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Hamil-Con at the Hudson Library

Tina Norris

For all event details please visit www.hudsonareapubliclibrary.org, or call the library at 715-386-3101.

Alexander Hamilton has leapt off the $10 bill in a big way. The Broadway musical is a runaway hit, spawning a bestselling soundtrack, spin-off books, clothing and a renewed interest in one of America's most fascinating Founding Fathers.

We're bringing the craze to Hudson with "Hamil-Con" on Saturday, June 2, in a celebration of both American history and the blockbuster show. Hamilton is known for his opposition to slavery, helping create America's financial system, writing many of "The Federalist Papers" and his untimely death in a duel with Aaron Burr.

At Riverfront Park, we'll have Revolutionary War reenactors who will display artifacts, fire muskets over the river, and talk about military life during colonial America.

At the library, we'll have an all-ages cooking program featuring colonial recipes, a timeline of Hamilton's life, a trivia contest, crafts for the whole family and drawings for prizes. In the lobby, fans can sample authentic foods from the era, including Martha Washington's cake and Boston brown bread. University of Wisconsin - River Falls Theater Arts Professor Robin Murray will give a presentation about the play at 12:30 p.m.

If you're a fan of the music, or just wondering what the fuss is about, join us in the afternoon for a karaoke-style sing-along of songs from the musical. Playwright and musician Lin-Manuel Miranda based the show on Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton." The show will run for six weeks (Aug. 29-Oct. 7) at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.

Hamil-Con's schedule is as follows: Reenactment 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m, Riverfront Park. Food samples, crafts, trivia; all day, library. Cooking program (registration required), 11 a.m. to noon, library. Broadway show talk 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sing-along, 2-3 p.m., Riverfront Park. In case of rain, all events will take place at the library.

Upcoming Events

Homeschool STEAM-Oil Spill, Thursday, May 17, 11 a.m. to noon. We'll simulate an oil spill and experiment with clean-up techniques. For tweens. Registration required.

FDIC's Money Smart for Small Business, Thursday, May 17, 3-5 p.m. Is Owning a Small Business a Good Fit for You? Presented by Dr. Eric Biltonen, Community and Economic Development Educator with UW Extension.

Introduction to 3D Printing, Thursday, May 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m. In the iLab.

Construction Club, Thursday, May 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Legos, K'Nex and more. Grades 3-6.

Young Writer's Workshop, Monday, May 21, 5-6 p.m. Grades 6-12.

STEAM for Tweens: Create a Rain Stick, Tuesday, May 22, 6-7 p.m. Rain sticks are traditional instruments that ancient cultures used to summon the rain. We'll learn how to create their unique sound and decorate our own rain sticks. Registration required.

Paper Quilled Earrings, Thursday, May 24, 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 14+. Registration required.

4th Friday Film, Friday, May 25, 3:45-6 p.m. "Ferdinand" (PG). We'll provide the popcorn. Everyone welcome!

Game Day, Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for a variety of board games!

What You Can Do For Pollinators, Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Creating a pollinator-friendly garden habitat. Presented by Heather Holm. Story Time resumes June 5 No book clubs this week.

iLABS: Open Lab Time: Monday - Thursday noon to 7 p.m, Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

Tech Help: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 4-5 p.m

For all event details please visit our website, www.hudsonareapubliclibrary.org, or call the Library at 715-386-3101. See you at the Library!

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