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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
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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.

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
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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.

This Weekend In Northfield: Jan 27-29

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!

This Weekend In Northfield: Dec. 30 – Jan. 1

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Can you believe we are headed into 2017?  There are many great celebrations taking place in Northfield this weekend – Here are the 5 events you won’t want to miss when you’re here!

  1.  Daniel Nass | Friday, December 30, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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    Solo acoustic artist Daniel Nass provides a fun and eclectic mix of guitar and ukulele covers spanning five decades, from Radiohead to Led Zeppelin, from Tom Waits to Kermit the Frog. More at danielnassmusic.com. 
  2. New Year’s Eve Party with Martin Anderson | Saturday, December 31, 8pm-1am | 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.
  3. New Year’s Eve Bingo | Saturday, December 31, 7:30pm | Carbone’s Pizza
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    $1000 guaranteed winner!! 
  4. Paul Seeba | Saturday, December 31, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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    Acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Seeba’s songs involve catchy melodies, strong harmonies and the interplay of acoustic/electric guitar layers that definitely fall into a roots rock genre – with impressionistic lyrics that often weave together a narrative honoring our Northern heritage.

     

  5. DJ music | Saturday, December 31, pm| J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein
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    Shake your money maker at the Rueb!

NOSTALGIC HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

Warm up the winter’s night with a hot cocoa or cider as you meander through the 18th Annual Winter Walk,December 8. It’s a magical evening where the downtown is aglow like an old-fashioned Christmas village from years gone by. Candlelight illuminates the boulevards and read more

This Weekend In Northfield: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends in the area and beyond!  We are truly grateful that you like our page and connect with us each week!  We hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday with your friends and family, whether that’s in Northfield or elsewhere!  But, if you ARE here, here is what is happening this weekend!

  1. Tim Howe | Fri, November 25, 9pm  | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio

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    Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
  2. Small Business Saturday | Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 | Citywide
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    A day that encourages shoppers to patronize small local businesses. Avoid the chaos of the big box stores and support the small business movement. The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is helping to support Small Business Saturday with the development of the Shopping Passport. Print out the Shopping Passport or pick up your copy at participating locations. Shop at participating retailers throughout the day and get your passport stamped. Return you passport to the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 5 for a chance to win Chamber Bucks. The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will randomly give away Chamber Checks to local shoppers throughout the day. All you have to do is shop locally and merchants all over town may surprise you with a Chamber Check to extend your shopping fun. Chamber Checks are good at hundreds of local businesses.
  3. Billy Johnson | Sat, November 26, 8pm  | Tavern Lounge
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    “Commitment-free rock ‘n roll. While he’s been moonlighting with George Scot McKelvey in the B-Team, former Hillcats singer Billy Johnson proves he belongs on the A-list alongside G.B. Leighton as one of the Twin Cities’ best feel-good, blue-collar, barroom-rousing tunesmiths with his first solo album “It’s a Good Life.”” (Chris Riemenschnider, Star Tribune). Billy has opened for the BoDeans, Five for Fighting, Train, Poco, Paul Thorn, Van Hunt, Lowen and Navarro, Old ’97s and more. More at billyjohnsonmusic.com.
  4. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | Sun, November 27, 7:30pm | Skinner Chapel, Carleton
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    Presented by I Cantanti Chamber Choir, Wayne Kivell, director.  Modeled after the annual Christmas Eve performance at Kinds College in Cambridge, England, this concert features nine biblical readings recounting the Christmas story, each followed by choral selections or carols which elaborate the readings.  Free-will offering.
  5. Sunday Jazz Jam | Sun, November 27, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Hot Spot Music Studio
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    Open to musicians of all ages and abilities, this jam is a perfect way to run through standard charts in a low-key, laid-back setting. Charts will be provided for everyone to follow along. It’s a spiritual experience. More at hotspotmusic.org.

This Weekend In Northfield: November 18-20

Check out these 5 fun activities you won’t want to miss this weekend!  Looking for more things to do?  Check out our Events Calendar for more ideas!

  1.  The Ole Bazaar | Friday, November 18, 9-4pm | Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf
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    Products from local artisans include paintings,  photography, woodworking, ceramics, ornaments, bee products, scarves, mittens, soaps, birch art, jams, book bindings, breadboards, handbags, jewelry and much more.
  2. Andriana Lehr | Fri, November 18, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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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. More at reverbnation.com/andrianalehr/
  3. Art Vandalay | Sat, November 19, 8pm  | Tavern Lounge
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    Renowned “kick-ass Americana band” (Hindsight Harmonies), this Twin Cities ensemble makes their way back to Northfield in support of their latest release, “Heaven’s Operahouse.” The group’s popular laid-back roots rock draws on influences ranging from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and John Prine to The Eels and Tom Petty – lending their own unique brand of roots music that melds smart lyricism with pop-infused melodies. More at artvandalaytunes.wordpress.com.
  4. Mark Allen | Sat, November 19, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
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    Local favorite Mark Allen is an Americana singer/songwriter who presents a touch of country, blues, rock and a hard-hitting harmonica. His passionate performances feature your favorite covers as well as original compositions from his CD, Whiskey Sweet, recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.
  5. Marilynn Sellars & Steven C in Concert to Benefit Ruth’s House | Sun, November 20, 4pm | St Johns Lutheran Church
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     Sellars, who has local roots and is a Northfield High graduate, is known for her chart-topping 1974 hit, One Day At A Time, and for a versatile career which led to enshrinement in the MN Rock & Country Hall of Fame in 2004.  The talented pianist and composer Steven C has sold well over two million copies of his own recordings and has millions of online streams of his solo piano pieces.  Among his many credits are performing with Mannheim Steamroller and recording with the London Symphony Strings.  He has had and extensive career as a producer as well.  Free will offering. Ruth’s House is a non profit organization providing transitional shelter and support for women, children and families who are homeless.

This Weekend in Northfield: October 28-30

Happy (Spooky) Weekend Northfield!  Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in town this weekend!

  1. An Evening with Kevin Kling and Friends | Fri, October 28, 7:00pm | Northfield High School
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    A special one night benefit performance for Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Master storyteller Kevin Kling, award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel and Interact’s incomparable Ensemble of Artists with Disabilities create an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music and storytelling. Hear Kevin Kling tell real-life stories that by all rights shouldn’t be true. Born with a congenital birth defect, a motorcycle accident added considerably to the list of things he cannot do. But Kling sees every experience as a blessing and material for a darn good story. Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Kevin has worked with Interact for two decades as a playwright, humorist and inspiration through the healing power of this stories. He joined Interact for Interact Thailand 2014, taking their vision of radical inclusion – a vision of “everybody in” – from the Land of Lakes to the mountains of Chiang Mai. Come for the show, stay for the conversation after. Tickets: $25, available at klingnf.org.
  2. The Rocky Horror Show |October 28 & 29|Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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    Oct. 27-29 7:30pm, Oct. 28-29 midnight, Northfield Arts Guild Theater Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show is presented as a fundraiser to benefit the Northfield Arts Guild. In this cult classic, virginal heroes, Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, encounter the dog days of sexual hedonism in the form of a transvestite mad scientist, his wild collection of servants and his latest creation – a muscular man named Rocky. With glam rock, cross-dressing, elaborate choreography and a warped sense of humor, the audience is encouraged – ”don’t dream it, be it.” The score includes favorites like “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me.” Appropriate for adult audiences only. Tickets: $15, available at northfieldartsguild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild.
  3. Mark Allen | Sat, October 29, 7pm – 11pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio

    Local favorite Mark Allen is an Americana singer/songwriter who presents a touch of country, blues, rock and a hard-hitting harmonica. His passionate performances feature your favorite covers as well as original compositions from his CD, Whiskey Sweet, recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. In inclement weather, show moves to 9pm-12:30am inside.
  4. Annual Pumpkin Fest in Way Park | Sat, October 29, 5pm | Way Park, 720 1st St W
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    This year’s festivities include the dedication of the new Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5pm, followed by the rest of the Pumpkin Fest. Enjoy a concert, and then stay to try out all the instruments. Fall treats, face painting and group games. Bring your pumpkin to display on the Giant Wall of Pumpkins.
  5. Mill Town Haunt |October 28-31, 6pm – 10pm | Rice County Gas & Steam Engines, Hwy 3, just south of Dundas (map)
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    An all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. 507/301-4268 or milltownhaunt@gmail.com for more info.

This Weekend in Northfield: October 21-23

Lot’s of families are traveling this weekend throughout Minnesota for MEA break!  There is a lot going on in Northfield to keep kids of all ages busy and entertained!!

  1. An all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. F/Sa Oct. 14-29, also Oct. 31. 507/301-4268 or milltownhaunt@gmail.com for more info.
  2. 10th Annual Northfield Harvest Stomp | Fri October 21, 7-10:30pm | Northfield Ballroom
  3. Featuring music by Contratopia. Led by dance caller Robin Nelson. All welcome, no partner required. Contra dance instruction at 7pm. Tickets: $9 adults, $6 students (family cap $25). Free admission for Northfield area growers and farmers. Email northfieldcontadance@gmail.com for more info.
  4. Riverwalk Market Fair is an open-air Saturday market located along the beautiful Cannon River in historic Northfield, Minnesota. These summer Saturday festivals offer locally grown produce, artisan foods, and a juried selection of art work. Each Saturday provides a different mix of special events, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family.  
  5. Renowned “kick-ass Americana band” (Hindsight Harmonies), this Twin Cities ensemble makes their way back to Northfield in support of their latest release, “Heaven’s Operahouse.” The group’s popular laid-back roots rock draws on influences ranging from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and John Prine to The Eels and Tom Petty – lending their own unique brand of roots music that melds smart lyricism with pop-infused melodies. More at artvandalaytunes.wordpress.com.
  6. Featuring the Laura MacKenzie Trio, which includes Laura MacKenzie on wooden flutes, whistles, pipes and voice, Dáithí Sproule on guitar and voice and Mary Vanory on fiddle. Laura has received an abundance of honors and awards for her work in traditional music, both Irish and Scottish, and is quite unique in the diversity of her instrumental skills. She has been honored with Bush and McKnight performing arts fellowships. Dáithí Sproule, well known for his pioneering guitar styles, deep knowledge of Irish song and his place in the internationally-acclaimed Irish supergroup Altan, is a virtual font of cultural knowledge and lore. He has been a major force behind the success of traditional Irish music in today’s popular culture. Mary Vanory is one of the premier Irish fiddlers in the American Midwest and teaches at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul. She performs and records with numerous ensembles, including Brass Lassie, Captain Kaliber and Common Reel. With CVRO, the Laura MacKenzie Trio will present a program of traditional music originally arranged for Dáithí’s group, Altan, in celebration of the ensemble’s 25 years of performing music together. These well-loved tunes and songs have been performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Opera Orchestra, and range from delightful dance tunes to beautiful ballads, sung in both Irish and English. In addition to this repertoire, orchestral pieces will include Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances and Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Tickets are available at CVROOrchestra.org, NorthfieldArtsGuild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild. “Pay-what-you-want” tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons are encouraged to support CVRO through a suggested admission of $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Also Oct. 22 in Cannon Falls.

This Weekend In Northfield: October 13-16

“A Beautiful Fall”
The leaves are changing and so is the weather
It’s time to put away the shorts and put on the sweater
Halloween is near and Thanksgiving is coming
My favorite time of year this is becoming
‘Tis the season of pumpkin and apple
An ordinary time for loved ones to meet at the chapel
I wish they appreciated the beauty of fall
Then and only then they could see why it’s the best season of all
By Dean N. Julia

  1. A commemoration of the historic relationship between Carleton College and the town of Northfield. Music by The Counterfactuals at 5:05pm and 5:50-7pm, the popular prof-rock band comprised of Assistant Professors of Philosophy Daniel Groll (lead vocal and guitar), Jason Decker (guitar) and Assistant Professor of Music Andy Flory (bass) from Carleton College and Mike Fuerstein (drums), Assistant Professor of Philosophy from St. Olaf College. Celebration remarks by Northfield Mayor Dana Graham, Carleton President Steven Poskanzer and St. Olaf President David Anderson at 5:20pm, followed by birthday cake for all. In case of inclement weather, event relocates to Carleton’s Weitz Center. 
  2. 11219524_883692248373736_348802113984168188_nAn all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. F/Sa Oct. 14-29, also Oct. 31. 507/301-4268 or milltownhaunt@gmail.com for more info.
  3. Independence of Thought: An Unfolding Story 1866-2016 – through Nov. 16 – Exhibition in honor of Carleton’s sesquicentennial curated by students in spring term 2016 courses. The exhibition aims to bring past student experience alive by highlighting six key time modules through immersive displays comprised of artifacts, photographs, publications and audio echoes from the past. Infographics created by students in Professor Bill North’s Carleton in the Archives course, also spring term 2016, help make sense of college history and culture across time. Reception: Oct. 14, 7-9pm, Weitz Center Commons. The Making of a Sesquicentennial Exhibits: Oct. 15, 11:10am-12:10pm, Olin 141 – The process of creating the exhibit presented by Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
  4. Fall Harvest Festival | Sat &Sun, October 15 &16, 8am – 8pm
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    Bridgewater Produce Farm, 4706 Lonsdale Blvd E, Northfield, MN 55057, USA (map)
    Pick your own or browse pre-picked pumpkins. Pumpkin Playland open 11am-5pm with cornbox, corn maze, kids barrel cart rides, mini-mazes, play areas, hay rides. Playland admission: $5, see ad in the Entertainment Guide for $2 off coupon. Sa/Su Oct. 1-23, also Th/Fri Oct. 20-21.
  5. A free, self-guided tour featuring 40 artists, 21 studios, demonstrations and a unique opportunity for the public to visit with artists and see them at work in their creative work spaces. Artists whose working studios are not set up for visitors will be guest artists in other studios. Original work will be available for purchase. Painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork and more. This annual event is lauded as a premiere art event in Minnesota and beyond. More information and a map are available at www.studioartour.com. Oct. 15-16.