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U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy is hosting a Veteran History Project workshop to train volunteers to preserve personal accounts of veterans from 4-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
A timeless story comes to life on stage this weekend in the Hudson High School Performing Arts Auditorium. “The Secret Garden” originally published in its entirety in 1911 was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Burnett was an English-American playwright and author who is best known for her children’s stories, which include “Little Lord Fauntleroy” and “A Little Princess.” She was born Nov. 24, 1849, in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, and died in the United States in 1924.
HUDSON — Area residents should be wary of businesses that offer to help obtain copies of real estate records, cautions St. Croix County Register of Deeds Beth Pabst. She said several St. Croix County residents have recently got letters from companies offering to help obtain grant deeds. Companies like this are very bold and indicate the property owner must comply and respond by a certain date, said Pabst. “Buying or refinancing a house is a huge endeavor with plenty of paperwork,” Pabst said.
The Hudson Heritage Quilters’ Guild is hosting its 11th biennial quilt show, Patchwork Harvest, on Nov. 9-10 at the Hudson Middle School, 1300 Carmichael Road. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s guild-sponsored raffle quilt, “Sapphire Bouquet,” will help raise money for local area food shelves. Raffle tickets are available for $1 and can be purchased before and during the show. The raffle drawing will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. Over 200 quilts will be on display ranging from large bed quilts, miniatures and quilted clothing.
Boys Scouts and leaders from BSA Troop 168 (sponsored by Hudson Rod & Gun Club) in North Hudson visited Afton State Park Sunday, Oct. 13, while completing a 20-mile hike as part of the Hiking Merit Badge. This is one of several Eagle required merit badges that Scouts need to complete for rank advancement toward becoming an Eagle Scout.
Willow River Players, the New Richmond area community theater organization, will be holding a sale this Saturday at their storage unit on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-noon at 230 North Fifth Street in New Richmond. Turn west at the Super America store and follow the signs. The group, founded in 1996, has done over 25 productions and is downsizing their overstock of costumes and props. “We store our set pieces, costumes and props and decorations,” noted WRP President Chad Leonard.
A series of exhibitions featuring needle-felted fiber and mixed media installation by Felice Amato of Madison and St. Paul; a photography exhibit by Dirk Anschutz of New York, organized by Upstream Arts of Minneapolis; assemblage sculpture by Gary and MaryAnn Carlson of Rush City, Minn.; ceramic vessels and sculpture by Andrea Leila Denecke of Scandia, Minn.; drawings and paintings by Patrick Kemal Pryor of Minneapolis; and mixed media figurative work by Sally Roscoe of Minneapolis will be on view Oct. 18 through Nov.
The St. Croix County Historical Society has its annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Mama Maria’s Italian Restaurant in North Hudson. The meeting is open to the public and starts with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short business meeting and a program. The program will feature excerpts from “the History of Hudson” movie. After several years of production the movie project is nearing completion.
The 60th annual Rotary Halloween parade is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 31, at Newton Filed (near Rock Elementary). The event is sponsored by the Hudson Thursday Noon and Hudson Daybreak Rotary clubs. Sign-ups begin at 4 p.m. with the parade starting at approximately 4:45 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in several age groups: 4 and under, 5-7, 8-10, 11 and older and the best group or family. Prizes in the age groups are $25 for first, $20 for second, $15 for third, $10 for fourth and $5 for fifth.