What a fantastic ending to March! The St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities happened to fall on a gorgeous day replete with sunshine and smiling faces. Since the last blog we’ve gained an hour of sunlight at the end of the day, and the fishing houses that have dotted the lakes during the winter months have quietly been removed as we anticipate the big melt. Summer is dead ahead; you can feel it in the air.
As for things to do, the usuals are still available: trivia on Fridays at Moonlite Bay and meat raffles at the Legion in Crosslake, brunch and bingo at Manhattan Beach Lodge on Saturdays, as well as bingo at the Legion, poker at Moonlite Bay on Mondays, meat raffles in Fifty Lakes on Wednesdays, meat raffles and bingo in Fifty Lakes on Thursdays. If you enjoy figure skating, the Breezy Point arena will be hosting the annual figure skating spring show on April 1st and 2nd. Easter Sunday falls on April 17th. Many local restaurants will be offering Easter brunch for those who prefer not to cook.
A Senior Expo is scheduled for the weekend of April 30th. Mini talks and presenters will provide information from health advice to travel tips. The event kicks off at the “Log Church” in Crosslake (officially the Evangelical Free Church). The expo hours are from 8:30-1:00. Other associated events are a 3k walk, a pickleball tournament, and wait for it… a senior prom! The prom will be held at Manhattan Beach Lodge from 6:30-10:00. I do not know if formal prom-wear is expected, but I’m guessing folks can come as they like. What a hoot!
Be on the lookout for swans and listen closely for the return of the Loons. It is truly spectacular to hear the lakes moan as they give up their icy top layers, replacing white with indigo. With the snow melt comes clear trails for biking and hiking; the Paul Bunyan Trail along highway 371 is a great option; it’s only seven miles from Pequot Lakes to Nisswa. Throw open those windows when the temperature allows it and welcome the warmer weather and longer days.