Tag Archives: ArtSwirl

NAG 50th joins the blogosphere and the twittersphere

NAG 50th sshot Northfield area organizations are increasingly seeing the advantages of setting up blog sites (a website with regular pages but built with a blog platform) for special events (eg, ArtSwirl, JuneBug).

The latest is the NAG 50th Blog, "Celebrating 50 Years of the Northfield Arts Guild." Of course, they’ve also joined the twittersphere (twitter.com/nag50).

Butch Thompson: from Mendota’s Emporium of Jazz to Northfield’s Grand Event Center

Butch Thompson at the Emporium of Jazz Butch Thompson at the Emporium of Jazz  Hall Bros
I first experienced Butch Thompson’s piano and clarinet playing in 1966 when I was 17 years old and regularly sneaking into the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota to hear the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band and try out my moves on the tiny Funky Butt dance floor. (Above right photo thumbnail links to the MNHS collection photo of the Hall Brothers. Butch is 3rd from the right.) See his history page for more, as well as this ArtSwirl blog post on his trio’s performance tonight at The Grand, the launch of Northfield’s First Annual Jazz Festival. Here’s a YouTube video of his trio from 2007:

Dedication ceremony for the Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge set for Saturday

Peggy Prowe Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge Rotary logo Tour d' Art poster
Saturday’s Tour d’ Art bike tour (part of ArtSwirl) begins with a dedication ceremony for the Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge, part of the Mill Towns Trail. There’s now a bronze Rotary International plaque on the bridge, as the Northfield Rotary Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the bridge, primarily via its annual Jesse James Bike Tour. See the poster (PDF) for more details.

Podcast: Jessica Paxton on ArtSwirl

Jessica Paxton, Jesse, and MiloOur radio show/podcast guest this week (accompanied by Jesse and Milo) was Jessica Paxton, spokesperson for the NDDC’s 2009 ArtSwirl, “Northfield’s annual community-wide celebration of music, dance, theater, and literary and visual arts.” See the new ArtSwirl blog (created by Doug Bratland) for all the event details.

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