Events in and around Northfield

Nordic Culture, Music and Dance this weekend at St. Olaf

Editor's note: I received this event notice from Ruth Sylte, one of my fellow Nordic Jammers.

This Friday and Saturday, June 23 & 24, there will be two unique (and free!) concerts in Northfield.

The performances are a part of the Valdres Samband annual meeting, held this year at St Olaf College. The Samband is the organization of descendants of immigrants from the Valdres valley in Norway. Many American, Canadian and Norwegian descendants will be in attendance.

Friday night's "cultural night" will begin at 7 p.m. in Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf. The evening event will feature a sing-a-long with St. Olaf Professor of Norwegian Margaret O'Leary, greetings from Mayor Lee Lansing and Professor Emeritus Joe Shaw, the vocal group "Reflections" and will end with music by Northfield's own Nordic Jam.

Stanton Airfield celebrates Father's Day with Fly-In

Click to enlargeStanton Airfield, formerly Carleton Airport, celebrated its heritage on Father’s Day by hosting a Fly-in and pancake breakfast that was enjoyed by several thousand visitors and area residents.

This annual event is one of the most popular Fly-ins in the State of Minnesota because pilots consider Stanton Airfield to be a special and enjoyable airport to visit. “It is one of the few remaining grass strip airports and one that treasures it’s heritage as a place to train new pilots and to enjoy recreational flying” says Ray Rought, MNDOT’s Director of the Aeronautics division who attended the event.

Gardeners share a magic touch

Garden Club makes downtown projects blossom, hosts annual Garden Tour Saturday and Sunday.

I admit it, when it comes to plants I'm a serial killer. Sometimes quickly, sometimes with the agonized withering of leaf after leaf, I manage to turn even the most lush plants and brilliant blooms into compost.

Perhaps that's why I am so dazzled by, and grateful for, the dedication and talent of Northfield Garden Club members. Bright Spencer, a member, photographer and all-around nice person, shared some photos of the projects, just so you can spot them when you're out and about. Click here to see them.

Look around the downtown and you'll see their handiwork everywhere, from the pansies in Bridge Square to the brilliant hanging baskets along the sidewalks. And take the time to visit the Betsy Maitland pergola, a restful stop along the water in Riverside Park.

Nordic Jam at Nisswa-Stamman

Northfield's Nordic Jam contingent at Nisswa-StammanMy wife and I were two of a dozen members of Northfield's Nordic Jam who traveled to northern Minnesota last weekend to perform at the Nisswa-Stämman Scandinavian folk music festival.

This was Nordic Jam's third appearance at the event, and we stayed true to our inclusive nature by welcoming into our fold a fiddler from Chicago whose group didn't make the trip.

Pictured above are, from left: Glenn Lee, Mary Klockeman, Virginia Windschitl, Jon Bjork, Amy Boxrud, Ruth Sylte, Mark Heiman, Ruth Anne Rasmussen, Teresa Tillson, Doug Bratland, Paul Niemisto (that guy is EVERYWHERE!) and John Hanson. Click the image to view a gallery of photos from the festival.

Fun with the Flyers! First Books & Stars of the summer

A great evening to kick off the Books & Stars season!

Books & StarsThe summer's first Books & Stars was held Wednesday on the south lawn of the Northfield Hospital. About 200 people showed up to enjoy musical fun with "The Flyers" and check out library materials from Booker, the book bus. 

The next Books & Stars will be held on Bridge Square Wednesday, June 21, at 7 p.m. and feature singer Justin Roberts. (You can find the full summer schedule in this story from May 4th.)

In case of inclement weather, the show moves to the Northfield High School Auditorium.

Editor's note: We've started a Books & Stars photo gallery and we'll be adding to it throughout the summer, so please send us your own photos!

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFAren't you glad time flies? The weekend is almost upon us again!

It will be another great weekend for music. Downtown is hopping on Third Thursday with the Community Band Concert at Bridge Square. Why not stay downtown for dinner at one of the fine establishments listed in the Northfield Entertainment Guide and hear Chris Herriges at the Tavern or the Hamlin/Pernecky Jazz Duo at the Contented Cow?

The rest of the weekend's details are inside...

Buy or browse at big sales this week

Junk junkies can feed their addictions and casual browsers can cruise the aisles at two mega sales this week -- and the proceeds go to good causes. Carleton College will clear out its campus trash and treasure in its annual year-end sale. St. Olaf will team up with the Boy Scouts in another sale. Take your pick, or pick them both.

Carleton: June 15-16, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; West Gymnasium.

Cub Scouts: June 16, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Corner of West Third and Linden Streets. 

Wild weather tests Wild West show

Historic reenactors pride themselves in being able to live through the hardships of the times they represent. The brave reenactors Friday night as they prepared for the Wild West Roundup, today and Sunday at the Rice County Steam & Gas Engine Grounds grounds in Dundas.

They camped in canvas tents through a cold, miserably rainy night to be ready to greet visitors over campfire coffee early Saturday. By 8 a.m. riders were putting their horses through practice runs for the mounted gunfights, demonstrations and performances through the weekend. Participants traveled from all over for the event. Rick Gustafson and his horse Driftwood Red Hat, seen here, came down from Cloquet for the weekend.

There are some concessions to modern living. While most reenactors slept in tents, they are allowed to use waterproofing chemicals their ancestors didn’t have. And some of the riders have trailers where they camp in comfort. This is the second year for the event –- and the second year of horrible weather. Performers remain upbeat and are having a ball living out their childhood cowboy games.

Want to get moving? Learn how tonight

Sure, you been talking about getting in shape, getting out there on the trails or just getting all the way around the block.

Well, the Northfield Area Family YMCA and the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Minnesota Monthy magazine are calling your bluff. They're sponsoring "Women on the Move," an eight-week walk/run training clinic especially for women.

The "fun" starts tonight. The class runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 3 at the Northfield Middle School, 2200 Division Street South. The cost is just $40 -- less than eight weeks of take-out pizza. To register call 612-863-3839 or just show up with your walking shoes and register.

Sign up now for summer sports, camps, trips

Now that school is over, it is time to get registered for some great summer recreation activities. Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division still has openings for a myriad of programs.

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Nordic Jam Heads North

Nordic Jammers in the 2005 Nisswa-stamman paradeNorthfield's Nordic Jam, a group of local musicians who have been gathering every Monday evening at the Contented Cow for over three and a half years, is taking its show on the road this weekend.

For the third year in a row, Nordic Jam has been invited to perform at Nisswa-stämman, a Scandinavian Folk Music Festival held every year in Nisswa, Minnesota. The festival, now in its seventh year, has become one of the largest traditional Scandinavian music festivals in the region, featuring some 140 musicians from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Washington D.C. and, of course, the upper midwest.

If you're vacationing up in the Brainerd lakes area this weekend, you might just want to take in some great Scandinavian music. The festival kicks off with a Friday night concert featuring the international musicians, followed by a dance, with the rest of the festivities beginning at 10 am Saturday in downtown Nisswa. More information is available at

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam.

ARTech honors Class of 2006

ARTech GradsNorthfield School of Arts and Technology graduated its biggest class yet this past Friday.  Eighteen graduates were honored at the ceremony held outside under perfect skies.

ARTech grads"I want to thank you all here at ARTech for the best three years of my life," said one student speaker.  "We will never forget each other.  We will never forget ARTech.  And we will never forget who we are." From here, many graduates will move on to college in places from Washington State to Florida to Iowa.  The school community is incredibly proud of the graduates and their accomplishments.

Best of luck Class of '06!

Historical Society seeks vintage instruments

The Northfield Historical Society is looking for vintage band memorabilia. We are looking for anything that would relate to the history of vintage music in Northfield: horns, uniforms, pictures, and whatever else you might have. The artifacts will be used in an exhibit for the Vintage Band Music Festival which is being held in July. The deadline for submission is June 26th. For more information, contact Hayes Scriven at the Northfield Historical Society at 507-645-9268 or stop on down, we are located in the Scriver Building which is at 408 Division St.

Hayes Scriven is the Northfield Historical Society's Education and Exhibit Coordinator.

NHS Grads get Perfect Weekend for Celebrating

NHS 2006 GradsTheir future is so bright they have to wear shades, and many did Saturday as the Northfield High School Class of 2006 received their diplomas in an outdoor ceremony at Memorial Field.

If the city seems on a collective sugar high, it could be all the cake and marshmallow salads being consumed at open houses all weekend. So drive carefully, eat wisely (or just enjoy and resume your diet tomorrow) and for you grads—send the thank-you cards before you spend the money.

Here are a few more photos, courtesy of Scott Davis at Stone Cottage Photography...

Pictures from the Montessori Annual Carnival

The Northfield Montessori held its annual summer Carnival on Saturday, June 3rd. The weather was in the mid-80's and the sky was mostly cloudless. There was a cake walk, "Soak the Teacher" game, and hay ride, among other things. was there, naturally, and we have a photo gallery from the event for you to peruse. If you see someone you know, please help us out and leave a comment.

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