Moonlight Trail Night adds entertainment


Organizers of the upcoming Seventh Annual Moonlight Trail Night are excited about offering more entertainment options at this year’s event, along with the traditional outdoor recreation and business elements.

“We wanted to give more to the community,” Organizer Karen King said. “A lot of it is getting the community together.”

King is part of the event committee, along with Janet Symons, Betsy Brady, Kim Rostis, Colin Charlson and Lesly Bauer have worked to add entertainment elements to the Westonka Community & Commerce event.

As usual, the event will be centered around the segment of the Dakota Rail Trail that runs through Mound and Spring Park. Area residents are encouraged to walk, ski or snowshoe along the trail, lit by luminaries for the evening event.

While participants are encouraged to enjoy the trail from Westedge Boulevard to the Minnetonka Drive In, the two main hubs of activity will be the Mound Transit Center and the Minnetonka Drive In.

This year, The River Valley Church Acoustic Band will be playing at the Transit Center. Also new this year are the fire dancers, provided by Maund Entertainment. There will be two 15-minute fire dancer shows, first at roughly 6:30 p.m. at the Transit Center and the second at 7:30 p.m. at the Minnetonka Drive In.

The Terra Truck from Waconia will be offering food for sale at the Mound Transit Center, and there will be soup, warm beverages and more at the Minnetonka Drive-in.

“It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors, the community and the businesses that support the community,” Symons said.

She pointed out that a walk along the trail may also give area residents a view of the area they haven’t seen before.

There are 21 sponsors of the event, and many businesses will have booths along the trail.

While warm weather may rule out snowshoeing or skiing, participants can walk along the Dakota Rail Trial regardless of the temperatures. The trail will be illuminated by 350 luminaries, each brightening the way with a real candle.

Besides the Westonka Community & Commerce volunteers, Boy Scouts and DECA students from MWHS are helping to set up and tear down.

“Without our volunteers, this wouldn’t happen,” King said.

Of course, organizers are hoping for a beautiful night with mild temperatures, but they know the community will come out regardless of the weather.

“We have a hearty Westonka Community,” King said.

Moonlight Trail Night will be March 5 from 5-8 p.m.

Contact Katie Morford at [email protected]