NDDC head honcho Ross Currier stopped by my corner office at GBM this morning to remind me that Taste of Northfield 2013 is tomorrow. As usual, he’s concerned about the weather since it’s a one-day event with a history of meteorological dramatics.
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:
Two years ago on Day 1 of the Taste of Northfield, local public safety officials triggered sirens for a storm that was 60 miles away and never arrived, effectively shutting down the event for no good reason and making Jessica and Ross very unhappy. Day 2/Friday night was spectacular.
Today, severe weather is a distinct possibility and this year, Taste of Northfield is only one day, not two. (Tomorrow’s forecast looks perfect for outdoor events.) So a lot is riding on today’s weather.
I think there have been 4 or more severe thunderstorms warnings issued by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities (NWS) for the Northfield area this year (anyone have links to confirm?) and I’m pretty sure all have proved to be a bust. Maybe a lightning strike or two but nothing close to severe.
Thankfully, local public safety officials who have their finger on the sirens have not pulled the trigger on any of those non-severe storms. And hopefully today, they’ll be likewise judicious.
Stop by Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore today and tomorrow to get your raffle tickets. Griff did.
Or you can get them from me on Bridge Square later in the afternoon on Thursday.
See all Locally Grown’s archived Taste of Northfield blog posts and photos for more.
Here’s the transcript of Ross’ adapted prayer for fair weather:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
COLLEGE CITY BEVERAGE
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.
The weather was spectacular for Day 2 of the Taste of Northfield. The NDDC organizers’ decision to host the Taste for two days instead of one this year was prescient, as Thursday’s threatening weather wiped out Day 1.
Last night’s storms by-passed Northfield once again. (The boys of KYMN joke that we’re protected by a high-pressure bubble whenever storms head our way.) When the sirens went off at about 5:30 pm, many people on Bridge Square for the Taste of Northfield headed for shelter in nearby stores or the Armory.
But just as many looked at the sky and could tell that nothing was imminent and just hung around and socialized. People like me. The tornado sirens ended after about 5 minutes, we got a few drops of rain, and that was it.
I don’t understand the decision-making process and the chain of command for when local sirens are deployed. There’s no information about it on the City of Northfield’s emergency information page.
But it seems to me that the sirens too often are deployed too quickly, thereby teaching the public to not take them seriously because 99 times out of a hundred, nothing severe happens.
Or am I wrong?
Day 1 of the Taste of Northfield was pretty much a bust due to the severe weather in the area. Good thing there’s going to be Day 2 tomorrow.
At around 5:30 pm, just as Robbie and I settled in the beer/wine tent with some ribs from the Quarterback, the storm sirens went off, triggering a mass exodus from Bridge Square. But even before that, the high winds and ominous clouds kept the crowd small, and many vendors had been packing up. Ross and Jessica were definitely grumpy.
I’ve nagged Ross for over a year to register a domain name and set up a webpage for the Taste of Northfield and he completely ignored me, hurting my feelings.
But last week, he got enough pressure from his task force that he finally caved and hired me to do what needed to be done.
tasteofnorthfield.org is now working and the page is up, complete with the two-day schedule of activities and performers, the list of vendors, the list of sponsors, and photo albums from previous events.
I’m pretty much over it now, Ross. No need to kiss and make up, however.
I took this video last week of Anna Balfany, daughter of NDDC board member Anastasia Balfany, performing her new song, ‘4pm to 10,’ during Jessica Paxton’s All Wheel Drive show on KYMN 1080 AM. She’ll be performing it live on Bridge Square, tomorrow and Friday for the 2010 Taste of Northfield.
Anna wrote and performed a song called ‘The Taste’ for last year’s Taste of Northfield. See the video and lyrics: Continue reading Video: Anna Balfany performs 4pm to 10 (The 2010 Taste of Northfield Song)
I took video instead of photos of the bank raid re-enactment at last month’s Taste of Northfield. I discovered that the camera can take low-res photos of video frames so here’s a dozen. My favorite is the one showing gun fire. Who is that guy?
No, the beer/wine tent on the 4th St. bridge didn’t blow down this morning. But it could be an exciting day for the Taste of Northfield, as the forecast is 50-50. If it gets nasty, Ross has a contingency plan.
Every food I’m tasting
At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
Make sure to stop at Rueb-n-Stein
At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
A snippet of swing dancing and another of contra dancing at last week’s Taste of Northfield. Music by the Over and Back Band.
Click play to watch/listen. 3 minutes, 37 seconds
The Over and Back Band played at last week’s Taste of Northfield (band members: Mike Hildebrandt, fiddle; Craig Wasner, keyboards; Gordon Oschwald, bass; Steve Jennings, drums).
I captured some snippets of their closing number: Orange Blossom Special.
Click play to watch/listen. 3 minutes, 14 seconds.
Ross with his NDDC hat on has blogged that the Third Annual Taste of Northfield is Coming Right Up.
That would be this Thursday night, downtown.
He has a 2008 Taste of Northfield (PDF) poster (left) with the details.
Doug Bratland over at Northfield.org’s blog says that the Third Annual Taste of Northfield Promises to be Bigger and Better than Ever!
Want to whet your appetite?
The NDDC pulled off a great event tonight on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield. Clear skies, 70 degrees, no wind, no mosquitos, huge crowd, local food, live music, live auction, two reenactments, and beer and wine served on public property.
Is this a great city or what.
See the Taste of Northfield 2007 photo album or this slideshow of 33 photos: