Events in and around Northfield

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

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms Alpacas

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

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 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


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


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.

Minnesota Wild Summer Road Tour to Make a Stop in Northfield

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The 2013 Minnesota Wild Summer Road Tour will be making a stop in Northfield.  The closest stop to the south metro, Clayton Stoner, Darcy Kuemper and Tom Reid will be appearing and signing autographs from on Wednesday, June 26 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at the Northfield Ice Arena.  The first 100 fans will receive a Wells Fargo Road Tour pin.

After getting your autographs, beat the heat by joining us for a FREE open skate from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.  We will have Minnesota Wild autographed memorabilia up for raffle, as well as the opportunity for your child (age 15 and younger) to win the chance to interview the players.

World's Largest Swim Lesson

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What a magnificent turn out for the first annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson put on by Community Services and held at Northfield's Old Memorial Pool.  Fifty-six participants engaged in a half hour swim lesson in an attempt to help break the world record for the most people taking a swim lesson at once.  Northfield was one of more than seven hundred sites across five continents registered for the event.  WLSL is an event to help raise awareness that swimming lessons save lives.  I saw lots of shivers this morning, but everyone was engaged and was learning something.  Participants learned about water safety and took part in blowing bubbles, kicking, floating, submerging their bodies under water to look for dive toys, and worked on swimming strokes.  Parents and children proved hardy on this brisk morning and turned out for a most important swimming lesson!  Stay tuned to find out if the world record was broken!

Carleton College Hosts Its Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement will host its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale on Friday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often!

Blues and Gospel Music, Bread & Baked Goods, and Structures of Welded Steel featured next Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair

Artist Jennifer Wolcott at work on one of her garden structure of welded steel.

Gospel and blues music, garden structures of welded steel, and fresh-baked goods from Crack of Dawn Artisan Bread are featured at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday June 15.  Riverwalk is located in Northfield’s historic downtown on Bridge Square along the scenic Cannon River. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.

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

This Saturday look for rhubarb, eggs, and meat, along with bedding plants, fresh-picked lettuce and salad greens 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, and Archibald Mills, as well as honey from School House Apiary.

Watercolors, photographs, alpaca wool yarn, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, jewelry, and garden structures of welded steel are among the art and fine crafts for sale. In addition, an emerging artist and three young entrepreneurs from Northfield will have their creations for sale. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit

World's Largest Swim Lesson

Have you ever wanted to help break a world record? 
Now is your chance...right here in Northfield!!!
Northfield Community Services has entered Northfield as a host community for the World's Largest Swim Lesson.  Attached is a flyer about the WLSL and more detailed information is below. 
WLSL - Take part in breaking a record in the Guinness World Record Book!  On Tuesday June 18th from 10 - 10:30 am, a simultaneous swimming lesson will take place across the world (16 countries on 5 continents)!  Come and be part of this great event and help us to break the world record for the largest number of people participating in a swimming lesson at one time!

Watercolorist Kathy Miller to Exhibit, “Voyage of Discovery and Reflections"

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As a flower bud holds within it so much potential and in time springs forth a fragrant floral display, so too is an artist’s paintbrush as it touches the canvas with dreams of what will come to be.

Established watercolorist and recent recipient of the prestigious “Best of Show” award from the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s Juried Spring Show, Kathy Miller will present her paintings in a new exhibit titled, “A Voyage of Discovery and Reflections” at the Northfield Arts Guild, June 12-July 21. An opening reception will be held on June 14 from 7 to 9 pm.

The artist, known for her sensory style that draws the viewer in with an alluring tactual appeal, depicts nature with curiosity and depth through her intricate study of light, reflections and shadows.  "It was a pleasure to award Kathy Miller's "White Peonies" Best of Show at the Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Juried Exhibition,” said Megan Rye, the exhibit judge. “It is a well-established tradition to paint flowers, especially in the medium of watercolor.  Kathy's approach honors this tradition, but also springs forth with dazzling life, and a relevancy that is freshly observed. "White Peonies" grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go.”

WINGS to Honor 2013 Grant Recipients

Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) will honor 23 area organizations that serve women and children at its annual grant celebration at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, in the Sun Ballroom at Buntrock Commons. The groups are recipients of $81389 in grants to provide programming in four areas: basic needs, education, mental and physical health and entrepreneurship.


The Brass Messengers

Cultural influences from all over the world contributed to the rich history of American brass bands. Attendees of this summer’s Vintage Band Festival will hear this richness expressed through the performances of a number of ethnic bands, including several from Minnesota.

Here’s a look at some of those bands participating in the Aug. 1-4 festival:

The Brass Messengers started as a street band playing the music of the Caribbean and Balkans. This Minneapolis-based band is well known for its lively performances and its involvement in the Heart of the Beast May Day Parade. “Our music of choice is anything that fits in the twisted brass tubing, from originals to covers from around the globe, as long as it makes a joyful noise.”

The entertainment band tradition of klezmer, secular Jewish music that originated in Eastern Europe, will be represented at the Vintage Band Festival by the Klezmerica band of the Twin Cities. Also known as the Frozen Chosen, Klezmerica has played all over the United States, in Canada, and Israel.  

Northfield Historical Society to Host Two Events in One Night

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Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that the Northfield Historical Society will be hosting two events May 16. Beginning at 6 p.m. the society will honor its 2012 volunteers of the year: Ian Iverson and Barbara Rippley. During the two-hour event the public also will have the opportunity to tour the collection storage rooms of the newly named Joan Olson Research Center.

Carleton College to hold Annual Empty Bowls Charitable Fundraiser

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Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, May 17 on the campus Bald Spot at 11:50 a.m., following the weekly convocation address. This popular event is open to the public.

HCI funds 15 “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their April 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support four projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth and 11 Service Learning projects designed by Arcadia middle school students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.


Funded projects included:

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