November 2015 St. Croix Valley Magazine

In the November issue get tips on how to spruce up the exterior of your home for the Holidays and hit the slopes with Afton Alps as they make a major transformation with Vail Resorts.

Kit Shoop’s love of art blossomed during her childhood when she received the wholehearted encouragement of her parents. Today, she is a proud mother and grandmother who continues to build upon a successful career and still finds joy through her artistic exploration.


Car lovers of all ages gathered in Stillwater’s Lowell Park on Wednesday nights for Cruisin’ on the Croix, a series of summer events that featured hundreds of hot rods and vintage cars, live music, food, and vendors.


It’s all in the name. At the annual Light Up Night celebration in Hudson, all are invited to experience the sparkling start to the season when gorgeous lights will be turned on throughout the town’s downtown streets.


Sometimes, the best things that happen in life are unplanned. That’s what happened when Julie and Jeff Anderson were at a local movie theater and a realtor’s ad flashed across the screen: “The Rivertown Inn For Sale.” The couple looked at each other and their collective wheels started turning.


At the first signs of snow, do you cringe and shiver—or do you throw on your winter gear and head outdoors? When the folks at Afton Alps in Hastings think of snow, they’re enthusiastic.


There comes a time in many people’s careers when they crave something new. A change. Daring to deviate from what they know in order to experience something new and exciting. That’s what happened to Chris Kohtz.


Sara Hayden, owner of Sara’s Tipsy Pies in Marine on St. Croix, wears many hats: entrepreneur, pie baker, recipe creator, philanthropist, wife and mother of five, including 10-year old triplets, a 12-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome and a 14-year old.


After you’ve removed the jack-o-lanterns from your front steps, does the idea of decorating the outside of your home feel like a daunting task? Does hanging the wreath that’s adorned your door for years look more bedraggled than bedazzling?


With December snow glistening throughout town and festive Christmas lights and sounds in the streets, Afton will once again welcome the public to its celebrated Village Holiday weekend. The event will take place Dec.


Cheryl and Dennis Kelly of Stillwater attended the Guinness Academy in Dublin during a trip to Ireland in April.


This holiday season, beginning Nov. 27, downtown Stillwater will be a twinkling, festive backdrop for events and activities for people of all ages.


The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is set to host the Hudson Tour of Homes and Craft Sale on Nov. 20–22, which marks the 30th year of the St. Croix Valley tradition. This year, there will be four homes on display.


As people prepare for their Thanksgiving feastS, local wineries in the St. Croix Valley are offering the chance for wine lovers to scout out some of the most delicious wines to grace their holiday tables.


Stillwater’s interpretation of a timeless classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.

The St. Croix Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker has become a Stillwater-area tradition over the years. This year, it is expected to bring more holiday cheer than ever before.