ArtReach Events Calendar


The Galleries: May 13 - June 19

06-19-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Mon, May 30 @ 9:00am Tue, May 31 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 01 @ 9:00am + 17 more dates and times

Thu, Jun 02 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 03 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 04 @ 9:00am Sun, Jun 05 @ 12:00pm Mon, Jun 06 @ 9:00am Tue, Jun 07 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 08 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 9:00am Sun, Jun 12 @ 12:00pm Mon, Jun 13 @ 9:00am Tue, Jun 14 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 15 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 9:00am - less dates and times

Gallery One: Norther Clay Center: Six McKnight Artists

Six McKnight Artists features the artwork of Northern Clay Center's 2013 - 2015 McKnight Fellowship recipients, Kelly Connole, Kip

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Gallery One: Norther Clay Center: Six McKnight Artists

Six McKnight Artists features the artwork of Northern Clay Center's 2013 - 2015 McKnight Fellowship recipients, Kelly Connole, Kip O'Krongly, Claudia Alvarez, Sanam Emami, Sarah Heimann, and Jae Won Lee. This Annual exhibition organized by NCC provides the artists who have been generously supported by the McKnight Foundation the opportunity to showcase the successes of their residency or fellowship.

Gallery Two: Barbara Riegel Bend & Peggy Sue Howard

"My intent is to create work that reflects our human ability to connect through whimsy, archetypes, legends, love, nature, and raw expression while utilizing my love for fabric. I construct forms that enhance the voice of the fabrics and use a random assortment of materials that connect and repeat to five my work rhythm and movement." - Barbara Riegel Bend (Roberts, WI)

"In these new mixed media paintings the refuge on Crex Meadow offers sheltered protection and escape to quiet safety even if inhabited only for a fleeting moment. The meadow speaks to me with a message elusive yet profound, expressed in a code I am compelled to decipher." - Peggy Sue Howard (Louisville, KY)

Gallery Three: Megan Moore & Jill Van Sickle

"My work is a study of form, color and composition. Painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor, I create illustrative images with a sense of balance and calm... Nature, with its constant presentation of patterns and organic forms, inspires me. My background in illustration manifests itself in many of my works, lending a narrative nature to the compositions." - Megan Moore (Minneapolis, MN)

"Nature is perfect and beautiful without the help of the artist, so I like to paint using my own eye and imagination as a filter.  take somewhat common subjects from the natural world, such as trees, flowers, and plants, and abstract these subjects using creative lines, colors, textures, and brushstrokes." - Jill Van Sickle (Minneapolis, MN)

Atrium Gallery: Denise Tennen & Roxanne Richards

"My work is about curve and three-dimensional form. The human body is the fundamental reference for everything I create... My medium, clay, is strongly grounded in utilitarian work. In a twist on the tradition of clay vessels for holding tangible objects, I think of these totally enclosed forms as containers of breath." - Denise Tennen (St. Louis Park, MN)

"The figures move in and out of the picture plane confirming my uncertainty of what the future holds. The gestural poses of the figures are varied. Sometimes the figures feel strong and ready to embrace new opportunities while other figures retreat to grief and fear. The one thing all the figured possess is the desire to be comfortable again." - Roxanne Richards (Ham Lake, MN)

Commons Gallery: Jonathan McFadden

"My work explored the deluge of ephemeral text and imagery presented by media and how this cacophony of imagery has altered our understanding of the globalized landscape it presents. Rather than representing this information as ephemeral, my print and installation work uses this information to build a physical history built in the layers of information that makes up my visual esthetic." - Jonathan McFadden (Lexington, KY)

Overlook Gallery: Mary Johnson

"Merging utilitarian and domestic scrappings, found objects, metal, wood, cardboard and paint, I create layered assemblages and sculptural tableaus, transforming the seemingly mundane into something both powerful and ritualistic. I elevate the status of my subjects as an alchemist attempts to turn lead to gold." - Mary Johnson (Shoreview, MN)

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Oil & Water by Artists Ginsberg and Richards

06-30-2016

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Mon, May 30 @ 10:00am Tue, May 31 @ 10:00am Wed, Jun 01 @ 10:00am + 17 more dates and times

Thu, Jun 02 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Mon, Jun 06 @ 10:00am Tue, Jun 07 @ 10:00am Wed, Jun 08 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 10:00am Mon, Jun 13 @ 10:00am Tue, Jun 14 @ 10:00am Wed, Jun 15 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 10:00am Mon, Jun 20 @ 10:00am Tue, Jun 21 @ 10:00am - less dates and times

The Stillwater Public Library is pleased to present ‘Oil and Water,’ a joint show of local painters Dianne Ginsberg and Jeanette Richards. Both artists draw inspiration from the natural world. Ginsberg primarily works in oil, painting

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The Stillwater Public Library is pleased to present ‘Oil and Water,’ a joint show of local painters Dianne Ginsberg and Jeanette Richards. Both artists draw inspiration from the natural world. Ginsberg primarily works in oil, painting intuitively while increasingly being drawn to the abstract. Richards works as a water media artist, using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, collage and pencil, painting the organic details and texture of life. 

The show will be in the gallery in May and June.

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History and Wildlife Kayak Tours

10-11-2016

Presented by Wahoo Adventures at Stillwater Trolley Co, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 8:30am Tue, Jun 07 @ 8:30am Tue, Jun 14 @ 8:30am + 13 more dates and times

Tue, Jun 21 @ 8:30am Tue, Jun 28 @ 8:30am Tue, Jul 05 @ 8:30am Tue, Jul 19 @ 8:30am Tue, Aug 02 @ 8:30am Tue, Aug 09 @ 8:30am Tue, Aug 23 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 06 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 13 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 20 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 27 @ 8:30am Tue, Oct 04 @ 8:30am Tue, Oct 11 @ 8:30am - less dates and times

Ride the Stillwater Trolley to and from the river where you will meet your Wahoo! Adventures guide! Your guide will provide an overview and

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Ride the Stillwater Trolley to and from the river where you will meet your Wahoo! Adventures guide! Your guide will provide an overview and safety briefing before departing on a magical morning paddle on the St. Croix River.  See herons, egrets, eagles, islands, a cave, sandstone cliffs, and hear about 1880's life in this lumber town.  No experience necessary!  Ages 5 - 10 paired with a parent in a tandem kayak. We recommend; hats, sunglasses, binoculars, sunscreen, dress in layers, and wear shoes that strap on and can get wet.  Water is provided.  Rain or shine.

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MEMORIA: Through a Soldiers Eyes

06-25-2016

Presented by River Falls Public Library at River Falls Library, River Falls
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 01 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 02 @ 9:00am + 17 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 03 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 05 @ 1:00pm Tue, Jun 07 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 08 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 12 @ 1:00pm Tue, Jun 14 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 15 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 19 @ 1:00pm Tue, Jun 21 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 22 @ 9:00am - less dates and times

Photographer and historian Michael Vance combines pictures of his father’s and grandfather’s military service experiences in Vietnam and Korea with his own tour in Afghanistan in this exhibit that is perfect for Memorial Day. Opening May 23,

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Photographer and historian Michael Vance combines pictures of his father’s and grandfather’s military service experiences in Vietnam and Korea with his own tour in Afghanistan in this exhibit that is perfect for Memorial Day. Opening May 23, the show will be up in the River Falls Public Library’s main level service area through Saturday, June 25. The library is closed Saturday-Monday over the Memorial Day weekend.

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2016 Fajita & Margarita Cruises

10-26-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 01 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 07 @ 6:15pm + 17 more dates and times

Wed, Jun 08 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 14 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 15 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 21 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 22 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 28 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 29 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 05 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 06 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 12 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 13 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 19 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 20 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 26 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 27 @ 6:15pm Tue, Aug 02 @ 6:15pm Wed, Aug 03 @ 6:15pm - less dates and times

Our 2016 season begins with two Cinco de Mayo cruises on May 5th and then weekly offerings through October.  

The scenic St. Croix River and surrounding valley is best when seen from the water aboard our Fajita and

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Our 2016 season begins with two Cinco de Mayo cruises on May 5th and then weekly offerings through October.  

The scenic St. Croix River and surrounding valley is best when seen from the water aboard our Fajita and Margarita Cruise.  Listen to festive background music while cruising the river.  Having been prepared by the chefs of the Afton House Inn, savor the Mexican feast of; flour and corn tortillas, chicken and pork carnitas layered with onions and peppers, black beans, Spanish rice, chips and salsa with all the toppings!  Treat yourself to two for one margaritas available at our full cash bar (Sorry, we do not accept credit cards or checks on board).  

 

*Please check our website for availability and departure locations.  

**Dates, menu, and pricing may be subject to change.

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Paint-Sip-Nosh! 'Sunset Sail'

05-31-2016

Presented by Artful Indulgence at Artful Indulgence, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 6:30pm

Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  WINE and CRAFT BEER  SAMPLES:

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Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  WINE and CRAFT BEER  SAMPLES:  If your Ticket includes this please show your confirmation number when you arrive so we know you have a VIP Ticket for beverage samples.  Thank you!

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"Deceptively Simple" featuring the work of the late Elizabeth Manfredi

06-25-2016

Presented by ArtReach St Croix at ArtReach St Croix, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 02 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00am + 13 more dates and times

Sat, Jun 04 @ 12:00pm Wed, Jun 08 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 12:00pm Wed, Jun 15 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 12:00pm Wed, Jun 22 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 23 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 24 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 25 @ 12:00pm - less dates and times

featuring work by the late Elizabeth Manfredi
and work by Lewis Schnellmann that she inspired

Elizabeth Manfredi’s pastels often depicted breath-taking vistas and quiet solitude.The clean lines and soft tones in her work belied

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featuring work by the late Elizabeth Manfredi
and work by Lewis Schnellmann that she inspired

Elizabeth Manfredi’s pastels often depicted breath-taking vistas and quiet solitude.The clean lines and soft tones in her work belied the complexity of layers needed to achieve the right shade of red or the subtle movement of water. Elizabeth passed away in September 2015 after being accepted for this exhibition. We are pleased to celebrate her life and work.

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Paint-Sip-Nosh! 'Flower Field'

06-01-2016

Presented by Artful Indulgence at Artful Indulgence, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 6:30pm

Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  

Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  

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Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!

06-05-2016

Presented by HPAAC at Hastings Arts Center, Hastings
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 7:00pm Thu, Jun 02 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 02 @ 7:00pm + 4 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 03 @ 7:00pm Sat, Jun 04 @ 3:00pm Sat, Jun 04 @ 7:00pm Sun, Jun 05 @ 2:00pm - less dates and times

UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP INSPIRES UNLIKELY ARTISTIC COLLABORATION

Dream team of Minnesota artists, writers and musicians come together to create a very original musical.

"Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!" is a

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UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP INSPIRES UNLIKELY ARTISTIC COLLABORATION

Dream team of Minnesota artists, writers and musicians come together to create a very original musical.

"Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!" is a new musical written by Greta Grosch and featuring the music of Jimmy Kennedy and Joe Weismann (of "The Smarts"). Based on the real life experiences of Hastings residents Janet Letnes Martin and artist David Cook, "Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!" explores the magical and often tangled intersection between the genius of art and the self-destruction of addiction.

Featuring a powerhouse cast of Twin Cities performers: Roxanne Britz, Shana Eisenberg, Wendy Short Hays, Robbie Manicina, Tina North, Gail Ottmar, Janet Paone and Edward Williams.

Performances run June 1 - 5, 2016, at the Hastings Arts Center.

JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Wed, June 1 - 7PM. Opening night reception after the show. 
Thu, June 2 - 1PM and 7PM. Lemonade served at the matinee.
Fri, June 3 - 7 PM. Post show discussion with the cast/creators.
Sat, June 4 - 3PM and 7PM. Lemonade on the lawn between shows.
Sun, June 5 - 2PM. Closing performance.

NOTE: David Cook's art will be on display in the lobby and is available for purchase.

 

 

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Warden's House Museum Tours

10-31-2016

Presented by Washington County Historical Society at Warden's House Museum, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jun 02 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 03 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 04 @ 1:00pm + 17 more dates and times

Sun, Jun 05 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 09 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 10 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 11 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jun 12 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 16 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 17 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 18 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jun 19 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 23 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 24 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 25 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jun 26 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 30 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jul 01 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jul 02 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jul 03 @ 1:00pm - less dates and times

Take a tour of the historic Prison Warden's House Museum! Built in 1853, this building is one of the last remaining structures constructed by the Minnesota Territorial Government.

The tours cover everything from early Stillwater

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Take a tour of the historic Prison Warden's House Museum! Built in 1853, this building is one of the last remaining structures constructed by the Minnesota Territorial Government.

The tours cover everything from early Stillwater settlers, to household appliances, to the St. Croix Valley lumbering industry, and of course, the original Minnesota State Prison which was located next to the Warden's House.

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The Barley Jacks Concert at Stillwater Public Library

06-02-2016

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jun 02 @ 6:00pm

Join us for acoustic alchemy and fiddle wizardry with The Barley Jacks, the first in a series of summer concerts on the terrace at the Stillwater Public Library.

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping

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Join us for acoustic alchemy and fiddle wizardry with The Barley Jacks, the first in a series of summer concerts on the terrace at the Stillwater Public Library.

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass, and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass,classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. 

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These Minnesota–based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in a moment of play.

The performance is free and open to the public.

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Date Night in Stillwater: Summer in Provence

06-03-2016

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill , Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:00pm

It's hard to beat a beautiful summer evening in Minnesota, but tonight we'll create a French-inspired menu that will take any evening over the top! Chef Suzanne will set you up to jump into the kitchen and get cookin'! Then sit down and enjoy the

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It's hard to beat a beautiful summer evening in Minnesota, but tonight we'll create a French-inspired menu that will take any evening over the top! Chef Suzanne will set you up to jump into the kitchen and get cookin'! Then sit down and enjoy the feast with an adult beverage. 

This class is priced per student. 
One glass of wine or beer is provided per student, so 21 and up only, please.

Menu: Tapenade; Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Finger Sandwiches; Cream of Fennel Squash Soup; Pork Tenderloin and Green Olive Saute; Squash Blossom Rice; Tomato Provençale (tomatoes, fresh thyme bread, crumbs and Parmesan cheese); Apricot Clafouti (fresh apricots nestled in a baked pudding).

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2016 Friday Night Italian Dinner Cruises

10-28-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 10 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 17 @ 6:30pm + 17 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 24 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 01 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 08 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 15 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 22 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 29 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 05 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 12 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 19 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 26 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 02 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 09 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 16 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 23 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 30 @ 6:30pm Fri, Oct 07 @ 6:30pm Fri, Oct 14 @ 6:30pm - less dates and times

Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines will cast off into our 2016 Friday Night Dinner Cruise schedule beginning on May 6th with a combination Friday Night Italian Dinner & Comedy Cruise.  

Continuing through October, join us if you're tired

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Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines will cast off into our 2016 Friday Night Dinner Cruise schedule beginning on May 6th with a combination Friday Night Italian Dinner & Comedy Cruise.  

Continuing through October, join us if you're tired of the standard Friday night fare and celebrate TGIF day with Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines on one of our romantic Friday Night Dinner Cruises. These evening cruises are perfect for enjoying the summer weather and the fantastic feel of the St. Croix River by night’s light. Savor the fabulous dinner buffet prepared by the chefs at the Afton House Inn.  Then, head up to the top deck to enjoy the stars.

Be sure and visit our website for information on upcoming combination Comedy Dinner Cruises, menus, and departure locations (dates).  

**Menu, pricing, and dates may be subject to change.

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Italian Dinner Cruise

06-04-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:30pm

Make date night extra special by joining Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines on one of our romantic Friday Night Dinner Cruises. An evening cruise is perfect for enjoying the summer weather and the fantastic feel of the St. Croix River

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Make date night extra special by joining Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines on one of our romantic Friday Night Dinner Cruises. An evening cruise is perfect for enjoying the summer weather and the fantastic feel of the St. Croix River by night.  Enjoy the Afton House Inn’s fabulous dinner buffet then head up to the top deck to enjoy the stars. 

Italian Dinner Menu

Chicken Breast with Lemon Caper Sauce
Italian Penne Pasta with Red Meat Sauce
Gnocchi with Pesto Alfredo Sauce
Chef’s Seasonal Vegetable

Italian Fennel Cole Slaw with capers
Caesar Salad
Italian Cold Pasta Salad
Antipasto Tray

Garlic Bread

Includes chef’s choice of dessert & coffee

Reservations can be made by calling 651-436-8883 or online at www.stcroixrivercruises.com

**Menu items and pricing subject to change
***Tickets may be used for the date of reservation only and are non-refundable

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Authors After Hours - Spike Carlsen & Dale Mulfinger

06-03-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Daily Grind Espresso Cafe, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:45pm

In the spirit of connecting writers with readers, Valley Bookseller and the Daily Grind have partnered up to present Authors After Hours.  We will meet one Friday a month at 6:45pm in the Daily Grind.  Guest authors will present their

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In the spirit of connecting writers with readers, Valley Bookseller and the Daily Grind have partnered up to present Authors After Hours.  We will meet one Friday a month at 6:45pm in the Daily Grind.  Guest authors will present their work, discuss the writing process and take questions.  Attendees must call the store to reserve their spot (max of 20 people) and pay a $5 fee.  On the night of the event, arrive by 6:45 and get a free beverage before the Grind closes at 7:00.  Presentation will start after everyone is settled in and go until 8:00 or so. The bookstore will be closed by that time as well but everyone will have a chance to shop after hours if they choose. 

*NEW FOR 2016: We will have two authors and more of a panel type discussion - sure to be an interesting evening!

Call the store at 651-430-3385 to make your reservation today!

Author Bio: Spike Carlsen built a tree house at the age of 8 and has been swinging a hammer ever since. He worked as a carpenter and contractor for 15 years, then as an editor with The Family Handyman, the world's leading DIY magazine for another 15. He's the author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood, Woodworking FAQ, and The Backyard Homestead of Building Projects. He has written for Men's Health, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, American Woodworker, and other publications and has appeared on HGTV, "Modern Marvels", and CBS's "The Early Show". He and his wife, Kat, divide their time between their home in Stillwater, Minnesota, and their cabin on Lake Superior. His newest book is Cabin Lessons.

Author Bio: Dale Mulfinger is a principle of SALA Architects Inc., of Minneapolis, Stillwater, and Excelsior, Minnesota. He is an adjunct architecture professor at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches a class on cabin design. Mulfinger has designed homes and cabins throughout North and South America and is the author of The Cabin, Cabinology: A Handbook to Your Private Hideaway and Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway.

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Story Time Trolley

10-29-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Valley Bookseller, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 10:00am + 17 more dates and times

Sat, Jun 25 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 02 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 09 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 16 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 23 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 30 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 06 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 13 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 20 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 27 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 03 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 10 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 17 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 24 @ 10:00am Sat, Oct 01 @ 10:00am Sat, Oct 08 @ 10:00am Sat, Oct 15 @ 10:00am - less dates and times

The Story Time Trolley is back for the summer! This event for families includes a short ride on the trolley with an author or storyteller! Your $5 registration includes a token to board the trolley, a discount for 20% off a children's book the

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The Story Time Trolley is back for the summer! This event for families includes a short ride on the trolley with an author or storyteller! Your $5 registration includes a token to board the trolley, a discount for 20% off a children's book the day of the event and a snack after your ride. Call  651-430-3385 to reserve your spot. Trolley will pick you up at Valley Bookseller.

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Rivertown Art Festival

06-05-2016

Presented by Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce at Lowell Park - North, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 05 @ 11:00am

Artists and Market vendors both locally and from far away attend this kick-off event to the Art Festival Season! Count on seeing beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, metal work, fiber and just about any art form you can imagine. Be

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Artists and Market vendors both locally and from far away attend this kick-off event to the Art Festival Season! Count on seeing beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, metal work, fiber and just about any art form you can imagine. Be sure to stop into the market area to find local foods, clothing and other specialties that don't fall under the "art" category.

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Summer Reading Kickoff Party

06-04-2016

Presented by Hudson Area Library at Hudson Area Library, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:30am

Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is going to be a blast!  Join us for a group of visiting authors (Jacqueline West, Shelley Tougas, and 4 more!), enjoy family-friendly activities for children of all ages on June 4th at the Hudson Area

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Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is going to be a blast!  Join us for a group of visiting authors (Jacqueline West, Shelley Tougas, and 4 more!), enjoy family-friendly activities for children of all ages on June 4th at the Hudson Area Library.

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Bruce the Bug Guy: Bookawocky Kick-Off Celebration

06-04-2016

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:30am

Join us to kickoff our summer reading program, Bookawocky, with Bruce the Bug Guy! 

A lively hands-on program about insects and related arthropods. LIVE critters and other fun props give you an opportunity to experience these

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Join us to kickoff our summer reading program, Bookawocky, with Bruce the Bug Guy! 

A lively hands-on program about insects and related arthropods. LIVE critters and other fun props give you an opportunity to experience these fascinating creatures in a close-up, interactive manner. Hold a monarch butterfly. Touch Rosie the tarantula and more!

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Paint On The Patio At Reve!

06-04-2016

Presented by Wanderlust Studio at Reve Bistro & Bar, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 1:00pm

Join us for a fun filled event of painting and sipping! You will sit on the beautiful patio of Reve to paint while listening to your favorate tunes!

Join us for a fun filled event of painting and sipping! You will sit on the beautiful patio of Reve to paint while listening to your favorate tunes!

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The Galleries: May 13 - June 19

06-19-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Mon, May 30 @ 9:00am Tue, May 31 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 01 @ 9:00am + 17 more dates and times

Thu, Jun 02 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 03 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 04 @ 9:00am Sun, Jun 05 @ 12:00pm Mon, Jun 06 @ 9:00am Tue, Jun 07 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 08 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 9:00am Sun, Jun 12 @ 12:00pm Mon, Jun 13 @ 9:00am Tue, Jun 14 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 15 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 9:00am - less dates and times

Gallery One: Norther Clay Center: Six McKnight Artists

Six McKnight Artists features the artwork of Northern Clay Center's 2013 - 2015 McKnight Fellowship recipients, Kelly Connole, Kip

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Gallery One: Norther Clay Center: Six McKnight Artists

Six McKnight Artists features the artwork of Northern Clay Center's 2013 - 2015 McKnight Fellowship recipients, Kelly Connole, Kip O'Krongly, Claudia Alvarez, Sanam Emami, Sarah Heimann, and Jae Won Lee. This Annual exhibition organized by NCC provides the artists who have been generously supported by the McKnight Foundation the opportunity to showcase the successes of their residency or fellowship.

Gallery Two: Barbara Riegel Bend & Peggy Sue Howard

"My intent is to create work that reflects our human ability to connect through whimsy, archetypes, legends, love, nature, and raw expression while utilizing my love for fabric. I construct forms that enhance the voice of the fabrics and use a random assortment of materials that connect and repeat to five my work rhythm and movement." - Barbara Riegel Bend (Roberts, WI)

"In these new mixed media paintings the refuge on Crex Meadow offers sheltered protection and escape to quiet safety even if inhabited only for a fleeting moment. The meadow speaks to me with a message elusive yet profound, expressed in a code I am compelled to decipher." - Peggy Sue Howard (Louisville, KY)

Gallery Three: Megan Moore & Jill Van Sickle

"My work is a study of form, color and composition. Painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor, I create illustrative images with a sense of balance and calm... Nature, with its constant presentation of patterns and organic forms, inspires me. My background in illustration manifests itself in many of my works, lending a narrative nature to the compositions." - Megan Moore (Minneapolis, MN)

"Nature is perfect and beautiful without the help of the artist, so I like to paint using my own eye and imagination as a filter.  take somewhat common subjects from the natural world, such as trees, flowers, and plants, and abstract these subjects using creative lines, colors, textures, and brushstrokes." - Jill Van Sickle (Minneapolis, MN)

Atrium Gallery: Denise Tennen & Roxanne Richards

"My work is about curve and three-dimensional form. The human body is the fundamental reference for everything I create... My medium, clay, is strongly grounded in utilitarian work. In a twist on the tradition of clay vessels for holding tangible objects, I think of these totally enclosed forms as containers of breath." - Denise Tennen (St. Louis Park, MN)

"The figures move in and out of the picture plane confirming my uncertainty of what the future holds. The gestural poses of the figures are varied. Sometimes the figures feel strong and ready to embrace new opportunities while other figures retreat to grief and fear. The one thing all the figured possess is the desire to be comfortable again." - Roxanne Richards (Ham Lake, MN)

Commons Gallery: Jonathan McFadden

"My work explored the deluge of ephemeral text and imagery presented by media and how this cacophony of imagery has altered our understanding of the globalized landscape it presents. Rather than representing this information as ephemeral, my print and installation work uses this information to build a physical history built in the layers of information that makes up my visual esthetic." - Jonathan McFadden (Lexington, KY)

Overlook Gallery: Mary Johnson

"Merging utilitarian and domestic scrappings, found objects, metal, wood, cardboard and paint, I create layered assemblages and sculptural tableaus, transforming the seemingly mundane into something both powerful and ritualistic. I elevate the status of my subjects as an alchemist attempts to turn lead to gold." - Mary Johnson (Shoreview, MN)

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Oil & Water by Artists Ginsberg and Richards

06-30-2016

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Mon, May 30 @ 10:00am Tue, May 31 @ 10:00am Wed, Jun 01 @ 10:00am + 17 more dates and times

Thu, Jun 02 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Mon, Jun 06 @ 10:00am Tue, Jun 07 @ 10:00am Wed, Jun 08 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 10:00am Mon, Jun 13 @ 10:00am Tue, Jun 14 @ 10:00am Wed, Jun 15 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 10:00am Mon, Jun 20 @ 10:00am Tue, Jun 21 @ 10:00am - less dates and times

The Stillwater Public Library is pleased to present ‘Oil and Water,’ a joint show of local painters Dianne Ginsberg and Jeanette Richards. Both artists draw inspiration from the natural world. Ginsberg primarily works in oil, painting

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The Stillwater Public Library is pleased to present ‘Oil and Water,’ a joint show of local painters Dianne Ginsberg and Jeanette Richards. Both artists draw inspiration from the natural world. Ginsberg primarily works in oil, painting intuitively while increasingly being drawn to the abstract. Richards works as a water media artist, using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, collage and pencil, painting the organic details and texture of life. 

The show will be in the gallery in May and June.

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History and Wildlife Kayak Tours

10-11-2016

Presented by Wahoo Adventures at Stillwater Trolley Co, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 8:30am Tue, Jun 07 @ 8:30am Tue, Jun 14 @ 8:30am + 13 more dates and times

Tue, Jun 21 @ 8:30am Tue, Jun 28 @ 8:30am Tue, Jul 05 @ 8:30am Tue, Jul 19 @ 8:30am Tue, Aug 02 @ 8:30am Tue, Aug 09 @ 8:30am Tue, Aug 23 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 06 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 13 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 20 @ 8:30am Tue, Sep 27 @ 8:30am Tue, Oct 04 @ 8:30am Tue, Oct 11 @ 8:30am - less dates and times

Ride the Stillwater Trolley to and from the river where you will meet your Wahoo! Adventures guide! Your guide will provide an overview and

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Ride the Stillwater Trolley to and from the river where you will meet your Wahoo! Adventures guide! Your guide will provide an overview and safety briefing before departing on a magical morning paddle on the St. Croix River.  See herons, egrets, eagles, islands, a cave, sandstone cliffs, and hear about 1880's life in this lumber town.  No experience necessary!  Ages 5 - 10 paired with a parent in a tandem kayak. We recommend; hats, sunglasses, binoculars, sunscreen, dress in layers, and wear shoes that strap on and can get wet.  Water is provided.  Rain or shine.

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MEMORIA: Through a Soldiers Eyes

06-25-2016

Presented by River Falls Public Library at River Falls Library, River Falls
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 01 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 02 @ 9:00am + 17 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 03 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 05 @ 1:00pm Tue, Jun 07 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 08 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 12 @ 1:00pm Tue, Jun 14 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 15 @ 9:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 9:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 9:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 19 @ 1:00pm Tue, Jun 21 @ 9:00am Wed, Jun 22 @ 9:00am - less dates and times

Photographer and historian Michael Vance combines pictures of his father’s and grandfather’s military service experiences in Vietnam and Korea with his own tour in Afghanistan in this exhibit that is perfect for Memorial Day. Opening May 23,

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Photographer and historian Michael Vance combines pictures of his father’s and grandfather’s military service experiences in Vietnam and Korea with his own tour in Afghanistan in this exhibit that is perfect for Memorial Day. Opening May 23, the show will be up in the River Falls Public Library’s main level service area through Saturday, June 25. The library is closed Saturday-Monday over the Memorial Day weekend.

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2016 Fajita & Margarita Cruises

10-26-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 01 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 07 @ 6:15pm + 17 more dates and times

Wed, Jun 08 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 14 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 15 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 21 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 22 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jun 28 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jun 29 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 05 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 06 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 12 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 13 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 19 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 20 @ 6:15pm Tue, Jul 26 @ 6:15pm Wed, Jul 27 @ 6:15pm Tue, Aug 02 @ 6:15pm Wed, Aug 03 @ 6:15pm - less dates and times

Our 2016 season begins with two Cinco de Mayo cruises on May 5th and then weekly offerings through October.  

The scenic St. Croix River and surrounding valley is best when seen from the water aboard our Fajita and

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Our 2016 season begins with two Cinco de Mayo cruises on May 5th and then weekly offerings through October.  

The scenic St. Croix River and surrounding valley is best when seen from the water aboard our Fajita and Margarita Cruise.  Listen to festive background music while cruising the river.  Having been prepared by the chefs of the Afton House Inn, savor the Mexican feast of; flour and corn tortillas, chicken and pork carnitas layered with onions and peppers, black beans, Spanish rice, chips and salsa with all the toppings!  Treat yourself to two for one margaritas available at our full cash bar (Sorry, we do not accept credit cards or checks on board).  

 

*Please check our website for availability and departure locations.  

**Dates, menu, and pricing may be subject to change.

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Paint-Sip-Nosh! 'Sunset Sail'

05-31-2016

Presented by Artful Indulgence at Artful Indulgence, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, May 31 @ 6:30pm

Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  WINE and CRAFT BEER  SAMPLES:

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Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  WINE and CRAFT BEER  SAMPLES:  If your Ticket includes this please show your confirmation number when you arrive so we know you have a VIP Ticket for beverage samples.  Thank you!

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"Deceptively Simple" featuring the work of the late Elizabeth Manfredi

06-25-2016

Presented by ArtReach St Croix at ArtReach St Croix, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 02 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 03 @ 10:00am + 13 more dates and times

Sat, Jun 04 @ 12:00pm Wed, Jun 08 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 09 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 10 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 12:00pm Wed, Jun 15 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 16 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 17 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 12:00pm Wed, Jun 22 @ 10:00am Thu, Jun 23 @ 10:00am Fri, Jun 24 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 25 @ 12:00pm - less dates and times

featuring work by the late Elizabeth Manfredi
and work by Lewis Schnellmann that she inspired

Elizabeth Manfredi’s pastels often depicted breath-taking vistas and quiet solitude.The clean lines and soft tones in her work belied

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featuring work by the late Elizabeth Manfredi
and work by Lewis Schnellmann that she inspired

Elizabeth Manfredi’s pastels often depicted breath-taking vistas and quiet solitude.The clean lines and soft tones in her work belied the complexity of layers needed to achieve the right shade of red or the subtle movement of water. Elizabeth passed away in September 2015 after being accepted for this exhibition. We are pleased to celebrate her life and work.

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Paint-Sip-Nosh! 'Flower Field'

06-01-2016

Presented by Artful Indulgence at Artful Indulgence, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 6:30pm

Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  

Session Includes: 2 Hour Painting Session led by Local Artist  Paint, canvas, and all materials needed to Indulge your Inner Artist! Come early for a beverage and small plate!  

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Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!

06-05-2016

Presented by HPAAC at Hastings Arts Center, Hastings
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 01 @ 7:00pm Thu, Jun 02 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 02 @ 7:00pm + 4 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 03 @ 7:00pm Sat, Jun 04 @ 3:00pm Sat, Jun 04 @ 7:00pm Sun, Jun 05 @ 2:00pm - less dates and times

UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP INSPIRES UNLIKELY ARTISTIC COLLABORATION

Dream team of Minnesota artists, writers and musicians come together to create a very original musical.

"Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!" is a

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UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP INSPIRES UNLIKELY ARTISTIC COLLABORATION

Dream team of Minnesota artists, writers and musicians come together to create a very original musical.

"Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!" is a new musical written by Greta Grosch and featuring the music of Jimmy Kennedy and Joe Weismann (of "The Smarts"). Based on the real life experiences of Hastings residents Janet Letnes Martin and artist David Cook, "Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical!" explores the magical and often tangled intersection between the genius of art and the self-destruction of addiction.

Featuring a powerhouse cast of Twin Cities performers: Roxanne Britz, Shana Eisenberg, Wendy Short Hays, Robbie Manicina, Tina North, Gail Ottmar, Janet Paone and Edward Williams.

Performances run June 1 - 5, 2016, at the Hastings Arts Center.

JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Wed, June 1 - 7PM. Opening night reception after the show. 
Thu, June 2 - 1PM and 7PM. Lemonade served at the matinee.
Fri, June 3 - 7 PM. Post show discussion with the cast/creators.
Sat, June 4 - 3PM and 7PM. Lemonade on the lawn between shows.
Sun, June 5 - 2PM. Closing performance.

NOTE: David Cook's art will be on display in the lobby and is available for purchase.

 

 

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Warden's House Museum Tours

10-31-2016

Presented by Washington County Historical Society at Warden's House Museum, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jun 02 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 03 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 04 @ 1:00pm + 17 more dates and times

Sun, Jun 05 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 09 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 10 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 11 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jun 12 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 16 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 17 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 18 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jun 19 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 23 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jun 24 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jun 25 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jun 26 @ 1:00pm Thu, Jun 30 @ 1:00pm Fri, Jul 01 @ 1:00pm Sat, Jul 02 @ 1:00pm Sun, Jul 03 @ 1:00pm - less dates and times

Take a tour of the historic Prison Warden's House Museum! Built in 1853, this building is one of the last remaining structures constructed by the Minnesota Territorial Government.

The tours cover everything from early Stillwater

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Take a tour of the historic Prison Warden's House Museum! Built in 1853, this building is one of the last remaining structures constructed by the Minnesota Territorial Government.

The tours cover everything from early Stillwater settlers, to household appliances, to the St. Croix Valley lumbering industry, and of course, the original Minnesota State Prison which was located next to the Warden's House.

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The Barley Jacks Concert at Stillwater Public Library

06-02-2016

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jun 02 @ 6:00pm

Join us for acoustic alchemy and fiddle wizardry with The Barley Jacks, the first in a series of summer concerts on the terrace at the Stillwater Public Library.

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping

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Join us for acoustic alchemy and fiddle wizardry with The Barley Jacks, the first in a series of summer concerts on the terrace at the Stillwater Public Library.

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass, and drum who meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass,classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. 

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These Minnesota–based veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in a moment of play.

The performance is free and open to the public.

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Date Night in Stillwater: Summer in Provence

06-03-2016

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill , Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:00pm

It's hard to beat a beautiful summer evening in Minnesota, but tonight we'll create a French-inspired menu that will take any evening over the top! Chef Suzanne will set you up to jump into the kitchen and get cookin'! Then sit down and enjoy the

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It's hard to beat a beautiful summer evening in Minnesota, but tonight we'll create a French-inspired menu that will take any evening over the top! Chef Suzanne will set you up to jump into the kitchen and get cookin'! Then sit down and enjoy the feast with an adult beverage. 

This class is priced per student. 
One glass of wine or beer is provided per student, so 21 and up only, please.

Menu: Tapenade; Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Finger Sandwiches; Cream of Fennel Squash Soup; Pork Tenderloin and Green Olive Saute; Squash Blossom Rice; Tomato Provençale (tomatoes, fresh thyme bread, crumbs and Parmesan cheese); Apricot Clafouti (fresh apricots nestled in a baked pudding).

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2016 Friday Night Italian Dinner Cruises

10-28-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 10 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 17 @ 6:30pm + 17 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 24 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 01 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 08 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 15 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 22 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jul 29 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 05 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 12 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 19 @ 6:30pm Fri, Aug 26 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 02 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 09 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 16 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 23 @ 6:30pm Fri, Sep 30 @ 6:30pm Fri, Oct 07 @ 6:30pm Fri, Oct 14 @ 6:30pm - less dates and times

Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines will cast off into our 2016 Friday Night Dinner Cruise schedule beginning on May 6th with a combination Friday Night Italian Dinner & Comedy Cruise.  

Continuing through October, join us if you're tired

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Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines will cast off into our 2016 Friday Night Dinner Cruise schedule beginning on May 6th with a combination Friday Night Italian Dinner & Comedy Cruise.  

Continuing through October, join us if you're tired of the standard Friday night fare and celebrate TGIF day with Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines on one of our romantic Friday Night Dinner Cruises. These evening cruises are perfect for enjoying the summer weather and the fantastic feel of the St. Croix River by night’s light. Savor the fabulous dinner buffet prepared by the chefs at the Afton House Inn.  Then, head up to the top deck to enjoy the stars.

Be sure and visit our website for information on upcoming combination Comedy Dinner Cruises, menus, and departure locations (dates).  

**Menu, pricing, and dates may be subject to change.

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Italian Dinner Cruise

06-04-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:30pm

Make date night extra special by joining Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines on one of our romantic Friday Night Dinner Cruises. An evening cruise is perfect for enjoying the summer weather and the fantastic feel of the St. Croix River

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Make date night extra special by joining Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines on one of our romantic Friday Night Dinner Cruises. An evening cruise is perfect for enjoying the summer weather and the fantastic feel of the St. Croix River by night.  Enjoy the Afton House Inn’s fabulous dinner buffet then head up to the top deck to enjoy the stars. 

Italian Dinner Menu

Chicken Breast with Lemon Caper Sauce
Italian Penne Pasta with Red Meat Sauce
Gnocchi with Pesto Alfredo Sauce
Chef’s Seasonal Vegetable

Italian Fennel Cole Slaw with capers
Caesar Salad
Italian Cold Pasta Salad
Antipasto Tray

Garlic Bread

Includes chef’s choice of dessert & coffee

Reservations can be made by calling 651-436-8883 or online at www.stcroixrivercruises.com

**Menu items and pricing subject to change
***Tickets may be used for the date of reservation only and are non-refundable

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Authors After Hours - Spike Carlsen & Dale Mulfinger

06-03-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Daily Grind Espresso Cafe, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:45pm

In the spirit of connecting writers with readers, Valley Bookseller and the Daily Grind have partnered up to present Authors After Hours.  We will meet one Friday a month at 6:45pm in the Daily Grind.  Guest authors will present their

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In the spirit of connecting writers with readers, Valley Bookseller and the Daily Grind have partnered up to present Authors After Hours.  We will meet one Friday a month at 6:45pm in the Daily Grind.  Guest authors will present their work, discuss the writing process and take questions.  Attendees must call the store to reserve their spot (max of 20 people) and pay a $5 fee.  On the night of the event, arrive by 6:45 and get a free beverage before the Grind closes at 7:00.  Presentation will start after everyone is settled in and go until 8:00 or so. The bookstore will be closed by that time as well but everyone will have a chance to shop after hours if they choose. 

*NEW FOR 2016: We will have two authors and more of a panel type discussion - sure to be an interesting evening!

Call the store at 651-430-3385 to make your reservation today!

Author Bio: Spike Carlsen built a tree house at the age of 8 and has been swinging a hammer ever since. He worked as a carpenter and contractor for 15 years, then as an editor with The Family Handyman, the world's leading DIY magazine for another 15. He's the author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood, Woodworking FAQ, and The Backyard Homestead of Building Projects. He has written for Men's Health, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, American Woodworker, and other publications and has appeared on HGTV, "Modern Marvels", and CBS's "The Early Show". He and his wife, Kat, divide their time between their home in Stillwater, Minnesota, and their cabin on Lake Superior. His newest book is Cabin Lessons.

Author Bio: Dale Mulfinger is a principle of SALA Architects Inc., of Minneapolis, Stillwater, and Excelsior, Minnesota. He is an adjunct architecture professor at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches a class on cabin design. Mulfinger has designed homes and cabins throughout North and South America and is the author of The Cabin, Cabinology: A Handbook to Your Private Hideaway and Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway.

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Story Time Trolley

10-29-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Valley Bookseller, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 11 @ 10:00am Sat, Jun 18 @ 10:00am + 17 more dates and times

Sat, Jun 25 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 02 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 09 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 16 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 23 @ 10:00am Sat, Jul 30 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 06 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 13 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 20 @ 10:00am Sat, Aug 27 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 03 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 10 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 17 @ 10:00am Sat, Sep 24 @ 10:00am Sat, Oct 01 @ 10:00am Sat, Oct 08 @ 10:00am Sat, Oct 15 @ 10:00am - less dates and times

The Story Time Trolley is back for the summer! This event for families includes a short ride on the trolley with an author or storyteller! Your $5 registration includes a token to board the trolley, a discount for 20% off a children's book the

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The Story Time Trolley is back for the summer! This event for families includes a short ride on the trolley with an author or storyteller! Your $5 registration includes a token to board the trolley, a discount for 20% off a children's book the day of the event and a snack after your ride. Call  651-430-3385 to reserve your spot. Trolley will pick you up at Valley Bookseller.

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Rivertown Art Festival

06-05-2016

Presented by Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce at Lowell Park - North, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:00am Sun, Jun 05 @ 11:00am

Artists and Market vendors both locally and from far away attend this kick-off event to the Art Festival Season! Count on seeing beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, metal work, fiber and just about any art form you can imagine. Be

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Artists and Market vendors both locally and from far away attend this kick-off event to the Art Festival Season! Count on seeing beautiful paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, metal work, fiber and just about any art form you can imagine. Be sure to stop into the market area to find local foods, clothing and other specialties that don't fall under the "art" category.

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Summer Reading Kickoff Party

06-04-2016

Presented by Hudson Area Library at Hudson Area Library, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:30am

Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is going to be a blast!  Join us for a group of visiting authors (Jacqueline West, Shelley Tougas, and 4 more!), enjoy family-friendly activities for children of all ages on June 4th at the Hudson Area

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Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is going to be a blast!  Join us for a group of visiting authors (Jacqueline West, Shelley Tougas, and 4 more!), enjoy family-friendly activities for children of all ages on June 4th at the Hudson Area Library.

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Bruce the Bug Guy: Bookawocky Kick-Off Celebration

06-04-2016

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 10:30am

Join us to kickoff our summer reading program, Bookawocky, with Bruce the Bug Guy! 

A lively hands-on program about insects and related arthropods. LIVE critters and other fun props give you an opportunity to experience these

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Join us to kickoff our summer reading program, Bookawocky, with Bruce the Bug Guy! 

A lively hands-on program about insects and related arthropods. LIVE critters and other fun props give you an opportunity to experience these fascinating creatures in a close-up, interactive manner. Hold a monarch butterfly. Touch Rosie the tarantula and more!

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Paint On The Patio At Reve!

06-04-2016

Presented by Wanderlust Studio at Reve Bistro & Bar, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 04 @ 1:00pm

Join us for a fun filled event of painting and sipping! You will sit on the beautiful patio of Reve to paint while listening to your favorate tunes!

Join us for a fun filled event of painting and sipping! You will sit on the beautiful patio of Reve to paint while listening to your favorate tunes!

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