Going Out

Sara Duffy

Sara Duffy is a travel enthusiast and owner of SRD International, a luxury travel concierge business with offices in Minnesota and California.

Grand Old Day, Saint Paul’s unofficial kickoff to summer, is now “Grand Old Days.” The largest one-day festival in the Midwest is expanding to two days this year, with added events and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

The lake’s annual North American Pond Hockey Championship was a little damp this year, with most on-ice games canceled due to warm weather. But there was plenty of fun to be had with other activities and gatherings.

Wine on Wayzata Bay is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Wayzata Yacht Club to benefit the nonprofit Wayzata Community Sailing Center (read more about the center on page 24).

Whether you love hitting the dance floor or haven’t learned a new move since the macarena, Cinema Ballroom has dance classes to help you move like a pro (or at least with the confidence of one).

The crowd enjoyed a lively performance during the annual Circus Juventas Gala in November.

At the inaugural Lowertown Pop market at the Union Depot, attendees can enjoy a leisurely afternoon of shopping while supporting local businesses and a Saint Paul charity.

Wayzata’s The Partners Group hosted its annual fishing tournament to raise funds for a number of good causes.

In September, the Cottagewood Store celebrated 120 years of being a go-to shop and gathering place for the community.

Mark Slick is a true chronicler of life around Lake Minnetonka. The accomplished photographer seems to pop up with his camera at most popular events on the lake, and his images have won acclaim over the years in our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

Community members gathered at Wayzata’s Heritage Park on Veterans’ Day to plant “flags for freedom” and post veterans’ names on an Honor Board.