Events & Activities

Celebrating 50 years of Wild & Scenic Rivers

St Croix River 50 Years

In 2018 we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway which includes the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. Created through the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, this federal protection of the Riverway offers clean water, breathtaking beauty, and abundant recreation right here in Hudson, WI on the St. Croix River.


View a printable flyer of RiverFest events (click here)

2018 – Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15

Just Add Water Art & Science Lab
Free and open to the public.
Dates: 7/14 & 7/15  and 8/11 & 8/12
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
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.  New this year, Just Add Water alumni will be in the Lab on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday in July and August from 12 – 2 p.m. to engage with visitors.

The 2018 Just Add Water Art & Science Lab and “drop-in” hours are made possible with support from Rain to Rivers…Wise Choices for Cleaner Waters, an education campaign sponsored by Rain to Rivers of Western Wisconsin that is aimed at protecting and improving the quality of local lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands.


2018 – Monday, July 16

St. Croix RiverFest Deluxe River Exploration
Dates: 7/16 – 7/19
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, transform the RiverFest mascot. This 15 foot sculpture of a splashing bass will be displayed at events this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The instructor Liz Malanaphy has taught Deluxe River Exploration classes at The Phipps for seven years. Experience hands-on fun for young artists and scientists who want to learn more about the world around them. Liz is a mother of five who has worked with hundreds of students in Hudson through the Hudson Destination Imagination program and other various community projects.

Bring a sack lunch each day. The class fee is $199 (including kayak rental). For registration call 715-386-2305 or visit Deluxe River Exploration on the Phipps Center’s website.


2018 – Tuesday, July 17

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 bank 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: 7/17 – 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.


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. Presented by Mary Moriarty Davis, Children’s Librarian.
(For children talking to age 3)


Pop-up Art Activity at the Art Bench 
Phipps Pop Up ArtTime: 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, be creative, and interact with a National Park Service Ranger. 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)
DCarpenter Nature Centerescription: 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.


ENVIRO-FUN ShowThe Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppet Show
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
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 concert will be moved to the Hudson Area Library at 700 1st Street.


2018 – Wednesday, July 18

Refashioning Scrappy
  Scrappy Dates: 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.


Naturalist at the LibraryWRSP Naturalist
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.
(For children age 0-5)

 


Evening Prairie Hike
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus Trail, 300 East Cove Road, Hudson. View map: (http://carpenternaturecenter.org/about/wisconsin-campus-trail-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.


2018 – Thursday, July 19

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: Moved to Bethel Lutheran Downtown Church at 920 3rd Street
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: Moved to Bethel Lutheran Downtown Church at 920 3rd Street
Description: RiverFest Musical Extravaganza features the St. Croix Valley Community Band along with the Metro Brass. The RiverFest Concert will include selections that reflect 50 years of celebrating 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!

Due to forecasted rain the Concert will be moved indoors to Bethel Lutheran Downtown Church at 920 Third Street in Hudson.


Partner Booths begin at 6 p.m. with the Concert starting at 7 p.m.

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.


2018 – Friday, July 20

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 Naturlists. 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). 


2018 – Saturday, July 21

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.
(For children of all ages)

 


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

Bandshell Stage Schedule:

10:00 a.m. – Lacrosse and Other Native American Traditional Games

Presented by Dan & Susan 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

12:00 p.m. – 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.

12:15 p.m. – Jeff Chapman, Ojibwe Flutist and Storyteller

12:45 p.m. – Oneida Youth Smoke Dancers, Oneida, WI

Compliments of NATOW

1:15 p.m. – Jeff Chapman, Ojibwe Flutist and Storyteller

1:45 p.m. – Oneida Youth Smoke Dancers, Oneida, WI

Compliments of NATOW

2:15-4:15 p.m. – 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

Burnett County Historical Society with information on Forts Folle Avoine Native American and fur trade display promoting the upcoming Fur Trade Rendezvous

Hudson Area Public Library Booth with library resources about Native American culture and recyclable craft

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 American Art & Crafts

NA CraftYvonne Schmidt/Akeeng Gifts Booth featuring beadwork, jewelry, outfits, ribbon shirts and more.  Cultural display and demonstrations of making beaded barrettes, porcupine quill earrings and bracelets

Guadalupe Castillo Booth featuring Native crafts, moccasins, dream catchers jewelry, etc.

Miscobinayshii and Steve Fowler Booth featuring moccasins, beadwork, artwork, baskets and leather

Dick Mindykowski Booth featuring walking sticks, dancing staffs, turtle rattles, shields, dreamcatchers and other types of art using materials proffered from the woods

Food for Sale:

Fry bread, Indian tacos and wild rice soup by Lisa Mosay at the beach house concession stand with other food offerings (hot dogs, chips, 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.


2018 – Sunday, July 22

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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