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Zenith City on Tap: The 1915 Duluth Armory, Past & Future

This month’s Zenith City On Tap examines the past and future of Duluth’s iconic 1915 Armory, noted not only for its military service but also as an events center that hosted appearances by presidents and performances by celebrated personalities from across the entertainment spectrum—musicians, actors, dancers, and more—for well over half a century.  Slated for demolition, the building was saved by the Armory Arts & Music Center in 2004—but its renovation has been a struggle. Zenith City Online publisher Tony Dierckins will talk about the Armory’s past, while the AAMCs executive director Mark Poirer will discuss its ongoing renovation and plans for its future use.


What is Zenith City on Tap?

The event is a modification on the popular “TED Talk” style presentation; each speaker tackles the topic in just fifteen minutes. Presentations will be held in Glensheen’s Amusement Room in the lower level of the mansion. Guests will enter through the mansion’s front door.

Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Shark Watching Society Bonfire

In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in August, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen is the only legal location for a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. A Shark Watching Society Bonfire is the perfect Duluth summer night at the perfect location.

Kick back with a local beer in hand. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

This family friendly event is FREE and starts at 7:00 pm. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Suggested that you bring your own chair, and sorry, no dogs allowed.

Shark Watching Society Bonfire

In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in August, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen is the only legal location for a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. A Shark Watching Society Bonfire is the perfect Duluth summer night at the perfect location.

Kick back with a local beer in hand. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

This family friendly event is FREE and starts at 7:00 pm. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Suggested that you bring your own chair, and sorry, no dogs allowed.

Shark Watching Society Bonfire

In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in August, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.

Glensheen is the only legal location for a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. A Shark Watching Society Bonfire is the perfect Duluth summer night at the perfect location.

Kick back with a local beer in hand. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

This family friendly event is FREE and starts at 7:00 pm. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Suggested that you bring your own chair, and sorry, no dogs allowed.

Concerts on the Pier: Charlie Parr & Red Mountain

On August 3rd, Glensheen concludes its 2016 free Concerts on the Pier series with Charlie Parr opening for Red Mountain.

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.

Red Mountain is the brainchild of Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl. Since 2007 Red Mountain has been over-writing and under-performing honest music inspired by love, fear, birds, angst, and others.


Free concerts have been happening at Glensheen every Wednesday night in July for many years. However, last year marked the first time all of the bands played on the 100-foot pier extending into Lake Superior. Each of the bands have Duluthian ties making the series a showcase for our region and Minnesota’s talent.

Concertgoers line Glensheen’s Lake Superior shoreline while kayakers and boaters enjoyed the free music from the water. Concerts on the Pier is a celebration of the Lake, local bands, one of Duluth’s historic locations and Minnesota.

POSTPONED: Concerts on the Pier – Charlie Parr

The Charlie Parr Concert on the Pier has been canceled due to poor weather conditions. Please join us next week, on 8/3/16, as Charlie Parr opens for Red Mountain. This conclusion to Glensheen’s Concerts on the Pier series will highlight both artists in an extended concert.


On July 27th, Glensheen’s continues its free Concerts on the Pier series with Charlie Parr.

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.


Free concerts have been happening at Glensheen every Wednesday night in July for many years. However, last year marked the first time all of the bands played on the 100-foot pier extending into Lake Superior. Each of the bands have Duluthian ties making the series a showcase for our region and Minnesota’s talent.

Concertgoers line Glensheen’s Lake Superior shoreline while kayakers and boaters enjoyed the free music from the water. Concerts on the Pier is a celebration of the Lake, local bands, one of Duluth’s historic locations and Minnesota.

History & Decor – Susan Ray-Degges

History & Decor is back!
Part 3 of 3

This time we have brought in interior design historian Susan Ray-Degges to talk about the history of Interior Design.

After the talk guests will be invited to walk around the home with tour guides to items Susan was describing in her talk.


What will she talk about?

What do grasscloth, wainscot, batten paneling, and printed wall coverings have in common?

Most of these wall finishes have been under constant reinvention since their original inception. Come to see how these finishes were used to enrich the interiors of the Glensheen Mansion. As suggested by William Morris, British Arts & Crafts designer, ‘Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…


Who is Susan Ray-Degges?

Susan Ray-Degges, Ph.D., CID-MN, ASID
Associate Professor/Interior Design Program Coordinator

Susan has been an interior design faculty member at North Dakota State University for over 24 years. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Susan successfully passed the NCIDQ in 1991, and became a Certified Interior Designer in 1994. She previously served on the ASID Minnesota Board of
Directors and most recently served on the National Interior Design Educators Council Board of Directors. Susan developed a deep appreciation for historical interiors when she was given the opportunity to complete an extensive study of a historical house as an undergraduate.

She continued to support this love for historical interiors by serving as a docent at the Comstock House in Moorhead, Minnesota, from 1995-2003. Fortunately, Susan shares her passion for the progression of architecture, decorative arts, and furniture styles by teaching historical interiors at NDSU – she has done so for the last 24 years.


The program will begin at 7:00 PM and should conclude by 9:00 PM. This event is free to the public and will be held in the Glensheen Amusement Room, which is located in the lower level of the home.

This event is made possible by a grant from the UMD School of Fine Arts John and Mary Gonska Cultural Fund.

Concerts on the Pier: Haley Bonar

On July 20th, Glensheen continues its free Concerts on the Pier series with Haley Bonar.

Haley Bonar has been releasing music under her own name for over a decade now, and she seems to get stronger with every iteration. The alt folk country singer songwriter spent a brief time in Duluth before being discovered by Alan Sparhawk, front man of internationally acclaimed Duluth band Low, and the rest is history. Her next release is Impossible Dream, the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed, Last War, due out in August 2016.


Free concerts have been happening at Glensheen every Wednesday night in July for many years. However, last year marked the first time all of the bands played on the 100-foot pier extending into Lake Superior. Each of the bands have Duluthian ties making the series a showcase for our region and Minnesota’s talent.

Concertgoers line Glensheen’s Lake Superior shoreline while kayakers and boaters enjoyed the free music from the water. Concerts on the Pier is a celebration of the Lake, local bands, one of Duluth’s historic locations and Minnesota.

Postponed – Concerts on the Pier: Red Mountain

Due to weather concerns and high winds, the Red Mountain Concert on the Pier has been postponed until further notice. Please join us next week when Haley Bonar performs at Glensheen.

On July 13th, Glensheen continues its free Concerts on the Pier series with Red Mountain.

Red Mountain is the brainchild of Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl. Since 2007 Red Mountain has been over-writing and under-performing honest music inspired by love, fear, birds, angst, and others.


Free concerts have been happening at Glensheen every Wednesday night in July for many years. However, last year marked the first time all of the bands played on the 100-foot pier extending into Lake Superior. Each of the bands have Duluthian ties making the series a showcase for our region and Minnesota’s talent.

Concertgoers line Glensheen’s Lake Superior shoreline while kayakers and boaters enjoyed the free music from the water. Concerts on the Pier is a celebration of the Lake, local bands, one of Duluth’s historic locations and Minnesota.

Concerts on the Pier: Glitteratti

On July 6th, Glensheen will kick off Concerts on the Pier, a free summer concert series, with the band Glitteratti featuring members of Trampled by Turtles.

Glitteratti is an acoustic/electric rock outfit formed in Duluth, MN in 2013. The band consists of Marc Gartman (Fever Dream, Two Many Banjos), Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles, Two Many Banjos), Tim Saxhaug (Trampled By Turtles, Dead Man Winter) and Kyle Keegan (Ben Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger). Their sets are a mix of Gartman originals and classic covers that range from The Everly Brothers to Pink Floyd.


Free concerts have been happening at Glensheen every Wednesday night in July for many years. However, last year marked the first time all of the bands played on the 100-foot pier extending into Lake Superior. Each of the bands have Duluthian ties making the series a showcase for our region and Minnesota’s talent.

Concertgoers line Glensheen’s Lake Superior shoreline while kayakers and boaters enjoyed the free music from the water. Concerts on the Pier is a celebration of the Lake, local bands, one of Duluth’s historic locations and Minnesota.