My Musical Family - Joy Riggs

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A blog about my family's adventures in making and appreciating music.
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Vintage Bands are Coming Back

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:40pm
If you are free for an hour or two—or the whole day—this Saturday, Aug. 1, I hope to see you at the One Day Vintage Band Festival in downtown Northfield. Twelve community and professional brass bands from Minnesota will perform concerts in Northfield’s Bridge Square, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

The Riverwalk Market Fair will be going between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., so you can shop for fresh produce, sample delicious pastries and purchase local art while enjoying the live music. Bring sunscreen, a lawn chair, and some cash or a credit card. Although the concerts are free, the goal of the event is to raise money and to generate excitement about next year’s big four-day festival, set for July 28-31, 2016. Please give what you can. With your financial support, we can make the 2016 event the best yet!

Some of the bands appearing this Saturday played at last year’s mini event, and some are new to the VBF. Visit the Vintage Band Festival website for the latest details about participating bands and concert times. You can also read this recent Northfield News article to learn more about the festival.

In addition to the concerts in Bridge Square, you can hear bands at a few other locations during the afternoon and evening. One performance that should be especially moving is the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band’s 4:30 p.m concert in the Northfield Cemetery. This is the first year that the Red Bulls have joined us, and they are performing in several different configurations, including as the Red Devils Rock Band at the Contented Cow Pub from 8-10 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering on Saturday, we are still looking for people to help move chairs and stands between concerts. We could also use help at the end of the day, putting away chairs and taking down street barricades. For more information, email or call 507-321-1250.
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Revisiting G. Oliver Riggs Day

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:23pm
One of the fun parts of writing creative nonfiction is that you can relive peak experiences during the writing process. That’s what I was doing yesterday while finishing a draft of Chapter 7 of my book.

The chapter describes events that happened seven years ago, leading up to and including G. Oliver Riggs Day, an event we had at the Stearns History Museum on June 29, 2008. It was fun to watch the video from that day, look at the pictures again, and remember how it all came together. It was also bittersweet to see at least a few faces of people who are no longer with us.

Here is the Riggs family group photo we took that day with Big G:

And here is a photo of me with my dad at the post-event picnic, where we are feeling both exhausted and exhilarated.

That is also how I felt last night, after finishing Chapter 7! I plan to give my writing brain (and my typing fingers) a break for a day or so, but then I will be back at it, working on Chapter 8. Here are a few teaser photos:


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