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Sogn Valley

Happenings .............3-18, 28-31

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ArtOnWater – 217 S. Water St. • artonwater.com Gallery hours: closed August except by appointment. a favorite cup – functional ceramics of Donovan Palmquist, Colleen Riley, Barbara Zaveruha and others. Also original American Opal(escent) oak-framed decorative glass panels exhibit.

ArtOrg – Switzer’s Nursery, 26601 Chippendale Ave. 507/261-8086 • artorg.info

Eclectic Goat – 418 Division St. • 507/786-9595 Tu/W 10-5, Th 10-7, F/Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 More than 120 artists represented. “A shop where...ART RULES!”

Northfield Arts Guild – 304 Division St. • 507/645-8877 www.northfieldartsguild.org • M-F 10-5, Sa 11-3 WWW: An Exhibit of Fiber and Textile Work by Upper Midwest Artists – through Aug. 6 – This innovative show explores how communications technology has influenced contemporary life, revolutionizing how we interact and process time and experience. Features a ten-minute mediated tour of the show running continuously at the Guild, the Northfield Public Library and on Youtube. CALL FOR ARTISTS Riverfront Arts Festival • Sept. 10-11

The Riverfront Festival Turns 50 this year! Join in celebrating this Defeat of Jesse James Days event! Deadline for submission: Aug. 8. More information at www.northfieldartsguild.org.

2011 KDHL/POWER 96 Gallery Season Show with Ink & Iron, Aug. 12-Sept. 26 – Artists: Karen and Justin Peters and Also Whatnot by photographer Michael Connor. Opening Reception: Aug. 12, 5-7pm. In conjunction with the gallery opening there will be a grand opening of the newly remodeled Hy-Vee Gift Shop. For unique, handmade, original, one-of-a-kind gifts, the Hy-Vee Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of Paradise Center, has something for everyone.

Studio Elements – 16 Bridge Square • 507/786-9393 studioelements.net Now open weekly: Th 10am-8pm, F/Sa 10am-5pm, Su 12-4pm. Fine art, unique gifts and fun junk. swag – 423 Division St. • 507/663-8870 • Tu-Sa, 10am-5pm Birds. Birds. Birds. We’re all about the birds.

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

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Northfield Senior Center Gallery 1651 Jefferson Pkwy. • 507/664-3700 M-F 7am-8pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm northfieldseniorcenter.org

Paradise Center for the Arts 321 Central Ave., Faribault • 507/332-7372 • Tu/W/F/Sa noon-5pm, Th noon-8pm, Su/M closed. paradisecenterforthearts.org Art on a Shoe String: Original Art for $20.11, Aug. 3-6 – Funds from this event support Paradise Center for the Arts. All pieces will be 7x7 inches or smaller and will be sold for $20.11. Opening Reception: Aug. 3, 5-8pm.

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Young People’s Theater Workshop Session Two Performances

Aug. 3-4, 5:30pm and Aug. 5, 10am Northfield Arts Guild Theater A Northfield tradition, this workshop offers classes in theater arts from acting to dance and movement to improvisation, all taught by talented and committed theater and education professionals. The young people write original plays, rehearse them and perform them for the general public. These plays are sometimes silly, sometimes thought-provoking and sometimes important social commentary. Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students and available at the door.

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BASEBALL – Dundas Dukes vs. Southern Minnesota Redlegs, 7:30pm Thursday, August 25

TENNIS – Raiders Girls vs. Hastings, 10am Saturday, August 27

TENNIS – Raiders Girls Varsity Invitational, 9am Monday, August 29

TENNIS – Raiders Girls vs. Cannon Falls, 4pm Tuesday, August 30

VOLLEYBALL – Raiders Girls vs. Hastings, 7pm

The Country Wife

Aug. 5-7, 11-13, 7pm Central Park Written in 1675, this bawdy comedy finds a wife from the country introduced to life in the big city filled with sex, intrigue and secrets and a clever man who has astonishing ruse to gain unlimited access to many of the wives of the community. Saucy, hilarious and filled with clever language and social satire, this play will be a wonderful Photo: Tania Larson Legvold summertime entertainment! Directed by Susan Dunhaupt. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors and available by calling 507/645-8877 and at northfieldartsguild.org.

DENNISON DAYS August 5 & 6, 2011 FRIDAY All American Lumberjack Show and Live Music

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Bob Dylan tribute album, A Nod to Bob 2, they recently opened out East for Jeffrey Foucalt’s Horse Latitudes tour. Doors open at 7:30; more information can be found by calling 507/732-7616 or at www.crossingscarnegie.com. Let them take you away.

Get Your Motor Runnin’ with the James Boys Retrace the infamous James Gang ride, heavy-metal style, by riding with the Outlaw Run on Aug. 27. This annual motorcycle event begins with a recreation of that infamous robbery and follows the gang’s journey through Southern Minnesota, covering an area that goes from Warsaw to New Prague to Elko before ending at the scene of the 1876 crime in Northfield. Lunch breaks, and a post-rally party with prizes round out the day. There will be gas stations en route to fuel the steel steeds. For more information and to sign up, go to www.northfieldhistory. org/outlawrun.

Fun Among the Grapes Bring your best girlfriends, mothers and sisters to the Cannon River Winery on Aug. 13 for a day of indulgence. This gals’ event provides a host of wine-related opportunities, including a tour through the winery and a picnic in the vineyard. Live music, delicious food samples and on-site shopping cap an oenophile’s dream day. The Summer Indulgence runs from 10 to 5; for more information, log on to www.cannonriverwinery.com, or call 507/263-7400. And raise a glass to the waning long days of the year.

Comparing Thee to a Summer’s Day at Market Fair Celebrate the Art of Words with the Riverwalk Market Fair during the month of August, and join in a variety of word-loving activities. A community doodle, an outdoor sonnet reading and on-the-spot poems created for a quarter are just some of the activities offered through the month. Information available at the Welcome Tent, Bridge Square. Market Fair is open every Saturday from 9 to 1. For general Market Fair information, log onto www.riverwalkmarketfair.org.

Food For the Locavore’s Soul – Locally Join your friends at 620 Grill on Aug. 29 for a five-course Taste of Minnesota Dinner, and discover the joys of eating local. Coinciding with Just Food’s Eat Local Challenge, this celebration of Minnesota food is sure to go down well. With offerings that include walleye en papillote and grilled grass-fed beef steak medallions, and with seating limited to just 45, this is an epicurean’s delight that – sadly – most of us will only get to hear about later. The cost is $45 per person and dinner’s at 6. For more information and to make reservations, call 507/786-9797. Bon appetite, dontcha’ know.

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All’s Fair in Dakota County The fair season continues, and from Aug. 8-14, it’s Dakota County’s turn to shine. A tradition since 1858, this glorious family event – and one of the oldest county fairs in the state – offers both a contemporary and a historical window into the world of Minnesota farm life. From a restored 1900-era village complete with costumed interpreters to the mechanical squeals from the midway rides, this is the stuff summer memories are made of. For more information, go to www.dakotacountyfair.org. Make sure to save room for the cheese curds.

North Country Blues at the Crossings Part of the consistently excellent musical line-up offered by this vibrant art center in tiny Zumbrota, come the Pines on Aug. 20. This Minneapolis-based duo delivers a finely crafted sound that takes its cue from heartland blues but adds an Indie sensibility that Rolling Stone Magazine calls “quietly gripping.” Part of the

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HAPPENINGS Check the Calendar-at-a-Glance for weekly happenings!

Theater: Young People’s Theater Workshop Session Two 5:30pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page. Euchre • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

MONDAY, AUGUST 1

Traditional Irish Music Session 7-9pm

Jingo • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

The Contented Cow A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps.

Multe • 7:30-10:30pm

The Contented Cow Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure. TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Cribbage • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30pm

Theater: Young People’s Theater Workshop Session Two 5:30pm

The Contented Cow Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen.

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page. Karaoke • 8pm

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Norwegian Cowboy • 8:30-11pm

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

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

United Methodist Church Organist Bob Henstein Opening Reception: Art on a Shoe String – Original Art for $20.11 • 5-8pm

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault See galleries page.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Dennison Days

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Dennison This is the first of a two-day event. Live music and an All-American lumberjack show.

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HAPPENINGS Friday, Aug. 5, continued Theater: Young People’s Theater Workshop Session Two 10am

Northfield Arts Guild Theater See theater page. New Moon Trio • 5-7pm

The Contented Cow Here’s a taste of 100 years of popular tunes, random requests and spontaneous harmonies featuring Ross Currier on bass, Lance Heisler on drums and Justin London on guitar. Theater: The Country Wife • 7pm

Central Park See theater page. Jim Lenway and Dave Miller • 8-11pm

The Contented Cow Sasha Mercedes • 8-11:30pm

The Tavern Lounge A chick-singer, guitarist and songwriter from the shores of Lake Superior. Her songs are filled with honesty and substance and sung with passion. Topics like brothels, one-night stands and transvestites are not taboo for this edgy yet charming northern gal. She has traveled from coast to coast and abroad, performing and drawing inspiration for the material in her brilliantly crafted compositions and has shared the stage with Dar Williams, Tracy Bonham, Guy Davis, Pete Seeger and others.

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Rod Kinny • 9pm

Rueb ‘N’ Stein Rod’s music combines influences of jazz, folk and rock with elements of Toto/Steely Dan to the best of British pop. His voice is suited equally well for folk and pop with a pinch of Todd Rundgren and a dash of Al Stewart. Karaoke

Rueb ‘N’ Stein • 9pm Castle Rock and Roll • 9pm Jesse James Lanes • 10pm SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Dennison Days

Dennison This is the second of a two-day event. All you can eat waffle breakfast, car show, truck and tractor pull, bingo, kids activities, a parade at 2pm and music from Lost Highway at 8:30pm.

8th Annual Tour de Nick Bicycle Tour • 9am-1pm

Mike’s Bikes Ride through beautiful Rice and Goodhue counties east of Northfield. There is a ride for everyone from families to the serious rider. Choose between 10, 20 and 50 miles. The ride begins at 9am with a “mass start” where riders of all abilities make their way out of town in a silent tribute to those who have lost their lives to suicide. Donations are encouraged and accepted and the first $1500 are matched dollar for dollar. This is an unsupported ride so be prepared with water and food; there are places to stop on the route but you will be on your own once the ride starts. Visit northfieldbikeclub.org for details and photos from past rides. The tour ends on Bridge Square in the midst of Riverwalk Market Fair (see next description) where there will be information about suicide awareness. Riverwalk Market Fair • 9am-1pm

Cannon Riverwalk, Downtown Northfield Artists’ and farmers’ market along the Cannon River with many family friendly activities. This week’s welcome tent activity is “Community Doodle.” Join guest artists as Northfield creates its own community doodle.

Daily Wine Tasting Live Music Every Weekend Vineyard Picnics, Saturdays; Aug. 6 & 13, Sept. 10,17 & 24, Oct. 1

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Relativity • 8-11:30pm

HAPPENINGS Saturday, Aug. 6, continued Prairie Plants and Animals • 9-10:30am

River Bend Nature Center, Faribault Prairie plants are in their full glory at this time of year. Explore the prairie to discover the variety of plants in our restored prairie, the animals associated with them and how people have used these plants. Daniel Switch • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Acoustic cover artist with great guitar ballads. Pioneer Prairie Toys and Games • 1-2:30pm

River Bend Nature Center, Faribault The prairie is a great setting to make and enjoy toys and games the pioneers used for entertainment. Create some tossing games, kites and Jacob’s ladders and play a variety of amusing and actionpacked games to test your skills. Lemonade will be served. Wear sunscreen and be ready for fun! Moon Like Mars • 5-7pm

The Contented Cow Theater: The Country Wife • 7pm

Central Park See theater page. Jon Manners • 8-11pm

The Contented Cow Manners has been playing guitar since 1957 and was voted one of Northfield’s best.

The Tavern Lounge Voted one of Northfield’s best, this trio plays music from popular artists such as Missy Higgins and the Avvett Brothers as well as many classic rock tunes by bands like Fleetwood Mac and John Mellencamp to such aired artists as the Indigo Girls, Damien Rice and Sarah McLachlan. Sit back and enjoy power harmonies by twin sisters Linda Wilson and Sandy Jensen (who also adds mandolin, harmonica and percussion), and solid guitar and bluesy vocals by Toby Jensen. Comedian Tim Cavanagh • 8pm

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault This Chicago-based comedian is a former schoolteacher. From improv interviews with audience members to great parody songs to an amazing array of stories and jokes, Cavanagh will leave you laughing and wanting more. He has appeared with Dudley Moore, and has been seen on Showtime and Comedy Central. His funny songs have been featured on the nationally syndicated “Dr. Demento” radio show. He has shared the stage with the likes of Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Brett Butler. Tickets: $15 members, $18 nonmembers. VIP seats: Candlelit table for two, four beverages and a gourmet cheese plate, $25/seat. DJ Music

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Castle Rock and Roll • 9pm Rueb ‘N’ Stein

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We offer: Boarding , Trail Rides , Riding Lessons, Pony Parties and Youth Camps

August Promotion Sign up for a 2-hour guided ride and get 1/2 off the regular price.

Dakota Stables Horse Camp has the facilities and faculty to meet individual needs. Our camps are designed to provide a “hands on” experience for youth wanting to learn more about horses, horse care and riding technique.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 Tim Brown • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Music from the ’60s and ’70s, including James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Dylan, plus originals. The Doo-Wop Tribute • 4pm

Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow Stop in anytime to sign up for this four-person team competition, prizes and the winning team may drink from the “Winners Mug” the week following their triumph. MONDAY, AUGUST 8 Dakota County Fair

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault A walk down memory lane to the music of The Platters, The Drifters and The Mills Brothers. Tickets $22 members, $27 non-members.

Farmington This is the first of a seven-day event. Musical entertainment, midway rides, lumberjack shows, grandstand events, livestock shows, historical village and, of course, food! For more information, visit www.dakotacountyfair.org.

Politics and a Pint • 6pm

Jingo • 7pm

The Contented Cow Join in on discussions concerning local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For more information on topics, go to www. contentedcow.com. Theater: The Country Wife • 7pm

Central Park See theater page.

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Multe • 7:30-10:30pm

The Contented Cow Great traditional Nordic music for your listening pleasure. TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

Northern Roots Session 7:30pm

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 of all ages and levels of experience are welcome.

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Farmington This is the second of a seven-day event. See Aug. 8 description. Cribbage • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30pm

The Contented Cow Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Dakota County Fair

Farmington This is the third of a seven-day event. See Aug. 8 description. Noontime Organ Recital • 12:15-12:45pm

Carleton Music & Drama Center Organist Lawrence Archbold Euchre • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Movie Screening: Ride the Divide • 7pm

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Viking Theater, St. Olaf Award-winning film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses more than 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountains. Northfielder and 2011 race finisher Ben Oney will talk about his experience during the race after the film.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Dakota County Fair

Farmington This is the fourth of a seven-day event. See Aug. 8 description. Schmidt Homes Open House • 5-8pm

Archer House Schmidt Homes celebrates 30 years with an open house highlighting their recently completed renovation at the historic Archer House. Appetizers, beverages and tours. Theater: The Country Wife • 7pm

Central Park See theater page. Karaoke • 8pm

River Bend Nature Center, Faribault Take a peek into the fascinating lives of insects. Search the best insect habitat areas of the Nature Center for a wide diversity of these six-legged arthropods. Get a close up view by using magnifiers to see the insects and the signs they leave. Dress to be outside and be ready to explore. Summer Indulgence • 10am-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Gals’ day away strolling through the winery, sipping wine, shopping and tasting local food samples. Vineyard picnics and tours from 12 to 4pm. Live music by singer, pianist and composer Andrew Walesch from 12 to 3pm. Third Annual Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival 10am-11pm

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Downtown Faribault Food vendors, art fair, washers tournament, beer garden, mainstream sidewalk sale, 12 hours of live outdoor music.

Mark Mraz • 8:30-11pm

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.

Summer Sonnets • 12pm

Deck of the Contented Cow An outdoor reading of original work by local writers. Theater: The Country Wife • 7pm

Central Park See theater page.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Dakota County Fair

Bitter Roots • 8-11pm

Farmington This is the fifth of a seven-day event. See Aug. 8 description.

The Contented Cow Jon Manners • 8-11:30pm

Dime Store Watch • 5-7pm

The Contented Cow Jerry Johnson, Inga Johnson and Joel Cooper.

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Exhibit Opening Reception: Ink & Iron • 5-7pm

Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault See galleries page. Theater: The Country Wife • 7pm

Central Park See theater page.

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The Tavern Lounge Playing guitar since 1957 and voted one of Northfield’s best musicians. DJ Music

Castle Rock and Roll • 9pm Rueb ‘N’ Stein Lonesome Dan Kase

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Dakota County Fair

Lonesome Dan Kase • 8-11:30pm

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

Rueb ‘N’ Stein • 9pm Castle Rock and Roll • 9pm Jesse James Lanes • 10pm SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Dakota County Fair

Farmington This is the sixth of a seven-day event. See Aug. 8 description. Riverwalk Market Fair • 9am-1pm

Cannon Riverwalk, Downtown Northfield Artists’ and farmers’ market along the Cannon River with many family friendly activities. This week’s welcome tent activity is “A Poem for a Quarter.” Pay Mary Teil and Tami Oachs a quarter, give them three words and they’ll write you a poem on the spot! Fifty cents gets you a short, short story.

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Farmington This is the seventh of a seven-day event. See Aug. 8 description. Dan Newton • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton has been playing the accordion since 1987. He plays a variety of blues, jazz, polka, creole, Tex-Mex, Scandinavian and pop music. Politics and a Pint • 6pm

The Contented Cow Join in on discussions concerning local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For more information on topics, go to www. contentedcow.com. Northern Roots Session • 7:30pm

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 of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Quiz Night • 8pm

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Wake-Robin • 12-1pm

Steele County Free Fair

Bittersweet A local duo on strings playing Celtic and Civil War period tunes.

Owatonna This is the second of a six-day event. See Aug. 16 description.

Jingo • 7pm

Greenvale Park Elementary – 5:30-6:30pm Bridgewater Elementary – 7-8pm More than 30 organizations representing sports, arts, after-school programs and more will be available to share information about their programming and scholarship opportunities. There will also be free ice cream and games.

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Multe • 7:30-10:30pm

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

Community Youth Fairs • 5:30-6:30pm and 7-8pm

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

Euchre • 7pm

Steele County Free Fair

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock

Owatonna This is the first of a six-day event. The largest county fair in Minnesota offers a wide variety of events and attractions and admission is FREE! Eight grandstand shows, more than 80 free shows, 100 food stands, 7,000 exhibits, 500 vendors and the Human Torch! Visit www.scff.org for more info.

Traditional Irish Music Session 7-9pm

The Contented Cow A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps.

Cribbage • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30pm

The Contented Cow Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 Steele County Free Fair

Owatonna This is the third of a six-day event. See Aug. 16 description.

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Karaoke • 8pm

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Two Guys Guitar Duo • 5:30-6:30pm

Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders 8-11pm

Eclectic Goat An eclectic blend of jazz, traditional and world music on guitar, sitar and other instruments. Geoffrey Guy Weeks has been performing around the United States for more than 20 years. He’ll be joined by Guy Unzicker from Juneau, Alaska.

The Contented Cow Original foot-stompin’ protest songs, hollering’ gospel blues and classic covers from such American legends as Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Hank Williams.

Community Services Movie Night: Diary of a Wimpy Kid • 7pm

Northfield High School Auditorium Laugh your way through the trials and tribulations of being a kid as you follow Greg while he discovers how to be a friend – journaling his way through youth. Movie rated PG. Doors open at 6:30pm. Suggested donation: $2/person.

Alison Rae • 8:30-11pm

The Tavern Lounge St. Paul-based musician “whose voice and songs come at you with all the power and hype of a falling snowflake…her talent has instantly hushed a room.” – Jim Walsh, MinnPost. Voted the Entertainment Guide’s No. 1 musician of 2010.

Bridge Chamber Music Festival Concert I • 7:30pm

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Concert Hall, Carleton This three-concert/one-recital festival has two primary purposes: the presentation of chamber music concerts of the highest quality, and providing our area’s young musicians with performance and educational opportunities. Presentations areAug. 19, 21, 23 and 25. The Artaria Quartet, Jun Qian (clarinet), Kathryn AnandaOwens (piano), Hector Valdivia (viola), Andrea Een (viola) and David Carter (cello) play Shostakovich: Quartet #3, Op. 73, Mozart: “Kegelstatt” Trio, K. 498 and Brahms: String Sextet in G major, Op. 36.

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The Contented Cow Carey Langer • 5-7pm 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. Livestock, continued on page 18

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Stone Soup • 8-10:30pm A hearty broth of rock and blues from a time when it hit you in the chest and lifted you straight up. Breathe the air, stir the pot, share the wine and start feeling fine! Fox and Coyote • 11pm-1am Folk/Indie. Matthew Griswold • 8-11:30pm

The Tavern Lounge Acoustic/folk rock/pop. Karaoke

Rueb ‘N’ Stein • 9pm Castle Rock and Roll • 9pm Jesse James Lanes • 10pm Matthew Griswold

Livestock Music Festival • 1pm-1am

The Contented Cow Jeff Thompson • 1-3pm 2 of Hearts • 3-4:30pm Chance Meeting • 5-6:30pm A group of Northfield musicians that met “by chance” at local jams and other events. They are Scotty Friedow, John Hiscox, Chris Moen, Gail Moll, Neil Rowley and occasionally Richard Brooks making for a real mix of styles and genres. Black by Popular Demand • 7-8:30pm Kate and the Differents • 9-11pm The Wandering Bears • 11pm-1am The Average Janes • 2-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls The Average Janes aren’t so average! They play music from the ’70s, ’80s and today. Enjoy a little country without the twang!

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Steele County Free Fair

Owatonna This is the fifth of a six-day event. See Aug. 16 description.

Derek Harrs • 8-11:30pm

The Tavern Lounge

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Cannon Riverwalk, Downtown Northfield Artists’ and farmers’ market along the Cannon River with many family friendly activities. This week’s welcome tent activity is “Accelerate Northfield,” where you’ll be able to make your own book in or around the Welcome Tent. The goal of Accelerate Northfield is to significantly increase the number of volunteers in elementary schools in an effort to narrow the achievement gap among all elementary students.

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Owatonna This is the sixth of a six-day event. See Aug. 16 description. Happenings, continued on page 28

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There are, among us, those who can tell a story. Who have the power to sweep us out of our seats and into a different world, if but for an hour or two. Who delight and entertain; who warm the coldest winter nights and thrill us under the summer stars. We present them on the following pages with love, these performers, directors, writers and designers, and regret only that our space limitations keep their stories so much shorter than they ought to be.

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Myrna Johnson Where else but Northfield, with its talented people, could a person live and work with the arts! Thank you, Northfield Arts Guild, for bringing so much to so many people – it gave me room to grow and have a “career” along with being a wife and mother.

Patsy Dew actor Who wouldn’t want to step out of ordinary brown flat shoes into the laced-up heels of a Wild Wild West dancing girl? Or put on the fingerless gloves of a poor Cockney woman? I’ve loved the characters I have been able to create, the interaction with the audience, the camaraderie with the casts...all of it.

Dan Freeman actor Graduating from high school in 1958, I began to contemplate my future. College loomed but something else was calling me: the theater! I wondered if I’d be better served going to New York to practice the craft on stage before moving to Los Angeles and the movies. Such are the thoughts of a 17-year-old dreaming of making it big in show business. I decided school had to come first so I chose St. Olaf College and thought I could do theater there before making up my mind. By the time the next school year came around I had acted in the Northfield Arts Guild’s first production, Ah Wilderness!. In 1961 I was in the second Arts Guild show, A Curious Savage, the first production in its theater. Now I’ve acted in dozens of productions in Northfield and around southeastern Minnesota. I owe it all to the presence of many visionary theater people who knew that a community without the arts is not nearly as rich as one with them.

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Brendon Etter actor/playwright/producer I didn’t really start acting until I was 32, and, though I’d always considered myself a writer, I didn’t truly start writing until I was 36. Acting fed into writing and most of my writing is for theater. Acting pushes me into different ways of being, different ways of seeing the world, different ways of presenting my voice and physical self. That’s the real challenge. I’ve acted in many shows over the past nine years: with the Arts Guild, at Carleton, in the Twin Cities and Faribault. I started the Very Short Play Festival as a venue for local writers to produce their own 10-minute plays. I’ve also produced my own short plays as fundraisers for the Northfield Arts Guild, and have authored each of the five Jessie Jane’s Jamborees to date.

Fringe is how Minnesota dances.

Fringe is how Minnesota tells stories.

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Fringe is how Minnesota laughs.

Fringe is how Minnesota sings. With 168 productions from dance to comedy, kids’ shows to experimental works, Minnesota Fringe Festival is an 11-day celebration our fun and fearless performing arts scene

August 4–14, 2011 Minneapolis–St. Paul Festival schedule and tickets at fringefestival.org

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John Holte Hagen actor I usually get parts that call for a loud voice and overpowering personality. My career began as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol in 1942, in the third grade. I’ve performed: in Tokyo, Japan (high school), at St. Olaf College, in Washington DC (church and community theater), in every Kenyon Arts Council musical, in Northfield, and at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault. No role is unimportant; the biggest roles depend on the others. It’s teamwork on stage and off, and a week before you open everyone is worried that it will not come together but it does, triumphantly! I am a retired ELCA pastor. My wife is an actress, too; we love being in the same productions. I play Santa Claus at Christmas, and grow a long white beard.

Michelle Olsen actor/dancer/singer I am part of the performing arts community in Northfield because I meet awesome, interesting, talented people, some of whom have become my closest friends. Performing makes me a better theater patron because I know how much work goes into performances! It keeps me sane (okay, maybe I’m not sane, but it keeps me closer to sane). There is nothing like the feeling that you just made a whole audience laugh, or cry, or clap.

Jessica Ekeren actor/dancer All my life I have been involved in the performing arts. I was in my first Northfield Arts Guild show at age 4, but even before that my mom (Kathy Rush) brought me along. I did dozens of Arts Guild shows, years of Young People’s Theater, school shows including Rock and Roll Revival and dance at various studios. Theater has always been a part of my life, and the people my family. My favorite show is Jesse; I have seen, worked on or been in every performance since I was born. I am very excited to be a part of the Lockwood Theater.

Lucy Prillaman Sweitzer actor/choreographer/dancer/director I’ve loved all things theater from a very young age. My first professional “gig” was spending the summer of 1968 dancing in Chicago. After high school, I spent one season at Chanhassen Dinner Theater, which was enough to convince me that this was NOT what I wanted to do professionally, though theater will always be a part of who I am. I have been lucky to find a wonderful community in which to fill that need. Favorites: Show I’ve directed/choreographed – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, role – Adelaid in Guys and Dolls, show: Jesse.

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Ryan Heinritz actor, arts center executive director Kicking Alfie P. Doolittle out of my bar in My Fair Lady in ’94 is where it really began for me. Several Milwaukee Lutheran high school musicals, community theater and then a performance scholarship in ’97 led me to Winona State where I graduated with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in Theater Arts, and took part in several productions. It was with a move to Northfield that I discovered the Northfield Arts Guild and I enjoyed many roles on stage and as a volunteer backstage committee member. A 2008 audition at the historic Paradise led me to a role in The Butler Did It and began an even more in-depth association when two years later I was named executive director of Paradise Center for the Arts.

Ann Etter actor/stage manager/producer/dancer It’s difficult to choose a best theatre memory. The Northfield Arts Guild Theatre is my playground. It’s where I felt my own success – and some failures, too. My very first show was Little Women. It was a rediscovery of my acting self. From there I went on to numerous shows: some lifelong dream shows (Cabaret and Chicago); some surprises (Donata’s Gift); some new shows (Jessie Jane’s Jamboree I-V). All have added to my life, taught me lessons and brought me joy.

Julianna Skluzacek director/playwright I love directing. Musicals, comedies, dramas – I love every genre. I started my directing career with a children’s play I wrote based on my daughter’s favorite book, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. When I started there weren’t many women directors, and there was a definite bias against them. However, I was lucky enough to land in Owatonna and be mentored by two terrific women, Ev Pecore and Sarah Foreman. I am the founder and artistic director of The Merlin Players, a semi-professional company at the Paradise in Faribault. Next season, I will add to my 85-plays-and-counting, and direct shows for both Merlin and the Little Theatre of Owatonna.

Bryanna Hanson actor I’m a Faribault native attending Normandale College, pursuing my AFA in Theatre. I’ve been on the area stage many times at the Northfield Arts Guild, Paradise Center for the Arts and with the Merlin Players. The people I share the stage with are the reason I keep coming back. Most recently I’ve been on stage at Normandale, playing several of the characters in Almost, Maine. Beyond starving artist, oft-time nanny and holder of a day job, at the end of the day, all I really want is to curl up with a good book, my goddaughters, and a wiener dog named Simon.

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Jacob Paro actor I discovered acting as a “mature” undergraduate of 27; the Northfield Arts Guild gave me a chance, despite my total lack of experience. I will forever appreciate that. I live in London and am completing a Master’s in Early Modern English Literature and Drama. Although I study texts primarily in book form, experiencing dramatic art in its “natural environment” was a major influence on my decision to enter this program – King’s College asks literature students to focus on plays as performances rather than simply as printed pages. This interest was honed through my experiences at the Arts Guild. Heartfelt thanks to you all!

Terry Allen actor/director/playwright/teacher I am a retired professor of theatre arts who taught acting, directing and play writing for 38 years. The last 20 years were at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I’ve directed well over 100 plays. A few favorites include: Candide, The Grapes of Wrath, Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and The Threepenny Opera.

Steve Lawler actor When she found out that the Northfield Arts Guild was doing The Sound Of Music, our 7-year-old, Louisa, wanted to try out. It had been 17 years since I’d been in a play, but we auditioned together, and we both got in! Since then, I’ve had the great fortune to often work with Louisa and her brother, Sebastian. Our third child, Elias, focuses on the Young People’s Theater – I’ve not yet found a way to get cast in one of those shows. None of this would be possible without the love and support of my wife, Joy. She wrote, directed, and starred in The Widows, for the first Very Short Play Festival. It featured two women discussing how much they missed their husbands....who had been cast in an Arts Guild show.

Tania Larson Legvold actor/director I’m a ‘townie’ and got my start at the Northfield Arts Guild. My love of theater carried into college where I received a degree in Theater Arts. A part of the community theater scene where ever I’ve lived, I’ve even directed at a high school in Germany. I love dress-up. I love the behind-the-scenes camaraderie. Bringing a story to life and sharing it with an audience is a conversational dynamic that is unique to live theater performance and oh so fun! It seems that every role requiring a crazy blond wig has been the most memorable: Jesse Jane (JJJIV: Merry Mary), Lily St. Regis (Annie), Louise (Always: Patsy Cline).

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Kathy Rush actor/costumer/director My first show at the Northfield Arts Guild was in 1983 and I never looked back. Summers were musicals with Myrna Johnson and Northfield Musical Theater; the rest of the year was a variety of shows, directors and new friends. In 1985 Myrna asked me to take charge of the Arts Guild costumes, and for the next 20 years I did. I have costumed more than 150 shows and directed about 25. Getting involved in other theaters (the Paradise, The Merlin Players, Little Theater of Owatonna) gave me a much larger circle of resources: costumes, props, actors. I’m especially proud of being one of the founders of Northfield’s newest theater group – Lockwood Theater Company.

Peter Webb actor/director/musician I have been performing on piano since I was 9 or 10, and at age 11 was in a musical televised by the BBC called Ahmet the Woodseller. I was music director for Alice and Wonderland at high school, but apart from that I hadn’t been on stage as an actor until Marc Robinson cast me in the Northfield Arts Guild production of Dracula in 2004. Since then I have been in various shows, both acting and playing piano. There is nothing more special than performing in front of friends.

Philip Spensley actor/director/playwright/set designer/teacher I’ve had a more than 50-year professional theater career. I founded and led university programs in Canada and taught at Wayne State University, The National Theatre School of Canada, the Banff School of Fine Arts and St Olaf College. My film and TV acting career began in 1969. I designed the outdoor stage for the Northfield Arts Guild’s Shakespeare in the Park productions and directed its first show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2000, and directed and/or designed set for several Arts Guild productions since. What I appreciate about the theatre scene here is the wide opportunity for anyone with interest and talent to become involved.

Tom Ett actor I started in theater when I was 10, at the Minnesota Theater Institute for the Deaf. I wasn’t back again until our entire family auditioned for Scrooge: The Musical at the Northfield Arts Guild about six years ago. Cast as Bob Cratchit, I was a bit terrified, but also rediscovered the fun of theater. Some of my favorite shows are Little Shop of Horrors and Chicago and musicals with a bit of twisted humor. A computer geek at work, the theater gang rounds out my circle of friends. Their friendships keep me coming back for more.

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August Regional Happenings There are a number of exciting offerings in the region this month; we offer here a brief sample of what’s to be found beyond Northfield. Be sure to check them out—and say you saw them in the Northfield Entertainment Guide! CHANHASSEN

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Chanhassen Dinner Theater 501 W 78th St., Chanhassen

Theater of War – Aug. 3 – actors from New York and Guthrie Theatre will present a dramatic reading from the works of Sophocles. Rochester Art Center 40 Civic Center Drive SE www.rochesterartcenter.org Tony Tasset: Life During Wartime – through Sept. 4 Flux – Aug. 5 – music, art and performance featuring house DJ Scott Stulen. Rochester Civic Center Theatre 20 Civic Center Drive SE www.rochestercivictheatre.org Fuchsia Band in Concert – Aug. 10 – four lads from Cork, Ireland. Julianna and the Blue Lotus Dancers – Aug. 12 – professional and semi-professional Middle Eastern dancers. Americana Showcase: Bob Wootton – Aug. 20 – legendary lead guitarist of Johnny Cash and Six Mile Grove. Máirtín De Cogáin in “De Bogman” and Irish Storytelling – Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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703 W Center St. GreekFest – Aug. 28 – authentic Greek foods, live music, ethnic Greek dancers, bake sale, kids carnival and silent auction. Mayo Civic Center 30 Civic Center Drive SE 20th Anniversary Down by the Riverside Concerts Corey Stevens – Aug. 7 – singer/songwriter/guitar. Uriah Heep – Aug. 14 – melodic songs, multi-part harmony vocals with a hard rock drive. Collective Soul – Aug. 21 – alternative rock. ARTigras – Aug. 20 – Rochester’s 3rd Annual Celebration of the Arts and Culture. More than 100 juried artisans, artist demonstrations, handmade artwork for sale, family entertainment featuring steamroller art, Dr. Bob Kurland’s Balloon Magic, Maier Forest and tree activities and more.

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Parrot-head Party – Aug. 6 – music by Sonny Ray, Stoney Savanna, Jambo and Randy Z. Country Music Festival – Aug. 19-20 – music by GM3, Night Fire, Swamp Dog, Generation. PEPIN Lake Pepin Art & Design Center 2nd & Main St. 715/442-4442 • www.pepinartdesign.org Sediments: See Lake Pepin – through Sept. 4 – by artist Peter L. Johnson. River Revival Event – Aug. 7 – honor and 13 rg 0 celebrate the Big River with Peter L. 2 ival.o , t Johnson. -4 es

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www.crossingsatcarnegie.com Prudence Johnson & Dean Magraw in Concert – Aug. 5 The Pines in Concert – Aug. 20 – folk and blues of the heartland. Randy Sabien and Dan Chouinard – Aug. 27 – jazz violinist and storyteller pianist/accordionist. Lynne Rothrock in Concert – Aug. 28 – jazz, country, pop, musical theatre. Zumbrota High School 705 Mill St. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans – Aug. 11 – a benefit for Zumbrota’s historic State Theatre.

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HAPPENINGS Sunday, Aug. 21, continued from page 18 Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery Internationally renowned, Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band sing great American standards and have won awards for being the Top Jazz Singer! Bridge Chamber Music Festival: Young Artist Recital • 2pm

Studio A, St. Olaf See Aug. 18 description. Politics and a Pint • 6pm

The Contented Cow Join in on discussions concerning local issues at this “lightly moderated” open forum. For more information on topics, go to www. contentedcow.com. Northern Roots Session • 7:30pm

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 of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow Stop in anytime to sign up for this four-person team competition, prizes and the winning team may drink from the “Winners Mug” the week following their triumph.

Traditional Irish Music Session • 7-9pm

The Contented Cow A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps. Alison Rae • 10pm-12am

The Contented Cow St. Paul-based musician “whose voice and songs come at you with all the power and hype of a falling snowflake…her talent has instantly hushed a room.” – Jim Walsh, MinnPost. Voted the Entertainment Guide’s No. 1 musician of 2010. THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 Bridge Chamber Music Festival Concert III • 7:30pm

Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf See Aug. 18 description. Michael Jorgenson (baritone), Bonnie Jorgenson (piano), Andrey Techmazov (cello), Nicola Melville (piano), Leslie Shank and Hector Valdivia (violin), Andrea Een (viola), David Carter (cello), Paul Ousley (bass), Jun Qian (clarinet), Jackson Bryce (bassoon) and Gwen Anderson (horn) play Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), Martinu: Variations on a Theme by Rossini and Schubert: Octet, D. 803. Karaoke • 8pm

620 Grill Mark Mraz • 8:30-11pm

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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.

Jingo • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Multe • 7:30-10:30pm

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Occasional Jazz • 5-7pm

The Contented Cow Mainstream classic jazz of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and others in the same style.

78 Degrees Taurus and Gospel Gossip • 10:30pm-12am

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 Cribbage • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30pm

The Contented Cow Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen.

Bonnie & the Clydes • 8-11pm

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 and the Clydes are Bill McGrath and Scott McMillan. Jeff Ray • 8-11:30pm

Concert Hall, Carleton See Aug. 18 description. Windworks, Andrew Hisey (piano), Nina Fan and Hector Valdivia (violin), Charles Gray (viola), David Carter (cello), David Hagedorn (vibes) and Kevin Clemets (bass) play Taffanel: Quintet for Winds, Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1 and Jazz Selections by Hagedorn/Clements.

The Tavern Lounge Mighty fine guitar and harp. Ray walks a thin line between blues and folk, one minute strutting a slide-guitar ballad on the resonator guitar, the next minute blasting off into a oneman-band train ride.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 Outlaw Run

Southern Minnesota Outlaw Trail Riders will saddle up on their motorcycles and explore Southern Minnesota like the gang did before the attempted raid. The event begins with a recreation of the robbery. The riders will then follow the trail down the old Dodd Road to Warsaw. On the way back there will be a lunch stop in New Prague and return to Northfield for a post-rally party with prizes. $20/ rider includes an Outlaw Run T-shirt plus a chance at prizes. Riverwalk Market Fair • 9am-1pm

Cannon Riverwalk, Downtown Northfield Artists’ and farmers’ market along the Cannon River with many family friendly activities. Community Services Division of Northfield Public Schools will be at the Welcome Tent to answer questions about everything they offer. The Average Janes • 2-5pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls The Average Janes aren’t so average! They play music from the ’70s, ’80s and today. Enjoy a little country without the twang! Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing • 7-11pm

The Signature Bar and Grill Classic acoustic swing, dancing, great food, no cover.

The Tavern Lounge Americana/roots music. DJ Music

Castle Rock and Roll • 9pm Rueb ‘N’ Stein The Counterfactuals • 11pm-12am

The Contented Cow Voted Northfield’s No. 1 band 2010. Jason Decker (guitar), Dan Groll (vocals, songwriter, guitar and drums) are both philosophy professors at Carleton. A counterfactual is a conditional sentence of the form “if it had been that p, it would have been that q.” Very philosophical but, unfortunately, nothing to do with the name of the band. Dan had a band in Chicago of the same name, and so asked if he could keep it for this one. They said “no.” Influences include Elvis Costello, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, The Walkmen, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, M. Ward, Slayer and Sergie Rachmaninoff. SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 treVeld • 1-4pm

Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls Acoustic music that appeals to all ages. Politics and a Pint • 6pm

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Northern Roots Session • 7:30pm

Cribbage • 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 of all ages and levels of experience are welcome.

Acoustic Jam Session • 7:30pm

Quiz Night • 8pm

The Contented Cow Stop in anytime to sign up for this four-person team competition; prizes and the winning team may drink from the “Winners Mug” the week following their triumph.

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock The Contented Cow Every Tuesday night show up with your unplugged instrument of choice and jam – or just show up and listen. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 Euchre • 7pm

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Traditional Irish Music Session 7-9pm

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 Jingo • 7pm

The Contented Cow A gathering of musicians and listeners in a relaxed, informal setting. Along with the music, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and perhaps even a few Irish dance steps.

Castle Rock and Roll, Castle Rock Multe • 7:30-10:30pm

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Clubs, Classes and More… Cannon River Woodcarving Club – 507/339-0336 Third Monday of the month, 7pm, Ivan Whillock Studio, Faribault The Cheese Cave – 507/334-3988, cheesecave.net, Faribault – Cooking with Jill Mackey, Aug. 20, 10-11am – Start out your weekend with a bang! A different class, monthly on a Saturday morning. This month: Grilling Fish. 507/334-3988 to register. $25/person. Seating limited. Cub Scout Pack 300 – 612/490-4048, www.cubs300.org Dakota Stables – 952/913-3222, www.dakotastables.com Classes and rides for kids and adults. Glass Garden Beads Beading Class – 507/645-0301 First and third Mondays Just Food Co-op – 507/650-0106 – Mondays: 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. 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, 6pm Fridays: Movie Night, 7pm Sundays: Writing Workshop, 3-5pm – for details, call 507/663-0715.

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Wednesday of each month, 10am, St. Peter’s Church. If you are a full-time or part-time stay-at-home mom, this club may be for you. MOMS Club is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club, an organization dedicated to providing support and a sense of community for stay-at-home moms. Monarch Gift Shop – Free Weekly Guided Meditation – every Wednesday, 7-8pm – 607/663-7720. Take a break from your week and set your mind and spirit free with mediation in a spacious and relaxed environment. Northfield Arts Guild – 507/645-8877 – Find classes for kids and adults at www.northfieldartsguild.org. Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center – Children’s Circle 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 First Steps Early Literacy Center, Mon, Fri and Sat, 10-2pm Patty Cake Infant Lapsit, Tue, 10-11am Toddler Rhyme Time, Wed, 10-11am Preschool Story & Craft Time, Thu, 10-11am World Discovery Time, Tue/ Wed, 1-3pm World Stories, Thu, 11:30am Northfield Public Schools Community Services – 507/664-3649 Northfield Senior Center – www.northfieldseniorcenter.org 507/664-3700 – Programs for active older adults in a premier fitness facility with an indoor pool and certified fitness instructors. Bike club, hiking trips, ping pong, nutrition talks, art classes, writing classes, card groups, dining center, fitness classes and more. Paradise Center for the Arts – 612/216-1206 Find art-related classes for kids and adults at www.paradisecenterforthearts.org. River Bend Nature Center, 507/332-7151 – classes and activities at www.rbnc.org. Time Travel – History Tours of River Bend – Join a naturalist for a journey back in time to discover the history of the land. Travel is by golf cart. Tours last 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to five people. Call to schedule. Donations welcome.

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620 Water St. • 507/786-9797 • Facebook: 620 Grill – Tu-Su 11a-late, closed Mondays. Burgers, fries, soups, sandwiches, wraps, pulled pork and a great bar! Nitelife from 9pm offers karaoke, DJ dancing, live music and more. Castle Rock N Roll Bar and Grill – 27798

Chippendale Ave • 507/645-0676 • Facebook: Castle Rock N Roll Bar and Grill – 11-1am (every day). Great burgers and pizza, with daily specials. Located at the corner of Hwy. 3 and Cty. Rd. 86. Private party room available.

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503 Division St. • www.ruebnstein.com 507/645-6691 • 11am-close – Great burgers and famous Ruebens. Casual relaxing atmosphere. Huge selection of imported and domestic beers, fine spirits and wines. Game room, happy hour 3:30-6pm, Karaoke on Fridays at 9pm. Mandarin Garden Restaurant – 107 East 4th St. • MandarinGardenNorthfield.com 507/645-7101 – Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30am2pm, Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9pm. Open until 10 Fri and Sat. Authentic Peking and Szechuan cuisine, freshly prepared, dine-in or take-out.

214 Division St. • 507/645-2462 (office 507/645-1665) www.chapati.us – Closed Mondays – Cuisine of India. Variety of curry and Tandoori entrees including a large selection of vegetarian items. Wine and beer.

Northfield Golf Club – 707 Prairie St. 507/645-4026 • Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri/Sat 11am-9pm – Whether seated in the main dining room, bar, or member’s lounge, beautiful panoramic views of the golf course provide a charming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner menus with a variety of cuisine to savor under the direction of Chef Rafael Perez and his staff.

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318 Central Ave., Suite 6, Faribault 507/334-3988 • www.cheesecave.net – Wed 10am-5:30pm, Thu-Sat 10am-8pm – A light menu of fresh salads and sandwiches, a couple gourmet pizzas and cheese plates to compliment whatever you are drinking. Wines, spirits and Summit beer on tap. The Contented Cow

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302 Division St. S. www.contentedcow.com 3pm-close – Britishstyle 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. Fireside Restaurant – 37540 Goodhue Ave., Dennison • 507/645-9992 • firesidelounge. net • T-F 11am-close, Sa/Su 9am-close, closed Mon. A menu to satisfy all tastes, from burgers and sandwiches to steaks and shrimp dinners. Friday night fish special, Saturday night prime rib special and Sat/Sun breakfast specials. The HideAway – 421 Division St. • 507/664-

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2018 Jefferson Rd. • 507/663-6060 • Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Sat-Sun 7am-5pm – Voted Best Coffeehouse in southern Minnesota. Fresh daily roasted coffee. Wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, ice cream and non-espresso drinks. Free wireless internet and business catering available.

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Riverview Drive • 507/645-4830 • Sun-Wed 5am-11pm, Thu-Sat 24 hrs – Breakfast all day. Favorites include buttermilk pancakes, three-egg omelettes and hearty scrambler dishes. Also serving sandwiches and dinner entrees. Weekday breakfast and lunch specials. Free wi-fi available. Pan Pan Cafe

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303 Division St. • 507/786-9200 • Su-Th 11am-8pm, Fr/Sa 11am-9pm – An international café serving Pan-Asian cuisine on noodles and jasmine rice plus a variety of coffee drinks, teas, beer, wine and sake. Quarterback Club

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116 3rd St. W. • 507/645-7886 • Mon-Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 10:30am-8pm – Family friendly dining in Northfield for 37 years. House specialties include broasted chicken, BBQ ribs and flame-broiled hamburgers. The Tavern of Northfield – 212 Division St.

www.tavernofnorthfield.com • 507/663-0342 Sun-Thu 6:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am11pm, lounge open daily 3pm-midnight. Located in the historic Archer House since 1984, The Tavern offers 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.

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306 Division St. • 507/786-9500 – Sun-Mon 11am-6:30pm, Tue-Sat 10:30am-8pm – With more than 50 flavors, bubble tea has brought a whole new meaning to the concept of drinking tea. Join the trend. Delicious, colorful and fun. Take a moment and savor the flavor. Kid friendly, vegan friendly, free wifi, sleek and relaxing atmosphere. Light menu of spring rolls. 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“The Arts Guild had seven executive directors in five years,” Ann explains, “and much of the infrastructure had been lost. But that provided us – the staff, the board and myself – with a clean slate. We started by asking, ‘What are we doing?’ ‘What can we do better?’ and ‘What are some things we shouldn’t do?’” The town itself helped to direct the decision makers, and Ann feels the direction is solid.

By Felicia Crosby The handsome brick building has housed a number of enterprises throughout the century and a quarter that it’s graced Division Street, from the YMCA through the years it served as Northfield’s city hall. It’s held documents, sheltered young athletes, kept records intact. But it’s in its current incarnation, as the home of the Northfield Arts Guild, that it finds itself charged with the task of housing the very art and creativity that makes this town so vibrant. It’s proven itself up to the task. Walking into the welcoming foyer is to enter a beehive of possibility. Artsrelated flyers fill magazine racks and a wall-sized bulletin board, covered with artist information, cast lists for current productions, and up-to-the-minute notices about the state of Minnesota arts funding, gives a tantalizing glimpse of all that goes on here. Music sounds from upstairs; kids’ chatter from down below. The gallery that sits straight ahead is light, elegant and beckoning. The recently remodeled gift shop to the right is worthy itself of a reverential walkthrough, and the adjoining office has people on both sides of the Dutch door in lively conversation. Coming into the center is like coming into Northfield itself. It makes you eager for more. Executive Director Ann Mosey apologizes for the mess as she clears papers and projects from chairs in her office; this diminutive space does double-duty as a storeroom for whatever might need to be collected. The Guild is a microcosm of the city it serves, she agrees; founded by Northfielders in 1959, it’s been about – and for – them ever since. “How many towns of 17,000 can boast of three downtown galleries, two community theaters and a regional orchestra?” Ann asks. “This is a marvelously rich community.” “Our mission is to support and celebrate artists of all levels and experience,” she explains. “We work with a combination of people from novices to artists of international renown. And we have an incredible community of appreciators – the magical component of Northfield.” Ann arrived at both the Arts Guild and Northfield in 2008, and was immediately captivated by the confluence of arts and place. “This was a well-established arts organization in an arts community, close to the Twin Cities,” she says, “and they influence each other.” And the biggest surprise she found coming on board turned out to be a gift: the state the Guild itself was in.

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“This is a great environment for arts,” she says, and points to some of the other dynamic arts-related groups in town – including Riverwalk Arts Quarter, Riverwalk Market Fair, the Arts and Culture Commission, Weitz Center for Creativity, the library, and college interns – who, with the Guild, meet regularly to work out the connections that will serve the community best. “We’re at a tipping point in terms of the potential of this city being an arts destination,” Ann explains. “This is our opportunity to create dynamic partnerships between art organizations, between arts and business, arts and government, and arts and education, all clarifying our unique missions.” “Everyone’s being very smart and strategic,” she smiles. Ann acknowledges the challenges the recent economy has given organizations like the Arts Guild, and difficulties that have come with the state government shutdown. But, after much internal work and external outreach, she notes with hard-won satisfaction that that Guild was in the black this first quarter – the first time in many years. The community can take credit for helping the tide shift. “We had to convince the community to support their arts organization,” she says. “Little bits of support from a lot of people or we’re out of business.” Ann is quiet a moment and then comes back to that word again. “We are a community-based arts center for all ages, technical abilities, economic groups. We have great assets – a community theater, gallery exhibitions, both at a professional level – we have many things to offer as part of an arts town.” And the collaborations don’t stop at Northfield’s borders; the 20112012 theater season features Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a 50/50 project with Faribault’s Paradise Center for the Arts, and all involved in the production are excited about what is certain to be an outstanding show. What of this summer?

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“The Country Wife opens Aug. 5, in Central Park,” Ann says, referring to the delightfully bawdy Restoration-era comedy, directed by local great Susan Dunhaupt, “and it’s hilarious!” Outside Ann’s office a happy cacophony starts up: kids’ classes are changing over. Parents are heard checking in at the main office about the next run; someone else asks about the current gallery exhibit, WWW. The front door opens, and closes, and opens again. People stroll through the center with a sense of ownership and connection, an illustration of the success the hardworking people of the Arts Guild are striving for. The community is very well served.

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HISTORIC

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Archer House: From Grand Opening (1877) to Open House (2011) Last month an open house was held at the Archer House River Inn to show off a $1.1 million renovation of the historic French Second Empire red brick building with mansard roof and arched dormer windows at 212 Division St. S. This four-story hotel with a three-story south wing (and three-story north wing added in 1987) began 134 years ago in a swirl of excitement. “Archer’s Hotel: Grand Opening” read the headline of the Rice County Journal of Aug. 23, 1877. The event was trumpeted as a gauge of community growth and an enthusiastic crowd rendered the verdict: “Well done.” The writer praised the “taste and neatness” of the ladies’ parlor, saying that while the furniture was “not extravagant,” it was “sufficiently expensive and profuse to be most thoroughly inviting.” Other rooms, occupied by regular boarders, “approach the luxurious,” with “unequivocal indication of taste in every room.” The first floor library “of solid volumes” would “raise the plane of thought and feeling,” as it was wise “to feed the mind of the guest as well as his stomach…for if the former is well supplied the latter will escape much gorging.”

Sidwell’s Band from Minneapolis provided entertainment and by 9:30 p.m. nearly 200 had registered and the dining room doors opened for a repast on “finely arranged and well-supplied tables.” A dance, which was “relished most thoroughly,” began further down Division Street in Lockwood’s Hall at 11:30 p.m. Northfield, in fine dress attire, “turned out en masse,” wrote the reporter, along with many friends from Faribault, Dundas and St. Paul. “Extravagance did not run away from taste” for this gathering and “the good-natured, jolly, smiling, happy disposition of the whole party seemed to be in sensible keeping with propriety and fitness.” The conclusion: “Mr. Archer and wife are to be highly congratulated upon the successful opening of their public house.” A second article, which followed, titled “New Hotel,” described James Archer as an “old hotel-keeper” who had rested “weary limbs” of pioneers at his hotel between Hastings Landing and Northfield on the old stage road and now had opened a “handsome and convenient” hotel, which filled “the terribly apparent vacuum” in Northfield. There were other hotels in town but nothing on the scale of the American House, which John North, founder of Northfield in 1855, had built at the corner of Washington and Third streets in 1857. In 1867 this hotel became the home of “Northfield College” (renamed Carleton College in 1871 after a benefactor) so was not used for travelers. The writer took note that hotels often reflect the “moral standing” and character of towns to the traveler and “Northfield has long felt the want of more extended hotel accommodations,” with the result that “for years the lack of sufficient accommodations has been a great detriment to the growth and prosperity of our young city.” The grand opening brought out citizens from every branch of life to pay their respects to Mr. Archer, as described in the Rice County Journal: “the earnest divine; the staid deacon, the college professor, the demure moral philosophers, the devout Christian, the ardent reformer, the pompous lawyers, important magistrates, eligible young ladies, accompanied more or less, by and under the guardianship of elegant young gentlemen, or devoted papas, and anxious mammas, but all bent upon the one great object of catering to that old fellow ‘good time.’”

The Archer House about 1890 (above) and today (left). The north wing was added in 1987. Historic photo courtesy Northfield Historical Society. Current photo: Susan Hvistendahl

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The dance “on the light fantastic toe” went on “until early morn.” The story concluded, “It was here we noticed our worthy and corpulent mayor going through the cotillion and double shuffle,” until his “good lady led him home whistling all the way, “I would I were a boy again.’”

The Archer House River Inn website (www.archerhouse. com) takes note of Haas’ contributions: “Dallas brought back the Archer House name, renovated rooms, updated private baths in every room, restored the lobby, and brought back retail shops and restaurants to the building. A new front portico After changing hands a was constructed, patterned couple times, the Archer after historic photographs House was purchased in of the Inn. Each room was 1889 by Canadian-born given a name and theme Henry Kahler who owned relating to a special part of the Kahler Hotel in Dundas. local history. New wiring, Kahler, who had started as a modern plumbing, insulaharness maker, enlisted the (l-r): Managing Principal of Rebound Hospitality, Brett Reese; Archer House General tion, updated heat and air aid of his family in the inn- Manager Todd Byhre; and Rebound Hospitality President Chuck Paton. conditioning, fire and alarm Photo: Amy Acheson keeping business. (In 1917 systems and a four-story the Kahler Corporation was elevator allowed the hotel to meet the demands of the new era established in Rochester. Henry Kahler’s son, John Henry Kahler, under Dallas.” presided over the opening of the $1.75 million Kahler Grand Hotel across from the Mayo Clinic in 1921, coming far from his On Jan. 8, 1997, the Northfield News headline was, “Local early days shuttling Archer House guests to and from the railway Families Purchase Archer House: New owners plan to carry on depot in horse-drawn vehicles.) developer Dallas Haas’ legacy.” Purchasers were Mike and Laura Kay Allen, Brett Reese and Michele Wylder Reese and Craig and Marjorie Neuhaus, in a Northfield News story of Aug. 11, 1977, Chris Valek. related that Henry Kahler, “a bit of a showoff ” at the Archer House, liked to pile dishes on a tray, “balance the tray with one The current management of the Archer House River Inn and inihand and waltz around the room.” One day, however, he “got tiator of the 21-month renovation project, which was celebrated too close to the swinging kitchen door at the precise moment at the recent open house, is Rebound Hospitality (part of Rethat Big Emma, a 180-pound waitress, pushed through. Henry, bound Enterprises, a Northfield investment services and holding dishes, and tray flew in all directions. It was Henry’s final perfor- company), with Brett Reese as managing principal and Chuck mance.” Paton as president. Todd Byhre is general manager of the Archer House. The goal of the renovation was to “honor the history The Archer House went through many owners and several name of the building and its architecture while bringing luxury and changes, including “Manawa” (the Indian word for “rest”) in modern amenities to the grand old Inn.” The renovation started 1903, Ball’s Hotel in 1911 and its long-time name, the Hotel with public spaces and basic infrastructure and then spread to Stuart, starting in 1912. There were also many tenants over the the 36 guest rooms and suites. Period-inspired colors, textiles, years. Past college students and “townies” may remember when lighting and furniture with modern enhancements such as flat the lobby was used as the Jefferson Bus Depot. screen televisions mix with restored original features including tin ceilings and claw foot tubs. The old hotel was showing its age when building contractor and developer Dallas Haas bought the hotel in the spring of 1981. Dallas Haas could have been speaking of the present-day Archer Haas wrote in a hotel brochure that reality quickly set in that he House when he wrote this to guests about his own efforts: had purchased “a more than 100-year-old building containing “The total project has played a vital part in the revitalization, more than 15,000 square feet with 30 hotel rooms and about restoration and, most of all, the preservation of the Northfield two-thirds of them in a so-called operating condition.” Haas downtown business district.” Haas concluded, “ENJOY YOUR died of a heart attack at the age of 56 while working in the STAY!” Many visitors to our community have done just that at Archer House, and Maggie Lee wrote in her memorial in the the Archer House, from August of 1877 to this month of August Northfield News of Aug. 16, 1995, that when Haas had taken on in 2011. the Archer House, “Much was in decay.” He and his crew “simply ripped out everything,” with 15 tons of debris taken out of the third floor alone. Lee wrote, “There were times he could have Schmidt Homes will be sharing the Archer Houses’s most recent willingly consigned the place to the junk heap, yet he carefully renovations and celebrate their own 30th anniversary with an open redeveloped the Victorian treasure.” Haas, who would occasionally take on bell hopping chores for the fun of it (even pocketing house at the Archer House Aug. 11, 5-8pm. Appetizers, beverages and tours will be offered. Free and open to the public. tips), loved visiting with guests. The gazebo erected in back of hotel near the Cannon River is part of the Haas legacy.

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August Gigs 2 of Hearts.......................................................................... 20 – Cow 78 Degrees Taurus ............................................................. 22 – Cow Acoustic Jam Session.............................................. Tuesdays – Cow Average Janes .................................................20, 27 – Cannon Falls Bitter Roots ........................................................................ 13 – Cow Black by Popular Demand................................................ 20 – Cow Bonnie and the Clydes ...................................................... 26 – Cow Bridge Chamber Music Festival ....18, 23 – Carleton, 25 – St. Olaf Tim Brown .............................................................7 – Cannon Falls Chance Meeting................................................................. 20 – Cow Counterfactuals ................................................................. 27 – Cow Dime Store Watch ............................................................. 12 – Cow Fox and Coyote.................................................................. 19 – Cow Gospel Gossip .................................................................... 22 – Cow Matthew Griswold..........................................................19 – Tavern Derek Harrs ....................................................................20 – Tavern Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing ............................27 – Faribault Lonesome Dan Kase.......................................................12 – Tavern Kate and the Differents ..................................................... 20 – Cow Rob Kinny ........................................................................... 5 – Rueb Carey Langer ...................................................................... 19 – Cow Jim Lenway and Dave Miller .............................................. 5 – Cow Jon Manners ...................................................6 – Cow, 13 – Tavern Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders ..................................... 18 – Cow Sasha Mercedes .................................................................5 – Tavern Moon Like Mars .................................................................. 6 – Cow Mark Mraz ................................................................11, 25 – Tavern Multe .......................................................................Mondays – Cow New Moon Trio ................................................................... 5 – Cow Dan Newton ........................................................14 – Cannon Falls Northern Roots Session .......................................... Sundays – Cow Norwegian Cowboy .........................................................4 – Tavern Occasional Jazz .................................................................. 26 – Cow Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band ..................21 – Cannon Falls Alison Rae ...............................................10, 24 – Cow, 18 – Tavern Jeff Ray ............................................................................26 – Tavern Relativity ...........................................................................6 – Tavern Stone Soup ......................................................................... 19 – Cow Daniel Switch .........................................................6 – Cannon Falls The Wandering Bears........................................................ 20 – Cow Jeff Thompson ................................................................... 20 – Cow Traditional Irish Music .................................... Wednesdays – Cow treVeld ..................................................................28 – Cannon Falls Art Vandalay ...................................................................27 – Tavern Wake-Robin ............................................................ 15 – Bittersweet Andrew Walesch ..................................................13 – Cannon Falls

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Northfield Entertainemnt Guide  

An array of happenings for the month of August in and around Northfield including music, arts, theater, food and other forms of entertainmen...

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