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2019 Downtown Northfield Taste Tour – June 20th, 5-8pm

Check back soon for the full list of destinations and unique tastes to try, and like the event on Facebook for reminders!

The Downtown Northfield Taste Tour is always a great time! In 2017, at our first annual food crawl event, hundreds of people savored and sipped their way through downtown, enjoying food and drinks at 12 different locations. In 2018 we made it longer, added beer and sold over 5,000 tickets to help support our local businesses and future NDDC programming.  This year we have over 15 restaurants, eateries, breweries, and more participating in the biggest Taste Tour yet!

First Friday Art Night – June 7th

It’s another jam-packed schedule for First Fridays in Northfield – join us for a fun evening of art and community!

1-9pm                             Drop-in watercolor painting demonstrations with Kathy Miller

You can find Kathy in her studio at 105 E. 5th St. (Lampe Law building, next to municipal parking lot).  Check out her work on her website, too!

5-7pm                             Artists on Main Street kickoff celebration @ Northfield Arts Guild – 304 Division St. (parking lot behind building)

Free and open to the public – light refreshments provided!  Come and meet the artists and learn about their projects that will be popping up around Downtown this summer/fall.

6:30-8:00pm               What does the Fox Say? “Slow Slow Quick Quick!” @ Northfield Dance Academy – 640 Water St.

Enjoy learning how to Foxtrot with instructor Brian Sostek!  Email northfielddance@gmail.com to register – $40 for couples, $20 for singles

7:30-10pm                   Mary Cutrufello Band @ Imminent Brewing – 519 Division St.

Cutrufello is hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine, a fiery Midwestern roots-rocker and a powerhouse acoustic performer.

8-10pm                          The Provisional @ the Contented Cow – 302 Division St. B

The Provisional is a Celtic rock duo consisting of Minneapolis-St. Paul musicians Tony Dennison and Brian Barrett.  Meshing styles of rock, punk, Irish rock and even a little Christian rock, The Provisional puts forth a unique style of music.

8-11pm                          Ben Aaron @ the Tavern Lounge – 212 Division St.

Born in 1987, Ben Aaron has been playing the guitar since the age of ten. He takes influences from the Folk Revival, Country Blues, and the New Americana music that’s sweeping the nation.

8-11pm                         The Chad Johnson Project @ Reunion – 501 Division St.

One of the most promising country crossroads artists in the upper Midwest, The Chad Johnson Project is the very definition of country rock. Blending country, rock, soul and blues to build a sound that is familiar yet completely his own.

8:30-11:30pm            Jason Paulson @ Froggy Bottoms Lily PADio – 307 Water St.

Jason Paulson is not your average country artist. He trades the glitz and gloss of contemporary country radio for honest storytelling. You may know him from his regionally popular band Grayson.

Also be sure to visit these ongoing Downtown art displays!

Title / Description                                             Location

Tied Together: Northfield H.S.                       Northfield Arts Guild Main Gallery

Honors Art Show

WHYLDFLHOURS:                                               Northfield Arts Guild Up Gallery

Paintings by Benson Ramsey             

Tranquility: Felted wall hangings                 Archer House Inn Gallery

by Jean Manrique     

Crosswords:                                                           Tandem Bagels Gallery

Drawings by Gwen Partin

Waist Deep                                                             Northfield Public Library (Division St.)

By the Young Sculptors’ Project

Sidewalk Poetry                                                  Printed on sidewalks throughout Downtown 

 

And save the date for these upcoming 2019 First Friday Art Nights

July 5  –  August 2  –  October 4                              
                  

Jan 4 First Friday Art Night Lineup

The holidays might be over, but the fun continues in Downtown Northfield this Friday!

5:00-9:00 pm – Visual Art Gallery at 502 Studio & Gallery                                                         6:30-8:00 pm – West Coast Swing Dance Class with Brian Sostek at Northfield Dance Academy  $40 per couple, $20 per single. 640 Water Street S.                                            7:00-10:00 pm – Live Music with Pushing Chain at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St S.
8:00-11:00 pm – Live Music with Dan Ferstenou at Tanzenwald Brewing, 103 Water St. N.
8:00-10:00 pm – Live Music with Nostalgic at the Contented Cow
8:00-11:00 pm – Live Music with Julyda at the Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St.
8:30-11:30 pm – Live Music with Bruce Burniece at Froggy Bottoms PADio, 307 Water St

NDDC Awarded $30,000 Artists on Main Street Grant

We are pleased to announce that the NDDC was awarded a $30,000 grant through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Artists on Main Street initiative. This program will help the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation to sustain a vibrant downtown by:

  • Providing art and creative placemaking experiences that draw people to shop, dine and connect in Downtown Northfield
  • Enhancing the downtown’s aesthetics through the creativity of our local artists
  • Utilizing the arts as a springboard for improving diversity and inclusiveness in Downtown Northfield across all cultures

Check out the official release from PAM below and watch here for updates on the program as we launch it in early 2019!

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, and with support from the Bush Foundation, launched a new program earlier this year, Artists on Main Street, to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. The pilot year’s success in Faribault, Mankato, and Winona has resulted in continued investment in the program by the Bush Foundation to include eleven communities over a three-year period. Four communities were selected to join the program in 2019, and they are Northfield, Olivia, Wabasha, and Willmar.

“The Bush Foundation is very excited to be able to support Artist on Main Street through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Main Street Program. We see this as a great opportunity to support artists as leaders in their communities and to show how art and culture can be an important part of efforts led by local Main Street programs, Cities, Economic Development Authorities, and Chambers of Commerce throughout the region.” – Erik Takeshita, Portfolio Director for Community Creativity at the Bush Foundation.

During the program’s pilot year, over ninety artists and creatives attended Creative Placemaking Workshops resulting in a total of thirty-four artist-led projects involving fifty-five artists and creatives. “Over the last year we’ve seen new relationships built between Main Street organizations and artists in their communities, which has resulted in more community pride and new, creative ideas about addressing downtown concerns,” said Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts. “We’re excited to welcome another cohort of communities to this program and build on this momentum.”

Each community receives support on planning and implementing creative placemaking projects through training, one-on-one technical assistance, and cohort support to integrate arts-based problem solving. Artists on Main Street communities receive $20,000 for project funding and program implementation the first year and $10,000 the second year for artist-led solutions to a local challenge identified by the community. Training and resources will be provided in partnership with Springboard for the Arts to artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the community to make positive physical, economic and social impacts.

“Artists on Main Street is creating bright spots of arts-based community development and downtown revitalization in Greater Minnesota,” said Sarina Otaibi, Rural Program Manager for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.