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Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFLooks like one of Minnesota's famed weekends ahead - mid- to low-80s and plenty of sunshine!

There's outdoor theater in Central Park ­ Tartuffe's last performances are tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. ­ Tickets are available through Northfield Arts Guild, 645-8877 or online at www.northfieldartsguild.org. Tonight is Hip Hop Night at the Reub and Anton Ryan will be playing at the Tavern, and Friday night should be a great night to catch the soothing sounds of Harmonic voodoo on the Tavern deck.

ArtSwirl is in full swirl Saturday with a Village School Tour, Artists Studio Tour and the Dolce Recorder Quartet playing at 4 p.m. at NAG. Into the evening catch Charlie Parr's great acoustic blues at Hogan Brothers and John Manners at the Tavern. Sunday the Artists Studio Tour continues, while Mike's Bikes is the kick-off site for Tours de Nick - a 10- to 55-mile bike benefit for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. And at 2 p.m. The NAG will be the site for storytelling by Real Lives Aloud.


Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra at Central Park

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will be at Central Park Wednesday night! This is the traditional finale of the Books & Stars schedule (see this photo gallery of last year's season-closer with CVRO). Come listen to beautiful music at a beautiful park. (Rain site is the NHS Auditorium.)

Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 pm. This free, family oriented show starts at 7 pm. Booker has library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at the Northfield Public Library.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Six Drawing:  The Tavern of Northfield

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Tavern of Northfield.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 13, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 14.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Five Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 6, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 7.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Northfield Under Construction: An Update

Construction continues apace for Northfield, and we've got news on three of the bigger projects - Highway 3, Northfield Crossing, and the new Library Plaza.

There's more inside and we've got a photo gallery also...


Thursday means Crazy Daze fun -- and bargains

Crazy Daze The weather is muggy, your shorts look as tired as you feel and you just don't want to make another meal. Thank goodness, Thursday is Crazy Daze in Northfield. Don't let the name fool you; this event lasts one day only.

Stores will open at 7 a.m., so you can grab your morning coffee at one of downtown restaurants and beat the heat if you wish. If you're still snoozing until the sun is high, that's no problem. There will be bargains and activities all day. For a complete schedule, check out the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.



"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Four Drawing:  Froggy Bottoms

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Froggy Bottoms.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 30th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 31th.

 

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

 

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Taste of Northfield draws hungry crowd

Sure there was live music and face painting, a warm summer breeze and lots of friends to share good conversation.

But let's be honest. Thursday night's debut of the Taste of Northfield was all about the food. Hundreds of people stood in long lines, then fanned out through Bridge Square with plates and and cups and paper-wrapped samples of everything from pizza and burgers to Indian dishes and cookies. People shared picnic tables, perched on the edge of the fountain, sprawled on the ground or just noshed as they walked and visited with friends. And then they headed back into line for more.

The event, a new addition to the Third Thursday tradition, was cooked up by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and local restaurants, including, Chapati, Tiny's, Rueb 'N' Stein, Bittersweet and Quarterback Club. Click here to see more photos of the event.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Three Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our third "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 23th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Two Drawing:  The Rueb 'N' Stein

We are proud to announce that our 2nd "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to The Rueb 'N' Stein.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 16th with the winner being announced on Monday July 17th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.  The following is a summary of past winners.


Thursdays on the Square continues

As the sounds of the Northfield Community Band Concerts and the sparkles of the 4th of July Fireworks begin to fade, don't worry, be happy, 'cause the entertainment action continues in Downtown Northfield.

In fact, the century-old tradition of Thursday night community cultural celebrations in Bridge Square, the very heart of Northfield, continues through the summer.

On Thursday, July 13, it's the Songs of Hope and Pie on the Square sponsored by the Northfield News and Cub Foods.

On Thursday, July 20, it's an NDDC Third Thursday Event:  the first Taste of Northfield with local musicians.

On Thursday, July 27, it's the Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee-sponsored Crazy Daze followed by the Opening Concert of the Vintage Band Festival and a street dance.

On Thursday, August 3, it's the Bridge Chamber Music Festival and ArtSwirl sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild.

Eat (or throw) pie, dress funny, listen to good music. Be happy!

Dan Bergeson is president of the NDDC.


Video Installation opens July 14 at ArtOrg

Click to enlarge“Why Are You Here? (And Where Is Your Accent?): The Moderate Immigration Story”
A video installation by Mel Racho, curated by Lisa Otte.
ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. Show runs through July 23.

Between the sensational accounts of sneaking groups of illegal immigrants across the border and the relative ease with which people of wealth can enter the U.S. lies another story – the “moderate” immigration story. This more temperate immigration account is told in “Why are you here? (And where is your accent?),” a new video installation by artist Mel Racho.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new Northfield.org membership campaign a few days ago, we promised you we wouldn't be offering coffee mugs or tote bags as premiums.  We have something, much, much more fun. We're calling it "Dinner On Us." 

Become a member of Northfield.org and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months Northfield.org will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  This week's restaurant is The Ole Store.  The deadline for this first week is midnight on July 9th with the winner being announced on Monday July 10th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.



In with the old! 1909 desk returns to the library

City crew members T.J. Heinricy, Steve Malecha and Bryan Haugen hauled a nearly 100-year-old heavy oak desk from the Northfield Historical Society store back into its old home at the Northfield Public Library where it will serve a new role as reference desk upstairs. 

Though most recently used at NHS, the 1909-10 desk has resided in many places in town. After the 1985 addition at the library, it served Paul Hager and the staff at NTV. Then in 1998, to celebrate the library's centennial, it was part of the display at the Historical Society. When the NHS store expanded and they needed a check-out desk, it moved into the store. 

Now NHS Has remodeled again and the desk has come back home. Who knows, It may also bring back the "spirits" of past librarians Constance Doty, Shirley Merill, Marsten Headley and Leota Stewart! At one time all the library transactions were handled at this desk. Times have changed!


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