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'Once Upon a Mattress' March 9-31 "Once Upon a Mattress," a fractured fairy tale musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and the book by Jay Thompson, Barer, and Dean Fuller, will be performed March 9-31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, sponsored by Hudson Neighbors magazine, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The High 48s bluegrass band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences.
"Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook," a play by Allison Gregory adapted from the popular book series by Barbara Park, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 9-25 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Junie B. Jones is certain that someone at school stole new furry mittens. So, when Junie B. finds a pen of many colors, she figures she should be allowed to keep it because "finders keepers, losers weepers."
The St. Croix County Historical Society will host a volunteer open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third St. Founded in 1948, the St. Croix County Historical Society's mission is to promote interest in history through the development and preservation of the Octagon House Museum complex and research center. It is through the efforts of numerous volunteers that the Historical Society has been able to accomplish its mission and maintain a dynamic presence in the Hudson community.
Last fall, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) finalized population estimates for local units of government, as of Jan. 1, 2017. The DOA says St. Croix County grew by 4.13 percent since the 2010 Census and added 3,483 new residents. St. Croix's year-old population is estimated at 87,828 making the numeric gain since 2010 roughly equivalent to the 3,300 people residing in the Village of Ellsworth.
Beginning Alcohol Ink Painting on Tile, a workshop for adults, will be offered 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Participants will create glowing paintings, gorgeous ceramic tiles and more with this medium. Unpredictable, wildly colorful, vibrant inks will be used on nonporous surfaces including metal, plastic, glass and Yupo paper — the possibilities are endless. No experience is needed, only playfulness and a desire to explore and create.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicks off Friday, Jan. 26, with the Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at the Wells Fargo parking lot and travels down Second Street, turning down Walnut Street and ends at the Hudson Arch. Blasts of flames from the balloon units will help warm the crowd. Spectators will see marching kazoo bands and "Touchdown Hudson XXIX"-themed parade units. Immediately after the parade there is a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Corp.
The 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair celebration has been moved one week earlier, to Jan. 26-28, 2018. This fun-filled winter festival and hot air balloon rally changed its date due to the Super Bowl taking place in Minneapolis. With football in mind, the 2018 Hot Air Affair theme is "Touchdown Hudson XXIX" with several football-related activities during the event.