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Vintage Band Festival 2013 Photos

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Northfield.org has an expanding set of photos from this year's Vintage Band Festival. The photoset can be found here on Northfield.org's Flickr page. If you have photos from the Vintage Band Festival you'd like to share, you can email them to us at pictures@northfield.org Photos submitted to this address will automatically be added to the Northfield.org phtostream on Flickr, and we'll add them to the Vintage Band Festival photoset. Include the title of the photo in the subject heading. You can also find photos and other interesting Northfield-related posts on our Facebook page. Like us!

If you want more photos and video of the band festival, check out the daily coverage on Northfield Patch. Click "Read more" for bonus videos from this year's festival.


10th Annual Tour de SAVE: Ride for the Prevention of Suicide

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Cyclists can still register for the 10th annual Tour de SAVE (formally known as the Tour de Nick) taking place Saturday, August 3. A bicycle ride in support of suicide education and prevention, cyclists of all ages can choose from one of three routes through Rice and Goodhue counties east of Northfield -- a 10-mile route perfect for the casual rider and families; a 20-mile route offering a longer distance; and a 50-mile route for the serious rider, with challenging hills and beautiful vistas.


Vintage Band Festival, Aug. 1-4

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The Vintage Band Festival is an exciting four-day international music event, celebrating the music and the instruments of past eras. Over 100 brass and wind band concerts will take place in Northfield and surrounding communities. Special events tied to the festival include: a historic instrument exhibit, vintage baseball game, cotillion ball, lunch, listen and learns, battle of the bands, massed concert, vaudeville show and special music during worship services at area churches. A complete festival schedule can be found here

Notable bands from around the US and abroad have come to perform. Several of the bands are dressed in 19th century clothing and some festival goers choose to do the same! Hear the distinct sounds of various cultures and musical traditions throughout the centuries. 

Festival events are presented free of charge, although VBF encourages donations to help with expenses. Printed programs are available at various locations throughout Northfield and cities in southern Minnesota. 

Vintage Band Festival's HQ are at 17 Bridge Square in Northfield (call 507.321-1250); Northfield CVB (call 507.645.5604)

Find the Vintage Band Festival on Facebook and also Twitter @vintagebandfest for up-to-date news. 


Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, New Harvest Honey, Funky Glass, and lots of Brass Bands at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will have 2013 new harvest honey at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

Fresh summer flowers and vegetables, the first new honey of the season, funky glass, and a bounty of brass band music will be featured this Saturday, August 3 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.  This weekend is the Vintage Band Festival, so on Saturday morning Riverwalk will be sharing Bridge Square with four great brass bands. 

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, and eggs grown by local farmers.  News on the tomato watch: Farmers are likely to have cherry tomatoes and big slicing tomatoes could appear in another week if the weather is favorable.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Road to Recovery: A Fundraiser for Raghav

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This Saturday, August 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Braemar Country Club in Edina.

Featuring an Italian luncheon provided by gourmet chef Antonnio Ceccioni, cash bar, and entertainment by acclaimed jazz, gospel and blues artist Debbie Duncan and her trio. There will also be a silent auction offering an amazing array of awesome items to bid on. Admission to this event is $25 per person (children under age 12 get 2-for-1 admissions). For complete details on the event, including a comprehensive listing of silent auction items, visit online at https://sites.google.com/site/fundraiserforraghav/.


Northfeld in the News: Vintage Band Festival 2013

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The Vintage Band Festival has been garnering a lot of attention in the regional media, including a mention in the Chicago Tribune's list of Midwestern summer highlights. The festival begins on Thursday, August 1, and runs through Sunday, August 4, with concerts and events scheduled throughout Northfield and the surrounding area. Here's a digest of some of the recent press.


Joachim No-Till Soybean Field Day August 1st

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On August 1st the public is welcome to join Gary and Georgia Joachim, the Steele Co. Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) for an informative field day highlighting the many benefits of no-till cropping systems.

The event will be held on Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:00 to 5:00 PM hosted by Gary and Georgia Joachim.  The field location is 1.5 miles east of the Havana Township Town Hall on Havana Road, Owatonna, MN.  Free and open to the public.  For more information contact the Joachims; 507-451-0626.


KeyFest 2013

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Brought to you by The Key and the Rotary Club of Northfield, KeyFest is a family-friendly fundraiser featuring local bands, food, a live action, and kids’ activities. The event takes place today, Saturday, July 20, from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, at 10451 Ibson Avenue. Proceeds help support The Key, the oldest youth-run youth center in the country.

BANDS INCLUDE: Lonesome Shack (Seattle), Dewi Sant, Little Omar, Matt Arthur and Friends, Skeleton Club (fronted by Justin Plank of Gospel Gossip), Terry VanDeWalker (of the Big Wu), The Cutters, Broke Folk Records artists, and others to be announced. All original music!

There will a LIVE AUCTION at 5:00 p.m., conducted by the mother-son team of Jane Fenton and Cliff Martin. Items on the block include: a kayak, wizard staffs, a German dinner for eight prepared by Peggy Prowe, original jewelry by Libby Glimsdal, an original oil painting by Marsha Kitchel, a red wicker rocker, iPods, gift certificates to Canine Design and the Measuring Cup, hunting guide services, decorated tables created by kids at the Key, and phot sessons with Lisa Jaster, E-Man, and Jenna Mahr.


T McKinley Reading at Monkey See, Monkey Read

ibg.common.titledetail.imageloaderLocal author T McKinley will read from his book, Boy in the Ivy: The Inner Child of a Buried Man Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm.

In 2009, T McKinley’s brother committed suicide, and his first question to himself was why he hadn’t done the same. In this moving and poignant memoir, McKinley takes the reader back through the events that led to a lifelong struggle with depression, shame, and inadequacy. Beginning with his own conception and birth and continuing through his parents’ divorce and the fragmentation of his family, McKinley traces the origins and evolution of his deep-seated belief that everyone would have been better off if he had never existed at all. In this way, McKinley blamed, rejected, and buried his inner child, setting himself up for a lifetime of disconnection and…


Fourth Annual Y Kids Tri This Saturday

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You may have noticed that the Northfield Police Department has put up temporary No Parking signs in the neighborhood around Old Memorial Park. Fifth and Seventh Streets between College and Prairie, and College and Prairie Streets between Fifth and Seventh, will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 13, for the fourth annual Y Kids Tri, a triathlon (swim/bike/run) event for children ages 6 through 14. A map of the effective area can be found below the fold (click "Read more"). The public is welcome to come out and cheer for the kids participlating in this fun event.


KeyFest 2013: Tickets On Sale Now

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Brought to you by The Key and the Rotary Club of Northfield, KeyFest is a family-friendly fundraiser featuring local bands, food, a live action, and kids’ activities. The event will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, at 10451 Ibson Avenue.

BANDS INCLUDE: Lonesome Shack (Seattle), Dewi Sant, Little Omar, Matt Arthur and Friends, Skeleton Club (fronted by Justin Plank of Gospel Gossip), Terry VanDeWalker (of the Big Wu), The Cutters, Broke Folk Records artists, and others to be announced. All original music!

KIDS ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Cakewalk, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Hay Loft, and other games

Ticket Prices:
$5 Kids (under 12)
$10 students
$15 for adults
$40 families


Fresh Summer Vegetables, Alpaca Yarn, Civics for Kids with Senator Kevin Dahl, and Band Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

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The Manitou Regimental Band, Alpaca yarn, a fun civics activity for kids, and art photographs are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 6.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, cucumber and beets will be available from local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)


Fourth of July 2013

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Northfield's annual Fourth of July fireworks show will take place as usual after dusk (10:00 pm) on Thursday, July 4. As reported by the Northfield News, this year's fireworks honor the memory of the late Dan Freeman, who was for many years the driving force behind the annual fireworks show. The fireworks will be set off from the grounds of the Northfield Middle School. At their May 28 meeting, the Northfield School Board temporarily waived the ban on fireworks on school property to allow the fireworks display to take place. Here's a Northfield.org Flickr photoset of fireworks from the shows in 2007 and 2009.

Also taking place on the Fourth willl be the sixth annual flea market from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Ames Park, hosted by Ed Kuhlman of Kuhlman Auction Service. And at Memorial Park in Dundas, the Northfield Knights baseball team will take on the Dundas Dukes at 2:00 p.m. The annual Northfield Criterium bike race, however, has been cancelled, due in part to road construction on the course. Northfield Patch has a story on what's open and what's closed on the Fourth of July.

Have a safe and festive Fourth of July!


Celebrating music over the centuries and across the nations

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Time will stand still as the Vintage Band Festival takes the stage Aug. 1-4 with a multitude of period-inspired performances celebrating the music and instruments of past eras. More than 100 brass and wind band concerts will present their colorful notes this summer in the historic arts town of Northfield and surrounding satellite concert sites for an unforgettable experience recalling music in history.

The Vintage Band Festival – a historic account of its own – brings with it a vast repertoire, dating as far back as the Baroque era and offers cultural performances in a full range of genres. Hear marches, ballads, jazz, polkas and alphorn songs…or as the Brass Messengers from Minneapolis/St. Paul who play Caribbean and Balkan music say, “anything that fits in the twisted brass tubing from originals to covers from around the globe, as long as it’s making joyful noise.”

Festival-goers will be able to step back in time and experience a musical documentary, of sorts, all in one weekend. “The whole town becomes a theater set,” said Festival’s Artistic Director Dr. Paul Niemisto, describing the bands’ different genres and ethnicities to be represented at open-air venues of parks, pubs, restaurants and other public spaces. “It’s not only the music, period instruments and authentic costumes viewers will be experiencing – we’re playing the space.” 


Gettysburg Campaign to be Recounted

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Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society announces, "We are  presenting the third talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street in downtown Northfield.


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