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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.
A series of exhibitions featuring work by 30 regional artists will be on view through Dec. 3 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The Galleries feature an installation, photography and mixed media work on paper in the three-person exhibit, "In This Place: What Makes a Place Holy?" featuring artists Hend Al-Mansour of St. Paul, Susan Armington of Minneapolis, and Sylvia Horwitz of Minneapolis; glass and mixed media mosaics by members of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild; ceramic sculpture by Jennica Kruse of Minneapolis; and oil paintings by Brian Stewart of North St. Paul.
Hudson Hockey Association invites boys and girls to a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Come Play Hockey Month from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, at Gornick Arena. Local youth, ages 4-9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.
The annual Hilltop Pumpkin Party, organized by the I-94 Business Alliance of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at YMCA Camp Day Croix, 532 County Road F.
Award-winning artist, Wouterina "Riana" de Raad will offer a mosaic workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Participants will learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling, including how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, as well as what materials and adhesives to use for a subzero climate. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussion on cement formulas, how to use pigments, and how to texture a cement surface.
Work by seven artists will be on view through Oct. 22 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. This current exhibit features works on paper by Andrea Carlson (St. Paul and Chicago), mixed media paintings and collage by Chris Cinque (Minneapolis), mixed media painting by Joan G. Cox (St. Paul), blown glass by Pauly Cudd (River Falls), functional porcelain pottery by Glynnis Lessing (Northfield, Minn.), polymer clay sculpture by Layl McDill (Minneapolis), as well as paintings and textiles by Chholing Taha (Anoka, Minn.)
No festival is complete without a tasty selection of fair food, and the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival is no exception! At this art festival, even the food fare is unique. Presenting a sampling of festival foods, we invite you to be tempted to try selections from local Hudson restaurants, as well as a few out-of-town flavors. Bring your appetite and enjoy festival favorites like maple ice cream and root beer, house-made Apfelstrudel, plus Wisconsin favorites like cheese curds, Leinenkugel's, tomato basil bratwurst, barbecue and more.
The Octagon House Museum and Gift Shop will begin its 2017 fall tour season and will be open only on the weekends in September and October. The museum is open on Saturdays at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m. Guided walk-in tours take about 45 minutes and start on the hour. This year's museum theme "World War I: Hudson on the Homefront" depicts the realities of life in small town America during the upheaval and uncertainty of the First World War. Yard Sale Fundraiser
Join us on the banks of the St. Croix River for an interactive art experience and prepare to be inspired! Enjoy live demos, musicians and street performers while sampling a variety of tasty treats. The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce &; Tourism Bureau in partnership with The Phipps Center for the Arts invites you to channel your creative spirit at Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival in Lakefront Park, Hudson. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.
"The Savannah Sipping Society," a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed Sept. 15-Oct. 1, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.at The Phipps Center for the Arts is Hudson. Director Marcie Berg explains that "Savannah" is the story of four very different middle age Southern women who find themselves alone at this stage in their lives.