Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Available

Recently installed in Downtown Northfield MN . . . an EV charging station! There are two ports on the charging station and two dedicated parking stalls for use while charging your vehicle. The station is on the northwest corner of the 5th St. and South Water St. intersection. Pricing information can be found at https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point. Be sure to move your vehicle when it’s fully charged as there is an hourly rate to park in these stalls when not actively charging a vehicle. This installation is a joint project of the City of Northfield and the Northfield Rotary Club.

This is the third electric vehicle charging station to be installed in Northfield. The other two are at Carleton College and St. Olaf College.

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New Downtown Banner design selected

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the City of Northfield Arts and Culture Commission unveiled the winning design from their street banner competition last week. The new banners will be hung on lamp posts along Division Street and Water Street in downtown Northfield beginning this fall.

The winning artist is Steve Maus, a local artist and a staff member at the Northfield Public Library. “I’ve always wondered who the people were winning these contests. It was exciting to win,” said Maus.

The Public Art Review Committee (PARC) reviewed and selected the winning design. “Steve’s design is bright, bold, and eye-catching. It captures elements that speak to our history as well as our future as a community. We appreciate Steve’s willingness to work with PARC through drafts of the banner to arrive at the final design. We are so pleased and excited to have these banners up!” said Alyssa Melby, chair of the Arts and Culture Commission and a PARC member.

“It’s fun thinking about the many thousands of people visiting Northfield every year who will see these banners,” said Maus. Besides having his design displayed for thousands of visitors and residents annually, he also received $400.

The new banner features the words “Welcome” and “Downtown Northfield since 1855,” a silhouette of a windmill and buildings, and incorporates part of the city logo with the swooping blue and green indicating the river and farmland on a brightly colored backdrop of orange and yellow flowers. The winning design replaces the red, white and blue “Historic Northfield Since 1855” banners, which have been used since 2005.

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation was awarded a mini-grant of $4,200 by Minnesota Main Street to assist with funding the competition, production and installation of the street banners.

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                              
                  

Ten Northfield artists to receive “Artists on Main Street” grants

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) was recently awarded a two-year $30,000 grant by Minnesota Main Street, a division of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, to fund an “Artists on Main Street” initiative in Downtown Northfield.

The Artists on Main Street funding inspired the NDDC, the Northfield Arts Guild and the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to form a partnership called “Connections/ Conexiónes” which invites the local artist community to:

  • provide intriguing, welcoming gateways and/or views of our entire downtown area
  • engage with people who spend time near the river
  • create opportunities for people of all backgrounds to be more connected to our downtown area
  • draw people downtown to shop, eat, dine, and utilize our assets along the river

Ten artists or groups have been selected to participate in the first year of “Artists on Main Street”. They will use their works to draw people’s attention to the west side of the downtown district and connect the west side of downtown to Division Street. The locations where the art will be displayed include Ames Park, the Northfield Depot, the Riverwalk,  bridges over the Cannon River, and areas around Bridge Square. These art and performance pieces are intended to be temporary installations. The participating artists and their projects are:

  • Rob Hardy: “Poetry Posts”
  • Lorraine Rolvig/The Northfield Garden Club: “Northfield’s Hanging Garden’s in Plein Air”
  • Fletcher Coolidge: “Raggin’ at the Depot”
  • Alexis Valeriano” “Poems on a Bridge/Poemas en el Puente”
  • Oliver Jin Casima and Ben Heath: “Rays of Unity”
  • Sharol Nau: “Bridge Weaving”
  • Demian Jackman: “Selfie Shark”
  • Jim Rossow: “Totally Tubular Traveling Tubulum”
  • Suzanne Daehlin: “Love Makes the World Go Round”
  • Kathy Ness: “Goose Be Gone”

A kick-off event with the selected artists and the public will be held from 5-7pm on Friday June 7th on the downtown Riverwalk behind the Northfield Arts Guild building (304 Division St.) in conjunction with the NDDC’s First Friday Art Night to celebrate Northfield artists’ participation in this new initiative. Light refreshments will be provided.

The artists’ projects will be displayed or presented at various times and locations between June 2019 and October 2019. Further information about these projects can be found on the NDDC’s website, www.downtownnorthfield.org and the Northfield Public Library’s website, www.mynpl.org.