Annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

Annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social at Chik-Wauk Museum September 3rd

The annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday, September 3, at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. This fun community event is an important fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, of which Rockwood is a proud member. 

Funds raised at Social are used to help operate the Chik-Wauk Museum, an important part of the Gunflint Trail Experience.

The annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social is a great time with friends and family and all the characters who call the Gunflint Trail home. 

Located on Saganaga Lake at the edge of the BWCAW, the Chik-Wauk Campus was once a fishing resort, opened in 1931. The Campus offers many different activities and presentations all season long

The Lodge, which houses the museum today, was built in 1934. 

From 1957 to 1978, the resort was owned by Ralph and Bea Griffis, who sold the property to the US Forest Service. They operated the resort through the 1980 season, and under the terms of the sale to the Forest Service, they were allowed to make the resort their summer home for the balance of their lives. They were regular, seasonal visitors on the Trail for many years.

The North Shore Swing Band will perform on the front porch of the Lodge from 1 to 3 pm to help liven up the mood. Bring a lawn chair along to sit and enjoy the music. 

There will be lots of locally homemade pies to choose from during the festivities. The suggested donation is $5 for a slice of pie, ice cream, and something to drink..

In addition to music and pie, look for these:

  • The Annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale offers steep discounts on many gift shop items
  • The Gunflint Trail Business Pie Competition (last year’s winner, Gunflint Pines)
  • The Individual Pie Competition (last year’s winner, Paul Wehking)
  • A Pie Eating Contest
  • A Silent Auction
  • Games

Coffee is donated by Loon’s Nest Coffee Shop, our mid-trail coffee shop. Upper Lake Foods donates the ice cream.

The Social is a fun way to wrap up the summer and say, “So long till next year,” to our friends and neighbors.

All proceeds help with the daily operational costs of the Museum and Nature Center.

Admission is free.

The scenic Gunflint Trail byway was first named the Rove Lake Road. Cook County Commissioners authorized road construction of the Gunflint Trail in 1884.  Prior to that, it was a walking trail used by Native Americans, trappers, surveyors, and prospectors. Today, it is a 57-mile long and  well-paved scenic byway that leads to adventure in and around the BWCA.

Archeologists have discovered evidence of human inhabitants in our area from the Paleolithic period. 

Dakota, Cree, and Anishinaabe lived on this land well before Europeans appeared.  

Native Americans, fur trappers and traders, Voyageurs, miners and loggers, fishing camps, resorts, campgrounds, and individual residents are all part of Gunflint Trail history.  

Experience the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center soon.

To donate a pie or enter the pie competition, please email or call 218-388-9915 by the end of August.