Events & Activities

2019 – Pre-events

The State of the St. Croix River (Free and open to the public)
Date: Thursday, July 11
Time: 
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Join us for a RiverFest kick-off presentation and learn about the state of the St. Croix River. We will have two speakers:
Michael Mroz, Director of Public Works & Parks will present: Storm Water Management in the City of Hudson

 Michael became City of Hudson’s Director of Public Works & Parks in August of 2018 and brings more than 14 years of extensive experience to the to the municipal public works. Michael obtained his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Master’s in Recreation Management from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. As the Director, Michael is responsible for directing the budgets, operations, and maintenance, of the City’s streets, parks, urban forest, and storm water infrastructure. 

Jim Almendinger, PhD, Director, St. Croix Watershed Research Station will present: How Clean is our St. Croix River today?

The Station, in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, is the environmental research institute of the private non-profit Science Museum of Minnesota. Jim received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  He spent several years doing post-doctoral work in Alaska and Sweden before joining the Research Station in 1995 and assuming the directorship in 2017. His research interests focus on land-water interactions, including the hydrology of lakes, streams, and wetlands; the impact of humans on watersheds; and the hydrologic effects of climate change.


Native American Day at Family Fresh Market
Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Family Fresh Market – Hudson, 2351 Coulee Rd
Description: Family Fresh Market will host a Native American day with samplings of Native inspired foods and free recipes. Stop by the RiverFest table to learn about RiverFest events and tickets will be available for sale for the July 20th, Woodland Echeos program with native food tastings followed by a performance by  Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company.


Just Add Water Art & Science Lab
Free and open to the public
Date & Time: Throughout RiverFest
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.

Open during galleries hours when classes are not in session. Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 12 noon – 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps Theaters.


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, 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 eight 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.


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.


TurtleNaturalist at the Library
Time:
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Join the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks and learn about two types of Wisconsin reptiles. Meet Albert the Fox Snake and Morton, Susie and Shelly the Painted and False Map Turtles! We will go over fun and educational facts about snakes and turtles and talk about why they are so important for our environment and the ecosystems they live in! Everyone welcome!

Register online or at the front desk.
(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 of music that celebrates 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!

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

Tai Chi in the Park
Time: Noon
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Come for an introduction to Yang Style Tai Chi with Anthony Fidler of EasternPeace. Participants will be able to take away useful tools to build a personal daily practice of their own, assisting in relaxation, greater vitality and health. Anthony has spent much of his adult life in India, Thailand and China exploring Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi, Vipassana and Zen Meditation as well as many different styles of therapy and bodywork. All are welcome to try Tai Chi with Anthony!


CNC BirdCarpenter Nature Center at the Library
Time: 1 – 2 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. Everyone is welcome.


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 port fee and 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: $40.15
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 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: “Echo:  One Mermaid’s Mission to Save Them All.” Learn about microplastics pollution and how you can help. There will be a Q & A session with prizes, followed by a meet and greet and photos with Echo.
(For children of all ages)


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

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

Paul 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.

About Longball

Longball is an Iroquois game that is considered a field game and consists of two teams. It is the original game of today’s modern baseball. The game begins with the offense “passing” their hand over the game ball which deems them eligible to run to the opposite side of the field. The offensive players attempt to make it to the other side of the playing field without being hit or tagged by the ball. Once they make it to the opposite side of the playing field, they have an opportunity to rest in a safe place where they are not eligible to be tagged out. Runs are counted when the players return to the starting line and cross it without being hit or tagged by the game ball. Once three outs is determined, the sides will change. The bat is utilized only in the event of slow play when runners do not want to run in fear of being thrown out. It is a team/running game that is appropriate for all ages, including elders who wish to run. The game is played by the Iroquois People and is considered a social event.

Compliments of NATOW

• Dancing and Singing by Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.

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

TiWakan – Indian Fusion Music and Poetry
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Contemporary music and poetry from the Dakota nation with a focus on preservation and ecology of the river.

Learn more about TiWakan on Facebook.

 

• Native Dancing and Singing by St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin 
Time: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Brandon & Jackie

Native American Dancing and Singing program is presented complements of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and the St. Croix Casino.
 
This free program will feature Native American singing and drum, with men’s and women’s dance by St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and TRAILS Dance Troupe .
 
Featuring: Men’s Traditional, Fancy and Grass and Women’s Traditional, Fancy and Jingle Dances.
 

Compliments of   St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI   and   St. Croix Casino

• Cultural Informational Booths
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Booth with information on their historical park located near Danbury, Wisconsin. This living history site has two fur trade posts and an Ojibwe Village which offers insight into Ojibwe life during the time of the fur trade.  

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

Native Crafts• Native American Art & Crafts
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Featuring birchbark, buckskin, quill and leather jewelry and authentic dreamcatchers, beadwork, moccasins, baskets and traditional outfits for boys and girls.

• Native Food for Sale:
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fry bread, Indian tacos and wild rice soup by Lisa Mosay at the beach house concession stand. Other food offerings: soda, water and popcorn


Woodland Echoes: Native American Tastes, Sights & Sounds
Woodland SkyTime: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Flavors of the Woodlands Tastings
Time: 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company
Location: Willow River Elementary School, 1118 4th Street
Description: Enjoy tastings of indigenous fare sourced from Native American producers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Guests can experience the flavors of the woodlands with tastings of pre-colonial foods such as wild rice, native plants, bison, the three sisters vegetables and sweet maple syrup treats.  A special performance by Woodland Sky Dance Company will highlight the evening’s entertainment. They 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.

Tickets are $15 each, $25 per couple or $10 for kids under 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance (by July 15). Tickets are available in Hudson at Family Fresh Market, Hudson House Grand Hotel and The Purple Tree. Tickets are also available at jackib@att.net or 715-386-3826.

Program Sponsors:     
Family Fresh Royal Credit Union


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.


The Longer TableThe Longer Table
Time: 11 a.m. – 2p.m. (lunch served at noon)
Location: Lakefront Park, downtown Hudson
Description: The Hudson Inclusion Alliance has partnered with RiverFest for The Longer Table event. This is a community wide potluck lunch… at a very long table… because everyone deserves a seat at the table.

All are welcome!  Register here


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