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Make this summer your season to discover the hometown pleasures of an open-air Market Fair! Stroll Northfield’s incomparable Riverwalk any Saturday morning June through October, and you’ll find a sampling of our area’s best talents and tastes:

“The Red and the White,” 8'' x 10'', oil painting by Marsha Kolstad Morrill Kitchel

Fine Art and Fine Craft

Fresh, Local Produce

Artisan Foods

Browse a changing weekly palette of various media: oil, watercolor, acrylics, pottery, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood art, mixed media. Lower Riverwalk, east side of the Cannon River.

Meet our region’s finest growers of local and organic fruits and vegetables, and producers of minimally processed meats and cheeses. Don’t forget the fresh cut flowers for your table! Adjacent to Bridge Square in Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza.

Taste the quality difference... check out our handcrafted breads and pastries, fresh coffees, old family recipes and new creations. Eat here and take some home.

Bring the family...socialize and shop... rediscover the heart of Northfield! Visit Our Welcome Center in Bridge Square Saturdays, June through October 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Except September 11, Defeat of Jesse James Days)

www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org Many thanks to our generous donors and sponsors! NEG@northfieldguide.com

Be a Riverwalk Market Fair Vendor! Great entrepreneurial opportunity for artists and growers. Complete event and marketing management provided for quality vendors. Join us for one Saturday, or for twenty! Minimal per-day fee. To apply, visit our website below, or call 507-786-9700 to speak with a Market Fair Manager.

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Contents your source for Northfield-area happenings since 2005

Vol. 6, Issue 7

July 2010 17 Bridge Square Northfield, MN 55057

507/663-7937 neg@northfieldguide.com Publisher: Rob Schanilec By All Means Graphics Advertising: Kevin Krein Kevin@northfieldguide.com or 507/663-7937 Contributors: Felicia Crosby Susan Hvistendahl Locallygrownnorthfield.org Northfield.org Northfield Music Collective Breanna Zarbinski Online: at northfieldguide.com! A flippin’ cool digital edition, downloadable PDF, archives and content submission form.

Happenings – Up Close ................... 3-15, 27 Galleries......................................3 Sports ..........................................3 Theater .......................................3 A Month at a Glance.... 22-25 Just Curious: Suzie Nakasian ................31-33 Clubs, Classes & More ........33 Dining ......................................34 Advertisers’ Index ................34 Historic Happenings ..... 36-39 July Gigs .........................................40

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The sounds of a Northfield summer – there’s no better representation than the intergenerational gathering of musicians most Thursday evenings on Bridge Square – the community band! This photo was taken by Griff Wigley at the Taste of Northfield 2009. Paid Advertisement

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ArtOnWater

Eclectic Goat

Paradise Center for the Arts

217 S. Water St. • 507/786-9700 artonwater.com Gallery Summer hours: Thu and Sat 47pm thru July or by appointment;

418 Division St. • 507/786-9595 More than 120 artists represented. “A shop where...ART RULES!”

321 Central Ave., Faribault 507/332-7372 paradisecenterforthearts.org

Grezzo Gallery

Annual Members Show – through July 30 – Brings together artists from all fields of study: batik, drawing, ceramics and more.

220 Division St., River Level 507/581-2161

Northfield Arts Guild

‘New Beginnings’ July 2010 – A Farewell Exhibition & Collector’s Sale Tonya Kjerland (stained glass) and Michael Connor (mixed media), with work by Cayenne Kjerland (fused glass) and David Kjerland (watercolor retrospective). Preview July 1 and 2, 4-7pm and Artist Reception July 3, 2-4pm. Continuing in exhibition: “a favorite cup” – functional ceramics of Colleen Riley, Donovan Palmquist plus many other local and Minnesota-connected potters. Fine art from the potter’s hand – personal use – great gifts, plus original oak-framed decorative American Opal(escent) Glass by Dean Kjerland.

304 Division St. • 507/645-8877 • M-F 105, Sa 11-3 • www.northfieldartsguild.org Richard Rock: Picturing History – through July 31. A series of Richard Rock’s paintings of artifacts and furnishings from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Painted from life at the MIA beginning in 2001, the paintings are “intimate portraits of the museum and captured remains of times past.” The Other Room in the gallery will show the work of Riki Kölbl Nelson in an exhibit titled Dress/Undress. Is it nude – or is it naked? Check it out!

Studio Elements 16 Bridge Square • 507/786-9393 Th/F 10-8, Sa 10-6, Su 12-4 studioelements.net A monthly market of fine art, unique gifts and fun junk. Open July 1-4.

swag 423 Division St. • 507/663-8870 Tu-Sa, 10-5:30 Mullanium Recycles Project earrings.

“Windows on Paradise” Art Gallery 904 Division St. So. • 507/645-5563 Landscapes and inspirational art by Mark Daehlin. Viewings by appointment.

Carleton College Art Gallery One N. College St. • 507/646-4469 carleton.edu/campus/gallery

S P O R T S It’s summer and there’s a whole lot of baseball going on!

Theater

Friday, July 2

Friday, July 16

Dundas Dukes vs. Randolph Railcats, 7:30pm Northfield Knights vs. Plainview Bucs, 7:30pm

Dundas Dukes vs. Minnetonka Millers, 7:30pm Northfield Knights vs. Minneapolis Rocks, 7:30pm

June 30 and July 1, 5:30pm; July 2, 10am ARTech School The Northfield Arts Guild presents this Young People’s Theater Workshop’s presentation, the culmination of a three-week workshop filled with creative dramatics, dance and more. Participants took part in writing an original script, rehearsing it and now performing it. Tickets $5 adults, $3 children and students, and available at the door.

Saturday, July 3

Sunday, July 18

Northfield Knights vs. Hampton Cardinals, 2pm

Dundas Dukes vs. Miesville Mudhens, 2pm

Sunday, July 4

Dundas Dukes vs. Owatonna Aces, 7:30pm

Northfield Knights vs. Dundas Dukes, 2pm

Friday, July 23

History/Misstory

Friday, July 9

Northfield Knights vs. Lakeville Athletics, 7:30pm

Northfield Knights vs. Rochester Blues, 7:30pm

Sunday, July 25

Wednesday, July 14

Wednesday, July 28

Dundas Dukes vs. Prescott Pirates, 7:30pm Northfield Knights vs. Rochester Roadrunners, 7:30pm

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Wednesday, July 21

Dundas Dukes vs. Hastings Hawks, 6:05pm Dundas Dukes vs. Rochester Royals, 7:30pm

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Study Hall • 9pm

HAPPE N I NG S

The Contented Cow This includes Peter Lynn and Terry VanDeWalker and these guys really rock the house – digging deep into obscure covers and original tunes.

THURSDAY, JULY 1 Exhibit Preview: New Beginnings – A Farewell Exhibit and Collectors Sale • 4-7pm

ArtOnWater Gallery See page 3.

FRIDAY, JULY 2 Theater: History/Misstory • 10am

Theater: History/Misstory 5:30 p.m.

ARTech School See page 3. Northfield Community Band Concert • 7pm

Bridge Square Featuring local performers and music of many genres, the Northfield Community Band has been a part of summers in town for more than 100 years! The perfect evening out for family and friends. Free and open to the public. Chris Herriges • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge Critically acclaimed singer, guitarist and songwriter based in the Twin Cities.

Study Hall photo: Brenna Lynn

ARTech School See page 3. Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverside Park Exhibit Preview: New Beginnings – A Farewell Exhibit and Collectors Sale • 4-7pm

ArtOnWater Gallery See page 3. Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale The Favourite Child • 8pm

The Contented Cow

Carey Langer

Carey Langer • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge A solo artist covering six decades and seven styles of music. From The Everly Brothers and Frank Sinatra, to Rick Springfield, Dave Matthews and Jimmy Eat World, plus original music. Goodsell Observatory Open House • 10pm-12am

Carleton Open houses are the first Friday evening of each month for two hours. Canceled if cloudy. DJ Music • The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Quality Compassionate Care Without the Wait! Better Service • Lower Costs • More Convenience Sick? Injured? Pain? Come see us at Northfield Urgent Care. We are here for you!

We offer: On-site Lab Services & X-ray Equipment, Casting, Stitches, On-site Pharmaceuticals, Occupational Medicine, Physicals, Drug Screens, Breathalyzers All health insurances accepted. Walk-in. No appointment needed!

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SATURDAY, JULY 3 Farmer’s Market • 9am • Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm

Bridge Square/ Riverwalk The art of a Summer Saturday – downtown northfield’s newest event featuring fine art and craft, local organic produce, artisan foods and strolling entertainment. A fun, family friendly event! Artist Reception: New Beginnings – A Farewell Exhibit and Collectors Sale 4-7pm • ArtOnWater Gallery

See page 3.

Northfield Criterium Bike Races .....9:00-5:00 pm Downtown

Brothers Burn Mountain • 5pm

The Contented Cow The taste of ripe cherries and the smell of the core of fresh oak. Their music is a heightened sense of awareness wherever they go.

Yankee Doodle Kiddie Parade .................6:00 pm Econo Foods Parking Lot to Bridge Square

Yankee Doodle Kiddie Carnival ...............6:00 pm

Relativity • 6pm

Bridge Square

Willinger’s Golf Club Current and classic light rock as well as great original music.

Ames Park Fireworks .............................10:00 pm

JULY 2010

Sechlar Park Fireworks ..........................10:15 pm

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HAPPENINGS Saturday, July 3, continued Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm

DJ Music

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Butler’s Steak & Ale

SUNDAY, JULY 4

Spruce Top Review • 7pm

Fourth of July Celebration

The Contented Cow Eclectic repertoire of urban folk that may be familiar and obscure. Interpretations of folks like John Prine, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan and the Beatles, traditional and contemporary Irish music and more.

Downtown Northfield Food, music entertainment, games, bike criterion and fireworks. See the schedule in the ad on page 5. Vintage Baseball Game 1pm

Jon Manners • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge Voted Northfield’s best male musician of 2009! Playing guitar since 1957, Manners has been in bands including: The Stingrays, The Fabulous Intruders, The Critters, The Sticky Wickets, Yellow Fish, The Glass Eye, The Windjammers, No Dice, Rockaday Jonny, Diesel Goose, Zebra, Berceuse, Shriek, Neoneon, The Kitty Younger Band, Flight Time, The Great? Imposters. In the early ’70s, he associated with Andrew Loog Oldham, one-time producer for The Rolling Stones. Now playing solo, he says “it’s easier to call a rehearsal and it gives me complete control over the songlist.”

St. Olaf Northfield Silver Stars play the St. Croix Baseball Club – 1860’s-style. No gloves. No catchers’ equipment. Catch a ball on a bounce and the batter is out. Watch a striker with a nice daisy cut get an ace. Politics and a Pint • 6pm

The Contented Cow Join discussions on local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For topics, go to www.contentedcow.com. Northern Roots Session • 7pm

The Contented Cow Acoustic music with roots particularly from Nordic countries. Northern Roots Session

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Summer Film Series: Encounter Point 7pm

Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow Foursomes compete for prizes and the chance to drink from the “Winner’s Mug.” $5/four-person team.

Just Food Coop Community Room This award-winning movie tells the true story about everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. “Blazes with a kind of spiritual grace while remaining firmly grounded in tragic reality,” – Village Voice. Discussion to follow. Free and open to the public.

MONDAY, JULY 5 Multe • 7:30pm

The Contented Cow Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure! Bingo Multe

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Euchre

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock THURSDAY, JULY 8 Northfield Community Band Concert • 7pm

TUESDAY, JULY 6 Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverside Park Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm

The Contented Cow Acoustic musicians of all levels gather to jam. WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 Northfield Noontime Organ Recital • 12:15-12:45pm

United Methodist Church Richard Collman, organ, Elinor Niemisto, harp. Books and Stars: New Riverside Ramblers • 7pm

Bridge Square Featuring local performers and music of many genres, the Northfield Community Band has been a part of summers in town for more than 100 years! The perfect evening out for family and friends. Free and open to the public. Mark Mraz • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge Forget about life for awhile with the piano man. From Billy Joel to Kermit the Frog – Mraz tickles the ivories and entertains requests from the audience.

Odd Fellow’s Park This band brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up the Mississippi River to Northfield! Booker opens at 6:30.

NORTHFIELD NOONTIME ORGAN RECITALS 2010 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Come and hear the fourth summer of recitals! Wed. July 7: Richard Collman, Organ, and Elinor Niemisto, Harp, Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St.

OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION Bring in this coupon for one free egg roll or a free 4-piece cream cheese wonton, with the purchase of an entree.

Wed. July 14: Andrew Schaeffer, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W. Wed. July 21: Lawrence Archbold, Carleton College Music & Drama Center, 110 Winona St. N. Wed. July 28: Sue Walby, Skinner Chapel, Carleton College, 405 1st St. E. Wed. Aug. 4: Dan Fenn, Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College Wed. Aug. 11: Mike & Susan Powell, Studio A, Christiansen Hall of Music, St. Olaf College Campus

Voted Best Take-Out 2009 Northfield Entertainment Guide

Bringing a touch of the Orient to downtown Northfield since 1981

Enjoy Eat-In or call ahead for convenient Take-Outs.

– Vintage Band Festival (longer recitals) – Fri. Aug. 6: 12:30 p.m. Kentucky Baroque Trumpets & Organ, First Congregational UCC Church, 300 Union St. Sat. Aug. 7: 1:30 p.m. Gargoyle Brass Ensemble from Chicago with Organ, First Congregational UCC Church, 300 Union St.

107 East 4th St. • Northfield • 645-7101

Some recitals will include a free-will offering to defray publicity expenses. For more information, contact Richard Collman at 507-645-1357, or email him at rkcollman@msn.com

Hours: Lunch Wed.-Fri. 11:30-2:00 Dinner Tues.-Thurs. 4:30-9:00 Fri. & Sat. 4:30-10:00

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FRIDAY, JULY 9

SATURDAY, JULY 10

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Farmer’s Market • 9am

Riverside Park

Riverside Park

Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Summer Jam 2010 • 7:30-11pm

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault Circles to Squares and Top Shelf live in concert. $10 advance, $15 at the door. Area 51 • 8pm

The Contented Cow Voted Northfield’s No. 1 Band of 2009 by readers of the Northfield Entertainment Guide! Take eight from the fields of education, architecture, communications and medicine; mix in guitars, drums, saxophones, harmonicas, voices and cowbells and you’ve got “music from the heavens.” Lonesome Dan Kase • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge Think music from O Brother, Where Art Thou? and mix in a little more ragtime and a hint of bluegrass.

Area 51

DJ Music

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Bridge Square/Riverwalk The art of a Summer Saturday – downtown northfield’s newest event featuring fine art and craft, local organic produce, artisan foods and strolling entertainment. A fun, family friendly event! Summer Second Saturday: Free Tours • 10am-2pm

Northfield Historical Society Featuring Rice County civil war battle flag. Dave Hudson • 6pm

Willinger’s Golf Club After cutting his teeth with various college bands and acoustic duos, Dave Hudson made his way through the Minneapolis music scene by 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 is what has kept crowds coming back for more. Photo: Bee Tour Photography

Butler’s Steak and Ale

studio elements a monthly market of fine art, unique gifts & fun junk

Join us for fun, free, family friendly entertainment at a variety of Northfield parks Wednesday evenings in July! Booker open 6:30-8:15 pm. The show begins at 7 pm. July 21 –

July 7 –

NEW RIVERSIDE RAMBLERS This band brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up the Mississippi River to Northfield! At Odd Fellows Park.

July 14 – STEVIE

RAY’S IMPROV CO. Instant comedy sketches – right on the spot! Be ready for something totally different! At Spring Creek Park.

SPLATTER SISTERS This will be a very lively concert of classic kids songs with LOTS of audience participation. At Way Park.

July 28 – XIBABA (pronounced Shi-baba)

The last show of the summer. Enjoy a special time featuring Brazilian music for dancing and listening. At Ames Park. Inclement weather site: NCRC Room 103, Jefferson Parkway (by the high school stadium)

Books and stars is made possible by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. Sponsored by the City of Northfield-Library and Northfield Schools-Community Services Division.

For information, call 507-645-6606 or www.northfieldmn.info.

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open july 1-4 Now also open every Saturday! 16 bridge square, northfield, minnesota 55057 507-786-9393 • www.studioelements.net

Mike’s Bicycle Shop Trek • Gary Fisher • Surly general repair parts & accessories including Bontrager free pick-up and delivery 416 Grastvedt Lane • Northfield, MN

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Northern Roots Session • 7pm

HAPPENINGS Saturday, July 10, continued

The Contented Cow An informal weekly gathering of musicians to play acoustic music with roots in the north, particularly the Nordic countries. Participants and listeners at all ages and levels of experience welcome.

Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm

Butler’s Steak & Ale Multe • 7:30pm

Northfield Public Library Part of the Carnegie Centennial concert series. Coffee and cake at 7. Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure. Norwegian Cowboy • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge “Listen – it’s simple. I’m a cover artiste. Nothing I can do about that. Hell, I wouldn’t want to. I play a lot of songs that you’ll pretend you don’t like, but if no one’s listening, you’ll quietly hum it to yourself. And you won’t be angry about it. So if you like old country, or Neil Diamond, or everything in between and on the outside of those two things, come have a listen.”

Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow Foursomes compete for prizes and the chance to drink from the “Winner’s Mug.” $5/four-person team. MONDAY, JULY 12 Multe • 7:30pm

The Contented Cow Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure! Bingo

DJ Music

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein SUNDAY, JULY 11

TUESDAY, JULY 13

Politics and a Pint • 6pm

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

The Contented Cow Join discussions on local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For topics, go to www.contentedcow.com.

Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm

Riverside Park The Contented Cow Acoustic musicians of all levels gather to jam.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14

THURSDAY, JULY 15

Northfield Noontime Organ Recital: Andrew Schaeffer 12:15-12:45pm

Barb Piper • 5pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church Books and Stars: Stevie Ray’s Improv Co. • 7pm

Spring Creek Park Instant comedy sketches – right on the spot! Be ready for something totally different! Booker opens at 6:30. Summer Film Series: Rachel Corrie Project

Just Food Coop Community Room The play based on the journals of Rachel Corrie. Directed by Margaret Eginton and featuring Kirstin Franklin and Michael Joseph Mitchell. Franklin will be present and available for talk back after the video. Discussion to follow. Free and open to the public.

The Contented Cow Modern folk, vocals/guitar with influences from Hoagy Carmichael, The Beatles and Bonnie Raitt to Susan Tedeschi, Brandi Carlile and Indigo Girls. Contributes her talents to the Entertainment Guide’s No. 1 Band Pick 2009, Area 51; fronts the blues/rock band, “Top Shelf”; and performs with a Faribault musical theater group at Paradise Center for the Arts. Joe Carey • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge

Euchre

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

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FRIDAY, JULY 16

DJ Music

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Riverside Park

Karaoke

Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Bonnie and the Clydes • 8pm

SATURDAY, JULY 17

The Contented Cow 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. Jeff Ray • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge “A quality that could only come by blending the birthplaces of Bob Dylan and the blues.” – Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)

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Farmer’s Market • 9am

Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Bridge Square/Riverwalk The art of a Summer Saturday – downtown northfield’s newest event featuring fine art and craft, local organic produce, artisan foods and strolling entertainment. A fun, family friendly event! Robin Fodor • 6pm Robin Fodor

Willinger’s Golf Club Acoustic/classic rock/folk.

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Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm

MONDAY, JULY 19

Butler’s Steak & Ale Dime-Store Watch • 8pm

The Contented Cow Jerry Johnson, Inga Johnson and Joel Cooper. Todd Thompson Trio • 8-11 p.m.

The Tavern Lounge Local acoustic music. Bohemian Duo

The Rueb’n’stein Chad Johnson and Russell Franek, former front men of “Communication Breakdown” playing originals and covers including the likes of Lynard Skynyrd, Van Morrison, CCR and Johnny Cash.

The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts

St. Olaf This is the first of a five-day event. How media and the arts further (or hinder) the church’s work. People used to ask each other, “Have you heard the news?” Or perhaps, “Have you read the news?” Now they ask, “Did you see the news?” Is there a difference? How shall the church engage a technology-driven, media-saturated culture? Can the embodiment of the Gospel live alongside disembodied communication? Can the human heart and mind endure the barrage of media that swirls around this web-connected world? The conference includes daily worship, lectures, addresses, seminars and experiential learning opportunities. Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverside Park Multe • 7:30pm

SUNDAY, JULY 18

The Contented Cow Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure!

Politics and a Pint • 6pm

The Contented Cow Join discussions on local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For topics, go to www.contentedcow.com. Northern Roots Session 7pm

The Contented Cow An informal weekly gathering of musicians to play acoustic music with roots in the north, particularly the Nordic countries. Participants and listeners at all ages and levels of experience welcome. Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow Foursomes compete for prizes and the chance to drink from the “Winner’s Mug.” $5/four-person team.

Bingo

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock TUESDAY, JULY 20 Rice County Fair

This is the first of a six-day event. Food, fun, education, animals and entertainment. See ad on page 29 for details. The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts

St. Olaf This is the second of a five-day event. See July 19 description. Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverside Park Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm • The Contented Cow

Acoustic musicians gather to jam.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 Rice County Fair

This is the second of a six-day event. Food, fun, education, animals and entertainment. See ad on page 29 for details. The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts

St. Olaf This is the third of a five-day event. See July 19 description. Northfield Noontime Organ Recital: Lawrence Archbold 12:15-12:45pm

Carleton Music and Drama Center Books and Stars: Splatter Sisters 7pm

Way Park This will be a very lively concert of classic kids songs with LOTS of audience participation. Booker opens at 6:30.

St. Olaf This is the fifth of a five-day event. See July 19 description. Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverside Park Big Strong Men • 5pm

The Contented Cow Minnesota homegrown boys with one common goal: rock and roll. Their style varies from train-beat driven country and soulful gospel to reggae and blues, but it’s all got their distinct mark on it, with intricate lyrics, vocal harmonies and excellent but not overbearing musicality. Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale Marty Anderson and the Goods • 8pm

The Contented Cow The “Goods” music is a blend of Americana and country alternative sound with lots of Bob Dylan. They do some glam-era adaptations that really rock, as well as new music like Wilco and Ryan Adams.

Euchre Splatter Sisters

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

THURSDAY, JULY 22 Crazy Daze • 7am

Downtown Northfield City-wide bargains – tasty food specials – sidewalk sales galore! See schedule and advertised specials on pages 17-19. Rice County Fair

This is the third of a six-day event. Food, fun, education, animals and entertainment. See ad on page 29 for details. The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts

St. Olaf This is the fourth of a five-day event. See July 19 description. Sam Daly • 5pm

The Contented Cow Sam has been singing and playing guitar his whole life and has been in many bands since the age of 11. This folk/rock/indie performer founded the family band “The Bridgewater Ramblers.” Charlie Parr • 7-10pm

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Café Original acoustic blues. The Options • 8pm

The Contented Cow Blues, rock, pop and originals. Charlie Parr

Kim Bloom • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge

FRIDAY, JULY 23 Rice County Fair

This is the fourth of a six-day event. Food, fun, education, animals and entertainment. See ad on page 29 for details.

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The Favourite Child • 11pm

The Contented Cow DJ Music

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock SATURDAY, JULY 24 Farmer’s Market • 9am

Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm

Bridge Square/Riverwalk The art of a Summer Saturday – downtown northfield’s newest event featuring fine art and craft, local organic produce, artisan foods and strolling entertainment. A fun, family friendly event! Rice County Fair

This is the fifth of a six-day event. Food, fun, education, animals and entertainment. See ad on page 29 for details. Carey Langer • 5pm

The Contented cow A solo artist covering six decades and seven styles of music. From The Everly Brothers and Frank Sinatra, to Rick Springfield, Dave Matthews and Jimmy Eat World, plus original music.

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Relativity • 6pm

Northern Roots Session • 7pm

Willinger’s Golf Club Current and classic light rock as well as great original music.

The Contented Cow

Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm

The Contented Cow Foursomes compete for prizes and the chance to drink from the “Winner’s Mug.” $5/four-person team.

Butler’s Steak & Ale RCAs • 8pm

The Contented Cow The Rice County All-Stars are Aaron Hagenson, Peter Lynn, Terry VanDeWalker and Aaron Anderson – that would be a dose of Last Known Whereabouts, a dash of Deputies, a smidgen of Big Wu and Mr. Sticky to taste – the All-Stars. Son of a Gun • 8-11pm

Quiz Night • 8pm

MONDAY, JULY 26 Multe • 7:30pm

Northern Roots Session

The Contented Cow Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure! Bingo

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock TUESDAY, JULY 27 Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

The Tavern Lounge

Riverside Park

DJ Music

Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

The Contented Cow Acoustic musicians gather to jam.

SUNDAY, JULY 25 Rice County Fair

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28

This is the final of a six-day event. Food, fun, education, animals and entertainment. See ad on page 29 for details.

Northfield Noontime Organ Recital: Sue Walby 12:15-12:45pm

Politics and a Pint • 6pm

Skinner Chapel, St. Olaf

The Contented Cow Join discussions on local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For topics, go to www.contentedcow.com.

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Cooking the Best Burger in Town in the streets during Crazy Daze Thursday, July 22, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 503 Division St. • Northfield • 645-6691

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Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, July 22 • Stores open at 7 a.m. City-wide bargains • Tasty food specials • Sidewalk sales galore

Shoes and Clothing for Men and Women

Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CRAZY DEALS Under the tent! Open at 7:00 a.m. Games start at 1:30 p.m.

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Thursday, July 22 • Stores open at 7 a.m. City-wide bargains • Tasty food specials • Sidewalk sales galore

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Crazy Daze Schedule of Events 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

CRAZY EMPLOYEE COSTUME CONTEST. Vote for your favorite employee costume. Just Food Co-op 516 Water St.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. WATERMELON SEED SPITTING CONTEST AND FREE FACE PAINTING in the parking lot at Just Food Co-op, 516 Water St.

NEWSPAPER THROWING CONTEST by Northfield News, Division Street near Bridge Square 1:30 p.m.

BEANBAG TOSS by Women and Kids on Division, 314 Division St.

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HULA HOOP CONTEST by Rare Pair, 401 Division St.

WAITERS’ RACE between local restaurants, along

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LOCAL RESTAURANTS “WING-OFF” COMPETITION on

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“CLASSIC CARS” displayed by Sundowner Car

Bridge Square Club, along Division Street 5:30 p.m. 6-8 p.m.

HOT WING EATING CONTEST, Bridge Square 50’S/60’S MUSIC BY KRDS RADIO, along Division St.

Schedule subject to change. Sponsored by Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce retail committee

40% OFF

“Get Your Guns Boys, They’re Robbing the Bank” T-shirts & Mugs

$1.00 Bank Museum Tours www.northfieldhistory.org 507-645-9268 • 408 Division Street Northfield, MN 55057

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GOOD BEER GOOD FOOD GOOD COMPANY

CUISINE of INDIA

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Sam Daly The Options TBA Big Strong Men Marty Anderson & The Goods 11pm The Favourite Child 5pm Carey Langer 8pm RCAs

Check out the calendar for regular jam sessions, live music, quiz night, etc. Come relax on our lawn.

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Proud sponsor of the July Music Fest, at the Contented Cow.

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A Deck! Hours: Lunch: 11:30am-2pm Dinner: 4-9pm (10pm Fri, Midnight Sat) Closed Mondays

A kitchen for canning, jams, pickles and more! Inspected. Approved. Now good to go and ready for YOU!

The Kitchen @ 1001 Contact Diane Burry

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For details on these and more events, check out the Happenings listings with descriptions elsewhere in this guide.

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Multe • 7:30pm

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Downtown Northfield

The Contented Cow Bingo, Castle Rock and Roll

Riverside Park

Northfield Noontime Organ Recital • 12:15-12:45pm

Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm

United Methodist Church

The Contented Cow

Books and Stars: New Riverside Ramblers • 7pm

Vintage Baseball Game 1pm, St. Olaf Politics and a Pint • 6pm

Odd Fellow’s Park

The Contented Cow

Summer Film Series: Encounter Point • 7pm

Northern Roots Session 7pm, The Contented Cow Quiz Night • 8pm

Just Food Coop Euchre, Castle Rock and Roll

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Multe • 7:30pm

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

The Contented Cow

The Contented Cow Bingo, Castle Rock and Roll

Riverside Park

Northfield Noontime Organ Recital: Andrew Schaeffer • 12:15-12:45pm

Northern Roots Session 7pm, The Contented Cow Quiz Night • 8pm

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Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm

The Contented Cow

St. John’s Lutheran Church Books and Stars: Stevie Ray’s Improv Co. • 7pm

Spring Creek Park Summer Film Series: Rachel Corrie Project

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Theater: History/Misstory • 10am

Farmer’s Market • 9am

ARTech School

Riverside Park

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

ARTech School Northfield Community Band Concert 7pm, Bridge Square Chris Herriges • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge Study Hall • 9pm, The Contented Cow

Riverside Park Exhibit Preview: New Beginnings – A Farewell Exhibit and Collectors Sale 4-7pm, ArtOnWater Gallery Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale The Favourite Child • 8pm

The Contented Cow Carey Langer • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge Goodsell Observatory Open House 10pm-12am, Carleton DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

Bridge Square/Riverwalk Artist Reception: New Beginnings – A Farewell Exhibit and Collectors Sale 2-4pm, ArtOnWater Gallery Brothers Burn Mountain • 5pm

The Contented Cow Relativity • 6pm, Willinger’s Golf Club Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm, Butler’s Spruce Top Review • 7pm

The Contented Cow Jon Manners • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

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Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Mark Mraz • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge

Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Farmer’s Market • 9am, Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale

Bridge Square/Riverwalk

Summer Jam 2010 • 7:30-11pm

Summer Second Saturday: Free Tours 10am-2pm

Riverside Park

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault Area 51 • 8pm, The Contented Cow Lonesome Dan Kase • 8-11pm

The Tavern Lounge DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Northfield Historical Society Dave Hudson • 6pm, Willinger’s Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm, Butler’s Multe • 7:30pm

Karaoke

Northfield Public Library

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Norwegian Cowboy • 8-11pm

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Barb Piper • 5pm, The Contented Cow

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Farmer’s Market • 9am, Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Joe Carey • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge

Riverside Park Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale Bonnie and the Clydes • 8pm

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The Tavern Lounge DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Bridge Square,/Riverwalk Robin Fodor • 6pm, Willinger’s Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm, Butler’s

Jeff Ray • 8-11pm, The Tavern Lounge

Dime-Store Watch • 8pm

DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

The Contented Cow

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

The Tavern Lounge Bohemian Duo, The Rueb’n’stein

Todd Thompson Trio • 8-11 p.m.

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The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts

St. Olaf

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Rice County Fair The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

St. Olaf

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Riverside Park

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Multe • 7:30pm

Riverside Park

The Contented Cow Bingo, Castle Rock and Roll

Acoustic Jam Session • 7pm

Northfield Noontime Organ Recital: Lawrence Archbold • 12:15-12:45pm

The Contented Cow Northern Roots Session 7pm, The Contented Cow Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow

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Carleton Books and Stars: Splatter Sisters • 7pm, Way Park Euchre, Castle Rock and Roll

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Multe • 7:30pm

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

The Contented Cow Bingo, Castle Rock and Roll

Riverside Park

Northfield Noontime Organ Recital: Sue Walby 12:15-12:45pm

The Contented Cow Northern Roots Session 7pm, The Contented Cow Quiz Night • 8pm

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The Contented Cow

Skinner Chapel, St. Olaf Books and Stars: Xibaba • 7pm, Ames Park Euchre, Castle Rock and Roll

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Rice County Fair The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts, St. Olaf Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Farmer’s Market • 9am, Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Downtown Northfield Rice County Fair The News and the Good News: Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts, St. Olaf Sam Daly • 5pm, The Contented Cow Charlie Parr • 7-10pm, Hogan Brothers The Options • 8pm, Contented Cow Kim Bloom • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge

Riverside Park Big Strong Men • 5pm, Contented Cow Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale

Bridge Square/Riverwalk Rice County Fair Carey Langer • 5pm, Contented cow Relativity • 6pm, Willinger’s Golf Club Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm, Butler’s

Marty Anderson and the Goods • 8pm

RCAs • 8pm, The Contented Cow

The Contented Cow

Son of a Gun • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge

The Favourite Child • 11pm

DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

The Contented Cow DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

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Mark Mraz • 8-11pm, Tavern Lounge

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Farmer’s Market • 9am, Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale

Bridge Square/Riverwalk

Brothers Burn Mountain • 8pm

Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm, Butler’s Norwegian Cowboy •8-11pm

Riverside Park

The Contented Cow DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

The Tavern Lounge DJ Music, The Rueb ‘N’ Stein

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

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Personalized gifts for weddings, baby showers, etc. 427 Division St., Northfield MN 55057 (507) 645-6576 Toll Free: (800) 343-9715 Fax: (507) 645-0414

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New Downtown Northfield Office 618 Division Street www.community-resourcebank.com Member FDIC

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Brothers Burn Mountain • 8pm

HAPPENINGS Wednesday, July 28, continued from page 15

The Contented Cow The taste of ripe cherries and the smell of the core of fresh oak. Their music is a heightened sense of awareness wherever they go.

Books and Stars: Xibaba (pronounced Shi-baba) • 7pm

Ames Park The last show of the summer – enjoy a special time featuring Brazilian music for dancing and listening. Euchre

DJ Music

The Rueb ‘N’ Stein Karaoke

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Jesse James Lanes Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

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Mark Mraz • 8-11pm

Farmer’s Market • 9am

The Tavern Lounge A versatile singer-pianist specializing in popular music of the past 50 years including hits from artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, The Eagles, James Taylor, The Beatles, Neil Diamond and more.

Riverside Park Riverwalk Market Fair and Farmer’s Market • 9am-1pm

Bridge Square/Riverwalk The art of a Summer Saturday – downtown northfield’s newest event featuring fine art and craft, local organic produce, artisan foods and strolling entertainment. A fun, family friendly event! Pianist Wendy Russell • 6pm

Butler’s Steak & Ale FRIDAY, JULY 30

Norwegian Cowboy •8-11pm

Farmer’s Market • 11:45am

Riverside Park Piano Man Tim Freeland • 6-8:30pm

Butler’s Steak and Ale Wendy Ruseell

The Tavern Lounge Old-school country, ’80s rock, alt-country and alt-rock. Songs you don’t want to admit you like. Not really a cowboy, but voted Northfield’s best male musician of 2008.

DJ Music

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There’s a new trend in town, courtesy of Tea Creations By Felicia Crosby For those of you who question Northfield’s status as a trend-setting community, I have just one thing to say: bubble tea has arrived. Bubble what, you ask? (I did.) This is the Asian drink that’s spreading like wildfire across the country; it’s odd-sounding to the uninitiated but a necessary slice of heaven for those who’ve sampled its gooey, sweet charms, and it’s available now at the newly opened Tea Creations on Division Street. To explain: created in Taiwan in the early 1980s as a treat for school children, bubble tea (or boba milk tea or pearl tea) is an iced, sweet concoction that’s about texture as much as it is flavor, though the flavors themselves are varied and fruity and diverse. It’s non-alcoholic and noncarbonated; mixed with fresh-brewed tea, milk, fruit syrup (or jelly) and ice, the beverage is combined in a cocktail shaker – yes, shaken, not stirred – until it froths. This creates a top layer of bubble. The surprise, however, is the bottom layer of the drink, which Tea Creations owners Pa Nou Yang and is full of little black balls Daniel Xiong.

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that resemble nothing so much as marbles. These are tapioca pearls, and they form the heart of this drink experience. Chewy and sweet, they’re sucked up through the extra fat straw that’s a staple tool of the drink, and enjoyed. Aficionados (and there are many) swear to the unusual combination as a refreshing taste sensation that must be tried to be appreciated. One word of warning: it’s addicting.

From tea to trendy – pearls and jellies provide the transition.

Tea Creations owners Daniel Xiong and Pa Nou Yang are on a stated mission to provide high quality bubble tea, but their charming, art-filled space provides more than that. Tea lattes, smoothies, slushies and loose leaf teas are all available, as are delightful Asian-fusion spring rolls and sandwiches. Tables and chairs are comfortable and spacious, and free wi-fi service allows you to work and snack simultaneously. That is, if those bubbles don’t keep your focus on your tea.

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Civil war songs, baroque trumpets, horns that are more than 10 feet long and play only one note each: these are all elements of a four-day extravaganza of music that will fill the parks, restaurants, churches and concert halls of Northfield Aug. 5-8, 2010. This event will be an encore presentation of the Vintage Band Festival, which mesmerized local residents and area visitors in 2006. The 2010 schedule lists more than 100 concerts by 25 bands. The 2010 Festival’s international lineup includes the Tschecheranka Blaskappelle from Burgenland, Austria, and the Wind Band of the Music Institute of Eastern Helsinki, Finland. There will be American bands from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Minnesota bands hail from New Ulm, St. Paul, Red Wing, Anoka, Minneapolis and Zumbrota. Several bands dress in period costumes and play musical instruments that are more than a century old. Musical styles include New Orleans jazz, regal music from the courts of Europe, sacred repertoire, military fare, and dance music from the bierhauses of Austria, New Ulm and St. Paul. There will be a battle of the bands between the 1st Brigade Band of Wisconsin and the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band on the banks of the Cannon River. In addition to the concerts, a vintage “Base ball” game will take place at Old Memorial Field. There you will see players using the original Knickerbocker Rules from the 1860s – that means no gloves! And there’ll be no spitting, betting or cursing! A band will be playing at the game, of course. There will also be a contra dance, the annual conference of the Historic Brass Society and a Riverwalk Market Fair.

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At the end of the festival will be a Vaudeville performance starring the Northstar Cinema Orchestra. This type of variety entertainment dates back to the early 20th Century and includes a silent film with musical accompaniment and singing and dancing acts. The festival music starts at noon each day and carries well into the evening at many downtown pub and restaurant establishments. Several neighboring towns are also participating through band performances. Come for the weekend and experience centuries of rich musical history! For more, visit www.vintagebandfestival.org where you’ll find the complete roster of bands and the Festival schedule. We also invite you to become a fan of “Vintage Band Festival” on Facebook where new information is posted daily and fans can share photos and comments as often as they wish. KYMN 1080 AM Radio has archived ten 30-minute audio programs called “Prelude to the Vintage Band Festival” that will give you an authentic preview of the wonderful music waiting for you in Northfield this August. As well, around the middle of this July, By All Means Graphics, publisher of this Northfield Entertainment Guide, will distribute the 2010 Vintage Band Festival Program, filled with details on performers, schedules and related events and available free alongside the Entertainment Guide and at the Festival itself. Now is the time to contribute towards this historic event either as a volunteer or through a cash donation. See the ad on page 16 for details.

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July Faribault, 20th MN - 25th “Your County Family Fun - Food - Education - Animals

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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Grandstand Schedule

Bruce Sellner Midway Memorial Free Stage

Demolition Derby

Hard Days Night

Johnny Holm Band

Super Cross Races

Rockin Hollywoods

Brat Pack Radio

Compact Car Races

Whitesidewalls

LaMont Cranston

NTPA National Championship Truck & Tractor Pull

Terry T. Redrock Canyon Band

Killer Hay Seeds

Enduro Auto Race Johnny Lee Concert

Blue Grass & Gospel Music Festival 5 Bands

Mister Peabody

Classic Tractor Pull Demolition Derby

Amateur Talent Contest

Bean Bag Tournament

Beer Gardens

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Just Curious…

BZ: Are you still involved in politics? SN: I have become active in local issues in Northfield, and I am still in touch with political friends back east. Political involvement comes naturally to me, and it’s especially satisfying to do in a small town.

By Breanna Zarbinski

BZ: What about a small town makes politics exciting? SN: Politics and community work in a small town are all about relationships. Our life together here offers an opportunity for collaboration that is hard to summon in larger communities. There is no anonymity here, as there is in larger communities and cities, so the rules are different, and that’s a good thing: it can put us in the hot seat at times, but ultimately provides a built-in accountability and responsibility for our lives and actions.

And so a few quick questions and answers.

As I talked with Suzie Nakasian, I learned that she is a current candidate for Northfield city council, mother of two, and an avid participant in Northfield’s local politics and community. Founder of the Northfield contra dances and appointed member of the Environmental Quality Commission in Northfield, Nakasian previously worked in national political campaigns in New York and Washington D.C. BZ: When did you move to Northfield? SN: We moved here in 2003 when my husband got a job as a professor in the Carleton English Department. I had lived my adult life in New York City and Washington, D.C., but I was born and raised in a small college town in New York that is much like Northfield in character and scale. My kindergarten teacher was born and raised in Northfield, so if its true that “everything you need to know, you learned in kindergarten,” then I am even more of a Northfielder than I think! BZ: How have you fit into the community since then? SN: We moved here with an infant and a toddler when I was in the final stretch of my doctoral work. I started teaching part-time as an adjunct professor in the Carleton Religion Department, and I also worked part-time as a psychotherapist at the Carleton Wellness Center. But with small children at home, there wasn’t the time to resume full-time employment. I was used to full-time professional employment – and so it was easy to simply keep those professional engines running and apply them to community work. I also grew up in a family that was very active in local and state politics, so community involvement comes naturally to me. BZ: What was the nature of your professional work before coming to Northfield? SN: In New York and Washington, D.C., I worked as an organizer of national non-profit campaigns including the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Centennial Celebration and later as a fundraiser for U.S. Senate campaigns. Before deciding to return to graduate school, I worked on Capitol Hill as special assistant to a U.S. senator. It was very interesting and satisfying work – I loved it. But having advanced in my career, I came to feel that I didn’t have the “intellectual infrastructure” I wanted to inform the decisions with which I was charged. So I took a risk, left politics and returned to graduate school. I never looked back.

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BZ: How did you first get involved in the Northfield community? SN: Well as I said, we moved here with two very small children, and at that time the then-impossible-to-believe specter of global warming was entering the public consciousness. I was interested in how that and other environmental issues could be addressed at the community level. I applied and was appointed to the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission (EQC), which is an advisory body to the city council. That was a terrific experience, and opened the way to wider issues of local and regional land use and planning with which I am still involved. BZ: How do you feel about community members’ involvement in Northfield politics? SN: I think it is incredible what Northfield residents can accomplish when they get involved and work together on behalf of local issues! They are the power-pack of local governance! The Comp Plan process is an excellent example. When we moved here, I was surprised and really very inspired to learn that the State of Minnesota requires each city to periodically engage its residents in determining a local “blueprint” for that city’s future. Not all states do it that way – allow democracy to go that far. I immediately became joined in that discussion, applied, and was appointed to the city’s planning commission, which is now working hard to see that visioning process through. BZ: Has the Comprehensive Plan been completed? SN: The Comp Plan is completed, and though it felt forward reaching to some at the time, it is now nicely in sync with the times. That said, a plan for the future is worth nothing if we lack the political will and actual laws or guidelines to reinforce it – to make it a reality. Thankfully, the city council wisely decided to partner the Comprehensive Plan with a much-needed revision of the city’s land development regulations – the guidelines and laws needed to make the plan a reality. We are now more than half way through that very complicated process – but the time on that project is well spent. BZ: I hear you are currently a candidate for city council. What made you decide to pursue this? SN: Momentary insanity!? [Laughs] In all this I had come to enjoy strong working relationships with current council members, with local business leaders and neighborhood and civic groups in Northfield. I am excited by the opportunity to actively represent the various constituencies that make up my ward and to help move things forward. BZ: If you are elected to city council, what are your goals? SN: I will be joining the council in an extremely challenging economic climate and the first order of business will be to evaluate our local financial picture, and do all we can to bolster the local economy. This means support for our area businesses and industry

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the rural communities of England and Scotland. Contra sweeps everyone up into big dance – much like life in community. You don’t have to have a partner or even know how to dance to participate. It is an activity that requires everyone to work together, engage one another, stumble, help and learn with one another, and have a great deal of fun – all to great music!

and renewed attention to the plight of our downtown. I’d like to help Northfield realize its potential as a regional center for health, education and recreation. The times are challenging, but we have only just begun to tap the talent and potential of this community. BZ: You also organize the contra dances in Northfield. Can you describe a contra dance? SN: Contra dance is really just a metaphor for everything we just talked about. It’s a century-old tradition of dance that hails from

BZ: What made you decide to organize a contra dance in Northfield? SN: My husband and I enjoyed contra dances out east, and on moving here we had a gut sense that contra dance was a fit for Northfield. I guess we were right. The first dance in 2007, The Northfield Winter Stomp, packed the armory, in spite of a blizzard that night. We have since had a run of 10 successful dances – three dances each year in February, April and October. They are one more reason to visit downtown Northfield, and they also help us to keep our commitment to a no-drive (or minimal drive) lifestyle. But the most compelling reason to hold a community contra dance is the sheer fun of them. As a famous dance writer once put it, “There is a fair amount of insanity in dancing that does everybody an awful lot of good.” BZ: Have all of the dances shown good turnouts? SN: Yes, more than 150 at each dance! But more significant than the numbers, is the uncommon mix of participants: full-time local residents, Carleton students and Oles in equal proportion. Thanks to the availability of Northfield Lines’ Metro Express bus, and to the

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regional publicity provided by the city’s regional promotional guide, we have started to see people coming to these dances from the Twin Cities! BZ: What is your favorite thing about contra dance? SN: What I especially love is the mix. Where else would you see a college professor dancing with a local postal carrier, or a college student promenading with a local shop-keeper? There are no strangers at a contra dance. They have a relaxed atmosphere that lends itself to informal conversation. People talk and get to know one another in a non-threatening way. Our community is based on a vast weave of relationships; contra dancing is like this as well. And when life presents its challenges, which it inevitably does, that weave is there to carry and support us. It’s the gift of community. BZ: How else have you been involved in Northfield? SN: I facilitate the Northfield Grass Roots Transit Initiative, which is a consortium of local groups and individuals who are working to increase mass transportation options in Northfield. We partnered with Northfield Lines in their launch of the new Northfield Metro Express bus, and we are now working on a regional ride share database to facilitate carpools and rideshares in the community. We are also working with State Rep. David Bly and Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha to explore options for restoring a passenger

rail connection for Northfield, but that’s of course looking many years out. BZ: Why is it so important to offer public transportation? SN: There are many people in this community who depend on reliable and affordable public transportation for life and work. The links between poverty, access to transit, and health are very clear. My 94-year-old father was an orphan and immigrant to this country, who worked days and went to school at night. He was able to make his way to college and graduate school because of his access to public transportation. Without the New York City subway system, I wouldn’t be here talking to you. So I am committed to supporting public transportation options, even apart from the urgent environmental reasons for doing so. BZ: Do you have any children? SN: Our children are now ages seven and nine, and they are thriving here! I think there is no better place to raise a family than Northfield! On our first visit here, years ago, my husband and I attended an event where we heard a group of Northfield High School students address a large audience. The kids were so articulate and at ease. They seemed, how do I say it, happy in their skin. It spoke volumes about Northfield. If it’s true that “one can judge a tree by the fruit that grows from it,” than you can say amazing things about Northfield.

Clubs, Classes and More… Cub Scout Pack 300 – 612/490-4048, www.cubs300.org Glass Garden Beads Beading Class – 507/645-0301 First and third Mondays Just Food Co-op – 507/650-0106

Tuesdays: Knitting Night, 7-9pm, 507/645-6331 – knit, chat, share ideas and get help. The Key

Mondays: Book Club, 5pm Tuesdays: Photo Club, 5:30pm – developing and learning. Family Game Night, 7pm Wednesdays: College Prep, 7-8:30pm – learn about the ACT, financial aid, how to write a college essay, etc. The Key will pay for college applications for those not able. Most who show up are paired with a caring and knowledgeable adult. Thursdays: Art Night, 7pm Saturdays: Cooking Class, 6pm, Emmaus basement Photo Club, 11am – shooting. Sundays: Writing Workshop, 3-5pm – for details, call 507/6630715. Monarch – Free Weekly Guided Meditation –every Wednesday,

7-8pm. Guided by Sara Wahl. Northfield Arts Guild – 507/645-8877 – Find classes for kids

and adults at www.northfieldartsguild.org KidsARTS for ages 4-6 now offers two class time options: Tuesday 9:30-11:30am or Thursday 11am-noon. Two hours of fun and learning in the arts, especially designed for preschoolers, kindergartners and home-schoolers. $64 (nonmembers)/$58 (members)/four-week session. Start anytime.

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Class (ages 3-9) – Sundays, 3-4pm Children and their parents meditate, do yoga and learn about Buddhism in a fun, peaceful atmosphere of exploration. Everyone welcome. Northfield Public Library – 507/645-6606 Summer Schedule: through July 29:

First Steps Early Literacy Center: Monday, Friday and Saturdays, 10-11am Infant Lapsit: Tuesdays, 10am Toddler Rhyme Time: Wednesdays, 10am Pre-School Stories and Craft: Thursdays, 10am Make a Splash Discovery time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-3pm June 15-July 29 Books and Stars: Wednesdays, 7pm Reward Pizza: Thursdays, 12pm Make a Splash Game Time: Thursdays, 1-3pm Paradise Center for the Arts – 612/216-1206 Find art-related classes for kids and adults at www.paradisecenterforthearts.org. River Bend Nature Center – Time Travel – Join a naturalist for

a journey back in time to discover the fascinating history of the land before it was a nature center. Travel by golf cart to unlock the mysteries scattered all around the nature center. Tours last one-and-a-half hours and can accommodate up to five people. Call to schedule a day and time that will work for everyone. This program is available through mid-October. Donations welcome. Cannon River Woodcarving Club – 507/339-0336

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302 Division St. S. • www.contentedcow.com 3pm-close – British-style pub with authentic British specialties and a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Extensive patio overlooking the Cannon River. Great selection of imported and domestic draft beer and a full selection of wine and spirits. El Tequila

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116 3rd St. W. • 645-7886 • Mon-Sat • 6am9pm, Sun 10:30am-8pm – Family friendly dining in Northfield for 37 years. House specialties include broasted chicken, BBQ ribs and flamebroiled hamburgers. The Tavern of Northfield – 212 Division St.

663-0342 • www.tavernofnorthfield.com – Sun-Thu 6:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am11pm, lounge open daily 3pm-midnight. – Located in the historic Archer House since 1984, The Tavern hosts casual dining with a wide variety of homemade menu items and specials daily featuring fresh fish on Fridays and prime rib on Saturdays. The Tavern Lounge sports a deck overlooking the Cannon River, appetizers and a full bar with live music Thur-Sat. Tiny’s Dogs All Day – 321 Division St. S. 645-6862 • Mon-Thu 9:30am-7pm, Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 11am-2pm – Historic former pool hall, Tiny’s continues to delight patrons with great hot dogs, sandwiches, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Features include New York-style coneys, Chicago-style Vienna Beef, as well as Tiny’s own classic dog. Since 1947 Tiny’s has offered Northfield’s largest selection of specialty tobaccos and quality cigars. Willingers Bar & Restaurant

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HISTORIC

HAPPENINGS NORTHFIELD STYLE By Susan Hvistendahl

Northfield’s Popcorn Wagon: A Beloved Tradition Since 1979 Well, yes, we do have the smell of Malt-O-Meal wafting through our town on a regular basis. But for a “whiff” which says we have survived another Minnesota winter, spring is here and surely summer is just around the corner, nothing beats the first smell of popcorn from the little red and yellow popcorn wagon on Bridge Square. This 1918 wagon will fit right in with the Vintage Music Festival being held in Northfield in August and likely will charm our visitors as it has Northfielders since 1979. Northfield owes its eternal gratitude for this town icon to a woman named Vera Johansen. While visiting her daughter Sandy in Colorado she had seen a popcorn wagon in Aspen and a dream was born. A June 28, 1979, article in the Northfield News by Scott Richardson described what happened. “I’d been thinking I’d like to do something like this on my own when I retired,” Johansen (who was then 67) recalled. A “Fix It” column about these wagons in the Minneapolis Tribune led her to Harold Williams of Burnsville. He put her in touch with a friend in Rhinelander, Wisc., who was restoring an antique wagon. She decided it would be perfect for Northfield. Johansen said that the stand was “originally a horse drawn wagon, with steam popcorn equipment.” It was a 1918 wagon made by C. Cretors & Co. of Chicago (see accompanying story). The 1979

Vera Johnson brought the 1918 popcorn wagon to town in 1979.

article continued: “It had not been used in many years when restoration began. With sandblasting and some lively painting, new wheels and new glass, the deteriorating steel hulk was transformed into the vintage masterpiece that graces Bridge Square today.” She purchased it, had it licensed as a business in November of 1978 and the stand opened six days a week to customers clamoring for popcorn in May of 1979. Some quacked for popcorn, too – ducks would come up from the Cannon River to eat kernels spilled around the wagon. Johansen (born Vera Madsen) was a native of Coulter, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and taught in rural schools. After she married Lewis S. Johansen, they operated a farm until her husband’s death in 1963 brought her to a new life in Northfield. Her daughter Carol was a student at St. Olaf, and Johansen came here to be the head resident of Hoyme Hall for two years. She then worked a couple years at Perman’s clothing store downtown and then about nine years as librarian at the St. Olaf science library before retiring in 1978. As has happened to those operating the wagon in succeeding years, Johansen was often called upon to answer questions about the town and give directions. She truly enjoyed her customers, she told The Northfield News in 1979, because, “It seems when they come to the popcorn wagon, they’re always in a pleasant mood. So it’s fun.” That first summer volunteers from the Northfield Community Action Center ran the stand each Tuesdays and were allowed to keep the proceeds. Johansen’s daughter Jeanine Landswerk, who now lives in Maple Grove, told me that her mother would get up early in the morning to gather everything together she needed for the day. She would make jugs of lemonade at home which she then poured into paper cups for customers to go along with the popcorn. Working at the stand was a labor of love for her, as she got much pleasure from socializing with people. It was also a family affair. Visiting grandchildren would help her run the wagon and daughters Carol and Jeanine would pitch in as well. After ten summers as “Northfield’s unofficial hostess” at the popcorn wagon, Johansen (at age 76) felt she could no longer put in the long hours necessary for the operation of the wagon. In the fall of 1988 she sold it to Paul Sherwin, who

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then sold it to his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Beth Sherwin of Northfield, a year later. Wayne Sherwin, who had owned a gas station with Paul at Water and West 2nd streets, threw himself into this new retirement enterprise with alacrity, even buying a fan to push the aroma of fresh popcorn into the square to encourage business. He called this his “advertising budget.” Beth Sherwin told me that her husband wished he had looked into buying the wagon earlier, because he so enjoyed the interaction with people. The stand sold two sizes of popcorn, lemonade, red ropes of licorice and bags of caramel corn. When he died suddenly in March of 1994 at the age of 66, his wife made plans to put the popcorn wagon up for sale. A newcomer to town, Jim Reiley, talked with Jim Pokorney about possibly purchasing the popcorn wagon. But Bob Jacobsen, longtime proprietor of Jacobsen’s Department Store on Division Street, had other ideas. Reiley first met Jacobsen in Quality Bakery, watching as Jacobsen was extolling the charms of Northfield to a young couple. Jacobsen then invited Reiley to join him at his store and, in the course of their conversation, Reiley talked about the popcorn wagon. Jacobsen said, “No need for you to buy it. That would be a good project for the seniors.” And Jacobsen suggested that Reiley start the fund drive. “Within half an hour,” Reiley told me, “I was working Division Street, making a pitch for contributions for the seniors to be able to buy the wagon.” Reiley said he got thousands of dollars in firm pledges that day. Jacobsen also had contacted Dorothy Schilling who, with others, helped start the popcorn wagon rolling for seniors, and the popcorn wagon was able to be purchased in May of 1994.

A red bud tree in Bridge Square (2009) is a living memorial to Vera Johnson.

The rest of that year the wagon was repainted, restored and brought up to code by the seniors. The wagon was stored in Schilling’s barn that winter and made its debut on May 18, 1995, with senior citizen volunteers taking on all the chores. (My late father, J.K. Hvistendahl, was among them.) Much of the profits went into a fund for a new Senior Center.

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Since then the “Kernels,” as the volunteers are called, have operated the wagon from late May into September. This year there are 45 volunteers, doing three-hour shifts. The popcorn wagon is open 12-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10-4 on Saturday. There are extended hours are on special event nights, such as Thursday band concerts, Taste of Northfield and, of course, Defeat of Jesse James Days in September. The Tosty Rosty Man is a C. Cretors & Co. trademark in original popcorn wagons. Friday through Saturday profits from last year’s Defeat Days came to more than $1,000, a significant part of the total of $6,000 cleared by the wagon for the Senior Center in 2009. Prices remain at bargain levels: three sizes of popcorn from $1.00-$2.25 and $1 for pop and water.

old red-and-white vintage popcorn wagon are part of her Bridge Square legacy now. Thanks to Lynn Pederson, Nancy McDougall and Patsy Dew of the Senior Center, Jeanine Landswerk for photos and memories of her mother, Vera Johansen, and to all those who have kept the popcorn wagon going since 1979. Also thanks to Bob Pearson and Charlie Cretors for photos and information about our wagon and the company that created it.

Since 2002, the wagon has taken a ride to the campus of Carleton College for events such as Carleton commencement week, alumni weekend and new student week, which causes Northfielders downtown to fret, “What happened to our wagon?” The wagon is so much a part of town life that artist David Allen painted a snowy winter scene of Bridge Square and included the popcorn wagon, even though the wagon always makes its departure long before snow falls. (The wagon was stored over the past winter at the home of Tom and Rosann Brawley). Nancy McDougall, a Senior Center staff member, oversees the operation of the popcorn wagon and coordinates volunteers. She commends the “Kernels” for the time they put in, in all kinds of weather. She told me that the wagon needs continuous cleaning and repairs (including refinishing all the wood surfaces) and she encourages people to “drop those coins in the donation bucket” to help support this effort.

J.K. Hvistendahl volunteering at the popcorn wagon (2000).

Vera Johansen lived to see the popcorn wagon thrive for another 20 years after she sold it. Jeanine Landswerk told me that throughout her long life her mother was “always positive and upbeat, always doing something.” Johansen died at the age of 96 in 2008. Last year in May the Northfield Garden Club planted a Minnesota red bud tree in Bridge Square in memory of Johansen, who had been a master gardener. So both the one-year-old tree and the 92-year-

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C. Cretors & Co.: Creator of Northfield’s Popcorn Wagon

decreases by at least $10,000. Pearson noted that the Cretors Co. has a “nice C model” (1914) with original equipment on display at its corporate offices in Chicago.

Another feature of the wagons was a small glass tumbler, about six inches long, which had popped popcorn swirling around in it with a small mechanical clown called the “Tosty Rosty Man” making the tumbler turn. This company “This machine was designed with the idea of trademark symbol can be found in advertisemoving it about to any location where the operaments as far back as 1891. Pat Lamb and Ele tor would be likely to do a good business. The Hansen, who were in charge of senior volunteers apparatus, which is light and strong, and weighing at the wagon for many years, remember that it but 400 or 500 pounds, can be drawn readily by was part of the Northfield wagon until about a boy or by a small pony to any picnic ground, Founder Charles Cretors the year 2000, when it stopped working. Lamb fair, political rally, etc. and to many other places described the clown as a “marvelous little guy where a good business could be done for a day or two.” who entertained the kids a lot.” The clown and tumbler “retired” to a shelf in the Senior Center activity room. I called Pearson to This first-ever patented steam-driven popcorn machine, which ask about its value. He said that even in its current state, it might popped corn in oil was the creation of the Charles Cretors Co. fetch $500 or more from a collector. The clown by itself could be of Chicago, established in 1885. Charles Cretors had started worth $125-$250. It also could be repainted and made to work out in a confectionery shop in Decatur, Ill. He soon moved to again by Pearson Creations. His company also sells replicas of the Chicago where freshly roasted peanuts from a steam-powered complete clown/tumbler assembly for $585. peanut roaster that he had improved on quickly became a hit as he peddled them on the sidewalk in front of his shop. By 1893, he By 1929, electric motors had replaced steam power and smaller had invented a machine which, the www.cretors.com website says, versions of the C. Cretors & Co. popcorn machines were gaining could roast “12 pounds of peanuts, 20 pounds of coffee, pop corn great popularity at movie theaters, a popularity which continand bake chestnuts as well.” ued through the Depression as movies provided an escape from economic concerns of the times. The company became a governAlso in the 1890s, according to Charlie Cretors, the current CEO ment supplier during World War II, not of popcorn machines of C. Cretors & Co. and great-grandson of the founder, the first but of such things as aircraft oil line fittings and mechanical radio horse-drawn wagons were made to sell freshly roasted peanuts, components. By the 1950s the company was supplying larger just-popped corn and beverages. An immediate success, the popcorn machines to concession stands in malls, stadiums and wagons (which came in three variations) were, as the company drive-ins. In 1998, a G’Zilla popper was introduced with a 240website says, “for the most part, still nearly custom made, holding oz. kettle! Today the company manufactures over 30 models of to the Cretors tradition – meeting the specific needs of specific popcorn machines of different sizes and designs. customers.” Charlie Cretors spoke with me and later e-mailed me about this Bob Pearson’s company, Pearson Creations, in Olathe, Kan., has company which has been in the family for five generations. been collecting, restoring and building replicas of the Cretors popcorn wagons and trucks for more than 40 years. After seeing a “How did we keep it in the family? A quick answer I often give is picture of the Northfield popcorn wagon, Pearson identified it as that we never got real big and we didn’t go out of business,” Crea Cretors style model C. tors said. “The reality is that each generation was very interested in owning and running the company.” His great-grandfather “This horse-drawn model was made as early as 1903 and available Charles Cretors “was an inventor and businessman” who passed through the 1930s,” Pearson told me. The 1918 date ascribed to the company to his only heir, a “manager and sales guy” (Hazael the Northfield wagon “would be a good guess as to the year of its DeWitt Cretors or H.D.) who sold what Charles had invented and production,” he said. Pearson estimated that there are fewer than built. Charlie Cretors’ father (Charles John Cretors or C.J.) had 20 original model C wagons still in use and only 50 or more of two companies, a sales company and a manufacturing company. model D. The foot shorter C model is considered the “economy” Charlie Cretors, with a mechanical engineering degree, took the version of the D model and these days Pearson’s company restores manufacturing company (Cretors Co.), while his brother Henry and builds more reproductions of model D than C. The extra foot (“much more of a salesman than I”) took Iroquois Popcorn, the provides room for a sink for cleanup, sometimes required by city regional distributor for Cretors. codes. (“Otherwise, for the C models, handiwipes will do!” said Pearson.) He estimated the value of Northfield’s popcorn wagon at In 2006, Charlie Cretors became CEO of the company and his son around $20,000, perhaps more than that due to the historical value Andrew (who has a business degree and an MBA) was promoted of its still being in use. The more original parts a wagon has, the to succeed his father as the fifth president. With Charlie Cretors’ more its value increases, Pearson explained. The Northfield wagon two other children also involved with the company, the company has always run on electricity but did have the trappings of a steam may well carry on the founder’s legacy for many years to come. engine when Johansen bought the wagon. The engine is not there We in Northfield are grateful to the Cretors family for making our today but would be a collectors’ item, selling for $1000-$2000, said Pearson. And if a wagon is gutted out, its worth automatically dearly beloved popcorn wagon possible. In 1893 Scientific American noted a unique invention at the Chicago World’s Fair: the world’s first mobile popcorn machine.

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July Gigs Acoustic Jam Session ..........Tuesdays – Cow Area 51 ...............................................9 – Cow Big Strong Men ...............................23 – Cow Kim Bloom ..................................22 – Tavern Bonnie and the Clydes ...................16 – Cow Bohemian Duo ..............................17 – Rueb Brothers Burn Mountain...........3, 30 – Cow Joe Carey ......................................15 – Tavern Circles to Squares....................... 9 – Paradise Community Band ....... 1, 8 – Bridge Square Sam Daly..........................................22 – Cow Dime-Store Watch ..........................17 – Cow The Favourite Child ...................2, 23 – Cow Robin Fodor ......................... 17 – Willinger’s Tim Freeland ..................... Fridays – Butler’s Chris Herriges ...............................1 – Tavern Dave Hudson ....................... 10 – Willinger’s Carey Langer ...............2 – Tavern, 24 – Cow Lonesome Dan Kase.....................9 – Tavern Jon Manners ..................................3 – Tavern Marty Anderson & the Goods ......23 – Cow

Mark Mraz...............................8, 29 – Tavern Multe .............Mondays – Cow, 10 – Library New Riverside Ramblers ...7 – Odd Fellow’s Northern Roots Session ...... Sundays – Cow Northfield Noontime Organ....Wednesdays Norwegian Cowboy .............10, 31 – Tavern The Options ....................................22 – Cow Charlie Parr ....................................22 – Rueb Barb Piper........................................15 – Cow Jeff Ray .........................................16 – Tavern RCA’s ................................................24 – Cow Relativity ........................... 3, 24 – Willinger’s Wendy Russell ...............Saturdays – Butler’s Son of a Gun ..............................24 – Tavern Splatter Sisters ........................ 21 – Way Park Spruce Top Review ...........................3 – Cow Study Hall ..........................................1 – Cow Todd Thompson Trio.................17 – Tavern Top Shelf ..................................... 9 – Paradise Xibaba ...................................28 – Ames Park

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