Special Events and Tours

    Special Events

    Four “Special Events” are planned during the three-day program for those who want to break away from the convention business agenda.

    City of Duluth Tour (Monday morning) - This 2-hour bus tour is sponsored by Visit Duluth, the city’s visitor and convention group. The tour will include a local tour guide and visit a number of city historical landmarks and attractions including the Skyline Drive and Enger Tower. Participation will be limited to a single bus, approximately 50 people. The bus will return to the hotels in time for participants to explore Canal Park shopping and have lunch on their own.

    Duluth Harbor Tour (Monday afternoon)- Boarding a Vista Fleet ship at the DECC, this water front narrated tour will put you close to all the action of the harbor, while describing all there is to know about the harbor’s workings, science and ecology. Participants will enjoy the panoramic views of the North Shore and the largest freshwater lake in North America. The ship will have a cash bar and snacks will be provided. The group will return to the DECC in time to get ready for the evening Celebrating Minnesota dinner and NAMSC Research and Education fund raiser. It’s going to be fun!

    Duluth Curling Club Reception and Mixer (Tuesday afternoon) - The Duluth Curling Club (DCC) is located in the DECC and includes 8 sheets of curling ice. The DCC is the home ice of the USA Olympic Curling Men’s Gold Medal Team skipped by local curler John Shuster. Our time at the Club will be from 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Our mixer will be in their observation level where we will be able to watch regular league curling competition on the ice below. The facility will have a cash bar and snacks/munchies will be provided. From the DECC, participants will have multiple choices for dinner on their own within easy walking distance in the Canal Park commercial area.

    Cirrus Aircraft Plant Tour (Wednesday afternoon)- Duluth is the headquarters and assembly plant of Cirrus Aircraft, founded by brothers Alan and Dale Klapmeier in 1983. In 1998 Cirrus became a game changer in the world of general aviation with the introduction of its model SR20, equipped with its Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). In 2016 Cirrus introduced its Vision Jet SF 50, a seven passenger single engine personal jet. Cirrus only offers the tour on Wednesday afternoons, thus participants will need to choose between this activity and the technical sessions. Departure from the hotels is 11:00 AM and will return around 3:00PM. Limited to 25 participants. Non-U.S. and dual citizens will need passports. Cost per person of $25, includes lunch, transportation and tour.

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    Thursday Motor Coach Tours

    Tour A
    This tour will start with a visit to Spirit Lake Maple Syrup and Wild Rice. Owner Bruce Savage will provide a fascinating tour of his sugaring facilities and wild rice processing operation. Bruce is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa and serves on the Tribal Advisory Council. Next stop will be at the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa Cultural Center and Museum. The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands that make up the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Archaeologists maintain that ancestors of the present day Chippewa (Ojibwa) have resided in the Great Lakes area since 800 A.D. The bus will take a scenic route through Jay Cooke State Park on its way to the Maple Ridge, a 2000 tap sugaring operation of Steve and Kathy Burgess. The Burgess family built/purchased all new sugaring facilities and equipment in 2017. After a tour of their 2000 tap operation the group will gather in their facility for a Cooking With Maple demonstration conducted by Chef John Plante, followed by lunch prepared by Chef John. From there the tour will go to near-by Farmer Doug Hoffbauer’s local food operation. Farmer Doug has a small maple sugaring set-up and also raises “apples to zucchini with Christmas trees in the middle”. The operation should be in full swing assembling Christmas wreaths during the tour. The last stop of the day will be at Simple Gifts Maple Syrup operated by Dave Rogotzke. They run 4000 taps, making syrup in a unique timber sugar house Dave designed after spending a sugaring season in Quebec. Dave is a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska during the summer months.

    Tour B
    This tour will begin with the historic Glensheen Mansion built on Lake Superior in Duluth. The 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges and the famous 39 room mansion built with remarkable craftsmanship. Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908. The family is known for opening up iron mining in the region when the Rockefellers and Carnegies were battling for dominance. Eventually the entire industry consolidated into U.S. Steel making investors like Chester Congdon very wealthy. The next stop will be at Simple Gifts Maple Syrup operated by Dave Rogotzke. They run 4000 taps and make syrup in a very unique timber sugar house he designed after spending a sugaring season in Quebec. Dave is a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska during the summer months. The next stop will be Maple Ridge sugaring operation of Steve and Kathy Burgess. The Burgess family built/purchased all new sugaring facilities and equipment in 2017. After a tour of their 2000 tap operation we will gather in their facility for a Cooking With Maple demonstration conducted by Chef John Plante, followed by lunch prepared by Chef John. Last stop of the day will be the historic Split Rock Light House at Two Harbors. The horrific shipwrecks of 1905 fueled demand for a lighthouse along Superior’s north shore. The amazing construction process was completed in 1910 and the light at Split Rock shone until 1969. Now a state park facility, the complex includes visitor center, exhibits, gift store and the original light house, fog signal building and lighthouse keeper’s residence and other buildings.

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