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Tuesday Talents: Supporting Each Other

In 1999, a women’s support group was sponsored by a Lake County organization located in the Isabella and Finland areas. Finland meetings were held on every other Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, providing a supportive social outlet for women. When county funds ran out, the ladies from the Finland group determined they would keep meeting. Besides being a support group, they also decided to focus on doing individ­ual crafts during their time together.

Zion Lutheran Church agreed to continue hosting the group, and the group also decid­ed to meet every Tuesday. Choosing a name was next on the agenda, and the Tuesday Crafters were born. Later, their name was changed to Tuesday Talents to better reflect the various talents of the members, includ­ing crafts and arts. Members hailed from Duluth, Two Harbors, Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Finland, Isabella, and Ely.

On July 4th, 2013, Zion Lutheran was burned to the ground as the result of a light­ning strike, destroying supplies and charity items Tuesday Talents were working on. The hunt for a new space began, leading Tuesday Talents to eventually relocate at the Clair Nelson Community Center in Finland.

Besides individual projects, Tuesday Tal­ents reaches out to the community with their talents. Some members are making pillowcases for hospitalized children. As members of Ryan’s Case for Smiles organization, the pillowcases are delivered to Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center and from there distributed to various children’s treatment centers.

Tuesday Talents has made quilts for both the Minnesota Veterans Home – Silver Bay and for other organizations working with community members with a variety of needs. They support two quilt magazine sub­scriptions at the Silver Bay Public Library and contribute to the Clair Nelson Community Center annually.

Grants from Co-op Light and Power and Thrivent Financial have aided Tuesday Talents in continuing their outreach programs. Tuesday Talents would like to give a shout-out to the other shops, individuals, and other quilt groups who donate in one way or another, including Grand Rapids Quilt Group, Northern Lights Quilt Group, Minnesota Quilters, Inc., Ryan’s Case for Smiles, Quilt Corner, and Hannah Johnson’s Quilts.

Tuesday Talents hosts an annual fundraiser, usually in conjunction with a Clair Nelson Community Center event. They say it’s “A lot of work but a lot of fun, we spend the year making items for it and then combining homemade items with other ‘found items’ in baskets, making our unique fundraiser.”

“All in all, we as a group, like to get together, work on a variety of projects, and have fun and support each other as we go along our life’s path,” a group member said. As another member said,

“We have a lot of fun and laughs each week.” One time the Tuesday Talents group asked Clair Nelson staff Nancy and Honor if they were being too loud. Nancy and Honor replied that no, they enjoyed the good-natured chatter. The group also has monthly potlucks, celebrates each other’s birthdays, and they go on various road trips together.

Tuesday Talents meets each Tuesday from about 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Clair Nelson Community Center in Finland. They welcome community members to visit and join in the fun.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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