Arts & Culture

Here are some of the best reader submitted photos from this year's Hudson Hot Air Affair. The mid-winter event has been delighting spectators for 30 years. This year's theme was Pirates Fly’n the Croix-Ribbean. 

Coming in late summer, watch our magazine for a story on Dariush Moslemi, a longtime Stillwater resident (with his wife, Sarah, and five children between the ages of 4 and 15), as his ambitions to open a new restaurant space and more Studio One Yoga studios regionally becomes reality.

Art Along the Willow is an annual art fair sponsored by a local group aptly named Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic state parks. The event hosts up to 800 people.

“It takes a village” is a phrase that comes to mind with the efforts of many members of the community coming together to put on a great day for kids. The third annual A Summer Day will be happening July 22, an event put on by Friends of a Summer Day (FSD) in cooperation with Solid Ground.

The annual Park Art Fair in New Richmond, Wis., is celebrating its 50th anniversary, coinciding with the 10th birthday of the Blues and Brews Festival. “It’s about celebrating the unique beginning up in Star Prairie,” chamber director Rob Kreibich says.

Writer and Stillwater graduate Kerstin March considers the St. Croix Valley her hometown.

Adding to the vibrancy of the arts community in the St.

Making things grow is the easy part of being a farmer, says Eduardo Rivera, who grows organic fruits and vegetables on a 31/2 -acre farm in Grant Township, just west of Stillwater—but of course any farmer will tell you the word “easy” is said tongue in cheek.

Eduardo Rivera keeps close tabs on his top organic earners at Sin Fronteras farm in Grant, Minn.

1: Peppers

2: Roma tomatoes

3: Cherry tomatoes

4: Cilantro

5: Parsley

6: Tomatillos

As art instructor, Dave Sorenson knows: it’s a tough world out there for a middle school artist. But St. Croix Preparatory’s Elysabeth Kleinke, daughter of Jim and Diane of Stillwater, earned the Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Award for seventh grade.

Birds migrating up the Mississippi Flyway for spring always weight the trees and fill the air of the St. Croix Valley.

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