December 2013

In the December issue of White Bear Lake Magazine, you'll get to feast your eyes on an entire menu of small bites meant to entertain a festive party. Margaret Doran, of Margaux's Table, shares her favorite treats that always take her parties to the next level. You'll also get an exclusive look inside White Bear Lake's service clubs, and you'll meet the people who make them such a success in our communities. You'll also get a look at local groups' helping efforts during the holiday season, the Lakeshore Players' 60th year and more. Pick up a copy today!

The holidays have always been festive in the White Bear area. Community churches and organizations have embraced both the religious and secular traditions of the season in many ways. The residents of Mahtomedi gather for an annual tree lighting ceremony. The congregation at St.


“A chicken in every pot” was Herbert Hoover’s presidential campaign slogan in 1928; a plentitude of chicken dinners was a reflection of national prosperity. His vision was realized: now there is a chicken in every pot—and one in every oven, microwave, grill, rotisserie—you get the picture.


Folks gathered to learn about the history of the White Bear Fire Department, which celebrated 125 years in 2013. All photos by Jeanne Berget.


It was laughs all around as the Lakeshore Players Theatre staged the always funny and ever-popular Everybody Loves Opal. All photos by Todd Wildenauer.


Nativity sets and manger scenes may be common sights at this time of year, but imagine being able to step into one. At the annual living nativity at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, it becomes possible.


Communities are made better when civic-minded people come together in support of shared values. Service clubs like the Wildwood Lions Club, White Bear Lake Lions Club and the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake provide an avenue for those who value good citizenship and charitable service.


Whether you call them small bites, hors d’oeuvres, amuses-bouches or just plain tempting, these dainty bites of deliciousness will have mouths watering and undoubtedly fill many platters this holiday season.


While the Twin Cities is widely recognized as a premier scene for the performing arts, White Bear Lake-area residents have one of its gems in their backyard.


What’s it like to have dinner with Santa Claus? Does he wear a bib over his red suit? Do the reindeer hog the mashed potatoes?


Cristel and Jeramie Knutson-Demars found themselves and their three young boys homeless and sleeping in their car after Jeramie lost his job and the family ran out of money.


In Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Holiday Drama, holiday tasks and activities test the patience of one little llama waiting for that special day, until he finally has a meltdown. Fortunately, Mama Llama remembers what is really important about the holiday season.


The Tree of Light and Remembrance event in Mahtomedi Triangle Park, now in its 13th year, does double-duty during the holiday season.


Stacia Wilson has given her brand a facelift, with a new shop in downtown White Bear Lake to match.


White Bear Lake is making its way onto the Minnesota music scene with the WaterMusic Concert Series, now in its second year. The program, at St.


Downtown White Bear Lake stores are dusting off their twinkle lights for the third annual WinterFest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 7.


Sweet Home may be a new addition to downtown White Bear Lake, specifically the White Bear Mall, but the shop fits in just fine. That’s due in no small part to hands-on owner Charity McClung.