July 2014

In the July issue of Edina Magazine, you'll find adventure at home and abroad. From nine Edina families who have made camping a summer tradition, to a local sommelier sharing tips for wine-focused travel or a guide to Edina's best parks, the July issue will inspire you to get up and go!

The theme of the Edina Chamber event was “A Night in Monaco” and featured a silent auction and casino style games at the Edina Country Club in February.

The once exotic papaya tops this tasty shrimp salad at Beaujo’s Wine Bar and Bistro.

Fresh fruit adds a sweet smack to summer dishes. Whether chopped, sliced or whole, puréed, raw or cooked, a punch of juicy fruit packs seasonal flavor and an assortment of healthy vitamins, as well as fiber. Here are some Edina restaurant menu items that showcase fruit at its best.

In this photo of the France Avenue Drive-in, ca. 1975, the top of the 24-story Wells Fargo building, once the tallest building in Bloomington, is visible behind the screen.

The Mann France Avenue Drive-in opened June 15, 1966, on the grounds of a former garbage dump at Interstate 494 and France Avenue.

Perfect for snacking or a summer supper, Red’s Savoy serves up a variety of delicious pizza pies.

Red’s Savoy Pizza has been a mainstay in downtown St. Paul since the early 1960s. Their claim to fame has been their spicy sauce and sausage, generous toppings and the addition of sauerkraut on their pies.

Wendy and Keith Witherspoon and their daughters enjoy a day at Alden Park. From left to right, Madelyn, Amelia and Olive.

Edina is home to nearly 40 parks and recreational facilities. Each of these spaces is specially designed and offers plenty of ways to enjoy most any summer activity. Where’s the best spot to enjoy a sunset? Go for a bike ride? Take the kids for a play date?


A low cell phone signal, a breath of fresh air, a dive into a cool lake on a humid summer afternoon and s’mores are ingredients for a perfect summer day. They are also the makings of a perfect camping trip, sans mosquitoes, of course.

Leslee Miller explores the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Relaxing while enjoying delicious food at one of Pamplona’s quaint sidewalk cafés is a must for travelers headed to Spain.

James Harding, left, and Tom Schmitz, right, with LNFS trainers in Liberia.

Try to imagine a world without fire rescue or emergency medical personnel: Picking up the phone and dialing 911, only to find nobody on the other end of the line—or not even having an emergency line to call.


We are immersed daily in technology, whether we’re texting a friend, cheering on a sports team from the living room couch or watching an animated film at the movie theater. As a result, technology-related careers are on the rise.

Bobby Hart tries out the disc golf course at Rosland Park.

The disc golf course at Kenneth Rosland Park in Edina was built by the will of the people.


We may be basking in the July sunshine, but in reality, Old Man Winter will return in as little as four months. Now is the time to begin planning your winter escape abroad and maybe considering a new approach to travel.

Nancy Schaber helps train youth volunteers at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

Each year, the Edina Community Foundation’s Connecting with Kids program recognizes standout leaders whose work with local youth “goes above and beyond their job descriptions,” according to the foundation’s execut


Russell + Hazel, formerly located at 44th and France in Minneapolis, recently opened a store in the Galleria that’s compact and well organized—just like you can be with their sleek and stylish assortment of desk accessories, notepads, fold


A La Mode Boutique & Nail Spa redefines the manicure and pedicure experience with affordable yet luxurious nail services, and surroundings designed to encourage interaction.

Edina artist Claire Jensen with her muse, a horse named Mama.

Edina High School graduate Claire Jensen has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.


For decades in the United States breadwinners walked to work, children walked to school, and spouses pulled a metal cart to the neighborhood grocery store. Cars were reserved for Sunday excursions and family trips to the cabin.


If you’re reluctant to host a porch party because your patio furniture is worn or you don’t have enough seating, Cindy Erdall and Deb Peterson, associate designers for Gabberts, can help.


At York Gardens Assisted Living, residents can take fitness classes with certified fitness professionals to develop strength, flexibility and balance.


A working group of the Edina Arts and Culture Commission has organized a summer concert series showcasing a variety of musical acts on Friday nights at Rosland Park.


Brad Beard, site executive president of Fairview Southdale Hospital, estimates that up to 10,000 people flock to Rosland Park to view the annual 4th of July fireworks display. “It’s a wonderful night,” Beard says.


Thirty-year Edina resident Sarah Rose was named one of eight winners of the Loft Literary Center's 2013 Shabo Award for Children’s Picture Book Writers.