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Warner Bros. Acquires Movie Rights to Develop Zach Sobiech ‘Fly a Little Higher’ Movie

Warner Bros. has acquired the movie rights to Laura Sobiech’s book about her son, Zach Sobiech,” titled “Fly a Little Higher, according to Variety.com. Justin Baldoni, who directed the SoulPancake documentary about Zach, titled “My Last Day: Meet Zach Sobiech” will direct and produce the film, according to Variety.com.  The film will be titled “Clouds” after Zach’s hit farewell song, which now has more than 12 million Youtube views. Laura Sobiech’s book “Fly a Little Higher” was released in May 2014 with the hopes that telling both sides of her family’s stories about Zach would help other families. Continue Reading →

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Partners in Praise Girls Choir to Give Concert

The Partners in Praise Girls Choir will present a concert at First Presbyterian Church, 6201 Osgood Avenue, Stillwater, at 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, February 14th. Directed by Julia Fahey and made up of auditioned senior and junior high girls from across the Twin Cities area, this talented group of young women has toured widely in Europe, Latin America, and Australia, as well as in this country. Now in its 22nd season, the Choir will perform later this month at the American Choral Directors Association North Central Division convention, and in July will depart on a concert tour in Spain. There is no admission charge for the concert at First Presbyterian, although a freewill offering will be received. Continue Reading →

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Valley Chamber Chorale’s Christmas Concerts are This Weekend

The Valley Chamber Chorale’s Christmas Concert series is happening this weekend at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. Highlights:

This is the Chorale’s final season for founding director, Carol Carver, she has promised to “pull out the stops” to make these Christmas concerts the finest in 41 years. For tickets, contact the Valley Chamber Chorale via phone at 651-430-0124; or go to their website . For over 40 years the Valley Chamber Chorale has ushered in the holiday season with a truly unique concert. Granted, you can hear many the Christmas concert in a lovely church sanctuary with coffee and cookies afterwards – but it is rare to hear an artistically excellent performance – in a stunningly decorated room – seated at candle-lit tables set for 10 – sipping on wine or sparkling cider and munching gourmet appetizers and desserts! Continue Reading →

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Local Dancer To Perform in Professional Production of Nutcracker Ballet

This coming December Stillwater resident Emma Atkins will be dancing in Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s newly enhanced professional ballet production, “A Minnesota Nutcracker.”

Emma is currently a student at Ballet Royale Minnesota, Twin Cities Ballet official school and one of the foremost ballet academies in Minnesota. Emma will be performing in various dances within the production alongside professional company dance members. Twin Cities Ballet’s original full-length professional production of The Nutcracker ballet is one of the most attended holiday events in the Twin Cities. This year’s fresh rendition retains all the magic and traditions of TCB’s beloved classic, but will now feature all new custom designed and painted Minnesota centric backdrops, offering a unique Nutcracker experience for Twin Cities audiences. “A Minnesota Nutcracker” performances run December 11 -13 at Ames Center in Burnsville, MN. Continue Reading →

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ArtReach St. Croix’s Downtown Pop-Up Shop Will Open Nov. 20

ArtReach St. Croix will once again host a Downtown Pop-up Shop on Main Street in Stillwater. The shop will open Friday, November 20 and run through Sunday, December 27. The annual holiday gift gallery will feature work by more than 40 local artists and is made possible this year by the donation of space by 45 Degrees. The artists, many of whom live and work in the St. Continue Reading →

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Pictures of Stillwater: Fall Along the St. Croix River, Part 2

Fall colors are fading in Stillwater, but our local photographers have done a great job capturing autumn’s beauty in the St. Croix River Valley. In case you missed it, here is a look at Stillwater Current’s first post full of images of Stillwater’s fall foliage. Check out more images — and share your photos — by joining the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. Thank you to all of these wonderful photographers for sharing their images. If you have fall photos join the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group and share them with us. Continue Reading →

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You Have to See These Photos of Fall in Stillwater

Fall colors are in full effect in Stillwater, and our local photographers have been busy capturing Autumn’s beauty in the St. Croix River Valley. Check out these images posted in the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. Thank you to all of these wonderful photographers for sharing their images. Make sure to check back, as more photos will be added in the days to come. Continue Reading →

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The Big Carve Set for Oct. 21 at Lift Bridge Brewery

The Big Carve is happening this week at Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Carve pumpkins without having to clean up the mess from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the brewery. For $6, Lift Bridge gives out carving tools and a pumpkin from Bergmann’s Greenhouse. There will also be food by R.A. MacSammy’s Food Truck, family-friendly music with the Roe Family Singers. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater’s Fall Colors Fine Art and Music Festival this Weekend in Lowell Park

The Fall Colors Fine Art and Music Festival is happening this weekend at Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual event will feature 60 artists, art demonstrations and music all weekend. This year, three artists will be doing pottery and jewelry demonstrations throughout the weekend. And something new to the festival: ArtAndes, which is owned by Melanie Ebertz, of Stillwater, is bringing weavers from Peru who make textiles and will be in colorful Peruvian dress. TheFall Colors Fine Art and Music Festival is Saturday, Oct. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Supermoon Eclipse over Stillwater

Clear skies made for terrific viewing conditions in Stillwater for Sunday night’s Supermoon and total lunar eclipse. The last time a supermoon has been coupled with a lunar eclipse was 1982. Here’s a look at local photography of the Supermoon and total lunar eclipse shared in the comment stream on Stillwater Current’s Facebook page:

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Check Out Discover Stillwater’s 2015 Photo Contest Winners

Discover Stillwater has announced the winners for its 2015 Summer Photo Contest. Overall, 312 photos were entered into the contest. Carol Seefedlt won first place with a shot of the Andiamo below an orange sky. Dave Parker took second place, Troy Schmidt took third place and Sara Jespersen won the 2015 Popular Vote Photo Contest. Honorable Mentions were given to photos by Judd Sather, Troy Schmidt, Tom Wieland, and Kelley Brenner. The winning photos were chosen by the CVB Board of Directors. Continue Reading →

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Check Out this Photo and Drone Footage of Steeple Work at Church of St. Michael in Stillwater

Drone Eyes Media recently produced an awesome Instagram trailer video of a new “project in the works” of Stillwater. Check it out. Project in the work’s. #stillwater #stillwaterbridge #stillwatermn #church #churchrepair #polarpro #summer #himom #stillwatertown #discoverstillwater #discoverstillwater2015 #adamhansonrepair #djiphantom #djiglobal #dji #djiphantom3professional #phantom3professional #phantom3 #phantompro #phantom #quadcopter #quad #drone #airvuz

A video posted by @drone_eyes_media on Aug 4, 2015 at 7:29pm PDT

You can also follow Drone Eyes Media on Youtube. Here’s a video of the Stillwater Lift Bridge: 

Last month, Tom Wieland captured this photo of Steeple work at the Church of St. Continue Reading →

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Voting for 2015 Discover Stillwater Photo Contest Begins

Voting for the Popular Vote category of the Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2015 Stillwater Photo Contest began this morning — and will continue until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15. Do yourself a favor and block off some time to click through the gallery. There are some amazing images of our beloved river town. Nearly 300 photo entries (269 to be exact) were submitted in this year’s contest. Continue Reading →

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Brooklyn Rider’s Last Stillwater Music Festival Set for Aug. 25-27

Brooklyn Rider’s 10th Stillwater Music Festival will be their last. The Stillwater Music Festival will happen Aug. 25-27. Over the last decade, Stillwater has been a place where Brooklyn Rider has rolled out new musical ventures including collaborations with Béla Fleck, Persian kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. “With a heavy heart that we announce that this summer’s festival will be our last festival,” Brooklyn Rider members wrote on the Stillwater Music Festival website. Continue Reading →

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Take Me to the River, ArtReach St. Croix’s ‘Festival of Festivals,’ Expands

Take Me to the River, a “festival of festivals” showcasing art and music in the St. Croix Valley, is expanding to three weekends in September. Five five partnering events have joined the series of Take Me to the River events that will take place September 12-27 at locations across the valley. In all, Take Me to the River will be a celebration of 12 community art fairs, performance and music festivals, open artist studios and gallery exhibitions. New events include an intimate backyard pottery sale by highly-regarded regional potters, a well-known juried art fair along the Kinnickinnic River, a wide range of musical performances at St. Continue Reading →

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History Comes to Life as a New Mural at Candyland in Downtown Stillwater

If you’ve been on the north end of Main Street this week, you may have noticed a new mural on the Candyland building in downtown Stillwater. The mural — based off of a photograph taken of the nearly complete Lift Bridge in 1931 — was painted by local artist Randy Raduenz. “Randy did an amazing job, as always,” Brandon Lamb, owner of Candyland said. “It looks great.” When the Lambs first bought the building on North Main Street, they always saw the north block wall as an eye sore, Brandon said. Continue Reading →

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Valley Bookseller, The Daily Grind Team Up for Authors After Hours Events

Valley Bookseller and The Daily Grind are teaming up to connect writers with readers with a new event series called Authors After Hours. Authors After Hours will meet one or two Fridays a month at 6:45 p.m. in The Daily Grind. Guest authors will present their work, discuss the writing process and answer questions. To reserve a spot (max of 20 people), call Valley Bookseller at 651-430-3385. The cost is $5. Continue Reading →

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Valley Chamber Chorale Auditions

The Valley Chamber Chorale Announces Auditions

The Valley Chamber Chorale will hold open auditions for experienced choral singers in all voice parts during August. The Chorale is a mixed voice ensemble that enjoys a professional standard and an enviable reputation as an arts organization in the greater Twin Cities area. Made up of 45 adults, drawn from many walks of life, and from throughout the St. Croix Valley and the Twin Cities, the Chorale performs music from the entire range of choral literature: from Renaissance to contemporary, a cappella to works with full professional orchestra. Singers should have a strong choral background, having sung in college, high school or other advanced ensembles. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Log Jam: Saturday Music Schedule Features Charlie Parr, Ruben, Frankie Lee, Black Market Brass & The4ontheFloor

It’s night two of Stillwater Log Jam. Music starts Saturday afternoon, and includes Moors and McCumber,Barley Jacks, Ruben, Charlie Parr and Frankie Lee.  Black Market Brass and the “Stompin’ Blues” group The 4onthefloor Saturday night in Lowell Park. “Music is a big part of Stillwater Log Jam, and it’s probably one of the biggest change areas from Lumberjack Days,” Local Board Member Paul Creager said. “Our focus is doing music programming that enhances and gives opportunities to local musicians, while bringing in some of the best acts from across the region.”

Here’s Saturday’s lineup:

On the Main Stage in Lowell Park

1:30-2 p.m. Vallee de Croix

2:30-3:15 p.m. Moors & McCumber

3:45-4:30 p.m. The Barley Jacks

5-5:45 p.m. Ruben

6:15-7 p.m. Charlie Parr

7:30-8:15 p.m. Frankie Lee

8:45-9:30 p.m. Black Market Brass

10-11 p.m. The 4ontheFloor

Here are a few videos of Saturday night’s Stillwater Log Jam musical acts:

“He’s My Boyfriend” – Ruben | General B + The Wiz from Beaudry Filmworks on Vimeo. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Log Jam: Friday Night Music Schedule (Videos)

Stillwater Log Jam is here. The headliners for this year’s festival will be Afro-Cuban dance band Malamanya on Friday night and Afro-beat group Black Market Brass and the “Stompin’ Blues” group The 4onthefloor Saturday night in Lowell Park. Other musical acts are a mix of local and regional musicians including: Colin Campbell and the C-Notes, Blue Hazard, The Roe Family Singers, Thrift Store Sonata, The Z Puppets Kids Show Choir, Church of Cash, Moors and McCumber, Barley Jacks, Ruben, Charlie Parr and Frankie Lee. Emmy Award winner Choo Choo Bob will take to the stage on Sunday after the parade. “Music is a big part of Stillwater Log Jam, and it’s probably one of the biggest change areas from Lumberjack Days,” Creager said. “Our focus is doing music programming that enhances and gives opportunities to local musicians, while bringing in some of the best acts from across the region.” Continue Reading →

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Introducing the New ‘Pictures of Stillwater’ Facebook Group

I would like to introduce the new Facebook group, “Pictures of Stillwater.” I started the public photo sharing group last night after reading Nickey Long’s comment on Dave Parker’s photo of the Stillwater Lift Bridge (pictured above):

“Has anyone ever considered making a facebook group “Pictures of Stillwater” where folks could share all the wonders of this great town? I am from Burlington, IA and we have a fb group where folks can showcase their favorite pics of our river town. Having lived in Stillwater several years ago, I know I would enjoy seeing pics from time to time of how the town grows and changes since we’ve moved away.” Now that you mention it… Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Log Jam Chef’s Competition is Saturday at Lowell Park

Two local chefs will battle it out during the Stillwater Log Jam Chef’s Competition on Saturday. Reigning champ Chef Aaron Cave of Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar will battle head-to-head with Chef Nate Peterson of Phil’s Tara Hideaway Saturday in front of a live audience at Lowell Park. The chefs will begin the competition at the Stillwater Minnesota Farmers Market at 9 a.m., where they will spend $50 on local produce. The chefs then head downtown to clean the produce, and set up to cook in front of a live audience. The competition will start around 12:30 p.m. The competition will be judged by three James Beard Award winners who will watch, taste and ultimately crown the 2015 Chef’s Competition Champion. Continue Reading →

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Bored Already? Here’s a List of Fun Summer Things To Do in the Valley and Beyond

Are the kids already complaining?  Banish summer ennui with events and activities found locally in the St. Croix Valley, around the Twin Cities and across the river in Wisconsin. Here’s a list of events happening this summer:

Treat yourself to The Sound of Music and enjoy local thespians young and old as Stillwater Community Theater presents a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Performances on July 9, 10, 11 and 12 at Stillwater Area High School promise to please. (www.stillwater.k12.mn.us/community-education/community-theatre)

Creative writing is play and imagination becomes real at the Shire Literary Center for Youth. Continue Reading →

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Bored Already? Creative Youth Write Their Way Into Adventure

Imagine a world of possibilities! Creative writing is play and imagination becomes real at the Shire Literary Center for Youth. Opening this summer in the classroom space of ArtReach St. Croix, the Shire provides a safe place for students ages 9 to 15 to challenge themselves, spark their imaginations, and learn about the art of storytelling. Create your own comics, express your deepest thoughts through poetry, or write a novel in (gulp) a month. Continue Reading →

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The Man Who Made Stillwater Smile and Say ‘Cheese’

Story by Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society:

A collection of John Runk’s films and photographs are available through WCHS. His photographs are still used today and are among the most popular at the Minnesota Historical Society. He was a businessman, a lumberjack and an inventor. His name still is recognized throughout the St. Croix Valley even though half a century ago. Continue Reading →

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Attention Shutterbugs: Discover Stillwater’s 2015 Photo Contest is Underway

The Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched the 2015 Stillwater Photo Contest. Submit your best Stillwater images 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 DiscoverStillwater.com, showcased in the 2016 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide and on social media. View the 2014 Stillwater Photo Contest winning images

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

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Rivertown Art Festival

Rivertown Art Festival May 30- 31

The Saint Croix Valley’s Largest Art Festival Returns

Stillwater, MN – The 38th Annual Rivertown Art Fair returns May 30 & 31. The two-day fest offers many reasons for art enthusiasts, day-trippers, treasure hunters and festival goers to attend. Nestled along the scenic Saint Croix River, with the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge as the backdrop, more than 100 artist will showcase their wares. The mediums range from leather and painters to sculptors, metal artist and jewelry artists. Event Highlights

• The addition of enhanced food concession vendors. Continue Reading →

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St. Croix Ballet Presents Cinderella

Once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away a girl lived with her stepmother and two stepsisters…

This story of goodness and love prevailing has transcended time and is shared by countless cultures throughout the world. Directed by Susan Hovey and performed to the music of Prokofiev, the dancers of St. Croix Ballet have created a show that is sure to please everyone! Come watch Cinderella’s dreams come true. Tickets are available here. Continue Reading →

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Comedian Chris Maddock Performs Saturday at Lift Bridge Brewery

The City Pages 2014 Funniest Standup Comedian, and Stillwater native, Chris Maddock is putting on a show this weekend at Lift Bridge Brewery. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Tickets are available at chrismaddock.brownpapertickets.com. “My act is mostly autobiographical, but my parents are coming to this show anyway,” Maddock said. “I don’t have a lot of material about them, but they’re still on edge.” Continue Reading →

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St. Croix River Valley Bluegrass Bonanza is April 19

The Stillwater Area Kiwanis Club showcases a bluegrass bonanza on Sunday, April 19, from 1- 6 p.m. at the Heights Hall and Club in Oak Park to benefit organizations and agencies that serve local children in need. The lineup includes includes the Platte Valley Boys, Blue Hazard, Thrift Stone Sonata and Brian Wicklund’s Fiddle Students. Brian Wicklund’s Fiddle Students will set the afternoon in motion with original and standard tunes. These fiddle performers have been lucky to learn and improve their craft at camps from instructors and musicians hand picked by Brian Wicklund, another St. Croix Valley talent known widely inBluegrass communities across the nation. Continue Reading →

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