Meeting Places (MOP 03)

by Art Bee December. 06, 2010 5496 views

A meeting place the “Northfield Hall”

Shortly after this photo was taken the Old Northfield Hall was demolished…..

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Memories of Northfield Center Town Hall By Vivian Burns Transcribed by Michaela Schoeffler

In the 30’s the Town Hall was a hub of action on Thursday nights. Mr. North, the traveling movie man came to Northfield. He traveled from small town to small town each night of the week.

In those days the Town Hall structure was much the same as it is today, with the exception of a balcony. I didn’t know when the balcony was enclosed for meeting rooms. The older people and young children sat on the main floor, and the teenagers occupied the balcony.

Every 20 minutes or so the reel had to be changed and the lights came on. Most of the young people made a run for the basement to the bucket of water. Everyone drank from the same water dipper. Ugh!

Also in the basement was a holding cell, and often when we went down for water we would harass the prisoner who was more than likely the town drunk.

Mrs. Alta Burns played the piano. While the horses raced across the screen her piano almost arose from the floor.

In the early 60’s and 70’s there was a group of about 24 couples that formed a dinner dance club one Saturday of the month. Groups of 6 would meet at an assigned home for a lovely dinner and then all groups met at the Town Hall for dancing.

The Town Hall interior was decorated by a different committee each month according to the theme of the month. (Holidays or special occasion) This group died out in the late 70’s.

These are fond memories of the old Town Hall.

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Gregg Maretka 6 years, 10 months ago

neat edit

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Pete 6 years, 10 months ago

would love to see the pre edit version. looks like a great scene

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 10 months ago

Charming post.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Livelovelaugh 6 years, 10 months ago

Excellent post. :)

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jennye 6 years, 10 months ago

Excellent!!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 6 years, 10 months ago

wonderful post!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 6 years, 10 months ago

Great post. Nice job for the MOP.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 10 months ago

Really nice edit... always sad when pieces of history are torn down.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Thebronzebow 6 years, 10 months ago

Great old place!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 10 months ago

such a deep post Artbee!
I must confess these places always bring us memories..is a pity sometimes they have to be destroyed :(:(
Loved the post process!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 10 months ago

Great meeting place for the theme! Thanks for the memories....and the photo is great! "If walls could talk...."

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 10 months ago

Good idea., interesting history.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Huiching 6 years, 10 months ago

This is just sweet. Thanks for sharing us your beautiful memory and great photo. Neat edit.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 10 months ago

Great edit! And nice to hear the history.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jarvo Laysell 6 years, 10 months ago

Sad it was demolished - all those memories. I take it you took the photo when the local bicycle club were meeting there ;-)

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 10 months ago

Awesome shot.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 10 months ago

This looks like a great place to meet up!!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Yulia 6 years, 10 months ago

great photo,nice work!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Karman 6 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful that you captured the old place prior to the demolition...nice.

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 10 months ago

Excellent shot !

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Rodica O 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes, I missed the commentary at first but I came back and read everything....It really made me imagine all those things....How strange...It seemed to happen hundreds of years ago but it was "only" 80 years ago.....How contrasting is to the present Movie Theatres and Dancing Clubs :))......If someone from that era would travel in time to the present, they will be so shocked...but so we would be if we could travel in the future ;)

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 6 years, 10 months ago

A gorgeous shot and very interesting info!! : )

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Rodica O 6 years, 10 months ago

...Nice post processing...

An awesome story about old times....too bad the building hasn't been preserved

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 6 years, 10 months ago

AWEsome photo, my friend! That is a great shot with a great edit! And I loved the info!

6 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 6 years, 10 months ago

You are an early bird, nice PP and well done for the theme

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