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.
Happy December! Northfield is ready for the holidays with many fun activities planned each weekend! Check out the 5 events you won’t want to miss this weekend! Make sure you check back each week to see what’s happening.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival | December 1-4 | St. Olaf College
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival, one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, will be held December 1-4.
Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
The festival, which is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio, has been featured in such publications as TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
Cookies With Santa | December 3, 10am – 12pm | United Methodist Church
Benefiting the Northfield Nursery School $5/child, $20/family max
Earl Thomas CD Release party | December 3, 8pm | The Grand Event Center
Tickets on sale at Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars. Individual seats and table prices available. 507-645-4008 for more info.
Sweet Jazz | December 4, 4pm – 6pm | The Contented Cow
Sweet Jazz has been performing in the Northfield area since 2006, starting back with just Christina Schwietz doing vocals and Peter Webb on piano in an exploration of jazz vocal standards. From those beginnings they expanded to include David Miller on drums, flugelhorn, melodica, and several bass players, currently Bruce Jensen.
Gabriel Moll & All His Friends December 4, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger and luthier based in Minnesota.
With so many fun things to do in Northfield, it’s getting more and more difficult picking five per week to feature! Make sure you check out our entire Events Calendarto find out about all of the activities going on in town this weekend.
Film Premiere: Love Always, Santa | Thursday, November 3, 6:30pm | Northfield Middle School
The Northfield Chamber of Commerce and Tourism along with Visit Northfield invite you to the world premiere of Love Always, Santa, a movie filmed in Northfield. Open to the public. Free-will donations and/or non-perishable food items for the Northfield food shelf accepted. Red Carpet 6:30pm, screening 7pm. Small reception to follow.
Theater: You Can’t Take It With You | Nov. 4-5, 11-13, F/Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm | Northfield High School Auditorium
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. This eccentric family allows each member to pursue their own ambitions in the home, but their routine is disrupted when a daughter with a regular job wants to bring her fiancé and his Wall Street family to dinner in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. There’s a reason that so many high schools stage this show – it’s really well-put together with a wonderful menagerie of characters. It’s great theatrical fun. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 students, available at the NHS office or at the door.
Tim Houlihan & Band | Fri, November 4, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
The Tavern is very pleased to present the Northfield debut of legendary Minneapolis musician Tim Houlihan and his band, appearing in support of his critically-acclaimed latest release, “Another Orion.” An Americana singer songwriter whose songs are carved from real life with hooky enthusiasm, strong grooves and sophisticated playing, Tim’s performances have taken him around the U.S. and Europe from living rooms to large halls – drawing in listeners with intimate stories and warm anecdotes. More at timhoulihan.com.
4. Lone Rock | Sat, November 5, 5pm – 7pm | 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.
The duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Arkansas-born Kendl Winter spreads her songs across the country like Johnny Appleseed. Kendl weaves poetry with both old and new songs. Her voice is described as “somewhere between Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent with a little twist.” Palmer T. Lee hails from Minneapolis. When he was nineteen years old he inherited a couple of banjos and discovered that he could reassemble them into his dream instrument. Palmer’s songs are distilled into the warm, sweet sounds of percussive wordplay and melodic interludes. Former front-man for the high energy bluegrass band The Boys n’ the Barrels, his own unique style developed from his pieced together banjo. According to Winter, both she and Lee studied roots music and traditional banjo techniques, both three finger and clawhammer. They started there and then diverged with creativity. Even when attempting to recreate old sounds, they strive to put their own twist on everything they do. The Lowest Pair approaches their instruments as vehicles to explore poetry, song, and melody. Openers include Randy Broughten from Gear Daddies with Dan Gaarder from Trailer Trash band bassist Andy Olsen. Tickets: $25, available at the Northfield Arts Guild, 507/645-8877 or northfieldartsguild.org.