St. Olaf kicks off its Christmas Festival each year with a dinner for community leaders.
Left and left center: St. Olaf President David Anderson acknowledged the brave souls in the crowd who said they actually ate the lutefisk that was offered. Not only was he funny with his remarks, he kept them brief, and was masterful at introducing his senior staff (right center) while making gentle fun of them.
Right: Kathy Lansing, Maggie Lee, Linda Wasner. Evidently, the three visited the dessert table so many times that they were asked to leave and told they would not be invited back next year. I think I heard that right. Maybe I’ll ask Amy Gage, Director of Marketing-Communications, to verify that so don’t spread this around or blog it irresponsibly until I find out for certain.
For the past several years (maybe longer?), a large number of twenty-somethings of Northfield who’ve gone off to other locales (jobs, college, life) return to town the night before Thanksgiving and gather with other patrons (mostly same-age) at J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein, AKA, The Rueb. I paid a brief visit on Wednesday eve to take some photos of the scene, including the band members of Down Lo who performed in the Upstairs Rueb.
Left photo, L to R: Will Nissen: Keys, Sax, Back Vocals; Mike Cini: Drums; Mark Grundhoeffer: Guitar, Vocals; Ryan Nielsen: Bass. Left Center: Jeff Paskell (Mr. Sticky) did the sound board. Right center: Kevin Stanke joined in for a set. Right: my son Graham Wigley with Northfield Police Sergeant Mark Murphy (recently a candidate for Rice County Sheriff) who was on-duty.
Click the photos to enlarge and see another 20+ in the Rueb photo album. Full disclosure: The Rueb, Mark, and Graham are/have been clients.
Grezzo (gallery, framing, studios) held a “Fine Craft Collective” artists’ reception last night at their new location on Bridge Square. Left: Grezzo co-owner, framer, and artist Stephen Delwiche with Cathy Collison, Glass Garden Beads. Other artists showing their work: Connie Conway, DeAnn Engvall, Gabriele Franklin, Sue Hammes-Knopf, Teresa Harsma, Jeanne Henke, Suzanne Klumb, Marisa Martinez de Silva, Colleen Riley (Eureka Pots), Arlene Rolf, Judy Saye-Willis, Elizabeth Schott, Amanda Stremcha, Leanne Stremcha, Tom Willis, and Jennifer Wolcott.
Click the thumbnails to enlarge and see the album of two dozen more photos from last night, with the larger originals.
Grezzo co-owner Nick Sinclair was awol so I took a photo of his work space. See the ArtOrg album of his Lowbrow High Octane show in August as well as his Moving Walls gallery of artwork.
A group of hearty souls slept out in plastic bag tents last night in Riverside Park, part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During this week, a number of schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.
Left: Northfield Community Action Center Executive Director Jim Blaha and the make-shift tents made from rice bags.
Center: Union of Youth/Americorps gang: Zane, Marie, Gilly, Kellen, Jena
Right: Wells Fargo Northfield President Mark Mohlke and Ryan Moore
Left: a group of St. Olaf students. Apologies for the fuzzy photo. I must have been shivering.
It was the sixties tonight at the Grand for the Magical History Tour — the annual Northfield Historical Society auction.
Click the photos to enlarge and see five dozen more in the NHS auction 2006 album.
The Northfield Historical Society is having their annual auction on Saturday night… dubbed the Magical History Tour (PDF poster). The Fab Five?
I’ll be there taking crowd/socializing photos like I first did waaaaaaay back in 2003 (see this new version of the 2003 album). I missed the 2004 “Wanted Ed or alive” auction but was there last year (see this new version of the 2005 album). (Full disclosure: the amazing Ed Kuhlman, auctioneer, is a client.)
The 2003 auction was significant for me. Just a few days earlier, we’d changed the N.org website over to a weblog (see this Oct. 31, 2003 “coming soon” blog entry). Having a blog made it easy to embed a photo into a blog post. My Nov. 2 post was my first to do this — a photo of the NHS auction in the recently vacated Jacobsen’s store — and it included a link to a photo album of dozens more.
The serendipitous reaction I got from people over the next few weeks who’d viewed the dozens of photos convinced me that this was another way to “strengthen the fabric of the community” as I’m fond of saying. The people who WERE there wanted to see themselves and other attendees. And they, in turn, wanted others who were NOT there to see what they’d missed. And then I’d hear from people who said to me that so-and-so “told me that they’d seen my photo at the auction and that’s when I went to the album…” And for months afterwards, the pageviews to the photos in that album continuously increased, ultimately into the thousands.
Yeah, I’m tooting my own horn here… I am proud of the thousands of photos of Northfield-related events I’ve posted over the past three years. But I’m also wanting to encourage more citizens to do this. N.org has a photogallery page that explains the various ways to view the photos. And they encourage people to submit photos, too. So take your digital camera with you wherever you go and help “weave community threads” by adding community photos to the pile. It’s “citizen journalism” in every sense of the phrase.
After the Laura Baker auction on Saturday, my wife Robbie and I headed to the Contented Cow and there we discovered a couple of my Locally Grown colleagues. Co-host Ross Currier and his group, The Blue Moon String Band (band-members Jerry Johnson, Wendy Nordquist, and newcomer ??) were on stage, and Locally Grown producer/KRLX staffer Mathias Bell was in the audience with Clare Kazanski and her mother Madelyn Leopold, visiting from Madison, WI. Click photos to enlarge.