July 7, 2021

Things are getting back to normal in Wayzata

As further evidence things are returning to normal after the Covid-19 global pandemic, both live music events and in person City of Wayzata government meetings are returning. The Wayzata Chamber of Commerce recently published Your Guide to Summer Music.


Highlights include:


• Music by the Lake Wednesdays in July at the Wayzata Depot 7-8:30 p.m. presented by the Wayzata Rotary.


• Live Summer Music Series with over 40 performances from July - October at CoV Wayzata.


• Live Music Thursdays from July - October 6-9 pm at ninetwentyfive.


• Summer Sundays Music Series in July & August 3-6 pm at ninetwentyfive.


• Wayzata Beach Bash (James J. Hill Days) on September 10, 11, & 12 hosted by RB Productions Inc.


• Sunday Music in the Park in September & October on the Great Lawn presented by Wayzata Parks & Trails.


Additional music options and more details are available by visiting the Chamber’s website at WayzataChamber.com.


In Person City Meetings Return


The City of Wayzata has also recently announced that in person meetings will resume beginning with the July 7th Planning Commission meeting. A release indicated that the public will be able to attend both via Zoom and in person, and that the City is currently working to implement options for smooth hybrid meetings in the future. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for the latest news and information in the area.


Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for the latest news and information in the area.


Posted in Wayzata Chamber
June 30, 2021

National High School Strength Coaches Association National Conference takes place at Wayzata High School

Registration for the National High School Strength Coaches Association National Conference takes place in the Wayzata High School Commons. Photo courtesy of Ryan Johnson

Wayzata High School hosted the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) National Conference this past weekend. It ran from June 24-26, 2021. It’s the second national conference that the high school hosted in four years, as it also hosted the National Student Council Conference in 2018. 

The event brought in strength coaches and families to the Wayzata and Plymouth area. The association was founded in 2016 and WHS hosted the Fifth Annual National Conference. The conference featured a large trade show with vendors that included displays of various strength and conditioning equipment.

Ryan Johnson, WHS Strength Coach, serves as Board Chair of (NHSSCA). “For the last 20 years the cornerstone of the Wayzata High School Strength and Conditioning program has been the summer program -- Trojan Power, Strength and Conditioning Camp,” Johnson said. “This summer, the Trojan Power program welcomed other high school strength and conditioning teachers and coaches from across the country to share in learning and growing from each other against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Minnetonka.” 

Speakers and attendees came in from all over the country including Hawaii. Local high school coaches that presented at this year’s conference were Amanda Berg from Dassel – Cokato and Scott Meier from Farmington. Larry Meadors, long time Burnsville schools strength and conditioning coach was also inducted into the NHSSCA Hall of Fame. 

The event will featured main session speakers that include Eric Klein, “Making The Big Time of Where You Are At: The Journey from D1 to High School, Missy Mitchell-McBeth presenting, “Training Considerations for the Female Athlete,” and Nutrition 101 powered by Gatorade hosting, “Designing and Implementing a High School Nutrition Education Curriculum,” and “The Teenage Brain,” presented by Stewart Venable. 

The organization encouraged families to visit downtown Wayzata, during the conference and the group headed down to the lake after it concluded on Saturday.

For more information on the conference, visit https://nhssca.us/national-conference-2021/.


June 29, 2021

Revolutionary Flying Pancake Breakfast


The 4th of July Flying Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Lake Minnetonka Chapter of The Children of the American Revolution will return to the historic Wayzata Depot this Sunday. Guests will once again be treated to “catch ‘em if they can” pancakes tossed from the grill. 


The event runs from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, and a cold drink. Breakfast costs $8.00 (cash or checks only) at the door. USA Veterans eat free. At 10 a.m., a short ceremony & flag raising including rifle salute will be conducted. 


Posted in Wayzata Depot
June 28, 2021

Lake Minnetonka History Museums to Re-Open

Five Lake Minnetonka historical museums are reopening to the public in July. Each museum will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers ready to welcome visitors back to the past and talk local history. 

Each museum will appeal to a broad audience of all ages and will feature Excelsior Amusement Park, restored trolleys, a creekside milling mansion, a historic lakeside depot, Tonka Toys and more.


As a special welcome back incentive, visitors will have the opportunity to pick up a history “passport” at any of the museums below. Visitors who have their passports stamped at each museum during the month of July may enter to win a special “Basket of History!” 

Participating museums include: 


• Burwell House Museum (Minnetonka Historical Society, Minnetonka) 

• Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum (Excelsior) 

• Minnesota Streetcar Museum (Excelsior) 

• Wayzata Depot Museum (Wayzata Historical Society, Wayzata) 

• Westonka Historical Society Museum (Mound) 


To be entered in the drawing for a “Basket of History,” visitors may leave their fully stamped passport with contact information at the fifth museum they visit by Saturday, July 31. 

Winners will be notified by Saturday, August 7. For hours, locations and more information visit lkmtkahist.weebly.com or call 952-221-4766. 

June 16, 2021

Three Wayzata boys’ basketball players announce college commitments

June 14, 2021

Wayzata Art Experience: annual community event scheduled for June 26 & 27

A previous Wayzata Art Experience is held on Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata. Submitted photo


The Wayzata Art Experience will be held on June 26 and 27 on the shores of Wayzata Bay.


Presented annually by the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce, the Experience will feature 100 Juried Artists, Free Sailboat Rides, Food Trucks, Food Artisans, and Beer & Wine served by Gianni’s new One Door West location. 


Attendees can shop for fine art, and watch for this year’s Featured Art which will be unveiled as it floats on Lake Minnetonka.


Featured Food Trucks will include North Shore BBQ, Falafel King, Nautical Bowls and Pierogi2Gogi. Food Artisans will include Summer Lakes Beverage, Olive  on Tap, Hepps Spice Co., Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kettle Cakes Kitchen, and Simply Nuts.


Wine on Wayzata Bay, a nautical wine festival which supports Wayzata Sailing will be hosted at the Wayzata Yacht Club on Friday, June 25.


Check out Pilates on the Plaza, hosted by PilatesMN at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Free sailboat rides will be held courtesy of Wayzata Community Sailing Center, while Art Experience rides will be held at the Broadway Docks.


Islands of Live Music, a full line-up of local musicians, will be stationed along Lake Street, featuring a Guitar Stage and Piano Stage. 


Artists on the Guitar Stage will feature The  Acoustic Rockdog, Matt McCallister, Greg Sletten and Trixie on Saturday--while on  Sunday--Visbeek will open, featuring Mark Bendickson with Tommy Raycraft followed by PK Mayo. 


Saturday on the Piano Stage will feature Mark Mueller, David K, Rob Meany and Tom Hunter and Frank Jones -- The Soave Brothers. Sunday’s Piano Stage will feature Clint Clark followed by Scottie Miller.


The Activity Zone will include along with chalk art, bag toss, The Lake Street Splash Pad and Active Woodworking + Boatbuilding Demos by Urban Boatbuilders.


The weekend will also feature ARTY parties, with Happy Hours hosted by local restaurants.


A map outlines where different events will take place for the art experience. Courtesy of Wayzata Chamber


Friday June 25th: 


Wine on Wayzata Bay 5:15pm - 9:30pm 


Saturday June 26: 


Shop Fine Art 10:00am - 7:00pm 


Pilates on the Plaza 10:00am - 11:00am 


Islands of Live Music 10:00am - 7:00pm 


Food Trucks 10:00am - 7:00pm 


Activity Zone 10:00am - 7:00pm 


AIS Prevention Art Sails Unveiling with Wayzata Sailing 12:00pm - 1:00pm 


Sunday June 27: 


Shop Fine Art 10:00am - 4:00pm 


Pilates on the Plaza 10:00am - 11:00am 


Sailboat Rides 10:00am - 1:00pm 


Food Trucks 10:00am - 4:00pm 


Activity Zone 10:00am - 4:00pm 

For more information, visit WayzataArtExperience.com.   

Drew Smith, Wayzata.com, Multimedia Reporter 

Posted in City of Wayzata
June 11, 2021

Section 6AA Track and Field Highlights

The Section 6AA Track and Field Section meet was held at Wayzata High School this week. Video courtesy of CCX Media. 

Highlights from the Trojans include: 

  • Miranda Travis placing first in the Girls' Shot Put, qualifying for State with a throw of 40 feet
  • Brian Glomstad throwing 134 feet, 6 inches in the Boys’ Discus Throw. He also won the Shot Put 
  • Tarun Polibonia winning the Boys' 200 Meter Dash, with a time of 21.90, qualifying for State 
  • Pole Vaulters Jack Helmich and Lukas Versaggi will both qualify for State. Helmich won the event, throwing 14 feet and 7 inches while Versaggi placed third throwing 13 feet and 10 inches.
  • Wayzata Girls’ placing first as a team 
  • Wayzata Boys’ placing second as team 
Posted in Wayzata Trojans
June 9, 2021

Wayzata Farmers Market

The Wayzata Farmers Market is now open Thursdays from 1:30 - 5:30 pm until September 30th in front of the Hotel Landing at 925 Lake Street East. Check out our exclusive Wayzata.com video interview with organizer Deb Hoen and Julie from Thao Xiong Market Wayzata Farmers Market organizer Deb Hoen describes the Wayzata Farmers Market who sells fresh produce and flowers? For even more info, visit WayzataFarmers-Market.com for more info.

Drew Smith, Wayzata.com, Multimedia Reporter 

June 9, 2021

Wayzata Boys Tennis Falls in State Championship

Photo courtesy of Wayzata Trojans

The Wayzata Boys Tennis team fell to Edina 4-3 in the State Championship, which was held at Prior Lake High School on June 9. The Trojans finish the season as the State Runner Up with a record of 22-1. Wayzata beat Edina in both regular season meetings,The Trojans beat Duluth East 7-0 in the quarterfinals and Rochester Mayo 6-1 in the semifinals and would suffer their first lost in the championship match to the Hornets. Individual competition continues on Thursday, June 10.


Posted in Wayzata Trojans
June 9, 2021

Wayzata Golf Sections Highlights

Highlights from the Section 6AAA Golf, courtesy of CCX Media. Wayzata golfers include Dylan Nelko, Wyatt Carlson and Sacchi Deshmukh -- who will all qualify for State. The Trojans boys team placed second as a team.