Chisago Lakes, MN, Upper St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour May 11-13

The 26th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors on Fri., Sat., & Sun., May 11, 12, 13, 2018 to seven pottery studios.  Each studio/pottery is just a short drive from the others allowing some or all to be visited in a single day.

This springtime, self-guided tour is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery.  It is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters.  Always held on Mothers’ Day weekend, “The Tour” is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, you can meet 54 accomplished guest potters from around the nation who have been invited by their host potter especially for this weekend event.

Begun in 1993 as an outgrowth of potters’ individual studio sales, “The Tour” has maintained its welcoming “open house” hospitality. It has grown to be a once-a-year place to lay your hands on thousands of pots and to meet and talk with a total of 62 potters.  This friendly, face-to-face connection between makers and users of pottery has proven satisfying to visitors and potters alike.  Visitors have reported finding, “Unexpectedly warm hospitality”, “The highest quality anywhere”, and “Stuff that I can  afford and is American made”.

The seven host pottery sites are: Linda Christianson’s unique studio and log home nestled in a clearing in the woods, Will Swanson and Janel Jacobson’s studio close by Wild River State Park, Richard Vincent’s oak-shaded backyard studio, Guillermo Cuellar’s hilltop home and studio overlooking the St. Croix River, Jeff Oestreich’s early Minnesota farmstead remade into home and studio, Ani Kasten’s pottery gallery-in-a-barn (formerly Connee Mayeron’s), and Matt Krousey’s picturesque, woodland home and studio.

“The Tour” has earned a reputation as a source of high-quality, functional pottery and an intriguing array of distinctive, ceramic expression.  Visiting potters repeatedly say that they enjoy the knowledgeable and appreciative audience that they find in Minnesota.  This year the potters are coming from seventeen states and England.  They are bringing a wide range of handmade pottery to offer for sale.  Their work ranges from everyday functional to decorative and/or sculptural, from rustic to refined, from whimsical to sublime.  One visitor remarked about his day in the country, “It’s the kind of event where you want to bring your friends along so you can talk about what you saw!”

The seven pottery studios are located in the upper St. Croix River valley, in Chisago County, less than a one-hour drive from Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Admission to all the studios is free and open to everyone.

As a way of saying “thank you” for the enthusiastic support we experience with this event, a portion of the proceeds each year is donated to arts and educational projects.

 

 

Stillwater, MN Ladies Night Out on Main Street May 10

River Falls, WI Wings of Spring Bird Festival – May 5

The St. Croix Valley Bird Club (SCVBC) invites you to join us for our 8th annual “Wings of Spring” bird festival held at River Falls City Hall on Saturday May 5, 2018. NEW hours this year are from 8 am to 1 pm. Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic lunch to wrap up the event with the folk tunes of “Fendrick & Peck”.

This FREE event is held rain or shine and provides something for bird enthusiasts of all ages and experiences.

SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES 8:00 – 9:30 am Early Bird Hike along the Kinni Trail
9:30 – 10:00 am Children’s Storytime with Fox Den Books
11:00 – 12:00 pm Live Raptors with Abbey & Joe Krumrie
12:00 – 1:00 pm Folk Musicians – “Fendrick & Peck”

ONGOING ACTIVITIES
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Backyard Birding Basics, Live Bird Banding Demonstration, Clay Egg Creations, Children’s Crafts, Environmental Partners & Displays

Polk & Burnett County, WI Earth Arts Tour – May 4-6

The members of Earth Arts will be opening their studios for their  Spring Art Tour. May 4 – 6. Art lovers can take a self-guided tour through the Upper St. Croix Valley (Polk & Burnett counties) visiting 28 Tour Stops with over 45 artists at Artist Studios and “Tour Oasis”.  Brochures with maps are available at the Polk County Information Center, located at the corner of Highways 8 and 35 in St. Croix Falls, WI.

 

Victorian Tea Stillwater, MN – April 28

Victorian Tea at the Historic Courthouse

Multi-course tea, charming table settings, and an entertaining, information program. Soft music in the stately historic courtroom and beautifully-set tables will greet guests as they arrive at this historic site overlooking downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix River.  A delicious multi-course menu provided by Lake Elmo Inn will provide a tasty experience for visitors.

Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings, MN – Masters of the Sky – Feb. 24-25

Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary February 24 & February 25,  1:00 a.m. •  1:00 p.m.•  3:00 p.m. The World Bird Sanctuary staff from St. Louis, Missouri, will be coming to CNC to present a captivating program about birds of prey. Visitors will learn about raptors from around the world. Experience live hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and vultures up close and in free-flight.

 

For more information please call – (651) 437-4359 or visit