Arts & Culture

Maple Grove Sun Light by Rod Smoliak

Maple Grove Sun Light, by Rod Smoliak, received first place in the City Landmarks category in our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.

Smokin’ Henways

By dropping the curtain on live entertainment, the pandemic took a toll on the music scene.

The Big Four

If your idea of a good read is a story to help you your mind unwind, then try The Big Four by one of the world’s greatest mystery authors, Agatha Christie.

Emily Frank, The Secret

“Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies, do I see.” These song lyrics by [Irving Berlin] feel so appropriate as we soak in these last days of summer sunshine.

parade

Maple Grove Days and the Arbor Lakes Art Fair make their anticipated return, making the middle of July an especially fun and family-friendly time in the city. (Events will follow COVID guidelines.)

cabin-friendly plants

Cabin owners know the drill. Head up (or over) to the lake in springtime for opening, plant the garden beds and flower boxes, return home and hope for the best.

Fr. Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins

“We knew that people were feeling anxious, depressed and their lives had been turned upside down in 2020,” longtime resident Jeff Cavins says. “We wanted to provide hope and a foundation on which people could trust.”

Stacey Potter

Stacey Potter has been writing stories since she was a child. In my 20s, I tried to submit articles to magazines, thinking that would land me a writing career, and then I’d have time to write the great American no

Eve Chase’s The Daughters of Foxcote Manor

At once a study of generational mother-daughter relationships and a tightly-knit family mystery, Eve Chase’s The Daughters of Foxcote Manor travels through time to ask how families are constructed, taken apart and rebuilt—and what it means to belong to one.

On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest

On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. Rod Smoliak took the photo on a baseball field at Cedar Island Elementary.

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