Riverwalk Arts Quarter Lights the River Thursday Evening

Since July, a group of people in the neighborhood surrounding the downtown riverwalk from 2nd Street to Bridge Square has been working to meet the conditions of a McKnight/Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation grant awarded to create an arts destination in this part of Northfield's downtown. Many others have joined the effort and we are well on our way to having a kick-off project (or projects) defined by Spring 2009.

But we just couldn't wait that long.

So we decided to take the wonderful opportunity provided by Northfield's 10th Annual Winter Walk event to let everyone know about us. We will light up the river tonight from 4:30 p.m. until maybe almost midnite with red, candle-lit luminarias. We're placing the candles along the two bridges, the footbridge, the handicapped access paths, and both sides of the riverwalk itself.

Enjoy the Winter Walk festivities on Division Street and Bridge Square, then let our red luminarias draw you to the lovely -- but woefully underutilized -- riverwalk. Thanks to the local supporters of the Northfield Riverwalk Arts Quarter for donations, and to the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key; one of our founding groups) for the labor.

The riverwalk will be aglow for one night. Consider it a great photo-op, and stop by again later in the evening for good company around the fire on the deck of The Contented Cow pub. Maybe build a snow sculpture on the canoe landing or drag some of the weary strolling musicians over for an encore along the river.

Image our riverwalk buzzing -- year round -- with painters and other visual artists, musicians, festivals, performances, outdoor classes and workshops, plus many more arts activities. And all of it welcoming locals and visitors to Northfield's downtown dining and hospitality businesses, retail shops, art galleries, and all our other businesses.

So come enjoy the sights this evening, then contact Dean Kjerland at ArtOnWater Gallery (dean@artonwater.com) or Felicia at the Northfield Arts Guild to find out how you can help make the Northfield Riverwalk Arts Quarter a reality.