Events

Events in and around Northfield

One-Day Vintage Band Festival: Saturday, August 2 in Bridge Square

Vintage Band Festival is presenting a one-day event on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. With musical styles ranging from Civil War to Old Time to Jazz and more, 12 diverse bands from around Minnesota will perform outdoor concerts on Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 9 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

The event will be held in conjunction with Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair in Bridge Square, where arts, crafts, and fresh foods are available. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to VBF are greatly appreciated.  The next full four-day Vintage Band Festival will be held July 28-31, 2016, following a successful festival in August 2013.


Riverwalk Market Fair features Chris Casper's Intimate Minnesota Photos

Photo by Christopher Casper, Emergent Visions Photography.  Visit Chris at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

This Saturday, August 2, Riverwalk Market Fair features photographer Christopher Casper. Chris is staying close to home in Minnesota for his current photos.  The Western landscapes Chris photographed in 2013 lend themselves to grand vistas.  In Minnesota a photographer needs to look for intimate images, and finding intimate views takes familiarity.  Some of Chris’s best photos are right outside his house – views of his driveway and the across the road in various seasons of the year.  

Also at Riverwalk Market Fair this week are tomatoes and other fresh local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.  The Vintage Band Festival one-day event starts at 9 am, so visit Riverwalk and listen to great brass band music all at the same time.  Riverwalk Market Fair is 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, August 2 in Northfield's Bridge Square.  


Skatepark Update: Benefit Concert and Design Meetings

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A lot has happened on the skatepark front in the past couple of days. On Sunday, July 27, the Skateboard Coalition hosted a benefit concert at The Key, featuring local acts BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters. The concert was held in the back yard of The Key, with bands setting up on the new stage constructed by Key members.

You can find photos here on Flickr.

The Skateboard Coalition raised $425 on concert admissions and t-shirt sales. At last week's Coalition meeting, we also sent out thank you notes to twelve different contributors who gave a combined total of $450 through GiveMN.org in June. We're making good progress on fundraising, but we need to keep the momentum going and pick up the pace if we want to start construction next spring. You can donate to the Skateboard Coalition through GiveMN.org, or by sending a check made out to Northfield HCI, 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS  128, Northfield, MN 55057 (write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line).


Musical Duo Bobby and Christine at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 26

On Saturday, July 26 Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland, a duet of two voices and one guitar. Their musical sets feature well-known Americana songs, some instrumental picking originals, lots of harmonies and pleasing arrangements.  They play a wide array of ballads and livelier songs from Louis Armstrong to Pete Townshend, from Woody Guthrie to the Beatles. Bobby adores the Grateful Dead, and if Christine had her way the Indigo Girls would be a trio.  Riverwalk Market Fair runs from 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays through October in Northfield's Bridge Square and features local produce and the area's best art and fine craft.    


Concert for the Northfield Skateboard Park

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Come down to The Key on July 27th to enjoy performances by BK, E-Man, Dewi Sant, El Triunfo, and The Cutters; and great times hosted by the Northfield Skateboard Coalition! The proceeds will go towards building a skatepark in Northfield. Whether you're a skater or not, come down to The Key and support a skatepark for the youth of Northfield! The Concert for the Northfield Skatepark will get upderway at 3:00 p.m. 

The Skateboard Coalition will be selling t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. All proceeds will go towards funding the construction of the skatepark.

To make a donation to the Skateboard Coalition, go to our GiveMN.org page, or send a check to Northfield HCI 1651 Jefferson Parkway Suite HS128 Northfield, MN 55057. Write "Skateboard Coalition" in the memo line. 


City Council Candidate Forum - July 30 at City Hall

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Make an informed choice in the August 12th Primary Election:   Come to the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters!  All At Large and Ward One Candidates have been invited to participate in a Forum on Wednesday, July 30th, in Council Chambers at City Hall.  It will begin at 6:00 pm with the candidates for the At Large position on the Council.  Invited candidates are: Jon Dennison, Dale Gehring, Rhonda Pownell, and Nika Sharp.  At 7:00 pm, the candidates for First Ward Councilor are invited to participate.  Invited candidates are:  Jeremy Bishop, Joe Gasior, and Suzie Nakasian.


Be part of the FIRST-EVER Northfield Safety Camp!

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Here is your chance to get hand-on safety knowlege and experiences from safety professionals!  It's a 4 day- long day camp at Bridgewater School.  The details can be found here.  It's $40 for the whole four days or $15 per/day and is for kids going into 3rd through 8th grades.   
*safety on wheels!
*animal safety
*water, boating and ATV safety
*AED training
*first aid!
*internet safety
*Anti-Bullying techniques
*Stranger Danger
*Drug resistance training!
AND MORE!!
You will play fun games, get a T-shirt, listen to stories read by Northfield & Rice County Safety Professionals and Booker the Book Bus will be there for you to check out/return library materials!  Try out the new GAGA Pit!
 
All ending with a COMMUNITY SAFETY NIGHT!

Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair Features Minnesota Skyvault Theater

Skyvault Theater of Rochester performs music and scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream at Saturday's Riverwalk.

Look for an energetic and talented youth theater company performing scenes and music from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, turned wood vases and bowls by David Peterson, sweet and savory pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats, seasonal local produce, and the area’s finest art and craft at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, July 12 from 9 am to 1 pm in Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square.

The Saturday Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes Rochester’s Skyault Theater with scenes and music from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Kids will be invited to participate in dancing and singing.


Salvage. Auto Art by Corrie Erickson

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"Salvage" is an art exhibition featuring recent oil paintings by local artist Corrie Erickson. The theme of the series is older American cars, exposed to the elements in rural areas. Local tattoo shop High Noon Ink, located at 306 Division in downtown Northfield, will be the hosting venue. No need to get a tattoo or piercing (though you're more than welcome to), just stop on in and enjoy some art and check out the tattoo shop voted 'Best Tattoo Shop in Southern MN' for 2013!

 

Salvage. Auto Art by Corrie Erickson

Saturday, July 12, 2014 @5pm

High Noon Ink, 306 Division St

Downtown Northfield

 

Free Admission


July 4th Events: Vintage Baseball and Fireworks

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Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that on Friday, July 4, there will with two exciting events: a vintage baseball game followed by an evening fireworks display. 

The 1860s-style baseball game gets under way when the Northfield Silver Stars take on the St. Croix Baseball Club at 1 p.m. in the field on Lincoln Street below St. Olaf College’s Old Main Hill.  Fans should be prepared for a few different rules: no gloves allowed; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce; no balls or strikes are called by an umpire (although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times); foul balls are not considered strikes; and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.


Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale Rescheduled for July 12 and 13

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) has rescheduled its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale for Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 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, which is typically held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend, was postponed this year due to Cannon River flooding on the campus.


Book & Stars is at Spring Creek Park! Join us for "DOC ROBERT'S WILD WEST SHOW!" June 25th

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Want to see amazing skills and intriguing magic? Then Whip cracking, bottle tossing, the 11-box balance, china plates on tiny bamboo sticks – in the hands of five volunteers,  the endless pitcher of water, the vanishing elephant, 8 ball juggling, real western lariat spinnin’, and more!  Come to Spring Creek Park -by the Jefferson Parkway Soccer Fields Wednesday, June 25th for an evening of entertainment for all ages!

Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30.  The show begins at 7 pm.  Books and Stars is made possible by a grant from SEMAC, The Friends and Foundation of the Library, Northfield School District Community Services Division, The Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Historical Society. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


"Northfield Wheels": An Automotive Exhibit Opens

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Northfield is famous as the city of “Cows, Colleges and Contentment,” but perhaps “Car-Buffs” should be added to tagline. Learn about Northfield’s surprisingly rich automotive history with the opening of “Northfield Wheels: An Automotive History,” an exhibit at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. As part of the ongoing Northfield History Month celebration, admission to the museum will be free for the exhibit opening. Museum patrons also will be able to take in car show (weather permitting) sponsored by the Sundowners Car Club along Division Street.

Northfield was quick to embrace the automobile. While Henry Ford was building his first car in the late 1890s, Fred Bates and the Fey brothers were crafting automobiles locally.


Grand Ol' Summer kicks off July 9th

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Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.

The highlight of this program will be a bus trip to Circus Juventas on Saturday, August 9th. The following Wednesday, kids and grans can sit down together and make their own circus using found objects and construction paper.

You can paint a pot and plant a flower together or team up to build a birdhouse. 

Take it easy and make a date to see a movie at the Northfield Senior Center while enjoying popcorn and lemonade.

Get out and get some fresh air during our photo scavenger hunt (I think that a photo of an ice cream cone is on the list!).  The next day, you’ll use your photos to create a collaged book or wall hanging.


Reigel to Lead Oldies Sing-Along at Village on the Cannon June 19 Instead of Froggy Borroms

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Because of the flood, the location and time of the Sing-Along has changed. Marc Reigel, leader of Carleton’s Night Crawlers Band which toured the Midwest in the mid-60s, will return to lead an oldies rock and roll sing-along on Thursday, June 19, at Village on the Cannon, 301 W 7th Street. in Northfield, starting at 8:00 p.m.Joining Reigel on keyboard will be Night Crawlers lead singer Barry Gillespie, now a realtor in Owatonna, with Rob Lampe on guitar and Rae Rusnak on harmonica. 


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