Events in and around Northfield

Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Vegetable stamp art for kids will be hosted by Budding Farmers at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair.

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair. 

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

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, and eggs grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  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

Constitution Day 2013 Immigration Forum

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On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Constitution Day will be marked in Northfield with a public forum on immigration issues sponosred by St. Olaf, Carleton, and the Northfield TORCH Program. The forum is being organized by Professor Doug Casson at St. Olaf, and will take place at Regents Hall, room 290, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17. The program will include:

Book by Eighth Graders Chronicles Northfield History

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Northfield Historical Society volunteer and middle school teacher, Earl Weinmann, reports that history is alive and well in southern Minnesota, so much so in fact that students in Northfield, Minn., are writing it. In a soon-to-be-released book, Our Story: A Guide to the History of Northfield, Minnesota , eighth graders at Northfield Middle School have engaged in an innovative research and writing project that had them searching back through Northfield’s history from the early geology of the area to the present day.   The 42 chapter and richly illustrated history is written in the style of a textbook and will be used in the local schools.   The book is a stunning example of how teens can learn and participate in scholarly endeavors while contributing to the historical landscape of the area.

Children's programs resume at the Public Library


The on-going children’s programs resume the week of Sept. 9th.  All programs are free and open to all!

10 am Tuesdays Patty Cake Infant Lapsit-   Infant Lapsit is designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating books with simple songs, rhymes and fingerplays.For ages 6-18 months with parent or caregiver.

1 pm Tuesdays & 10 am Wednesdays Toddler Rhyme Times-  Two back-to-back programs that encourages the development of language and motor skills by integratingmovement, songs, books and rhymes for kids ages 18 months to 3 years with parent or caregiver.

10 am Thursdays Story Time for 4’s and 5’s    Stories and a craft for the “just about ready for school” crowd. For children who are ready to sit and listen to a picture book, sing songs and create a small art project.

There is something for everyone this weekend during the Defeat of Jesse James Days!


Where else but Northfield could all this happen?

There truly is something for everyone this weekend.  From vintage baseball to trick horse mounted shooting to art fairs. Plus all the excitement of the eight Bank Raid re-enactments!

Hundreds of volunteers make it all possible and the whole town benefits from the thousands of people who come to Northfield for this unique event.

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Honoring Emily Schmitz!

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The Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee is pleased to announce that the 2013 Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award Recipient is Emily Schmitz.

Emily has been involved in many volunteer efforts in our Northfield ranging from St Dominic Church, the Northfield Hospital Board, the League of Women voters, and many programs at the Community Action Center. At the CAC Emily has one special program that is dear to her heart and has dedicated many years to, the Christmas Sharing Program. Serving as ambassador for the CAC, she has raised thousands of dollars for the remarkable holiday gift program.

Townie Night Special! Get Your Thursday Night Wrist Band

129756622.336.255Thursday night Sept. 5th is unlimited ride night with a wrist-band! Grab your townie friends and head to one of these locations.

Advance sales for Thursday night wrist band night are available at select local businesses.


• First National Bank
• Community Resource Bank
• Premier Bank
• Econo Foods
• Cub Foods
• Rocky Top

Author Mark Lee Gardner to Discuss new book: Shot All To Hell: The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape


Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that just in time for the 2013 Defeat of Jesse James Days, author Mark Lee Gardner will highlight some of the new findings about the Northfield raid in his recently released book Shot All to Hell:  The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape.

Soon after the book’s release in July, in her review in the New York Journal of Books, Doris Meredith says:

“Mr. Gardner's meticulously researched history of the Northfield raid and its bloody aftermath is told in the kind of compelling narrative that all historians should emulate. Not a word more than necessary is used to draw a clear and detailed picture of not only the eight members of the James-Younger gang, but of those whose lives were touched, or in some cases, ended by the outlaws.”

The ABCs of the Affordable Care Act

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Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace?  The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival – Concert lll

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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival concludes its musical series with a concert at Carleton Concert Hall this evening, Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Featured guests are Susanna Perry Gilmore, Concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony, Sabina Thatcher, Principal Viola Emeritus of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Anthony Ross, Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Accompanying tonight’s special guests at the highly-anticipated performance are Violinist Francesca Anderegg, Violist Charles Gray and Cellist David Carter, music faculty at St. Olaf College, along with Pianist Nicola Melville, music faculty at Carleton College. 

“It's a privilege and a joy to work with such fine musicians,” said Artistic Director David Carter, speaking of his colleagues and special musical guests, all of whom are currently or have been first chair players in major orchestras and are well-known nationally.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival - Jazz Concert II, featuring Snowblind with David Hagedorn


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival's jazz series continues on Monday August 26, with a performance by the Twin Cities - based band “Snowblind.” This concert will be held at 7:30 pm in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Snowblind will also feature Northfield’s own David Hagedorn on vibes.

“For this particular concert, we will be performing the music of acclaimed bassist Dave Holland who leads his own quintet, sextet, octet, and big band,” said Reid Kennedy, Snowblind’s drummer.  "Holland performed with Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Chick Corea, and countless other jazz greats,” he added. “His groups often include vibraphone, which is why we wasted no time in contacting Dave Hagedorn to join us in this project.  He has a strong understanding of Holland's music, and it gives us a rare opportunity to perform with a chordal instrument,” said Kennedy.

The group Snowblind, part of the Twin Cities jazz community, has been together for over seven years. Reid Kennedy said they know David Hagedorn through his work at St. Olaf and as a mainstay in the jazz scene in the Cities.  “He was a guest soloist with the U of M Jazz Ensemble when some of us were in school, and we've been in touch ever since.  We have also performed with him in other bands including Pete Whitman's X-tet,” Kennedy commented.

“We’re able to witness some history in jazz as it progressed from its classical roots into the second half of the 20th century,” Artistic Director David Carter added, speaking of the Festival’s two jazz concerts: the first featuring Laura Caviani, who played classical jazz renditions from the 20s and 30s, and next on tap Snowblind, performing fluid, free form group improvisations, by Dave Holland, the English-born progressive jazz composer.

Young Artist Recital: Bridge Chamber Music Festival's Sunday Concert


Sunday, August 25th brings the Young Artist Recital, featuring performers from the area in chamber and solo settings. This concert will be held at 2 p.m. in Studio A of Skifter Hall on the St. Olaf campus. Admission is free.

"Serving the musicians and music-lovers of the future has been an important goal of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival since its inception. We feel that gaining experience in music helps young people in developing fine motor coordination, patience and perseverance, and self-confidence,” said the Bridge Chamber Music Festival's Artistic Director David Carter. “The Festival provides young musicians with performance opportunities, with the assistance of funding through Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.”

“The beauty of this concert is seeing so many different ages and so many people involved in music at an actually quite advanced level and to have them all enjoy being there together. They appreciate music, and we’re thankful for those involved,” said Charles Gray, Professor of Music (Viola) at St. Olaf College. “Most of the families represented are deeply committed to advancing the fine arts in Northfield,” added Gray.

The Bridge Chamber Music Festival Adds Jazz


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival has been turning up the heat in the classical music scene this week, but new this season are some cool jazz performances to add to the musical soirée, the first of which is Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Laura Caviani will be performing at Carleton College’s Concert Hall, and on Monday, August 26th, the group Snowblind will chill things out to complete the jazz series as part of the week-long music festival.

“We're very excited to bring two jazz programs to our audiences this year,” said Artistic Director David Carter. “Laura Caviani is a wonderful jazz player, with a classical background to bring both worlds together in a unique way,” said Carter.

Bridging the gap between the two genres, Caviani has created a repertoire called “From Bach to Bop” that explores the artful musical compositions of jazz arrangements stemming from classical pieces. Caviani will be joined by David Hagedorn, vibes; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey on drums.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival - Concert ll

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As the second concert of the festival series unfolds, the Bridge Chamber Players take to the stage Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m., at St. Olaf College in Urness Recital Hall.

Artist Director David Carter, who is also the Professor of Music (cello) at St. Olaf College, will be performing that evening along with colleagues and special guests for the highly anticipated chamber performance.

One of selected pieces is from composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904). It is widely known that this musician from Czechoslovakia spent some time in the United States as a director of a music school in New York City and for a few summers he frequented a small Czech community in Spillville, Iowa. “This American influence was infused in his music during that time period, and it’s fascinating to listen to,” said Carter. Although most composers of the time were traditionally in Europe,  Dvořák was writing amazing masterworks right here in our country like the New World Symphony and The American Quartet. “It’s really an important part of  Dvořák’s music and what he brought to the world -- this time he spent in America,” Carter added.

Q&A – The Parker Quartet

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Tuesday evening’s Bridge Chamber Music Festival performance will feature the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at St. Olaf College, Christiansen Hall of Music in Urness Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 at the door. 

The Parker Quartet consists of violinists Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violist Jessica Bodner, and cellist Kee-hyun Kim.

This brief interview is with Daniel Chong, first violinist for the quartet.

Please share with us some insights into the world of chamber music. What is its appeal, intrigue and overall experience?

Chong: Chamber music is one of the most intimate sub-genres of western classical music.  Although the trio sonatas from the Baroque era can be considered the original impetus, chamber music today can consist of anywhere between two individuals to a fairly large ensemble with one individual to a part and usually no conductor.  This last aspect contributes to the intimacy and intensity of this type of music-making because it requires everyone on stage to be communicating with each other as true equals with individual personalities.  

The string quartet medium represents the crown jewel of chamber music.  Not only because of the extensiveness and richness of the repertoire, but more importantly, because the string quartet has a history of inspiring composers to write some of their most personal and daring compositions.  Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg are only a few of the great composers who used the string quartet as a platform striving for incredible beauty, creativity, and depth.

What works will The Parker Quartet be performing on August 20th in Northfield and why have you chosen these specific pieces?

Chong: Tuesday night's program includes works of Mozart, Bartók, and Dvorák.  Mozart's K.428 quartet is the third of six quartets dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn - widely regarded as the father of the string quartet and mentors to both Mozart and Beethoven.  Although he dashed off five of the six quartets with ease this one took a little time which is a bit ironic considering it is one of his most genial and good-natured works.  Bartók is a composer we love exploring.  His Quartet No.3 was written in 1927 and is his most compact and concentrated quartets.  Bartók was an ethnomusicologist in addition to being a composer so you can hear him implement a lot of folk music into his works.  Dvorák is at the heart of the Romantic period.  A Czech composer with a flair for joy, a sweetness for love, and most of all a composer who has an incredible ability to bring out the spirit of fun with wonderful creativity, his Quartet in C Major, Op.61 encompasses all of this and is a work that we have thoroughly enjoyed playing this season.

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