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BEST OF

2021 SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON WHAT YOU LOVE


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CONTENTS

J U N E /J U LY 2 0 2 1 Dancer Twyla Tharp once said, “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Even better, the St. Croix Valley is home to so much art.

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IN EVERY ISSUE

Editor’s Letter 4 Noteworthy 7 On the Town 29 Tastemakers 34 Last Glance 40

DEPARTMENTS Home & Garden 12

Green Acres

Cabin-friendly plants and shrubs Doing Good 16

Community Strong Local United Way helps change people’s lives. Kids & Family 18

Launch into Learning Hudson nonprofit makes STEAM accessible to all.

FEATURES

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Best of St. Croix Valley Readers’ choice awards announced.

Summer Showcase A standing ovation for local arts and culture venues.

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ummer! That time of year when we celebrate a bit of what’s best in the St. Croix Valley. People often say, “What a difference a year makes.” But it feels like we’ve made it through so much more than a year. The amazing members of our St. Croix Valley communities pulled together to support friends, family, neighbors and local businesses in ways that are inspiring and memorable. In light of all we’ve been through, I can’t think of any better way to celebrate summer than to share the results of our annual Readers’ Choice survey with you, the people who voted for and continue to support all of your favorite local restaurants, retailers, home builders, service providers and more. In addition, we’ve included a special feature in this issue spotlighting the area’s many arts and culture venues. Live theater has been particularly impacted by the plight of the pandemic. So, we want to showcase some of The Valley’s terrific talent in hopes that you’ll continue to show your support for local arts—a vital part of what makes this area so vibrant. And, in a truly old-timey ode to summer, our Tastemaker feature, created by editorial intern Olivia Rivera and art director Allison Nolden, sends you on a treasure hunt! For tasty treasure that is. Flip to page 34 and start mapping your course through our Ice Cream Bingo challenge! Be sure to tag us on social media as you “pin some cherries on your Sundaes!” Ready, Set, Sweet, Sweet … Summer!

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NOTEWORTHY Best of St Croix Valley FAQ

GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT OUR READERS’ CHOICE POLL.

CON G R AT UL AT ION S TO A L L O F O U R LOC A L F IN A L ISTS A N D W IN N E R S in this

year’s Best of St. Croix Valley readers’ choice poll! Voting was open online during the month of January with three simple rules: 1. One entry allowed per person; each ballot needed to include an email address. 2. Ballots must have been completed by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2021. 3. Voters needed to vote in at least five categories to ensure their ballot was counted.

*Any rule not adhered to may have resulted in entire surveys being discarded and all results were subject to editorial discretion. WANT TO KNOW MORE? HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How do you choose the categories? Each year, our editorial and management teams evaluate survey categories to include topics our readers find most relevant. We always take into account feedback from our readers and appreciate hearing about categories you’d like to see added or eliminated. How did businesses get nominated/ listed on the ballot? Top vote-getters from the previous year, along with some editor’s picks, were listed on the survey ballot. A write-in option was also provided. My favorite business wasn’t on the ballot. Each category included a write-in field. If a preferred choice didn’t appear on the ballot, voters could simply write it in. Businesses with a significant number of write-in votes are often added to the following

year’s ballot even if there were not enough votes to become a finalist in the current year’s contest. What’s a “finalist” vs. a “winner”? The top three vote-getters in each category become finalists and were announced in March. the top vote-getters are winners announced in this issue. When votes are tabulated, our editorial team factchecks the address and contact information for each finalist. If a finalist is no longer a valid selection due to a closed business, etc., the next highest votegetter(s) moves up to become a finalist. Can a business or organization be a finalist if it’s located outside of the magazine’s coverage area? In order to qualify as a finalist in the survey, each business or organization must be located in the community and/or provide services to local residents. I’m a business owner. How can I get on next year’s ballot? We rely solely on readers to select or write in their pick for each category. If your business wasn’t a top vote-getter in last year’s contest, it may not have been listed on this year’s ballot. But, if voters wrote in your business this year and it received a significant number of votes, your business could be listed on next year’s ballot, even if your business wasn’t a finalist in the current year’s contest. I’m a winner! How do I purchase a framed cover? Winners can request a free digital copy of the Best of 2021 magazine cover design, which also indicates your winning category and your business or organization name. Winners can also purchase a printed and framed magazine cover design (size is 14 x 17 inches and features a black wood frame.) The cost is $95 each and includes shipping and handling. A link for ordering will be available online beginning June 1st.

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cook early and slow with safe, confidenceboosting challenges before progressing to more complicated or hazardous undertakings. You know your child best; use your comfort level and their confidence and ability levels as guides. Here are some suggested kitchen tasks by age group for your up-and-coming chef: Preschoolers are especially curious about food. Tap into their interest and developing motor skills by giving them jobs that promote both. Tiny fingers make little ones particularly adept at pulling leaves off herb stems! Move on to mixing, stirring and pouring pre-measured ingredients. Focus on short, simple tasks— nothing hot, heavy or sharp.

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Grade schoolers are great culinary students because they can read! Have them practice reading recipes, ingredient lists and nutrition facts panels. As math skills improve, teach them to use kitchen thermometers and dry and liquid measuring glasses, cups and spoons. Help them use small appliances like toasters, and introduce them to small paring knives. Rolling and cutting cookies, scooping cupcakes and skewering kabobs are great techniques to learn at this age. Preteens want real responsibility! Help them make pancakes, eggs and grilled cheese or bake cookies or brownies in the oven. With supervision, they can also begin to use bigger knives and other cutting tools.

Older teens and new drivers love grocery shopping, or at least driving to the store! Introduce them to value concepts and food costs. Give them some money to buy things they choose themselves; it’s a great way to encourage budgeting. And have them help with meal planning and cooking full meals. When they leave the nest, they’ll be happy they know how. Find Perron’s recipe for classic grilled cheese on page 10. Rachael Perron is the Culinary & Brand Director for Kowalski’s Markets, where she specializes in product development and selection, culinary education and communications.

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Green Acres Cabin-friendly plants and shrubs. BY RENÉE STEWART-HESTER

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CABIN OWNERS KNOW THE DRILL. Head up (or over) to the lake in springtime for opening, plant the garden beds and flower boxes, return home and hope for the best. Either at the next visit or any other time during the summer, arrive to find death-by-thirst plants or a florae crime scene, thanks to local rabbits and/or deer populations Alan Branhagen, director of operations for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, offers ways to increase the odds of having healthy plant life for your cabin life. Here’s the down and (garden) dirty of it all: Deer/rabbit-friendly elements: Annuals: Consider spiny succulents (agave, aloe, crown-of-thorn, echeveria and sedum), herbs (basil, borage, cilantro, dill, lavender, parsley, rosemary and sage) and typical annuals (marigold, petunia, salvia and verbena). Perennials: Think herbs (thyme, hardy oregano, mint in containers and hyssop), wildflowers (anise-hyssop, coreopsis, baptisia/wild indigo, aromatic aster and showy goldenrod). Ferns (maidenhair, Christmas and wood-fern) are left alone. Traditional perennials (alliums/ornamental onions, bleeding heart, catmint, daffodils, meadow sage, iris and beloved peonies) are options too. Shrubs: Most evergreens are favorite browse in winter. An exception is false cypress which is not hardy in northern Minnesota’s zone 3. Northern bushhoneysuckle, potentilla, snowberry and coralberry are among the few shrubs deer leave alone. Drought tolerant and no deadheading: Try succulents and most herbs (listed above). Marigolds seem to re-bloom, regardless of deadheading. Petunias (select Wave series) don’t require deadheading and geraniums are drought tolerant. Don’t forget colorful foliage plants (coleus, dusty miller, helichrysum and silver falls vine) and Swedish ivy. The pendant blue succulent burro’s tail is making a comeback in popularity too.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JESSICA RYAN says the broad mission of the United Way of Washington County-East (UWWCE) provides the organization a lot of flexibility to leverage, prioritize and direct funding toward the community’s most urgent needs in times of trouble. The pandemic has magnified the needs of many Washington County residents. Some community members have struggled with food insecurity, housing hardships, mental health crises and other calamities. Through it all, UWWCE remains a vital resource for helping to improve people’s lives. Washington County sheriff Dan Starry got connected with UWWCE over eight years ago. Starry says he was drawn to the organization because, “in law enforcement, we come across the same needs and the same people and it is always our desire to help people ... It’s a passion.” Starry notes there are many local partnering agencies that receive funding from UWWCE. “We [UWWCE] also partnered with Valley Outreach for food distribution,” Starry says, “The amount of people that come in, there are lines of cars, so we know the need is there and it’s a sense of pride that we can assist. I get to see firsthand how UWWCE assistance in this area works, and the money stays here locally and helps our people who need assistance, maybe for a short period of time, like during the pandemic, or maybe as a road to recovery to make their life better.” Lowell Johnson is director for Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment and is also a UWWCE board member. Johnson says, “We’ve learned throughout COVID that those who are most at risk in any community are also the most vulnerable

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SPACE ST. CROIX RECOGNITION Space St. Croix has received donations from the Hudson Rotary Club, a SPARK grant from the Hudson Community Foundation and the Hudson Chamber of Commerce awarded Mick a volunteer of the year award in 2017.

Launch into Learning Hudson nonprofit makes STEAM accessible to all.

SHARING HIS LOVE FOR SCIENCE with others, Hudson resident and librarian Christopher Mick created Space St. Croix to make STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) content more accessible to curious kids. Growing up in northern California, the child of a former pilot, Mick was exposed to local NASA centers, flight and all things science. With a dream of becoming an astronaut one day, his hopes fell short as he grew too tall (6 feet, 5 inches to be exact) to become one.

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Upon coming to Hudson, Mick realized not all kids had access to the same museums, resources and camps that he did growing up. So, he decided to bring the excitement of the universe here to Hudson. “He has space and education baked in his DNA,” interim co-director of the Hudson Area Joint Public Library Shelly Tougas says. Mick reached out to teachers and began to develop lesson plans that addressed basic objectives with a fun twist. He says, “The thing that really

excites me is when you look out to the group and you see that lightbulb go off. That they’ve got the concept and they’re excited that they have made a discovery or learned something that they didn’t know before.” Drawing attention to the fact that STEAM is more than equations and complex concepts, Mick explains that this topic of study is another creative outlet for imaginative individuals. Through demonstrations, elaborate PowerPoints, worksheets, sensory tables, posters,

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maps and artifacts such as moon rocks and astronaut gear, Mick helps initiate discovery. “When you have experiences that are fun, engaging, interesting, [kids] start to see [science or math] as the cool class that they can master,” Tougas says. “Science is creative too.” What makes Mick’s lessons so intriguing is his ability to reinvent them in a way that suits the knowledge base of the audience. Providing practical content that is age appropriate, Mick inspires individuals of all ages to make connections and spark interest in the topics. “His enthusiasm and knowledge about all things space entice the students to ask deeper questions, do more research and share their new learning with others,” third grade teacher at River Crest Elementary School Rachel Mueller says. Mick brings his teachings to classrooms in the Hudson school district for grades K-12 and other surrounding suburbs. He also works with the Boy and Girl Scouts and hosts events and book clubs for all ages at the Hudson Area Library in his role as a librarian. Mick also became a NASA Solar System Ambassador to elevate his expertise through access to additional resources and educational tools from STEAM professionals. “Bringing in an expert of science and technology starts turning the wheels in young people's brains, allowing them to delve into areas that aren't always covered in the curriculum.” Mueller says. Mick hopes to continue to spread the love for STEAM. “Knowing that you lit the fire in someone that self-propelled themselves, that they want to learn more,” he says. “That just really warms my heart, that reminder that you are on the right track or doing the right thing.”

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YOUR C O M M U N I T Y, YOUR VOTES Best Takeout / Curbside

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Restaurant

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1. Agave Kitchen, Hudson 2. Lolo American Kitchen, Hudson 3. Leo’s Malt Shop, Stillwater

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Readers give nods to their local favorites.

1. Pier 500, Hudson 2. San Pedro Cafe, Hudson 3. Dock Cafe, Stillwater

1. San Pedro Cafe, Hudson 2. Phil’s Tara Hideaway, Stillwater 3. Lolo American Kitchen, Hudson

Best Tavern / Bar / Brewery

1. Barker’s Bar & Grill, Hudson 2. Agave Kitchen, Hudson 3. Lift Bridge Brewing Co., Stillwater

Best Breakfast

1. Oasis Cafe, Stillwater 2. Not Justa Cafe, Bayport 3. San Pedro Cafe, Hudson

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Best Builder

1. Derrick Custom Homes, New Richmond 2. Hartman Homes, Hudson 3. Creative Homes, Hudson

Best Remodeler

1. Bruce Lenzen Design and Build, Hudson 2. Derrick Custom Homes, New Richmond 3. Dreamstructure Design, Build & Remodel, Hudson

Best Interior Designer

1. Marianne Buckman - Coco Bello Design Interiors, Hudson 2. Kelli Kaufer - Kelli Kaufer Designs, Stillwater 3. Chris Dillingham - Hello the House, Hudson

Best Landscape Designer

1. Willow River Co. Landscaping & Tree Farm, Hudson 2. Stone and Leaf Landscaping, Somerset 3. Abrahamson Landscape Design Nursery, Stillwater

Best Senior Living Residence

1. Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living, Hudson 2. Boutwells Landing, Oak Park Heights 3. Woodland Hill Senior Living, Hudson

Best Home Furnishings / Décor Store

1. Kudos, Hudson 2. Reclaiming Beautiful, Stillwater 3. Simonet’s Furniture, Stillwater

Best Fitness Studio / Yoga Studio / Gym 1. Riverfront Athletic Club, Hudson 2. YMCA, Hudson 3. Inspiring Actions Yoga Studio, Hudson

Best Dental Practice

1. Smiles in Motion, Hudson 2. St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry, Hudson 3. St. Croix Valley Dentistry, Hudson

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Best Orthodontic Practice

1. Sletten & Brettin Orthodontics, Hudson 2. Valley Orthodontics, Hudson 3. Kristo Orthodontics, New Richmond

Best Chiropractic Practice

Best Dermatology Practice

Best Medspa

1. St. Croix Skincare, Hudson 2. River Reflections Medspa & Salon, River Falls 3. Stillwater Skin Medical Spa, Stillwater

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Best Veterinary Practice

1. Hudson Flower Shop, Hudson 2. Rose Floral, Stillwater 3. Forget Me Not, Stillwater

Best Specialty Foods / Kitchen Store 1. Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Hudson 2. Urban Olive & Vine, Hudson 3. Brine’s Market & Deli, Stillwater

Best Doggy Daycare / Kennel

1. Paws and Claws Pet Resort, Hudson 2. K9 Playtime, Hudson 3. Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa, Lake Elmo

1. Croix Valley Veterinary Hospital, Hudson 2. Hillcrest Animal Hospital, Hudson 3. Stillwater Veterinary Clinic, Stillwater

Best Learning / Tutoring Center

1. Mathnasium of Hudson, Hudson 2. Huntington Learning Center, Stillwater 3. Mathnasium of Stillwater, Oak Park Heights

Best Place for Kids’ Activities

1. Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Educational Park, St. Croix Falls 2. Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson 3. YMCA, Hudson

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1. Forefront Dermatology, Hudson 2. St. Croix Dermatology, Stillwater 3. Advanced Dermatology Care, Stillwater

Best Florist

1. The Purple Tree, Hudson 2. The 715, Hudson 3. Smith + Trade, Stillwater

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1. Associated Eye Care, Stillwater 2. Christenson Vision Care, Hudson 3. Pearle Vision, Hudson

Best Gift Shop

1. Eckberg Lammers, Attorneys at Law, Stillwater 2. Lommen Abdo Law Firm, Hudson 3. Wagner Law, Hudson

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1. Hudson Physicians, Hudson 2. Stillwater Medical Group, Stillwater 3. Pediatric and Young Adult Medicine, Hudson

1. La Rue Marche, Hudson 2. One:Nine Boutique, Hudson 3. Kenzington, Stillwater

1. Trinity Academy of Hudson, Hudson 2. Bethel Highlands Lutheran Preschool, Hudson 3. Sunny Hill Preschool, First United Methodist, Stillwater

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Best Apparel Boutique

Best Private Preschool / Childcare

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1. Croixview Family Chiropractic, Hudson 2. McCabe Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Hudson 3. Stillwater Family Chiropractic, Stillwater

Best Salon / Spa

1. Two Redheads and a Wolf, Hudson 2. Just For Me “The Spa,” Stillwater 3. Embellish Salon, Bayport

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Summer Showcase

A standing ovation for local arts and culture venues. By Madeline Kopiecki

Many theater and gallery venues went dark in 2020 as it became necessary for audiences to seek alternate entertainment experiences. But, the 2021 summer spotlight is shining on many great arts and culture venues in the valley as they prepare for a comeback. Heather Rutledge, executive director at ArtReach St. Croix, reflects on how heavily impacted the arts have been by the pandemic. “It’s been a year where people’s earned income, particularly in perform-

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ing arts, went from 100 [percent] to zero,” Rutledge says. Initial shutdowns and restrictions curbed our ability to attend many live events in person, but theater directors and venues did find some creative ways to still reach audiences. “We had some outdoor performance opportunities [last] summer, and people were overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to see live music and live

theater,” Rutledge says. “I can appreciate what the audiences are waiting for and how different it is from watching a movie or watching TV.” Closures and cancelled events were indeed disappointing, but, in this Best of St. Croix Valley issue, we’re beyond excited to welcome back and celebrate some staples in the St. Croix Valley performing and fine arts scenes. Can we get a round of applause for …

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Rutledge describes ArtReach St. Croix as a sort of chamber of commerce for the arts in St. Croix Valley. This nonprofit arts organization sponsors community arts events and seeks to connect members of the St. Croix Valley communities to visual, literary and performing arts. “Our main event for the summer will probably be July 8th, and it’s the opening of our annual members’ show,” Rutledge says. The event will run from 5- 9 p.m. by appointment. “It’s going to be very different but still fun,” she adds, explaining that they will have gathering space outdoors and a limited number of people in the building at a time.

live music performances. June kicks off with one of Franconia’s new Art Classes @ Franconia Commons, a three-hour artmaking workshop. The June 12th class, taught by Lee Noble, explores sound sculpture and is open to all ages. Franconia Sculpture Park will also re-open its Art & Farmers Market which first launched in 2020. At this outdoor market, both artists and farmers come together to sell handmade crafts and fresh produce. The market takes place on the first Sunday of every month, MayOctober, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Park hours: Monday- Sunday: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Commons hours: MondaySunday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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Stillwater Art Guild Gallery

New owner Bob Lyksett says the mission of the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery is twofold: “First, to be a primary source for fine art for the Stillwater area and surrounding communities.”

Second: “We like to look at ourselves as a sanctuary,” Lyksett says. “A lot of people like to come in and walk around and enjoy the music and the art, and not buy anything. It’s a nice reprieve, especially in the summer.” Gallery hours: Thursday- Monday: 12- 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday (hours may extend in the near future) 402 Main St. N., Stillwater, Minn. artguildgallery.com

Hastings Arts Center

Opened in 2015, Hastings Arts Center has become a host for both performing and visual arts in the St. Croix Valley. “We’re hoping to have some art showings, maybe some concerts,” says director Sarah Lockwood when discussing summer programming. “We did have—last summer— a group perform on our front porch. So, there’s a possibility we might do something like that.” The Hastings Arts Center also has a music school called Blessings Academy that has stayed active during the pandemic. “There are 12 teachers teaching, and last March, we all ended up going online,” Lockwood says. “Some have come back to teaching in person; some are going to

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Kelley Art Gallery

Located in downtown Hudson, Wis., Kelley Art Gallery has been a family-owned business since 1985. “We have a variety of art by local artists within the Twin Cities radius,” says sales and design specialist Linda James. The gallery also specializes

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in custom framing with one of the largest frame selections in the state. Hours: Monday- Saturday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. 125 2nd St. S., Hudson, Wis. kelleygalleries.com

St. Croix ArtBarn

President Brady Langer says the team at the St. Croix ArtBarn is very excited to be open this summer. “We plan to perform all of our shows outside in our natural oak grove amphitheater in order for us to accommodate the largest audiences possible while still maintaining appropriate social distancing in the open air,” Langer says. Langer says the goal of the ArtBarn is to bring people together from surrounding communities through the shared experience of art. “We love that when you come see a

show at the ArtBarn you will almost always see someone you know onstage, and it's very possible it may be someone that you didn't know had such hidden talents,” Langer says. The summer season at the ArtBarn will kick off with Stephen Schwartz's hit musical Godspell in mid-July, followed up by the retelling of Tom Sawyer as the children’s musical in August. 1040 Oak Ridge Dr., Osceola, Wis. stcroixartbarn.org

St. Croix Festival Theater

The St. Croix Festival Theater was founded to bring professional theater experiences to the members of the surrounding river valley communities. “St. Croix Festival Theatre's mission is to make the performing arts welcoming and

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a hybrid model and some teachers have remained online until further notice. But our doors are open for the school for sure.” The center aims to be a hub for the arts community in Hastings. “We’ve been trying to reach out to musicians and visual artists,” Lockwood says. “We want to promote their art however we can, both right now and also in the future.”

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Stillwater’s Zephyr Theatre aims to create a unique and powerful experience through art, both visual and performance based. “Creating experiences that are meaningful to people and to the community is really the core of our mission,” executive director Calyssa Hall says. The theatre also has a teaching component for youth, who can take studio classes through the children’s theatre or perform alongside adults in a production. “The third part is to be a gathering space for art and artists in the St. Croix Valley,” Hall says. “We want to be able to amplify local artists as well as regional artists.” “We’re hoping to be doing a lot of outdoor performances this summer,” Hall says, adding, “We are formulating the rest of our season right now. Our plans include a big musical down in one of the parks, and then we also want to do a Shakespeare festival this year.” 601 Main St. N., Stillwater, Minn. stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org

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ON THE TOWN things to see and do in and around the Valley

VALLEY VINEYARDS A sampling of places to sip this summer. BY OLIVIA RIVERA Chateau St. Croix Winery Be transported to Europe at this French Chateau located in the St. Croix River valley. From car shows to jazz festivals there’s always something going on at the Chateau. 1998 State Road 87, St., Croix Falls; 715.483.2556; chateaustcroix.com Dancing Dragonfly Winery With award-winning wine and delicious food, Dancing Dragonfly is a perfect spot to unwind. Be sure to sample the hand-crafted pizza made in a wood-fired oven as well as the tunes of Acoustic Sundays from 1–4 p.m. 2013 120th Ave., St. Croix Falls; 715.483.9463; dancingdragonflywinery.com

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Saint Croix Vineyards Enjoy live music, wine flights, picnics or take a walk through the beautiful grounds. Owners have partnered with Wahoo Adventures for, Toast, Taste and Paddle on June 27, July 25 and August 22 for a chance to enjoy the great outdoors paired with delicious wine and food at the vineyard after a guided kayak tour that features breathtaking views of the St. Croix River. 21+ $99. 9:30–3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit mywahooadventures.com/kayaking 6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater; 651.430.3310; scvwines.com Wild Mountain Winery Sitting atop one of the highest points in the county, enjoy spectacular views and wine on the patio. With live music every Saturday from 3-6 p.m., this is a great place to gather with friends and family. 16906 Wild Mountain Road, Taylors Falls; 651.583.3585; wildmountainwinery.com

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Enjoy some of the area’s finest gardens on this self-guided garden tour. Six beautiful gardens will be open for ticketed guests to explore. Tickets will be available on the days of the tour at the Historic Octagon House and at every garden on the tour. Stillwater artist Elaine Frederickson has created original floral artwork for the tour and limited edition print posters of her artwork will be available for purchase at the Octagon House. Also, for a nominal fee, the Hudson Trolley will provide alternate transportation for the tour on Sunday, June 27. Proceeds from this event support the hanging flower baskets in the Hudson business district. The Artful Garden Tour is sponsored by the Hudson Women’s Club with the cooperation of the Hudson Home and Garden Club, the Hudson Independent Business Association and the Historic Octagon House.

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18, 19, 20 ArtOPENer Studio Tour Visit St. Croix Valley artists’ studios featuring fine art and contemporary craft on this tour through Afton, Bayport, Stillwater and Hudson. Meet and talk with artists working in photography, wood, painting, fiber, glass, pottery and sculpture. All ages. Free. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.—5 p.m.; visit artopener.org for updated information as well as a list of participating galleries and directions.

19 Summer Solstice Hudson Trolley Tour Celebrate the onset of summer with this one-of-a-kind trolley tour. Along for this 3.5 hour tour is Bridget Shoquist, an intuitive channel and BARE certified life coach, who will channel messages from the sun to help find your fun by creating a deeper connection within yourself! Enjoy sipping wine at local wineries while soaking in the sun and breathtaking views. 21+ $69. 10 a.m. Tour boards and concludes rain or shine at 1004 Third St., Hudson, Wis.; hudsontrolley.com

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Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

Celebrate your dad this year with this family friendly activity. Enjoy two hours on the beautiful river with a brunch prepared by the chefs at Afton House Inn. All Ages. Ticket prices vary. Noon–2 p.m. St. Croix River Cruises, 98 Walnut St., Hudson, Wis.; 612.436.8883; stcroixrivercruises.com

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Stop by this summer pop-up market with craftsman and artists from Woodbury and the St. Croix Valley. Vendors include Iron Orchid Designs, MN Pie and Grainy Brain Creations. There will also be live music and beverage stands. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Hosted by Dwell Furniture & Home Decor, Downtown Afton; 612.235.7727; dwellafton.com

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24–25 Stillwater Flea & Crafter Market Located at the Washington County Fairground with an array of unique items from furniture, antiques, clothing and art, there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. All Ages. Free. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Stillwater Flea & Crafter Market, 12300 40th St. N., Stillwater; 715.557.1785; rsgdevelopment.com

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Back to the ‘80s Car Show

Got an ‘80s car in the garage you want to show off? Interested in food, arcade games and car show awards? Whether you want to display your own car or just check out others’, this annual decade-themed car show has fun options for you and the whole family. Register online. All ages. $15–300. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Buck Hill Ski Area, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville; backtothe80smn.com

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Cider Run

Part of the Minnesota Brewery Series and partnered with Number 12 Cider in North Loop, this 5k features an at-your-own-pace run, a free cider, other cool collectibles and access to post-run, outdoor events and activities. Register online. Ages 21 and up. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.–end of run. Number 12 Cider, 614 N. Fifth St., Mpls.; breweryrunningseries.com

16–20 Midsommar Celebration

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Join the American Swedish Institute in celebrating Midsommar, with a mixture of virtual and in-person activities. Participate in virtual Nordic Workshops like “Midsommar Paper Flower Crowns” or in-person activities in the courtyard including family friendly crafts as well as grab and go meals courtesy of FIKA café. All Ages. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.; 612.871.4907; asimn.org

19–20 Stone Arch Bridge Festival With art, a car show and live music, this is a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day, with over 200 artists and great

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Helping small businesses. As a community bank, we helped nearly 500 businesses with PPP loans during the pandemic. We continue to be committed to our community businesses. • SBA Loans • ACH Origination • Remote Deposit • Merchant Processing

food vendors in the one stop show for a festive weekend. All Ages. Free. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Minneapolis Riverfront along NE Main Street; 952.473.6422; stonearchbridgefestival.com

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Minnesota Orchestra’s Season Finale: A Summer Prelude

lakeelmobank.com • 651.777.8365

Presented in partnership with Twin Cities PBS and Classical Minnesota Public Radio, join the Minnesota Orchestra for their season wrap. With a limited number of socially distanced seats available and a program featuring Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe it’s a show you won’t want to miss. All Ages. Ticket prices vary. 8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; 612.371.5600; minnesotaorchestra.org

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GrillFest

Stillwater • Lake Elmo • Oakdale Member FDIC

Test out the latest grills, get tips from the pros and pick up the latest grilling equipment—the Ninth Annual GrillFest has it all. In addition to grilling tools, local vendors will be selling your favorite grilled goods and cookout drinks. Tickets include free samples. Ages 21 and up. $60. 1–5 p.m. CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul; 612.371.5855; grillfestival.com

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Ice Cream Bingo 34 JUNE/JULY 2021

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OPEN THE DOOR TO YOUR PIN THE CHERRY ON THE SUNDAE. BY OLIVIA RIVERA PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT

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Fast online preapprovals Customized loan options Summer is just around the corner and now is a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the St. Croix Valley with everyone’s favorite treat. Nothing tastes quite like summer more than a classic cone on a warm day. Take a scenic drive along the river to check out a new spot or even take a hike to discover a hidden gem. There’re so many ways to enjoy your favorite flavors. Sprinkle your summer with memories - Take a “sundae” to check out a new town with your family or take that special someone out on a sweet date. Whether you enjoy the classics like chocolate or something a little funky like glitter in your ice cream, there’s something for everyone with this universally loved desert. No need to chase down an ice cream truck, just tear out this bingo sheet and get the scoop on the best spots in the Valley!

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On your mark, get set … SELMA’S ICE CREAM PARLOR

NELSON’S ICE CREAM

VALLEY SWEETS

MARINE GENERAL STORE

STOCKHOLM PIE AND GENERAL STORE

YOUR CHOICE!

MABEL’S ICE CREAM

SCHOOLHOUSE SCOOP

NITA MAE’S SCOOP

DAIRY QUEEN

LEO’S GRILL & MALT SHOP

BARBARA ANNS FUDGE SHOPPE

MN NICE CREAM

THE TWISTED OAK COFFEE HOUSE

MEI MEI’S COOKIES & CREAMERY LLC

CANNONBELLES COFFEE & ICE CREAM

COLD STONE CREAMERY

SCHOONY’S MALT SHOP AND PIZZERIA

YOUR CHOICE!

RED WING CONFECTIONERY

THE GENERAL SCOOP

YOUR CHOICE!

ANDERSON’S ICE CREAM SHOPPE

KNOKE’S CHOCOLATES AND NUTS

SWEET SNAP Take a selfie with your game card, or snap a photo of your favorite bakery goodie. Tag us on Instagram (@stcroixvalleymag) for a chance to be featured.

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MN Nice Cream

... go! VALLEY SWEETS 133 N. Washington St., St Croix Falls;

SELMA’S ICE CREAM PARLOR 3419 St. Croix Trail S., Afton;

715.483.7111; valleysweets.com

MARINE GENERAL STORE 101 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix;

651.436.5131;

651.433.2445;

selmasicecream.square.site

marinegeneralstore.com

MABEL’S ICE CREAM

SCHOOLHOUSE SCOOP

293 3rd St. N., Bayport; 612.571.3128;

919 Vermillion St. #120,

mabelsicecream.com

Hastings; 651.437.2900

KNOKE’S CHOCOLATES AND NUTS

DAIRY QUEEN

220 Locust St., Hudson; 715.381.9866;

651.351.2850; dqstillwater.com

1600 Frontage Road W., Stillwater;

knokeschocolatesandnuts.com

COLD STONE CREAMERY 1005 Pearson Drive, Hudson;

CANNONBELLES COFFEE & ICE CREAM 402 Mill St. W., Cannon Falls;

715.381.9899 coldstonecreamery.com

607.767.1155; cannonbelles.com

NELSON’S ICE CREAM

MEI MEI'S COOKIES & CREAMERY LLC

920 Olive St. W., Sillwater; 651.430.1103; nelsonsicecream.biz

BARBARA ANNS FUDGE SHOPPE 317 Main St. S., Stillwater; 651.430.2071

LEO’S GRILL & MALT SHOP

113 E. Elm St., River Falls; 715.629.2100; meimeiscookies.square.site

THE TWISTED OAK COFFEE HOUSE 202 Broad St., Prescott; twistedoakcoffee.com

131 Main St. S., Stillwater; 651.351.3943; leosgrill.com

MN NICE CREAM

NITA MAE'S SCOOP 101 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix; 651.433.0137; nitamaes.com

308 Chestnut St. E., Stillwater; 612.259.7053; mnnicecream.com

SCHOONY’S MALT SHOP AND PIZZERIA

RED WING CONFECTIONERY 323 Main S.t, Red Wing; 651.388.0174; redwingconfectionery.com

384 Bench St., Taylors Falls; 651.465.3222

ANDERSON’S ICE CREAM SHOPPE 12710 Lake Blvd., Lindstrom;

STOCKHOLM PIE AND GENERAL STORE N2030 Spring St., Stockholm; 715.442.5505; stockholmpie andgeneralstore.com

651.401.5394; andersons icecreamshoppe.com

THE GENERAL SCOOP 101 Judd St., Marine on St.

It’s best to confirm hours of operation

Croix; 651.433.0137

before visiting local businesses.

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LAST GLANCE

Picture This! We want to see your best photographs.

READERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Summer Sunset by Tyler Mason

HE RE AT ST. C R OI X VALLE Y MAG AZIN E , we seek to showcase the

community by sharing your photos. If you’ve snapped photos in the area over the past year, consider entering them into our Lens on St. Croix Valley photo contest in August. Whether it’s a picture of your family or furry friends, a St. Croix Valley landmark or a beautiful landscape you saw while on a walk, we want to see it. St. Croix Valley Magazine accepts photo submissions from August 1–31 for its annual photo contest. Submitted photos are reviewed by our editorial and art departments to determine winners for potential publication in a future issue of St. Croix Valley Magazine or online. Readers can also vote online for their favorite photo submissions in the Readers’ Choice category during the month of September.

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Winners in the following categories receive consideration for photo placement in an upcoming issue and on our website and social media pages.

PHOTO CONTEST RULES & DETAILS

1. People & Families

• Entrants must live, work or

• Submissions are accepted at stcroixvalleymag.com between August 1 and August 31.

2. Wildlife & Nature 3. Activities & Events 4. City Landmarks 5. Pets

Winning photos are decided by consensus, so each submission is carefully considered. Though we certainly take into account subject and photo quality, our favorite photos are the those that convey the community we live in. So, next time you’re out and about, bring your camera or camera phone along. We’d love to see the St. Croix Valley through your lens.

attend school in the St. Croix Valley area. • Readers’ Choice voting takes place at stcroixvalleymag.com in September. • Entrants may submit up to five photos, with no more than three in any category. • Photos should be taken in the St. Croix Valley area. • Generally, photos should have been taken within a year of the submission date. • Visit stcroixvalleymag.com in August to submit your photos.

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