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Chatfield Library active at 100


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

As the Chatfield Public Library celebrates 100 years in existence it is seeing more activity than ever before. What began as a Public Rest Room in 1910 complete with a stove, tables, chairs, a rug, and public facilities for use by townspeople and rural residents soon began to grow.

Books were brought in for the people’s enjoyment and in 1911 the Commercial Club of Chatfield saw the necessity for a library which would be used along with the Rest Room.

Through many residents’ hard work and generosity, a $6,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, and municipal funds, the library opened in its current building on February 15, 1915. One hundred years later to the day the Chatfield Public Library held an open house to mark the occasion.

With small and large donations, the library has continued to expand and improve over the years. Chatfield residents Alice and Andrew Groen were big supporters of the library and after Andrew’s death Alice gave three large anonymous donations to the library in the 1990s, which made upgrades possible and eventually funded an addition to the original building in 1997.

Another resident, Alice Manahan, left a sizeable donation which was used to begin an endowment fund for further improvements to the library. These are only a few of the many charitable people who have financially supported the Chatfield Public Library over its many years of existence.

Chatfield Public Library Director Monica Erickson notes that now days there is much more to the library than checking out books, as there are also movies, magazines, e-books, and so much more offered.

It is also “a gathering place” says Erickson. The Sassy Quilters meet at the library twice per month and the meeting room downstairs is also used by other groups.

Erickson states that the library is “getting called on to perform more and more services that people can’t get anywhere else”, such as an elderly person who wants to stop a magazine subscription and does not know how or when a patron purchases a new electronic device and needs some guidance on how to operate it.

Part of the library’s mission is “to provide individualized, personalized attention”, says Erickson and adds “because we are a smaller library we can do that.”

The open house drew a crowd who came to show their appreciation for the library and the historic building that house .....
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Local artist holds “Pop Up Shop” event

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

CHATFIELD, MN - Lanesboro artist Courtney Bergey will be featured at a “Pop Up Shop” holiday shopping event on Saturday, November 29 at Adourn in Chatfield, Minn. Bergey will be showcasing new ceramic and fiber artwork from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. C ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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Swing Street Big Band’s final concert

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Swing Street Big Band will perform for the final concert of Chatfield’s “Music in the Park” concert series on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Bandshell. This popular 17-piece big band is made up of some of the top ..... 
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Concert in the Park July 24

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
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The Rochester Community Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Mangan, will perform Thursday for the Chatfield “Music in the Park” summer concert series. The concert will be on Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield City Park Band Sh ..... 
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Brass band concert at the care center

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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The Chatfield Brass Band will perform this week’s “Music in the Park” concert at the Chosen Valley Care Center. The concert is on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Care Center. The band will perform traditional favorit ..... 
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Chatfield Concert series- Ravensfire

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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Ravensfire, a traditional Celtic band, will perform at the Chatfield “Music in the Park” summer concert series on Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Chatfield City Park Band Shell. This talented ensemble includes La ..... 
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