It’s the last weekend of spring break in Northfield. What fun adventures have you been on? The good news is, it’s not over! We have one more fun-packed weekend in store for you! Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss this weekend!
Visit the Northfield Historical Society’s Museum | Open M-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1pm-5pm
It may surprise you to know that when you walk into the Northfield Historical Society, you are standing in the exact spot where arguably the most famous bank robbery in history took place. Learn about that historic event, and check out the other exhibits, Carleton College’s 150 years in Northfield and Malt-O-Meal Originals.
Lonesome Dan Kase | Tavern Lounge | Friday, 8pm For the last 15 years Lonesome Dan Kase has been playing his unique brand of country-blues on stages throughout the U.S. His live performances showcase his unique finger-picking style and warm vocals as well as his depth of knowledge in the history of the blues. More at lonesomedan.com.
3. Nip n Tuck/The Sleepers | Contented Cow |Sat. 9pm This quartet has been inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame, performed at the First Avenue Lennon Tribute and were a core fixture at The Contented Cow’s 2011 Beatles Fest. They’re back! Celebrate The British Invasion (and the American defense) with Gordon Oschwald, Gary Rue, Tilly & Victor Johnson as they perform music by ’60s favorites The Hollies, Searchers, Byrds, Animals, Zombies, Rascals, Kinks, DC Five, Yardbirds and, of course, the Beatles.
4. Shopping in Historic Downtown Northfield | Anyday
On The Corner of Hip & Quaint!
Whether you’re searching for a chic fashion or cool antiques, Northfield has boutiques and shops for all your unique shopping finds. From furniture to gourmet foods and kitchen accessories, clothing and shoes to hand-made gifts. It’s all here!
5. Sunday Trivia at Tavern Lounge | 8-10pm
Grab your 3 of your smart friends, $5 bucks and you are ready to start playing the weekly trivia contest at the Tavern Lounge! Half-priced bottles of wine during the game!
1. Twisted Apples: Stories from Winesburg, Ohio | March 17 & 18, 7:30pm, and March 19, 2:00| Northfield Arts Guild Theater
Created by librettist Jim Payne and composer Robert Elhai. directed by Ben Krywosz, featuring performers Gary Briggle, JP Fitzgibbons, Joshua Hinck, Norah Long and Eric Morris with musical direction by Jerry Rubino and Jill Dawe. Nautilus Music-Theater presents this new music-theater piece based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic novel. It tells the story of residents of Winesburg as they struggle to overcome loneliness and isolation, and long to create a life of the imagination in a small town in the early 1900s. The show consists of three one-act pieces. Act One tells of the Reverend Hartmann’s struggle with his sexual attraction to Kate Swift, the local high school teacher. Kate, in turn, is drawn to her former student George Willard, both as an intellectual protee and a possible lover. Act Two is about farmhand Ray Pearson, whose friendship with a young coworker reignites in Ray his own longing for domestic freedom and youthful aspirations. Act Three tells of George’s mother Elizabeth Willard, her thwarted artistic ambitions and her determination to ensure that George will not be railroaded into a conventional life of mediocrity. Honoring Anderson as their source material, Payne and Elhai have created an extraordinary trilogy of theatrical portraits. The score is rooted in musical Americana, including “roots” orchestration (piano, violin, accordion and string bass) in a vernacular folk style consistent with the characters’ rural culture and psychological state. Gorgeous melodies and expressive harmonies complement lyrics which are both clever and poignant, creating a masterpiece of musical storytelling that combines the accessibility of musical theater with the emotional scope of American opera. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, available at 507/645-8877, the Northfield Arts Guild, or northfieldartsguild.org/theater/special-theater-events/.
Musical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Kirkendall spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Low worked his way across the U.S. and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Expect an eclectic evening of original material and classic covers
3. Fathom Lane | Fri, March 17, 8pm |Tavern Lounge
Fans await the highly anticipated forthcoming new album release, Asilomar (coming out June 2017), from this Twin Cities based band. Over the span of two critically acclaimed full-length albums (2013’s “Fathom Lane” and 2012’s “Down By Half”) Fathom Lane has garnered international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. More at fathomlane.com
4. Bar Bingo |Sat, March 18, 3pm | Northfield VFW
Get out your dobbers and get ready for a fun and fast game of BINGO!
5. Gabriel Moll | Sun, March 19, 8pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota
It’s the weekend and the forecast is calling for sunny skies and highs in the 50’s and 60’s! WOW! Can you say BEAUTIFUL??? There are so many fun events and activities happening this weekend, but here are the five we choose that you won’t want to miss!
Goodsell Observatory Open House Fri, March 3, 7pm – 9pm 139 Olin Dr
photo credit: CarletonCollege.edu
Monthly every first Friday when skies are clear. Join Carleton’s resident astronomers to view the moon, stars, planets and nebulas. The event will be cancelled at the last minute if cloudy. Dress for the weather, since you’ll either use a telescope outside or in the domes, which are not heated.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Fri, March 3, 7:30pm – 10:30pm Northfield Middle School
Performances of the production, titled R-O-C-K in the USA, will take place at Northfield Middle School auditorium. Dates include March 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 5. This is the 12th year of the show, which features student musicians, singers and dancers performing hits dating back to the 1950s to the present. All tickets cost $15, are reserved seating, are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. Contact the high school activities office at 507.663.0632 for more information.
Bagles & Birds | Saturday, March 4, 9:30am – 10:30am | River Bend Nature Center, Faribault
Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife. Meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books and conversation will make this a great way to start the day!
The Zillionaires | Sat, March 4, 7pm – 10pm | The Contented Cow
A four-piece electric band with Wendy Smith (guitar, vocals, accordion), Peter Nelson (guitar and vocals), Dave Drentlaw (drums) and Mike Legvold (bass). They play Smith’s originals along with covers from a variety of styles including blues, rock and roll, roots and country. One of Northfield’s most danceable bands.
I Cantanti: Animals on Parade! | Sun, March 5, 3:30pm | St. John’s Lutheran Church
A concert for the young at heart. Wayne Kivell, director. Featuring hits from The Lion King and Frozen, plus music by Carolyn Jennings and the world premiere of A Young Person’s Guide to the Choir by Daniel Kallman. $5 adults, children free when accompanied by an adult.