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Celebrate the 4th with

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 Just grab a camera and e-mail your photos to 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 readers updated regularly on what's going on around town.

Musicians Needed for West Side Story

Editor's Note: We received this note from Mary Steil, a trumpeter with the Faribault Area Community Theater's stage band.

Our stage band for the Faribault Area Community Theater production of "West Side Story" needs some help. 

We need a french horn player and a trombonist to complete our ensemble. We've been unable so far to find anyone to fill these positions.

Since the production opens July 22, we're all getting a little anxious (pull-your-hair-out kind of anxious) and we would really appreciate any interested musicians calling our conductor, Scot Gardner, in Faribault at 507-332-2356 or me, Mary Steil, 646-4519 (days), 331-9573 (Faribault, evenings).

What a Weekend!

Click to view PDFEditor's note: The current issue of the NEG runs through Friday. We will add the new issue July 1. We also want to join in congratulating Rob Schanilec and his crew on the first anniversary of the Northfield Entertainment Guide.

Big weekend! Loooooooong weekend???

It sure is in Northfield, because the events just keep happening. Read about them all inside...

Community Band plays Thursday

Northfield Community BandIf you just can't wait for the holiday weekend to begin you can head downtown Thursday night. The Northfield Community Band, under the direction of Claire Larson, kicks off its weekly concert at 7:30 pm Thursday in Bridge Square.

Claire and her band of volunteers, who range in age from 14 on up, will be playing another program that will bring back the feel of an old-time summer evening in Northfield.

People who come are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concerts are free, and the folks from the Senior Center will be selling popcorn, so you can munch in time to the music.

Gaelic Tribe plays Wednesday at Oddfellows Park

Gaelic TribeThis Wednesday's Books and Stars features the music of Gaelic Tribe, playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales at Oddfellow's Park. This free, family-friendly show starts at 7 pm. Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6 pm with library materials for all ages. The rain location is the Middle School auditorium.

Why not bring your camera to the show? We'll add your pix to the Books & Stars gallery, now at 45 photos and growing!

Check out the Books & Stars schedule for the full list of upcoming concerts, locations and sponsors.

The Prairie Creek Group

IMG_2345w1000.jpgThe Prairie Creek Group performed at the Cow last night -- their "Celebrate the Summer" gig. The 5 member band of local musicians (parents of students at Prairie Creek Community School) plays "an eclectic mix of styles, from country to rock." Members: Alisa Leonard, lead vocals and keys; Tom Leonard, drums; Peter Diggins, guitar and vocals; Bo Aylin guitar and vocals; Joel Cooper, bass and backup vocals. Click the photo to enlarge and click the images below for two videoclips (40 seconds and 2 minutes).


Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIt's a great weekend coming up! Get out, enjoy!

Friday brings the opening of Cinderella at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. This off-the-wall version of a standard classic promises to sell out fast. For more details, scroll down to our story on the event.

Both the Knights and the Dukes are playing baseball at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while music offerings include Spruce Top Review at The Contented Cow and Michael Anderson at The Tavern.

Saturday you can take a tour of four area gardens as well as the Sommers Gallery. Get inspired! Tickets are available at Hodge Podge Que, Lansing's and at the tour sites. For information call Jerry Nord at 645-0760 or 645-6191. That evening relax at the Contented Cow with Marty Anderson, or at the Tavern with Bear.

Spanish teachers go wild videos

A group of Spanish teachers in town for a seminar at Carleton were at the Contented Cow last night, whipped into a frenzy by Jellystone Yogi (Joel Cooper on bass, George Marich on drums, Peter Diggins on guitar). You can click the photo to enlarge, and click the icons below to play the three short (10 - 30 seconds) videoclips. La Bamba!

Cooper and Diggins perform again tonight at the Cow, part of the Prairie Creek Group.

Justin Roberts rocks Books & Stars

The longest day of the year made for another beautiful Books & Stars event as Justin Roberts entertained a huge crowd of kids of all ages in Bridge Square. Hundreds of happy people gathered downtown to dance, sing and do crazy hand motions along with the midwestern kid-rock superstar.

Nine images from this evening's concert have been added to the Books & Stars photo gallery. If you've got your own pictures from this or other Books & Stars events, please send them our way! (Update: the photo gallery has TRIPLED in size since this post went up. Thanks to all the shutterbugs around town!)

The next Books & Stars will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in Odd Fellows Park with Gaelic Tribe. You can find the full summer schedule here.

Community Band heads back to Bridge Square

Northfield Community BandIf you like the idea of listening to music under the summer sky, you can head downtown Thursday night. The Northfield Community Band, under the direction of Claire Larson, is offering a series of concerts at 7:30 pm every Thursday in Bridge Square.

This photo, taken at last week's concert, features Claire and her band of volunteers, who range in age from 14 on up. What you can't see from this angle are all the people who filled the square to enjoy the fun. 

People who come are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concerts are free, and the folks from the Senior Center will be selling popcorn, so you can munch in time to the music.

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.

NAG's 'Cinderella' opens Friday

By Melinda Emanuel

Hi, I'm Melinda Emanuel, and I'm playing Cinderella's father in the Northfield Arts Guild's production of Cinderella. Yes, I did say "father."

That's just one of the things about this version of Cinderella that's "different."

It's pantomime: "A traditional British Christmas entertainment for children, usually based on nursery tales and featuring stock characters in costume who sing, dance, and perform skits." Of course, it's not Christmas, and this isn't just for kids, but we do sing and dance and there are some skit elements to it.

There are some other traditions from pantomime we've incorporated in the show, most noticably cross-gender casting. Men playing women, women playing men. As Bill Murray said in Ghostbusters "Dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria." Well maybe not cats, but there is a "dog", and a "duck" and a "cow" who dances. With disco music. It's really something you have to see to believe.

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.

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