Welcome to the April/May 2024 Issue

by | Apr 2024

St. Croix Valley Magazine April/May 2024 Issue

April is a month of anticipation. For me, the weeks leading up to the typical thaw are marked by this feeling, a sense of urgency that has been entirely missing for many moons. What am I looking forward to? More than I can hold or express, but here are a few ideas: seedlings stretching toward the sun; chicks developing their first feathers; setting off on the first kayak of the season, down one river, then another; trying a new craft—this year foraging and pottery are on the docket; outdoor dinner parties with friends; and settling in for a good read.

Our homes, outdoor living and pets issue is a celebration of the return of light. It’s full of stories of people pursuing their dreams and giving their joy and support to others.

I checked in with Franconia Sculpture Park’s new director, the radiant Alex Legeros. When I first met Legeros, I was stunned by his enthusiasm and capability—he’s sure to encourage important growth at the nonprofit. And speaking of growth—don’t miss our look into the impact of River Valley Riders, a therapeutic riding program in Afton, and, later, writer Daniel Huss shares the return of giveBIG St. Croix Valley, a 24-hour giving event that raised $362,000 for area nonprofits last year.

And of course, spring wouldn’t be the same without spring cleaning. Or, perhaps, spring renovation? Get inspired by a recent kitchen remodel by Emily Pueringer Design Studio. The home, located on Lake Superior, now has a kitchen that exemplifies the unparalleled natural beauty of its setting.

I hope that this season brings you all the wonder and warmth you’ve been itching for.


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