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2019 NDDC Partnership Campaign

Dear Friend of Downtown Northfield,

From its founding nearly two decades ago, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) has dedicated itself to support, strengthen, and grow Northfield’s unique and historic downtown. Vibrant and relevant downtowns, like the one we all enjoy in Northfield, don’t just happen by accident. They take resources, time, strategy, planning, and execution by people and organizations focused on their downtowns.

We write today to update you on some the NDDC’s recent activities and to ask for your tax-deductible financial support during our annual Partnership Campaign. You can trust that your donation will be spent wisely, improving our community by supporting effective programs designed to elevate Northfield’s reputation, encourage downtown engagement, and enhance downtown design.

Strong collaborations make for stronger downtowns:

  • The NDDC’s work contract with the City of Northfield supports City and EDA strategic initiatives, such as the Riverfront Enhancement Task Force and the forthcoming facade improvement program.
  • Sharing office space with the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Northfield Enterprise Center has helped deepen our relationships with all three organizations and enhanced events such as Crazy Daze and Winter Walk.
  • The NDDC partnered with community stakeholders to achieve Minnesota Main Street designation and has reorganized its board committee structure to align with the Main Street program’s Four Point Approach: economic vitality, design, organization, and promotion. Our goal is to involve more community members and stakeholders in the work of the committees.
  • The NDDC was awarded funding from Minnesota Main Street to support the Artists on Main Street program and purchase new downtown banners and benches.
  • Ten public art projects highlighted the first year of the Artists on Main Street initiative, a collaboration between the NDDC, the Northfield Arts Guild and the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission.
  • The NDDC and the Arts and Culture Commission unveiled the winning design from their street banner competition. The new banners were on lamp posts along Division Street and Water Street in downtown Northfield earlier this fall. The Public Art Review Committee reviewed and selected the winning design.
  • The NDDC’s Downtown Northfield Taste Tour is always a great time!  Our annual food crawl event draws hundreds of people who savor and sip their way through downtown, enjoying delicious food and drinks at several different locations. Proceeds from the event help support our local businesses and future NDDC programming. This year’s Taste Tour raised more than $3,000 and included 15 restaurants, eateries, and breweries.
  • The NDDC’s strategic plan in the year ahead includes hosting stakeholder meetings for gathering feedback and building community with downtown businesses and building owners.

The NDDC could not do its work without the financial support of our community. The goal for the 2019 Partnership Campaign is $15,000. We are halfway there and would be delighted to have your support. If you wish to donate online with a credit card, simply follow this link.  If you wish to donate by check, it can be sent to: NDDC, 19 Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057. The NDDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your contribution is 100% tax-deductible.

Thank you very much for your consideration and support. See you downtown!


The NDDC team:

Greg Siems, Executive Director

Dan Bergeson, Carleton College (retired)

Joe Hargis, Carleton College

Greg Heymans, Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe

Kathleen Holmes, University of St. Thomas

Charlie Kyte, Peer Solutions

Mark Lancaster, Northfield Insurance

Kris Layman, Prema Studio

Sherri Meyers, Just Food Co-op

Brett Reese, Rebound Enterprises

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 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