On today’s date in 1842, John O’Brien’s parents, Michael and Mary (Casey) O’Brien, were married in Miramachi, New Brunswick. Although, I’m sure their wedding could in no way be compared to today’s often elaborate celebrations, it was a very important event for them, their friends and family (possibly of most importance was that their first child, Edward Augustus O’Brien, was born just 2 months after their marriage). Over the course of their marriage, they had a total of 9 children. Mary (Casey) O’Brien died in Stillwater, Minnesota, on December 4, 1882. Michael O’Brien died in Stillwater on December 5, 1907. He was almost 100 years of age at the time of his death (there are several different records concerning the date of his birth, so he was somewhere between 94 and 100 years old). His obituary in the Stillwater Gazette stated that, ‘Mr. O’Brien was held in high esteem and was noted for a strong personality and for a vigor of manhood that astonished his many acquaintances.”
This week there are three events in Stillwater you should consider attending which are either at or within a short walk of the Rivertown Inn. On Friday, April 11, from 5-9 pm , Art On Main will be hosting artist receptions at several of Stillwater’s Main street art galleries. The participating art galleries this week include the Tamarack Gallery at 112 S. Main St., Gallery 310 at 310 S. Main and the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery at 402 N. Main. More information can be obtained by calling 651-439-9393
At the Rivertown Inn on Saturday, April 12, from 1-4 pm Chef Ray will be teaching one of his very popular Cooking Classes. The theme this month is “Sweet and Savory Crepes – France’s Comfort Food.” Skills covered in this class include making whole wheat and bran crepes, preparing 3 distinctive fillings and creating a mixed berry compote crepe with a Greek yogurt vanilla mousseline. As of the posting of this blog, there are only 3 seats available for this class. Please call (651) 430-2955 to place your reservation. Culinary students who take Chef Ray’s Cooking class, receive $50. off their nights stay for either the night before or the evening of the class.
On Saturday April 12th, the Valley Chamber Chorale will perform a concert in Stillwater titled “Words to Live By” with special guest Roosevelt Credit. Mr. Credit is a bass/baritone and has performed in many Broadway and off Broadway productions. He is currently touring the U.S. with the production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The concert will be performed at 7:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. You can purchase tickets at www.valleychamberchorale.org or by calling 651-430-0124. Tickets are $27. each, but guests at the Rivertown Inn may receive tickets at a discounted rate of just $15. per ticket. Please let us know in advance if you would like to purchase tickets through the Inn by calling us at (651) 430-2955
Come to Stillwater for a stay at the Rivertown Inn, enjoy great art, create incredible cuisine and experience world-class music – it really doesn’t get any better than this!