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Ross Currier, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC)
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Updated: 39 min 57 sec ago
Look through the area phone books and you’ll find quite a number of Johnsons, including a few Jerry Johnsons, and probably an Inga or two. But it’s THAT Jerry Johnson, who plays guitar, and his daughter, Inga, who plays the fiddle. They’re kicking off their Easter Weekend and our Weekend Update with a performance this Friday in downtown Northfield, MN.
Saturday, April 19th: Wake-Robin, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Bitterweet; Cassandra Crandell, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Maddie Hargis, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Art Vandalay, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Optimum Trajectory, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
Sunday, April 20th: Happy Easter!
It’s warm, sunny…and all that white stuff is gone. What more reason do you need to come down(town) and enjoy the actual, not just theoretical, change in seasons. As always, there’s a whole lot of fun things to do this weekend in downtown Northfield, MN.
Friday, April 11: Piano Duo Recital (Richard Collman and David Miller), 3:30 p.m., Northfield Retirement Community Chapel; Tuition Daddies, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; A Night of 10,000 Laughs, 6:30 p.m., Grand Event Center; Open Mic Night, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Froggy Bottoms River Pub; Oh, What a Lovely War!, 7:30 p.m., Kelsey Theater on the St. Olaf College campus; The Cherry Orchard, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild Theater; Veselica Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., Dittmann Center Studio One on the St. Olaf College campus; Mark Kreitzer & Anthony Ihrig, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Faculty Piano and Strings Recital, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., Concert Hall on the Carleton College campus.
Saturday, April 12th: Veselica Spring Concert, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dittman Center Studio One on the St. Olaf College campus; Luke Smith, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Contented Cow; The Cherry Orchard, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild Theater; Oh, What a Lovely War!, 7:30 p.m., Kelsey Theater on the St. Olaf College campus; Rich Prenier, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and The Charles Walker Band, 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Rueb’N'Stein.
Sunday, April 13th: The Cherry Orchard, 2:00 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild Theater; Opening Reception: Senior Show, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Flaten Art Museum on the St. Olaf College campus; Oh, What a Lovely War!, 2:00 p.m., Kelsey Theater on the St. Olaf College campus; Faculty Recital: Lawrence Archbold, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., Concert Hall on the Carleton College campus; Gospel Choir, 3:30 p.m., Boe Memorial Chapel on the St. Olaf College campus; and Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
It’s the annual celebration of Northfield’s young artists. The Imagination Celebration includes the artistic mediums of dance, music, theater, and visual arts. This day-long event is also the Opening Reception for the annual All School Art Show. It’s Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Northfield Arts Guild.
Friday, April 4th: Carey Langer, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; The Cherry Orchard, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild Theater; Ben Aaron, 8:00 pm., Tavern Lounge; and Shoot Lucy, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow.
Saturday, April 5th: Imagination Celebration, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild; Anna Marie Mitchell, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Gracie Takes Up Crime-Solving, 7:00 p.m., Northfield Senior Center; The Cherry Orchard, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild; Andra Suchy with Special Guest Pushing Chain, 8:00 p.m. Tavern Lounge; and Marty Anderson & the Goods, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
Sunday, April 6th: Gracie Takes Up Crime-Solving, 2:00 p.m., Northfield Senior Center; The Cherry Orchard, 2:00 p.m., Northfield Arts Guild Theater; and Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow.
It’s been a while since the NDDC, as part of the Save Our Post Office group, has shared an update on the work to save our 1936 WPA-constructed Collegiate Gothic style post office. There have been some interesting twists in recent months.
As most of you are aware, in March of 2011 the USPS notified the Northfield City Council that they were putting the historic post office in downtown Northfield up for sale. The City Council-initiated Save Our Post Office (SOPO) group, through on-site interviews and distributed surveys, determined that the closing of the downtown postal facility would have an adverse economic impact on the downtown, where 72% of the businesses in the community are located.
The City of Northfield offered the USPS a long-term, low cost lease in return for a community-friendly acquisition price. The United States Postal Service (USPS) responded with a proposal that the City of Northfield pay $2 to 3 million for the installation of postal boxes on the corners of blocks throughout the community, ending home delivery, in return for keeping the downtown postal facility in operations. When the City declined that offer, the USPS put the property on the market.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties, and afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) a reasonable opportunity to comment. The ACHP works with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to develop a Mitigation Plan to address the potential adverse impacts of such undertakings. The USPS attempted to pursue their own version of the Section 106 process.
In January of this year, the U. S. Congress inserted a suspension of the sales of historic post offices in the omnibus spending bill. Congress noted that communities all across the country have accused the USPS of ignoring the federal preservation guidelines in Section 106. The USPS removed the “for sale” sign from the still-operating historic Northfield post office.
The ACHP is gathering input from communities around the country until April 1st. Northfield’s Heritage Preservation Commission, the Northfield Historical Society, and the NDDC have all submitted letters. The goal is to have the USPS follow federal regulations and work with the affected communities to develop Mitigation Plans to address adverse impacts.
Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton has been playing accordion around the world for more than three decades. He performs throughout the local region with a number of high energy bands. On Saturday night, he’s bringing his Trio to the Tavern Lounge in downtown Northfield.
Friday, March 28th: Occasional Jazz, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Lonesome Dan Kase, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; Ray Coudret, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., Contented Cow; Matthew Griswold, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Upstairs Rueb’N'Stein.
Saturday, March 29th: Forrest and the Rangers, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Contented Cow; Daddy Squeeze, 8:00 p.m., Tavern Lounge; and Alluvion and Animalhead, 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Contented Cow.
Sunday, March 30th: Quiz Night, 8:00 p.m., Contented Cow.