Bayport, MN Citywide Garage Sale June 1-2, 2018

Located on the St. Croix River, between the cities of Afton and Stillwater, Bayport is known for its scenic charm and warm, small town hospitality.  Visit Bayport the first weekend in June for the Citywide Garage Sale and shop for one- of- a- kind treasures.

Bayport, MN., Memorial Day Parade May 28

Bring the family and enjoy the day in beautiful Bayport and a lively and fun parade.  A perfect opportunity for a picnic by the River or a stroll through downtown Bayport’s, shops.

Woodville, WI. Syttende Mai Celebration May 18-19

The deep Norwegian heritage of Woodville’s founders and residents led to the annual celebration of Norway’s independence.  The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday observed on May 17th each year.

Syttende Mai has been celebrated in Woodville for over 60 years and is celebrated on the weekend closest to May 17th.

Come celebrate with good food, a carnival, great music, a Grand Parade and nightly tent dances.

Stillwater, MN, The St. Croix Valley Annual Pottery Studio Tour & Sale May 11-13

Minnesota Potters of the Upper Saint Croix River Valley is a group comprised of 7 studios. These potters have earned a national reputation for quality and integrity. Each potter’s work has a distinct character, is durable and intended for everyday use. From small cups and bowls to large pieces suitable for display, an intriguing range of pottery will be available. You will find earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain for use in cooking and serving, decorating and display.

Every May you are invited to visit all seven pottery studios during the annual tour weekend. You will be welcomed by the potters to their unique, rural workshops and you can meet over 40 guest potters invited especially for this event. The guest artists are distinguished potters who will personally present their work for sale alongside the newest work of each host potter. This is an opportunity to see a substantial body of work and to meet and talk with these visiting artists.

At every studio you will find the potters themselves welcoming you. Along the way you may find trillium blossoms carpeting the woodlands and warblers exuberantly greeting the spring. Rain or shine, this springtime event is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery.

All the pottery studios are within a one-hour drive of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, and each is a short drive from the others allowing you to visit some or all of the locations in one day.


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.