All posts by Jenni Roney

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events

So many great events happening in and near Downtown Northfield in the next few weeks! Mark your calendar now for these special dates:

Nov. 2 – Chamber of Commerce Fall Gala: A Night In Paris at the Grand Event Center
Nov. 2 – First Friday Art Night: art walk to indoor exhibits, crafts, concerts and experiences
Nov. 15 – Give to the Max Day: support a vibrant downtown with a donation to the NDDC
Nov. 24 – Small Business Saturday: shop small and patronize our locally owned retail shops
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 – St. Olaf Christmas Fest

Dec. 2 – Tuba Christmas: a Vintage Band concert at Carleton’s Skinner Chapel
Dec. 6 – Winter Walk: celebrate the 20th anniversary of this downtown holiday stroll
Dec. 7 – First Friday Art Night: art walk to indoor exhibits, crafts, concerts and experiences

Carleton Grads Launch New App for Businesses

Northfield businesses now have a new way to connect with local college students. Recent Carleton graduates Liam Bradney, Ammar Babar, Aman Panda and Max Mattessich have designed a digital coupon app aimed at increasing the engagement between local businesses and college students in Northfield.

The app is called Recoup and it will launch in September when Carleton and St Olaf students return to campus. They are offering a free month trial for all businesses. For more information, email recouptech@gmail.com or visit https://recouptech.com/businesses.html

photo courtesy of recouptech.com

Sidewalk Poetry Celebration Aug 30 at 7pm in Bridge Square

The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield invites everyone to attend the 2018 Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Celebration at 7:00 p.m. on August 30, 2018 in Downtown Northfield on Bridge Square. The event is open to the public and will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet the winning poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes. Thanks to the Northfield’s FiftyNorth volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

photo courtesy of Bonnie Jean Flom

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs so they can relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night. A large map of the locations of the 2018 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all eight years of the contest will be on display. The City’s Department of Public Works will have poetry molds on display.

In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the eight years of the project, 71 poems – the creations of 49 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 220 locations across the community. Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks, is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community. The five winning 2018 poets are: Becky Boling, Avery Eastvold, Steve McCown, Julie Ryan, and Marie Vogl Gery.

Sidewalk Poetry is a partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, the Northfield Public Library, and the City of Northfield and has been supported by the efforts of many local volunteers. An interactive map of the poems can be found on the Arts & Culture Commission page of the City of Northfield website.

For more information, contact Bonnie Jean Flom, Northfield Arts and Culture Commissioner, at bjflom@gmail.com.