Last week in a discussion thread on the Bridge Square project blog about the Civil War monument there, Northfielder Helen Albers wrote:
I want the beautiful Red Maple tree, which I planted years ago, to remain where it is. It is a perfect tree. How fortunate I have been to enjoy our Bridge Square for eighty years!
I told her I wanted to take her photo with the tree and asked her for more details on how it happened.
Hi Griff, Believe I am a regular “Johnny Appleseed.” Being a tree-lover, I plant them about town. When my husband Lowell died, I planted an English Columnar Oak in the UCC garden as a memorial. Then, I planted two Red Maple trees along the Central Park sidewalk, followed by a beautiful Red Maple tree on south side of our Middle School (now Weitz Center) which has inspired our schools to do more plantings. To beautify Bridge Square, I decided to plant the very beautiful Red Maple, which is now shining brightly with Christmas lights for all to enjoy.
I took these photos of Helen Albers last night with her Red Maple tree at the start of Winter Walk.
When I got home, I looked through my gallery of Northfield photos and found two photos that show Helen’s tree in the summer:
Left: May 24, 2008; Right: June 18, 2009.
Update Jan 8, 2014: Helen sent me a photo of the tree, taken last summer:
A couple weeks ago I noticed that St. Olaf sociology professor Mike Leming was featured in Felicia Crosby’s Just Curious column in the December 2012 Entertainment Guide (I’ve extracted it here in a PDF).
But make no mistake about it; children in various parts of the world know Northfield’s own Mike Leming as someone pretty special, and the gifts he and his wife Ann bring make a very real difference in a lot of lives.
So here’s a little bit about Mike – his connections with his students, with a people and culture half a world away, and his thoughts about uncovering the Santa in each of us (it begins with finding your heart).
Merry Christmas, Mike, from the believers at The Entertainment Guide.
And so I made a mental note to be sure to take photos of him doing his Santa Claus thing at the First National Bank of Northfield during Winter Walk last week. Mike was also on KYMN’s Wayne Eddy Affair last week.
The warm, snowless night didn’t seem to deter crowds from descending on downtown Northfield last night for Winter Walk 2012.
Despite the warmth, fire pits were popular.
See my large slideshow of 53 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
Northfield’s Winter Walk has been near and dear to my Northfield-related blogging, photography and podcasting for ten years (this year is the 14th Annual Winter Walk):
A year ago, I blogged two of my favorite Winter Walk photos. I’ve included another favorite with this blog post: Council members Rhonda Pownell and Betsey Buckheit with Mayor Mary Rossing in the Winter Walk 2008 parade with the NDDC’s cow, Patty Cash.
See y’all downtown on Thursday.
A week ago yesterday, it was 68 degrees when I took the photo on the left of the Rare Pair‘s winter-themed display window. This morning I noticed that the trees on Bridge Square are all dressed up with Xmas lights for Winter Walk 2012 next week, with nothing but brown grass underneath them. Highs this weekend are forecast to be close to 50 degrees, with possible thundershowers.
It’s good for my mountain biking, but I’d rather have downtown looking like it did two years ago just prior to Winter Walk 2010. See the large slideshow of 28 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
I spent too much time shopping last night and not enough time taking photos. But here are a couple dozen.
See the large slideshow (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
Update 12/22: Bridgette Hallcock took this photo of me with the James Gang at the Northfield Historical Society. I was pressured into it by that Scriven of the Scriver fella:
Got a camera? Bring it downtown Northfield tonight for Winter Walk (PDF schedule) and shoot!
My favorite subjects: the roving gangs of Xmas carolers and the kids gathered around the model railroad train displays at Northfield Public Library. The animated faces are a hoot.