June 2014

In this issue of Plymouth Magazine you'll see how the Hamel Rodeo has brought the Plymouth community together over the past 34 years, meet the local man hoping to live on Mars, and check out a not-so-average theater.

Musings of an award-winning photographer, in her own words:

Sand volleyball play is abundant around Plymouth this time of year; check out the New Hope co-ed rec league or any one of the local options below.

1) Adult Power League in Plymouth


Each morning that a resident arrives to move into their new home at Gladys’ Place, they find a friendly face in Bob Kauffman. The 77-year-old volunteer welcomes them, assists with their move and invites them to sit down for a cup of coffee.


When Mike and Jean Ysbrand adopted their third rescue dog last October, they were confident they could handle the addition, but would their house stand up to the challenge? With Riley, a hound mix, the Ysbrands knew a few things would have to go, including their old laminate floors.


One of the most important things for young athletes to do this summer is stay
active, and Tiger Athletics provides youth the opportunity to do so with a
Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) summer camp.


Mike Minor at Step by Step Montessori says summer is the perfect time to
transition into a school environment. Most programs offer special summer
calendars, and the earlier the start, the more comfortable your child will be,
he says. Minor shares a few tips:


In today’s economic conditions, Plymouth resident Robert Wachholz, president and owner of True Gravity Ventures, is working on an innovative design in Brooklyn Park that would promote “fiscal sustainability” for future homeowners.

Crowds anticipate the annual Music in Plymouth festivities.

In 1972, Music in Plymouth began as a small gathering on a vacant lot in the
Minneapolis Industrial Park. Fast forward 42 years, and the get-together has
become a must-attend summer extravaganza anticipated by thousands of Plymouth

Sara Commers' Tahitian pearl pendant ($8,100) is set with 1.43 carats of diamonds and a 71.2 mm Tahitian pearl in 14 karat gold that is black rhodium-plated, held on a sterling silver multi-strand chain, also black rhodium-plated ($150 extra).  But that's not all: Commers also designed her rings.

After taking a class at Minnetonka Center for the Arts in 1999, Sara Commers took a leap and launched into a career in the fine jewelry industry.

An assortment of berries such as these can be found at the Plymouth Farmers’ Market and in countless other delicious recipes around town.

In June, we swoon—for so many reasons, though any self-respecting foodie will tell you that it’s all about the berries. The season kicks off with strawberries and just gets better from there: a bounty of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more.

Paul Larson

As a kid, at one point you were probably told to “reach for the stars,” or “stay away from fire,” or possibly even once heard the rhetorical question, “What are you, from Mars?”


For four days each July, the sun goes down over Corcoran Lions Park and the bright spotlights come up around a dirt arena. The smells of hot dogs, burgers and fresh-popped kettle corn mingle with warm earth, horses and hay.

From left, Samantha McCluskey, Timothy Radermacher, Francisca Saenger and Sarah Taft perform a scene from Into the Woods in February 2014.

High school theater productions are known to be a little bland—not, necessarily, because of the talent or production value, but because most schools are afraid of the controversy some adult-themed shows produce. Thus, there’s a fairly common cycle—and recycle—of standard high school shows.