This Week’s Activities! 9/20/09

We have a busy weekend this week with a lot of events happening in the St. Croix Valley. I thought I would post them for everyone to see so you can start planning! To see more upcoming events, visit our Current Events page!


Thursday, September 24th, 6:00-9:00pm

Wines of Australia & New Zealand

Join Rivertown Inn and Oak Park Wine & Spirits for an Evening of Wine Tasting. We will feature six wines from Australia and New Zealand, three red and three white, with hors d’oeuvres paired to each wine. We have staggered start times of either 6:00pm or 6:30pm. Located at Rivertown Inn, 306 W. Olive St., Stillwater. $25 per person, including tax.

For More Information, Please Call Rivertown Inn at (651)430-2955.


Saturday, September 26th

Franconia Arts Artist Celebration & Festival

29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia, MN
A free daylong arts festival in celebration of our 2009 arts and artists. The 13th Annual Franconia Arts & Artist Celebration & Festival invites the surrounding communities to experience exceptional artwork in a serene rural environment and celebrate the artists’ new work.  This year’s festival presents an exhibition of multicultural events and music from a wide range of geographic and ethnic backgrounds.  The Franconia Sculpture Park will also dedicate our new Franconia Earthen Amphitheater. More than 70 sculptures are currently on exhibit throughout the beautifully landscaped park. The festival is free and open to the public during one of the most picturesque times of the year.  Among this year’s attractions is an international and local food court.

For More Information, Please Visit

Saturday, September 26th – Sunday, September 27th

Spirit of the St. Croix Days

The Spirit of the St. Croix Days will be held September 26-27, 2009 in Lakefront Park, downtown Hudson. This year’s event will feature an artist village, entertainment, food & beverage vendors and more! The festival is free and open to the public (select activities have fees).This year will feature a free outdoor concert performance by the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra on Saturday evening from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Entry passes will be available for purchase for those who wish to attend the popular “Taste of Hudson: A Food, Wine and Beer Experience” held on Saturday evening in the event tent.

For More Information, Please Visit the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce.


Saturday, September 26th – Sunday, September 27th

Afton’s Art in the Park

Stroll through the park and Enjoy the beautiful fall colors of the St. Croix River Valley. Visit Afton’s unique shops and restaurants. Over 50 artists will display original fine art and traditional crafts for sale. Artwork includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, pottery, fibers, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, photography, weaving, and basketry, hand made purses and much more.

For more information call 651-436-8883


Sunday, September 27th, 4:00-7:00pm

Valley Vine Harvest Throwdown

Join us for the premiere of this competitive food and wine event to benefit HSI. Guests will sample dishes prepared by chefs from six local restaurants and vote to decide who will receive the top cuisine award. Wine expert Andy Kass will be on hand to recommend wine pairings attendees can sample to compliment the food. Chefs from Lake Elmo Inn, Luna Rossa, Marx Fusion Bistro, Phil’s Tara Hideaway, San Pedro Cafe, and Smalley’s Caribbean Bistro will be participating. The event will also feature live and silent auction items. All proceeds support services and programs of HSI.

For additional information, contact Joyce Flynn at 651-251-7069 or Visit

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