Sunsets restaurant held its 15th annual Ice Out Party Tuesday night to celebrate the melting of Lake Minnetonka and the arrival of Spring. With live music and many party-goers providing entertainment and a parrot-shaped martini luge carved out of ice featuring Kilo Kai rum, attendees were able to usher in the changing of the seasons in style. On an evening that threatened April showers, more than 100 party goers took part in Sunsets’ pirate-themed gala. Prizes were given away throughout the night to the group, including a $400 grand prize from Minnetonka Travel.
“We’re celebrating the opening of Lake Minnetonka — celebrating that the ice is off the lake, and we’re celebrating after a long winter,” Sunsets Manager Ryan Stattman said. Stattman, who has been an employee at Sunsets for the past seven years, said it has been a tradition for as long as he can remember. “This is at least the 15th (Ice Out Party), but Sunsets has been open for 20 years, so it could be that old.”
The Grand Prize package was awarded to Kelli Quist, who was one of 41 people able to predict when the last chunk of ice would vanish from Lake Minnetonka. From the 41 applicants eligible to win the prize, Quist was chosen after her name was picked from a hat.
“It’s karma — I provide a (prize) and my name gets pulled,” Quist joked. A massage therapist by trade, Quist provided a free massage as a door prize for the random drawings.