June 2014

In the June issue of Southwest Metro Magazine you'll tour the home of Twin Cities jazz legend Patty Petersen, find a guide to foraging for local wild edibles, and learn where head for happy hour in the metro-area.

ViaWest celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in Chaska on April 8.

See your favorite flicks play out on stage as local theaters tackle Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Dr. Dolittle and The Wizard of Oz this summer. 

Warmth and playfulness reign in Matthew Peyton’s photo “Swinging Beauty.” While it may look as though it could be part of a portrait session, the photo was completely spontaneous.

Kindergarten is a unique year, one filled with many firsts and tremendous learning.

Dave Philp of Waconia believes that the giving-back gene can be found in all of us. We all have an interest in helping someone less fortunate. “If we all make a little bit of a difference, it will make a big difference,” he says.


Lock and Key
By Sarah Dessen
Recommended by Laura Carlson



1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
Club soda


Lemon wheels
Fresh rosemary
Fresh thyme



Grab a blanket, some snacks and plenty of bug spray, and pack up the family
for an outdoor movie. We found a variety of great free flicks at a park near


Whether you’re geocaching or looking for a perfect picnic spot, there’s a 2-acre
open space near the Watermark development in Victoria that’s worth seeking out.
The city-owned land is surrounded by wetlands, offering beautiful views and


Skip the shabby and go straight for the chic at Eden Prairie occasional shop Madison House Interiors (16356 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie).


Two seasonal exhibits complement the beauty of summer at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


Chanhassen artist Danlye Jones has a knack for taking a personal story and creating a meaningful work of art. “I love to work on a project with parameters,” says the painter, who often collaborates with clients on special commissions.

The Perfect Margarita at Hoppers Bar & Grill in Waconia.

We’ve sought out the area’s best drink specials, giving you the skinny on where to go and what to order. Shake up your afternoon routine with a round of the southwest metro’s best happy hour cocktails.

A burgundy colored wall filled with black-and-white family photos is part of what makes Peterson's house into a home.

In our fast-paced world, stress and busyness have become—unfortunately—something of an epidemic. For many of us, coming home at the end of a long day means entering an oasis, a place to relax, recharge and separate ourselves from the daily grind.

 Nancy Guldberg

Look but don’t touch is a phrase that most kids are used to hearing when it comes to visiting a fancy place with trinkets and fragile flowers—but not at Master Gardener Nancy Guldberg’s home in Victoria.


The Native Americans and immigrants who settled in the area eventually known as Minnesota relied heavily on edible native plants to survive. Centuries later, foraging is no longer a necessity, but it is still an interesting, educational and family-friendly activity.