Events & Activities

Just Add Water Art & Science Lab
Free and open to the public
Date & Time: TBD
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street
Description: Every summer the Atrium Gallery is transformed into an art and science lab with creative hands-on displays exploring water science – the water cycle, water flow, rain, runoff, watershed and point source/non-point source pollution. This interactive environment is a project of Just Add Water, a program developed by Hudson artist Liz Malanaphy to educate young people about water and inspire them to make connections.

The Just Add Water Art & Science Lab will be the classroom space for several art and nature Summer Art Camp classes and, when classes are not in session, the Lab will be open for the public to use on a “drop-in” basis.


2019 – Monday, July 15

St. Croix RiverFest Deluxe River Exploration
Dates: 7/15 – 7/18
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street
Description: St. Croix RiverFest Deluxe River Exploration is an amazing week for students who love the St. Croix River, science and art. Work with experts in the environmental field, participate in RiverFest programs, paddle a kayak and, using trash from the river to transform the RiverFest mascot. Scrappy, a 15-foot sculpture of a splashing bass, will be displayed at RiverFest events.

For ages 8-14. Bring a sack lunch each day. The class fee is $119 (including kayak rental). For registration call 715-386-2305 or visit Deluxe River Exploration on the Phipps Center’s website.


2019 – Tuesday, July 16

Hudson & North Hudson River Clean-up
 Time: 10  – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
RiverFest CleanupDescription: The river clean-up is a core activity of the Hudson RiverFest. Community volunteers get out on the river banks collecting trash and working to help clean-up the river (bags and gloves are provided). While the goal of RiverFest is to get people out to enjoy the river, the river clean-up is the “purpose” for the celebration. Meet at the Bandshell for the Lakefront Park for the park area clean-up. For more information contact Buck Malick at 715-386-7010 or cmalick2@gmail.com.
View instructions for the River Clean-ups.
Following the clean-up, RiverFest will host a picnic lunch for the clean-up volunteers at Picnic Point (south end of Lakefront Park).

View a map of clean-up locations.

Refashioning Scrappy
ScrappyDates: 7/16 – 7/18
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ Deluxe River Exploration art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for “Scrappy,” the splashing bass mascot of RiverFest.


Toddler Story Time at the Library
Time:
10:15 a.m.Hudson Area Library
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: River themed stories, songs, crafts and activities.
(For children talking to age 3)


Pop-up Art Activity at the Art Bench 
Time: 11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: Pop-up Art + Nature activities on the Art Bench Trail are hands-on opportunities for all ages to learn about nature and be creative. Pop-up Art + Nature activities were developed through a partnership of The Phipps and Belwin Conservancy in Afton, Minnesota.


Carpenter Nature Center presents Animals of the St. Croix Valley
Time: 11:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: Join Carpenter Nature Center (CNC) staff to learn about the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley and meet live animal ambassadors, including frogs, turtles, snakes and a bird of prey. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

CNC is an environmental education facility with the goal of fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world. With campuses on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix River, CNC is able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing quality educational opportunities.


TToonies ENVIRO-FUN Showhe Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppet Show
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Bandshell
Description: The Toonies will bring together viewers of all ages in environmental awareness, teamwork and fun. Learn about the many ways of reducing the amount of trash we generate — rethink, reuse, recycle!

Please note: in the event of rain, the puppet show will be moved to the Hudson Area Library at 700 1st Street.


2019 – Wednesday, July 17

Refashioning Scrappy
Scrappy Dates: 7/16 – 7/18
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ Deluxe River Exploration art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for “Scrappy,” the splashing bass mascot of RiverFest.


WRSP Naturalist Naturalist at the Library
Time:
10:30 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: A naturalist from Willow River State Park will introduce children to animals from the St. Croix River.
Please register with the library.
(For children age 3+)


Yoga in the Park
Time:
Noon
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Come to breath, move and re-energize your body through a simple series of basic postures, guided by Kishori from Ciranda. We will meet behind the bandshell, facing the beautiful St. Croix river as our inspirational landscape.
Come 5 – 10 minutes early to sign up and to settle in to the surroundings. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome. Required: comfy clothes, a curious spirit and a sense of humor!


Evening Prairie Hike
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus Trail, 300 East Cove Road, Hudson. View map.
Prairie BirdDescription: Join Missy Sparrow, a prairie plant specialist form the Wisconsin DNR, and Jennifer Vieth, Carpenter Nature Center’s director, for an evening hike through the prairie. We’ll be looking for blooming forbs and grasses as well as listening a looking for birds. Field guides and binoculars will be available to use, or you may bring your own if you have them. This is a FREE, event but space is limited, and reservations required at 651-437-4359.


2019 – Thursday, July 18

Refashioning Scrappy
ScrappyDates: 7/17 – 7/19
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ Deluxe River Exploration art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for “Scrappy,” the splashing bass mascot of RiverFest.


St. Croix Sailing School Open House
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: Stop by the St. Croix Sailing School Open House for brief sailing clinics and information about the school.


RiverFest Partner Display Booths
Time: 6 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: RiverFest partner organizations will have booths with information and demonstrations before and during the concert.

St. Croix Valley Community Band Concert RiverFest Concert
Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: RiverFest Musical Extravaganza features the St. Croix Valley Community Band. The RiverFest Concert will include selections that celebrate our “Wild and Scenic River.” Directors Kris Tjornehoj and Christopher Tank will lead the SCVCB in this special performance. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled family evening!

Concert attendees will be invited to visit the Water is Life booth and help create a painted mural.

See the RiverFest mascot Scrappy on display! Created by sculptor Mary Johnson, the splashing bass figure is metal armature. Each year students from the Phipps Center for the Arts “Just Add Water” art and science class help complete the sculpture by processing and re-purposing the litter collected in Hudson during the river cleanup to create a new “skin” for Scrappy.


2019 – Friday, July 19

CNC BirdCarpenter Nature Center at the Library
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: The Carpenter Nature Center will be present their birds of prey raptor show in the lobby of the library. Observe live raptors, learn about their similarities and differences, and hear about adaptations a bird of prey has to help it survive.
(For families)


RiverFest Nature Boat Cruise
Time: 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. – Boarding at 6 p.m., Departs at 6:30 p.m. SHARP!
Location: Lakefront Park Grand Duchess boat, 98 Walnut Street
15GrandDuchessDescription: Explore the St. Croix River Valley with Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center Naturalists. Learn about the natural history of the area and meet a few live animal ambassadors from Carpenter Nature Center. Come aboard the Grand Duchess for a beautiful sun set cruise. St. Croix RiverFest tickets will be seated on the 2nd level. Binoculars will be available to use for bird watching or you may bring your own if you have them.
Details on St. Croix River Cruises’ website at www.StCroixRiverCruises.com or call 651-436-8883.
Cruise Reservations required:
RiverFest Cruise: $18 plus tax  for Carpenter Nature Center presentation and cruise only (no dinner). Cash bar available (no credit cards or checks accepted on the boat). 
RiverFest Cruise and Dinner: $37.95
for Carpenter Nature Center presentation, cruise and dinner. Cash bar available (no credit cards or checks accepted on the boat).


2019 – Saturday, July 20

Kids Fishing Derby
Kids Fishing DerbyTime: 8 – 10 a.m.
Location: Lake Mallalieu, southwest bay, west of 2nd Street, across from Corky’s Pier, up North Street to Bridge Street.
Description: Sponsored by the St. Croix County Sportsman’s Alliance, Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club and other partners, the derby is for children ages 6-12. Mentors, bait and fishing poles will be provided. There are prizes for all.  Led by Buck Malick.


Echo the MermaidEcho the Mermaid at the Library
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Echo tells of life along the St. Croix River between Prescott and Hudson with a photo opportunity to follow. Please register with the library.
(For children of all ages)


Native American Celebration
Time: 10 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Gather by the river for a Native American Cultural Celebration.

Lacrosse and Other Native American Traditional Games

Lacrosse Dan NinhamPresented by Paul Ninham
• See a lacrosse demonstration as a traditional game
• Learn about indigenous games including lacrosse, longball and shinny
• Hear the stories about lacrosse as part of Native American history and culture
• See traditional wooden lacrosse sticks and other equipment
• Play the games and share the traditional culture

View a printable flyer on the lacrosse & other traditional games.

Compliments of NATOW

• Water is Life by James Knutson-KolodzneWater Is Life

Learn about this hands-on art project during RiverFest. Presented by James Knutson-Kolodzne, St. Cloud, MN, Director of the American Indian Center at St. Cloud State University and enrolled member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Manistee, MI.

• Native Dancing and Singing by Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company

Woodland SkyWoodland Sky performs historical and traditional stories that give audiences a visual feast for the eyes as well as memorable songs for the soul. Dancers in full regalia will perform different dance styles including the eagle dance and hoop dance. An onstage narrator will entertain audiences with stories rooted in cultural values and well-seasoned with humor. Woodland Sky is made up of award-winning singers and dancers that span multiple generations making their performance a perfect family event. Singers and dancers in Woodland Sky proudly represent the following tribal nations; Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Lakota and Apache.

Compliments of NATOW

• Native Dancing and Singing

Compliments of   St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI   and   St. Croix Casino
Brandon & JackieFeaturing: Men’s Traditional, Fancy and Grass and Women’s Traditional, Fancy and Jingle Dances. Head Dancers:  Jackie Mallory and Brandon Geshick

Drum by Native Boyz with Rodney Mallory as MC and Steve Mallory as head drummer, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Cumberland, WI

Youth Drum and Dancers by St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and TRAILS Dance Troupe with Mark Soulier

• Cultural Informational Booths

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin Booth and free cultural guides, pow-wow guides

American Indian Center at St. Cloud State University Educational Booth with interactive quiz on the Wisconsin reservations, Native American Star and Constellations maps and display of the History of Wisconsin Indians

St. Croix County Historical Society Booth with information on Indian Mounds in Hudson’s Birkmose Park and Native History of the St. Croix Valley near Hudson

RiverFest Informational Booth with information about RiverFest and Hudson with Binesi Maple Sugar Pecans for Sale

Native Crafts• Native American Art & Crafts

Featuring beadwork, jewelry, outfits, ribbon shirts and more.  Cultural display and demonstrations of making beaded barrettes, porcupine quill earrings, bracelets, moccasins, dream catchers jewelry, beadwork, artwork, baskets and leather,  walking sticks, dancing staffs, turtle rattles, shields, dreamcatchers and other types of art using materials proffered from the woods

• Native Food for Sale:

Fry bread, Indian tacos and wild rice soup by Lisa Mosay at the beach house concession stand with other food offerings (candy, pop, soda, coffee, ice cream)

Scrappy: See RiverFest mascot Scrappy dressed in is new “skin” made from trash collected during the St. Croix River Cleanup.


Woodland Echoes: Native American Taste, Sights & Sounds
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Flavors of the Woodlands Tastings
Time: 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Woodland Sky Native American Dance Troupe
Location: Willow River Elementary School, 1118 4th Street
Description: Experience the Flavors of the Woodlands Tastings followed by a performance by Woodland Sky Native American Dance Troupe. Enjoy tastings of indigenous fare sourced from Native American producers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Recipes that honor traditional foods from the Woodland people. Hear the stories of the traditional foods of the woodland peoples. Following the tasting, Woodland Sky Native American Dance Troupe will present a theatrical, authentic performance with Native American Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Lakota and Apache dancers. The telling of historic stories using traditional Native American songs and dances.
Ticket details comming soon.


2019 – Sunday, July 21

Civil War Encampment & Ice Cream Social
EncampmentTime: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: the Octagon House Museum, 1004 3rd Street
Description:
Local Civil War re-enactors will stage an encampment on the lawn of the Octagon House Museum. Re-enactors from the Prescott Guards will share stories of the everyday life of the Civil War soldier. Enjoy an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social fundraiser with baked goods, sundaes and floats with demonstration of hand-churned ice cream and samples.


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