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Books & Stars features Northfield's own String Fever

String FeverWe hope you'll join the toe-tapping good time TONIGHT with Northfield's String Fever Bluegrass Band at Books & Stars! We'll be in a new location, on the lawn of Emmaus Church (along Lincoln Parkway). Booker the book bus opens at 6 with library materials for all ages. The show starts at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and be ready for a great evening of music and fun... and it's all FREE!

Cocoa Bean will be on hand to cool you off with their Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

The show always goes on! In case of inclement weather we'll move to the Northfield High School Auditorium (use the Raider Drive entrance off Greenvale Parkway).



"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 Northfield.org 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.


Faribault players stage "West Side Story"

A couple of weeks ago we brought you a request from the Faribault Area Community Theatre to help them find musicians for an upcoming performance. We’re happy to report that they are up to full strength and ready to lift the curtain.

The Faribault players are presenting “West Side Story,” directed by Paul H. Johnson, at the Michael J. Hanson Performing Arts Center. Performances will be July 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 23. The July 27 performance will offer American Sign Language interpretation.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children under 15. Tickets are available Tuesday through Thursday at the Faribault Art Center, 210 Central Ave. Tickets also will be available at the door one hour before each performance. For ticket information, call 507-334-8917.



Books & Stars lights up the summer

The Books & Stars program has been a huge hit this summer, as you can see in the photo at left and a new batch of photos sent by Northfield Public Library children's librarian Kathy Ness. The eight newest photos in the Books &' Stars photo gallery are of Wednesday evening's event, which featured Nancy, Eddie & Friends at Central Park.

The fun continues next Wednesday, July 19, with Northfield's own bluegrass band String Fever performing on the lawn of Emmaus Church.

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! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

Read the rest of this entry to view the schedule for the rest of the summer.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Two Drawing:  The Rueb 'N' Stein

We are proud to announce that our 2nd "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to The Rueb 'N' Stein.  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 July 16th with the winner being announced on Monday July 17th.

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.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.  The following is a summary of past winners.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIt’s going to be a hot weekend, so in between outdoor activities, plan to stop by the two (air conditioned) exhibits opening this weekend.

At ArtOrg's Moving Walls Gallery, the video installation of “Why are you here? And where is your accent?: The Moderate Immigration Story” by Mel Racho will open. This exhibit, curated by Lisa Otte, utilizes video and custom electronics to create a “conversation” about this middle-class family's experience of immigration. The opening reception is Friday, July 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Also opening this weekend is Surfaces at the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery. This exhibit features the prints of Christine Herman of Stillwater and Karl Nelson of Northfield. Both artists are strongly influenced by the natural world. This aspect of their work will be complimented this weekend by floral arrangements from the Northfield Garden Club.


Video Installation opens July 14 at ArtOrg

Click to enlarge“Why Are You Here? (And Where Is Your Accent?): The Moderate Immigration Story”
A video installation by Mel Racho, curated by Lisa Otte.
ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. Show runs through July 23.

Between the sensational accounts of sneaking groups of illegal immigrants across the border and the relative ease with which people of wealth can enter the U.S. lies another story – the “moderate” immigration story. This more temperate immigration account is told in “Why are you here? (And where is your accent?),” a new video installation by artist Mel Racho.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIt seems folks are winding down from a full docket of 4th of July entertainment – Northfield style - but the weather is still outstanding, so get out and enjoy it!

Tonight, the Knights are playing in Sechler Field and Just Us (which, incidentally, includes Jeff Meidinger of Cannon Valley Printing, who is instrumental in printing the Northfield Entertainment Guide) is at the Tavern.

You can catch Tim Jackson and Nathan Schneider Saturday night at the Cow and John Manners at the Tavern. Monday it’s back to the Cow for Nordic Jam.

All the details on these and the final dates of the Northfield Arts Guild’s hilarious “Cinderella,” which plays all weekend and closes Sunday, can be found in the Northfield Entertainment Guide.


Ibsen auditions slated Saturday

It's not "American Idol," but if you've ever thought of competing for something a smidgen more complex, check out the Northfield Arts Guild website announcement of auditions for the fall production of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.”

Here's the lowdown:

The play, which has been performed all over the world in many different languages, has several fun and challenging roles for adults ages 18 and older. Performances will be Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. The director of this production will be Susan Carlson. Auditions will be held Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.- noon at the theater; and Monday, July 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

Actors should phone 645-8877 to reserve an audition time. For the audition, prepare a short (memorized) dramatic or comic speech, and expect to read from the script as well.

Copies of the play translation are available at the Northfield Arts Guild office, 304 Division Street.



Jon Manners at the Tavern Saturday

Jon MannersYou haven’t seen me play a gig in these parts since last September mainly because it's been winter and I didn't want to haul my gear through the ice and snow. Who knows when the next chance will be, there’s always bound to be some excuse ( mosquitoes?) so don’t miss my Saturday, July 8th date at The Tavern Lounge!

Playing guitar since 1957, (my god! he must be old!), I’ve been in bands too numerous to list. It’s been a  l-o-n-g musical journey; most notable is my association with Andrew Loog Oldham, one-time producer for The Rolling Stones. While an exciting ride, it was an association that in the end did not pan out. I do still hear from O, though, every once in a while. (Isn’t e-mail great?) If you’d like some more details about where I’ve been and the trouble I’ve seen, check my website: http://www.jonmanners.com and click on “history”.

My songs are populated by wild, colorful and amusing characters cast into situations, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and quite often both. Influenced lyrically by crime-fiction novelist, Carl Hiaasen, I’ve written a couple novels of my own. Still, my true love has always been music. On my cd “Frankie Said” I play all instruments; guitar, tenor and alto sax, mandolin and bass. Even percussion. BTW, there’s a tune on said cd written by local treasure Glenn Bourdot that you’ll want to check out...


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new Northfield.org membership campaign a few days ago, we promised you we wouldn't be offering coffee mugs or tote bags as premiums.  We have something, much, much more fun. We're calling it "Dinner On Us." 

Become a member of Northfield.org and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months Northfield.org will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  This week's restaurant is The Ole Store.  The deadline for this first week is midnight on July 9th with the winner being announced on Monday July 10th.

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.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.



4th Events start Monday in Bridge Square

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Rob Schanilec of the Entertainment Guide has just let us know that there has been a great addition to the 4th of July celebration. And the fun starts at 5 p.m. today, Monday, in Bridge Square.

The String Fever Bluegrass Band, the new addition to the line-up will perform at
3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The band joins the scheduled performances by Willie Gregory-Bjorkland--Sonicate, Siobhan Meehl, Northfield High School classic jazz artists and Down Lo. Down Lo's performance is sponsored by Grundy's Reub'n'Stein.

The String Fever Bluegrass Band, the new addition to the schedule, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bridge Square. The band's performance is part of the schedule of events sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society (NHS). There will be music, food, a kiddy carnival, children's bike parade, Vintage Baseball Game, bike races, and...oh yeah, FIREWORKS!

Just click on the poster at left to see the entire updated schedule. Another addition to the original list of events is a Vintage Baseball game, which will be played at 1 p.m. at the foot of Old Main. I hope everyone can come on down and enjoy some good old family fun! For any updates vist www.northfieldhistory.org.

NHS is committed to this year's event, even though donations have fallen short of the costs. If you would like to make a donation of any size, please call 645-9268.


Celebrate the 4th with Northfield.org

The 4th of July is almost here, with all the picnics, parades and  pyrotechnics we've come to love. We want to create a hometown photo album of the holiday, but we can't be everywhere. So be part of the city's history and help us make a record of this year's fun.

We've made it easy to share your photos with us -- and everyone here at Northfield.org. Just grab a camera and e-mail your photos to pictures@northfield.org. Be sure to include a description of what's happening and who's in the photo. And of course, this is a family holiday, so save the crazy stuff for your personal files.

If you think your contributions won't matter, you can click here for pictures from the 2005 celebration and here for pictures from 2004. You can help us make the 2006 gallery even bigger and better. These don't have to be formal photos of big events. Send us kids eating ice cream, people in their best red, white and blue, a beautiful sunrise or a blooming garden.


Books & Stars photo gallery keeps growing!

Click for larger imageA happy crowd of tiny dancers and their lawn-lounging families converged upon Oddfellows Park Wednesday night to hear the music of Gaelic Tribe in the latest offering from the library's Books & Stars series.

Once again, we've added a batch of photos to the ongoing Books & Stars 2006 gallery and we welcome you to add your own.

There's no concert this week, due to the 4th of July holiday, but Books & Stars returns Wednesday, July 12, with Nancy, Eddie & Friends at Central Park.


Northfield Entertainment Guide: July, 2006

Click to view PDFThe new first anniversary issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

You can click the image to view it within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then view or print it from your computer.

The NEG is published by Rob Schanilec and Lora Steil at By All Means Graphics. We're partnering with them to keep N.org readers updated regularly on what's going on around town.


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