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
Is it spring? It feels like it with these mild temps! Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!
Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.
Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
Ronald Rodmad director.
Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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.
Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown. Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
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.
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!
New Insect Overlords/Michael Ray & the Nasty Notes | Fri, January 27, 7:30pm – 11:00pm | The Contented Cow
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.”
Elizabeth Ghandour & The Heightburners | Fri, January 27, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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.
Tuck and Patti | Sat, January 28, 7pm – 7pm | Northfield Grand Event Center
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.
Gabriel Moll & All His Friends | Sun, January 29, 8pm – 11pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/arranger based in Minnesota.
Shopping Historic Downtown Northfield!
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!
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Northfield is so delightful so LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! Check out the top 5 things you MUST do this weekend in Northfield! (All the cool kids will be there!)
Join the Cow Holiday Orchestra featuring Wendy, Lori, Dave and Nate for the annual celebration of holiday spirit and songs designed to take you back to a simpler time of angels in the snow, hot chocolate on the stove and family gatherings featuring long stories by your aunts and uncles that don’t seem to have a point. It’s a sing-along and everyone’s invited to join in, even if you are a bit off-key.
Tim Howe | Fri, December 16, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Tim Howe has been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
Jingle Bell Run | Sat, December 17, 9am | Northfield YMCA
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a Northfield community holiday tradition presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management. 100% of race registration fees go to support programming and scholarships at the Northfield Y. These dollars ensure that everyone and anyone who wants to participate in swimming, sports and recreation, quality family time or a wide variety of fitness opportunities, can regardless of their financial situation
Sister: The More The Merrier | Sat & Sun, December 17 & 18, 2pm & 7pm | The Grand Event Center
Capture the spirit of Christmas in one simple step. It’s easy, economical and efficient. It makes more of your merry, gives you the greatest return and the biggest bang for your holiday buck. The bottom line is this: SISTER ALWAYS DELIVERS! It’s “THE MORE THE MERRIER” and SISTER always gives more. You know what to do. Bring the ones you love and make more of your time, your money, your relationships and your Christmas spirit. Ramp it up. Do it for YOU! Get your tickets, come to the Grand Theater in Northfield and experience the entertainment that is known as “a must see holiday tradition!”
NAGCracker Encore | Sat, December 17, 5pm – 6pm | 304 Division Street
The Northfield Arts Guild Dance Studio is proud to present “NAGCracker”. This annual event of holiday-inspired pieces features work from the Arts Guild Dance Theater Company and Mexican Folklórico Dancers. This vibrant performance is sure to set the mood for the upcoming holidays. This is an encore performance of our Winter Walk show. The event is free and open to the public; performed in the Arts Guild Dance Studio
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Northfield! Check out these 5 fun events going on! Trashy Little Xmas Show | Fri, December 9, 8pm | Grand Events Center Honky-tonk legends Trailer Trash are back with their annual “Trashy Little Xmas Show.” A hol read more
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!
Tim Howe | Fri, November 25, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Howe’s been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
Small Business Saturday | Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 | Citywide
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.
Billy Johnson | Sat, November 26, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
“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.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | Sun, November 27, 7:30pm | Skinner Chapel, Carleton
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.
Sunday Jazz Jam | Sun, November 27, 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Hot Spot Music Studio
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.
The Ole Bazaar | Friday, November 18, 9-4pm | Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf
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.
Andriana Lehr | Fri, November 18, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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/
Art Vandalay | Sat, November 19, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
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.
Mark Allen | Sat, November 19, 9pm | 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.
Marilynn Sellars & Steven C in Concert to Benefit Ruth’s House | Sun, November 20, 4pm | St Johns Lutheran Church
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.
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.
Happy (Spooky) Weekend Northfield! Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in town this weekend!
An Evening with Kevin Kling and Friends | Fri, October 28, 7:00pm | Northfield High School
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.
The Rocky Horror Show |October 28 & 29|Northfield Arts Guild Theater
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.
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.
Annual Pumpkin Fest in Way Park | Sat, October 29, 5pm | Way Park, 720 1st St W
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.
Mill Town Haunt |October 28-31, 6pm – 10pm | Rice County Gas & Steam Engines, Hwy 3, just south of Dundas (map)
An all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. 507/301-4268 or email@example.com for more info.