Come Celebrate Franconia’s 17th Year

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cold, and Franconia is getting ready to celebrate another round of our biggest event of the year, the 17th Annual Art and Artists Celebration on Saturday, September 28.

So what will we be celebrating this year? “Art and artists” is kind of a broad category. Let’s start with the lineup of talented musicians, actors, and performers that will be performing here this year in the Earthen Amphitheater (featuring St. Croix Falls legend Bradley Foss as MC).

12:00 Perennial

This band of recent college grads hails from the Twin Cities, although the band members met in Appleton, WI. They will set the tone for the day with an ambient electronic set.

1:30 Cattail Moon Band

Formerly known as Cattail String Band and Dogtail Moon is an acoustic musical group of five very diverse seingers, songwriters, and musicians that promise an “acoustic revival” in their set.

3:00 Randy the Frog Guy

If you are from the St. Croix Falls area you have probably heard of Randy the Frog Guy before, but for those of you who haven’t, Randy Korb is the frog master of the region. His amphibian presentations feature live frogs and excited kids who learn about animal concepts such as habitats, hibernation, predator/prey, the life cycle, and body structures.

3:30 Scalded Hounds

Another local band that frequents the Dalles House in St. Croix Falls, Scalded Hounds are self-described as an electric hillbilly punk folk metal band. They play a mixture of their own songs and rockin’ covers.

5:00 Festival Theater Performance

We will probably all be exhausted after headbanging to Scalded Hounds’ set, so Festival Theater will offer a nice break with a performance featuring this summer’s members of the theater.

6:00 International Reggae All Stars

With band members hailing from Venezuela to Trinidad, and Ghana to Kingston Jamaica, the International REggae All Stars are truly a global band that play reggae, dancehall and all the Bob Marley classics, and bring peace, love and positive vibrations with them wherever they go.

8:00 The Undergroove

Another Minneapolis band, The Undergroove will provide us with fresh, funky grooves with a smooth alternative twist. If you desire tasty original music with the occasional obscure cover, The Undergroove will surely delight you.

But wait! Music isn’t the only thing we will be having this year. Throughout the day, we will be having more fun activities such as:

9:30 Yoga with Lexy Dally

11:00 Yoga with Lexy Dally

2:30 Guided tour of new sculptures

12:00-6:00 Creative writing workshop at the Poetry Studio

12:00-4:00 Iron Pour and Scratch Block Workshop on the Work Pad

10:00-6:00 Family activity tent: face painting, spin art, bubbles

11:00-4:00 Public Art St. Paul SPIDER art-making activities

4:45 Poetry reading: Dale Cox, Ed Emerson, and Franconia poets

5:00 Guided tour of new sculptures

PLUS Family activities with National Park Service staff, button-making with the St. Croix Falls Public Library, sculpture hunt, grafitti art demonstration, dance performances, and more!

The guided tours will be featuring new work from artists such as

Adam McGee-Abe, UK

Jay McDonald and Robyn Hasty, NYC

Kevin Dartt, NY

Julie Nagle, NYC

Hong-An Truong, NC

Anders Neinstaedt, MI

Saya Woolfalk, NYC

Freya Gabie, UK

Hilary Mussell, CAN

We hope to see you all there for the immense varieties of art, sculpture, food, music, and fun on Saturday, September 28. Until then, stay warm, and enjoy the changing colors of the leaves in the St. Croix River Valley.

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