Events Calendar

McDougall’s Dream
Saturday September 27th
Join us for a full day of great activities at the 10th Annual McDougall’s Dream! 

Morning field trip to the Duluth Forging Community (10-11 a.m.; cost is $5.00). We will tour a working forge and learn how local blacksmiths are helping to preserve tools from the engine room of the Meteor.

Afternoon talks at the Bong Veterans Historical Center (1-5 p.m.; cost is $15.00). This year’s talks include a variety of maritime topics, from the wreck of the Thomas Wilson and other whalebacks, to the history of shipbuilding in Duluth/Superior and Everett, Washington. Speakers include Denise Wolvin of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Visitor Center; Jerry Sandvick, emeritus professor of history and member of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association Board; Neel Zoss, an expert on the history of Alexander McDougall’s whaleback steamers and barges; and Professor Matthew Daley of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Nooks and Crannies Guided Tour of the Meteor from 4-5 p.m. for participants of both the afternoon and evening programs.

Evening program at the Bong Veterans Historical Center (5-9 p.m.; cost is $40.00). Enjoy dinner catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ, a silent auction, cash bar, and keynote speaker Pamela Brunfelt from Vermilion Community College who will discuss the role played by Minnesota’s Iron Range in the twentieth century industrialization of the United States.  Reservations are recommended.

Proceeds from McDougall’s Dream help to restore and preserve the SS Meteor and the legacy of Captain Alexander McDougall.

To make a reservation, call 715-394-5712

Morning Field Trip: $5
Daytime Talks: $15
Evening Dinner & Silent Auction: $40
Combination of Talks & Dinner: $45

We will list silent auction items for this event as they come in.  Check back frequently to see what will be available at this unique event!

23” Drawer Tool Chest: Campbell’s Do-it Best

$15.00 Gift Certificate: Anchor Bar and Grill

Speidel Watch-Ladies: Nummi Jewelers

Tour of Facility: Midwest Energy

Dear Mom book & 2 Family Passes: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

One night in a deluxe lake view suite: Comfort Suites Canal Park

Eagle Collector Plate & holder: Framing by Nancy

4 Adult admissions: Great Lakes Aquarium

One Standard night: Barker’s Island Inn

$50.00 in Gift Certificates: Grandma’s Restaurants

One night and 2 Buffet tickets: Grand Casino Hinckley

Lake Superior Magazine Collection (1 year subscription, 2 calendars, 2 travel guides and a tote): Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc.

One Sun-Thur Night stay: Superior Inn

Bliss Spa Package: Trends Day Spa & Salon

$25 Gift Certificate: Northwest Outlet

3 large pizza certificates: Dominos Pizza Superior

Gift Card: Duluth Grill


Child Meteor Sailor hat

Small Captain and Wheel Statue

Small Brass porthole mirror

Framed picture of the Meteor

3 Foot Model Sail Boat

Cast iron sail boat arrow wall hanging

Norman Rockwell Doctor’s office Painting

Mystery Themed basket

Natchez River Steamboat Print

Small Boat model -  Laurie

Sea Shell Mirror

Super One Gift Card


 Flashlight Tours of Fairlawn Mansion
Wednesday October 29 & Thursday October 30, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Tour the darkened mansion with flashlights and learn about the superstitions of Victorian life. Tours leave every 1/2 hour, starting at 7:30 p.m. on a first come/first serve basis (no reservations). Last tour leaves at 10 p.m. Bring a flashlight! Admission is $9.00 for adults and $7.50 for seniors and students. The tour is not recommended for children 5 and under.

Fairlawn Holiday Sampler
Thursday December 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
(Please note - the date has changed from December 3 to December 4)

The Holiday Sampler is our best party of the year! Enjoy a festive wine and beer tasting in the beautiful surroundings of this 1890′s Queen Ann mansion, lavishly decorated for the holiday season. The evening includes a gourmet buffet of savory and sweet holiday treats, music, and silent auction.  Wine-tasting sponsored by Keyport Liquors. Reservations are recommended. Call 715-394-5712.

Twinkling Tuesdays at Fairlawn Mansion
December 9, 16, 23, and 30
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Take in the beauty and sparkle of the decorated mansion during these festive open houses. Sample hot cider and seasonal treats as you explore all three floors of this lovely home at your own pace. Hosts scattered throughout the house will share stories of Fairlawn and the Pattison family. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Call 715-394-5712 for more information. Twinkling Tuesdays are sponsored by National Bank of Commerce.