The Wayzata Historical Society will host a program entitled “Yellow Jackets: The Story of Lake Minnetonka’s Streetcar Boats” at Wayzata City Hall on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
The program will delve into the history of the “streetcar boats” that were operated by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company between 1906 and 1926.
The boats were designed by Royal Moore, a Wayzata based boat builder and were able to provide transportation on Lake Minnetonka during that era.
The event will also feature a discussion on the history of the streetcar steamboat Minnehaha, which was raised from the bottom of the lake in 1980 and restored back to passenger service in 1996.
Minnehaha, one of the six identical streetcar boats, is an iconic symbol of Lake Minnetonka’s heritage and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. The Minnehaha has been operated by the Museum of Lake Minnetonka in recent years.
It is the only steam-powered vessel-for-hire based in the state. However, the boat has been stuck in drydock since 2019 when it lost access to the only launch ramp capable of getting it back into the water.
During the program, an update on the current status of Minnehaha will be provided to the audience. The boat is currently being stored in a maintenance facility and continues to receive care while awaiting a new launching home.
The event is free, and no registration is required.
The iconic building will be open to the public for this event, which includes heavy appetizers, a hosted bar, and live music from local sensation PowerTap and Chris Kroeze, who performed on the NBC hit show The Voice.
The event is dedicated to building brighter features and supporting the local community. All proceeds from ticket sales, which are $100 per person, will go towards helping homelessness, housing, and food insecurity in the community through the charity IOCP.
“We are thrilled to open up this building to the community for this exciting event,” said Curt Frethem, CEO of Lake West Development. “Not only will attendees have the opportunity to enjoy a night of live music and delicious food, but they will also be making a direct impact on the lives of those in need in our community. We encourage everyone to come out and support this important cause.”
Don’t miss this can’t-miss community event! Purchase your tickets today and be a part of something truly special.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit IOCP.ORG/2023.
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The Wayzata Historical Society is inviting the community to attend another fabulous program involving history form the Wayzata area. This time around leaders will present The History of the Wayzata Muni.
Members of the public should plan to attend on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm in the Wayzata Community Room at Wayzata City Hall.
The presentation will be Preceded by the Wayzata Historical Society’s Annual Business Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the same place. Below is information from a release from WHS:
Happy fall from all of us at WHS! We hope you will join us at the Wayzata Community Room (600 Rice Street) Thursday, November 17, for our annual business meeting and a program about the history of the Wayzata Muni, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.
The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all current WHS members. If you’re not yet a member but are interested or wish to renew, you’ll be able to do that at the meeting or anytime at www.wayzatahistoricalsociety.org.
Topics discussed at the meeting will include a recap of the past year, presentation of the annual budget, and an update on the strategic partnership exploration of the Lake Minnetonka Historical organizations. We will conclude the business meeting with the election of board members.
The history program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the general public, no registration required! This program will explore the history of the Wayzata Muni through the years and the fascinating story of how it originally came to be. The program will conclude at 8:15 p.m.
The Wayzata Historical Society promotes the history of the greater Wayzata area by operating the Wayzata Depot Museum on weekends, Wednesdays, and holidays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (April through December), publishing a quarterly newsletter called the Telegraph, and hosting special events and programs throughout the year. The Society also preserves Wayzata history by collecting, storing, and conserving items related to local sites and events. The Society’s Archives and History Center are located at the Wayzata Branch of the Hennepin County Library and are open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
“Dark Water” offering will start a new Halloween tradition for Wayzata
Blue Water Theatre Company has announced they will take a break from traditional theatrical productions in late October to bring Halloween fans an experience they won’t forget–a Halloween Haunted House!
Set in a hundred-year-old building rife with secrets and spirits, Dark Water is a haunted house experience like no other.
This immersive horror event asks you to dive into the unknown and come face-to-face with your deepest fears. Silence, isolation, darkness, haunted rooms – what lies just below the surface?
“We are creating a space where YOUR imagination can run wild. Whether you choose to go solo, with a group, or on family day – our space will respond to your uniqueness. Having gone through everything we have these past two years, we are exploring our evolving relationship to fear,” according to Maridee Slater, Artistic Director for the theater.
“No matter what, we are beholden to the history of this building, so enter with caution and care…“
Tours will last approximately 30 minutes. There are three ways to experience the haunted house:
Solo Entry (age 14+)
Group Entry (up to 10 persons per time slot, those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)
Family Entry (geared toward families with younger children or those wanting amilder experience; up to 6 persons per time slot)Dark Water runs October 24-31, 2022.
About Blue Water Theatre Company: Currently in its 16th season, Blue Water Theatre Company is a nonprofit organization that works with metro area youth to produce high quality theatrical productions in an environment that fosters belonging, risk-taking, collaboration, and learning. Productions and classes are open to youth in 3rd-12th grade.
Whether you and your family and friends enjoy Lake Minnetonka, fireworks, live music, food and beverage, dogs, llamas, history, carnivals, or parades, you are sure to find something for everyone.
If you are thinking about buying or selling in the area, please plan to stop at 126 Benton Ave. in Wayzata from 1-5 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday to visit with myself and Elisha.
This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to view our next (to be built) new construction project with Custom One Homes & David Charlez Design. We would also be interested to discuss any real estate plans you may have.
Look for our printed schedules and maps (images below) all over Wayzata all weekend!
All Aboard! Lake Minnetonka’s Largest 3-day Festival Moving Full Steam Ahead!
The whistle’s blowing and the 47th Annual James J. Hill Days is just around the bend, coming September 9, 10 & 11 to the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata.
The proud residents, businesses and community of this small town will roll out the welcome mat for 75,000 guests over three jam-packed days of exciting events.
From Engine to Caboose, There’s Something For Everyone!
Friday, September 9th, 2022
We kick off the weekend with LIVE MUSIC & STREET DANCE featuring Viva Knievel from 6 – 10 pm. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, grab a beverage from the Beer + Wine Tent and tell your friends to meet you at the Sandvold Stage off of Minnetonka/Lake St.! Our live music line-up is one to celebrate.
For the BEER LOVERS, get your tickets to RAILS & ALES CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. This year’s line-up is stacked! Enjoy unlimited samples from 20 breweries, live music by the Billboard-charting Avey Grouws Band, and some casual games to wind down from the week (5-9 PM).
Step Right Up! The Lake Minnetonka CARNIVAL (5-10 pm) will be in full force with ride after ride offering fun for all ages. Purchase presale discounted tickets at Lunds & Byerlys Wayzata. Also available at the gate.
You can test out your LOGROLLING skills throughout the weekend starting Friday (5 – 9 pm) and into Saturday (10 – 7 pm), and Sunday (10 – 4 pm). Experienced rollers will provide instruction and encouragement to any interested participant. Check it out!
Be sure to check out the full line-up of activities added to the weekend including the outdoor NIGHT MARKET. Shop local vendors (5-9 PM), enjoy food trucks along Lake Street under the twinkling lights. A perfect end to summer.
Saturday, September 10th, 2022
Find that special something as you SHOP 150+ VENDORS (10 am–7 pm) at the open air street market. Sip and stroll from 20 food trucks, beer + wine tents, or grab a fresh lemonade as the CARNIVAL continues all day Saturday (10 am–10 pm).
Attention dog lovers, this one’s for you! Grab a hot dog and watch wiener dogs race, jump hurdles and dress up in costume at the ever-popular DACHSHUND RACES (12 pm). BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) and get ready for your close-up as you pose for pictures with your pup in the DOGGY KISSING BOOTH (10 am).
New puppy or want to brush up your dog’s training? Drop-in to an ONSITE OBEDIENCE CLASS (9:30 am). Enjoy pupperific treats and register to win pup-tastic prizes from our sponsors (10 am – 2 pm). If cute animals are your thing, make sure to stop by our Lovin’ Llama Experience to take selfies and share hugs with the Llama Squad (12 pm – 4 pm).
SHOCKWAVES WATER SKI SHOW team will bring the fun on Saturday (3 pm – 4 pm) on Wayzata Bay. The Shockwaves’ performers do pyramids, ballet, barefooting, jumping, and more. You won’t want to miss their show!
Take a break from all the activities and enjoy incredible FREE LIVE MUSIC, dancing and fireworks! The Sandvold Stage will feature local band favorites including – Stereo Kitchen, Pandora’s Other Box, Powertap, Sam Graber, and Wayzata Symphony Orchestra (10 am-10 pm).
Bring the kids to the Great Lawn to catch a MOVIE ON THE LAWN (7:30 pm) hosted by Wayzata Sailing. Enjoy the sweet story of Disney Pixar’s ‘Luca’ and stick around for the WAYZATA BAY FIREWORKS (8:45 pm) bursting over Wayzata Bay in celebration of all the fun.
Sunday, September 11th, 2022
If you haven’t noticed, it’s all about the dogs in Wayzata. So, you and your pup are challenged to join the DOGGY OLYMPICS! Bring your pup and participate in a series of engaging games that will show off your pup’s skills and earn the winners pup-tastic prizes (12 pm – 2 pm). Is your doggo the adventurous type? Try PADDLEBOARDING WITH YOUR DOG (11 am – 1 pm). Get some quality time at the MEET & GREET WITH WAYZATA K9 OFFICER LOKI (11:30 am – 12 pm).
September 11, 2022 marks the 21st Anniversary of 9/11. We invite you to spend time at the 9.11 MEMORIAL on the Panoway throughout the day. The space offers community members a place to remember and reflect. The 9/11 memorial honors our community members lost and the lives of all victims of the Sept. 11th attacks.
Other activities special to Sunday, include the T-6 THUNDER AIRSHOW a fascinating display of WWII planes swiftly flying over Lake Street and Wayzata Bay (2:45 pm).
The same afternoon features the hometown PARADE (3 pm). Special thanks to all the sponsors who keep this event on the tracks. We will see you at James J. Hill Days!
MAJOR SPONSORS: Sandvold Financial Group, RE/MAX Results, BNSF Railway, Lunds & Byerlys Wayzata, Youngstedts, River Valley Power & Sport, 6Smith, Polaris Adventures, Icon Aircraft, THN Enterprises
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Guaranteed Rate – Chris Carr Team, Ulrich Real Estate/Regency Homes, Colonial Square/Regency Centers, Maison Realty Group, JomsVikings, Northwestern Mutual, The International School of Minnesota, The Brost Clinic, Renewal by Andersen, Mediacom, Wings Financial Credit Union, New Spaces Design-Build-Remodel, Coldwell Banker Realty, Maveriiick Lead Generation, Trails of Orono.
Visit JamesJHillDays.com for details, tickets, and more information. All activities located on/near Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata.
Wayzata Masonic Lodge #205 has announced it is hosting the Inaugural Wayzata Car Show on Sunday, September 19th 2022 from 9am – 1pm.
All makes, models, & years are welcome to register for the show, and a free will offering for car entrants will help to fund high school scholarships, according to a graphic posted in the Wayzata Fan Club on Facebook.
Food will be available for purchase, and the public is invited to this free event which will take place on Minnetonka Avenue and Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata.
Registration for the event will occur the day of, beginning at 8am.
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