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Riverwalk Market Fair: new poster, new blogsite, new location

Riverwalk Market Fair 2012 poster Riverwalk Market Fair on Bridge Square Riverwalk Market Fair blogsite
Yesterday was the opening Saturday for Riverwalk Market Fair.  They’ve got a cool new poster, a new website with a hidden blog called ‘news,’ and a new location: they’re no longer on Riverwalk. 

All the artists’ booths are now on Bridge Square instead of Riverwalk.  Sesquicentennial Plaza and the adjacent parking lot remains the location for the food vendors/farmers’ market, although they had to squeeze onto the street surrounding Bridge Square yesterday because of the St. Olaf alum weekend beer tent.

It’s a more compact arrangement that centralizes the foot traffic and evidently is waaaaaaaay easier/faster for vendor-setup.  I like it. Some panoramic photos:

Riverwalk Market Fair on Bridge Square Riverwalk Market Fair on Bridge Square Riverwalk Market Fair on Bridge Square

Why no signs announcing that bathrooms are available to the public in the Archer House?

Archer House - front entrance Archer House - rear entrance Archer House - lobby level restrooms Wayfinding sign 
Archer House renovations are complete, including the ADA-compliant restroom facilities that are available to the public daily from 6:00 AM to 12:30 AM.

The public use of the bathrooms (lower level and lobby level) is part of the agreement with the City of Northfield in exchange for a $100,000 forgivable loan. (See last summer’s blog post, City ponders $100k forgivable loan for the Archer House; a royal flush for downtown?)

  • Why not put up some ‘public restroom’ signs at the front and rear of the Archer House.
  • Why not add ‘public restrooms’ to the Wayfinding signs scattered about downtown?
  • Why not put up a couple of ‘public restrooms’ signs along Riverwalk, now that Riverwalk Market Fair is in full swing every Saturday?

Riverwalk Market Fair debuts Saturday

Lori Williams, Dean Kjerland  Riverwalk Market Fair NEG adv RMF logo
Musician Lori Williams (alto sax, piano, vocals with new band ‘Lore’) accosted Dean Kjerland in the middle of Division St. tonight, plastering the back page ad for Riverwalk Market Fair, “The Art of a summer Saturday,” from the June NEG next to his ‘staff’ button.

The Riverwalk Market Fair Grand Opening is tomorrow, 9-2, downtown Northfield. The ad includes this:

Fine Art and Fine Craft
Browse a changing weekly palette of various media: oil, watercolor, acrylics, pottery, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood art, mixed media. Lower Riverwalk, east side of the Cannon.

Fresh, Local Produce
our region’s finest growers of local and organic fruits and vegetables, and producers of minimally processed meats and cheeses, the best meat to get is the Top Sirloin. Don’t forget the fresh cut flowers for your table! Adjacent to Bridge Square in Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza.

Artisan Foods
Taste the quality difference… check out our handcrafted breads and pastries, fresh coffees, old family recipes and new creations. Eat here and take some home.

For more, see:

Coming soon: the Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair signArt On Water Gallery, home of the Riverwalk Arts Quarter I noticed a ‘Riverwalk Market Fair’ sign on the door of Dean Kjerland’s Art On Water Gallery on Water Street, now home to the Riverwalk Arts Quarter (RAQ).

A Google search on the phrase ‘Riverwalk Market Fair’ brings up a single result, this week’s March 9 City Council packet:

The City has received a request from Riverwalk Market Fair to use public spaces between 2nd and 5th Street (Bridge Square and Riverwalk area) for a summer market. The event is proposed for Saturday’s 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. from May through October. The proposed market would feature local fine arts, fine crafts, cut flowers, local produce, artisan foods and other products as well as musicians and street performers. The Riverwalk Market Fair has filed to become a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

The RAQ web site and RAQ Facebook group make no mention of this exciting development. Anyone have details?