Events in and around Northfield

Travel back to 1910 Vaudeville

The North Star Cinema Orchestra will present a Vaudeville show at The Grand Theater on Monday, July 31, at 7 p.m. as the finale to the Vintage Band Festival and joint conference of the Historical Brass Society and the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music.

Heat forces Way Park concerts inside

Way Park concertUpdate: Sunday's Way Park concerts at 1 and 4 p.m. have also been moved to St. John's.

Today's Vintage Band Festival concerts that were scheduled for Way Park (Flaribonea at 1:30 and the Faribault Bandshell Brass at 3:00) have been moved to St. John's Lutheran Church, just a few blocks away.

The church is air conditioned for your listening comfort!

Bands, balloons delight Bridge Square crowd

Joan and Carl Behr have been our official photographers for the Vintage Band Festival. But we're happy to say that Miriam Mueller has joined in with 20 photos. The latest images are from Thursday evening's concert in Bridge Square, but they also include a shot of one of the hot air balloons that floated over the city during the event.

The weekend is crammed with concerts and other events. You can click on the festival site to check in on everything about the festival and download the program. You also can scroll down and see other stories about the events, and click on the photo at left to see the entire festival photo gallery.

Keep checking in to see more photos, and send us your pictures. Just go to the Submit Pictures button at left for the's as easy as sending an e-mail! 

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.

Books & Stars heads to Way Park

The Books & Stars program has been a huge hit this summer, as you can see in the picture from earlier this summer and all the photos in the Books &' Stars photo gallery

The fun continues Wednesday, July 26—tonight!—with Dennis Warner at Way Park. Booker the Book Bus opens at 6 pm, the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Booker has library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun!

There are just two more events on the schedule, so mark them on your 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 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.

Carleton bids farewell to 'Twigonometry'

Editor's note: Just a reminder that the Twigonometry celebration is at 3 p.m. today, Monday.

Twigonometry,” the fascinating twig sculpture on the Bald Spot at Carleton College, is coming down this summer almost four years after it was erected by Carleton staff and volunteers.

But it won’t go away without a proper goodbye. Carleton will host a farewell ice cream social in honor of the sculpture on Monday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Festivities, which will take place on the Bald Spot adjacent to the popular twig form, will include brief remarks by Carleton staff, ice cream for everyone and balloons for children.

Neighbors and friends are encouraged to place goodbye notes inside Twigonometry anytime before the party; paper and markers also will be available during the ice cream social for writing additional notes.

Legendary Norwegian Fiddler to perform Tuesday

Hauk BuenMaster Hardanger Fiddler Hauk Buen will perform a concert on Tuesday, July 25th, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. The concert is followed by a Dance Party with Northfield's Nordic Jam and the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag joining Hauk. The suggested donation for the concert is $5.

The following is from the website of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (HFAA)...

Registration Begins for Musical Theater Workshop

Northfield Youth ChoirsNorthfield Youth Choirs (NYC) announces open registration for its Musical Theater Workshop, a new program that begins in August.

NYC's Musical Theater Workshop (MTW) is open to all youth in grades 4-12, and 2nd and 3rd graders with previous experience in NYC. The workshop will be taught by NYC’s artistic director Liz Shepley and local dancer/choreographer Sherri Setchell. The summer workshop begins August 21, with a week of intensive rehearsals. Weekly Thursday evening rehearsals continue into the fall. MTW culminates with a dinner theater review at the Grand Event Center on November 12th.

There's still time to see the fair

You know you've been thinking about it. And there's still time to do it. The Rice County Fair runs through Sunday. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. each day, and you can check out the all the details at the fair website.

Our special thanks go to the kids of Northfield Montessori and their teachers for sending us their photos of the fair. From the photos you can see in our gallery, it looks like they had a real ball.

If you go to the fair, send us your photos! Just look at the left column and click the Submit Pictures link for instructions—it's as easy as sending an e-mail. (Remember to add your names.) We'll add them to the gallery.

More musicians head to Northfield

Editor's note: Well, we've had church musicians and soon we'll have a Vintage Band Festival. This week another national group of musicians will bring their sounds to Northfield. One of their members sent us this information.

Submitted by Suzanne Beaudry

The Viola da Gamba Society of America will be having its annual week-long conclave at St Olaf College from July 23-30.

The viola da gamba is an early music instrument with six strings, frets and a flat back. For local residents interested in studying the gamba, Julie Elhard will offer a free beginning class during the event (instruments provided). Contact Martha Bishop at to reserve an instrument, or come to registration (lower level of Ytterboe Hall) from 2-5 on Sunday, July 23.

On Thursday, the 27th, we will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Urness Recital Hall in the Christianson Music Building. Featuring David Douglass and friends (world renowned musicians), it will be entitled "When Worlds Unite: Music of the Presence Chamber," viols and violins in the courts of James I and Charles I.

LWV examines "Who Should Annex Whom?"

LWV LogoThe League of Women Voters Northfield is hosting its 4th Monday forum at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Northfield Public Library.

The July meeting, "Who Should Annex Whom?", will center on the provocative subject of the relationship between Northfield and Dundas. If annexation occurred, would it be "Dunfield", or "Northdas?"

Who has the most pressing growing need for city services; who pays a higher residential property tax; who is more constrained with respect to expansion and acquisition of land? Are there benefits to merging, or are independence and community identity impediments to shared growth? Join the chairpersons of the Northfield and Dundas planning commissions for this very current topic of discussion.

On the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., in the Northfield Public Library’s first floor meeting room, the LWV hosts a lightly moderated discussion of an issue of current interest or concern to the community.

NDDC to host "Taste of Northfield" tonight

Click to open PDFThe Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, in cooperation with the City of Northfield and downtown business owners, will host the Taste of Northfield, Thursday, July 20th (tonight!), from 5 to 8 p.m., in Bridge Square.

The event was born out of a discussion at the NDDC’s recent Downtown Mixer.  Several downtown retailers shared the challenges that the construction detour through downtown has created for their customers.  “It makes it hard to get in and out of the parking spaces along Division Street,” said NDDC Board Member and Digs owner, Linda Schneewind. “Some long-time customers are avoiding downtown, at least during rush hour.”

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFThe temperature has dropped, and it will be a great night outside Thursday, July 20.

Yes, that's tonight. Stop by Bridge Square for the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation's Taste of Northfield! Local restaurants including, Chapati, Tiny's, Rueb 'N' Stein, Bittersweet and Quarterback Club will be providing food for sampling from 5-8. There will be performers to keep you entertained while you chow down.

There's lots more inside...

"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 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.

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