Our last post gave you all the details about the upcoming Downtown Northfield Taste Tour on June 15th except . . . details about the food!! Here is a map showing the 12 participating restaurants and the descriptions of their offerings. Remember, $1 buys 1 ticket. Tickets available in Bridge Square beginning at 4:45pm. Get your passport stamped at 4 stops and you’ll be entered in a drawing for 2 free nights in the Archer House or the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa.
The NDDC will host a food crawl event on Thursday, June 15th from 5-7 pm in Downtown Northfield. The walking Downtown Northfield Taste Tour features small servings of food and drinks at 12 downtown locations. Taste Tour tickets will be sold at Bridge Square starting at 4:45 pm for $1 each and most food samples are priced at 1-4 tickets.
“We want to kick off Summer by inviting everyone to gather downtown to enjoy a taste of our local restaurants,” said Jenni Roney, Executive Director of the NDDC. Stops on the Downtown Northfield Taste Tour include: Cakewalk, Chapati, The Hideaway, Hogan Brothers, J. Grundy’s Rueb-N-Stein, Just Food Co-op, Mandarin Garden, Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars, Quality Bakery, Smoqehouse and Tandem Bagels. The Northfield Historical Society will be offering Post Consumer Brands cereal samples in conjunction with their new Malt-o-Meal exhibit.
Those who buy samples at four or more stops on the Taste Tour can enter in a drawing to win a two-night stay at The Archer House River Inn in Downtown Northfield or The Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa. Several retail shops will have Third Thursday specials and the Community Band will give a free concert in Bridge Square at 7 pm.
Jim Bohnhoff’s contribution to downtown Northfield’s visual appeal through his historic signage has spanned decades. Among his recent projects: three signs for the Northfield Public Library. A month ago I took photos of him and Howie Holt installing the sign at the Division St. entrance:
Last week, after a mini-photo shoot of him with Library Director Teresa Jensen, I interviewed him about how he got started with historic signage and how he approaches each project:
I then took photos of him with 22 of his current signs along Division between 3rd & 4th streets and on Bridge Square. Watch the 14-minute video, see the gallery of 30 photos below, and visit his Jim Bohnhoff Design website.
Downtown Northfield is now in the quarterfinal round of the America’s Main Street contest sponsored by Independent We Stand. The quarterfinalists are the top 25 vote-getters of the 242 United States downtowns nominated during the first round of the contest. Participants can vote for their favorite downtown (Downtown Northfield!) once each day until May 28. Just go to www.mainstreetcontest.com , find “Downtown Northfield,” click “View Profile” and click “Vote”. Simple!!
You can help Downtown Northfield win $25,000 for downtown improvements and bragging rights as “America’s Main Street”!!
Friday night, May 12, is Girls Nite Out in Downtown Northfield. The festivities begin at 4pm and continue until 9 (or later?) Shops and restaurants will have specials all night long, there will be snacks and adult beverages for tasting, and drawings for prizes. This is the 10th annual repeat of this tradition in Downtown Northfield.
How many of you remember the first Girls Nite Out in 2007 and the debut of the “Shop Local Boys”? It’s too bad there isn’t video of the boys’ amazing performance on the stage of the Grand Event Center, but there is photographic evidence and we present it here for those who missed it in person. Quite a night!
For a complete photo gallery of the 1st annual Girls Nite Out, click here: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104249465721871659850/album/AF1QipOGOEj2qWs7jyJGQJmrb4j8JAcwAlQeFxK7AG4r