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Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt 2018

‘Tis the season for merry making and gift giving!  Looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend?  Bring the whole family out to the 13th Annual Christkindlsmarkt in downtown Excelsior! Christkindlsmarkt is a traditional German Christmas festival that is held the three days after Thanksgiving (November 23-25).  It is a celebration of the holiday season with shopping and activities for everyone!

 

The festival kicks off on Friday at 10 AM with the Grand Opening Parade.  Father Christmas, the Grand Marshall, the Excelsior Queen and many more lead the parade down Main Street to the official ribbon cutting ceremony.  The festival officially opens at 10:15 AM and

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It’s fall!  Pumpkins, crisp Autumn air, vibrant leaves- a few of our favorite things!  However, with the falling leaves and dropping temperatures means one thing- winter is coming!  We’ve compiled a list of Fall chores that are must-do’s before the winter sets in!


Outside the Home

Summer is gone, but all of her debris and dirt isn’t!  

Time to come inside for winter! Outside the house tend to these autumn chores:

  • Winterize your Sprinkler System before the nightly temperatures drop below freezing

  • Fertilize before the first frost to provide nutrients and help with the winter die off. Aerate for good root development. Keep mowing until it stops growing and can be kept 2 to

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Liberty on the Lake- Tim McGraw


Snap Fitness is, once again, hosting Tim McGraw for the second annual Liberty on the Lake event.  On July 28th, Tim McGraw will be gracing the shores of Lake Minnetonka to rock out and raise funds for charities that support soldiers and soldiers’ families.  


By land, it is a private charity event, but by “sea,” it is open to the public.  The stage is a dual direction stage so all party goers by boat can see and hear the acoustic performance.  The concert is taking place at the home of Snap Fitness owner, Peter Taunton, on Palmer Pointe in Minnetrista.  Palmer Pointe is in between Smithtown Bay and West Upper Lake.

Here's a video that Snap Fitness put together

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Community Event This Weekend: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon


Looking for something to do this weekend?  What about run 13.1 miles along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka?  Too long for your liking? There is also a relay run and a kids run to meet every runner and non runner’s needs!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon is not to be missed!


There are approximately 100 spots left for this May 6th event.  The race starts at 7 AM in Wayzata and follows a scenic route from downtown Wayzata, along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, and ends at the Commons Park in Excelsior. Registration and race information can be found here.


Annually, over 2,000 people participate in this fun race that

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Community Event This Weekend: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon

Looking for something to do this weekend?  What about run 13.1 miles along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka?  Too long for your liking? There is also a relay run and a kids run to meet every runner and non runner’s needs!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon is not to be missed! This race is one of the premier half marathons in the state of Minnesota. I ran it last year and will be running it again this year. I think one of the greatest aspects of the race, besides it being on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, is the wide variety of runners. There are the very serious and fast runners all the way down to the walkers so it's very easy to step into the race and

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Ice Melt Theory

 

If you’re anything like me, a couple nice days like we just had and I’m all in for summer.  Snow is gone, the sun feels lovely and warm, and the grass is trying to turn green so my brain is heading to one spot only. My brain is saying: Do not pass go, do not collect $200- head straight to summer and skip everything else.  I’m ready to break out the flip flops, patio furniture, lazy afternoons on the boat and grilling every single night. Except, there is one nagging thing that the sun and warm temps don’t seem to be taking care of quick enough- the ice on the lake.

 

A big part of our summer hinges on that lake melting.  And I, foolishly, was

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When the Weather Gives You Lemons….


As we are still digging ourselves out of the 15 inches of snow from this past weekend, I find myself thinking of that old adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Except, we are adults and we don’t need to be drinking lemonade. You know what we need to be drinking? Champagne. It’s bubbly, delicious, and helps me forget that this winter won’t end.  So, my new motto is “when the weather gives you lemons in the form of the snowiest April on record and snow that doesn’t seem to be melting fast enough- drink champagne.” Pretty catchy, right?


I want to introduce you to one of my favorite champagnes.  You may be wondering what this has to do with real

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Cold dawn

Spring… where art thou?


As I looked out my window today, I saw four snowmobiles zoom by on the frozen lake, two ice fishermen drive their ATVs by and snowflakes gently falling from the sky.  Normally, I’d be happy to see this scene. People enjoying the outdoors, a fresh blanket of snow to cover all the brown grass, and the quiet peace that always comes with fresh snow.  Except there is one problem…. It's APRIL!


You know what I want to see in April?  No snow, buds on the trees, an open lake, and the warmth of the sun on your face as you're sitting on your patio still mosquito free!  Well… that’s not this year. It feels like we are in perpetual winter here. I keep on asking

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Community Spotlight: McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant


This week, we are highlighting McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant in downtown Wayzata.  This is a family favorite of ours and is a go-to restaurant year round for us.


Owners Tim McCormick and Michael Simpson wanted to create a unique dining experience with ties to their ancestral connections to Ireland including the Irish tradition of warm hospitality.  And they succeded with a cozy Irish pub and an adjoining fancier dining room. This is nice because you can make it an everyday casual spot and sit on the Pub side or if you’re looking for a fancier dinner out, you can sit on the dining room side and not feel out of place dressed up for a night out.

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Sophia’s Law

In October of 2015, an Edina family lost their seven year old daughter, Sophia, to carbon monoxide poisoning.  It was one of those beautiful October days, warm and sunny, and the family decided to take their boat out for one of the last rides of the season.  Unknown to them, an animal had chewed through one of the exhaust pipes and the enclosed cabin on their boat was slowly filling up with carbon monoxide.  Their daughter was in the cabin of the boat and was exposed to the unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. Sophia was found unresponsive and was taken to HCMC where she ultimately died of carbon monoxide poisoning. More information on the incident can be found here.
 

Sophia’s parents sprung into action

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