CORNUCOPIA 2015, A Lavish Feast of Local Talent


In just about the craziest turn of events ever, I’m organizing an event that will feature two mayors (one present and the other future), four well-known bands/musicians/musical savants, and a freaking tap dancer.  It all started when the current Mayor nonchalantly mentioned, “Hey, we should do a book event.”

Since this is much like Cinderella being invited to the ball—perhaps a once in a lifetime experience—I didn’t want it to be boring. Cornucopia is winding up to be rather over-the-top. It’ll be at The Red Herring Lounge, pictured here bursting at the seams per usual:


It’s gotta be the coolest place in town. I’m kind of flabbergasted that this is all coming together, quite frankly. I mean, can you believe that a guy who looks like the schmuck pictured below reveling atop a pile of manure, the smallest portion of which is now fueling his urban farming fantasies, could possibly pull together a high-profile event like this? You’ll find me bolting out the door by around 10 pm just to be sure my transformation back to “village idiot” doesn’t occur in public.

manure man

Only in Duluth…

This will be a feast for all the senses. 100% local, all organic, pure awesomeness. With gratitude and serious love for one another, we’ll celebrate local goodness. We’re just dripping in the stuff. My goal is for everyone to come away with an appreciation for just how much more satisfying life is when we choose “local.”

Everyone participating has poured their hearts and souls into their craft, from local beer brewers to authors to top-notch musicians and my friend the tap artist. Mayor Ness, Teague Alexy, and I will each give short book readings between the various sets. If we’re lucky, we’ll wind up with even more on tap.

It’s kind of ironic, actually. Initially the goal was to sell some books, but now we’ve expanded. While I may personally be the most obscure person in the room, I believe the evening has the potential to be magical. This is better than book sales. I’m excited to be a part of it.

Come on down and simply enjoy yourself. There is no cover charge. You’ll have the opportunity to meet some interesting and very cool people, and the music can’t be beat.

3 thoughts on “CORNUCOPIA 2015, A Lavish Feast of Local Talent

    1. SERIOUSLY? Weren’t y’all just out there? That’s amazing. Your family is crazy adventurous! I just picked up your book, Outside Duluth, for the ridiculous deal of $2.99 on Kindle. I look forward to savoring it. We all need inspiration to be more adventurous from time to time, and by all accounts your book serves that role well.

      1. Thanks for trying out the book, Eddy! Duluth’s a great town for both inspiration and adventure! But they gots the snow out in West Yellie, so we’re heading out with the XC ski team camp.

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