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Experts Recommend the Film “Love Always Santa” For Those Snowed In

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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.

This Weekend In Northfield: December 23-25

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!

  1.  Get Outside!

    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!
  2.  Swim, play a pick-up game of basketball or volleyball, run around the track or dance it out at the Northfield YMCA! 

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bloody Mary Bar & Bar Bingo | Saturday, December 24, 11 & 3 | Northfield VFW
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  5. 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!
  6. Free Christmas Dinner | Sunday, December 25, 1pm | Hideaway Coffeehouse & Winebar15542447_1382890128401870_3442230695334908929_n
  7. Everyone is welcome for fun, fellowship and food.

This Weekend In Northfield: November 11-13

Here are the 5 events you won’t want to miss in Northfield this weekend!  Click HERE for our entire events calendar.

  1. Bonnie & the Clydes | November 11, 7pm – 10pm | The Contented Cow
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    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.
  2. Doug Collins | November 11, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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    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.

  3. Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | November 10-12, 18-19 7:30pm, Nov. 13, 19 2pm | Kelsey Theater, St. Olaf

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    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.
  4.  DJ at the Rueb | November 12 | 9:00pm
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    Dance the night away to popular music upstairs at J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein!
  5. Todd Thompson Band |Sun, November 13, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow
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    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.

This Weekend In Northfield – April 28-May 1

Happy Thursday Northfield! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Northfield this weekend, plus a few extras.

1.  Gypsy Jazz Jam Series 2016 Grand Finale Concert |Thu, April 28, 7:30pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater

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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.

 2.  The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair | April 26-30|Northfield Ice Arena, 1280 Bollenbacher Dr

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More than 10,000 books for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary walk/bike path. Apr. 26-30.

3. Andriana Lehr | Fri, April 29, 8pm | Tavern Lounge, Northfield

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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.

4. 411 Concert Series: Chris Koza with Opener Anna Marie Mitchell | Sat, April 30, 7:30pm |Northfield Arts Guild Theater

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photo credit: Northfield Arts Guild

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.

5. Radio Dramedy | Sun, May 1, 2pm  | Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy

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Northfield Arts Guild

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.

Need more ideas for a great Northfield weekend?  Here you go!

Thu Apr 28, 2016

All day Ambulatory Nirthfolde Information Dispensary Where: Perlman Teaching Museum
All day WALK! Crossings: Harriet Bart and Yu-Wen Wu Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery 
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
9am The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair Where: Northfield Ice Arena, 1280 Bollenbacher Dr
12pm Ashley Elizabeth Smith presents “Vestiges of an Indian Town” Where: Gould Library Athenaeum
7:30pm Gypsy Jazz Jam Series 2016 Grand Finale Concert Where: Northfield Arts Guild Theater 
8pm Nick Hensley Where: Tavern Lounge
8:15pm Concert: Percussion Ensemble Where: Christiansen Hall of Music 
9pm Cowraoke Where: The Contented Cow
9pm DJ and Karaoke Where: Froggy Bottoms

Fri Apr 29, 2016
All day Ambulatory Nirthfolde Information Dispensary Where: Perlman Teaching Museum
All day WALK! Crossings: Harriet Bart and Yu-Wen Wu Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery 
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
9am The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair Where: Northfield Ice Arena, 1280 Bollenbacher Dr
5pm Nate Penz Where: The Contented Cow
7:30pm Concert: Jazz I Where: Buntrock Commons
8pm Andriana Lehr Where: Tavern Lounge
9pm DJ Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein
9pm Mark Allen Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
9pm The Skally Line Where: The Contented Cow

Sat Apr 30, 2016
All day Ambulatory Nirthfolde Information Dispensary Where: Perlman Teaching Museum
All day WALK! Crossings: Harriet Bart and Yu-Wen Wu Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery 
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
8am The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair Where: Northfield Ice Arena, 1280 Bollenbacher Dr
10am Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Where: Content Bookstore, 314 Division St S
12pm Bill Lindeke: Lecture and Guided Walk Where: TBD, Carleton
12pm International Festival. Where: Great Hall 
3:30pm Concert: Norseman Band Where: Skoglund Center 
5pm Brian Peterson Where: The Contented Cow
7pm Air is Air Where: The Contented Cow
7:30pm 411 Concert Series: Chris Koza with Opener Anna Marie Mitchell Where: Northfield Arts Guild Theater
8pm Matthew Griswold Where: Tavern Lounge
9pm DJ Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein
9pm Maria & the Coins Where: The Contented Cow

May 1, 2016
All day Ambulatory Nirthfolde Information Dispensary Where: Perlman Teaching Museum
All day WALK! Crossings: Harriet Bart and Yu-Wen Wu Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery 
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
2pm Radio Dramedy Where: Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy
2pm Sunday Jazz Jam Where: Hot Spot Music Studio,
3:30pm Concert: The St. Olaf Choir and Magnum Chorum Where: Boe Memorial Chapel
4pm Jill Zimmerman Where: Contented Cow
7pm Concert: Jazz II and III Where: Buntrock Commons

Winter Walk Named Best Holiday Event!

Winter Walk - Northfield, MNSoMinn’s SCENE magazine recently named Winter Walk the Best Holiday Event for 2015!

Below is the article from the Northfield News
By Karlee Kanz

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?