For those of you reading this website to get a feeling for what Northfield is like as you consider moving here, I want to let you know that we had a busy weekend of events again. The Northfield area is so fortunate to have a great selection of events to attend at all times. It seems there is always a variety of things to do and see… athletic events, cultural events, consumer activities, etc. This weekend was no different.
Friday evening Ellen and I attended the High School’s “Art a la carte” event. This event includes a wide selection of all types of art…choral groups, jazz groups, break dancing, sculptures, clay work, dramatic readings… you name it, they had it. The cafeteria was full of edible art which was some of the most creative work I’ve seen. In several areas the students were working interactively with people to allow them to create art from friendly plastic, paints, and other mediums.
The art presentations at the High School really show how facilities can support programs. Since the creation of the auditorium and the art rooms the program seems to have grown by leaps and bounds. It is great to see the students expressing themselves through art in this manner.
Saturday I was at the Northfield Home and Garden Show from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. It was a long day, but a great day to visit with many, many people. I think the high winds kept people looking for inside things to do and they came to the show.
I was able to visit with Leif Knecht from Knecht’s Nursery and Landscaping and Rick Risberg from Valley Bank in Dundas. We just finished up a significant remodeling project at Valley Bank. Leif always has a lot of work to do to get ready for the spring planting rush each year.
I also had a good chat with former school teacher Rieber Paulson. Rieber operates a small Christmas tree farm right in the heart of Northfield. I built a new home for a client just east of his land and we both commented on how much wildlife is in the area, including deer, fox, raccoons, etc.
Saturday evening Ellen and I attended the Northfield Arts Guild fundraiser auction. This is a fun event… three floors of things to look at and purchase and a building full of people to visit with.
The Northfield Arts Guild had “celebrity” bartenders serving beverages. My two favorites were City Councilor CC Linstroth and City Attorney Maren Swanson. They did a great job serving people and providing good commentary on the evening events. See Northfield.org’s NAG Auction Photo gallery for dozens of photos of the auction.
After the Arts Guild auction wound down, we went next door to the Contented Cow. Ellen’s brother Jon Bjork was entertaining people with his guitar playing. We again were able to visit with people in a relaxed setting after a busy day.
Sunday evening I went along with my son, Tristan, to the Northfield High School Mock Trial banquet. Tristan is the Mock Trial coach. The Northfield Mock Trial club had an excellent year, taking third place in the State competition. This is a group of students that works hard and has a great amount of talent. They went up against schools that are coached by many hours of high level attorney advice. It was rewarding to see a group of students go head to head against this level of competition and do so well….all because of hard work and personal talents.