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"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Nine Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our ninth "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 noon on September 10th with the winner being announced on Monday, September 11th.

And hurry. We only have a few weeks left before we wrap up our membership campaign with a grand prize drawing. More on that soon...

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.


More winners get to have 'Dinner on Us'

Well, we promised more winners and we're delivering. JoAnn Kleber is the newest winner in the weekly "Dinner on Us" drawing, winning a $50 certificate to Hogan Brothers.

Joanne was surprised and pleased to hear of her good luck. And if you've wondered just who has become a member of Northfield.org—and why—Joann has this answer:

"I am JoAnn Kleber, married to Dick Kleber. We have three grown children living in the Twin Cities area and six grandchildren. We moved to Northfield in the fall of 1960, when Dick joined the math department at St. Olaf.

I was home until the children went to school and then started to work for the University of Oslo International Summer School office, which is responsible for the recruiting and admission of those in North America who want to attend that program in Norway. It was a wonderful job which took me to Oslo Norway for the six-week session for 23 summers. I retired in 1996."

Why does she like Northfield.org?

"I have always tried to follow the efforts that have been made to distribute Northfield information via the internet so when I saw your announcement I joined. I'm just trying to keep up with what is going on in town."


Wild West show puts theatrical spin on DJJD

Submitted by Rachel Haider

“Hey, kids! Let’s put on a show!”

In the true tradition of the young Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, about 30 local volunteers have gathered to put together a fundraiser show for the Northfield Arts Guild.

We’ve been singin’, dancin’ and having some ol’ fashioned boot-slappin’ fun for the past few weeks! The rehearsals have been a blast, and we’re almost ready to perform. 

Our Wild West show is an original, locally written, musical melodrama by Brendon Etter, called “Jessie Jane’s Jamboree.” It takes place in 1870s Northfield, but that’s kinda’ where the DJJD connection ends. Our show is filled with varmints (the bad guys), heroes (the good guys), sweet lassies, and of course, some brazen gals.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

I know you have your sights set on the big DJJD weekend, but there is a lot going on THIS weekend, so take it in.

Rice County Steam & Gas Engines, Inc., located at Hwy. 3 South in Dundas, is having their Annual Labor Day Event Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

Activities include a tractor pull and parade, flea market, music and exhibits. For more information visit www.ricecountysteamandgas.com

Also this weekend in Dundas is Dundas Detour Days. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for all the events. The Tavern has two great bands in town, Ian Alexy on Friday night and Bear on Saturday night.

Pick up your September Guide at fine places all over town, or download it here by clicking on the guide above and plan out your month!  Lora Steil works for By All Means Graphics, which publishes the Entertainment Guide.


The Three Big Questions

Vintage Band Music FestivalHere are the three recurring questions people are asking me, following the Vintage Band Music Festival:

1.“How do you think it went?” People are extremely positive in their responses to me, but they also want to know my opinion. In spite of hot weather, the festival was a success beyond my hopes. I measure it not only by the audience response, but also by the satisfaction of the visiting musicians. They were enchanted by Northfield and charmed by its citizens.  They all want to come back. Our audiences came from surprisingly long distances just to be here. My original wish was to see if Northfield could put on a major cultural festival--and the result has been thoroughly satisfying.

2.“How did the money part work out?” The budget for the entire festival will be about  $37,000. More than 2/3 of this went to transportation, housing, and food for the bands. The rest was advertising, publishing, and administration. At present we are within a couple thousand of meeting our budget, but just slightly short. These funds have all been donations and local grants! Those of you Festival enthusiasts who haven’t yet sent in a contribution can now make the difference. Checks should be made out to “Vintage Band Festival:” and sent to the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St., Northfield, MN, 55057.  All committee members, including me, have been unpaid volunteers. "Oh yes, I was going to do that.” So, do it!  I trust that it will come out just fine.


Timelapse of stormy day

I've posted a timelapse movie of Thursday's storm day from my webcam, which is pointed at St. Olaf ave.: http://chronopsis.com/hailstorm/webcam_hail.html The storm seems pretty short in this format, at least compared to watching the holes appear on my car up on campus.

Editors note: To view the movie, you'll need Apple's QuickTime installed on your computer.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFHmmm. . . What to do this weekend, what to do?

Well. obviously you have to go to Lowbrow High Octane art show presented by ArtOrg. The Northfield Entertainment Guide's own Nick Sinclair is showing his Hot Rod Art beginning Friday, August 25 through September 10. The opening night reception from 6-10 p.m. tonight, includes a cruise hosted by MNhotrods.com. For more information on the cruise and the show visit sinclairhotrods.com.

As always there is good music as well, on Friday night see Jellystone Yogi at the Contented Cow or Bridgewater Ramblers at the Tavern.

Saturday night Relativity plays the Tavern. It is the calm before the storm and I can tell that local entertainment is taking a break before September, DJJD and the return to school by many students will bring a heightened level of activity back to Northfield.

Watch for the next Northfield Entertainment Guide due out on Thursday, August 31, which will have all of September's activities included. You can pick up the Northfield Entertainment Guide at fine establishments throughout town, outside the Guide headquarters at 18 Bridge Square (during business hours), or download by clicking on the guide above.


Hot rods as art? Head to ArtOrg and see

Most of the news about our cars this week has been bad, but if you want a break head to  Lowbrow-High Octane, a decidedly different art exhibit by local artist Nick Sinclair.

The show opens with a reception from 6-10 p.m. tonight and runs through September 10 at ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery on Division Street. There's even a cruise by MNHotrods.com. Nick's exuberant and colorful tributes to automobiles reminds us  why they are so much more than just transportation.

Nick and ArtOrg would like to thank the sponsors of "Lowbrow-High Octane": Hering Kustoms, The Art Store, Witt Brothers, NAPA-Northfield, Storm Chaser Street Machines, The Northfield Entertainment Guide, and Tiny's Hot Dogs.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Eight Drawing:  Hogan Brothers

We are proud to announce that our eighth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Hogan Brothers.  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 27, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 28.

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.


More photos added to ArtSwirl gallery

ArtSwirl may be over, but we're still getting new pictures added to our gallery of photos from all the events in the successful festival earlier this month.

The newest entries are from the Mayors' bike tour, headed up by Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing and Dundas Mayor Glenn Switzer. Together they led a tour of about seven miles, beginning at Central Park and travelling thoughout Northfield and Dundas. The trip highlighted public art in both cities as well as time to hear plans for the development of public art along the Mill Towns Trail bike path.

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos during this community event -- and to all of you who contribute photos and stories to help make this a true online community. To learn more, just check out the easy instructions for contributing stories and photos.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWhat's going on this weekend?

Lots of good music and a book signing!

Thursday night Norwegian Cowboy visits the Tavern, or dance to Hip-Hop at the Rueb-N-Stein.

Friday, Northfield native and Carleton grad Lincoln Child will discuss his latest book, "The Book of the Dead," and sign copies. Child and his writing partner, Douglas Preston are co-authors of numerous best-selling mystery/thrillers. "The Book of the Dead" presents the ultimate showdown between good and evil ­ set against the backdrop of an ancient Egyptian curse. The event starts at 7 p.m. at RiverCity Books.

Also Friday night, listen to Twosome at Hogan Brothers, Hamlin/Pernecky Jazz Duo at the Contented Cow, Joe Meyer at the Tavern and Harmonic Voodoo at Dawn's Corner Bar. Saturday night stop by the Contented Cow and help Bonnie and the Clydes celebrate their 10th anniversary. Other music on Saturday includes Michael Gruber at the Tavern and another visit by Harmonic Voodoo at Dawn's Corner Bar.


Voting ends for 'America's Got Talent'

Hometown boy Jon Wee and his partner Owen Morse performed well Wednesday in the finals of NBC’s summer competition, “America’s Got Talent.”

Wee (left) and Morse, performing as The Passing Zone, included judge David Hasselhoff in their routine, which features a unique blend of juggling and comedy. Theirs was one of 10 acts ranging from violin-playing Celtic dancers to a child hopeful who mixes a healthy dose of yodeling into familiar country songs.

Voting ended last night. Now all that's left is the waiting. You can see the results in the season finale at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC.

If you saw last night's show, tell us what you thought below. If you know Jon Wee, add a good luck message if you wish.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Seven Drawing:  James Gang Hideaway

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the James Gang Hideaway.  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 20, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 21.

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.


There's still time for summer photo fun

Sure. It's summer and you've been meaning to upload all those photos but you just haven't had time. We understand completely. Been there ourselves.

That's why we're going to extend our Beat the Heat photo contest a few more days. Now you have no excuses. Dig out your summer photos, or take a few, and send them to us by midnight Friday.  

The grand prize will be $25 worth of ice cream and lemonade for you and your friends—as long as you agree to send photos of the party. It's not a fortune, but on the other hand, you can have some fund with your friends and not get into too much trouble.

You can shoot people relaxing, beach scenes, kids eating drippy ice cream cones, nature scenes...we're pretty flexible around here. (As we've mentioned before swimsuit shots are allowed, but keep the topless photos for your personal albums.)

Anyone can enter, and you can send as many photos as you want. It's easy to enter:

1. Take photos.

2. Create an e-mail, attach photo.

3. Describe the photo, add your name.

4. Send to pictures@northfield.org.

That's it.

Deadline is midnight Friday, August 18. You can see all the current entries by clicking on the photo above.


Writers speak out at ArtSwirl event

Dozens of writers and fans of writing showed up Wednesday for a tasty buffet of works at the Northfield Arts Guild presentation of “Time, Summertime, No Time: Readings of Original Work” Wednesday at the NAG studio.

The line-up included: D.E. Green, Brendon Etter, Kevin Krein, Mary Steil, Bill Metz, Robert Rokke, Doug Mead, Stephanie Vasko, Raven Bradt and Olivia Frey. The event was part of the ArtSwirl festival, which runs through August 13. Just click the link for a schedule of events.

Sheryl Joy of the Arts Guild has sent along photos, which we have added to a whole gallery of pictures from ArtSwirl. You can click on the photo to see a larger version and browse the entire gallery.


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