Around Town

In Stillwater, businesses put out balloons to mark their participation. In Afton, pop-up boutiques are added to the roster of local shops. In Hudson, restaurants and gift and art shops get together for a kind of party. What’s the common thread? All three St.

At Paws and Claws Pet Resort, dogs are treated not as pets, owner Tari Nestrud says, but as family.

Do you know where this photo was taken? The answer will be revealed in a future issue; winners will get a mention in upcoming issues.

After celebrating the photography of David Parker in our December issue, word came to us that another local artist is utilizing his charming portrait of the iconic Stonebridge school in a book, The Magic that was Stonebridge, by longtime local elementary teacher and retired administrator, Bernie

From May through October, Stillwater Flea Market is the place to go for new, used, vintage and original wares, including home décor, repurposed furniture and even custom-built chicken coops, that can’t be found anywhere else.

On every other Wednesday evening during the summer, hundreds of new and vintage cars are on display at Stillwater’s Lowell Park as part of the Cruisin’ on the Croix car show, a family-friendly event that showcases beautifully restored classics from the ’60s and ’70s (and even some from the ’30s)

In 2009, Saint Croix Vineyards held its first Wine Meets Art Festival, bringing together local artists, vendors and musicians for a small summer soirée.

In Sweden, Midsommar Dag is second only to Christmas as the biggest holiday of the year. Midsommar Dag (Midsummer Day), is an annual celebration of the summer solstice that includes feasting, dancing and general revelry.

There are few things better than spending an early summer afternoon on the water. For most of us, boating and fishing are essential summer activities. However, not everyone has access to a boat or fishing gear.

Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the great outdoors at the fourth annual Earth Day Birding Festival at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings. The event, held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.