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Orchestra highlights Books & Stars finale

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra brought sweet music to Central Park, providing a rousing finale to the Books & Stars summer season.

Librarian Kathy Ness has sent us photos of the event, which you can see by viewing our archives for Wednesday, August 9th. You also can see a gallery of more than 100 photos from the entire season.


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.


Hey, rock'n'rollers, I'm back!

Jon MannersHey, all you rock'n'rollers, it's me, Jon Manners.

I'm going to play a gig at The Tavern Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 12. The last one was so much fun I booked another. If the weather's good I'll be setting up out on the deck, overlooking the Cannon River. (Well, there is the parking lot, but if you don't look down, and kind of cast your eyes over....)

You know, it always surprises me that so many Northfielders are unaware of The Tavern Lounge. The response is, "What? They have music? Where do you set up?" They're thinking I'm playing at the restaurant! Nope, there's a Tavern Lounge. What you do: Go into the hotel, using the main entrance. Cut kitty-corner across the lobby and go down the hallway. Last door on the right is the Tavern Lounge!


Next up in ArtSwirl: Writers' Night

Submitted by Patsy Dew 

The Northfield Arts Guild presents “Time, Summertime, No Time: Readings of Original Work” tonight, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Arts Guild Art Studio.

The event is part of the ArtSwirl festival, which runs through August 13.

The line-up includes:

D.E. Green, “What if One Said,” “The Lost Book of Hours.”

Brendon Etter, “Telling a Joke.”

Kevin Krein, “Not That You'll Ever Know.”

Mary Steil, “Boys Coming Home.”

Bill Metz, “Clarence.”

Robert Rokke, “Rooster's Crow,” “Wandering Walleye.”

Doug Mead, “Running Out of Time.”

Stephanie Vasko, “Paying Tribute to Saintes Maries de la Mer.”

Raven Bradt, “The Echo of My Birth,” “Time is Suffering,” “Before Time Became Their Skin.”

Olivia Frey, “Black Back-ups.”


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.


'Tartuffe' is a hit; more shows this weekend

Megan Proft of the Northfield Arts Guild has added some photos from last weekend's performance of "Tartuffe" to our growing gallery of photos for this year's ArtSwirl Festival

You can click here to see all the photos from the Theater-in-the-Park production and the rest of the ArtSwirl gallery. An ancient play with a controversial history, "Tartuffe"  is Moliere’s biting comedy centering on questions of hypocrisy, belief, and the power of religious pretense. Click here to read more...


ArtSwirl: Japanese Garden tour and Arts Guild member show

I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to any of the Young People's Theater performances this year, but I did manage to take in a couple of swell ArtSwirl events yesterday, and I added a batch of photos to the ArtSwirl 2006 gallery.

At lunchtime I snuck over to Carleton College's Japanese garden ("The Garden of Quiet Listening") for a tour led by Margit and Eric Johnson, who work as volunteers in the garden every Thursday morning throughout the growing season. It was my first visit to this amazing space in the four years I've been living in town, but certainly not my last.

And last night I hit the opening reception for the annual Members Exhibition at the Northfield Arts Guild downtown gallery. It was a great show, with a lot of new artists showing their works.


'Tartuffe' opens Friday as ArtSwirl spins through Northfield

The cast of "Tartuffe" is in costume and just about ready for their first public performance on Friday night. Cast members were busy rehearsing in Central Park Wednesday night when Sheryl Joy of the Northfield Arts Guild snapped some photos of their work. To see the photos taken, visit our photo collection.

Sheryl sent us this info about the play: 

"Tartuffe" is this year’s Theater-in-the-Park production by the Arts Guild. An ancient play with a controversial history, "Tartuffe" will be a lively theatrical centerpiece for this year’s ArtSwirl Festival. Tartuffe, the play’s namesake character, is a devout man for whom religion is central to life . . . or is he? Moliere’s wickedly funny script explores questions of hypocrisy, belief, and the power of religious pretense.

Click here to read more...


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFArtSwirl is in full gear this weekend, plan your schedule by choosing from a number of events. Tonight at 5:30 youth ages 8-18 will present their original plays at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.

At 7:30 go to St. Peter's Lutheran Church for the Bridge Chamber Music Festival concert featuring young Minnesota musicians performing solo and chamber works. Also on the schedule tonight is Hip–Hop at Rueb 'N' Stein and Mark Mraz (the piano man) at the Tavern.

Friday, start your ArtSwirl day by taking in the Japanese Garden on the Carleton Campus. The tour starts at noon. This garden was selected by the Journal of Japanese Gardening as one of the top ten Japanese Gardens in the United States. At 5:30 p.m., there is another Young People's Theater Performance at the Northfield Arts Guild, at 7 p.m.

"Tartuffe" premieres Friday on the Central Park Stage. Or if you want, attend the NAG Annual Members Show opening at the NAG gallery from 7-9 p.m. instead, and see "Tartuffe" on Saturday or Sunday at 7 p.m. Get tickets in advance for "Tartuffe" at 645-8877, or online at www.northfieldartsguild.org.

Click here to read about more activities this weekend...


Books & Stars at Bridgewater School Tonight

Join us at Bridgewater School Wednesday, Aug. 2, for a high energy, fast paced interactive show with Jason the Juggler, from Zumbrota, MN! (In case of rain, this show will move to the NHS Auditorium.)

This free, family oriented show starts at 7 p.m. Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 p.m. with 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!

Next Wednesay's event will feature the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra in the final Books & Stars of the summer.


"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.


NDDC Tuesday forum to focus on the arts

Submitted by Amy Gage 

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC) will present its monthly Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 1, with a review of strategic initiatives for how Northfield can become a more effective “arts town.”

The Downtown Forum is held at 8 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House, Third and Division streets. The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.


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!


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