What we're about

Hello! Started in August, 2011 I/we decided to form this for people who enjoy Lake Minnetonka. While only about 10% of us live on or anywhere near “The Lake” (as we like to call it), our members are people who like to sometimes 'play' here. Our members host and attend events and make friends here. Some of our events are even posted 'last minute'. The age range is over 40 years old but 85 % of us are over 50 years old.

Our Meetups only happen because the members, and sometimes Edward D the Organizer, decide to host an event. We will sometimes meetup somewhere on or near Lake Minnetonka and nearby communities. Some of our events will, of course, be held elsewhere.

Some of our Meetup events are likely to be happy hour events, dinners, and other similar things. Events will occur at places where we can gather to “Meetup”. We welcome ideas and suggestions from our members for Meetups. We need you, our members to volunteer to host (or co-host) an event whenever you can, and of course to attend wherever possible.

As is the case elsewhere on Meetup we are trying to connect people and to provide a variety of FUN activities, outings, events, etc. It is towards that purpose we are formed and dedicated.

Below is a partial list of some of our activities and reasons people like Meetup and this group, too.

Make new friends/Meet new people/Meetup!!

ANYTHING related to being on or near “The Lake” (as we like to call it)

Boating / Canoeing / Kayaking

Walking, hiking, etc

Happy Hours, dining out

House based Potlucks and BBQ Themed Parties

Music, Dancing, and nightclubs

Bicycling / Biking

Volunteering (e.g. Feed My Starving Children, Meals on Wheels, etc)

All of our members are also members of other Meetup Groups. I hope you will explore them as well. (Ask the Organizer of this group how to easily find more Meetup groups to join. It is easy to search Meetup for your favorite activities, interests, affinities, etc.) PS If you do not join more Meetup groups you will not find the MANY calendars of events and activities that you would like to do. Event details are sometimes known only to members so by joining more group you will have more options on any given day.

In this group while you may simply “belong” here, and come as frequently (or seldom) as you want, "belonging" is not much fun. We hope that you will not only attend an event when you want but that you MIGHT also help plan and organize or co-host a Meetup event.

Respectfully,

Edward D.

Upcoming events (5+)

Maifest at Excelsior Brewery May 10th AND 11th (see below) NO COVER CHARGE!

Let's Meetup for Maifest this year at Excelsior Brewing Company (aka Excelsior Brewery). A two-day event and a tent party! Admission is free and there is music all weekend! We will decide when we will go as the date approaches. I am posting it for both days. PS, As usual, if you decide to go (even at the last minute), please RSVP online. Please do NOT just show up as a few of you appear to do. If you are this is the first time you have heard of this event and are reading this, I presume you will RSVP when/if you decide to go. This event is FREE and all are welcome. We ask that NO DOGS are brought to this event. Reusable cups will be sold for $1 to continue our efforts in reducing waste. From the website: Our Annual Maifest TENT Party is May 10 & May 11, 2019 Winter is gone. Warm weather has arrived. And Excelsior is preparing for our annual celebration of history’s greatest spring get-together: Maifest Ever partied so hard you decided to dance around a giant pole waving a ribbon? Well, the Germans have. In fact, they do it every year. They call it Maifest. At Excelsior, we’re big fans of Maifest. The biggest, around, in fact. And we’re getting into the spirit with a two-day bonanza, featuring multiple delicious seasonal brews on tap, including a recently imagined, traditional-style Maibock as well as our beloved Portside Pils and always-refreshing MinneGose. Besides delicious Maifest brews, there are plenty of reasons to join the celebration: -Liter-holding contests Friday evening (6:00 pm) and Saturday afternoon (430pm) -Bar games involving hammers, logs, and nails! -Live music from a variety of great local performers, see the line up below -An official Maifest Blessing of the Maibock, Saturday at noon -Delicious authentic German cuisine, provided by the local Masons, with every dollar they earn being reinvested in the community for things like student scholarships. Don’t miss it the stein-clashing, flower-throwing, prost-cheering event of the season! Festivities start Friday May 11th at 4 pm-12 am and go through Saturday, May 12th 12 pm-12 am. LIVE MUSIC ALL WEEKEND (set times to come!) The Rolling Stoners Jacuzzi Puma Sonically Speaking Jill & The New Gruv The Rebel Queens The Big Wu More FUN! Liter Holding Contest Sponsored by Anytime Fitness Friday 5/10- 6:00pm 1st place 1 month membership to Anytime Fitness Excelsior T- Shirt 5 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company Maifest Mug Bragging rights for the rest of the day 2nd place Excelsior T- Shirt 2 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company A chance to try again on Saturday Saturday 5/11 – 4:30pm 1st place 1 month membership to Anytime Fitness Excelsior T- Shirt 5 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company Maifest Mug Bragging rights for the rest of the weekend 2nd place Excelsior T- Shirt 2 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company Hair Braiding Booth – Because German braid crowns are key to a successful Maifest! Saturday 5/11 – 12pm-4pm Our friend, Leah, will be braiding away the day with us. $5 and you will fit in perfectly!

Maifest at Excelsior Brewery May 10th AND 11th (see below) NO COVER CHARGE!

Let's Meetup for Maifest this year at Excelsior Brewing Company (aka Excelsior Brewery). A two-day event and a tent party! Admission is free and there is music all weekend! We will decide when we will go as the date approaches. I am posting it for both days. PS, As usual, if you decide to go (even at the last minute), please RSVP online. Please do NOT just show up as a few of you appear to do. If you are this is the first time you have heard of this event and are reading this, I presume you will RSVP when/if you decide to go. This event is FREE and all are welcome. We ask that NO DOGS are brought to this event. Reusable cups will be sold for $1 to continue our efforts in reducing waste. From the website: Our Annual Maifest TENT Party is May 10 & May 11, 2019 Winter is gone. Warm weather has arrived. And Excelsior is preparing for our annual celebration of history’s greatest spring get-together: Maifest Ever partied so hard you decided to dance around a giant pole waving a ribbon? Well, the Germans have. In fact, they do it every year. They call it Maifest. At Excelsior, we’re big fans of Maifest. The biggest, around, in fact. And we’re getting into the spirit with a two-day bonanza, featuring multiple delicious seasonal brews on tap, including a recently imagined, traditional-style Maibock as well as our beloved Portside Pils and always-refreshing MinneGose. Besides delicious Maifest brews, there are plenty of reasons to join the celebration: -Liter-holding contests Friday evening (6:00 pm) and Saturday afternoon (430pm) -Bar games involving hammers, logs, and nails! -Live music from a variety of great local performers, see the line up below -An official Maifest Blessing of the Maibock, Saturday at noon -Delicious authentic German cuisine, provided by the local Masons, with every dollar they earn being reinvested in the community for things like student scholarships. Don’t miss it the stein-clashing, flower-throwing, prost-cheering event of the season! Festivities start Friday May 11th at 4 pm-12 am and go through Saturday, May 12th 12 pm-12 am. LIVE MUSIC ALL WEEKEND (set times to come!) The Rolling Stoners Jacuzzi Puma Sonically Speaking Jill & The New Gruv The Rebel Queens The Big Wu More FUN! Liter Holding Contest Sponsored by Anytime Fitness Friday 5/10- 6:00pm 1st place 1 month membership to Anytime Fitness Excelsior T- Shirt 5 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company Maifest Mug Bragging rights for the rest of the day 2nd place Excelsior T- Shirt 2 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company A chance to try again on Saturday Saturday 5/11 – 4:30pm 1st place 1 month membership to Anytime Fitness Excelsior T- Shirt 5 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company Maifest Mug Bragging rights for the rest of the weekend 2nd place Excelsior T- Shirt 2 Free Pints from Excelsior Brewing Company Hair Braiding Booth – Because German braid crowns are key to a successful Maifest! Saturday 5/11 – 12pm-4pm Our friend, Leah, will be braiding away the day with us. $5 and you will fit in perfectly!

Excelsior Concerts in the Commons Series Chris Hawkey 5 to 9pm It's my birthday!

Concerts in the Commons Series Chris Hawkey 5 to 9pm It's my birthday! Join us for the first concert of the year as Chris Hawkey kicks things off. Food and beverages will be available starting at 5pm and the music will start at 7pm. Learn more about the concert series by visiting www.ExcelsiorConcerts.com And here is a link to the Concerts in the Commons Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CommonsConcerts/photos/a.682256318487660/2257340344312575/?type=3&theater

Let's Meetup at the Edina Art Fair Fri 5/31 thru Sun 6/2 Details to follow ASAP

Let's Meetup at the Edina Art Fair Fri 5/31 thru Sun 6/2 Details to follow ASAP The 53rd Annual Edina Art Fair in 2019 Friday, May 31 from 10am-7pm Saturday, June 1 from 10am-7pm Sunday, June 2 from 10am-5pm The First Official Art Fair of the Year Ranked #1 in MN and one of the top fine arts fair in the Nation Featuring the top 280 fine artists from Minnesota, the U.S and Canada Free Admission | Rain or Shine | Free Shuttle | Craft Beer Garden| Parking Ramps | Kids Zone | Food Trucks http://www.edinaartfair.com/ Depending on the weather, etc, etc we will go either Saturday, June 1st and/or Sunday, June 2nd. If YOU would like to co-host this event please contact Edward D. As usual, please RSVP online and don't just show up. We will walk around the perimeter, stopping at many exhibitors. There is music, food, beer, etc. There is even a FREE shuttle service if you would like to park elsewhere.

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