May 2014

In the May issue of White Bear Lake Magazine, you'll learn about the art of horsemanship from Harwood Creek Farms riders, meet the local couple working to combine exercise and healthy food through fun-filled outdoor adventures, and find tips to hosting the perfect at-home tea party.


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A great time was had by all as folks celebrated the grand opening of the taproom at the Big Wood Brewery.

Visitors arriving at Wildwood Park via streetcar, ca 1910.

Wildwood Amusement Park originally opened in the 1880s on the southern shore of White Bear Lake. In those early years, it was little more than a picnic ground with lake access. By the 1893 summer season, amusements, such as a water toboggan slide and shooting gallery, were added.

An aerial view of the remodel at White Bear Yacht Club.

Many consider the White Bear Yacht Club (WBYC) to be one of the many gems in the White Bear area.

Scott Mueller is the second-generation owner of Mueller Memorial.

A defunct funeral home might not be the ideal place to start life as a married couple, but for Al and Connie Mueller, this was the beginning of their story together.


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.


Set your taste buds a-twitter with some fabulous fare from two new eateries. Here’s a quick peek at what they have to offer:

Olive’s Fresh Pizza Bar


Summer is the most beautiful season in Minnesota, and it gives kids the much-needed opportunity to play in the fresh air. White Bear Lake offers several traditional playgrounds, but one park offers something that most parks don’t have: a skatepark.


The abundance of habitat and wildlife at Tamarack Nature Center is perfect fodder for Cynthia Hickman, an avid birder who’s been taking photographs as a hobby for 15 years. “I can spend hours outdoors taking photos,” says Hickman. “It’s very relaxing and therapeutic.”

 Charlie Igo applies a layer of clear coat to a fresh batch of lacrosse sticks.

When you think of sports in Minnesota, hockey, football and baseball may come to mind. With its increase in popularity over the last decade, lacrosse should definitely be added to that list.

Succulent shrimp add the perfect burst of flavor to the shrimp pad thai from Sam Thai Cuisine.

Slippery, slithery, shimmery noodles— how we love you! It’s hard to imagine life without the noodle, as humankind has been blessed with the noodle’s delights for a very long time.

Wahoo! owners Dave and Kerri Kolstad enjoy sharing their spirit of adventure with others, including camp mascot, Addy.

When Kerri Kolstad was a young girl growing up in northern Minnesota, she’d get up on Saturday mornings, eat breakfast and hop on her bike to spend the day riding, exploring and experiencing the great outdoors with other kids in her neighborhood.

Irina Shavlik and her horse, "Haylee."

While many of us might turn up our nose at the unmistakable smell of a horse barn, for equestrians like Colleen and Lyle Wick, it’s aromatherapy.

Vintage tea set, tea sandwiches and scones make for a perfect tea party. Styled by Rae Danneman with items courtesy of Avalon Tearoom.

If you’ve ever imagined yourself at the Mad Hatter’s tea table in Wonderland, or daydreamed about taking tea with the Queen of England, look no further: You can find a traditional tea experience right here in White Bear Lake.