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Bee Observation and Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

Laura Heiman, beekeeper, at Riverwalk Market Fair

Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30.  Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper.  Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.   This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days). 


Hilary Scott at the Contented Cow

Hilary Scott is an award-winning singer-songwriter who brings her unique brand of melodic and lyrically memorable indie/pop songs to audiences nationally and internationally. Her Midwestern tour makes at stop at the Contented Cow on Wednesday, Setpember 3, at 8:00 pm. Scott has recorded with Nashville producer Matthew Wilder, and was signed for a five song writing and publishing deal with him in 2005.


The Bridge Chamber Music Festival continues …

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As the summer winds down, a celebration of music is still underway with the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. Concerts will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College, Monday, Aug. 25, at Carleton Concert Hall at Carleton College and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at The Grand Event Center. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available at the door for $5.

Festival Concert II –

Sunday's performance began with WindWorks playing Sextet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major, Op. 6, followed by new works -- a Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014 debut called kids these days -- by Composer Doug Opel. The evening concludes with Piano Trio #2 in E-flat major, Op. 100 of Franz Schubert.

“I wrote two short pieces for a piano trio comprised of violinist Kyu-Young Kim, cellist Pitnarry Shin and pianist Esther Wang, who have come together for the occasion of this year's Bridge Chamber Music Festival, said Composer Doug Opel. “These are the first two of what I intend to be several short pieces under an album titled kids these days, a collection that will evoke the exuberance, playfulness and carefree spirit of youth. These works, individually titled in the library and spin dizzy are each a musical depiction of the image implied by their name.”


Wake Robin plays at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday August 23

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake-Robin.

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, will be by Wake-Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Wake-Robin's specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. Banjo Helen Forsythe, previously scheduled for this Saturday, will perform at Riverwalk on September 27.

Riverwalk Market Fair takes place ever Saturdays, June through October, rain or shine, in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm.  Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.


Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


Northfield community benefits from HCI’s latest “Investing in Youth” grants

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At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:

8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May.  There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments.  Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.


Final Jesse James Film at Weitz Center

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The Jesse James Film Festival will come to an end on Thursday, August 21 with "The Assissination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" at 6:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity. 


Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014

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The Artaria String Quartet is delighted to return to the 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival,” said Ray Shows, Artaria’s first violinist and the quartet’s founding member. “We will be performing Mozart’s inimitable Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a world premiere quartet piece Dreaming in Waves by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya.”

The performance will take place tonight, August 20, at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall) in Northfield as part of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. This is the first of six concerts being offered in the week-long series. Tickets are available at the door tonight for just $5.

The Artaria String Quartet’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. “The Moya piece is quite unique with a mood infused flow to it and a jazzy undercurrent,” said Shows in eager expectancy.

Composer Reinaldo Moya comments: “Dreaming in Waves begins with a warm and serene texture. The first violin provides some contrast by 'floating' in and out of sync with the rest of the quartet. The first violin is jittery, and somewhat anxious, while the rest of the group continues in its gentle texture, as though in a dream.


Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: a new historical musical comedy

Playing over DJJD: Thurs, Fri & Sat at 7pm

Political races are full of intriguing characters who envelope our world through advertising.  Political ads seem to be never-ending.  But when did this all begin and who was involved? 

The new family-friendly, high-energy musical comedy, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, answers that question in an intriguing and entertaining way.  The story, (which plays Sept 4-6) revolves around important historical characters like Daniel Webster, John Tyler, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay.   The play takes a fictional look at the very real incidents surrounding the 1840 presidential campaign and the seating of our 9th and 10th US Presidents.  This presidential campaign was the first time that presidential candidates were treated as products. 

The playwright and composer, W. Watts Biggers was an American novelist and advertising man.  He is possibly best known as the co-creator and songwriter for such television cartoons as “Underdog” and “Tennessee Tuxedo”.  


Fall Art Classes at the Northfield Arts Guild

The Guild is offering over thirty art classes this fall for all ages and abilities.  Our certified art educators will be offering classes in clay, dance, painting, theater, and music.  Plus guest artists from the twin cities will be offering workshops for beginners and professionals alike.


Music by Sam Ryden at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Sam Ryden will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday August 16 in Northfield's Bridge Square

Music at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturay, August 16 will be provided by 13 year old Sam Ryden. Sam is already making a name for himself as a musical prodigy. His sophisticated musical sense and strong stage presence helped him reach the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013.

New season local honey and locally grown tomatoes are are now available from Riverwalk farm vendors. Riverwalk Market Fair, an open-air artists and farmers market, is open 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays, June thorugh October in downtown Northfield's Bridge Square.


Music By Parker Ousley at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Parker Ousley will play and sing folk, blues, and jazz at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 9 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Also featured will be welded steel garden structures by Jennifer Wolcott and kids activity on water quality by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.  Summer produce is plentiful, including tomatoes.


Carleton's Summer Humanities Institute to Screen the National Theatre Live Broadcast of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"

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Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m., the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema will feature a not-to-be-missed screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." This event is free and open to the public.

The Donmar Warehouse's production of "Coriolanus," Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, stars Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "War Horse," The BBC's "The Hollow Crown") in the title role and Mark Gatiss ("Season's Greetings at the National Theatre," The BBC's "Sherlock") as Menenius. The production is directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.


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.  


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