May 2012

Summer Festivals | Wayzata Lake St. Crawl | Stand-up Paddling

An unexpected guest showed up at Dan Jensen’s house last May, and by the time she finally left a little over a month later, she had given Jensen and his wife, Julianne Amendola, a baker’s dozen of surprises: twelve little ducklings and one award-winning picture.


Minnesotans are known for their penchant for “supper,” which typically takes place between the hours of five and six in the evening. But things have changed!


Travel back in time to the days when pioneers were settling the lake area with a visit to the Western Hennepin County Pioneer Association (WHCPA) Pioneer Museum.


“I do.” Well, until the money runs out. Or I get tired of picking up your socks. Or I find someone better. With a bigger house. And less emotional baggage.


In a dark, cozy room tucked away from the bustling lunchtime traffic near Ridgedale Center, Susan Slack says she will focus on giving me more self-confidence.

But she isn't going to give me a pep talk. She is going to hypnotize me.


Patty Carmody Smith is the local mixed-media artist behind the colorful creations of Carmody Art. From meaningful mosaics to sculptures with a story, Carmody Smith’s work is full of thought-provoking flavor.


Each May, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum makes it possible for you to travel back in time by way of two historical streetcar lines.


Last year, seven paved miles were added to the 13.5 miles of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, a multi-use recreation path connecting Hennepin and Carver counties.


1. Wear lifejackets when the boat is moving. Children 10 and younger are required to wear one and there must be one for everyone on board.


Join the friends of man’s best friend at the Scott County Fairgrounds for an all-breed dog show June 8–10. Hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Kennel Club (LMKC) since 1955, this show has grown to expect 2,200 dog entrants plus dog owners, would-be owners, handlers and fans.


Built in 1890 as a private estate for Frederick Noerenberg, founder of Grain Belt Brewery and his family, the 74 acres of the Noerenberg Gardens were willed to Three Rivers Park District when the last Noerenberg child died in 1972.


At long last! The nights are younger and the days are longer: it must be patio season. Time to kick up our heels and toast the advent of gentler climes. A Lake Street bar crawl in Wayzata is just the ticket.



Excelsior’s Art on the Lake, June 9–10


Minnetonka locals Holly Evans, Stachia Fey and Christine Thompson have always been self-described “water enthusiasts,” but it wasn’t until 2010—when the trio was first introduced to stand-up paddle-boarding—that they discovered a true passion, and made it their goal to share it with the entire la