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Crosslakes Days 2018 Sept. 27-29

Thousands of people came to Crosslake for the celebration!  Lots of events around town.  In Town Square we had the 17th Annual Classic & Custom Car Show, an Arts and Crafts Fair and live music by the Lisa Wenger Band!

At noon the 32nd Annual Chili Cook-off began.  There were 35 contestants trying to win the trophies!  Crosslake Community School won the Judge's Choice Award and Barstock Liquors won the People's Choice Award.  Camp Knutson Volunteers prepared and served our chili in front of our store.  It was called Blood Shot Eyes Chili.  One of the ingredients is Bloody Mary Mix.  It tasted awesome!  I can't believe we didn't win!  Click here for the recipe.

We served 440 people and ran out of chili in 55 minutes!  Here are a few pics of event.





   Feb 1st -Feb 4th 2018

It's all happening in Crosslake on Feb. 1-4.  We'll certainly be embracing Minnesota Football, but we're also offering a ton of old fashioned winter fun for the entire family!   Rise and shine Saturday morning for the Firefighters pancake breakfast before taking part in the days activities including Cross Country Skiing, Bocce Ball Tournament, Helicopter Rides, Radar Runs, Bar Bingo, Italian Olympics, Kids Games, shopping, food and drink specials all over town plus the 15th Annual SoupFest. Crosslake is the place to celebrate the SuperBowl on Sunday at your favorite establishment offering great food, beverages and prizes!

Kristi was at it again with a new soup recipe. This year she made "Crack Chicken Noodle Soup". What made the soup so delicious was that she used Costco rotisserie pulled chicken and she used real bacon that she crumbled. We served 175 people in two hours.  

Lots of people lingered and picked up on the great deals we were offering. With a Winterfest bracelet, you received 20% off storewide, plus 70% off Christmas items!   

Manhattans won the Judges Choice and the Peoples Choice Culinary division. Barstock Liquor won the Peoples Choice Amateur division. We didn't win but our soup was delicious!! If you would like the Crack Chicken Noodle soup recipe Click Here.



Our 16th annual "The Gathering" event was held on Saturday October 14th 2017 from 3-6PM. There was lots to eat and enjoy.  Lots of shopping fun too! Door prizes, free gift wrapping, new holiday merchandise, free gifts with purchase and much more. Our customers were sent invitations to the event. When they came with a food shelf donation, their invitation became 30% off coupon! 

This year we we raised $1092 and collected over 200# of food for the Crosslake Food Shelf!!

The appetizers we served this year were to-die-for!  Please scroll down this page to the "The Gathering Recipes" for links to the recipes.

Here are a few pics of the event.

 The event truly was a success thanks to all the help we received from friends and employees.  We can't thank you enough.  Here's the crew.  You guys are awesome!!!






Crosslake Days 2017

 We served 475 people and they loved our chili!  Could this be a winner?.........................  Darn!  We didn't win but click here for our Campfire Chili Recipe





Bundle up the kids and bring your sleds and ice skates on Friday evening, February 3rd 2017, to enjoy a huge snow mountain and pond skating!  The whole family can take part in the scavenger hunt, games, roast a s'more and sip hot cocoa while enjoying a fantastic fireworks display!  Drop the kids off with a sitter and enjoy a date night in Crosslake with live music and DJ entertainment at several Crosslake establishments!  Rise and shine Saturday morning for the Firefighters pancake breakfast before taking part in the days activities including Ice Car Racing, Bocce Ball Tournament, Helicopter Rides, Radar Runs, Italian Olympics, Kids Games, shopping, food and drink specials all over town plus the 14th Annual SoupFest.  Plus lots more to do!  Click here for more info!

Kristi is making an Olive Garden favorite "Zuppa Toscana" soup for SoupFest! The tasting starts at noon until gone.  Click the link above for soup locations and complete event info.  Click here for Kristi's Soup Recipe!






 The 42nd Annual Crosslake St Patrick's Day Parade March 12th 2016

 You don't have to be Irish to appreciate all the excitement associated with this decades-long tradition!  Dust off the lawn chairs, get your Irish face on and load up the whole family as there is something for all ages in Crosslake for this 42nd Celebration! Gather your family and friends and search for the Pot 'O Gold beginning Thursday, March 10 2016.  Register for The Clover Dash 5K which takes place on Saturday, March 12th.  The race begins and ends in Crosslake's Town Square, so after the race you're in the perfect spot for pre-parade entertainment and more!  Purchase a Raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes and show your Blinkie Button for deals and discounts all over town!  Then mark your calendar and attend the Raffle Drawing Party on Thursday, March 17th at Zorbaz where lucky tickets will be drawn for prizes worth thousands of dollars from local merchants. 

On Saturday March 12th, The Dirty Shorts Brass Band will be playing in Town Square from 11:30am to 1:30pm. They are a New Orleans style brass band, playing everything from jazz to Dixie to funk to blues. Raffertys Pizza and Maucieries Food and Beer garden will be there as well. Stop in and see us at Lakes Area Gallery for our Blinkie Button Special, "30% off storewide!" 

Town Square is an awesome spot to see the parade. We have lots of parking and bathrooms.  Remember, the parade starts here so you will see lots of participants and floats in the line up before parade start at 2:00pm.  Click for more info!



 13th Annual Crosslake Winterfest Feb 5th & 6th 2016 

We hope you didn't miss all the activities on Friday and Saturday.  There was pond skating, smores, bonfire, fireworks and much more!  And of course, the Soup Cookoff!  Participating restaurants and merchants served soup for you to vote on the best tasting.  All you needed to do was get a map and make the rounds!  

Kristi made Lasagna Soup! (Joe cut up all the vegetables) We served it with shredded cheese and it was delicious. Click on this link for the recipe Lasagna Soup


Check out these favorite recipes:

 Olive Pepperoni Tapenade

Caramel Cheesecake Dip Recipe



9th Annual Crosslake Winterfest Feb 3rd & 4th 2012 

 We hope you didn't miss all the activities on Friday and Saturday.  There was pond skating, smores, bonfire, helicopter rides and much more!

And of course, the Soup Cookoff!  Participating restaurants and merchants served soup for you to vote on the best tasting.  All you needed to do was purchase a $3 commemorative soup mug and make the rounds! 

That's right! We Bad! Again!!  Lakes Area Gallery won!  We won the Soup Cookoff with Kristi's Marsala Mushroom Soup.

This is our fourth win in five years.  Stop in and see "The Golden Ladle" traveling trophy! 

Thank you to everyone who voted for us.  It makes all the work worthwhile. We made 3 large roasters of soup and ran out in 1 1/2 hours!  Thanks to the many tasters. 

  Click this link to get the recipe for Lakes Area Gallery's Marsala Mushroom Soup




37th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Crosslake

The parade was held on Saturday March 12th 2011 at 2PM.  The weather was cold and windy!  Nevertheless, people had spring fever and many showed for the parade and events.  

Town Square was hosting The Regular Crowd Band.  They were to play before the parade from noon to 2PM.  It was just too cold!  They had to cancel.  Maucieries brought in a food and green beer garden into Town Square.  

There were lots of "unique" and creative floats.  Lots of candy for the kids and lots of events all weekend long.  It's the one day of the year that everyone is Irish! 

Pictured are (l to r) Mayor Darrell Schneider, Grand Marshal Ted Pederson, Event Chair Joe Kraemer, and Grand Marshal Terry Pederson. Pic taken in float line-up just before the start of Parade. 

Look how everyone is bundled up!  We weren't going to let the cold tamp down our enthusiasm.

  If you missed it, mark the following date for next year!  The 38th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Crosslake will be Saturday March 18th, 2012 at 2PM.  Hope to see you!  Check out some of the the parade pics below.  



Black Friday!! 

 Crosslake has Black Friday too!  This is a pic of Rod N. waiting for Lakes Area Gallery to open.  Not exactly the lines or trampling like a big box store but every bit worth waiting for.

We had fantastic store specials like "buy one, get one" plus Santa's elves in the back gift wrapping.

There's still lots of chances to get a great deal at Lakes Area Gallery.  We'll be open every Thursday evening 'til 7pm up to Christmas (not Christmas Eve).

We'll be running specials every week and as always, free gift wrapping!




  "The Gathering" Recipes:

Blood Shot Eyes Chili 2018

Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls 2017

Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls 2017

Wild Jack Cheese and Wild Rice Mini Meatballs 2017

Cranberry Mustard Dipping Sauce 2017

Hot Caprese Dip/Pizza 2017

Garlic Cheese Bombs 2017

Coconut Pie Bars 2014

Rueben Dip 2014

Hot Spinach Dip 2014

Oreo Truffles 2013

Orange and Chile-Spiced Olives  2013

Wassail 2014

Katie and Mary's Cake Balls 2013

Tortellini Tapas with Spicy Ranch Dip 2012

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel 2012

Sue's Snack Mix 2012

Holiday Pretzel Cookies 2012

Bananas Foster Crunch Mix 2011

White Chocolate Brie Cups 2011

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia 2011

Rassmadip 2013

Baked Artichoke Spread 2011

Peanut and Banana Cupcakes 2011

Pecan Caramel Bars 2011

Candy Corn Whipped Frosting 2011

Barbecue Sausage Bites 2011

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites 2011

Elegant Artichoke Cups 2011

Antipasto squares 2010 (Camp Knutson Recipe)

Party Pretzels 2010 (Camp Knutson Recipe)

Chunky Apple Cake 2010 (Camp Knutson Recipe)

Apricot Kielbasa Slices 2010

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip 2010

Pickled Sunnies 2010

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread 2010

Best Ever Banana Bread 2010

Apple Pie Bars 2010

Nutty Caramel Clusters 2010

Bishop's Bread 2010

Snow-Capped Chocolate Crinkles 2010

Sausage Ryes 2010

Cayenne Pretzels2014

Spinach Cheese Pinwheels

Hot Corn Dip 2009

Festive Apple Dip 2009

Mother Lode Pretzels

Jack-O-Lantern Jumble 2010

Colorful Marinated Olive Kabobs 2009

Roast Beef Pinwheels 2009

Moroccan Hummus Cups 2009

Popper Pizzas 2009



  More Lakes Area Gallery Recipes    

There were so many people asking for the recipes, we decided to post them on the website.  Click on the following links to take you to each recipe.  (print with Landscape setting in your print preferences)

Looney Chili 2019

Boilermaker Tailgate Chili (Chili Cook-Off Winner!)

Marsala Mushroom Soup (winner 2012 soup cook-off)

Cheeseburger Soup (winner 2011 soup cook-off)

Black Beard Chili

Kristi's Bars (April's most requested recipe!)

Artichoke Bruschetta

Four Layer Cheese Spread

Hot Cheddar Mushroom Spread

Spicy Pork Strips

Sweet Pea Guacamole

Date Balls

Jeans Bars  

Hungarian Mushroom Soup      

 Twix Bars

Lemon Bars

Rhubarb Bars

Cheerios Holiday Nuggets

Chicken Taco Soup




Check out these LINKS to area attractions and information!!


Whitefish Lodge and Suites 

Crosslake Town Square 









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