By Bailey Hovland
Finally. It’s spring.
The temperature is slowly, slowly, rising. Pastel colors are back in style, along with floral prints and perhaps even sandals. Geese are migrating north, preparing for the upcoming season in Minnesota. And since we have officially passed the first day of spring, it is time to embrace the season regardless of a few snowflakes. With that being said, here are my 5 official recommendations for you to fully enjoy spring in the Willmar Lakes Area.
1. Really Get Into Spring Cleaning and Renovate Your Home
We all know that spring cleaning is a good way to shed the winter blues and liven up your home after
At Darling Clementine, you can shop for new décor to celebrate the coming spring or learn how to make it yourself! They host classes, from learning how to use chalkboard paint to creating monogram signs, perfect for a night out of the house and some new home décor. (Photo courtesy of Darling Clementine Facebook page.)
a few months of hibernating indoors. And the perfect source of inspiration is at the Spring Home Expo & Outdoor Living Expo on April 6th. Both arenas at the Civic Center will have the best local businesses and vendors who know the latest trends and innovations in home building, remodeling, and décor along with landscape design, green energy, and outdoor fun. And if you miss this event, head on over to Three Sister’s Furnishings, a wonderful shop with an abundance of Amish furniture, home décor, and gift items that’ll have you wanting to plan a full home renovation. Or try Mill Pond Mercantile, voted the best gift shop in Minnesota, so that you can buy yourself a few soy candles to freshen up your home. Or maybe try out Darling Clementine, a store full of fresh vibes perfect for the upcoming spring.
2. Bring Out the Bikes
They’ve been tucked away in the garage, hidden from the ice and snow for far too long. Now that the ice is off the roads, it is time to pump up those tires and go for a ride on the open road. Ride around Green Lake, along the Eagle Lake Trail, or on the Glacial Lakes State Trail and take in the small clues of spring, from the tiny buds decorating the branches of trees and the hints of green bringing life to the brown winter grass. Make it a solo excursion or a family ad-venture, whatever will be the best way for you to take in the coming beauty of spring.
3. Take a New Class
Spring is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or to try something new. There are plenty of classes offered in the area to accommodate a wide range of interests. On April 7th, Distressed Treasures of New London will be hosting a macramé class from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This old form of décor has been modernized, reinvented to blend effortlessly into your personal style of décor. And on April 19th, Westside Liquor is having a classic cocktail class from 6:00-7:30 p.m. For $5, you can reserve your spot so that you can be the hostess with the most-ess with your new cocktail-making skills.
The sweet, fresh smell of soil combined with the scent of slowly budding flowers is making us feel those spring vibes. Head on over to Stacy’s and smell spring for yourself! (Photo courtesy of Stacy’s Nursery’s Facebook page.)
4. Find a Local Concert
Are you into blues? Sing-a-long music? Cover bands? The Willmar Lakes Area assuredly has something for you. Whitney Music is hosting the Great Times Band on April 5th for yet an-other of their After-Hours Jams. Bring your instrument or your vocal chords to chime in on one of their many sing-a-long tunes, or just come to sit and listen to the wonderful collaboration be-tween local musicians. Jeff James will be performing at Ruff’s on April 6th, bringing a side of live music to your order of wings and beer. Look for more of these musical events on the ‘Events’ page of willmarlakesarea.com.
5. Dig Into the Dirt
What says “spring” more than breaking out the gardening tools and digging into the ground to make room for a few new plants? Head on over to Stacy’s Nursery to pick up some lovely items from their nursery. Their expert advice is sure to help you find the best plants for you. They have hardy plants for those of us who aren’t blessed with a green thumb, offering shrub roses and evergreens that are sure to thrive in the Minnesota soil. Or choose from their extensive selection of gorgeous seasonal annuals from a variety of Minnesota growers, perfect to brighten up your days with color and life.
Now, you can choose one of my five recommendations or try them all, depending on your enthusiasm for the upcoming season. But each suggestion is sure to give you a way to appreciate the Willmar Lakes Area in all its glory during these first few weeks of spring.