Every week we do our best to alert you to a few of the exciting events taking place in Northfield. For a more comprehensive listing, check out our full events calendar.


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
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    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
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    Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown.  Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
  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.

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
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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 www.thehideawaynorthfield.com.

 

Northfield Arts Guild
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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 www.northfieldartsguild.org for tickets.

 

St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum
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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 http://wp.stolaf.edu/flaten/visit.

 

To stay

Archer House River Inn
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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 www.archerhouse.com/packages.

 

Contented Cottage Bed and Breakfast
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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 www.contentedcottage.com/events-packages.

 

The Magic Door Bed & Breakfast
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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 www.magicdoorbb.com.

 

Northfield Inn
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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 www.northfieldinnmn.com/packages.

 

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 http://visitingnorthfield.com/?page_id=15.

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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

Can you believe it’s the LAST WEEKEND OF JANUARY?!  Time flies when you’re having fun, and there is a lot of fun to be found this weekend in Northfield!  Check out the top 5 things you won’t want to miss when you’re here!

  1.  New Insect Overlords/Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes | Fri, January 27, 7:30pm – 11:00pm | The Contented Cow
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    Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes is popular alt-country/roots rock band. Youa Vang of City Pages says “Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes’ moniker sets expectations for their music before you even hear it. Their new record The Higher You Climb has the listener sifting through stories that cobbles together patches of sound to make an alt-country album out of the remains. It’s raw and will stay with you after the first listen.”
  2. Elizabeth Ghandour & The Heightburners | Fri, January 27, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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    Rising star Elizabeth Ghandour, along with her top-notch bandmates, present a unique style of acoustic folk and Americana. Classically trained with sights on becoming an opera or musical theatre performer, Ghandour fell in love with the folk scene in New York City. She learned to play guitar, started writing her own songs and never looked back. Her classical training adds depth and range to her vocals and her band is the perfect accompaniment.
  3. Tuck and Patti | Sat, January 28, 7pm – 7pm | Northfield Grand Event Center
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    For 36 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.
    To understand Tuck & Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 33 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: Minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck’s extraordinary virtuosity and Patti’s rich mezzo soprano.
    Presented by Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars. Tickets: $30-$50, available at 507/645-4008 or northfieldoliveoilsandvinegars.com.
  4. Gabriel Moll & All His Friends | Sun, January 29, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
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    Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger based in Minnesota.
  5. Shopping Historic Downtown Northfield!
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    Whatever your shopping appetite, Northfield has a specialty store that will surely satisfy, and also features a wide array of well-known stores for those essential items!

Happy Weekend Friends of Northfield!  We have lots of fun events planned, here are a few of our favorites, you won’t want to miss!

  1. Martin Anderson & the Goods | Fri, January 20, 6pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
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    Classic rock, country alt and Americana music that spans the decades including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Beatles, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. This band is high energy, fun to watch and will definitely get you on the dance floor. Band members include Alex Sandberg (lead guitar), Andrew Meyer (sax, mandolin, guitar), Christian Wheeler (bass), Steve Paoli (drums) and Martin Anderson (lead vocals, guitar). More at martinandersonandthegoods.com.
  2. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss | Fri, January 20, 8:00pm – 9:30pm | Chapel, Carleton

     

    Celebrated pianist Jonathan Biss joins the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for the second installment in the Beethoven/5 project, a major commissioning project pairing newly composed piano concertos alongside the Beethoven concertos that inspired them. Beethoven’s lively Piano Concerto No. 1 is the subject of this concert, performed alongside the world premiere of a concerto by British composer Sally Beamish. The program begins with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (The Tomb of Couperin), which pays tribute to the golden age of French music and the baroque composer François Couperin, as well as the composer’s friends who died during World War I.
  3. Kirk & Low | Sat, January 21, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
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    DescriptionMusical 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
  4. Ben Cook-Feltz | Sat, January 21, 8pm |Tavern Lounge
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    Ben Cook-Feltz returns in support of his critically acclaimed CD release, “She Doesn’t Believe Me,” featured on 89.3 The Current and locally on KYMN Radio. A consummate entertainer, Cook-Feltz’s musical stylings call to mind artists like Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ben Folds.
  5. Hometown Ties: Carleton Celebrates 150 Years with Northfield | Open Daily | Northfield Historical Society Museum
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    Special exhibit celebrating Carleton’s history with the town of Northfield.