It was another idyllic scene on the outdoor decks at the Contented Cow last night: warm, no wind, no bugs, a full moon, and a packed house for Cows, Colleges, and Satisfaction – A Tribute to the Rolling Stones.
Props to producer Rich Larson, Left-Handed Entertainment and the staff at the Cow for a memorable event.
Watch this one-minute video clip of Rich and pals belting out Honky Tonk Women:
I happened to sit next to Stewart and Marylyn Stroup, the parents of Jake Stroup (Vocals & Mandolin) who came from Madison WI to watch the show. I twisted Jacob’s arm during a break to pose for a photo with his parents.
Here’s a 3-min video clip from their riveting show:
The video clip below:
I spotted this partial double rainbow over Northfield last night at about 8pm. while driving along Prairie Ave. near Jefferson Parkway. I didn’t have my good camera with me so I had to use my G2’s video cam instead.
No, it’s not on a par with THEE double rainbow video from last year.
Last Friday night at the Cow, local superstar musicians Peter Diggins and Steve Jennings wailed for a couple of hours, much to the delight of the crowd. Robbie captured this 2-minute video on her phone.
Northfielder and Fireside Orchard & Gardens owner Todd Harvey is featured in this Apples in Minnesota video produced by Minnesota 2020, "a progressive, new media, non-partisan think tank focused on what really matters."
Thanks to Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist, for the alert.
I got this email from Northfielder and Happy to be from Iowa blogger Margaret Colangelo:
A little old blizzard did not deter the organizers or participants (some on cross country skis) for yesterday’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Justin Stets was the MC and Northfield HCI czar Zach Pruitt was beauty on duty, as this year’s charitable recipient was the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program.
Here’s a 45-second video of the start of the run/walk:
As Robbie and I got out of our car in downtown’s west side parking lot last night, we heard music coming from both the Cow’s outdoor stage and the back deck of The Key. Northfielders who ventured downtown, it turns out, got a real treat from the bands at both outdoor venues—with warm temps, spectacular skies, and later on, a full moon.
Below: a two-minute video clip of The Big Strong Men (Facebook page). The band wowed the audience (wide age range) in ways that I’d not seen in a while in Northfield. Members include:
Ben Greenwald: Guitar/Vocals
Below: a 30-second video clip of Jacob Mullis and Amy Hager of Fort Wilson Riot (also follow them on Twitter and Facebook). Marie Fischer also has some photos in a post on The Key’s blog where she thanks them “for playing the most incredible drum-free show The Key has ever seen.”
With nearly 3 million YouTube views, Paul Vasquez’s (AKA Hungrybear9562) Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10 has been a viral hit. (Hear Paul’s interview on As It Happens for July 9. See dozens of Double Rainbow Guy remixes on YouTube.)
He was in Northfield yesterday afternoon and captured this video of a rainbow over Carleton College. How amazing is that? All I can say is, the Lord works in wondrous ways. Click play to watch. 57 seconds. PG-13 for language.
But I was even more surprised to hear the frogs. It’s still March! I assume these were Western Chorus frogs, judging from the audio on this MPCA page on frogs for kids. Here’s a 14-second video clip with audio:
Peter Seebach and my wife both alerted me to a massive ice jam on the Cannon River today. It apparently extended from the 5th St. bridge back to the Hwy 3 bridge by Babcock Park. But by the time I got there at 5 pm to take a photo, it had broken up and mostly cleared.
Robbie and I attended last night’s To Brasil and Back fundraiser for the Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange with our niece, Ellen. I was relieved of photo duty by Vicki Dilley but couldn’t resist capturing a little video of the music and energy of Beira Mar Brasil, the combination of music by the Robert Everest Expedition (“a Minneapolis-based Latin-American and Mediterranean influenced world music ensemble”), Samba dancers Edilson Lima and Vanessa Dos Santos Luiz, and dancer/vocalist, Dandara. The audience, led by inbound students from Brasil from around the region, really got into it. Watch this 4-minute video clip:
Last night’s Beaux Arts Ball, part of Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season, was spectacular. I ratcheted back on the number of photos I took, once I saw that David Henke from the Northfield News and Steve Engler, NAG board member, were also taking lots of photos. I’ll link to their albums when they get them posted. If you were there and have photos, add a comment below with a link.
[show_avatar firstname.lastname@example.org]After three days and 8,341 still shots from our KYMN camera on the historic Scriver Building in downtown Northfield, Adam Gurno and I put together a time-lapse version of this week’s 8-10″ of snow during blizzard conditions and a full-out snow day! Watch closely as there is a quiz at the end of this 3-minute video presentation. Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy!
0-1:00 minutes: Butch on the piano
1-6:00 minutes: the entire band
6-6:45 minutes: the entire band plus Northfielder Steve Kelly
I took video instead of photos of the bank raid re-enactment at last month’s Taste of Northfield. I discovered that the camera can take low-res photos of video frames so here’s a dozen. My favorite is the one showing gun fire. Who is that guy?
The band, Toaster Fork!, sang Happy Birthday to Northfield Entertainment Guide head honcho Rob Schanilec at the Contented Cow last night during the JuneBug Festival of Music. Felicia Peters, Shop Manager & Gallery Coordinator at the NAG, apparently had something to do with it.
Click play to watch. 39 seconds.
I first met Gunnar Swanson and Dina Fesler of War Kids Relief back in January when they made a presentation at College City Beverage in Dundas. We later hosted them on our Locally Grown podcast/radio show.
They hired me to help them get set up with a WordPress-based website and to think about how social media could be used for the variety of initiatives they were planning. They then began working with Northfield-based Neuger Communications Group who, along with various marketing and communications work, took on the design of the website… now waaaaay cooler than I could have ever done.
During the Taste of Northfield festivities tomorrow, there will be an informal reception at the Archer House from 5:00 – 8:00. People can stop by to meet Dina and Gunnar and other volunteers and hear more about A Soldier’s March for Peace.
They’re also hosting a kick-off event on Bridge Square next Thursday afternoon, June 25th, 2-5 PM. More to come on that.
WKR released this video last week.
Every food I’m tasting
At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
Make sure to stop at Rueb-n-Stein
At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
In case you’re hearing-impaired like me and can’t hear the “variety of pitched and unpitched sounds as the piano strings heat and break,” then entertain yourself with this piano burning:
Northfield High School English teacher Tom McKown talks about what it took to create Rock n’ Roll Revival VIII this year. He sat in front of the camera for the interview on stage a few hours before Friday’s sold-out performance.
Northfielder Mike Farris is leaving on Tuesday to begin his journey up Mount Everest. He has a web site for his new book, The Altitude Experience, where he has an Everest 2009 page and an Everest 2009 trip blog. He talked about his adventure in his home on Friday morning.
Mark Mraz plays frequently at the Tavern Lounge in the Archer House on Division Street. (Mraz is also a member of the Mraz Bros. Band.) On Thursday, Mraz talked about what his life as a musician is like.