Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival is this weekend
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.
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.
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.
--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.
--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.
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
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.