Cruisin’ toward the end of summer

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A Cruisin’ on the Croix car show participant sits next to his vehicle at a recent show. The Wednesday car shows, along with the six-week long Summer Tuesdays event, allow St. Croix Valley residents the chance to spend several hours in downtown Stillwater without the weekend crowds. The last Summer Tuesdays event is Aug. 21 and the last car show of the season is Aug. 29.

As summer begins winding down, so do the events. The “Cruisin’ on the Croix” car show and 10th annual Summer Tuesdays celebration in downtown Stillwater will soon enter their last weeks of the season
Both events go through August. The last Summer Tuesdays celebration is Aug. 21. The last Cruisin’ on the Croix event takes place Aug. 29.
“People have said they don’t like the hassle of coming downtown in the summer,” said Scott Zahren, a Cruisin’ on the Croix organizers. “(Cruisin’ on the Croix) is designed to entice people downtown and anecdotally, we’ve heard that it’s bringing people in to the bars and restaurants and back during the rest of the week.”
Turnout has been good at Summer Tuesdays despite the heat and rain.
“Larger groups are coming (to Summer Tuesdays) each week,” said Summer Tuesdays organizer Cassie McLemore. “I think people forget that it’s happening but it’s like its become part of the list of things people do in the summer.”
Both events are family-friendly, free, feature live music and some of the same food and merchandise vendors.
“(The events) are designed for the Valley, Stillwater and the people north and south of the river to escape and get away and whether you’re nine or 90, it’s a nice way to spend three or four hours.” Zahren said.
Summer Tuesdays runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and a movie begins at dusk. It features a marketplace for vendors, live music and a movie to round out the night.
“Overall it’s been a really fun community celebration,” McLemore said.
Next week’s line-up includes Hounds of Finn, an Irish folk-rock band and the Movie “Rudy.” To find the latest Summer Tuesdays schedule of movies and music check out http://summertuesdays.com.
Cruisin’ on the Croix features classic cars, some food and non-food vendors and music. The event starts at 5 p.m.
“When it comes to old cars everyone loves them and they associate cars with different times of their lives. For me it’s the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” Zahren said. “And you have good and bad memories with different cars but more good ones. That’s when nostalgia kicks in and you think about your first date or that trip with your friends.”
Both McLemore and Zahren say that overall the events have been a success and they’re really enjoying seeing people come downtown and have fun.

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