Arts & Culture

A parade marches down the street as part of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension’s Bagpipes & Bonfires event.

Parading bagpipers, a crackling bonfire, sizzling pup food, camaraderie in beard and kilt contests: These are just a few of the things that will be at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension’s 2019 Bagpipes & Bonfires event in Stillwater.

On a series of Wednesdays throughout the summer, a crowd will gather in Stillwater’s Lowell Park to enjoy classic cars.

Born in North Carolina and raised in Stillwater, Kami Mendlik’s entire life has evolved around art. “I’ve studied a lot and I’ve always painted,” she says, and the St. Croix Valley has been fundamental to Mendlik’s inspiration as an artist.

Stillwater Area High School actors took to the school’s auditorium stage during their rousing performance of Grease on February 26-28.

It’s no secret that the St. Croix valley is brimming with artistic talent. This month, artists and the public will come together during two regional events: the artOPENer and the Pottery Tour.

Between raising five daughters, managing their busy careers as a TV news anchor and a personal trainer, and actively enjoying the outdoors during their time off, Randy and Kami Meier define the adage “work hard, play hard.” When they play, their favorite place to get away from it all is right her

There is a family home on North Everett Street that looks like the others in its wooded Stillwater neighborhood. Inside, it is quite unique. Although those in the home aren’t related, the residents, staff and volunteers at Hope House of St. Croix Valley do constitute a family, of sorts.

It’s spring, which means artists and art lovers soon will be gathering in Stillwater’s Lowell Park for the annual Rivertown Art Festival on May 30–31.

Laurie Schneider photographs the way she lives—mindfully. “With everything I do, I consider where it goes to, where it came from, and what impact it has on the planet and the future,” she says.

For many artists, the CREATIVE process is an art FORM IN AND OF itself. That’s certainly true for Kasey Tunell, director of Neil Simon’s all-female version of The Odd Couple, playing at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson this spring.

The St. Croix Valley is a community rich in history, natural beauty and the arts.

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