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The courthouse is in Stillwater at the corner of Pine and Third streets. When the building was completed in 1870, a sheriff’s residence was part of the structure. Sheriffs and their families lived onsite from 1870 until 1962. The residence is now rented for private office space.
While the jail addition (1900-1975) is regularly open for tours, the upper portion of the original jail (1870-1900) is now being used as an archival storage area. The dome is reached by a steep, narrow staircase and offers views of Stillwater, the St. Croix River and the St. Croix Valley.
Due to the nature of the tour, not all areas are handicapped accessible. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children. The courthouse is at 101 W. Pine St. in Stillwater. For more information, call 651-275-7075, visit www.co.washington.mn.us/hc or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Potters show wares in St. Croix festival
Thirteen area potters — Leila Denecke, Nick DeVries, Kirk Freeman, Derek Gladen, Steve Hemingway, Michael Howland, Ernest Miller, Beth Ryan, Lynnea Schwieters, Zac Spates, Amy Von Bargen, Marjorie Wade and Scott Zeinert — will show their wares at the Rustic Road 13 Pottery Event and Sale on Sept. 21-22.
The event will be held on the historic St. Croix County homestead of founder and potter Beth Ryan. From the art-filled barn and potter’s wheel and raku firing demonstrations throughout the weekend to strolls through the gardens, visitors can explore this ancient craft through the eyes and hands of contemporary artists. Musicians scheduled to appear during this year’s event are Broken Spoke, Creak and Doug Chasar.
The event will be an anchor event of Take Me to the River, a 9-day festival featuring art events throughout the St. Croix Valley. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland.
Carpenter center hosts annual gala
The Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center will host its annual Autumn in the Valley fundraising gala on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S. The event, which is held every year on the second Sunday in September, will feature live and silent auctions, a “wall of wine” raffle, food and tours of the nature center. The gala will start at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $80. Visit http://carpenternaturecenter.org or call 651-437-4359 for more detailed information.
“Chamber Open” golf coming to Oak Glen
The “Chamber Open,” an annual golf tournament and fundraiser for the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, is set for Monday, Sept. 16 at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. Registration for the public event will kick off at 11 a.m. and the shotgun-style tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m.
A portion of the money raised goes toward Stillwater Area High School. For more information visit GreaterStillwaterChamber.com or call 651-439-4001.