Many of the finest musicians have discovered their passion for music when they were very young. To them, music is as natural and familiar as breathing.

Author and puppetteer Anne Sawyer-Aitch brought her characters to life in a puppet show on the stage at Lakeshore Players Theatre. All photos by Sharon Person.

Folks headed to the frozen White Bear Lake to tour 20 artful and interactive ice fishing houses for Art Shanty Projects, which was sponsored by the White Bear Center for the Arts. All photos by Sharon Person.

Gary LaRue is truly a Jack-of-all-trades.

If you haven’t yet heard, the White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) is movin’ on up, and is now housed in a shiny 10,000-square-foot facility.

Looking for things to take pictures of after school one day, Max Mueller, now a freshman in college with plans to study meteorology, noticed his dog, Lucy, as she walked around the room, her nails clickety-clacking on the wood floor. Then, before he knew it, the perfect photo opportunity arose.

Abigail Lennox and the Beggar Boys brought their unique sound and holiday spirit to St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church on December 7 and 8. All photos by Todd Wildenauer.

As a published poet, Kathy Blegen-Huntley has plenty of experience writing verses for loved ones. Here, she shares some tips for writing a romantic Valentine’s Day poem like a pro:

Nancy Schumacher is always in search of a happy ending. Turns out, that’s exactly what appeals to the White Bear Lake romance novelist most about her genre. “I have difficulty reading books that don’t have them,” she says.

This month, shanties will be set up all over White Bear Lake—but not for ice fishing.