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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.

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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    Paul Seeba

    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!

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: September 16-18

Well, we survived the Defeat of Jesse James Days!  Things are still moving and shaking in Northfield!!  Here are the 5 events/activities you won’t want miss this weekend!

  1. Chris Holm | Friday, September 16, 6:30pm | The Contented Cow

    http://chrisholmmusic.com/music/

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    Minneapolis-based acoustic folk, blues and country musician Chris Holm returns in support of his debut solo release, “The Trains Don’t Run Here Anymore.” A fingerstyle guitar picker and harmonica player, Chris channels the high-spirited liveliness of Charley Patton, thumping on his suitcase drum, attacking his guitar strings with abandon and shouting along in a gravelly howl, later to channel the lonesome sounds of a weeping slide guitar and a blue yodel. Despite his Northern Minnesota roots, Chris has formed an intimate connection with the music of the American South. Raised on the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, he eventually dug into the music that inspired those great artists and discovered a deep appreciation for country blues and hillbilly country music.

  2.  Exhibit Opening Reception: Michi | Friday, September 16, 8:00pm | Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College

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    Michi: Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity – Sept. 16-Nov. 16 – Opening Reception: Sept. 16, 8-9:30pm.

     

  3. Andrea Mazzariello & Mobius Percussion: Symmetry and Sharing Screening | Saturday, September 17, 1-3:00pm | Weitz Center Cinema, Carleton


    Join faculty composer Andrea Mazzariello and visiting ensemble Mobius Percussion for a screening of video work that foregrounds original music, featuring the world premiere of a film version of Mazzariello’s “Symmetry and Sharing.” Other works include visual treatments of technologically-assisted spoken word, collisions of music and theater, even a new music audiovisual secret family recipe. The screening session will be followed by a Q&A session with the featured artists.
  4. Bonnie & The Clydes | Saturday, September 17, 8pm | Tavern Lounge


    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. 
  5. Dave Hudson | Sunday, September 18, 3-7:00pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily Padio

    http://www.davehudsonmusic.com/

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    After cutting his teeth with various college bands and acoustic duos, Dave Hudson made his way through the Minneapolis music scene writing and singing his own blend of melodic acoustic-rock music. His style has been compared to the likes of the Gin Blossoms, U2 and the Counting Crows. His self-styled mix of cover songs ranging from the ’80s, ’90s and today, blended with his own recorded and nationally released music, has kept crowds coming back for more. On the Lily PADio. Cancelled if bad weather.

Need more ideas for fun in Northfield?  Check out our entire events calendar HERE!

This Weekend In Northfield – July 7-10

Can you believe it’s already July?  Minnesota summers are way too short!!  Here are a few great activities and events you won’t want to miss this weekend – plus our entire weekend events calendar!

1. Maren Brogger & Craig Wasner | Thursday, 8pm | Tavern Lounge

Goodbye from Maren Wasner on Myspace.

This hometown, father/daughter duo are excited to play together once again. Maren (Wasner) Brogger is back in Northfield (and married) after nearly 9 years in Nashville, while Craig Wasner (best known for his work with the “Over & Back Band”) has decided to focus more time on playing and recording in his studio. Together, their style is a blend of folk and country with a smattering of blue and funk — resulting in a live performance that’s not to be missed!http://www.myspace.com/marenwasner.

2. Carey Langer | Friday, 7-11pm | Froggy Bottoms River Rub & Lily PADio
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Carey Langer, aka “The Human Jukebox,” draws upon his lifelong passion for music to present all your favorites, covering six decades and seven styles of music.  From The Everyly Brothers and Frank Sinatra, to Rick Springfield, Dave Matthews and Jimmy Eat World, plus originals. On the Lily PADio.  (In inclement weather, show moves to 9pm-12:30am inside.)

3. Northfield Garden Club Garden Tours | Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
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All proceeds benefit Northfield beautification.  Tickets are $10.  Advance tickets available at Knecht’s Nursery and Eco Gardens, or available at the gardens the day of the event.  More info at thenorthfieldgardenclub.org.

4.  The Confused Brothers | Friday 8pm – 10pm |The Contented Cow

Based in Minneapolis, this former trio (and now full band) features a brass section that blows the roof off clubs and festivals. Funky, bluesy, reggaeton rock & roll is the specialty.

5.  The Todd Douglas Band | Sunday, 3-7pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & PADio
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This great band covers anything from country, rock, pop and classics to original music.  On the Lily PADio.  Cancelled if bad weather.

Need more ideas?  Check out our entire events calendar HERE!

This Weekend in Northfield – June 24-26

It’s time to relax and celebrate the weekend!  Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in Northfield this weekend – and our entire events calendar!

1.  Malt-O-Meal Originals: An Exhibition of Firsts | Thursday, 6:30pm | Northfield Historical Society

NHS Curator, Stephanie Hess installs a reproduction of a painting that was used in some advertising for Malt-O-Meal.

NHS Curator, Stephanie Hess installs a reproduction of a painting that was used in some advertising for Malt-O-Meal.

Nearly 100 years ago, John S. Campbell formed the Campbell Cereal Company with one goal in mind: to create a delicious and easy-to-prepare hot wheat breakfast cereal.  He called his cereal Malt-O-Meal.  To this day Malt-O-Meal cereal is manufactured in Northfield’s historic Ames Mill.  The company is full of historic “firsts” like Campbell’s wildly successful hot cereal.  This exhibition showcases a number of examples of originial Malt-O-Meal achievements from throughout the company’s history.

2. World’s Largest Swimming Lesson | Friday, 9:15am | Old Memorial Pool

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Old Memorial Pool

Join thousands of kids and families at aquatic facilities around the globe for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson ever.  30-minute lesson teaches participants how to be safe in and around the water.  Participants need to be signed in no later than 9:50am.  The event is for all ages and abilities.  Wear a swimming suit and bring a towel.  Free Admission.

3. June Bug Music Festival | Thursday,Friday & Saturday | The Contented Cow
Musicans from far and wide. Three days of music. 

Photo credit: ContentedCow.com

Photo credit: ContentedCow.com

Thursday, June 23, 2016
6:30 pm Todd Thompson Band
9:00 pm Ray Coudret & Friends
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4:30 pm Helen Forsythe
7:30 pm The Zillionaires
9:30 pm Slovczek
Saturday, June 25, 2016
3:00 pm TBA
4:30 pm TBA
6:30 pm Andrea Sorum
9:00 pm Stone Soup

 4.  Celebrate Dundas! | 8am | Mill Ruins Area, Dundas
Join the celebration in downtown Dundas! From bikes to brews and bagpipes to bake sale, this event has something for everyone!
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Friday 7pm – Free popcorn & movie Zootopia @ Rejoice Church

Saturday:
8 – 10 Pancake breakfast
8 – 10 Dream Dash 5K Walk/Run, starts at Rejoice Church*
8:30 – 1 Self guided tour of Dundas
8:30 – 11 Live band – Chance Meetings
9 – 1 Children’s Carnival
9 – 1 Bake Sale
9 – 1 Face Painting
9 – 1 ArtOrg Steamroller Printmaking
9 – 1 Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
9 – 1:30 Dundas Historical Society One Day Museum in City Hall
9:30 – 1 Watercraft Race/Monster Float*
10 – 1 Barrel rides
10 – 1 Ambulance/Fire Truck/Tractor for kids to explore
10 – 3 Car Show*
11 – 3 Food Vendors
11 – 3 Live Music – Martin Anderson and the Goods
11:30 – 3 Craft Beverage Tent (Meetinghall Brewery, Keepsake Cidery)
12 – 3 Scottish Highland Games
4 – 5 Dukes Kid’s Baseball Clinic
6 – 8 Dundas Dukes Game
8 – 12 8th Street Band and Street Dance @ Dawn’s Corner Bar

*Registration required for these events.

 5.  YARNVENTURE 2016 | Friday and Saturday, June 24 & 25 from 9am-6pm. 

12512634_839117852861045_9149427441330204633_nYARNventure — a shop hop happening annually in southeastern Minnesota . The shops included are: Northfield Yarn (Northfield), What in Yarnation (Cannon Falls), Hank & Purl’s (Rochester), Kelleys Quality Sewing Center (Rochester) and Yarnology (Winona). 

Click here for our entire Events Calendar!

This Weekend in Northfield – June 16-19

Happy Father’s Day weekend!  Here are 5 things your Dad won’t want to miss this weekend – plus our entire events calendar!

1.  Marc Reigel & Friends Oldies Sing-Along | Thursday, 8-10:30 pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub and Lily PADio
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On Thursday, June 16, Marc Reigel (Carleton Class of ’67) returns to lead his 11th oldies sing-along of classic hits from the 50s and 60s at Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio from 8-10:30 pm. Reigel (keyboard) will be joined by Barry Gillespie of Owatonna, the lead singer of Reigel’s popular Night Crawlers band from Carleton of the 1960s, and Wendy Smith (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and Lori Williams (saxophone). Carleton grads Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth add their voices and Go Go Girl outfits to golden age rock and roll songs by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and many more, including the Night Crawlers’ own “You Say.” Songbooks will be provided. 

2.  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West
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The 2013 Tony Award winning comedy by Christopher Durang.  In this hilarious comedy, middle-aged sour siblings, Vanya and Sonia, share their present day Pennsylvania family homestead. They’re suddenly caught off guard when their celebrity sister, Masha, swoops in with her hot, sexy boy toy, Spike, and threatens to sell the house. Add is a soothsaying cleaning woman, and star-struck ingenue, and you’re in for a night of unadulterated laughter from this 2013 Tony Award Best Play. Tickets: $17.00 adults, $13.00 seniors/students Includes a touch of naughty: recommended for mature audiences This show will now play in the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West (not Central Park).


Performances:
Friday, June 17, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 19, 7:30pm
Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm
Friday, June 24, 7:30pm *
Saturday, June 25, 7:30pm

3.  Cannon River Clay Tour | Saturday & Sunday | Various Northfield Locations
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The ceramic artists of the Cannon Clay Cooperative invite you to join us Father’s Day weekend for our first annual Cannon River Clay Tour. Hosted by 10 local clay artists and featuring 11 guest artists from around the country, this self-guided tour and sale will include a wide range of ceramic work. Meet the artists, visit their studios, and enjoy our hospitality. The four top stops surround the picturesque town of Northfield, MN, located just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities.

Saturday: 10am – 6pm & Sunday: 11am – 5pm

4.  Optimum Trajectory Jazz | Saturday, 7-9pm | The Contented Cow
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Come catch Optimum Trajectory in and around the Twin Cities. We create innovative, exciting renditions of jazz standards and original music. Find us at area clubs and coffee shops, or hire us to add some flair to your party. Optimum Trajectory donates every penny we receive in tips at our gigs to area charities. Do some good, listen to something great!
Optimum Trajectory is Margo Breivik (bass), Tim McNamara (guitar), Garth Anderson (drums), Ann Potter (vocals), Ira Adelman (sax), Steve Hillson (brass).

5. Chance Meetings | Sunday, 10:30am | Main Street Moravian Church
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Neil Rowley, Robin Ness, Gail Moll and John Hiscox are melodious purveyors of blues, ballads, country and vintage pop music. 

Need more ideas for Dad?  Check out our events calendar below!

Thu Jun 16, 2016
All day Carleton College Reunion Weekend Where: Carleton College
3:30pm Author Presentation: JD Radke Where: Content Bookstore
4:30pm Happier Hour Where: Content Bookstore
6pm Bar Bingo Where: Northfield VFW
7pm Luke Smith Where: The Contented Cow
7pm Northfield Community Band Performance Where: Bridge Square
7pm Traditional Irish Session Where: J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein
7pm Walking Stormwater Tour Where: 400 Washington St
8pm Marc Reigel Oldies Sing-Along Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
8pm Mark Mraz Where: Tavern Lounge, Northfield
9pm Cowraoke Where: The Contented Cow
9pm DJ and Karaoke Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio

Fri Jun 17, 2016
All day Carleton College Reunion Weekend Where: Carleton College
11:45am Northfield Farmers Market Where: Riverside Park
5pm Movie Night Where: The HideAway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar
5pm Vidar Skrede & Topi Korhonen Where: The Contented Cow
7pm Bar Bingo Where: L&M Bar & Grill, Dundas
7pm Chris Miller Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
7:30pm Theater: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Where: Northfield Arts Guild Theater 
8pm Matthew Griswold Where: Tavern Lounge
8pm Texas Hold ‘Em Where: Northfield VFW
8:30pm The Confused Brothers Where: The Contented Cow 
9pm DJ Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein, Northfield

Sat Jun 18, 2016
All day Carleton College Reunion Weekend Where: Carleton Colleges
8am Lighten Up Garage Sale Where: West Gymnasium, MN-19
9am Northfield Farmers Market Where: Riverside Park, Northfield
9am Riverwalk Market Fair Where: Bridge Square
10am Cannon River Clay Tour Where: Eureka Pots (Farmington), Larchill Farm, Holmquist Pottery, LaChance Studio (Northfield)
10am Yoga on the Lawn Where: Northfield Hospital
3pm Bar Bingo Where: Northfield VFW
3pm Canvas at The Cow
5pm Dale Fierke Where: The Contented Cow
7pm Chad Johnson Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
7pm Optimum Trajectory Where: The Contented Cow
7:30pm Theater: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Where: Northfield Arts Guild Theater
8pm Paul Seeba Where: Tavern Lounge, Northfield
9pm DJ Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein, Northfield

Sun Jun 19, 2016 – Father’s Day
All day Carleton College Reunion Weekend Where: Carleton Colleges
8am Lighten Up Garage Sale Where: West Gymnasium, MN-19
10:30am Chance Meetings Where: Main Street Moravian Church, Northfield
11am Cannon River Clay Tour Where: Eureka Pots (Farmington), Larchill Farm, Holmquist Pottery, LaChance Studio (Northfield)
11:30am Brick Oven Pizza Where: Red Barn Farm, Northfield
2pm Sunday Jazz Jam Where: Hot Spot Music Studio, Northfield
3pm Todd Douglas Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
5pm Shine (Dave Williams) Where: The Contented Cow
7:30pm Theater: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Where: Northfield Arts Guild Theater
8pm Quiz Night Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein, Northfield

Bike Northfield

Northfield has so much to offer to bikers of all skills.  From mountain biking trails to hitting the streets, there is a little something for everyone!

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CROCT.org

The Mill Towns Trail features varied terrain and scenery.  The trail winds through historic downtown and around the serene Sechler Park, offering views of the Cannon River and the railroad.  Northfield also features occasional criterion and road races for both novices and advanced bikers.
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The Sechler Park Mountain Bike Trail extends along the northwest side of the Cannon River, from the Pedestrian Bridge (near the intersection of Hwy 3 and Hay 19 to Heath Creek near Armstrong Road).  The Sechler Park Mountain Bike Trail is a two-way trail, approximately 3.5 miles if all sections are ridden in both directions.  For more information on Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT) visit, croct.org.  For additional bike route information visit go.northfield.org and milltownstrail.org

What are special assessments

Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College is open to the public year round.  It is the ideal place to bike, hike, run, ski, fish or simply enjoy being outdoors.  The upland and lowland forests along with the 150-acre prairie restoration provide excellent bird and wildlife watching.  The extensive 15-mile trail system has been ranked by Runner’s Magazine as the top place to run in Minnesota and one of the top 10 in the country.  In winter, the trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. For more information visit apps.carleton.edu/campus/arb

Northfield Bike Club Routes

Note that, due to some small inaccuracies in Google Maps, a few of the routes may be just a little different than what is shown. Pay attention and use your best judgment and you’ll be fine. All of these routes are on paved roads. For more information visit http://www.northfieldbikeclub.org/

  • Route 1: The Wall/Woodley Loop.
    • Length: 10 miles
    • Difficulty: Some say it’s hilly.
    • Notes: It’s a good, quick ride when you don’t have much time. Many of us got started on this route.
    • Map: Click here for a detailed map.
  • Route 2: The Wall/Kane/81 Loop.
    • Length: 16 miles.
    • Difficulty: It’s an extension of Route 1 and is no more difficult: Most of the extra length is pretty flat.
    • Notes: The stretch on county road 9 was paved in 2007, has wide shoulders and is a joy to ride.
    • Map: Click here for a detailed map.
  • Route 3: The Cannon City/Acorn Trail Loop.
    • Length: 26 miles.
    • Difficulty: There are a few hills that are challenging.
    • Notes: The hill on county road 22 in the early part of the ride is deceptive. Just when you think it’s over, it keeps going.
    • Map: Click here for a detailed map.
  • Route 4: The Cannon City/Nerstrand Loop.
    • Length: 31 miles.
    • Difficulty: There are a few hills that are challenging.
    • Notes: This route goes right by Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. You could stop in there for a picnic. You can also go a little bit east to Nerstrand and visit the Nerstrand meat market or west a bit and visit Big Woods State Park. See map 4A for the park route.
    • Map: Click here (4) or here (4A) for a detailed map.
  • Route 5: The Cannon City/Nerstrand Loop – Valley Grove Variation.
    • Length: 28 miles.
    • Difficulty: Some find the hills on Valley Grove Road to be difficult.
    • Notes: This is much like Route 4 but includes Valley Grove Road. Valley Grove Road is a great ride and finishing on 246 is no longer a problem since the road was repaved a couple of years ago.
    • Map: Click here for a detailed map.
  • Route 6: A Cannon Falls Loop
    • Length: 38 miles.
    • Difficulty: Not many hills.
    • Notes: Ride this route counter clockwise. Turn left off CR 9 onto CR 24 just after Hwy 56. This is a beautiful piece of road.
    • Map: Click here for a detailed map.

This Weekend In Northfield – May 5-8

Happy Weekend!  Here’s the FIVE things you won’t want to miss this weekend plus some extras!

photo credit: locallygrownnorthfield.org

photo credit: locallygrownnorthfield.org

1. Carleton Players present “Tales of Rashomon” | 7:30pm, May 5-7 and 2:00pm May 8 | Weitz Theater, Carleton College
“Tales of Rashomon” is an original dramatic adaptation of several of Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short stories, made famous by Akira Kurosawa’s award winning, 1950 film, “Rashomon.” A colorful band of refugees from natural and man-made disasters gather under civilization’s ruins to wait out a storm.  To pass the time, they read testimonies from an unusual murder trial.  A bandit is accused of having murdered a samurai who was passing through a bamboo grove with his wife.  Testimony is heard from the bandit, the samurai’s wife and, through a medium, the samurai himself.  Each story is so detailed and credible that it is impossible to tell which is true.  The very nature of truth and reality is questioned.

2. Companydance: Spring Concert | Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 5, 6, 7, 7:30 p.m. | Kelsey Theater, Theater Building, St. Olaf College 
A spring celebration of dance created by faculty, students, and guest artists Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 5, 6, 7, 7:30 p.m. Theater Building, Kelsey Theater Tickets: $8 (Complimentary for faculty/staff/students/). Tickets will be available by phone (507-786-8987) during regular box office hours (11 am – 4 pm) and via the web (http://www.stolaf.edu/apps/tickets/) starting April 25. Check website for dates to get your tickets.

3.  Northfield Farmer’s Market | 11:45-1pm Saturday, May 7 | Riverside Park
The Northfield Farmer’s Market brings you fresh, tasty, and wholesome foods from local growers and producers! Free range eggs, meats, numerous vegetables, apples, berries, melons, maple syrup, bedding plants, breads, pies, cookies, firewood, jams, jellies, and pickles, are available from mid-May through the end of October. Occasionally, bluegrass musicians serenade market goers on Fridays. Fun for all ages and family members – guaranteed!

4.  Lone Rock Band | 5:00pm, Saturday, May 7 | J. Grundy’s Rueb n’ Stein
Recreating the old country song with slick licks, choice voices and a rockin’ rhythm section, THIS is LONE ROCK. 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.   WALK! Forrest Williams | Guided Walk in the Carleton Arboretum | 1:00pm, Sunday May 8 Lower Arb entrance from the parking lot near West Gym and football fields (along Highway 3)  Learn about the Geology of the Arboretum: A Guided Walk

Thu May 5, 2016
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
4:30pm WALK! Gimme Shelter! Care & Feeding of Long Distance Walkers Where: Weitz Cinema
7pm Traditional Irish Session Where: J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein
7:30pm Carleton Players present “Tales of Rashomon” Where: Weitz Theater
7:30pm Companydance: Spring Concert Where: Kelsey Theater, Theater Building, St. Olaf College
8pm World Music: Singer/Songwriter Fatoumata Diawara Where: Concert Hall, Carleton
9pm Cowraoke Where: The Contented Cow
9pm DJ and Karaoke Where: Froggy Bottoms

Fri May 6, 2016
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
11:45am Northfield Farmers Market Where: Riverside Park
5pm Paula Lammers Where: Contented Cow
7:30pm Carleton Players present “Tales of Rashomon” Where: Weitz Theater
7:30pm Companydance: Spring Concert Where: Kelsey Theater, Theater Building, St. Olaf College
9pm Bruce Burniece Where: Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
9pm DJ Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein
9pm Shannon Mac Where: Contented Cow
9:30pm Goodsell Observatory Open House Where: Goodsell Observatory

Sat May 7, 2016
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
9am Northfield Farmers Market Where: Riverside Park
10am Drive 4 Ur Community Where: Dokmo Ford Chrysler, 1201 MN-3, Northfield
10am Northfield Public Library Grand Reopening Where: Northfield Public Library
1pm WALK! “Off-Leash”: Performance Walk by Artist David Lefkowitz Where: Weitz Center Main Entrance, Carleton
2pm WALK! “Off-Leash”: 2pm Performance walk by artist David Lefkowitz Where: Weitz Center Main Entrance
3pm Jazz Ensemble Concert : Laura Caviani, Director Where: Concert Hall
3pm WALK! “Off-Leash”: 3pm Performance walk by artist David Lefkowitz Where: Weitz Center Main Entrance
3:30pm Concert: Viking Chorus and Manitou Singers Where: Boe Memorial Chapel
5pm Lone Rock Band Where: J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein
5pm The Tinkers Where: The Contented Cow
7:30pm Carleton Players present “Tales of Rashomon” Where: Weitz Theater
7:30pm Companydance: Spring Concert Where: Kelsey Theater, Theater Building, St. Olaf College
8pm Marty Anderson & the Goods Where: The Contented Cow
9pm DJ Where: Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Sun May 8, 2016  – MOTHER’S DAY!
All day WALK! Passages: Walking in Contemporary Art Where: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
12pm Exhibit Opening Reception: Senior Studio Art Show Where: Saint Olaf Avenue, St Olaf
1pm WALK! Forrest Williams | Guided Walk in the Carleton Arboretum Where: Lower Arb entrance from the parking lot near West Gym and football fields (along Highway 3)
2pm Carleton Players present “Tales of Rashomon” Where: Weitz Theater
2pm Sunday Jazz Jam Where: Hot Spot Music Studio
3pm Faculty Recital: Patricia Kent, soprano Where: Concert Hall
5pm Dave Williams Where: The Contented Cow
5pm WALK! Buddhist Walking Meditation | Led by Roger Jackson Where: Carleton Chapel

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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photo credit: facebook

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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photo credit: facebook

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

photo credit: Northfield Arts Guild

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

Northfield Arts Guild

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