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Rivertown Fall Art Festival Set for October 6 and 7 in Downtown Stillwater

The Rivertown Fall Art Festival has been popular and well attended in the Midwest, attracting more than 10,000 people from MN and Western WI. Located in beautiful

historic downtown Stillwater along the scenic St. Croix River, this popular event features over 150 artisans showcasing specialty hand-crafted items. This juried show includes artist mediums of all kinds including paper, painting, pottery, metal, wood and jewelry. Over 120 Artists participate in this popular Rivertown Fall Art Festival! Returning will be the beer & wine tent, a variety of food selections, LIVE music overlooking the beautiful St. Continue Reading →

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Discover Stillwater Launches Fifth Annual Summer Photo Contest

Discover Stillwater’s fifth annual Summer Photo Contest is underway. Submit your best Stillwater images from now until September 15 for the chance to win a Stillwater Getaway Package or up to $300 cash. The Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)’s 2017 Photo Contest features 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place cash prizes, as well as a “Popular Vote” category determined by a vote on the Discover Stillwater Facebook page. The winners’ work will also be recognized, showcased in the Official Stillwater Visitors Guide and on social media. View the 2016 Stillwater Photo Contest winning images

View the 2015 Stillwater Photo Contest winning images

View the 2014 Stillwater Photo Contest winning images

Photographers are encouraged to submit up to five photos from all four seasons that inspires them about historic Stillwater. Continue Reading →

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Zephyr Theatre Offers Rare Glimpse into 20th Century Artist Donato Frisia’s Renowned Paintings

The Zephyr Theatre has partnered with the family of 20th century artist, Donato Frisia, to present a collection of his rarely-seen famed paintings. Local relatives of the late Donato are offering a rare look into the artist’s celebrated works – allowing the community at large to experience firsthand the positive impact the arts have throughout the greater Saint Croix Valley. The public is invited to enjoy a collection of works by Donato Frisia on Saturday, June 10 from 11-5 p.m., and on Sunday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Depot building, 600 North Main St. Admission is $20 per person and will help support the mission of The Stillwater Zephyr Theatre. Donato Frisia was born Aug. Continue Reading →

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Party Like It’s 1929

ArtReach St. Croix to host noir-themed “Totally Criminal Cocktail Party” featuring the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra

Trench coats and fedoras, bobbed hair and seamed stockings, smooth jazz and bootleg gin. As part of NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, ArtReach St. Continue Reading →

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Not Your Normal Book Event

Local writer Chuck Logan worked closely with Happy Thomsen and crew at Happy’s Stillwater Diagnostic Center in researching his new novel, Broker, and used the car shop as a setting in the story. In celebration of this collaboration the folks at Happy’s are throwing a unique, on site, rolling garage party/meet and greet that will feature food, refreshments and signed copies of Broker:

“Not Your Normal Book Event”

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m – 2p.m.

Happy’s Stillwater Diagnostic Center

1730 Industrial Blvd. Stillwater, MN,55082

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Get a Sneak Peak of ArtReach’s Artisan Birdhouses at Preview with a Pint Event at Lift Bridge Brewery

ArtReach St. Croix is hosting their fourth and final Birdhouse Auction Fundraiser on May 18 at JX Event Venue in downtown Stillwater. You can get a sneak peek of some of this year’s birdhouses Tuesday night (March 14) during the Birdhouse Preview with a Pint event from 6-9 p.m. at Lift Bridge Brewery. Tickets for the auction will be available for purchase. This year, 40 imaginative birdhouses — and several bird sculptures — created by local artists will be auctioned off to support ArtReach’s arts marketing efforts in the St Croix Valley. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Area Kiwanis Club’s Bluegrass Fundraiser is Saturday at Water Street Inn

The Stillwater Kiwanis Club’s third annual St. Croix Valley Bluegrass Fundraiser is happening this weekend at the Water Street Inn, benefitting local organizations that serve children. Tickets for the St. Croix Valley Bluegrass Fundraiser at $25 at the door, or $20 when pre-purchased on EventBrite. All proceeds support Key Club students at Stillwater Area High School, the Builders Club at Stillwater Junior High and other organizations that serve the children throughout the St. Continue Reading →

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The East Metro Symphony Orchestra presents A Season of Stories – Chapter 1: Friendship

The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) will present the first program of its 2016-2017 concert series, A Season of Stories, on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The program, Chapter One: Friendship, will be the first of five concerts celebrating different story themes through music. The concert will be presented at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 North 4th Street, Stillwater, MN, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance on the orchestra’s website: $10 adults, $7 seniors, 17 and under free. Chapter One: Friendship will feature special guest artist cellist Gary Stucka performing Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 1986, Stucka began playing cello at the age of eight. Continue Reading →

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St. Croix Catholic School Hosts Evening for the Arts Fundraiser


St. Croix Catholic School (SCCS) is hosting its second annual Evening for the Arts fundraising event on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Church of St. Michael, 621 Third Street South, Stillwater. Proceeds support the performing and fine arts programs at the school. Additionally, the proceeds help build the Zach Sobiech Music Scholarship Fund, which provides direct scholarship assistance to St. Continue Reading →

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Pictures of Stillwater: Fall is Such a Showoff…

Local photographers have been busy capturing beautiful fall moments in Stillwater. Thank you to all of the talented, wonderful photographers who are part of the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. You all blow me away every day with your perspective of what we know is one of the Most Picturesque Small Towns in the United States. Join and post your photos to Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group

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Summer Tuesdays: Scottie Miller, Guardians of the Galaxy at Lowell Park

Summer Tuesdays enters the home stretch this week in Lowell Park with Scottie Miller taking the stage at 6 p.m. and Guardians of the Galaxy playing on the big screen at sunset. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m.

Remember to bring blankets or chairs to hang out and watch music and the movie. Once again, boaters will be able to “boat-in” to watch the movie from the St. Croix River. Here’s a look at the forecast. Continue Reading →

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Remembrance Walk Proposed in Stillwater

The Stillwater City Council will consider approval of a new event next month for families who have lost babies. Heather Lombardo is proposing the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Remembrance Walk on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Lowell Park. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a national organization that provides heirloom portraits to families that have lost babies. The day will begin with a ceremony that includes a reading of the infants names, a guest speaker a balloon release and live music. Continue Reading →

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15th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival is Sept. 10

The 15th annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival is happening Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The Bluegrass Festival fuses community, the great outdoors and local musicians. It’s a way to celebrate a successful summer season and give thanks to everyone for supporting Washington County Parks. The music lineup will be:

Borderstone, 2 p.m.

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures, 3 p.m.

The High 48’s, 4 p.m.;

Pushing Chain, 5 p.m.

Located within the 2,200-acre Lake Elmo Park Reserve, the venue provides a naturally peaceful outdoor setting, perfect for large groups. Continue Reading →

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Help ArtReach St. Croix Make Their Mobile Art Gallery Dream a Reality

ArtReach St. Croix is looking to raise about $4,000 by the end of next week to make the Mobile Art Gallery a reality. The hope is to launch the new project this fall. Afton architect Anna Koosmann has worked with the ArtReach team to dream up a pull-behind trailer that can transform into mobile art spaces to “take the show on the road” throughout the lower St. Croix Valley. Continue Reading →

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Pub 112 Chef Bernice Reyes Wins Stillwater Lumberjack Days Chef’s Competition

Pub 112 Chef Bernice Reyes was crowned champion of the 2016 Stillwater Lumberjack Days Chef’s Competition. Chef Reyes defeated the defending champ, Chef Nate Peterson of Phil’s Tara Hideaway, by cooking up her ribeye steak tacos with fresh corn tortillas, a smoky white chocolate mole and roasted blueberry salsa. All of the ingredients for the competition were purchased at the Stillwater Farmers Market. The meat was donated by River Market Community Co-op. All of the ingredients were a surprise to the competitors. Continue Reading →

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Valley Chamber Chorale Auditions

The Valley Chamber Chorale (VCC) seeks singers of all voice parts for its 42nd season “Where Music Dwells”. Auditions include performing a prepared solo (sacred, secular, art song etc). Memorization is not required. Other aspects of the audition include vocalises and vocal exercises to determine range, voice part and intonation and sight-reading and tonal memory skills. Auditions are by appointment only and will last approximately 15 minutes. Continue Reading →

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Discover Stillwater’s 2016 Summer Photo Contest is Underway

The Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2016 Stillwater Summer Photo Contest is underway. Submit your best Stillwater images from now until Aug. 31 for the chance to win a Stillwater Getaway Package or up to $300 cash. Discover Stillwater’s 2015 Photo Contest features 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place cash prizes, as well as a “Popular Vote” category determined by a vote on the Discover Stillwater Facebook page. The winners’ work will also be recognized, showcased in the Official Stillwater Visitors Guide and on social media. Continue Reading →

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Public Art Installations Arrive in Downtown Stillwater as Part of River City Sculpture Tour

Ten public art installations will dot the landscape of downtown Stillwater as part of the River City Sculpture Tour. In all, 18 original sculptures will be displayed as part of the public art exhibit along the St. Croix River in Stillwater, Hastings and Prescott. “Thatsalottabull,” a giant rusted steel moose, was installed last Friday near the Lift Bridge. Stillwater is host to 10 original, outdoor sculptures that will be on display from now until next April. Continue Reading →

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Rivertown Art Festival Set for June 4-5 in Downtown Stillwater

The 39th Annual Rivertown Art Festival will take place June 4-5 in North Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater. This year’s event features more than 110 fine artists, along with vendors with handcrafted items.

“We have many of the region’s best artisans in a wide variety of mediums including woodworking, photography, ceramics, pottery, textiles and metal,” Chamber Director Robin Anthony said. This year, the Chamber is featuring new items like fused glass from Advantage Glass Design, handmade frames from Images by Lee, metal sculptures from Iron Maid Art and Wooden Jewelry from Melinda Wolff. The festival’s marketplace will include some unique handmade items like Beer/Wine Jelly from Windy Ridge Jelly. There will also be pottery demonstrations from Mudslinger Pottery, and wood turning top demos from Wooden Inspirations. Continue Reading →

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Community Thread’s 17th Annual Oil Painting Art Show & Reception is May 18

Community Thread will be hosting its annual Oil Painting Art Show & Reception on Wednesday, May 18 from 4:30-6 p.m.

This free event honors the work of the talented students of the Oil Painting Open Studio Class held at the Stillwater Senior Center. The class began in 1999 under the supervision of volunteer Don Neurauter who guides students through their artistic journey. Don Neurauter has a background in art design and sculpture, and has been teaching since 1954. The Oil Painting Art Show & Reception is a culmination of each year’s classes and this year marks the 17th anniversary of the class. The event is open to the public and will display art works from several artists who will be attending the event. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing’s Big Brew Day Event Celebrates Homebrewers

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is holding its first Big Brew Day event on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 6 p.m.

Each year, the American Homebrewing Association promotes “Big Brew Day” to get as many people as possible from around the world to brew beer at the same time. Last year, more than 11,000 people attended a Big Brew Day event. The official beer for the 2016 event, as suggested by the American Homebrewers Association, is Summer Ginger Ale. Lift Bridge’s Big Brew Day event will host 24 registered homebrewers who will come together to brew in designated areas inside and outside of the brewhouse. Continue Reading →

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Video: Stillwater Bids Farewell to Longtime Choir Director Dr. Erik Christiansen

Dr. Erik Christiansen is retiring after 28 years as director of Stillwater’s Concert Choir. On April 26, more than 200 of his former choir members attended his farewell concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. During the farewell concert, Stillwater Area High School choir alumni sang a song commissioned by Rene Clausen, and joined the current choir for a grand finale to sing the choir’s signature song, “O Day Full of Grace,” which was written by Doc’s grandfather, F. Melius Christiansen.

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at ArtReach St. Croix’s Birdhouse Auction Items

ArtReach St. Croix will auction off more than 50 artist-made birdhouses on Sunday, April 24 at Acapulco Restaurante. For the past three years, ArtReach St. Croix has been sending blank birdhouses out into the community, and each year they come back to the gallery as impressive works of art that showcase the talented artists that live, work and play in the St. Croix Valley. Continue Reading →

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Lumberjack Days Music Lineup Will Be Revealed Tuesday at Lift Bridge Brewery

The Locals will announce the 2016 Lumberjack Days music lineup Tuesday night at Lift Bridge Brewery. This week’s Townie Tuesday event at Lift Bridge’s taproom benefits Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days. The Locals will reveal the 2016 Lumberjack Days music lineup at 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer schedules and sign up forms for Lumberjack Days will be available from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The Locals are always looking for volunteers

During Townie Tuesday events, Lift Bridge donates a portion of beer sales to the featured nonprofit group. Proceeds of Tuesday’s Lumberjack Days fundraiser will be directed to help promote the festival. In addition to beverages, pizza by the slice will be available. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Zephyr Theatre Project Moves Forward on North End of Downtown


The Stillwater Zephyr Theatre project moved forward Tuesday night. The Stillwater City Council on a 3-2 vote — Tom Weidner and Dave Junker dissenting — approved a 7 foot height variance for the construction of a fly loft on the Stillwater Depot building on the north end of Main Street. Several residents of nearby condos oppose the project saying that granting a height variance will destroy their view of the St. Croix River. Only a Dim Image Productions has proposed renovating the Stillwater Depot building into a 332-seat professional theatre and bakery/coffee shop. Continue Reading →

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Pictures of Stillwater: Church Spires and Sunsets on Easter Sunday

The sun didn’t come out for long on Sunday, but when it did members of the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group captured spectacular images of light bouncing off of local church spires. … and another

Others posted some great sunset shots from the area. Thanks to all who share their pictures. Join the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group and share your photos. 

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Stillwater Artist William Ersland Wins 2 Awards in Wyoming and Colorado Art Shows

Well-known Minnesota artist William Ersland recently won first and a second place ribbons in two prestigious nationally juried shows in Wyoming and Colorado. At the March 7 opening of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s 35th Annual Western Spirit Art Show and Sale,  Ersland’s long horizontal painting “Along the Trail” took a blue ribbon in the Acrylic Painting Division. The painting portrays members of a wagon trail including of a family with a team of oxen, a single black man, and a veteran confederate soldier on horseback followed by a burro and a dog. This is the 12th year Ersland has been accepted into this nationally juried show competition and the 3rd year that he’s won for his Western Paintings featuring cowboys, cowgirls and their horses.  The show runs through April 17. Ersland also exhibited three western paintings at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado and won a 2nd place ribbon for one of the paintings, “Harvest Moon.”  This painting features a couple on horseback perhaps riding to a barn dance with a huge harvest moon dominating the background.  The Show runs through mid-May. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Area High School’s Final ‘Anything Goes’ Performances are This Weekend

This is your last chance to see Stillwater Area High School’s “Anything Goes” performances. Tickets are still available for Stillwater Area High School’s final performances of Cole Porter’s musical comedy are 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 in the high school auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 for students, $6 for senior citizens and $10 for adults. Ticket are available at the door using cash or check only. The madcap story centers on a stowaway aboard a luxury ocean liner, mistaken identities, runaway gangsters and star-crossed lovers. Continue Reading →

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Dynamic Father-Daughter Duo Create Superhero Student Play

Superheroes are all the rage in movies and TV and now drama club students at Stillwater Junior High School are getting into the act with a student-written, student-directed, and student-performed play about an unexpected teenage superhero. “My Life as a Superhero” chronicles how teenager Jill Jamison is unexpectedly proclaimed a superhero and has her life thrown into chaos, uncharted territory, and danger. Jill has nowhere to turn for help, except a web site for the Superhero Guild. The play was written by former SJHS theater student, Holly Newton, and her father, Dale. Holly came up with the idea in ninth grade after seeing a superhero movie that was too violent for her. Continue Reading →

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The Big Read: Keep an Eye Out for ‘Read & Release’ Copies of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Keep a look out forJohn Steinbeck’s classic book, “The Grapes of Wrath.” Copies of the book will be popping up in Little Free Libraries, coffee shops, tap rooms and laundromats throughout the lower St. Croix Valley this month, courtesy of ArtReach St. Croix as part of this year’s The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. 

If you come across the book, you are encouraged to read it and then pass the “Read & Release” copy along to another reader, leave it in a public place, return it to ArtReach, or even keep it. The Big Read in the St. Continue Reading →

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