Events & Activities

This year, due to COVID-19 health concerns, RiverFest will be celebrated as a virtual event. The River Clean-up will be held (while observing social distancing) but other events will be done through video programing.


2020 RiverFest Schedule

The RiverFest videos are also available to view July 23 – 27 on River Channel 15 Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television.
See the River Channel 15 Schedule


2020 – Pre-event

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.


2020 – Tuesday, July 21

Hudson & North Hudson River Clean-upRiver Clean Up
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
(Rescheduled for Wednesday at 10 am)
Please see details below in the Wednesday schedule.

 

 


Find Us on Facebook2020 Riverfest Roundtable LIVE
View on YouTube
Description: Join RiverFest Committee  members Buck Malick, Liz Malanaphy and Jacki Bradham for a preview of Hudson’s St. Croix RiverFest. Learn about the annul River Clean-up, Scrappy and virtual programs form RiverFest partner organizations available for viewing  July 21-25.


RiverFest Recycling Basics
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.

 


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.


Toonies

Tricia & the Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppets
View on YouTube
Description: The City of Hudson presents Tricia & the Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppets. Viewers of all ages can come together in environmental awareness, teamwork and fun. Tricia & the Toonies sing the RiverFest song, listen and learn to rethink, reuse, recycle!


2020 – Wednesday, July 22

Foraging with Russ Lake

Foraging 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.


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.

 


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.

 


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.


Hudson & North Hudson River Clean-upRiver Clean Up
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Location: Hudson and North Hudson Parks
Description: The river clean-up is a core activity of the Hudson RiverFest and the “purpose” for the celebration. Community volunteers get out on the river banks collecting trash and working to help clean-up the St. Croix River.

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.

Contact Buck Malick at 715-386-7010 or cmalick2@gmail.com to register and receive your cleanup location.

Trash bags will be available before the clean-up at the RiverFest trailer on the corner of First and Vine Streets (the North side of The Phipps). Please remember to observe social distancing.

Drop off  for the trash collected during the river clean-up is from 11 am to 1 pm at the RiverFest trailer on the corner of First and Vine Streets (the North side of The Phipps).

View the River Clean-up Guidelines.

View a map of clean-up locations.


2020 – Thursday, July 23

YogaYoga 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.

 


Octagon HouseImages 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.


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.


2020 – Friday, July 24

Scrappy

Refashioning Scrappy
View on YouTube
Description: Local artist Liz Malanaphy and her crew will create a new skin for Scrappy, the RiverFest mascot, using the trash collected during the river clean-up.

 


Ahhh WaterLibrary Storytime: AHHHhhhh 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.


BallooningHot 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.

 


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.


2020 – Saturday, July 25

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.


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.

In partisanship with  St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI   and   St. Croix Casino


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!


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.

 

 

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