Event coverage

A story about a local community event that recently happened.

The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium: It was a Grand event at the Grand

"!{float:right;margin:0 0 0 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_wheeler.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/Becca%20Wheeler.jpg Last Thursday (4/6/06) the Northfield Historical Society presented the History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. The program kicked off with Becca Wheeler, NHS intern and St. Olaf student, giving a very well prepared history of the Grand.

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Guinea Pigs Enjoy Sunday Afternoon Concert

Kim Bloom greets concert-goersActually, no animals were allowed (or harmed) at the Kim Bloom classical guitar concert on Sunday, March 19, at the Northfield Arts Guild. I made it there just in time, as extra chairs were being set up, to hear an afternoon of beautiful music.
After his first selection, he thanked the audience for being “guinea pigs,” noting that he was presenting his first formal concert in over 10 years. Bloom, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has recently settled in Northfield to resume a teaching and playing career.

“I’m smitten by this town,” he commented after the performance. “Northfield really resonates with what I’m all about right now.”

Northfield kids matter and so do their early childhood professionals!

Click for larger viewThe Northfield Early Childhood Initiative Coalition recently sponsored a luncheon for area Northfield Early Childhood Professionals.  The coalition wanted to say "Thank you!" for what they do in our community for children every day.  There was a great turn out at the Northfield Golf Club to hear speakers Judy Janish and Vicki Thrasher-Cronin.  Attendees also enjoyed networking time and a nice pasta buffet lunch.

Judy Janish (aka "Shirley from Dez Moines") humorously spoke about her experience working as a home daycare mom and in other kid crazy places.  She encouraged childcare workers to play more, play with the kids. They learn by playing but also need to be shown how to play. We don't need to spend so much time in "fast forward," we should all spend more time in rewind (reflect & be thankful), pause (rest, listen & look) and play (make good memories & laugh more)!

WINGS Offers Grants Workshop

Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS), is holding a free grant writing workshop on Saturday, March 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at the NCRC dining room. All applicants for WINGS grants are strongly encouraged to attend.

WINGS invites any non-profit organization serving the Northfield area to apply for a grant in support of projects benefiting women and children. In 2005, 17 grants were awarded totaling more than $33,000. 

WINGS is a women’s philanthropic organization committed to educating and expanding the numbers of women in philanthropy, building and strengthening community through pooled investments, and to improving the lives of women and children through focused giving in the Northfield area. WINGS will fund projects that meet immediate needs, as well as those that address the underlying causes of those needs. For more information or a grant application, visit http://www.wings-mn.org.

Reminder: Precinct Caucuses at 7pm Tonight

You don't have to be an official member of either political party to attend, but the DFL and Republican Parties each hold their own caucus TONIGHT at 7:00.

  • The DFL caucus is at Northfield Middle School
  • The Republican caucus is at Northfield High School

For more information, there is a Precinct Caucus Brochure (PDF) available on the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Beach Carnival Makes a Splash

Hundreds of excited elementary-school kids and their families attended the PTO Beach Carnival at the high school on Friday night, March 3. The cake walk and the inflatable climber/slide were among the most popular features, and plenty of cotton candy and other festive munchables were in evidence. View more images in my Beach Carnival Flickr photoset.

Governors' Choir Meets the Governor

Gov. Pawlenty and the Governors' ChoirLast Wednesday, March 1, the Governors' Choir of the Northfield Youth Choirs, under the direction of their artistic director Liz Shepley, sang in the house chamber of the state capitol for the opening of the 2006 legislative session. During their visit to the capitol, the group had the opportunity to meet with Governor Tim Pawlenty, as well as House Speaker Steve Sviggum and State Representative Ray Cox.

Catalyst Foundation presentation at Rotary

Thursday's Northfield Rotary lunch speaker was Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker, co-founder and Executive Director of the Catalyst Foundation based here in Northfield. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Their mission is to "improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned and homeless children in Vietnam through educational scholarship programs and direct relief efforts. We also work to build cultural awareness and enrich the lives of children adopted from Vietnam."

Coincidence #1: While working in my corner office at the Blue Monday earlier this morning, a guy walks up to me to introduce himself, saying how much he appreciates Northfield.org.  His name: John Rinn. He's on the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Foundation.

Coincidence #2: John works at AC Nielson, the same place as N.org board member, tech committee member, and library board member Adam Gurno

Photo album and video clip: Spider John Koerner at The Grand


Left: Spider John Koerner played at the Grand last night; center: with the NDDC's Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson; right Tim Sellars, Tiny's Dogs All Day, kicking in the bucks in the bag for the Northfield Area United Way campaign. Click to enlarge.


See three dozen more photos of the night in either the N.org photo album or the Flickr photo album. And click "Read the rest of this entry..." to watch the videoclip.


Sesquicentennial appreciation photo album

The Northfield Historical Society held an appreciation party for Sesquicentennial volunteers last night at the Northfield Golf Club. Left: NHS president Rob Schanilec addresses the crowd. Center: Sesquicentennial co-chairs Jennifer Sawyer and Dan Freeman; Right: The Prairie Creek Group. Click the photos to enlarge and see two dozen more in the Sesquicentennial appreciation album.

At the NAG: Family Farms: A Tribute


I stopped by the NAG gallery on Saturday afternoon to take a look at the Family Farms exhibit, with last summer's visit to the Closson family dairy farm south of town, part of the Sesquicentennial celebration, fresh in my mind. (My town-girl impression then: "Man, cows are big!" I'd never been so close to one before.)

The exhibit includes works by 14 local artists from about the last 50 years; the earliest work I noted was John Maakestad's "Cow Yard" (1958). I enjoyed Stephanie Henriksen's large standing cutout figures of a farm girl in overalls and a gardener with floppy hat and garden hose.

Northfield Crossing groundbreaking photo album

Mendota Homes held a groundbreaking ceremony at noon today for Northfield Crossing, the mixed-used development on the old Kump Lumber site.

YMCA Community Meeting

I attended the Northfield Area Family YMCA community wide meeting Tuesday night that was held at the Northfield High School. Tom Sisler (center photo), who has been professionally involved in the YMCA for over 30 years, was the guest speaker.

Cabaret Fills House

Cabaret Just Food Co-op staff, members and friends performed to a packed house this weekend at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.


Just Food staff arranged for food and beverages. The staff organized the event independently of their official co-op responsibilities.

Hortense MacLeod, the meat, cheese and deli manager who helped organize the event, has experience of many performances under her belt. She says, "That was probably the best audience I have ever seen."

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