Arts briefs: Stillwater's 'Front Porch' series warms up

  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 5:39 PM

Performing, literary and visual artists are making a return engagement for Stillwater’s “Live from the Front Porch” series which kicks off its second season with the opening reception for its Annual Members Show from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. Fourth St., Stillwater.

The series will run at the same time on Tuesday nights through Aug. 22.

ArtReach St. Croix invites artists, friends and neighbors to hang out at the blue house and enjoy live music, visual arts demonstrations and literary readings.

Each week will feature a different musician and visual artist with local writers and poets featured on select evenings. A full schedule of artists will be available at closer to opening night.

‘Summer Tuesdays’ poised to start again

Finishing touches are being made for the 11th annual Summer Tuesdays in Stillwater.

The series of events starts Tuesday, July 9, on the St. Croix River waterfront at the foot of the historic Lift Bridge in Lowell Park. This free, family-friendly, seven-week event runs through August 20.

The marketplace is open from 5 to 8:30 p.m., featuring more than 35 vendors presenting such items as clothing, hand crafted art, jewelry and more. Local restaurants will also join in the market, providing a wide variety of options for a picnic supper.

One to two musical performances are on schedule each night, kicking off with Mike in the Wilderness.

The opening night movie is “The Lorax,” beginning at dusk.

White Bear Lake

Gangsters are theme of three events

Three events sponsored by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society will highlight the community’s colorful ties to notorious gangsters during the 1930s.

A Gangster Bus Tour of gangster haunts runs from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, departing from the White Bear Country Inn, 4940 Highway 61 N. Sights include a Mahtomedi speak-easy and the location of a dance club. Cost is $20, $15 for WBLAHS Members. Reservations should be made at 651-407-5327 or

A presentation on gangsters who came to the area, including Ma Barker, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and Baby Face Nelson, will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, 4698 Clark Av., White Bear Lake.

A sequel to that event will follow at 6 p.m. on July 22, also at the library.

Both library events are free, but donations are appreciated.

Auditions set for musical ‘Big River’

The Lakeshore Players Theatre is holding auditions for the musical “Big River” at 7 p.m. July 15 and July 16 at the theater, 4820 Stewart Av. Callbacks, if needed, will be the following Wednesday. No appointments are necessary.

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