Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Event Aug 17 at 7pm

There’s always something interesting happening in Downtown Northfield! Join us August 17th at 7pm on Bridge Square for the 2017 Sidewalk  Poetry Capstone Celebration. 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 Senior Center volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night.  A large map of the locations of the 2017 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all seven years of the contest will be on display.

In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the seven years of the project, 66 poems – the creations of 46 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 200 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.  Chosen from among 156 poems submitted for judging, ten winning poems will be celebrated in 2017.

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 hundreds of volunteers. This activity receives major funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) through the arts and culture heritage fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additional funding is provided by the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.

For more information, contact Bonnie Jean Flom, chair of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission at bjflom@gmail.com.

Thanks for your votes and a successful Taste Tour!

2017 Downtown Northfield Taste Tour

Queued up at The Hideaway

Greetings from Downtown Northfield! Thanks to everyone who came out to make our first ever Downtown Northfield Taste Tour food crawl such a big success!  On Thursday, June 15, the sun was shining, the food was amazing and we sold more than 3000 tickets in just two hours. Eleven downtown restaurants participated in the inaugural event and the variety of offerings was terrific.

The national anthem kicked off the Community Band concert

Everyone enjoyed the free Northfield Community Band concert afterwards in Bridge Square. Next year, we’re hoping to make the event longer and add the breweries to the tour. Save the date for June 14th, 2018!

America’s Main Streets Contest

Congratulations to DeLand, Florida, the winner in the “America’s Main Street” contest!

Deland, Florida supporters with a $25,000 check!

242 Main Streets in 48 states were nominated for the title, and more than 300,000 votes were cast. Because of your votes, Downtown Northfield made it into the Top 25 main streets in the nation. It is the people that make our downtown the central heart of our community–thank you and stay tuned: they’ll do it again in 2018!!

Restaurant Specials During Downtown Taste Tour June 15th

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.

Downtown Northfield Taste Tour June 15th

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 years of historic signage work in downtown Northfield continues unabated

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:

Howie Holt, Jim Bohnhoff
Howie Holt, Jim Bohnhoff

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:

Teresa Jensen, Jim Bohnhoff
Teresa Jensen, Jim Bohnhoff

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.

 

Photo gallery