Photo album: Bridge Square Band debuts at Taste of Northfield

Trumpet player Dan Bergeson Bridge Square Band debuts at Taste of Northfield 2012
A few of the regulars from the Northfield Community Band have formed the Bridge Square Band and made their debut at the Taste of Northfield last week.

Trumpet player Dan Bergeson introduced the band to the crowd and they got a few numbers in before the storm hit.

See the large slideshow of 14 photos (recommended) or this small slideshow:

They are strict in Dundas about bikes

Dan Bergeson has a new post titled Mill Towns Trail Update: Dundas Style! on his Bike Northfield blog in which he details, with photos by Glenn Switzer, the construction of the trail head facility in Dundas:

Bike Northfield blogThere is significant progress occurring on this project in 2012. A couple of weeks ago, the trail head facility in Dundas began to take shape. Dundas is roughly 10 miles from Faribault and 3 miles from Northfield.

Several years ago the town constructed a public parking lot at the site of the trail head and a drinking fountain. Now the drinking fountain is being flanked by a pavilion built from timber beams and limestone.

While biking in Dundas last week, I noticed this sign on a telephone pole on Hester Street. I’m not sure what it means exactly but it sure sets the tone: DFWD.

sign in Dundas, MN: Stay on trail or permission revoked

6th Annual Taste of Northfield Up Next!!

June in Northfield means graduation and summer vacation. It also means that one of the best-loved community events of the year, The Taste of Northfield, is almost upon us. This year will be the 6th Annual Taste and the event is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th and Friday June 17th from 5-10 p.m. both evenings. All of the festivities happen in or near Bridge Square in Downtown Northfield. What a fantastic location for fun!

There will be a dozen or more food vendors (we’re still working on the lineup) surrounding the Square serving up their own special menus. There will be entertainment on the Showmobile both nights and a Beer and Wine Tent on the 4th Street bridge. The James Gang will do a Bank Raid re-enactment on Thursday night and Friday will bring the return of both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction. Both nights will feature a Street Dance from 8-10.

If you’re feeling up to it, this event also brings a great opportunity to volunteer. We need folks to sell tickets, police the waste stream, control admittance to the Beer Tent, tally up the silent and live auction bids, you name it! If this possibility speaks to you, contact rcurrier@nddc.org.

Did I mention that The Taste of Northfield is an official Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) event? It is. And we couldn’t do it without the incredible financial sponsorship given to us by:

MALT’O’MEAL

COLLEGE CITY BEVERAGE

CARLETON COLLEGE

TAYLOR TRUCK LINE

I hope to see all of you next week  at The Taste of Northfield! And no tornado this year. Promise! For up-to-the-minute details, visit Taste of Northfield 2011.

 

Northfield Crossing: still messy after all these years

Construction debris at Northfield Crossing Construction debris at Northfield Crossing Construction debris at Northfield Crossing
It’s been two and a half years since Highland Bank foreclosed on the Northfield Crossing development and a sizeable portion of the surrounding property is still a mess. I took these photos last week.

I first complained about the mess in 2007. In June, 2008, I blogged: Banks foreclose on The Crossing; now the City should clean up the surrounding property. A year later, June 2009, I added a comment containing the text of an email from Brian O’Connell, Northfield community development director, on the status of the clean-up.

The relationship is that the clean up items are essentially the same items. Piper wants to renegotiate the TIF note, Council is saying they would consider renegotiating the note if the site clean up issues are completed. Highland is now the owner of the residential condominium to which the clean up items are related. So Highland is now determining the cost to complete the items to see if they can complete in time which will assist in unit sales efforts. Everyone wants the same thing; the issue is determining cost and identifying sources of money to pay the expense.

WTF is taking so long to clean up this ‘gateway to downtown Northfield’

Demolition artists Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson Demolition artists Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson 2 Demolition artists Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson 3
This portion of the property doesn’t look that much better than it did in 2005 when NDDC‘s Dan Bergeson and Ross Currier took matters into their own hands and personally demolished seven buildings when it was known as the Riverfront Development Site. I think we need them again to take charge, this time to haul all the construction shit out of there.

Dan? Ross? How about it?

There is some good news, however. There have been some improvements to other (city-owned?) parts of the property in recent weeks: streetscape-style decorative fencing along Hwy. 3, with many new trees planted.

Streetscape improvements at Northfield Crossing

Vintage Band Festival Contra Dance

[show_avatar email=bergeson@northfieldwifi.com]Okay, so most of the news about the Vintage Band Festival so far has been about the bands. But there’s a number of other events during the weekend. Like the VBF Contra Dance, for instance.

The Vintage Band Festival Contra Dance will feature music by The Dodworth Saxhorn Band of Ann Arbor, Michigan and will be led by dance instructor/caller Robin Nelson.

Dancing will begin at 8:30 p.m. with a “Grand March” led by 60 costumed members of the 1st Wisconsin Infantry Brigade, followed by a variety of period dances including polkas, contra dances, schottisches, reels and waltzes.

No previous dance experience is required; no dance partner is needed! Dance instruction will be provided from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. and is recommended for all participants. Dance instruction will also be provided before each dance and “called” out after the music gets underway.

All ages are welcome, but participation in the dance is recommended for ages 10 and up.

What to Wear? Dress as you’d like: comfortable shoes and long skirts are recommended. This dance will feature costumed groups from visiting bands and living history groups, so all manner of 19th Century Vintage (or period looking) costumes are enthusiastically encouraged!  (If you have ever wanted to wear breeches or dance in a hooped skirt – this is your big chance! But costume dress is encouraged but entirely optional.)

If you didn’t contribute to VBF and get a pin, dance tickets are $10 per person. All tickets must be reserved in advance. VBF pin donors receive 2 complimentary dance tickets.

Become a VBF donor!

Reserve Dance and Vaudeville Tickets Now!

The Northfield Ballroom is located on Highway 3, 1/8 mile north of downtown Northfield. The Ballroom is air conditioned and has a beautiful wooden dance floor. Parking is available on site.

Party on!

Vintage Band Festival returns Aug. 5-8

[show_avatar email=bergeson@northfieldwifi.com]If you were around in 2006, you may remember the Vintage Band Music Festival in early August of that year. There were brass bands and folks in period dress on every street corner and in every bar, restaurant, and church in Northfield. It went on for four days (it was also very HOT!).

Well, we’re doing it again. August 5-8 in Northfield and surrounding communities we’re going to stage Vintage Band Festival 2010. This time it’s 25 bands (not 15) and 100 concerts (not 50). There will be a contradance, a vintage baseball game, a battle of bands along the Cannon River and more music than you can absorb in a week, let alone a weekend. It’s going to be spectacular.

The headliner will be the Russian Horn Capella, from St. Petersburg, Russia. These guys make music with horns that each only play one note. The shortest horn is 6 inches and the longest is over 10 feet. The sound the ensemble produces hasn’t been heard anywhere in the world since the 18th Century and has never been performed in the United States by anyone. If the unique aspect of their music needs any confirmation, it’s interesting to note that they played a concert at the Vatican in the past month.

The Russian Horn Capella will be joined by three other international acts. Tschecharanka Blaskapelle is a tight Bohemian-style brass ensemble from south Burgenland, Austria. Passion des Cuivres from Berlin, Germany was with us in 2006 and returns with more 19th century music played on authentic, period instruments. The Wind Band of the Music Institute of Eastern Helsinki, Finland promises to show us what a group of talented teen musicians can do with brass instruments.

This group  of performers with be joined by an all-star lineup of national and regional acts from Baltimore to New Ulm. I’ll tell you more about those in a later post.

For now, SAVE THE DATES: August 5-8 in Northfield. For more information including a complete schedule of events and list of performers, visit the Vintage Band Festival website.

Oh, yeah, if you do the Facebook thing, we’re there as well: Vintage Band Festival Facebook page. Please like us!

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