Events & Activities

2021 RiverFest Schedule

This year RiverFest is moving towards a post-COVID event with a combination of both
in-person activities and of virtual programs. See the following schedule of in-person events.

Additional, RiverFest videos are available for viewing on River Channel 15 Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television.


2021 – Pre-events

Just Add Water Virtual ClassesJust Add Water
Air Time: Available anytime
Link: View Just Add Water videos here
Description: Here is a creative experiment – Just Add Water (JAW) virtual classes. Join us for some at home science and art fun, in four virtual visits with Liz Malanaphy, creator of JAW summer art and science classes.


2021 – Monday, July 19

Whirligigs & Outdoor Wind Sculptures
Time: Students age 7-9 at 10 am – noon. Students age 9-12 at 1-3 pm
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street
Description: Working with simple materials like wire, paper, fabric and paint, students will create sculptures that use air currents to move, spin or whirl! Each will be a personal expression to celebrate the arts and nature. To better understand the beauty of motion and inspire the students, the instructor will show examples of kinetic art. Students will make up to two sculptures – one to bring home and one to display in front of The Phipps throughout St. Croix RiverFest.
Class fee $19. For registration call 715-386-2305 or visit Whirligigs & Outdoor Wind Sculptures on the Phipps Center’s website.


2021 – July 20 – 23

St. Croix RiverFest: River Deluxe Exploration
Dates: 7/20 – 7/23
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street
Description: St. Croix RiverFest: River Deluxe Exploration is an amazing class for students who love the St. Croix River, science and art. Participate in RiverFest programs, paddle a kayak, and transform the seven-foot tall RiverFest mascot, Scrappy the Splashing Bass, using trash from the river. Scrappy, a sculpture of a splashing bass, will be displayed at RiverFest events.
For ages 8-14. Bring a sack lunch each day. Class fee $170 (including kayak rental). For registration call 715-386-2305 or visit River Deluxe Exploration on the Phipps Center’s website.


2021 – Tuesday, July 20

RiverFest Recycling Basics Video
Airtime: Available anytime
Video Link: View on YouTube 
Description:
 Buck Malick from the RiverFest Committee and Kris Poston, St. Croix County Recycling Specialist, will discuss how to separate litter collected during the clean-up into recyclables or trash. Kris  will explain what to, and how to, recycle the different items collected.


Hudson & North Hudson River Clean-upRiver Clean Up
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: The river clean-up is a core activity of the Hudson RiverFest. Community volunteers get out on the riverbank collecting trash and working to help clean-up the river (trash bags will be provided). While the goal of RiverFest is to get people out to enjoy the river, the river clean-up is the “purpose” for the celebration.

Families and individuals are encouraged to join the clean-up. Participants are reminded to observe current social distancing guidelines during the clean-up. Please view the River Clean-up Guidelines for instructions and details. 

Please contact Buck Malick at 715-386-7010 or cmalick2@gmail.com to pre-register and receive your cleanup locations. 

Meet at the Bandshell for the Lakefront Park area clean-up. 
View a map of clean-up locations.

Drop off  the trash collected during the river clean-up from 11 am to 1 pm at Picnic Point (south end of Lakefront Park).

Following the clean-up, RiverFest will host a picnic lunch for the clean-up volunteers at Picnic Point (south end of Lakefront Park). Thank you to our lunch sponsors: County Market, Erbert & Gerberts, Kwik Trip and Culver’s


ScrappyRefashioning Scrappy
Dates: 7/20 – 7/22
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ River Deluxe Exploration art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for Scrappy, the RiverFest mascot.


CNC at RiverFestCarpenter Nature Center presents Animals of the St. Croix Valley
Time: 11:30 am  – 12:30 pm
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: Join Carpenter Nature Center (CNC) staff to learn about the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley and meet live animal ambassadors, including frogs, turtles, snakes and a bird of prey. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

CNC is an environmental education facility with the goal of fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world. With campuses on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix River, CNC is able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing quality educational opportunities.


TooniesTricia & the Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppets
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: The Toonies will bring together viewers of all ages in environmental awareness, teamwork and fun. Learn about the many ways of reducing the amount of trash we generate and to rethink, reuse, recycle!

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy the show. Please remember to observe current social distancing guidelines during the show.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Hudson Area Library at 700 1st Street.

Listen to the RiverFest song created by Tricia Haynes.
View the lyrics to the RiverFest, It’s the Best! song.


2021 – Wednesday, July 21

ScrappyRefashioning Scrappy
Dates: 7/20 – 7/22
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street (north side of the building)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ River Deluxe Exploration art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for Scrappy, the RiverFest mascot.


Prairie BirdEvening Prairie Hike
Time: 7 – 8 pm
Location: Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus Trail, 300 East Cove Road, Hudson. View Map: View a map 
Description: Join Missy Sparrow, a prairie plant specialist form the Wisconsin DNR, and Jennifer Vieth, Carpenter Nature Center’s director, for an evening hike through the prairie. We’ll be looking for blooming forbs and grasses as well as listening a looking for birds. The also includes plant, insect and  bird identification.
There will be door prizes. Field guides and binoculars will be available to use, or you may bring your own if you have them.

This is a FREE event but space is limited and reservations required at 651-437-4359.


2021 – Thursday, July 22


ScrappyRefashioning Scrappy
Dates: 7/20 – 7/22
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street (north side of the building)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ River Deluxe Exploration art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for Scrappy, the RiverFest mascot.

The BubblerRiverFest Partner Display Booths
Time: 6 – 7 pm
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Come down to Lakefront Park EARLY to spend time at the Non-profit displays. RiverFest partner organizations and other non-profits groups will have booths with information, activities, and demonstrations before and during the concert.

Entertainment by The Bubbler, Steve Russell, at the pre-concert display booths starting at 6 pm.  Bring your family—kids will have the opportunity to make their own bubble wands, to create bubbles during the pre-concert activities.


St. Croix Valley Community Band Concert
Time: 7 – 8:15 pm
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: The St. Croix Valley Community Band welcomes guest soloist Colleen Raye, soprano for the world premier of RiverFest, a poem commissioned and set to music inspiring this celebration of nature and the river. A wide variety of uplifting music will be shared by the 50 plus musicians, led by director Dr. Kris Tjornehoj. Celebrating community, hear works like Happy, Beer Barrel Polka: marches, and more. Dr. Gary Bird, tuba, will be the featured soloist for Launische Tuba. Richard Miller, flugelhorn, will share a delightful rendition of Concierto d’Aranjuez, featured in the movie Brassed Off. There will be something for people of all ages with this RiverFest performance.

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled family evening! Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy the show.
 
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved. Please check here before the concert for any location updates if the weather is stormy. 
 
Please remember to observe current COVID guidelines during the show. 
 
Concert attendees will be invited to visit the We Heart Hudson booth and help create a painted mural.
 

See the RiverFest mascot Scrappy on display! Created by sculptor Mary Johnson, the splashing bass figure is metal armature. Each year students from the Phipps Center for the Arts “Just Add Water” art and science class help complete the sculpture by processing and re-purposing the litter collected in Hudson during the river cleanup to create a new “skin” for Scrappy.


2021 – Friday, July 23

Yoga in the Park 
Time: Noon
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Enjoy a gentle yoga practice focused on breath awareness and mindful movement, guided by Ali Bemont Mareck from Ciranda.  We will meet behind the bandshell, facing the beautiful St. Croix river.  Please bring your own yoga mat and arrive 5–10 minutes early to settle in.  You may also want to bring water, a towel, sunscreen, bug spray, and a friend!  All levels of experience are welcome.


2021 – Saturday, July 24

Native American CelebrationNative Pride Dancers
Time: Noon – 4 pm
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Gather by the river for a Native American Cultural Celebration with dancing, singing & drums and more!

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin with the TRAILS Dance Troupe  Emcee – Bruce Sonnenberg • Drum – Raining Thunder • Lead Singer – George Rainey with the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and  Youth Dancers – TRAILS Dance Troupe • Featuring Men’s Traditional with head dancer Brandon Geshick: Fancy & Grass • Women’s Traditional: Fancy & Jingle and more!

Native Pride Dancers  Feel the excitement and experience the artistry of The Native Pride Dancers as they perform flamboyant movements passed down by their ancestors thru song and dance. Colorful regalia, pulsating drumming and fancy footwork plus information about the dances creates a moving artistic experience.

The 2021 Willow River Water Walk
Hear the story of an Ojibwe elder leading a water walk from the headwaters of the Willow River near Clear Lake, WI to Hudson in May 2021.  Water, “Nibi” in the language of the Ojibwe people, was carried in a copper kettle by women on a two-day trek along the river through Polk and St. Croix Counties.  

Food by Mosay Family

Native American art and crafts.

Native American food for sale by Lisa Mosay family.

 

Program Sponsors: NATOW
   St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI   and   St. Croix Casino


 


The State of the St. Croix River Resources:

Shared by the Wild Rivers Conservancy. The Wild Rivers Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
Together with the National Park Service and others, we create opportunities for people to experience and care for the Riverway. 

View the State of the St. Croix River Report

A link to the StoryMap (a great, dynamic overview)

 

Native American Resources:

Learn more about Native Wisconsin Tribes at NATOW.   NATOW

Learn more about the Jingle Dress Tradition at Twin Cities PBS. Ojibwe stories tell of the beginnings and the healing powers of the Jingle Dress Dance.

Here are some resources for Native American Food and Recipes:
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council  Food & Tradition: Nutrition Education in Wisconsin Tribal Communities.
     • Berry Wild Rice Breakfast
     • Traditional Plant Scavenger Hunt
     • Waagaagin Naboob (Fiddlehead Soup)
     • Maple Glazed Salmon

First Nations Development Institute has three cookbooks available online.
     • Oneida Traditional & Healthy Foods for Our Community Cookbook
     • Cooking Healthier with FDPIR Foods

     • Nizhónígo Iinámeans with Navajo Traditional Foods


Fishing Resources:

RiverFest will not hold its usual kids fishing derby because of COVID safety concerns. However, we encourage you to consider going fishing as a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful St. Croix River.

Learn more about fishing
 • St. Croix River Fishing – Fishing information, tips, and techniques related to the St. Croix River. We also provide updates on environmental threats and conservation initiatives.

Kids Fishing – A Few Tips & Tricks!– Here are couple tips that might make your first or next fishing trip with the kids that much more enjoyable.

Basic Worm and Bobber Fishing Setup (with knots) – Learn how ODWC’s aquatic education coordinator sets up fishing rods for success. Also learn how to tie the improved clinch knot and the polamor knot.


RiverFest Videos

Additional, RiverFest videos are available for viewing at any time on River Channel 15 Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television’s YouTube Channel.


Meditation

Meditation with Kishori
View on YouTube
Description:
Kishori Koch, from Ciranda will lead guided-meditation session along the beautiful St. Croix River. Tune into the gentle flow of water, get comfortable and breathe.
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Yoga with Kishori
View on YouTube
Description: Breath, move and re-energize your body through a simple series of basic postures, guided by Kishori Koch from Ciranda.


Foraging with Russ LakeForaging Garden Walk
View on YouTube
Description: Hudson Grocery Co-op presents backyard foraging with Russ Lake. Learn about edible plants growing in your backyard. From common garden plants like daisies and hostas to wild plants like burdock and wood sorrel, there is an abundance of edible plants in your flower garden and backyard.


Prairie That Nature BuiltLibrary Storytime: The Prairie That Nature Built
View on YouTube
Description:  Sara O’Brien, Youth Services Assistant at the Hudson Area Public Library will read the children’s book The Prairie That Nature Built, by Marybeth Lorbiecki.

 


Library Storytime: AHHHhhhh Water Ahhh Water
View on YouTube
Description: Join Author/Illustrator Jean A. Gagnon Clausen of Green Wise Kids for a fun and engaging reading of her new book AHHHhhhh, Water!. Along with

Greenbean the Frog, contributing authors Lawrence Clausen and Michel Tigan and the Green Wise kids you will learn the exciting and informative facts of why protecting our precious resource, water is so important for our world. Through puppetry, educational display and story reading kids of all ages will be inspired through this interactive online presentation of AHHHhhhh, Water.


Turtle

Animals of the St. Croix: Blanding’s and Wood Turtles
View on YouTube
Description:
Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet Blanding’s and Wood Turtles animal ambassadors. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.


Hognose Snake

Animals of the St. Croix: Hognose Snake
View on YouTube
Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet a Hognose Snake animal ambassador. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.


Animals of the St. Croix: Tiger Salamander
View on YouTube
Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet a Tiger Salamander animal ambassador. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.


Peregrine Falcon

Animals of the St. Croix: Peregrine Falcon
View on YouTube
Description: Carpenter Nature Center naturalist Jessie Eckroad will present the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley. Meet a Peregrine Falcon animal ambassador. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

 


Octagon House

Images of Hudson: Then and Now
View on YouTube
Description: The St. Croix County Historical Society will present “Then and Now” scenes of Hudson. The Historical Society will highlight some historic photos from their photo collection paired with drone videos filmed by Historical Society volunteer Dick Nelson. An interesting way to see how Hudson has changed over the years.
Lean more about the SCCHS photo collection.


Chrlisle SchoolOneida Children’s Homecoming
View on YouTube
Description: Oneida children from Wisconsin whose remains were returned from the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Three Carlisle students from near Green Bay who died about 1900 were returned to their Native lands in Wisconsin this past summer. Members from the Church of the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Oneida will share details of the return.


Western Wisconsin Journal: Woodland Sky Woodland Sky
View on YouTube
Description: A 2019 Riverfest Woodland Sky Interview – Woodland Echoes: Native American Tastes, Sights & Sounds. Bobbi Pomminville interviews the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company, a theatrical, authentic performance with Native American Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Lakota and Apache dancers. The telling of historic stories using traditional Native American songs and dances.


Brandon & Jackie

Native American Celebration in Review
View on YouTube
Description: The replay of the 2014 RiverFest program with Native American storyteller Mark Denny about the history of the horse in Native culture. Pow wow dancing with Mark Soulier and the TRAILS group from the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.

 


Ojibwe VillageForts Folle Avoine Ojibwe Village
View on YouTube
Description: Visit the recreated Ojibwe Village at the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park near Danbury, Wisconsin. Step into Woodland Native life during the fur trading era of 1802-1804 on the Yellow River.  Learn from Park Director Kevin Hoyt, Native interpreter Jackson Buxton and St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin TRAILS coordinator Mark Soulier.


Forts Folle AvoineForts Folle Avoine Museum Tour
View on YouTube
Description: Join Park Director Kevin Hoyt from the Burnett County Historical Society for a tour of the museum at the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park near Danbury, Wisconsin. Visit the interpretive center and learn about artifacts from the fur trade era.

 


2020 RiverFest Native American Milwaukee Indian Summer
View on YouTube
Description: A short film by Logan Thomas Peterson capturing the magic of Native culture at the 2013 festival in Milwaukee. The event is no longer held, so enjoy the memories!


Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning Over the St. Croix
View on YouTube
Description: Pilot Steve Jacobs from Stillwater Balloons flies a hot air balloon over the St. Croix River for an amazing  birds eye view of the river. Sponsored by Hudson Hot Air Affair.

 

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