country after his assassination, it is a fitting display.

    You'll find the railroad museum within the confines of The Depot - which is located just a few blocks from Canal Park proper.  If you're staying in a hotel in that area - or find yourself with a half hour or so while taking in the marathon events, you might want to consider seeking this out.

    The Lincoln Train Car is free this summer with your paid regular admission to The Depot.  The building is also home to a variety of museums and one ticket gets you in to see it all.

    It should be noted that this event runs throughout the summer - so if you did miss going to it while you were in town for Grandma's, you could always plan a return visit!

    The Depot is located at 506 West Michigan Street.

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    Get Fresh Produce At Farmers Markets In Duluth And Superior

    The Twin Ports is blessed with a variety of fresh produce and local artisans who like to present their arts and crafts for sale.  Both of these items will be in the spotlight at two different Farmers Markets that happen on Saturday morning.

    • The Duluth Farmer's Market is located just up the hill at 14th Avenue Eats and 3rd Street.  This long-established market offers a good variety of consistent vendors who always have plenty of product to choose from.  The market runs from 7:00 AM to 12 Noon.
    • The Superior Farmer's Market (billed as the Barker's Island Farmer's Market) is located on the land-form that gives it its name.  The Barkers Island Market is known for providing a wide-variety of product that changes with the season.  The market in Superior runs from 8:00 AM to 12 Noon.

    Again, both of these markets aren't specific to just this weekend.  Usually the Farmer's Markets run well into the early fall.


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    Experience Opening Weekend At The Big Top Chautauqua

    While Washburn, Wisconsin might be a little more of a venture than some of the other items on this list, it's home to what many consider one of the crown jewels of the Northland:  Big Top Chautauqua.  (If you're from out of town - you'll need to rent a car or find a ride)

    The Big Top Chautauqua show might be familiar to you because of it's live radio broadcasts.  Staged in an actual outdoor big top tent, the program showcases local, regional, and national acts throughout the summer in a radio-show format.

    Friday, June 17 represents the first show of the season - billed as the "First Big Night".  Showtime is 7:30 PM and the schedule promises a lineup of fascinating performers.

    On Saturday, June 18, Grammy-nominated Brandi Carlile takes the spotlight during the show.  Once again, the show starts at 7:30 PM.

    Tickets, details, and more are available on the Big Top's website.


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    Go Canoeing At Bagley Nature Center

    What better way to experience the Twin Ports than in a canoe!  The Bagley Nature Center offers that experience to folks of all ages with their Open Canoe program all summer long.

    You can sign up to join them for their next session that will happen on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Again, you would need to coordinate a ride or a car to get to the Bagley Nature Center.  The UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program manages the Open Canoe sessions.  Their website contains all of the details you would need for the program.

    Don Mason
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    Rollerskate With The Family At World Of Wheels Skate Center

    When's the last time you were on a pair of rollerskates?  The World of Wheels Skate Center in Superior offers folks of all ages the chance to lace up a pair of skates and try out their skills.

    This would be the perfect idea to spend the afternoon with  the family;  everyone can skate.  Their schedule includes many opportunities for you to to have some fun - but - if you were still in town on Sunday, June 19 - they're having a Super Sunday Family Skate from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


    Xavier Gallego