Trolley tours highlight history, arts north of Stillwater | News – Google Alerts

From bite-size chocolates to giant sculptures, a ghost-town play to a lively drink, upcoming trolley tours will offer a glimpse into the arts and history north of Stillwater.

Stops on the Art Trolley Adventures are scheduled in Scandia, Marine, May Township, Franconia and Shafer. Organized by Wahoo! Adventures, riders will join Heather Rutledge, executive director of ArtReach St. Croix, for tours, visits with artists and hands-on demonstrations.

“The really cool thing is it’s a behind-the-scenes look,” Rutledge said of the tours. “The itineraries were pulled together in collaboration with the artists, but Kerri [Kolstad of Wahoo!] also provides an experience, lunch and vino. It’s such a treat to have her hospitality and have her take care of all the details.”

The series launched last week with a trip to Afton and Hudson.

“It was fun!” Rutledge said of the tour, which stopped to paint with Sharon Weiser in Stillwater, craft a haiku with writer Greg Seitz at Belwin Conservancy, visit Patrick and Linda Casanova’s Hudson glass blowing studio and sample the goods at Knoke Chocolates.

An August 30 tour will bring visitors to the abandoned sawmilling village of Arcola, now in May Township’s jurisdiction, where they’ll watch actors from Stillwater High School perform a short version of “Newsies.” Next up, the Gammelgården Museum for insights on how Swedish immigrants lived in the 1800s. Finally, a stop at the Marine Mills Folk School to learn about and taste kombucha and other fermented drinks.

A September 27 tour will be part of the annual Take Me to the River arts event. First stop: a visit to Judd Street Exchange in Marine for a visit with the gallery’s owner, painter Mary Jo Van Dell. Then a walk up the street for handmade truffles and local wine at St. Croix Chocolate Co. Next up, Shafer to meet potter Peter Jadoonath, followed by a tour and lunch at Franconia Sculpture Park. Before heading back to…

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