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Banjo Pickin' Helen Forsythe and One-Man Circus David Walbridge at Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday

Magician, juggler, and comedian David Walbridge.

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday from 9 to noon to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, has opened for Martha Scanlan at the Northfield Arts Guild and performed at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.  

Kids Activity at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be hosted by the Friends of the Northield Library.  David Walbridge, a one-man-circus of comedy, magic, juggling, modern vaudeville will perform at 11 am.  Be sure to catch this great family show. 


Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity hosts National Theatre Live Screening of “MEDEA”

National Theatre Live's production of MEDEA

Carleton College is pleased to present a public screening of the National Theatre Live’s production of MEDEA on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary.

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) plays the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, MEDEA, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.


The Amish in America

David Sudermann will give a talk on the “Amish in America” at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday Sept. 25 at 7 PM.  Mr. Sudermann will review the history and growth of the Old Order Amish and give some insight into settlements in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks.  David grew up in an Amish community in Goshen, Indiana and has a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in German literature and history.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information call the library at 507-645-6606.

 




Award-winning Poet and Musician Stephen Kampa ’05 to Appear at Carleton College

Award-winning poet and musician Stephen Kampa, a member of the Carleton Class of 2005, will appear at the College on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Kampa will read from and sign copies of his poetry collections, which will be available for purchase at the event.


Area Film Aficionados: Mark Your Calendars! Carleton to host weekly International Film Forum

Carleton College is pleased to host a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, the series premieres September 22 and screenings are free and open to the public.


Watercolor Artist Cathy Miller at Riverwalk on Saturday September 13

Kathy Miller at Riverwalk Market Fair

Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk

Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk Market Fair for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27.  One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints.  Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show.  Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is the featured art on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster.  A former teacher, and always and passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement.  A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work.  Kathy says, “Being there were Claude Monet painted and experiencing the light as he did has had a profound effect on me.  I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”  


New Carleton Art Exhibits Address Climate Change Through Photography and New Media

Christina Seely MUTO, Defluo Animalis Diptych 2012, Archival inkjet print

Two new art exhibits in the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum will address the impact of climate change through photography and other new media. Featuring the work of two Carleton alumni, Christina Seely ’98 and Ken Tape ’99, both exhibits explore time, space, and evidence of climate change in the Arctic landscape.

The public is invited to celebrate the fall exhibitions on Friday, September 19 with an opening reception from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. The event begins with a lecture by Tape entitled “A Century of Warming and Change in the Arctic” at 7 p.m. in Room 326 of the Weitz Center, followed by light refreshments and a celebration of the fall exhibition in the Perlman Teaching Museum from 8 to 9:30 p.m.


Forum on Community Events

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The NDDC and Arts & Culture Commission are sponsoring a forum on community events Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 am inthe Archer House Riverview Conference Room.  

The panel of local events organizer, Paul Niemisto (Vintage Band Festival), Ann Mosey (Cannon River Roots Festival), and Hayes Scriven (DJJD and Outlaw Run) will present their experience as well as helping facilitate discussion about the impact of events on the community, the challenges and costs of presenting events, and considering how to make it easier to stage great events in Northfield.  


Author Michael Perry will be speaking at the library tonight (9/9) at 6:30!

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Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”.  Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read!

6:30-8 pm in the library's meeting room Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 507-645-6606  No charge!


September is full of special events at the Northfield Public Library.

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Sept. 9 Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”.  Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read! 6:30-8 pm 

Sept. 11 One Cobbler’s Adventure on the Appalachian Trail—Randy Malecha will talk about his hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 7-8 pm

Sept. 20 Meet local author Lisa Galle Bolduc She will be reading from and talking about her picture book “Autumn” 10:30 am

Sept. 24 “The Amish in America” with David Sudermann   This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks. For more information about the CVEC go to www.cvec.org.7-8 pm 


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.


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