Summer Time

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 This summer the impulse to get out and about has taken on a bit of a manic quality. Those of us in the northland are always worried cold weather is just around the corner. Plus people want to go somewhere, almost anywhere, in reaction to the restrictions we all face due to Covid-19.

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 We understand the interest in breaking out of your ‘normal’ day to head someplace new, we’ve felt the same way. We’re featuring places to visit in the Marine area, as we think walking the village, or canoeing the St. Croix river, or visiting one of several parks nearby are safe, easy things to do to improve your spirits while giving you the sense of ‘getting away.’ Plus we hope you’ll support our local businesses that have struggled during this unprecedented time.

We wish you could also stop in for a class at Marine Mills Folk School, that is not yet possible. But in the interest of speeding along the day when we can get back together, here’s another friendly reminder: on your visits to Marine or elsewhere, please wear masks when inside commercial buildings, or when you are unable to maintain at least six feet between others whether inside or out, and wash your hands frequently. Help us protect our neighbors, and your grandparents, and all of us. Your actions support our community and yours. We are in this together!

More Places to Visit
 Following up to last week’s newsletter, we wanted to highlight a few more places to visit and things to do, when you’re in the area. Additional descriptions also here.

Van Dell Studio & Gallery
Crabtree’s Garden Gate
Kiwanis Boy Scout Camp

Security State Bank of Marine – many places have a drive-in window, who else has a walk-in window?

Horse Trough – arriving via horse-drawn cart? Great place for horses, dogs and kids to take a break.
Red Bridge – yep, a historic bridge that’s red. Supposedly locals were hesitant to use the bridge when new, so the fellow who built it hitched up his horse and cart and drove across to confirm his skills and the safety of the bridge. He showed them!

Instructor Good News

Photo Credit: Submitted by J. Lammers 
 Jim Lammers is publishing a book on travel sketching! Be sure to get your copy at a local book store or online. We look forward to welcoming Jim to teach his intergenerational Travel Sketching class in person, as soon as we are able to be together.
Online Resources for Information, Things To Do, Etc.
  I LOVE history. It is so exciting to learn more about the history of Marine. This week’s links online are all about the history of the area.
     — compiled by Kirsten Skoglund, Programming Support
 The Washington County Historical Society has various small towns’ histories available on their website. Marine on St. Croix’s short history review is listed here!The Minnesota Transportation Museum has reopened to visitors. Here is their website. Learn about our area via the railroad.The MnGenWeb holds information for those folks who are looking for ancestors. There is a lot of information on this website. Start digging. I am sure you will find some great information.I love the name of this website…. Black Sheep Ancestors! Wow what can you find there!The Marine on St. Croix website has a whole section about the history of the fire department in Marine.All about the Stone House Museum as reported in the Lowdown, an arts newspaper of Washington County.Explore Minnesota has a brief explanation about Marine’s history.An interview with James Taylor Dunn, Marine on St. Croix, MN lifetime resident and author! And information about the books written by James Taylor Dunn.
The Last Thing
 Not sure who first said it (incorrectly attributed to Bill Gates), but as we think about our folk school mission of supporting our community and creating connections, seems like a good thought to leave you with, this week:

PLEASE SHARE!  We depend on word of mouth to help us grow and offer more and more classes!  You can really make a difference by mentioning us on your social media.  Share our website or one of our event posts.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!