ArtReach Events Calendar


Annual Area High School Art Exhibition

05-07-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 9:00am Fri, May 06 @ 9:00am Sat, May 07 @ 9:00am

All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota were invited to submit one recent original work in any media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts. High

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All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota were invited to submit one recent original work in any media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts. High school art teachers who have students participating were also encouraged to participate in this exhibition.

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Creating Connections: 2015 Seminar Artists Group Exhibition

05-07-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 9:00am Fri, May 06 @ 9:00am Sat, May 07 @ 9:00am

Once a month, from May 2015 through March 2016, a dedicated group of local artists gathered at the center and off-site locations in the St. Croix River watershed for a series of seminars exploring three overarching questions:

-What are

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Once a month, from May 2015 through March 2016, a dedicated group of local artists gathered at the center and off-site locations in the St. Croix River watershed for a series of seminars exploring three overarching questions:

-What are sustainable artmaking practices?

-What is the role of artists to increase public understanding of art and sustainable issues?

-How can artists effect change?

Creating Connections features original work influenced by participating artists’ experiences in the What We Need is Here seminar series.

Exhibiting artists are: Gloria Adrian, Susan Armington, Barbara Riegel Bend, Sheila Berman, Amanda Bierbaum, Genie Ebertz, Vicki Ehlers, Thea Ennen, Stephen J. Gates, Phyllis Goldin, Deanna Grigus, Theresa Harsma, Janet Houch, Patty Johnson, Steve King, Ann Ledy, Cheryl Maplethorpe, Bonnie Ploger, Teri Power, Nan Riegel, Sue Rowe, Mary Ruth, Judy Saye-Willis, Theresa Schousek, Krista Spieler, Jill Waterhouse, and Linda Webster.

This Project recieved funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Bard with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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"From a Cloud of Dust," Art Exhibition - Stillwater

05-14-2016

Presented by ArtReach St Croix at ArtReach St Croix, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 10:00am Fri, May 06 @ 10:00am Sat, May 07 @ 12:00pm + 4 more dates and times

Wed, May 11 @ 10:00am Thu, May 12 @ 10:00am Fri, May 13 @ 10:00am Sat, May 14 @ 12:00pm - less dates and times

In the novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” the effect of the seven-year-long drought on the land is explicit. Unsustainable farming practices impacted families across the country from the dust bowl of Oklahoma and Texas to the cut-over farms of

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In the novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” the effect of the seven-year-long drought on the land is explicit. Unsustainable farming practices impacted families across the country from the dust bowl of Oklahoma and Texas to the cut-over farms of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Images from the era depict the stark reality of broken land, human migration and the struggle for survival.

Artwork by regional artists will be displayed alongside photographs from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information collection at the Library of Congress. The artwork and images speak to the legacy of people’s impact on the land and subsequently, how the changed land has an effect on people.

“From a Cloud of Dust” is an exhibition in two locations. In addition to the ArtReach Galleries in Stillwater, work will be on view at Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott, WI.

Photo credit: Dust bowl farmer raising fences to keep it from being buried under drifting sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.  Arthur Rothstein, photographer. From the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

 The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Little Free Library and library branches located in St. Croix Valley communities between St. Croix Falls, WI and Hastings, MN.

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Spring Is Here

05-21-2016

Presented by Orange Dragon Art Gallery at Orange Dragon, Prescott
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 11:00am Fri, May 06 @ 11:00am Sat, May 07 @ 11:00am + 10 more dates and times

Sun, May 08 @ 11:00am Wed, May 11 @ 11:00am Thu, May 12 @ 11:00am Fri, May 13 @ 11:00am Sat, May 14 @ 11:00am Sun, May 15 @ 11:00am Wed, May 18 @ 11:00am Thu, May 19 @ 11:00am Fri, May 20 @ 11:00am Sat, May 21 @ 11:00am - less dates and times

The Orange Dragon Art Gallery announces the 2016 opening show titled “Spring Is Here” featuring the art of Cliff and Aaron Moen.  Hours are 11 am till 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

The gallery is

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The Orange Dragon Art Gallery announces the 2016 opening show titled “Spring Is Here” featuring the art of Cliff and Aaron Moen.  Hours are 11 am till 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

The gallery is part of HPAAC (Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council) and provides a place for members to present thier artwork to the public and features a wide range of works.

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24th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour

05-08-2016

Presented by Minnesota Potters of the Upper St Croix River Valley at Minnesota Pottery Studio Tour, St Croix Valley
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 10:00am Sat, May 07 @ 10:00am Sun, May 08 @ 10:00am

The 24th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 6, 7, & 8, 2016 to seven pottery studios.  Each studio/pottery is just a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be

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The 24th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 6, 7, & 8, 2016 to seven pottery studios.  Each studio/pottery is just a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be visited in a single day.

This springtime, self-guided tour is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery.   It is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters.  Always held on Mothers’ Day weekend,“The Tour” is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, you can meet forty-nine accomplished guest potters from around the nation who have been invited especially for this weekend event.

Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters’ individual studio sales, “The Tour” has maintained its welcoming “open house” hospitality.  It has grown to be a once-a-year place to lay your hands on thousands of pots and to meet and talk with a total of fifty-six potters.  This friendly, face-to-face connection between makers and users of pottery has proven satisfying to visitors and potters alike. Visitors have reported finding, “Unexpectedly warm hospitality”, “The highest quality anywhere”, and “Stuff that I can afford and is American made”.

The seven host pottery sites are: Linda Christianson’s distinctive studio and log home nestled in a clearing in the woods, Guillermo Cuellar’s hilltop home and studio overlooking the St. Croix River, Connee Mayeron’s pottery gallery-in-a-barn just down the road from the Franconia Sculpture Park, Jeff Oestreich’s early Minnesota farmstead remade into home and studio, Richard Vincent’s oak-shaded backyard studio, Will Swanson and Janel Jacobson’s studio along the Sunrise River, and the picturesque, woodland setting of Robert Briscoe’s home and studio.

“The Tour” has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of accomplished, ceramic expression.  Visiting potters repeatedly say that they enjoy the knowledgeable and appreciative audience that they find in Minnesota. This year the potters are coming from eighteen states.  They are bringing a wide range of handmade pottery to offer for sale.  Their work ranges from everyday functional to purely decorative, from rustic to refined, from whimsical to sublime. One visitor remarked about his day in the country, “It’s the kind of event where you want to bring your friends along so you can talk about what you saw!”

 

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Think Outside

05-20-2016

Presented by Friday Memorial Library at Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 1:00pm Fri, May 13 @ 1:00pm Fri, May 20 @ 1:00pm

Join us for this 3-part series. Fridays, May 6, 13, and 20 at 1:00 pm

May 6: Which bin do I put it in?

Guidelines for recycling, composting and garbage in St. Croix County. Presented by Megen Hines,

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Join us for this 3-part series. Fridays, May 6, 13, and 20 at 1:00 pm

May 6: Which bin do I put it in?

Guidelines for recycling, composting and garbage in St. Croix County. Presented by Megen Hines, St. Croix County Recycling Specialist.

May 13: Own the Sun! 

What is a solar garden and how you can own a piece of the action. Presented by Wes Arndt, New Richmond Utilities.

May 20: Connect to the Land

Learn about local food options and how being connected to the land helps you grow. Presented by Jody Lenz, Threshing Table Farm.

 

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Unnecessary Farce

05-20-2016

Presented by St Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre at St Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 6:00pm Sat, May 07 @ 6:00pm Fri, May 13 @ 6:00pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, May 14 @ 6:00pm Fri, May 20 @ 6:00pm - less dates and times

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go!  Unnecessary Farce is St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre’s spring show. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in

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Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go!  Unnecessary Farce is St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre’s spring show. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Join us for nonstop laughter in this hilarious comedy!

“The audience adored it. I have never seen a unanimous standing ovation for a farce until now, but then I have also never heard an audience laugh as much as they did during this show. This is the funniest show you’ll see all year and it’s going to sell out. Don’t miss the chance to spend two hours in deep belly-laughter with friends and strangers alike. It’s good for the soul.” — The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Date Night in Stillwater: Pacific Rim

05-06-2016

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill , Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 6:00pm

At this lively Date Night class, you’ll work in teams to prepare a portion of this tasty multicourse meal straight from the Pacific Rim. Chef William will set you up to jump into the kitchen and get cookin’! Then sit down and enjoy

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At this lively Date Night class, you’ll work in teams to prepare a portion of this tasty multicourse meal straight from the Pacific Rim. Chef William 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: Wok-Fried Vegetable Egg Rolls; Japchae (Korean stir-fry noodles with vegetables); Grilled Ginger Soy Pork Tenderloin; Pineapple Teriyaki Snapper with Grilled Mango; Grilled Pineapple and Bananas with Honey Lime Sauce.

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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, May 06 @ 6:30pm Fri, May 13 @ 6:30pm Fri, May 27 @ 6:30pm + 17 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 10 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 17 @ 6:30pm 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 - 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

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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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Pinkalicious the Musical

05-08-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 7:00pm Sat, May 07 @ 1:00pm Sat, May 07 @ 4:00pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, May 08 @ 2:00pm - less dates and times

Based on the book Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

When Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Will her broccoli-eating brother be

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Based on the book Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

When Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Will her broccoli-eating brother be able to help cure her before it’s too late? Find out in this colorful musical adventure that celebrates desire, dessert, and delicious discipline.

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Cheaper By the Dozen

05-08-2016

Presented by St Croix Festival Theatre at St Croix Falls Elementary Auditorium, Saint Croix Falls
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 7:30pm Sat, May 07 @ 7:30pm Sun, May 08 @ 2:00pm

Festival Theatre is proud to partner with the St. Croix Falls High School Drama Club to produce Cheaper By the Dozen at the SCF Elementary Auditorium. The play, written by Christopher Sergel, is based off the 1948 biographical novel

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Festival Theatre is proud to partner with the St. Croix Falls High School Drama Club to produce Cheaper By the Dozen at the SCF Elementary Auditorium. The play, written by Christopher Sergel, is based off the 1948 biographical novel of the same title by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Cheaper by the Dozen tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbreth and their twelve children. Time and motion study are key to organizing this large, chaotic family and the Gilbreths are experts in it.

This heartwarming comedy is appropriate for the whole family!

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Live Irish Music: Bedlam at Charlie's Irish Pub

05-07-2016

Presented by Water Street Inn, Charlie's Irish Pub at Charlie's Irish Pub, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 7:30pm Sat, May 07 @ 7:30pm

Bedlam is a band born out of the talent pool of the MN Renaissance Festival. Over the years the band has had a diverse sound and many different members. Its recent incarnation is a folk band with a hippie attitude. Many familiar songs with a

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Bedlam is a band born out of the talent pool of the MN Renaissance Festival. Over the years the band has had a diverse sound and many different members. Its recent incarnation is a folk band with a hippie attitude. Many familiar songs with a different slant along with some original material as well. As the name implies a stage with this group on it is not a very stable one and you never know who may show up and sit in on a set. Come enjoy live Irish music every Friday & Saturday night 7:30- 11:30 in Charlie’s Irish Pub!

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Earth Arts Spring Art Tour

05-08-2016

Presented by Earth Arts at James Shoop Studio, Saint Croix Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 10:00am Sun, May 08 @ 10:00am

Sculptor James Shoop’s studio will be open to the public during the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour. Enjoy experiencing  the studio setting and learning about the process that James uses to complete each piece. Figurative

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Sculptor James Shoop’s studio will be open to the public during the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour. Enjoy experiencing  the studio setting and learning about the process that James uses to complete each piece. Figurative sculptures and functional art will be on veiw and available for purchase. Also enjoy guest artist Susan Heaven (from Taylos Falls), she will have her beautifully executed oil paintings on display and for purchase.

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International Migratory Bird Day

05-07-2016

Presented by St Croix Valley Bird Club at River Falls City Hall, River Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 10:00am

St. Croix Valley Bird Club invites you to celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day” at River Falls City Hall.  Celebrate the migratory birds as they make their annul spring journey from north Latin America and southern north

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St. Croix Valley Bird Club invites you to celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day” at River Falls City Hall.  Celebrate the migratory birds as they make their annul spring journey from north Latin America and southern north America.  Rain or shine, bird enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy hands-on educational activities including arts and crafts, bird identification, convservation tips, citizen science and live birds.  Weather permitting, there will be bird banding and guided birding walks along the nearby White Pathway on the Kinnickinnic River.  Bring your binoculars to this free event.  River Falls is one of fifteen inaugurl “Bird City Wisconsin” cities and has maintained this certifiction annually since 2010. 

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Frankencrayon - Michael Hall

05-07-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 10:30am

Valley Bookseller and the Stillwater Public Library welcome Michael Hall, author/illustrator of The New York Times bestseller, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, as well as the critically acclaimed Perfect Square and Cat Tale.  Michael will present his

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Valley Bookseller and the Stillwater Public Library welcome Michael Hall, author/illustrator of The New York Times bestseller, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, as well as the critically acclaimed Perfect Square and Cat Tale.  Michael will present his newest book, Frankencrayon, in the Margaret Rivers Room at the Stillwater Public Library.

About the book: The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon. The costumes are made, the roles are cast, the pages are all set—but then disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page! Hideous! Horrifying! The story can’t go on! Try as they might, the crayons can’t erase the scribble, and this picture book must be canceled. Until the crayons playing the title role of Frankencrayon think of a solution, that is. Michael Hall breaks borders and invites readers behind the scenes with his irresistible, clever style and bold artwork. A book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.

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2016 Pre-Mother's Day Cruise

05-07-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 12:00pm

Treat Mom to a memorable day and enjoy breath taking views of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Our lunch cruise begins boarding at 11:30 am with a departure time of noon.

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Treat Mom to a memorable day and enjoy breath taking views of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Our lunch cruise begins boarding at 11:30 am with a departure time of noon.  While on board you’ll enjoy a wonderful lunch buffet prepared by the chefs from the Historic Afton House Inn. You’ll return to port at 2:00 pm.  

Lunch Buffet Menu
Chicken Chardonnay, Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, Buttered Parsley Potatoes
Chef’s Vegetable Blend, Caesar Salad, 2 Cold Salads, Rolls & Butter
Chef’s Choice Dessert

Cash Bar Available – Sorry, we do not accept checks or credit cards on board. 

For tickets and pricing, please visit our website at www.stcroixrivercruises.com or phone 651-436-8883. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Cruises will depart rain or shine.

**Menu and pricing may be subject to change

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Leighton Reynolds and Diane Dettmann

05-07-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Valley Bookseller, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 2:00pm

Meet and greet with friends and writing colleagues Leighton Reynolds and Diane Dettmann as they present their numerous titles this Mother’s Day weekend.  Stop in to get your signed copies and chat with them about their work.

Meet and greet with friends and writing colleagues Leighton Reynolds and Diane Dettmann as they present their numerous titles this Mother’s Day weekend.  Stop in to get your signed copies and chat with them about their work.

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Kentucky Derby Party

05-07-2016

Presented by Stillwater American Legion Post 48 at Stillwater American Legion Post 48, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 3:00pm

Come join us and watch the Kentucky Derby

We will be serving mint juleps and free hors d’oeuvres

There will be live music and a pre-derby costume contest 

Get your derby hats out and come have a good time!

Come join us and watch the Kentucky Derby

We will be serving mint juleps and free hors d’oeuvres

There will be live music and a pre-derby costume contest 

Get your derby hats out and come have a good time!

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Date Night in Stillwater: Springtime Tapas and Sangria

05-07-2016

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill , Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 6:00pm

Spring is suffused with bright flavors, light dishes, and distinctive tastes. The season’s sangria is no different – by making a “white sangria,” Chef Suzanne showcases the versatility of the drink and pairs it perfectly

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Spring is suffused with bright flavors, light dishes, and distinctive tastes. The season’s sangria is no different – by making a “white sangria,” Chef Suzanne showcases the versatility of the drink and pairs it perfectly with springtime tapas. Bring the color and lightness of spring into your kitchen.

This class includes a glass of sangria, so please 21 and up only.

Menu: Avocados with Carpaccio of Serrano Ham (aguacates con carpaccio de jam”n serrano); Pistachio Garlic Artichoke and Asparagus; Cabrales Phyllo Rolls with Sherry Dipping Sauce; Shrimp Escabeche with Black Olives and Mint; Panellets (almond cookies rolled in coconut or pine nuts).

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Annual Area High School Art Exhibition

05-07-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 9:00am Fri, May 06 @ 9:00am Sat, May 07 @ 9:00am

All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota were invited to submit one recent original work in any media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts. High

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All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota were invited to submit one recent original work in any media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts. High school art teachers who have students participating were also encouraged to participate in this exhibition.

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Creating Connections: 2015 Seminar Artists Group Exhibition

05-07-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 9:00am Fri, May 06 @ 9:00am Sat, May 07 @ 9:00am

Once a month, from May 2015 through March 2016, a dedicated group of local artists gathered at the center and off-site locations in the St. Croix River watershed for a series of seminars exploring three overarching questions:

-What are

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Once a month, from May 2015 through March 2016, a dedicated group of local artists gathered at the center and off-site locations in the St. Croix River watershed for a series of seminars exploring three overarching questions:

-What are sustainable artmaking practices?

-What is the role of artists to increase public understanding of art and sustainable issues?

-How can artists effect change?

Creating Connections features original work influenced by participating artists’ experiences in the What We Need is Here seminar series.

Exhibiting artists are: Gloria Adrian, Susan Armington, Barbara Riegel Bend, Sheila Berman, Amanda Bierbaum, Genie Ebertz, Vicki Ehlers, Thea Ennen, Stephen J. Gates, Phyllis Goldin, Deanna Grigus, Theresa Harsma, Janet Houch, Patty Johnson, Steve King, Ann Ledy, Cheryl Maplethorpe, Bonnie Ploger, Teri Power, Nan Riegel, Sue Rowe, Mary Ruth, Judy Saye-Willis, Theresa Schousek, Krista Spieler, Jill Waterhouse, and Linda Webster.

This Project recieved funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Bard with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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"From a Cloud of Dust," Art Exhibition - Stillwater

05-14-2016

Presented by ArtReach St Croix at ArtReach St Croix, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 10:00am Fri, May 06 @ 10:00am Sat, May 07 @ 12:00pm + 4 more dates and times

Wed, May 11 @ 10:00am Thu, May 12 @ 10:00am Fri, May 13 @ 10:00am Sat, May 14 @ 12:00pm - less dates and times

In the novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” the effect of the seven-year-long drought on the land is explicit. Unsustainable farming practices impacted families across the country from the dust bowl of Oklahoma and Texas to the cut-over farms of

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In the novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” the effect of the seven-year-long drought on the land is explicit. Unsustainable farming practices impacted families across the country from the dust bowl of Oklahoma and Texas to the cut-over farms of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Images from the era depict the stark reality of broken land, human migration and the struggle for survival.

Artwork by regional artists will be displayed alongside photographs from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information collection at the Library of Congress. The artwork and images speak to the legacy of people’s impact on the land and subsequently, how the changed land has an effect on people.

“From a Cloud of Dust” is an exhibition in two locations. In addition to the ArtReach Galleries in Stillwater, work will be on view at Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott, WI.

Photo credit: Dust bowl farmer raising fences to keep it from being buried under drifting sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma.  Arthur Rothstein, photographer. From the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

 The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Little Free Library and library branches located in St. Croix Valley communities between St. Croix Falls, WI and Hastings, MN.

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Spring Is Here

05-21-2016

Presented by Orange Dragon Art Gallery at Orange Dragon, Prescott
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 05 @ 11:00am Fri, May 06 @ 11:00am Sat, May 07 @ 11:00am + 10 more dates and times

Sun, May 08 @ 11:00am Wed, May 11 @ 11:00am Thu, May 12 @ 11:00am Fri, May 13 @ 11:00am Sat, May 14 @ 11:00am Sun, May 15 @ 11:00am Wed, May 18 @ 11:00am Thu, May 19 @ 11:00am Fri, May 20 @ 11:00am Sat, May 21 @ 11:00am - less dates and times

The Orange Dragon Art Gallery announces the 2016 opening show titled “Spring Is Here” featuring the art of Cliff and Aaron Moen.  Hours are 11 am till 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

The gallery is

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The Orange Dragon Art Gallery announces the 2016 opening show titled “Spring Is Here” featuring the art of Cliff and Aaron Moen.  Hours are 11 am till 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

The gallery is part of HPAAC (Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council) and provides a place for members to present thier artwork to the public and features a wide range of works.

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24th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour

05-08-2016

Presented by Minnesota Potters of the Upper St Croix River Valley at Minnesota Pottery Studio Tour, St Croix Valley
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 10:00am Sat, May 07 @ 10:00am Sun, May 08 @ 10:00am

The 24th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 6, 7, & 8, 2016 to seven pottery studios.  Each studio/pottery is just a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be

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The 24th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 6, 7, & 8, 2016 to seven pottery studios.  Each studio/pottery is just a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be visited in a single day.

This springtime, self-guided tour is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery.   It is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters.  Always held on Mothers’ Day weekend,“The Tour” is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, you can meet forty-nine accomplished guest potters from around the nation who have been invited especially for this weekend event.

Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters’ individual studio sales, “The Tour” has maintained its welcoming “open house” hospitality.  It has grown to be a once-a-year place to lay your hands on thousands of pots and to meet and talk with a total of fifty-six potters.  This friendly, face-to-face connection between makers and users of pottery has proven satisfying to visitors and potters alike. Visitors have reported finding, “Unexpectedly warm hospitality”, “The highest quality anywhere”, and “Stuff that I can afford and is American made”.

The seven host pottery sites are: Linda Christianson’s distinctive studio and log home nestled in a clearing in the woods, Guillermo Cuellar’s hilltop home and studio overlooking the St. Croix River, Connee Mayeron’s pottery gallery-in-a-barn just down the road from the Franconia Sculpture Park, Jeff Oestreich’s early Minnesota farmstead remade into home and studio, Richard Vincent’s oak-shaded backyard studio, Will Swanson and Janel Jacobson’s studio along the Sunrise River, and the picturesque, woodland setting of Robert Briscoe’s home and studio.

“The Tour” has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of accomplished, ceramic expression.  Visiting potters repeatedly say that they enjoy the knowledgeable and appreciative audience that they find in Minnesota. This year the potters are coming from eighteen states.  They are bringing a wide range of handmade pottery to offer for sale.  Their work ranges from everyday functional to purely decorative, from rustic to refined, from whimsical to sublime. One visitor remarked about his day in the country, “It’s the kind of event where you want to bring your friends along so you can talk about what you saw!”

 

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Think Outside

05-20-2016

Presented by Friday Memorial Library at Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 1:00pm Fri, May 13 @ 1:00pm Fri, May 20 @ 1:00pm

Join us for this 3-part series. Fridays, May 6, 13, and 20 at 1:00 pm

May 6: Which bin do I put it in?

Guidelines for recycling, composting and garbage in St. Croix County. Presented by Megen Hines,

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Join us for this 3-part series. Fridays, May 6, 13, and 20 at 1:00 pm

May 6: Which bin do I put it in?

Guidelines for recycling, composting and garbage in St. Croix County. Presented by Megen Hines, St. Croix County Recycling Specialist.

May 13: Own the Sun! 

What is a solar garden and how you can own a piece of the action. Presented by Wes Arndt, New Richmond Utilities.

May 20: Connect to the Land

Learn about local food options and how being connected to the land helps you grow. Presented by Jody Lenz, Threshing Table Farm.

 

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Unnecessary Farce

05-20-2016

Presented by St Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre at St Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 6:00pm Sat, May 07 @ 6:00pm Fri, May 13 @ 6:00pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, May 14 @ 6:00pm Fri, May 20 @ 6:00pm - less dates and times

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go!  Unnecessary Farce is St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre’s spring show. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in

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Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go!  Unnecessary Farce is St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre’s spring show. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Join us for nonstop laughter in this hilarious comedy!

“The audience adored it. I have never seen a unanimous standing ovation for a farce until now, but then I have also never heard an audience laugh as much as they did during this show. This is the funniest show you’ll see all year and it’s going to sell out. Don’t miss the chance to spend two hours in deep belly-laughter with friends and strangers alike. It’s good for the soul.” — The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Date Night in Stillwater: Pacific Rim

05-06-2016

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill , Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 6:00pm

At this lively Date Night class, you’ll work in teams to prepare a portion of this tasty multicourse meal straight from the Pacific Rim. Chef William will set you up to jump into the kitchen and get cookin’! Then sit down and enjoy

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At this lively Date Night class, you’ll work in teams to prepare a portion of this tasty multicourse meal straight from the Pacific Rim. Chef William 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: Wok-Fried Vegetable Egg Rolls; Japchae (Korean stir-fry noodles with vegetables); Grilled Ginger Soy Pork Tenderloin; Pineapple Teriyaki Snapper with Grilled Mango; Grilled Pineapple and Bananas with Honey Lime Sauce.

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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, May 06 @ 6:30pm Fri, May 13 @ 6:30pm Fri, May 27 @ 6:30pm + 17 more dates and times

Fri, Jun 03 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 10 @ 6:30pm Fri, Jun 17 @ 6:30pm 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 - 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

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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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Pinkalicious the Musical

05-08-2016

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 7:00pm Sat, May 07 @ 1:00pm Sat, May 07 @ 4:00pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, May 08 @ 2:00pm - less dates and times

Based on the book Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

When Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Will her broccoli-eating brother be

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Based on the book Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

When Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe. Will her broccoli-eating brother be able to help cure her before it’s too late? Find out in this colorful musical adventure that celebrates desire, dessert, and delicious discipline.

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Cheaper By the Dozen

05-08-2016

Presented by St Croix Festival Theatre at St Croix Falls Elementary Auditorium, Saint Croix Falls
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 7:30pm Sat, May 07 @ 7:30pm Sun, May 08 @ 2:00pm

Festival Theatre is proud to partner with the St. Croix Falls High School Drama Club to produce Cheaper By the Dozen at the SCF Elementary Auditorium. The play, written by Christopher Sergel, is based off the 1948 biographical novel

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Festival Theatre is proud to partner with the St. Croix Falls High School Drama Club to produce Cheaper By the Dozen at the SCF Elementary Auditorium. The play, written by Christopher Sergel, is based off the 1948 biographical novel of the same title by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Cheaper by the Dozen tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbreth and their twelve children. Time and motion study are key to organizing this large, chaotic family and the Gilbreths are experts in it.

This heartwarming comedy is appropriate for the whole family!

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Live Irish Music: Bedlam at Charlie's Irish Pub

05-07-2016

Presented by Water Street Inn, Charlie's Irish Pub at Charlie's Irish Pub, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 06 @ 7:30pm Sat, May 07 @ 7:30pm

Bedlam is a band born out of the talent pool of the MN Renaissance Festival. Over the years the band has had a diverse sound and many different members. Its recent incarnation is a folk band with a hippie attitude. Many familiar songs with a

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Bedlam is a band born out of the talent pool of the MN Renaissance Festival. Over the years the band has had a diverse sound and many different members. Its recent incarnation is a folk band with a hippie attitude. Many familiar songs with a different slant along with some original material as well. As the name implies a stage with this group on it is not a very stable one and you never know who may show up and sit in on a set. Come enjoy live Irish music every Friday & Saturday night 7:30- 11:30 in Charlie’s Irish Pub!

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Earth Arts Spring Art Tour

05-08-2016

Presented by Earth Arts at James Shoop Studio, Saint Croix Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 10:00am Sun, May 08 @ 10:00am

Sculptor James Shoop’s studio will be open to the public during the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour. Enjoy experiencing  the studio setting and learning about the process that James uses to complete each piece. Figurative

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Sculptor James Shoop’s studio will be open to the public during the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour. Enjoy experiencing  the studio setting and learning about the process that James uses to complete each piece. Figurative sculptures and functional art will be on veiw and available for purchase. Also enjoy guest artist Susan Heaven (from Taylos Falls), she will have her beautifully executed oil paintings on display and for purchase.

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International Migratory Bird Day

05-07-2016

Presented by St Croix Valley Bird Club at River Falls City Hall, River Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 10:00am

St. Croix Valley Bird Club invites you to celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day” at River Falls City Hall.  Celebrate the migratory birds as they make their annul spring journey from north Latin America and southern north

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St. Croix Valley Bird Club invites you to celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day” at River Falls City Hall.  Celebrate the migratory birds as they make their annul spring journey from north Latin America and southern north America.  Rain or shine, bird enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy hands-on educational activities including arts and crafts, bird identification, convservation tips, citizen science and live birds.  Weather permitting, there will be bird banding and guided birding walks along the nearby White Pathway on the Kinnickinnic River.  Bring your binoculars to this free event.  River Falls is one of fifteen inaugurl “Bird City Wisconsin” cities and has maintained this certifiction annually since 2010. 

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Frankencrayon - Michael Hall

05-07-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 10:30am

Valley Bookseller and the Stillwater Public Library welcome Michael Hall, author/illustrator of The New York Times bestseller, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, as well as the critically acclaimed Perfect Square and Cat Tale.  Michael will present his

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Valley Bookseller and the Stillwater Public Library welcome Michael Hall, author/illustrator of The New York Times bestseller, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, as well as the critically acclaimed Perfect Square and Cat Tale.  Michael will present his newest book, Frankencrayon, in the Margaret Rivers Room at the Stillwater Public Library.

About the book: The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon. The costumes are made, the roles are cast, the pages are all set—but then disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page! Hideous! Horrifying! The story can’t go on! Try as they might, the crayons can’t erase the scribble, and this picture book must be canceled. Until the crayons playing the title role of Frankencrayon think of a solution, that is. Michael Hall breaks borders and invites readers behind the scenes with his irresistible, clever style and bold artwork. A book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.

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2016 Pre-Mother's Day Cruise

05-07-2016

Presented by Afton House Inn/Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines at Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines, Hudson
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 12:00pm

Treat Mom to a memorable day and enjoy breath taking views of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Our lunch cruise begins boarding at 11:30 am with a departure time of noon.

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Treat Mom to a memorable day and enjoy breath taking views of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Our lunch cruise begins boarding at 11:30 am with a departure time of noon.  While on board you’ll enjoy a wonderful lunch buffet prepared by the chefs from the Historic Afton House Inn. You’ll return to port at 2:00 pm.  

Lunch Buffet Menu
Chicken Chardonnay, Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, Buttered Parsley Potatoes
Chef’s Vegetable Blend, Caesar Salad, 2 Cold Salads, Rolls & Butter
Chef’s Choice Dessert

Cash Bar Available – Sorry, we do not accept checks or credit cards on board. 

For tickets and pricing, please visit our website at www.stcroixrivercruises.com or phone 651-436-8883. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Cruises will depart rain or shine.

**Menu and pricing may be subject to change

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Leighton Reynolds and Diane Dettmann

05-07-2016

Presented by Valley Bookseller at Valley Bookseller, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 2:00pm

Meet and greet with friends and writing colleagues Leighton Reynolds and Diane Dettmann as they present their numerous titles this Mother’s Day weekend.  Stop in to get your signed copies and chat with them about their work.

Meet and greet with friends and writing colleagues Leighton Reynolds and Diane Dettmann as they present their numerous titles this Mother’s Day weekend.  Stop in to get your signed copies and chat with them about their work.

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Kentucky Derby Party

05-07-2016

Presented by Stillwater American Legion Post 48 at Stillwater American Legion Post 48, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 3:00pm

Come join us and watch the Kentucky Derby

We will be serving mint juleps and free hors d’oeuvres

There will be live music and a pre-derby costume contest 

Get your derby hats out and come have a good time!

Come join us and watch the Kentucky Derby

We will be serving mint juleps and free hors d’oeuvres

There will be live music and a pre-derby costume contest 

Get your derby hats out and come have a good time!

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Date Night in Stillwater: Springtime Tapas and Sangria

05-07-2016

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill , Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 07 @ 6:00pm

Spring is suffused with bright flavors, light dishes, and distinctive tastes. The season’s sangria is no different – by making a “white sangria,” Chef Suzanne showcases the versatility of the drink and pairs it perfectly

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Spring is suffused with bright flavors, light dishes, and distinctive tastes. The season’s sangria is no different – by making a “white sangria,” Chef Suzanne showcases the versatility of the drink and pairs it perfectly with springtime tapas. Bring the color and lightness of spring into your kitchen.

This class includes a glass of sangria, so please 21 and up only.

Menu: Avocados with Carpaccio of Serrano Ham (aguacates con carpaccio de jam”n serrano); Pistachio Garlic Artichoke and Asparagus; Cabrales Phyllo Rolls with Sherry Dipping Sauce; Shrimp Escabeche with Black Olives and Mint; Panellets (almond cookies rolled in coconut or pine nuts).

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