Lundie cabins on tour

The eighth annual tour of vacation homes designed by Edwin Lundie will be held Saturday in the Schroeder, Minn., area.

This year's tour on the North Shore will feature two of Lundie's signature Alpine-inspired, timber-framed cabins with a distinctive red cabin color scheme.

Lundie, a St. Paul architect, designed 17 cabins and summer homes along an 80-mile stretch of the North Shore in the 1940s through the 1960s. The picturesque cabins combined a rustic look with craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The tour also will include four vacation homes on the shore, including some designed or remodeled by architect Dale Mulfinger, author of a book on Lundie's work.

"The tour is attended by architects, designers and people who enjoy and appreciate the history of the North Shore and its architecture," said Steven Lukas, one of the organizers and a Lundie cabin owner. "Many attendees have returned year after year."

Registration for the tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center along Hwy. 61 in Schroeder. The tour will begin at 1 p.m., with transportation to the sites provided. The tour concludes about 5 p.m. with a picnic at one of the Lundie cabins.

Before the tour begins, Mulfinger will give a free talk at 10:30 a.m. at the Heritage Center on the art and science of designing and remodeling cabins and homes.

Cost is a $150 donation. For more information or reservations, call 1-218-663-7706. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Schroeder Area Historical Society and the restored Heritage Center, which has a Lundie exhibit.


Free patio workshops

If adding a patio, path or retaining wall is on your to-do list, here's help. Gertens is offering free workshops on installing concrete pavers and wall block. You'll learn what products are available and what you can do with them, including a live demonstration. The workshop will be offered twice, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Saturday at Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.

Learn from the masters

Looking for landscape inspiration? Check out the Hennepin County Master Gardener Learning Garden Tour on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Eleven outdoor spaces, designed and maintained by master gardener volunteers, will be open to visitors.

You'll see and learn about creating outdoor rooms, landscaping with native plants, vegetable-growing strategies, low-mow and no-mow lawns, and shoreline restoration. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

Tickets are $15 per person prior to the event; $20 the day of the tour. Tickets can be ordered online at They're also available at the HCMG office at 479 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie. Or call Terry at 612-596-2130 for more information.

Sipping and snipping

Local DIY decorating expert Janet Lee, author of "Living in a Nutshell," will offer a "Cocktails and Crafts" event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Lee will demonstrate how to mix, shake and pour the perfect Champagne cocktail, and how to transform Champagne corks and vintage book pages into decorative tassels. Guests will sip bubbly while making their own craft.

The event is free and includes a gift bag, while supplies last. Space is limited, so sign up at

The event will be held at Corazon Books, 4646 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.