Events in February 2017

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

Love Always, Santa

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: Feb 17-19

Is it spring?  It feels like it with these mild temps!  Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!

    1.  Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.

    1. Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
      Ronald Rodmad director.

  1.  Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
    When murder calls…hang up! Deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in this gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? The exciting ending of this psychologically suspenseful story, which has thrilled audiences for decades, will leave you breathless at the edge of your seat.
  2. Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
    Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown.  Details at
  3. Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble | Sun 3pm | Concert Hall, Carleton College

    The Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble performs on traditional bowed strings, plucked strings, winds and percussion instruments.  Their repertoire includes Chinese classical, folk, percussion, minority and contemporary music.  A professional Guzheng Ensemble from Sichuan Conseravatory of Music in China will also perform at the concert.  Gao Hong, director.

Turn to Northfield for all your romantic endeavors

Whether you’re settling in for the stretch portion of your relationship or are still working off that initial spark, Northfield offers plenty to do for lovebirds in February.

Yes, the emphasis, of course, is Valentine’s Day, but don’t let that deter you from taking advantage of some great opportunities for date night (or nights, right?) all month long. Check out these happenings and lodging option deals in Northfield.


To do

The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar

On Valentine’s Day, this picturesque coffeehouse and wine bar will host wine specials, desserts for two and a free screening of “Love Always, Santa,” the romantic comedy filmed in Northfield and, in part, at The Hideaway. Afterward, stroll the same streets that Hollywood captured and stay the night at one of the local lodging options (see below).

Find more online at


Northfield Arts Guild

Sure, based on its title, the play Dial M for Murder probably doesn’t sound like the best date night option, but the well-known show is being produced locally by the Northfield Arts Guild, known for its depth of actors and production level.

Dates of the show are Feb. 17-26. Call 507-645-8877 or visit online at for tickets.


St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum

Located in the Dittman Center on the north end of campus, this gallery is free and open to the public. In it, explore a new exhibit starting Feb. 17 called Ordinal (SW/NE) by Rini Yun Keagy and Miljohn Ruperto. Ordinal considers “human life, the earth, and its objects through an investigation of the soil-dwelling pathogenic fungus, Coccidioides immitis, and its associated disease, valley fever, in California’s Central Valley.” Other visual arts displays are available for viewing all month, as well.

Flaten is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find more online at


To stay

Archer House River Inn
archer house

The historical Archer House River Inn, located on the Cannon River, is offering a romance package for couples looking to get away for a night. The package includes a chilled bottle of sparkling wine, two champagne flutes etched with the Archer House logo, gourmet chocolates, $5 coupons to A Bag Lady and Pater Petalum (located in the Archer House) and a $10 gift certificate for the Tavern Restaurant, also connected to the Archer House. You can have all that for only $50 on top of the cost of your room.

Call 800-247-2235 or visit online at


Contented Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Contented Cottage

Romance awaits you as this beautiful bed and breakfast nestled in a hill adjacent to St. Olaf College. This private property is offering a monthlong special in February in honor of Valentine’s Day. Book a two-night stay and receive a complimentary chilled bottle of champagne for two and $20 cash toward dinner in one of Northfield’s historic downtown restaurants.

Call 507-301-3787 or visit online at


The Magic Door Bed & Breakfast
Magic Door B&B

This stately, three-story Victorian bed and breakfast is just two blocks from downtown Northfield and is offering two romance packages for guests. For $60, guests can receive a bottle of chilled champagne or wine, a dozen roses and a selection of specialty chocolates. For $75, guests receive the aforementioned items, as well as soothing aromatherapy candles and bath salts to add to your whirlpool.

Call 507-581-0445 or visit online at


Northfield Inn

Located near Carleton College, the newly opened Northfield Inn bed and breakfast is offering various romantic packages to guests, including flowers, wine and chocolate, ranging in price from $75 to $125.

Call 507-664-1122 or visit online at


To eat

Champagene ToastYou won’t go hungry in Northfield! There are too many dining options to list, so visit the This is Northfield dining page at

This Weekend In Northfield: Feb. 3-5

It’s finally the weekend!  It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend!  Make sure you take some time to get outside and enjoy the sun!  Also check out these 5 events while you’re here!

  1. Winter Dance Party | Friday, Feb. 3, 7-11:30pm | The Contented Cow
    It was the winter of 1959, at the height of that new music called rock and roll. A Winter Dance Party was touring the upper Midwest, featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Dion and the Belmonts, and the Big Bopper. Just after playing the Surf Ballroom, 100 miles south of Northfield in Clear Lake, Iowa, all three died in a plane crash.
    The Winter Dance Party celebrates the sound and style of the legendary music makers of this era as interpreted by local musicians.
    And this year, the drawing for the Odell Brewing Co snowboard is the night of Winter Dance Party VII! 7pm!
  2. Jud Hailey | Friday, Feb. 3, 9:30pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
    A Lakeville-bred musician.  Most recently he formed a group The New Harmony, compsed of Nathan Ward, Stacy Lee and John Christianson.  Touring at great speed, Jud Hailey and The New Harmony are playing at every major college in the North Plains.
  3. Magician Greg Skillestad | Sat, February 4, 11am | Northfield Public Library (map)
    Greg the Great began practicing magic at the age of 10. He can levitate, cause members of the audience to float, cut his assistant in half and make animals appear, disappear, reappear and even transform. This family-friendly show features Greg’s blend of comedy and magic with lots of audience interaction. This performance is in celebration of “take your child to the library day.” Free.
  4. Lone Rock | Sat, February 4, 5pm – 7pm | J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein
    Recreating the old country song with slick licks, choice voices and a rockin’ rhythm section. Fronted by Barbara Piper on vocals/guitar, lead guitarist Dan Dotzler and Ed Treinen on harps, this band is rounded out with bassist Doug Hamilton and drummer Richard Hanson. Don’t miss this exceptional grouping.
  5. Dan Gaarder & Randy Broughten | Sat, February 4, 8pm – 8pm | Tavern Lounge

    Guitarist and vocalist Dan Gaarder lends his honey-toned vocals to Randy Broughten’s expert stylings on the pedal steel guitar. These two legendary talents are known for their work with bands like Trailer Trash, the Roe Family Singers, Mother Banjo, the Cactus Blossoms and the Gear Daddies.