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Gail and Ed stump for Sarah; the music begins Friday at 7 pm

IMG_6328Gail Moll and Ed Kuhlman stopped by my corner office at the IMG_6325GBM this week.

They each had flyers about the Sarah Henson benefit concert on Friday night at the Grand Event Center.  Sarah, mother of 4 teens, has a grade four glioblastoma brain tumor.

Sarah Henson and friendsBack in Nov. 2008, friends, family and the Northfield community held a big ‘house party’ for Sarah and enough money was raised to help pay her mortgage for a year. See the blog post with photo albums from the fundraiser. The photo on the left, with Sarah at the center doing a ‘thumbs up’,’ was from that event.

Continue reading Gail and Ed stump for Sarah; the music begins Friday at 7 pm

Would you sing for Haiti with this guy? How about just listen to singing?

Paul MillerSinging for Haiti - midGolf course architect Paul Miller (Paul Miller Design Inc) stopped by my morning office at GBM last week with the poster of Saturday’s Singing for Haiti fundraiser at The Grand Event Center.

Paul has been involved in peace and justice work in Haiti for over a decade and is the founder of the Haiti Justice Alliance of Northfield which is hosting the event. Money raised will go to the What If? Foundation, Feed My Starving Children, and Partners in Health.

Musical groups performing include The Brothers Frantzich, founders of Feed Them With Music; Carleton bluegrass band, Porch Collective; St. Olaf psychedelic/blues/jam band Archaic Revival; and Northfield High School‘s Madrigals.

Local sponsors include Carleton College, St. Olaf College, Labor Arbitration Institute, Schmitz, Ophaug, and Dowd, LLP, Buzz Salon, and Paul Miller Design Inc.

For more info, see 1) Carleton College’s Haiti Relief Gateway; 2) last week’s Nfld News article, Concert to benefit Haitians; 3) Jane McWilliams’ blog post on Northfield.org.

You can get tickets at Mary Rossing’s Present Perfect store on Division or at the door at the Grand on Saturday.

The Bridge Square beaver returns; stimulates local clothing economy

Bridge Square beaver Bridge Square beaver  Beaver hat
This beaver (same one from June 2007?) was making the rounds on 4th St early this morning by the Grand Event Center. It wasn’t happy about having me take its picture (grouchy about the early snowfall?) so I coaxed it into my raccoon cage and will place an order with Randy Malecha at Willie’s Shoe Repair for a new hat.

A tip of the blogger beaver hat to Felicity Enders for the alerting me to the creature’s presence.

Photo album and video: Butch Thompson

Butch Thompson and his All Stars performed at Northfield’s historic The Grand Event Center last night, launching the First Annual Northfield Jazz Festival.

See the album of a dozen photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow… and the 6 minute video below.


0-1:00 minutes: Butch on the piano

1-6:00 minutes: the entire band

6-6:45 minutes: the entire band plus Northfielder Steve Kelly

Butch Thompson: from Mendota’s Emporium of Jazz to Northfield’s Grand Event Center

Butch Thompson at the Emporium of Jazz Butch Thompson at the Emporium of Jazz  Hall Bros
I first experienced Butch Thompson’s piano and clarinet playing in 1966 when I was 17 years old and regularly sneaking into the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota to hear the Hall Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band and try out my moves on the tiny Funky Butt dance floor. (Above right photo thumbnail links to the MNHS collection photo of the Hall Brothers. Butch is 3rd from the right.) See his history page for more, as well as this ArtSwirl blog post on his trio’s performance tonight at The Grand, the launch of Northfield’s First Annual Jazz Festival. Here’s a YouTube video of his trio from 2007: