Cottage Grove is gearing up for one of the largest events in the city’s history: the arrival on Saturday, Dec. 14, of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, headlined by a concert by Sheryl Crow and Take 6.
The event, in support of the Friends in Need Food Shelf, kicks off at 4 p.m. with the opening of the North Pole Station at 4 p.m., followed by the two-hour concert at 5 p.m. at the CP Yard, 9250 Ideal Av. in Cottage Grove.
The North Pole Station, a magical village, will feature family-oriented interactive activities, including ice-carving, hot chocolate and a chance for the kids to visit Santa before the train arrives.
While the event is free, those attending are asked to make a cash donation or bring a toiletry items such as bar soap, dish soap, toilet paper or paper towels. Everything collected at the show benefits Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island, Newport and St. Paul Park residents.
Parking and free shuttle buses have been arranged. Those arriving for the event can park in one of four lots in the city. There is no parking at the Holiday Train site, with the exception of handicap or VIP parking.
• Lots 1 and 2, the Red lots, have 920 parking spots and can be accessed by taking the Jamaica Avenue exit off Hwy. 61 S. The address for GPS is 7160 W. Pt. Douglas Road, Cottage Grove. Lot 2 should be used for those wishing to drop off and pick up people at the event. Those dropped off will be shuttled to and from the event from this lot.
• Lot 3, the Blue lot, has 1,400 parking spots on a grassland field and can be accessed by taking the 80th Street S. exit off Hwy. 61 S. The address for GPS is 7550 95th St. S., Cottage Grove.
• Lot 4, the Green lot, has 3,800 parking spots on a grassland field and can be accessed by taking the Innovation Road exit off Hwy. 61 S. The address for GPS is 10500 Innovation Road, Cottage Grove.
Book sale to be at Warden’s House
The Warden’s House Holiday Book Sale will take place from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Warden’s House Museum, 602 Main St. N., Stillwater.
Visitors will be able to save more than 50 percent on some locally published titles, which cover a wide variety topics, from early paddleboat history and Lumberjack Days to Minnesotans in the Civil War, the Old Stillwater prison and the infamous Younger brothers. Live holiday music will be provided by Stillwater students.
Featured authors Robert and Nancy Goodman, Bruce Kohn, Brent Peterson, Bill Schrankler and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt will be on hand to chat about their newest works and sign copies of their books.
The Goodmans have written several books on early Minnesota history, including a biography on the “Father of Minnesota,” Joseph R. Brown, and an “on the ground” look at a few Minnesota soldiers during the Civil War.
Kohn has recently published a biography, “Dakota Child, Governor’s Daughter,” exploring the early connections between Indians in Minnesota and the first European settlers of the territory.
Peterson has just released his book, “Images of America: Stillwater,” with more than 200 pictures tracing Stillwater’s history from lumber boom town to historic river town.
Schrankler’s new “Shadows of Time: Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots” documents Minnesota’s surviving railroad depots, and VanDemmeltraadt has written “Memories of Lake Elmo.”