Wayzata used to have fireworks in the sky on the Fourth of July. Now there are pancakes in the air on the Fourth. This is an entertaining mixture of happenings. Guests are asked to “catch them if you can” as the vendor flips pancakes! The highlight for the past two years remains the appearance of authentically dressed Revolutionary soldiers (and others in period dress) who; tell tales of the period, march in drill fashion to the beat of a revolutionary drum and fire their black powder muskets over the lake. The name of the reenactor group is the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment. Last year’s turnout of 600 guests was a huge event, it doubled the previous year. The “Flying Pancake Breakfast” is at the Wayzata Depot from 8 a.m. to noon. Gather up your family and friends and come to this event. Veterans are served breakfast without charge.
The Wayzata Historical Society supports this event as an example of patriotism in action! The Society helps fund the Revolutionary actors who present the history of our nation’s independence in a very real way. This 3rd annual salute to our Nation’s Independence is sponsored by the Lake Minnetonka Children of the American Revolution. C.A.R. is a small group of local youth who have no fundraising arm to support this event and depend entirely on contributions. They are a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization and encourage business and individual donors to help ensure that this community event may continue. To assist with the funding of this event, contact Adrienne Morrison at 763-473-7600.
The story behind the Children of the American Revolution The C.A.R. is the oldest Patriotic Youth organization in the country. It was organized in 1895 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Lake Minnetonka CAR is the only active C.A.R. Society in Minnesota. The organization’s goal is to train good citizens, develop leaders, promote love of the United States and its heritage among young people. Students from Orono, Blake, Breck, Providence Academy and Wayzata schools man two projects. The July 4th event is their largest project by far, but they also install 15 flags at Heritage Park on the five patriotic holidays which coincide with the days that the city of Wayzata installs theirs. This ceremony is complete with flag awareness, ritual of significance and is inclusive of other youth groups and guests. The idea of featuring “Flying Pancakes” in the July 4th event originated with Orono Senior, Elle Gueringer. For more information about C.A.R or the Lake Minnetonka Chapter, go to lakeminnetonkasociety.blogspot.com.