Going Out

The Wabasha Street Caves were home to a speakeasy during Prohibition. Today, the legality of liquor has changed but the music has stayed the same, thanks in part to the efforts of Beasley’s Big Band.

In July, Insight Brewing hosted Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) with live music by Orono musician Steve Noonan. SAM is a cross-country venture working to enroll bone marrow donors in hopes of finding a match for those in need.

The Orono Foundation for Education has raised more than $4 million for Orono Public Schools since its launch. In April, supporters gathered at Wayzata Country Club for the foundation’s annual gala.

The holiday season is all about bringing people together, and for the last nine years, downtown Excelsior has done just that with their Christkindlsmarkt festival the weekend after Thanksgiving.

The Show Gallery Lowertown had its grand opening on August 7, with more than 300 guests in attendance.

For 20 years, the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Saint Paul has been a destination for parents and young kids.

In July, the 2015 Minnesota Wakesurf Championship, featuring surfers of all ages and levels, was held on Lake Minnetonka.

Watermark Stationery hosted an open house in April to celebrate their new space and launch new products. The business moved into a larger retail space and now offers three-tiered wedding services as it partners with Robert Evans Imagery and Kismet Event Group.

Excelsior Real Estate celebrated their 10th year of serving clients with a client appreciation party at the Excelsior Brewing Company. Owners Aaron and Adrienne Thompson hosted with managing partner Kathy Barclay, with live music and catering by Joey Nova’s.

The General Store of Minnetonka takes “retail therapy” very seriously. Every Thursday night, they hold Girls’ Night Out, or GNO. Between 5 and 8 p.m., customers can enjoy half-price wine, as well as food like flatbread, soup and salad (all at regular price) at the General Store Cafe and Bistro.