Current Events also see Links below to area attractions !
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!
Our 15th annual "The Gathering" event was held on Saturday October 8th 2016 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 item, their invitation became 30% off coupon!
Everyone who used their coupon received a Lakes Area Gallery Recipe Booklet. It contains some of our best recipes we've served over the years.
This year we we raised over $1000 and collected 300# of food for the Crosslake Food Shelf!!
Thousands flock to Crosslake each September to enjoy Crosslake Days. The celebration offers something for all ages including a classic and custom car, motorcycle and tractor show, arts & crafts fair, chili cook-off, kid's activities, live music and much more. Join us and enjoy this fall festival while taking in the natural beauty of Crosslake, splashed in the glorious autumn colors. Crosslake is the place to be September 22-24, 2016. Wear your beads and cash in on sweet and spicy deals from Chamber member merchants all over Crosslake!
Camp Knutson will be serving "Chili Americana" in front of Lakes Area Gallery. It is a wild rice chili that is delicious! Of course we provide all the fixin's to jazz up your chili such as, sour cream, onions, jalepenos, cheese,etc. We start serving at noon. Click Chili Americana for the recipe.
Crosslake Town Square will be hoppin'! The 15th Annual Custom & Classic Car, Motorcycle and Tractor Show is from 10am to 3pm. The Lisa Wenger Band will be playing in the Gazebo from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Plus Maucieries food and beverage stand will be on site as well! Please come and join us for a day filled with fun and food!
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
Crosslake Days Sept 24-26 2015
Thousands flock to Crosslake each September to enjoy Crosslake Days. The celebration offers something for all ages including a classic and custom car, motorcycle and tractor show, arts & crafts fair, chili cook-off, kid's activities, live music and much more. Join us and enjoy this fall festival while taking in the natural beauty of Crosslake, splashed in the glorious autumn colors! Crosslake is the place to be September 24-26, 2015
Wear your beads and cash in on sweet and spicy deals from Chamber member merchants all over Crosslake!
2015 Crosslake Days Chili Cook-off Winners
Judges Choice #1 - Edina Realty
#2 - RiverWood Bank
#3 - BlackRidgeBANK
#4 - Nordic Haus
Peoples Choice #1 - RiverWood Bank
#2 - Edina Realty
#3 - Itasca Leathergoods and Manhattan's (tie)
Lakes Area Gallery served "Kristi's Favorite Chili". It was prepared and served by volunteers from Camp Knutson. Three large roasters full were served in just 45 minutes! See below for a link to the recipe.
Camp Knutson serves children and adults with special needs. We are so thankful they are part of our community!
Mike Holst is a fiction writer that lives in Crosslake. Mike has written several novels and was in our gallery signing books and meeting people. His new book is titled "Three Days In August".
Below are a few pics of the chili cook-off. See below for "Kristi's Favorite Chili" Recipe!
Click here for Kristi's Favorite Chili 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.
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:
Coconut Pie Bars 2014
Rueben Dip 2014
Hot Spinach Dip 2014
Oreo Truffles 2013
Orange and Chile-Spiced Olives 2013
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
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
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)
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!)
Four Layer Cheese Spread
Hot Cheddar Mushroom Spread
Spicy Pork Strips
Sweet Pea Guacamole
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Cheerios Holiday Nuggets
Chicken Taco Soup
Check out these LINKS to area attractions and information!!
Whitefish Lodge and Suites