Arts and Entertainment

It's an Arty world and we just live in it.

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!

Meet the man behind the camera

When you see this man, smile.

Meet Carl Behr, one of the people who has been sending us photos from the Vintage Band Festival. Miriam Mueller has joined in as well, and we're waiting for someone to send in a photo of her. Our thanks to them and to everyone who sends stories and photos to We are a volunteer site, a community bulletin board, and we depend on all of you to share what's going on in your lives to create a broad picture of life in this wonderful community.

And there's a lot going on. 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.

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! 

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFThe big weekend is finally here. So many Vintage Bands, so little time, how to plan your schedule? Go to the festival site and grab a program. And there will be many visitors to town, so put on a smile, point them in the right direction and tell them to come back again in September (for the Defeat of Jesse James Days, of course).

Friday and Saturday are the last regular season games for the Dundas Dukes and Northfield Knights, they take on my home-town baseball team, the Cold Spring Springers.  The Knights play the Springers on Friday night at 7:30 at Sechler Field; the Dukes play the Springers at 2:00 on Sunday at Memorial Field.

Stay cool, and see you at the concerts.

You can see all the details in the Northfield Entertainment Guide. Just click on the link to download a copy or pick up the handy paper version at many businesses around town.

Alphorn Trio kicks off Vintage Band Festival

Joan and Carl Behr sent us photos of the Rocky Mountain Swiss Alphorn Trio, a colorful group of musicians who performed during Thursday's Crazy Daze in Northfield. The music also kicked off the much anticipated Vintage Band Festival. 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 more images from today's performance.

Books & Stars photo gallery keeps growing

Librarian Kathy Ness tells us the Books & Stars program had another hit Wednesday, with an exciting performance by Dennis Warner (at left) at Way Park. You can see pictures from the performance and from earlier shows in the Books &' Stars photo gallery.

There are just two more events on the schedule. Both nights, Booker the Bus will open at 6 p.m. and performances will start at 7 p.m.

Aug. 2, Jason the Juggler at Bridgewater School. High energy, fast paced interactive show, and he’s from Zumbrota!
Aug. 9, Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra at Central Park.

Books & Stars is sponsored by the Northfield Public Library and Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. This 8th year of fun made possible with support from: Friends of the Northfield Public Library, Wells Fargo Bank Northfield, Northfield Hospital, Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, Quarterback Club, Northfield Orthodontics, Cocoa Bean, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Grace Whittier Fund Grant, and Northfield SERTOMA.

Vintage Band Festival starts Thursday

Editor's note: The story below about baseball in 1906 is being reprinted with permission from the Official Vintage Band Festival Program. The program is filled with everything you need to know about this week's festival including band biographies, a full schedule of events and a premiere glimpse of Jim Bonhoff's 2005 rendition of the 1888 bird's-eye view of downtown Northfield. The program is a special edition of the Northfield Entertainment Guide, a production of By All Means Graphics in downtown Northfield. It's free and available at coffeeshops, hotels, restaurants and the like. You can go to the festival site and download a copy by clicking on the program cover. And for a taste of turn-of-the-century baseball, be sure to catch the Festival’s Vintage Base Ball Game Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at St. Olaf’s Main Green (see page 22 of the program).


"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.

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)...

100 Plays in 100 Days

Those of you in the habit of browsing our blogosphere may have already discovered the amazing “A Play A Day” blog, the creation of Brendon Etter (pictured here enjoying last week's Taste of Northfield event downtown). As of this weekend, the blog hit a milestone of 100 plays in 100 days.

By day Brendon is the textbook manager for the Carleton College bookstore, by night he's an actor, having appeared in many Northfield Arts Guild theater productions, and a playwright. Just prior to launching his Play A Day efforts, Brendon organized the Very Short Play Festival, which took place on a very snowy Thursday night in March yet still managed to pack a sizable audience into the Grand Event Center. He's making plans for next year's 2nd annual festival, but says that he's planning to move it to April to (hopefully) mitigate the chances of a snowstorm.

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.

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.

Art exhibit features vintage instruments

Editor's note: Carl and Joan Behr graciously sent along photos from a reception Friday evening for the exhibit. We have added them to the photo gallery, which you can see by clicking on the photo at left.

It was a busy day Friday in the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery today as about 10 volunteers worked hard to install an extensive collection of vintage instruments from the Schubert Club's Kugler Collection in time for the exhibit opening.

This varied collection of brass and wind instruments is visiting Northfield for only a week, to kick off the Vintage Band Festival, which opens July 27. The world-wide music history conference also will include 40 concerts throughout Northfield and lots of community involvement.

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