On Jan. 25, Rob Schanilec wants you to step out for Mr. Northfield, Dan Freeman

Rob SchanilecDan Freeman benefit posterDan Freeman

Rob Schanilec (By All Means Graphics) stopped by my office at the Spur last week with a copy of the January Entertainment Guide. He showed me his full-page ad on page 23 for the Jan. 25 fundraiser at the Grand Event Center that he’s helping to organize. The text from the Guide’s calendar:

A tribute to and fundraiser for Danny Freeman, aka Mr. Northfield. Silent and live auction, raffle, toast-and-roast and, of course, a lot of fun and hijinx – we are talking about Danny, after all.

I blogged about Dan’s health problems back in October. Rob wrote in his email:

Dan’s had some health setbacks of late that drew several of us together to organize a fundraiser for him. Please mark the date of January 25 and spread the word. We’ll be gathering at the Grand to honor and support our friend whose done so much to support Northfield over the years. There is no admission charge, but a silent auction, a live auction, and “donations” of storytelling at the microphone will bring in money to make his life easier this coming year.

Please consider giving an auction item — anything from merchandise to creative dinner offers to tickets for games or entertainment venues, gift certificates, to whatever you can think of — as well as bidding on and buying an auction item that evening. Susy Immel is the contact for auction items; she can take them right now or right up to the last minute: susyimmel@charter.net.

Living Treasure 2013 Paul Niemisto and pals will be playing on Bridge Square tonight for Winter Walk

Paul NiemistoWinter Walk Entertainment GuidePaul Niemisto

I badgered Paul Niemisto (AKA Mr. Vintage Band Festival) into letting me take his photo today, as he and some of his pals from the newly formed Bridge Square Band will be playing on Bridge Square for Winter Walk tonight. He’s teaming up with Rob Schanilec and the gang at By All Means Graphics and the Entertainment Guide for an Open House.

Paul was recently named the 2013 recipient of the Living Treasure Award by the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield. See the Nfld News article.

Paul Krause, Dancing Sun Multimedia, alerted me to his video of Professor Niemisto’s Tuba Christmas at St. Olaf:

Never mind that NEG cover, Girls Nite Out is Friday

NEG May 2012 cover Rob Schanilec, By All Means Graphics Girls Nite Out
When the May 2012 issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) hit the streets last week, I noticed a typo on the cover. "GIRLS NITE OUT Saturday, May 11" says the text. Of course, May 11th (tomorrow) is Friday.  I had the pleasure yesterday of informing NEG publisher Rob Schanilec (By All Means Graphics) about it. He groaned, "That’s not a typo. I would call that an error."

I could empathize. Last week when I blogged the flyer for the mountain bike racing team information night at the high school, I put ‘Wednesday’ instead of ‘Tuesday.’  Judy Becker, Facilities Scheduler at Community Ed, alerted me to the error.  I fixed the flyer and the blog entry and thanked her.  A few minutes later, she alerted me again. "Tuesday is the 15th, not the 17th. Are you looking at an April calendar?" Um, no, I wasn’t.  I thought I heard her say, "Well then, what are you smoking?"

For all the GNO details, see Jessica Paxton’s blog post on Northfield.org:  Don’t Miss the 6th Annual Girls Nite Out — this Friday, May 11! You can also follow Girls Nite Out on Facebook.

See my 2009, 2008, and 2007 photo albums for a bit of GNO flavor.

You should know about another Schanilec

Gaylord Schanilec at Groveland GalleryMr. Northfield Entertainment Guide and By All Means Graphics owner Rob Schanilec is famous here in Northfield.

Rob has a brother named Gaylord Schanilec (Midnight Paper Sales) who’s equally famous in the town of Stockholm, Wisconsin and to some extent, the rest of the Western Hemisphere. Gaylord’s work as a wood-engraver was profiled last week in a StarTribune article titled A bookmaker, unbound.

"He’s one of the two or three finest color wood-engravers ever. He’s really that good," said Robert Rulon-Miller, a rare book dealer in St. Paul who has followed Schanilec’s career for more than 30 years. "He’s a man of many parts: engraver, printer, bookbinder, editor, writer, natural philosopher, and he brings all this stuff together into his books."

Robbie and I went to see his work and hear him speak on Saturday at the Groveland Gallery. That exhibition is profiled here on the MN Monthly site.

27_hard-maple_fsThis is the first time Schanilec is exhibiting his prints independently from his books. Schanilec explains:

“These engravings were made for books that I’ve printed in the past 25 years. They were made to be seen within reading distance, about a foot from the reader’s face. They were sewn into bindings and destined to darkness on a bookshelf, along with their texts, until the book is opened and a reader, in due course, finds them. Now, here they are, framed on the vast white plains of these walls – like icebergs in an ocean – but emitting, I hope, the warmth of the world from which they came.”

Two weeks to go for Northfield’s very own Trashy Little Christmas

Trailer Trash at Rochester Civic CenterA Trashy Little Christmas - Northfield 2011 - Trailer TrashIt’s less than two weeks before one of the best and most popular honky tonk bands in Minnesota, Trailer Trash, returns to town. They’re bringing their celebrated holiday show, A Trashy Little Christmas, to the Grand Event Center here in Northfield on Thursday, December 15th.

For more than a decade, Trailer Trash has taken the holiday spirit and put a spin on it that is decidedly their own, performing a series of holiday shows in the Twin Cities and Rochester.

The band played a couple of very well received shows in Northfield this year, and they are really excited to share their own special brand of Christmas cheer with us. Combining original songs for the season with some reworked holiday favorites, these “honky tonk heroes” will have you laughing, singing and dancing your little humbug off.

Left-Handed Entertainment is proud to present this one-of-a-kind holiday classic, and we hope to make it another traditional holiday event in Northfield.

2011 Northfield Sponsors - A Trashy Little Christmas

We could not be doing this without the generous help of some local sponsors: Rob Schanilec at the Northfield Entertainment Guide, Jeff Johnson at KYMN Radio, John Thomas at Mr. JST Technology Consulting, Cate Vermeland Photography, Ross Currier at the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, and of course, Griff Wigley here at Locally Grown Northfield.  We thank them for their support.

Tickets are $8.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door (A true bargain! Tickets for the sold-out show in Rochester were $17.50 and $22.50). You can order your tickets online at ATrashyLittleChristmas.com or by contacting either me, Rich Larson, at bgwg@charter.net or Jessica Paxton at Jessica@kymnradio.net.

Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders
Doors open at 6pm, and guests will be treated to a special holiday set by Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders at 7pm.

See you there!

Rob Schanilec is looking for people to get between his sheets

Rob Schanilec on the patio of the Contented Cow NEG Music Makers 
Robbie and I met with Mr. NEG Rob Schanilec on the outdoor patio of the Contented Cow last night. He’s putting together a special issue for June and he wanted to know who we make it with, where we do it, how we do it, what we do the most, and he wanted photos.  Yes, he’s one of those kind of publishers.

If you do it too, he needs to hear from y’all by May 16.  Details here.

And FYI, the NEG is now on Facebook.

Winners: Best of Northfield 2010

Winners Best of Northfield 2010 - all

The editors at the NEG have done the tallying and we now have the results of the Northfield Entertainment Guide and Locally Grown readers’ poll of the

Best of Northfield 2010
(6-page PDF)

Rob Schanilec, Publisher, Northfield Entertainment GuideThe official announcement was made today at 8:45 am when Mr. NEG, Rob Schanilec and I announced the winners on KYMN Radio 1080 with Jeff Johnson.

The Feb. 2011 issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide includes the results and is now available throughout Northfield, and in Flash and PDF format on the NEG site.   Here’s the intro to the Best of 2010 section:

Here it is, loyal Entertainment Guide readers, the long-awaited results to Northfield’s Best of 2010! Our dedicated team of vote counters was wowed by the number of responses we received, but not surprised by the varieties of winners you found for each category.

It confirms our belief that Northfield is a talent-filled town with delights to be found around each and every corner. Though some categories were close, a winner shone through in each and we present them here, with the steady runners-up in italics just behind. Looking at the field of choices, one thing became quite clear to us: the true winner in this poll is the town of Northfield. Congratulations to everyone involved, and here’s to another year!

Vote for the Best of Northfield, 2010

Best of Northfield 2010Every year, Locally Grown Northfield (LoGroNo) teams up with By All Means Graphics owner Rob Schanilec and his crew at the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) to bring you the Best of Northfield as determined by you, the reader.

Rob asked for feedback about 6 weeks ago here on LG so you’ll notice some changes to the questions/categories this year. 

  Vote online here

Best of Northfield 2010 PDFBest of Northfield 2010 surveyVote by filling out this online straw poll or by filling out a paper version (PDF) and dropping it off at or mailing it to By All Means Graphics at 17 Bridge Square.

The deadline for casting your ballot is Thursday, Jan. 20. Results will appear in the Feb. 2010 issue of the NEG and here on LoGro on Feb. 1.

Questions or suggestions? Attach a comment here.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Northfield Entertainment Guide

Birthday party at Chapati for Rob Schanilec Rob Schanilec, Felicia Crosby, Birthday party at Chapati for Rob Schanilec
Friends and family of Rob Schanilec gave him a surprise birthday party at Chapati last night. Rob owns By All Means Graphics and publishes, among other things, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG). I think he’s 60 years-old but I could be wrong.

The Cheese Cave and The Coffee House: two of my faves in downtown Faribault

As long as I’m wearing a PR hat for the Faribault Chamber of Commerce this morning, allow me to mention two of my favorite dining venues in downtown Faribault:

Beth Mathewson and Jodie Chappuis, proprietors of The Coffee House in downtown Faribault The Coffee House in downtown Faribault The Coffee House in downtown Faribault The Coffee House in downtown Faribault
Beth Mathewson and Jodie Chappuis are the proprietors of the recently-opened The Coffee House (Facebook page), formerly Java Live, located right next door to the Paradise Center for the Arts. See this Feb. Faribault Daily News article, Coffee lovers: The bean is back.

Rob Schanilec, Felicia Crosby, Robbie Wigley, Griff Wigley IMG_6262 Cheese Cave manager Laura Paquette and Rob Schanilec 
Across the street is The Cheese Cave, where Robbie and I had dinner with Rob Schanilec and Felicia Crosby a month ago before we attended the Willow Brae concert at the Paradise. Laura Paquette is the manager who served us. See this June 2009 Faribault Daily News article on the opening of the Cheese Cave.

Winners: Best of Northfield 2009

best-of-2009-sshotThe editors at the NEG have done the tallying and we now have the results of the Northfield Entertainment Guide and Locally Grown readers’ poll of the Best of Northfield 2009 (4-page PDF). (The official announcement was made today at 7:45 am when Mr. NEG, Rob Schanilec and I announced the winners on KYMN Radio 1080 with Jeff Johnson.)

The Feb. 2010 issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) includes the results and is now available throughout Northfield, and in Flash format on the NEG site.   Rob writes in the intro to the Best of 2009 section:

Continue reading Winners: Best of Northfield 2009

Vote for the BEST of 2009!

vote-button-small It’s that time of year again – time to VOTE for your favorite Northfield Stuff in 2009 in the Northfield Entertainment Guide/Locally Grown straw poll.

Vote by filling out this online straw poll or by filling out a paper version (PDF) and dropping it off at or mailing it to By All Means Graphics at 17 Bridge Square.

The deadline for casting your ballot is Thursday, Jan. 21. Results will appear in the Feb. 2010 issue of the NEG and here on LG on Feb. 1.

Straw Poll: Best of Northfield, 2009

Rob Schanilec and the Jan. 2010 NEGEvery year, Locally Grown Northfield (LoGroNo) teams up with Rob Schanilec and his crew at the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) to bring you the Best of Northfield as determined by you, the reader.

I stopped by Rob’s Bridge Square office at By All Means Graphics this morning to get the latest info. Lo, there are some changes this year so pay attention:

Continue reading Straw Poll: Best of Northfield, 2009

Ice circles forming below Ames Mill dam

ice circles below Ames Mill damice circles below Ames Mill damI got a call from Dean Kjerland at Art On Water Gallery yesterday, alerting me to some lily pad-like ice floes circulating below the Ames Mill dam. He wondered whether they were pollution related. Rob Schanilec at By All Means Graphics theorized that last summer’s repairs to the adjacent retaining wall may be causing a different circulation pattern in the water, as he doesn’t remember this phenomenon occurring.

Wikipidia has an entry on ice circles. Evidently, there are two different types. More photos here.

Update 12/25: Patrick Enders emailed me this photo of a single large ice circle at the foot of the dam that he took with his iPhone about 1-2 weeks ago. He says in a comment below that there were two of them.

ice circles below Ames Mill dam - Patrick Enders photo

Update 01/12: Another batch of ice circles has formed during the current cold snap:

Photo album: Ramping up for the NAG’s Beaux Arts Ball

Rob Shanilec, Beaux Arts Ball co-chairBAMG/NEG head honcho Rob Shanilec invited me to a party at Jennifer and Chris Sawyer’s house on Monday to kick off the promo blitz for the big event of the Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season, the Beaux Arts Ball, coming up on Dec. 19 at Carleton College’s Great Hall.

Rob is co-chair of the event, as he was for the last big ball, the 2005 Sesquicentennial Governors Ball (photo album here, 2007 blog post summary here)

Dan Freeman, tuxedo guy, freelance undertaker, The event will feature music by the Bend in the River Big Band and information about ballroom dancing lessons will soon be leaking out.

Dan Freeman was at the party with his undertaker face and tuxedo on. It’s not too early to contact Dan about a tuxedo for the event.

And you can now purchase tickets online for the Beaux Arts Ball. Don’t wait too long, tho. Only 500 will be sold.

See the album of 21 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

The NEG goes glossy on the cover

Rob Schanilec, Jeff JohnsonNEG1010Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG)  publisher Rob Schanilec, BAMG, was doing his usual "What’s happening downtown Northfield this weekend" gig (sponsored by the NDDC) on KYMN on Friday morning with Jeff Johnson.

The October NEG is out and has a glossy cover for the first time. Slick!

Video: A JuneBug happy birthday to Rob Schanilec from Toaster Fork!

Rob Schanilec and Felicia PetersRob Schanilec and Felicia PetersThe 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.

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