Events

Events in and around Northfield

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. 


History Month Continues with "A Beacon So Bright"

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The next event in the Northfield History Month Celebration is a presentation by Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann of his book “A Beacon So Bright:  The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould.” In addition to chronicling his life, Hillemann’s book tells the story of Gould’s work at Carleton College where he served from 1932-1962, including seventeen as president. Known as “Mr. Antarctica”, Gould was a polar explorer and geologist who, rather than becoming a politician, leading a major foundation or directing NASA, devoted himself to higher education, and to Carleton College, in particular.

Hillemann will speak at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events in the Northfield History Month Celebration:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum


Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale POSTPONED Due to Flooding Conditions

NOTE: Due to the impact of the Cannon River flooding over its banks, the Carleton College Lighten Up! Garage Sale has been postponed. The sale will take place at a later date this summer.

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale on Friday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 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!


World's Largest Swim Lesson

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 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.  Infomatin about the WLSL and more detailed information is below. 


Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop

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Bicycling is an American pastime. But for Minnesota cities, bicycling increasingly means economic development and community health!   Across out state -Minnesota schools, businesses, and city governments are taking steps to make their communities more bike friendly - as a proven means of improving the overall health and vitality of their communities.

 

What can we do to make Northfield a safer and more pleasant place to bike? 


This Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3:00pm

The City of Northfield

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and 

Healthy Rice County SHIP 

 

are teaming up to co-sponsor

the Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop 


Justin Roberts kicks off Books and Stars on June 11

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Northfield Public Library is ready for summer!

Nationally known Justin Roberts will kick off Books and Stars on June 11 at Central Park. Booker, the book bus opens at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Books and Stars provides the entire community weekly, family friendly, fun, and entertaining shows in our beautiful Northfield parks June 11- July30.

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Young People's Theater Workshops Starting Soon

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The Northfield Arts Guild is once again conducting their popular Young People's Theater Workshop. The Arts Guild staff of theater artists lead young students in creating an original production.  The mornings are filled with classes in creative dramatics and dance.  In the afternoons, participants take part in writing an original script and rehearsing. Live performances are open to the public on the last two days of the session.

This year, two week and three week workshops are being offered.  "The two week workshop (YPTW2) is in response to our students who were unable to commit to three weeks in the summer." says Ann Mosey, Executive Director of the Guild.  "These workshops are already full, though we have spaces available for YPTW3, which is our three week workshop."


Carleton College to hold its 140th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 14

Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 484 graduating members of the Class of 2014 on Saturday, June 14, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required.


Civil War Presentation at Northfield Historical Society

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Civil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the American Civil War’s 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in his presentation, “Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield,” Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies and his subsequent decision to direct the Army of the Potomac in the eastern theater of battle. “This brought the two most prominent generals of the Civil War — Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee — in direct conflict for the first time,” explains Stark. The Battle of the Wilderness commenced on May 4, 1864.

“Both North and South fought many battles with heavy losses on both sides and neither side would back down,” says Stark. “Many believed that the war’s outcome was in the balance that summer of 1864.”


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