Mississippi Flood Update**


            downloadOn Tuesday, July 8, most of the roads on St. Feriole Island were closed, including the road to the front entrance of the Sculpture Park.  A temporary swimming pool blocked the back entrance to MRSP. 
            The north/south road closest to the Mississippi was open to traffic in both directions, although ordinarily it is a one-way street.  However, according to the Villa Louis bookstore manager, none of the events scheduled for the next two weekends and highlighted in the last "Hidden Treasures" have been canceled or will be canceled unless more heavy rains cause additional flooding.              

            On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a walking tour on the island will cover the land at the center of the Battle of Prairie du Chien. Each tour will include a stop at the planned archaeological dig taking place on the lawn of Villa Louis that will be searching for the remains of Fort Shelby and Old Fort Crawford.

            As part of the commemoration of the Battle of 1812 that took place on the island 200 years ago, the Roseville Community Band will play a mix of music from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday night, before the fireworks go off over the river.

For the last 25 years, on the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien, re-enactors have camped on the island and assembled on the battlefield. This year's battle will be the biggest, taking place on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. Canadians will be coming down to take part as the Canadian voyageur militia. Other re-enactors will become American infantrymen and American Indians in the battle. Among the 150 to 200 re-enactors, there will also be non-combatants - women and cooks.

The concert and fireworks on July 12 are free.  To get more information about the admission fees for the other events, go to the Villa Louis website.


**Update from Mailing list for Mississippi River Sculpture park.