The Crazy Daze Alaskan donut: the decline and fall of Ross Currier

Ross Currier and the Crazy Daze Alaskan donut Ross Currier and the Crazy Daze Alaskan donut Ross Currier and the Crazy Daze Alaskan donut 
In July of 2004, I took a photo of NDDC‘s Ross Currier eating Quality Bakery’s Alaskan donut at the start of Northfield’s Crazy Daze.  Many interventions have been attempted over the years to break him of this habit, to no avail. Yesterday morning, I once again chronicled the sad debacle of a once proud man, powerless in the face of a particular combination of flour and sugar.

Northfield's Division St, Crazy Daze 2012 Northfield's Division St, Crazy Daze 2012
Downtown retailers were thrilled with the gorgeous weather for Craze Daze. It was a great day for girl-watching power-shopping.

Krin and Dale, Northfield Street Department workers, are getting ready for Crazy Daze and Taste of Northfield today

Krin and Dale Finger, Northfield City Street Department workers DSC02048 Crazy Daze Northfield 2012
At 5:55 am, Krin Finger and her main squeeze, Dale Finger, were taking time off from their duties as proprietors of the Rare Pair and the Quarterback Club, and put on their hats as Northfield City Street Department workers to set up barricades on Division St. for Crazy Daze and Taste of Northfield (Northfield.org blog post) today.

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society to Host "Meow’s For Maggie" and "Dogs Along the Cannon" Events Thursday, July 26th

Maggie LeePut on your purple and stop by the Northfield News office (115 5th St. W.) for “Meows for Maggie,” a cat adoption event in conjunction with Northfield’s Crazy Daze and “Wear Purple Day” for Maggie Lee, longtime employee of the Northfield News and notable resident of the community.

The adoption event, put on by Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the News lobby. Maggie has been a long time supporter of the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and is well known for her love of cats, a regular subject of her weekly Northfield News column. She has adopted cats in the past from PEHS, adopting her most recent cat Cassandra just over a year ago. Maggie is now 91 and residents of Northfield will be honoring her during the annual “Crazy Daze” event in downtown Northfield.

Kittens and adult cats will be available (depending on what is currently at the shelter) for adoption in honor of Maggie, and anyone who adopts a cat from PEHS that day will be recognized on the PEHS website. Those adopting in honor of Maggie will be able to write a personal dedication to Maggie which will be posted on the PEHS website. Those who cannot adopt a cat have the opportunity to sponsor a cat at the shelter for one month for $25 in Maggie’s name. Those people will also be recognized on the website and a sign will be put on the cat kennel for one month at the shelter stating “I’m A Special Friend of Maggie.”

PEHS will also be selling purple cat harnesses and leashes, purple cat collars and purple “wobblers” – a treat and food dispensing toy for cats. All proceeds will benefit the animals at PEHS. Purple cat nip pillows will be given away for anyone who stops to visit, while supplies last.

Dogs Along the CannonThen after a day of shopping and entertainment you are invited to an artist reception and unveiling party hosted by Prairie’s Edge Humane Society for the limited edition print "Dogs Along the Cannon" from 6-8 PM at our dog training facility at 2018 Jefferson Rd, Suite 1 here in Northfield. Proceeds from the sale of the print will benefit the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Sarah Thornton of Lintu Art returns to Northfield for a second time to highlight the dogs of Northfield, Dundas, Faribault and surrounding communities for her “Dogs Around the Lakes” and “Dogs Along the River” series of colored pencil limited edition prints. Her inspiration came from walking her own dogs around Lake Harriet and observing the many other owners and dogs enjoying time together in these settings. Sarah has done a previous print “Dogs Along the River” back in 2010 with proceeds benefitting PEHS. We are very excited for the unveiling of the 2012 print!  In June Sarah came to Northfield and photographed 36 dogs from the area along the Cannon River. From those 36 dogs, she chose 16 to be on a limited edition print titled “Dogs Along the Cannon”.

Sarah will have prints available for purchase during the event as well as CD’s of the photos of the 36 dogs which were taken back in June from which she selected the dogs for the print.

Everyone is invited to come out and see the print. You are welcome to bring your well behaved, leashed dog to the reception; there will be a-paw-tisers for the dogs and the humans as well!

Crazy Daze is today. Someone tell the local media… and the Chamber

Ross Currier’s NDDC blog has the announcement about Crazy Daze today: Alaskan Doughnuts…er…uh…Crazy Daze, this Thursday!

NDDC's Ross Currier with his Crazy Daze doughnut from Quality BakeryBut, yes, this Thursday (July 28th) is Crazy Daze in downtown Northfield.  Starting at 8 a.m. with activities until 8 p.m., it’s a whole lot of fun brought to you by the Retail Committee of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s events include a Watermelon Seed Spittting Contest, 11:00 a.m., Just Food; Bean Bag Toss, 1:30 p.m., Fine Threads; Hula Hoop Contest, 2:00 p.m., Rare Pair; and Classic Cars, 5 p.m., on Division Street between 5th and 6th Streets.

But a glance at the home pages of Northfield.org, the Northfield News, Northfield Patch, and KYMN at 6:15 am this morning reveals a complete lack of information about Crazy Daze.

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce (the main sponsor of Crazy Daze) lists the event on its community calendar page but  with this feeble, generic paragraph:

Don’t miss this crazy shopping spree in downtown Northfield every July. Fantastic bargains are provided by local retailers. Call for details and times for special events taking place all day! (507) 645 5604 or (800) 658 2548.

The featured event page on the Chamber’s Convention and Bureau’s site is even more cryptic:

Don’t miss this crazy shopping spree in downtown Northfield every July. Fantastic bargains are provided by local retailers.

nor is there any mention of the event on the Visiting Northfield Facebook page, nor on the Be Local Northfield Facebook page.

Last year, the Chamber had a Crazy Daze poster/flyer.  Was there one this year? I’ve not seen it in store windows, but maybe I’ve just missed it.

Something has failed.

Crazy! Team Coldwell Banker South Metro hugs for the food shelf

A team of realtors from Coldwell Banker South Metro has set up a hugging tent on Division St. to raise money for the Food Shelf at the Community Action Center during today’s Craze Daze.  For every passerby who gets (in my case, “reluctantly consents to”) a hug from a team member, they put one of their own dollars (raised from staff contributions this week) into the food shelf fundraising jar.  Of course, you can put your dollars in the jar, too.

Jim Blaha, Ed Kuhlman, Larry Defries, Jeanette Nelson, Arlen Malecha free hugs, Coldwell Banker South Metro free hugs, Coldwell Banker South Metro Ed Kuhlman hugging a reluctant Griff Wigley 
When I stopped by at 8:15, Jim Blaha, Executive Director of the Northfield Community Action Center, was their poster child.  Hug dispensers included (left photo, L to R, Ed Kuhlman, Larry Defries, Jeanette Nelson, Arlen Malecha.

Should Crazy Daze be two days?

Division St, 6:30 am, 7/22/2010 Division St, 6:30 am, 7/22/2010 7-22-2010 6-29-13 AM radar
The scene on Division St at 6:30 this morning was rather bleak.  The radar doesn’t offer  much encouragement, nor does Paul Douglas’ forecast.

Should the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Crazy Daze (PDF of today’s schedule of events) be two-days long in case of inclement weather, like the 2010 Taste of Northfield?

Tim Freeland’s Crazy Daze photo album

crazy daze kymn sshot I completely dropped the ball last week on taking photos during Crazy Daze. 

But fortunately, KYMN’s Tim Freeland picked it up and went all the way for the score.

See his Crazy Daze 2009 blog post which contains his album of 38 photos.

Photo redux: Crazy Daze 03, 04, 05, 08

Ross Currier and his donut Ross’ post to his NDDC blog about tomorrow’s Crazy Daze reminded me to put up some slideshows from previous events. Crazy Daze 2003 was one of only 4 community events that year that I took photos at.  The poor quality of the photos and lack of cropping is painful for me to revisit but by Crazy Daze 2004, I was improving and took a memorable photos of Ross and his monster Alaskan donut from Quality Bakery. Crazy Daze 2005 was better yet. I missed 06 and 07. See Crazy Daze 2008, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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