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Photo album: St. Patrick’s Day parade

Kevin O'Connell, Jim Bohnhoff St. Patrick's Day parade, downtown Northfield Jim Pokorney
Yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade began on downtown’s west side and wound its way over the pedestrian foot bridge, along Riverwalk to Bridge Square, and then back to the Contented Cow‘s outdoor stage area.

The holy trinity of Kevin O’Connell, Jim Bohnhoff, and Jim Pokorney, after many weeks minutes of planning, once again pulled off this great contribution to Northfield’s legacy of community events.

By keeping the parade entirely on pedestrian walkways instead of having it on Division St. as in years past, no street barricades or police were needed. Therefore, organizers were evidently able to avoid having to file an application 45 days ahead of time and pay the $20 fee required by Northfield’s Community Event Policy.

I thought it was better, actually, as the parade participants and the observing crowd were in closer proximity to one another.  People also lingered much longer afterwards on the Riverwalk and around the Cow’s outdoor stage where live music made the gathering all the more festive. Of course, 80-degree weather helped, too.

Robbie and I both took photos. See our large slideshow of 55 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

For more:

Angela Lauterbach, Lauterbach Photography, has 21 photos in a gallery on Northfield Patch.

Jerry Smith has 10 photos on the Northfield News website.

See my parade photos from 2005 and 2008 and Bridgette Hallcock’s (Hallcock Photography) photos from 2010.

A new route for the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade

Norman Butler 2012 St. Patrick's Day poster - Northfield, MN
I took this blurry photo (I had too much wine, evidently) of proprietor Norman Butler on the deck of the Contented Cow last night, holding my smartphone with the poster for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day parade that Jim Bohnhoff sent me.

Take a close look at the poster, as the parade route is different this year.

Norman said they have post-parade festivities planned at the Cow but I don’t see any info about it on the Cow’s website. Anyone have details?

Photos, video: The Last Known Whereabouts reunion show

Aaron Hagenson, Vocals & Guitar; Jake Stroup, Vocals & Mandolin; Aaron Cross, Fiddle & Vocals; Carl Haskins, String Bass The Last Known Whereabouts reunion show at the Contented Cow Marylyn Stroup, Jacob Stroup, Stewart Stroup
The Last Known Whereabouts held a reunion show at the Contented Cow last Saturday. The former Northfielders (2 Carls, 2 Oles) went their separate ways in 2009 after forming the bluegrass band in 2003.

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:

Come together for the Northfield Beatles Tribute: Why don’t we do it in the Cow?

Contented Cow bartender Rich Larson and server Erica Johnson Beatles Tribute, Contented Cow 2011 Doug Bratland, Dig and Be Doug
Earlier this evening I coaxed Contented Cow bartender Rich Larson and server Erica Johnson into posing with the poster for tomorrow night’s Beatles Tribute, 6pm – 11:30pm.

More than twenty musicians and bands are coming together for a night of brilliant music.

Rich performs with two other guys, Nate and Neil, at 6:45 pm. See tentative schedule here.

And who did that cool Abbey Road in rural Northfield poster? Poster maker Doug Bratland, a member of the Bratlanders, who I later ran into at the opening of Northfield Ties: A Photography Invitational at the NAG. See many of Doug’s posters on his Tumblr, Dig and Be Doug.

Update 10/1 6:30 am: Doug has these other Abbey Road/Northfield images on his blog:
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Photo album: Lowbrow High-Octane 2011

Nick Sinclair at Lowbrow High-Octane 2011 Lowbrow High-Octane 2011, Division St. Northfield Lowbrow High-Octane 2011, art show at the NAG 
Rat Rod Magazine at Lowbrow High-Octane 2011 Music at the Contented Cow, Lowbrow High-Octane 2011 Riverwalk, Lowbrow High-Octane 2011
Nick Sinclair and colleagues hosted Lowbrow-High Octane VI in downtown Northfield on Saturday. Division St. between 4th and 2nd was packed with people and appeared to not have enough room for all the vehicles that showed up.

The event included the Lowbrow art show at the NAG, the Rat Rod Magazine booth, music on the outdoor stage at the Contented Cow, and the evening party scene along the Riverwalk.

Lowbrow High-Octane 2011 sponsors and organizations

Nick also pulled together an impressive list of sponsors and collaborating organizations. This event continues to grow each year (this was #6) and has the potential to take over the entire downtown for a three-day weekend.

See my album of 89 photos, the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Leave the art degree at home. Nick Sinclair takes over downtown Saturday with Lowbrow-High Octane VI: art, cars, rock-n-roll

Nick Sinclair Nick Sinclair Nick Sinclair and Lowbrow-High Octane VI
Once Nick Sinclair fueled up with some GBM caffeine this morning, he smiled and posed for a photo in front of the Lowbrow-High Octane VI banner on Division St. by the Contented Cow.

No parking on Division from noon on because Nick has influence at Northfield City Hall.  This guy could be running for mayor next year so don’t fuck with him.

Here are the details from his Sinclair Hot Rods blogsite:

lowbrow-high-octaneOn September 24th blue collar will descend upon downtown Northfield, Minnesota. Lowbrow – High Octane is an art show, car show and a rock-n-roll show all in one night. The Northfield Arts Guild will be hosting the art show in their gallery located at 304 Division Street S..

For 50 years the Arts Guild has been an important influence in Northfield arts. We are honored they have decided to show some art from a few grease monkeys. The gallery will be showing the art all week, but the big day is the 24th. The gallery will be open from 4-9pm. Come meet a few of the artists, buy some art and eat some free food.

The show is free! Yeah, I said it. FREE.

All makes, years and styles are welcome as long as it’s classic or hot rod. Show up in your Prius and we will charge you! We have 3 blocks of downtown Northfield reserved for your machine. Space is limited so get there at 5pm! Last year we filled our lot in about 20 minutes!

The Contented Cow is the epicenter of loud music, $5 burger plates and PBR specials. The “Cow” is located right next to the Northfield Arts Guild and overlooks the Cannon River. Music will start around 6pm on the outside stage and then the music moves indoors around 9ish. The bands are: Mr. Sticky, Reckless Ones, Violent Shifters and Rifflord!

The entire show is free to attend. The gallery show, car show (spectators and car entries) and the music!

Photos: Stone Soup at the Contented Cow

Stone Soup at the Contented CowA few weeks ago, Robbie and I were having a drink on the outdoor patio of the Contented Cow, chatting with Northfielder Jon Bjork about the progress of his putting together a new band.  He mentioned that they were struggling to come up with a name for the band and after listening to his description of the process they were using, Robbie suggested the name Stone Soup, which the Wikipedia describes as "an old folk story in which hungry strangers persuade local people of a town to give them food. It is usually told as a lesson in cooperation, especially amid scarcity."

So she was delighted to hear that the band adopted the name and we got to hear them play on Friday night after doing the downtown Northfield Art Crawl.

Jon’s calendar of events announcement on Northfield.org has the details on the band:

Featuring rock and blues from the seminal sixties and seventies served up by some well known local musicians who have played in bands together for over 30 years! Join Dave Drentlaw on drums/vocals and Jon Bjork on guitar/vocals with fellow townie Chris Perry also on guitar/vocals and Jeff Lien on bass for some classic feel good sounds outside at the Cow!

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Big bubbles as performance art in downtown Northfield

One of the cool things about Northfield’s downtown Riverwalk and footbridge area is that it intersects with the outdoor patio, deck, and stage area of the Contented Cow. So when there’s a big crowd at the Cow for outdoor music, it draws a crowd of observers on the footbridge and Riverwalk. And sometimes entertainers emerge from that crowd.
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On Friday night during the JuneBug Festival of Music, someone began entertaining the crowd with big soap bubbles.  My good camera is in the shop for lens cleaning but I managed to capture a bit of the performance art of big bubbles with my smartphone camera.

See BigBubblers.com for more about big soap bubbles as performance art.