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Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival is this weekend

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HUDSON -- The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, in partnership with The Phipps Center for the Arts, is staging the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday in Lakefront Park.

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The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival draws thousands of visitors to Hudson every year. This year the festival offers even more art in the park, with 80-plus juried artists. Acoustic musicians will add to the atmosphere of fine art and fall flavors. The two-day event will begin Saturday, Sept 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival will offer a variety of food, entertainment and activities.

Performances

The festival will showcase a variety of performing talent. Live acoustic music will be performed both days on two stages at the Lakefront Park band shell and in the Artist Village.

Saturday

--Acoustic, live from the Artist Village, Paul Imholte (strolling musician), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

--Acoustic, live from the Artist Village, Joe Christensen and Nicole Lewandowski, 1-3 p.m.

--Acoustic, live from the Artist Village, August Blues: Pop, Classic Rock and Blues Ban, 3 to 5 p.m.

--Live from Lakefront band shell, Devine Collection: Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, Jazz, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday

--Acoustic, live from the Artist Village:

The Nicole and Joe Band: R&B, Blues and Jazz, noon to 2 p.m.

August Blues: Pop, Classic Rock and Blues Band, 2 to 4 p.m.

--Live from Lakefront Band Shell, Devine Collection: Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, Jazz, 1 to 4 p.m.

Hands-on

New hands-on activities add to this year's festival include:

"The art of...."

--Painting pottery with Artist Mark Lusardi

--Painting rain barrels with Sustain Hudson

--Paint canvas with Artist Jeff Boutin

--Throwing clay with The Phipps Center for the Arts

--Character creations by Trap Door, The Phipps Center for the Arts

--Live street performers...how do they do that?

--Strolling musician invites you try a fiddle, mandolin and a variety of instruments

--Morphology...a board game with life-size, sculptural pieces inviting audience participation

--Origami...The swan & beyond, created by you with the Kiwanis of Greater Hudson

--Health & Wellness...create your own "Healthy Tail" tale with Hudson Hospital & Clinics

--Bring on the bling with a sand bangle bracelet with Associated Bank

--Creative recycling...newspaper "Fair Hats" with Pioneer Press/Twincities.com.

--Pumpkin décor with Walmart

--Saving...create a bank with WESTconsin Credit Union

The event also features 45-minute demonstrations:

"The Art of..."

--Indoor Gardens, Terrariums & Succulents by Hudson Flower Shop

--Massage, by Massage Envy

--Conservation framing, Kelley Gallery Art & Frame

--Decorating with Winter Greenery, My Sister's Garden

Other events

Also in the park will be a return of the Living Statues on Saturday and Sunday.

Fall flavors include a sampling from Carbone's Pizzeria, Urban Olive & Vine, Hudson Bagel & Coffee Co., Stockwell's Maple Treats, Two Rivers Kettle Korn, Viking Coca-Cola, K and C Concessions, and LocoVores.

Scarecrows on Parade will welcome visitors to the downtown area where many stores will offer tasty fall treats and a collection of recipes. Visit www.hudsonwi.org for event details, entertainment and demonstration schedules or call the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, (715) 386-8411.

The Chamber requests no pets, coolers or bicycles in the park.

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