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Radio Gallery: Smelt it up!

Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe

It's Magic Smelt Party Time! Each spring brings the running of the smelt in Lake Superior and although smelting weather is the opposite of summer fun, Duluth has a party and the Run Smelt Run Parade all happening on May 14. 

Everyone can join local puppeteers to gear up for the fanciful costume parade led by the fish queen and the rowdy Brass Messengers. This week and next you are invited to workshops at the Duluth Art Institute, Lincoln Center, to make sparkly puppets, design fancy costumes and invent parade art to run with the smelt. Bring silver articles of clothing and a creative mind. Creator Jim Ouray joins us on Radio Gallery.

Workshops are free and open to all ages at DAI Lincoln Center located at 2229 W 2nd Street in Duluth.

Thursday May 4      6 - 8 pm

Saturday  May 6     9 - 11am, 2 - 4 pm

Monday    May 8     6 - 8 pm

Thursday  May 11   6 - 8 pm

The annual fanciful Magic Smelt Parade kicks off at the aerial lift bridge on Sunday, May 14 at 3:30pm. 

2017 Smelt Parade

Magic Smelt Workshop schedule

Radio Gallery on KUMD is brought to you by The Red Mug Coffee House and Gallery, Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Former Program Director, Maija Jenson teaches journalism in the Department of Communication at UMD and was a part of KUMD 2008-2019. She hosted a weekly arts program "Radio Gallery." She shares a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 20 years of public radio experience with KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.
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