Events in and around Northfield

Civil War Exhibit Opens at Northfield Historical Society

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“If war comes, I’m going!” exclaimed Halvor Quie after reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. One-hundred-fifty years ago, young men from the Northfield area committed life and limb to a cause greater than themselves. The Civil War pitted Americans against each other in a war so brutal that the effects continue on to date – from our standing army and international rules of war to insidious regional stereotypes that continue to fester.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival announces its 15th season


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce its 15th season of chamber music and related activities in Northfield, spanning August 20-27. The Festival is a proud recipient of an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant, through funding from the Minnesota Legislature. 

The Festival begins on August 20th with a program featuring the Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet. The 7:30 pm concert, held in Urness Recital Hall in the Christiansen Hall of Music at St. Olaf College, features Mozart’s Quartet in E flat major, K.428,  Bartok’s Quartet #3 and Dvorak’s Quartet in C major Op. 61. The Parker Quartet’s international performing career and recent recording accolades make this concert one not to be missed.

The Festival continues on August 22nd, with a program featuring the Bridge Chamber Players and some special guests. This 7:30 pm concert features Brahms’ Horn Trio, Op. 40, with Herb Winslow, Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra. Also on the program is Sanit-Saens’ Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, and Dvorak’s String Quintet Op. 97, subtitled “American” for being composed in the United States. The concert will be in Urness Recital Hall on the St. Olaf College campus.

2013 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration

The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield announces the 2013 Sidewalk  Poetry Celebration to begin at 7:00 p.m. on August 29, 2013. The event will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes. Before or after the scheduled event, people can pick up walking tour maps of poems in the downtown area free of charge and see the poems set into the sidewalks.

In 2011, Northfield launched the annual Sidewalk Public Poetry Project. Since then, in two competitions, 27 poems by local poets who range in age from a fourth-grader through seniors have been selected to become a permanent part of the Northfield landscape. Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community.

Full text of all poems (along with authors’ names) can be found at

Northfield Dog Days Art Howl


This is a call out to artists of all ilks – dance, theater, visual, literary – join us for a drink at the Contented Cow for The Northfield Dog Days Art Howl – Friday, Aug. 23, 8pm. No agenda, no check-in, just like-minded souls sharing a libation and a toast to a summer that is so quickly slipping away – and there's plenty to talk art about! See you then, 

Vintage Band Festival 2013 Photos

VBFBridgeSquare.jpg has an expanding set of photos from this year's Vintage Band Festival. The photoset can be found here on's Flickr page. If you have photos from the Vintage Band Festival you'd like to share, you can email them to us at Photos submitted to this address will automatically be added to the 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


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

Road to Recovery: A Fundraiser for Raghav


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

Northfeld in the News: Vintage Band Festival 2013


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


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


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


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


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

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