The Legacy of the Lakes Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a community fund-raising event on Friday, August 5, from 5:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets to the “Lovin’ the Lakes” celebration are $25 and include admission to the museum, a traditional fish fry dinner, a commemorative gift and live outdoor music by the popular blues band, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. Tickets are available at the Elden’s Fresh Foods, the museum or at the door, advance purchase is recommended. Guests should bring a lawn chair and enter through the museum’s main door. Music begins at 7 p.m. and a cash bar will be available.
Bruce Olson, executive director of the museum, said, “We’ve been building a beautiful asset for the Alexandria community for 10 years, and it’s time to celebrate. We’re bringing back one of the most popular bands that has ever played in the gardens, and offering a fun dinner and the opportunity to tour the museum and gardens. We hope folks will come out and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening.”
The Museum opened its doors at its current location in 2006. This year, its name was changed from Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum to Legacy of the Lakes Museum to better reflect the Museum’s goal of preserving and sharing the rich traditions and memories of life at the lake. Over the past decade, it has expanded its collection of wooden and fiberglass boats, motors, fishing equipment and historical memorabilia from the area’s classic resorts and hotels. In addition, the Museum has offered high-quality traveling exhibits including Jim Brandenburg’s photos and, this year, a unique exhibit of fish X-rays from the Smithsonian.
Legacy Gardens, which the Museum started developing in 2010, continues to expand with beautiful plantings, water features, waterfowl viewing sites and areas to sit and relax. The Gardens is free and open to the public throughout the year, and the summer music series has become a popular offering.
“We are celebrating 10 years of history,” Olson said, “but there is so much more exciting work ahead of us. We’ve worked hard to help make the north end of Broadway beautiful and inviting. We have very ambitious plans and we are excited about becoming an even stronger part of the Alexandria community.”