Arts & Culture

Rudy’s Redeye Grill hosted a New Year’s celebration at White Bear Country Inn, with live music, dinner, dancing and the inaugural drop of the 7-foot-tall white bear, the beginning of a White Be

For as long as she can remember, 15-year-old Marlee Van Ostrand has dreamed of dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. This past December, her childhood dream became a reality when she performed the part in the 23rd annual production of the Stillwater Nutcracker.

Author and puppetteer Anne Sawyer-Aitch brought her characters to life in a puppet show on the stage at Lakeshore Players Theatre. All photos by Sharon Person.

Folks headed to the frozen White Bear Lake to tour 20 artful and interactive ice fishing houses for Art Shanty Projects, which was sponsored by the White Bear Center for the Arts. All photos by Sharon Person.

The English philosopher Francis Bacon once mused, “Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.” For the devoted gardener, that sentiment comes as no surprise.

Gary LaRue is truly a Jack-of-all-trades.

All year long, residents and visitors alike anticipate the summer festivals that bring thousands to the streets of downtown White Bear Lake.

The soothing sounds of babbling brooks and trickling waterfalls are a natural source of relaxation. But you need not travel far to enjoy such splendor; a beautiful and relaxing water oasis can be created in your own backyard.

Whether you’re an artist, engineer, or just interested in cool gadgets, now you can tinker with 3D printers, vinyl cutters and the ShopBot—a machine that can cut, carve or drill metal or wood-- at Mahtomedi High School’s FABLab.

If you haven’t yet heard, the White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) is movin’ on up, and is now housed in a shiny 10,000-square-foot facility.

“There is no basket large enough in which to carry my tune,” jokes 74-year-old Nick Nash of his lack of singing ability, as we sit in a local bakery sipping coffee.

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