NORTHFIELD, MN – With a major winter storm predicted to dump as much as a foot of snow across the southern Minnesota Friday, officials at the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce issued an urgent bulletin Thursday morning, recommending the romantic comedy Love Always Santa to anyone confined to their homes by the inclement weather.
“Given widespread whiteout conditions on roadways across the region, we are urging citizens to stay inside and wait out this storm curled up on the couch watching the charming and endearing tale of how a simple letter to Santa changed the lives of three people,” said Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President, Todd Bornhauser. “Since snowy conditions are likely to persist throughout the evening, citizens should not hesitate to watch this wonderful movie, which was filmed almost entirely in Northfield, a second time, especially the heartwarming climactic scene when Jake rides through the snow covered fields to get to the wishing well where he finds Celia and Lily, and they ride off happily-ever-after!”
Bornhauser added that he and director of tourism, Lisa Peterson had already begun emergency talks with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries to begin delivering a much-needed movie marathon to those in the hardest-hit areas.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah Friends! Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss when you are in town celebrating with your families!
Temperatures will be in the 30’s and 40’s all weekend! It’s a perfect time to get out and build a snowman, go snowshoeing, fat biking or cross-country skiing! Go for a walk! Northfield has many trails that can be used all year long! Afterwards, go in, make some hot chocolate and enjoy the holidays!
They are open on Friday from 5am to 7pm and have reduced hours on Saturday, 7am to 4pm and they will be closed on Sunday.
Jason Paulson | Friday, December 23, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
Jason Paulson is not your average country artist. He trades the glitz and gloss of contemporary country radio for an honest storytelling. You may know him from his regionally popular band Grayson.
Bloody Mary Bar & Bar Bingo | Saturday, December 24, 11 & 3 | Northfield VFW
The options for making Bloody Marys are nearly endless. This beloved brunch tradition is more than a drink — for many it’s a remedy, a ritual, an entire meal. Start your holidays, and morning off with a Bloody Mary created for you, by you and stick around for Bingo!
Bonnie & the Clydes | November 11, 7pm – 10pm | The Contented Cow
Take a step back and resurrect songs of love, peace and flower power from the late ‘60s and early ’70s. The Bonnie is Bonnie Jean Flom. The Clydes are Bill McGrath and Scott McMillan. More at bonnieandtheclydes.com.
Doug Collins | November 11, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Called “one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades” by southernminn.com, Doug Collins is renowned for his music both acoustically and with his band, The Receptionists. His original song, Davenport Iowa, was voted “Best of the Year” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and his recent album, “Complicated Compliments,” can be heard on KYMN Radio and 89.3 The Current.
Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | November 10-12, 18-19 7:30pm, Nov. 13, 19 2pm | Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, this antic mash-up features haves and have-nots, first loves and long bonds, fairies and asses, all acting on their intense passions for each other. The production will spring from the nature of dreaming itself – the intimate, swirling and intense worlds our dreams present to us during our nightly journeys to the surreal. Explore the hilarious, painful and ultimately joyful enlightenments that our dreams can bring about. Look for an antic good time as the characters seek to follow their weaving courses of true love that, as this great play tells us, never did run smooth. This production will be performed in Kelsey Theater with reserved seating. Tickets: $10 reserved seating, available at 507/786-8987 and 1 hour prior to a performance. Tickets go on sale October 31st.
DJ at the Rueb | November 12 | 9:00pm
Dance the night away to popular music upstairs at J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein!
Todd Thompson Band |Sun, November 13, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow
Todd Thompson Band
An acoustic five-piece Americana band playing blues, bluegrass, cajun, pop and country western. From originals to Morrison, Scruggs to Marley, Merle to Elvis, TTB plays a wide variety. Hot banjo, soulful vocals, tasty guitar, romantic bowed bass, funky mandolin and bluesy harmonica make up a unique, toe-tapping sound. You will marvel at the instrumentalism, sing along and be amused with the band’s originality and light-heartedness.
The 2016 Northfield Gypsy Jazz Jam Series celebrates the conclusion of its fourth season with a grand finale concert featuring two of the world’s quintessential masters of the genre. Award-winning violin legend Tim Kliphuis (Holland) presents a night of exciting gypsy jazz repertoire with Minnesota’s top “hot club” style guitarist Sam Miltich. These two current-day jazz greats bring back the Parisian 1930s, alternating moments of dazzling interplay with melancholy and sheer exhilaration, as recorded on their new “Duets” album. Tickets: $20, available at hotspotmusic.org/jam-series.
With a vocal range vast as the open prairie, Andriana Lehr’s melodies combine the soaring range of Joni Mitchell with the depth and grounded roots of Aimee Mann and Brandi Carlile. Her song styles range from folk, Americana and alt-country to pop-ballads, with notes of jazz and blues influence. With early influences by the likes of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Wilco, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Lehr’s songwriting speaks straight to the soul, either through the heart, or through heady, existential lyrics that portray the struggles of 21st century existence. Lehr’s upcoming release, “Artifacts,” exemplifies the confusion and growth that comes through self-exploration and the search for meaning and finding one’s place in this world. It is due out in 2016. Stay tuned.
Chris Koza is a songwriter/musician living and working in Minneapolis where the climate, the mighty Mississippi River and the balance of large city and rural communities offer continued inspiration. He is a 2001 St. Olaf graduate and 2005 Minnesota Music Award Best New Act winner. “He’s got a voice that’s reminiscent of a young Paul Simon and his music comfortably rides the line between pop and folk, boasting immediately memorable music matched against image-rich lyrics.” – Joe Nickell, The Missoulian. Anna Marie Mitchell is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter who hails from Northfield but is already making a big splash in Nashville and beyond. Tickets: $25, available at northfieldartsguild.org or 507/645-8877.
Northfield Senior Center Two old time radio scripts performed before a live audience including Suspense: Sorry, Wrong Number and Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel: The Prizefighter. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children, includes dessert served after each show. Tickets available at 507/664-3700 or northfieldseniorcenter.org.
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Have you ever wanted to feel like you were in the middle of a Norman Rockwell painting? A cozy small town, perfectly dusted with snow, carolers walking the streets, roaring bonfires, and the spirit of Christmas is everywhere you turn? Look no further than Northfield’s Winter Walk. This year it takes place on the 10th of December from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Division street. If you haven’t gone before, I sure hope you go this year. It’s a wonderful tradition you can do with your family, it has something for everyone!
You’ll be welcomed by luminaries lighting the streets, with the scent of bon fire in the air. The shops and galleries have great discounts during the celebration, reindeer and horse sleigh rides go up and down Division Street, there’s also a fun one-on-one with Santa at First National Bank for the children. The one thing that is a must, even if the long line might steer you away is Quality Bakery for their freshly baked goods. They will fill your stomach with made-from-scratch rosettes, sugar cookies, monster donuts, and fresh lefse. Sweet, sweet and uber Minnesotan lefse. If you aren’t filled to the brim with sugary snacks, you can sip on homemade cocoa or apple cider. Let this small town make you feel like you’re on the set of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Too bad you can’t use black and white filters in real life, eh?