by Cori Hilsgen
Even with breezy winds and cool temperatures in the mid 40s, the 12th annual Collegeville Colors event Oct. 5 at St. John’s University campus drew hundreds of people.
People came to enjoy the fall colors as they hiked the trails of the woods. The event also included artists, musicians, a chance to eat some bouja and other foods and more.
College of St. Benedict senior Ashley Bukowski of Sauk Rapids brought her family to the woods with her. Her sisters, Jenna, 13, Nikki, 16, along with their parents Mike and Julie, said they were enjoying their time in the woods. They were also planning to visit the Collegeville Orchards.
The family enjoyed weaving in and out of the stick-house sculpture created from tree saplings by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty.
“It’s a cool place,” Ashley Bukowski said. “It’s also a nice, cool, fall day to enjoy the woods and to explore the orchard.”
Mike Bukowski said he had never been to the orchards before and was looking forward to visiting. As a college football referee, he travels to many college campuses throughout the state.
“I’ve traveled to a lot of college campuses and St. John’s has the prettiest campus in Minnesota,” he said.
Hundreds of visitors enjoyed beautiful autumn colors at the 12th annual Collegeville Colors event Oct. 5 at St. John’s University campus.
photo by Cori Hilsgen
Jenna, Nikki and Ashley Bukowski (left to right) and their parents, Mike and Julie, visited the stick house sculpture on the SJU campus during the Collegeville Colors event.