COUNT DOWN EVENTS
16 - February 29
PHOTO CONTEST, coordinated by PressEnter. Submit your best photos of any HAA event and you could win a prize. Send to 421 N. 2nd St., River Falls, WI 54016 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details at www.pressenter.com
January 16, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
BREAKFAST PAINTING FOR KIDS, Dick's Bar & Grill, 111 Walnut Street. Come have breakfast and celebrate the "Paint the Sky" theme with a free painting event for the kids.
January 16, 5 - 8 p.m.
CANDLELIGHT HIKE AND SKI, YMCA Camp St. Croix, sponsored by PCK Foundation. Candle-lit trails for cross-country skiing and hiking along with trail side fires for quick warm ups. Come see a hot air balloon. Complimentary refreshments hosted by Art Doyle's Spokes & Pedals. FREE ADMISSION.
Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ART AT THE FAIR EVENT at FAMILY FRESH MARKET.Food sampling, learn about St. Croix County Fair and 4-H art projects. Register to win prizes, including a balloon ride in the Family Fresh hot air balloon during HAA 2016.
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.
HAA CANVAS PARTY PAINTING CLASS,featuring Moon Glow Balloons, at Urban Olive & Vine, 520 2nd Street. $45 for class and supplies, additional cost for food & beverages. Must register at email@example.com.
Saturday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
PAINT THE SKY EVENT at COUNTY MARKET. See how world famous artist Charlie Markert painted Sky High Art on a 7-story hot air balloon. See the hot air balloon basket. Kids pick up coloring sheets of the balloons.
January 31, 1 - 3 p.m.
FAMILY DAY ACTIVITY, The Phipps Center for the Arts. Family members of all ages will create an art theme masterpiece and then march behind "The Phipps is for Kids" banner in the "Paint the Sky" Torchlight Parade on Feb. 5. All materials provided for this FREE hands-on art-making activity. Call 715-386-2305 to sign up.
Monday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.
HOT AIR AFFAIR FUNDRAISER "PAINT THE BALLOONS" PRIVATE EVENT at Cheers Pablo,2421 Hanley Road. $45 for a fun, no experience requiredgroup class. Canvas, supplies and light appetizers included. Proceeds to Hudson High School Mental Health Program. Space limited. Must register at cheerspablo.com or 715-808-0336.
TWednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.
HAA CANVAS PARTY PAINTING CLASS, featuring Moon Glow Balloons, at Urban Olive & Vine, 520 2nd Street. $45 for class and supplies, additional cost for food & beverages. Must register firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALLOONING EDUCATION PROGRAM. Classroom programs on hot air ballooning and "Paint the Sky" in Hudson and area schools. Programs coordinated by Hot Air Affair Committee, pilots, Viking Electronics, The UPS Store-Hudson and Spring Creek Dental.
10:00 a.m. "Paint the Sky " SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZESat Hudson businesses. Winter clearance sales and special events. Check your Hot Air Affair button number against numbers posted in participating stores Feb. 5-7 and you could be an instant winner! Pick up your button at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau
office or participating businesses. Shop Dilly Dally in the Alley, SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery, Et Cetera, The Purple Tree, Lavender Thymes, Art Doyle's Spokes and Pedals, Knoke's Chocolates, Abigail Page Antiques, Marnie Marie Photography, Pangea International Jewelry & Gifts, The Nova, Hudson Flower Shop, Urban Olive & Vine, La Rue Marche, Bert's Coffee Café, Stone Tap, Negret Wine Company, The 715, Grapevine Interiors “AT HOME”, Applebee’s Restaurants and Angel's Pet World.
HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING throughout the Hudson area. Go to www.geocaching.com for coordinates of winter friendly geocaches in Hudson and the St. Croix Valley. NEW geocaches hidden in the Hudson area.
7:00 p.m. TORCHLIGHT "Paint the Sky" PARADE, FEATURING PRIZES FOR THE BEST OVERALL PARADE UNIT, THE BEST UNIT BY HOT AIR BALLOONISTS, THE BES "FIELD TO FLIGHT: E-I-E-I-OOO" THEME UNIT AND THE BEST KAZOO MARCHING BAND. Hot air balloon pilots and crews displaying blasts of fire. Parade participants line up at 6 pm at Wells Fargo Bank parking lot and parade travels down 2nd Street. Prizes in each category. Please call 715-386-8332, 715-386-6217 or 715-381-2050 by noon on February 5 to register. Parade sponsors include Viking Electronics, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Valley Agencies-Dennis Lee, Culver's-Hudson, Valley Orthodontics, Oral Surgery Center, Winzer Stube, Barker's Bar & Grill/San Pedro Café, Applebee's Restaurant, Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living, Stone Tap, Christenson Vision Care, and YMCA in Hudson.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY, immediately after parade over Lakefront Park and the St. Croix River. Sponsored by Andersen Corporation. Grand finale to downtown festivities.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC Jazz Savvy, at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 Second Street.
9:00 p.m. KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94.10:00 p.m. DANCE at Dick's Bar & Grill, 111 Walnut Street.
7:30 a.m. BALLOON LAUNCH,
30+ hot air balloons in mass ascension flight. Event highlight!! Sky High Art is showcased with four hand-painted vintage balloons by world renowned
artist Charlie Markert. See Cap'n Boo, Molly & Me, Amadeus and Carousel—7-story artistic
masterpieces seldom seen on display. Inflations and flights are weather dependent. E.P. Rock
school grounds (340 13th Street South). Concessions and souvenirs available.
7:00 a.m. - noon PANCAKE BREAKFAST,Masonic Temple, 209 Locust Street. Sponsored by Masonic Lodge #56. Menu includes pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, biscuits & sausage gravy,
fruit, beverages. $8.00 adults, $4.00 children under 11.
8:00 a.m. - 8:00p.m. MARKETPLACE AND CRAFT
FAIR, E.P. Rock School. Craft and souvenir selection with special winter apparel, ballooning and Hot Air Affair emphasis. Visit the Hot
Air Affair booth for souvenirs, Hot Air Affair apparel and collectibles. Hot food and drinks available in cafeteria by local non-profit groups.
8:00 a.m. HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING. See description under Friday, February 5.
8:00 -11:30 a.m. KIDS' "PAINT THE SKY" PAINTING EVENT,E.P. Rock School, presented by Cheers Pablo. Kids make and take a souvenir balloon painting for free.
8:00 a.m. WARM UP STATION, sponsored by YMCA in Hudson. Visit the E.P. Rock school cafeteria throughout the day for "Paint the Sky" special exhibits, music, dance performances
and creative arts. Take a warm up break, refreshments available to purchase.
10:00 a.m. UP, UP & AWAY 5K FUN
RUN/WALK, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, sponsored by Anytime Fitness-Hudson, Thrivent Financial-Tracy Berglund, Walgreens-Hudson, Yoplait Whips,
Mc Cabe Chiropractic Wellness Center, Hudson Neighbors Magazine, Yoplait Whips, and St. Croix
Casinos. Registration starting 9 am at church at 505 13th St S. Pre-register at. www.hudsonhotairaffair.com. $20 pre-register by Feb. 1 or $25 day of race. Door prizes, race shirt & refreshments.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. OCTAGON HOUSE
MUSEUM,sponsored by Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka, LLP Accountants. Guided tour and Hudson art display. Admission: $9 Adult, $3 Student,
$2 Child and under 5 free.
10:00 a.m. "Paint the Sky" SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 5.
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. MINNESOTA KITE SOCIETY, E.P. Rock school grounds, sponsored by Xcel Energy. Society members provide a kite ground display, stunt kite demos, fighter kites. Kites for kids of all ages available for sale.
1:00 p.m. SMOOSH BOARD COMPETITION, E.P. Rock school grounds. Hot Air Affair's wackiest winter sport with 4 people on the same smoosh boards. Call 715-386-1155 for team registration, $10 per team. Prizes for best team in competition plus best "Paint the Sky" costumes. Smoosh boards available.
1:00 p.m. ICE CARVING, sponsored by Liberty Tax Service,E.P. Rock school grounds. See the art of a professional award-winning ice carver turn a big block of ice into an aeronautical masterpiece.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CRAFTS FOR KIDS, sponsored by Associated Bank at E.P. Rock School cafeteria, Back by popular demand—kids can be creative making soap box derby vegetable cars and then race for prizes. Coordinated by St. Croix County 4-H and St. Croix County Fair.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SKY HIGH ART SHOWCASE, Marketplace art theme center at E.P. Rock School. Meet world famous hot air balloon artist Charlie Markert and learn how he created dozens of masterpieces standing seven stories high.
2:00 p.m. PET COSTUME CONTEST,sponsored by Angel's Pet World, 105 2nd Street. Win gift certificates for dressing up your pet—$50, $25 and $15 for top costumes plus a bonus prize for the best "Paint the Sky" theme costume.
3:00 p.m. BALLOON LAUNCH,E.P. Rock school grounds. Optional flight if morning flight launched. Mass ascension if morning flight was canceled. Event highlight!! Sky High Art is showcased with four hand-painted vintage balloons by world renowned artist Charlie Markert. See Cap'n Boo, Molly & Me, Amadeus and Carousel—7-story artistic masterpieces seldom seen on display. Inflations and flights are weather dependent.
6:30 p.m. HOT AIR BALLOON MOON GLOW OR FIELD OF FIRE,E.P. Rock school grounds. Hot air balloons light up the dark so bring your camera for this spectacular event! In case of windy weather, Moon Glow becomes a Field of Fire. Presented by WESTconsin Credit Union.
7:00 p.m. BENEFIT BINGO FUNDRAISER FOR HUDSON BOOSTERS, Hudson House Grand Hotel, sponsored by Hudson Chevrolet GMC. Enjoy a fun filled evening of bingo and raise money for youth sports programs in Hudson. Cash bar.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC Kiersty & Nathan Santos, acoustic duo at Urban Olive & Vine,
520 2nd Street.
7:30 - 10:00 p.m. TASTE OF HOT AIR AFFAIR - PAINT THE SKY EDITION, Hudson House Grand Hotel. Enjoy spirits, wine and beer tastings, along with appetizers, decadent chocolates and artisan cheeses—all from the St. Croix and Mississippi River Valley. Proceeds to Hudson High School Mental Health Program. Admission.
9:00 p.m. KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94.
10:00 p.m. DANCE at Dick's Bar & Grill, 111 Walnut Street.
7:30 a.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, 30+ hot air balloons and special shapes in second mass ascension flight. Event highlight!! Sky High Art is showcased with four hand-painted vintage balloons by world renowned artist Charlie Markert. See Cap'n Boo, Molly & Me, Amadeus and Carousel—7-story artistic masterpieces seldom seen on display. Inflations and flights are weather dependent. E.P. Rock school grounds.
HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING. See description under Friday, February 5.
10:00 a.m. "PAINT THE SKY" SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 5.
1:00 a.m. "I LOVE CREEPY CRAWLIES" PROGRAM featuring the naturalist at Carpenter Nature Center, at Angel's Pet World. Kids learn about nature and take home coloring sheets.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. LAKE MALLALIEU KIDS ICE FISHING DERBY,sponsored by First National Community Bank; at the southwest bay of Lake Mallalieu; ages 6-12. Presented by Rod, Gun & Archery Club and St. Croix County Sportsmans Alliance. Mentors and loaner equipment. Fire,
cocoa and outhouse.