Newfairfield's HamletHub Sun, 27 Sep 2020 00:20:19 -0400 Wilton Scarecrow Fest October 16 thru November 2

The Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of the popular scarecrow fest this fall in Wilton Center

In cooperation with The Wilton Historical Society, the Town of Wilton, Parks and Recreation and Department of Public Works, the scarecrow fest will run from October 16 through November 2.

Scarecrow kits may be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce at 86 Old Ridgefield Road, on, or call or e-mail for form to be e-mailed. 203-762-0567,

The cost of the kit is $40 and includes the wooden post frame and hay to build the scarecrow. Registration and payment must be received by the chamber by October 1st. Kits may be picked up from October 6 through 7 at the Wilton Historical Society, from 11am – 4 pm only.

Finished scarecrows must be delivered to the Historical Society on October 14 or 15 only, from 11am to 4pm. The scarecrows will be put up in the center of town on Friday, October 16 th, where they will remain through November 2nd . “We are pleased to present our Scarecrow fest again this year in cooperation with The Wilton Historical Society, the Town of Wilton, Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Public Works. The scarecrows really add to the fall festive spirit in town and help make the village come alive”.

For more information, go to, or email, or call the chamber office at 203 762 0567.

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Fall Foliage Report For Upstate New York

This is the third 2020 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all public health and safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining appropriate social distancing. Click here for more information on New York's response to COVID-19, including travel restrictions.

Gorgeous fall foliage will reach the midpoint of change in portions of the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions this weekend, while steady color progression continues in the other New York upstate regions, according to volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

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Seasonal Power Surge: Co-Creating Powerful Transitions

From the Creators of Holding Space & Spirit Squared, we announce Seasonal Power Surge! Join us to Co-Create Powerful Transitions via Zoom

10/2  Power Play- Accessing Your Joy

Intro, Journaling - Kathleen Troy

Spells/Chakras- Lisa Ferry

Mind/Body Awareness- Beth Mendoza

Being Grateful in Your Power/ Closing - JaneSTORM

Click here to register

Upcoming Events:

10/16 Physical Power- Tapping into your Energy

11/13 Power of Connection- Connecting to Gratitude

Questions? Contact

Beth T. Mendoza, LSH(Licensed Spiritual Healer)It is my healing mission to help as many people as I can define value and create passion for health and wellness. To empower my clients who want to seek Divine help in all aspects of their life through direct communion with the Divine. To empower my clients to decide which form of (breathing, essential oil techniques, yoga, meditation, energy healing) intervention will best help them achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Contact Beth: or (914) 441-2042

Jane McCarthy, Chief BrainStormer at JaneSTORM and Certified Transformation Coach WOWs people through curiosity, conversation and creativity using brainstorming and unique tools to positively propel and individual or team forward. Jane's most popular item on her coaching menu is a a 4 session appetizer of coaching. You can find more at and/or book a free Tapas Session to see if she is a good match for your vision. 914-329-3661.

Kathleen Troy is an ICF Certified Life Coach who enjoys conspiring with your heart to co-create your joyous life- no matter how radical the circumstances. Abundance, gratitude and joy are available, and can be expanded if you choose. Kathleen would be honored to speak with you during the week and feel free to book a complimentary deeper dive conversation! 914-886-8895

Lisa Ferry is a certified Usui Reiki and Reiki Synch Practitioner. A Bashful Buddha, Lisa is an advocate of the Intuitive Arts and Healing Arts which have been her passion for over 20 years. Study of stones and crystals, aura colors, essential oils, Qi Gong, Oracle card reading, journey work and intention practice through spell writing has empowered her to dive deep into the world of the spiritual and metaphysical promoting balance within and healing of mind, body, and soul. It is now Lisa’s joy share her knowledge to help others heal and to be a safe place for conversations about all things intuitive. 914-391-5299

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10 Ways to Experience the Beauty of Fall in Putnam and Dutchess Counties - 2020

When the weather is cool and the leaves begin to turn, Putnam and Dutchess Counties truly come alive. We have some of the most incredibly picturesque landscapes as the leaves change color. But don’t just view it, experience it. Here are 10 of our favorite ways to experience the beauty of fall in Putnam and Dutchess Counties, NY.

Please follow state guidelines requiring everyone to wear face coverings and to social distance.

1. Dykeman Farm: At Dykeman’s, you can meander through the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin while enjoying the fall foliage. It’s also a great place to purchase some farm fresh vegetables. Open weekends, pumpkin picking is offered every weekend in October. Located at Dykeman Lane, Pawling N.Y.  

2. Salinger’s Orchards: It’s apple season at Salinger’s. Here in their Putnam County Orchard, Salinger’s grows 18 varieties of New York’s finest apples. The harvest times are different for each, but check their website for the schedule. They bake daily too. Try their home-made donuts and take home some mouthwatering pies. Located at Guinea Road, Brewster, NY

3. Southern Dutchess Flea Market: Formerly Stormville Flea Market, what better way to spend your Saturdays from September 26th through November 7th then browsing through a huge variety of merchandise in an open-air market! They’re one of New York’s largest outdoor flea markets with over 600 vendors. Located at 428 NY-16 Stormville, NY

4. Bannerman Castle Tours: One of the best things to do along the Hudson River is to visit Pollepel Island, a tiny jewel in the Hudson Highlands. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the island, visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins, and a hike to the summit on Bannerman Island. The fall foliage is bound to be stunning. Tours are offered on select days from September through October. Located at Beacon Institute Floating Dock, Beacon, NY

5. Cold Spring Historic District: On the shores of the Hudson River this picturesque town has a unique collection of antique shops, coffee houses, and restaurants. It’s a great way to spend a chilly afternoon and admire the changing leaves. Located in Cold Spring, NY

6.West Point Foundry Preserve: An outdoor museum in Cold Spring, it showcases the remains of foundry buildings and interpretive features that tell the story of the site’s contribution to the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War, as well as the land’s astonishing ecological renewal. It’s a great place to escape life’s background noise while connecting with the valley’s past. Located at 80 Kemble Ave., Cold Spring, NY

7. Boscobel Gardens: Overlooking Constitution Marsh, Boscobel’s landscape showcases dramatic views of the Hudson River and is even more striking as the foliage changes in vivid color. They’re open for outdoor programs and admissions. Located at 1601 NY-9D, Garrison, NY 

8. Magazzino Italian Art Museum: Reservations are required to visit this museum devoted to Postwar and Contemporary Italian art. Located at 2700 U.S. 9, Cold Spring, NY

9. Liberty Paint Ball: There are 17 unique playing fields featuring two and three-story towers, helicopters, spaceships, tanks, trenches, and much more! It’s a fun way to warm up when there’s a chill in the air. Saturday and Sunday all year-round by reservation only. Located at 50 Thunder Ridge Road, Patterson NY

10. Soukup Farms Harvest Festival:  Pick your own pumpkin and get lost in the hay-maze. Fun for the whole family. Enjoy pumpkin pie and other fall treats. Sunday, Oct 19 & 20. Located at 271 Halls Corners Rd, Dover Plains, NY.

Are there any other autumn activities in Putnam or Dutchess counties you think people will enjoy? Share in the comments below! 

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Federal Judge Orders Census to continue through Oct. 31st

The deadline for U.S. citizens to fill out the 2020 census has been extended to October 31st by a Federal Judge in California.

The ruling, issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for the Northern District of California requires the Census Bureau to keep trying to tally the country's residents through Oct. 31.

That ruling is expected to be appealed by the Justice Department in what has become the latest twist in a long-running political dispute over the once-a-decade survey of the United States population.

The new timeline hopes to account for delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The original deadline was July 31 and had been pushed back to September 30th. In July, the Census Bureau's director, Steven Dillingham said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, had directed them to speed up all counting efforts in order to provide, by law, a report to the President by December 31st.

The census helps determine the amount of federal funds allotted to each state for various needs.

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Looking For Work? Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Job Fair is Oct. 1st

Are you seeking a new job? If so, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Work Local First Job Fair is for you.
The Job Fair is free and open to the public and will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday October 1. For more information about the Job Fair and to see what companies are participating, visit or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1006. Individuals are encouraged to register in advance.
The Work Local First Job Fair is sponsored by: Dutchess One Stop, Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions, Poughkeepsie Galleria, and Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies, Inc. (QuES&T). Media sponsor is Poughkeepsie Journal Media.
Employers will be given an opportunity to give a short presentation on the types of jobs available, what qualities they are looking for in an employee, and how perspective employees can contact them to learn more. Perspective employees will have the opportunity to ask questions, contact the employers directly, and apply for jobs located locally.
Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how we might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit
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State Launches Initiative To Provide Emergency Food Resources for Connecticut’s Food Pantries

Governor Ned Lamont, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt have announced the launch of a new initiative to provide emergency food resources to Connecticut’s food pantries as the state continues to respond to the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the initiative, food pantries in need of assistance can visit, where they can connect to resources on food procurement and distribution, volunteer assistance, shipping and storage supports, and more.

“Our food pantries and nonprofit partners continue to be valuable resources, and we want to support them and the services they provide as much as possible,” Governor Lamont said, noting that September is National Hunger Action Month. “I encourage these organizations to visit this website and input their information so that we can connect and supply these food boxes to those in need.”

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is now utilizing the website to facilitate statewide distribution of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers-to-Families Food Boxes starting Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 31. Interested food pantries or other parties must fill out an online form on the website to express their interest in receiving food boxes and confirm the ability to meet the following requirements:

  • Able to accept at least 9 pallets containing 576 food boxes and 3 pallets of milk containing 576 gallons;
  • Ability to unload the trailer using a pallet jack and/or forklift and/or loading dock;
  • Provide on-site point of contact to receive and/or manage distribution of boxes; and
  • Provide immediate distribution or have access to refrigerated storage.

Organizations that are unable to meet the criteria should contact their local emergency management director, who will connect them to regional coordinated efforts. [To locate regional emergency management directors, click here.]

Connecticut has been designated a high-priority area by the USDA for distribution of Famers-to-Families Food Boxes. As such, more than 30 trailer loads will be delivered per week. Each trailer will contain 1,152 food boxes with five pounds of meat, five pounds of dairy, 12 pounds of produce, and one gallon of milk.

Earlier this year, Governor Lamont tasked Commissioner Hurlburt to identify weaknesses in emergency feeding and long-term response of the food supply chain in Connecticut during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Commissioner Hurlburt’s direction, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture collaborated with the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the five regional coordinators, and End Hunger Connecticut to develop a strategic approach to distribution of the USDA’s food boxes.

“As our team started to work with partners to better understand the challenges food pantries face, it became apparent that many were overwhelmed by the increased numbers of people they were serving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Hurlburt said. “We can now utilize the website to coordinate the vast amount of information in a system way that makes it easier to deliver the food and for our pantries to distribute food.”

In addition to providing the ability to sign up for food box distribution, includes mapping tools to identify high-need areas with lack of resources. These maps can help pantries assess the potential demand they could face as unemployment benefits change and demand for food supports increase.

“Over the past few months as I’ve joined Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare in distributing food to those in need, the number of residents lining up to receive basic pantry staples reminds me of the stories my grandparents used to share about the bread lines during the Great Depression,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “As we continue to fight food insecurity in our state, our food pantries and nonprofit partners have been our boots on the ground. That’s why it’s so critical to ensure they have access to the resources needed for food procurement and distribution, volunteers, and storage, so they can continue to be a lifeline for so many families across our state.”

As Connecticut prepares to response to a potential resurgence of the virus, equipping food pantries with tools and resources to help them plan and prepare are a vital component to Connecticut’s response. However, the existing feeding programs cannot be ignored. While the website is geared toward food pantries, it also provides information for those experiencing food insecurity.

By directing those in need to 2-1-1 for immediate attention and providing links on eligibility for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and mobile food bank schedules, residents can increase access to nutritious food.


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New Year’s Eve Confirm this year's Ball Drop Event will Be Virtual

The virtually enhanced celebration will bring Times Square and the Ball to you digitally no matter where you are.

With January 1, 2021 now 100 days away, the organizers of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square provided a preliminary teaser of how the event will change in response to the changes and challenges of 2020: a virtually enhanced celebration that brings Times Square and the Ball to you digitally no matter where you are, scaled-back and socially distanced live elements still to be determined, and an extremely limited group of in-person honorees, socially distanced, who will reflect the themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020. "People all over the globe are ready to join New Yorkers in welcoming in the new year with the iconic Ball Drop. I commend the Times Square Alliance, Jamestown, and Countdown Entertainment on finding a safe, creative and innovative way for all of us to continue to celebrate this century-old tradition.

"A new year means a fresh start, and we’re excited to celebrate,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, which co-produces the event with Countdown Entertainment. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development -- will take place in Times Square. And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are. Because more than ever in these divided and fear-filled times, the world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings.

” The owner of One Times Square, Jamestown, where the New Year’s Eve Ball drops, has built the virtual world of Times Square and a complementary broadcast app to allow everyone to experience Times Square and celebrate with us in these unusual times.

Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, noted that, "We will miss everyone this year but we will bring our celebration to you, whether you want to turn off and turn away from the bad news of 2020, or turn to the new year with a sense of hope, renewal and resolution, you’ll be able to join us virtually like never before as part of the Times Square 2021 celebration."

The organizers noted that as in past years, news, people and pop culture from the year will be woven into the celebration. “No one needs to be reminded of what the dominant news of 2020 has been so far: COVID-19 and a host of racial, economic and climate crises. Through a limited number of honored guests we will note where we’ve been but more importantly we will honor and celebrate the courageous and creative spirits who have helped and will help us travel through these challenging times into the New Year,” said Tompkins “More details to come; either way, we will be celebrating with you in some form on the 31st.”

Accordingly, through digital, virtual and analogue means, the organizers and Jamestown will invite the world to participate in a celebration of the best of the human spirit, across different categories, ranging from essential workers and first responders to doctors and scientists, and of course both emerging and established entertainers, musicians and artists.

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Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Announces Official Lineup For Its 5th Edition

5th Annual Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Announces Official 2020 Lineup for Live & Virtual Events

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival announced today the official lineup for its 5th annual festival taking place October 14 – October 18, 2020 with in person screenings at the Ridgefield Theater Barn (37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield CT), as well as an online program of both feature length and short films made available through a virtual event platform, allowing audience members the option of participating in the festival from their own homes.

Festival tickets & passes for live and virtual events available now at

“We knew we would have to adapt the RIFF program due to the global pandemic this year. The good news is, we feel we’ve truly risen to the occasion by creating a fantastic hybrid program allowing for both live and virtual screening options. RIFF 2020 offers an array of exceptional films in various genres that we know will transport audiences to different worlds, and maybe even provide an escape from the actual world we’re currently living in,” says RIFF festival director Megan Smith-Harris.

RIFF has once again partnered with the Ridgefield Theatre Barn (RTB) and is working closely with them to create a safe, COVID-compliant live viewing experience for those who opt to attend screenings in person.

"The Barn is thrilled to be hosting RIFF again this year,” says RTB Executive Director Pamme Jones. “When the pandemic hit, one of the first calls we had was with Megan and we committed right then and there to making RIFF a reality in 2020. The festival brings world-class cinema and interaction with the filmmakers to Ridgefield and is a staple in the arts and culture scene here in town. We need the festival to go on!”

RIFF will also be embracing new technology to bring festival offerings to audience members at home through our Virtual Festival option.  

OPENING NIGHT FILM:  Kicking off the festival is the poignant and uplifting documentary Gay Chorus: Deep Southdirected by David Charles. In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Man’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South with expected and unexpected results, bringing a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance.

(Wednesday, October 14 @ 6:30 pm, LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Ever heard of a Sci-fi Documentary? Neither had we, until we screened I Am Humandirected by Taryn Southern and Elena Gaby. The film chronicles humanity’s quiet march down a new evolutionary path—where man and machine merge as one. How will this evolving technology change what it means to be human, and more importantly, are we ready? A mind-boggling, informative, and ultimately, hopeful film.

(Thursday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm, LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The Hoy Boys, directed by David Simonds, tells the remarkable story of working class twin brothers Tom and Frank Hoy, who worked their way up from copyboys to award-winning photojournalists for two major Washington DC newspapers—The Washington Post and The Evening Star. Their iconic work takes us back to the pre-digital era when American read actual newspapers and facts mattered.

Post screening Q&A with director David Simonds and Executive producers Betsy Shiverick (who appears in the film) and Paul Shiverick. SPOTLIGHT ON CT FILM

(Friday, October 16 @ 7:00 pm, LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:  Stevenson: Lost and Found, a feature documentary by New Zealand filmmaker Sally Jean Williams, explores the life and stellar 67-year career of writer and artist James Stevenson, one of the New Yorker Magazine’s most prolific cartoonists and arguably the most beloved. Anyone who has ever laughed at a New Yorker cartoon owes it to themselves to see this wonderful documentary. Post screening Q&A with Stevenson’s widow, artist and producer Josie Merck. SPOTLIGHT ON CT Film

(Saturday, October 17 @ 6:30 pm, LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:  The Missing Girl directed by Connecticut’s A.D. Calvo, tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he’s hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn’t missing and the discovery that it’s never too late for late bloomers. Part comedy, part drama, part romance, part suspense, all parts add up to one engrossing film. SPOTLIGHT ON CT FILM

(Saturday, October 17 @ 6:30 pm, LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONClimbing Blind by UK adventure cinematographer and director Alastair Lee tells the extraordinary story of Jesse Sufton, who was born with 20% central vision and soon diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare disease that breaks down the rentina’s cells. By 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around one or two percent field of view. A life long rock climber, Jesse flies in the face of adversity and takes on bigger challenges attempting to be the first blind person to make a ‘non-sight’ lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland. 

(Screens with KINDRED, an environmental short Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00 pm, LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)


The RIFF 2020 lineup showcases 60 short and feature-length films from around the world, including multiple premieres.


Before Boysthe story of four thirteen-year-old girls who get in over their heads when they create a fake account on a dating app and decide to prank an older man written, directed, and produced by French first-time director Florence Faure.  (Thursday, October 15 @ 9:30 pm)

Broke is the Reason directed by Barrington Vaxter and Benjamin Handler, tells the story of a single father who unexpectedly finds himself homeless and will do anything he can to keep what he hasn’t lost already. (It’s Complicated, Saturday, October 17 @ 4:00 pm)

Jam, by Irish director Brendan Canty, is a hilarious and irreverent film about one woman’s exceedingly awkward car trip when she drives her grandfather to a medical appointment. (Comedy Shorts, Sunday, October 18 @ 4:00 pm)

Unspoken by Ridgefield, CT writer/director/producer Alessandro Girolami follows the journey of a young boy who stops talking after experiencing a traumatic event. (Psych Night, Friday, October 16 @ 9:15 pm)


Shift by British writer/director Josh Armstrong, is a short, supernatural thriller set on an ice-rink, where a nighttime security guard discovers he’s not alone. (Friday, October 16 @ 9:15 pm)


Climbing Blind by accomplished UK-based adventure filmmaker Alastair Lee. The feature documentary chronicles the incredible story of the first blind lead rock climber of the Old Man of Hoy. (Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00 pm)

A Glimpse, by UK director Tom Turner, about a busy Londoner’s life that becomes sidetracked by an encounter with a spontaneous stranger. (It’s Complicated, Saturday, October 17 @4:00 pm)

Bee’s Knees by writer/director Alex Grossman is an amusing short about a struggling stand-up comedian who refuses to perform for the International Federation of Beekeepers. (Comedy Shorts, Sunday, October 18 @ 4:00 pm)

Il Vaccinoa historic drama by Italian director Edoardo Ferraro, set in a remote village in Italy, tells the story of a dying man in need of an immediate blood transfusion and the doctor who tries to save him. (International Shorts, Wednesday, October 14 @ 9:00 pm)



RIFF has a passion for short films and programs a robust selection of shorts from a diverse group of North American and international filmmakers. The work of first-time directors is seamlessly co-mingled with shorts by more experienced, award-winning filmmakers. The categories include: Animated Shorts, Comedy Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Human Relations Shorts, It’s Complicated Shorts, International Shorts, and a perennial favorite, Psych Night Shorts.

Animated Shorts include Carlotta’s Face by Valentin Riedl and Frederic Schuld; Daughter by Daria Kashceeva; Grown Up Man by Noemie Blondel; Maestro by ILLOGIC; Napo by Gustavo Ribeiro; One After Another by Nicolas Pegon; Out of Left Field by Owen Boyle; Robert the Robot by Jonathan Irwin; The Opposites Game by Anna Samo and Lisa La Bracio; The Procession by Pascal Blancet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais; and Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days by Regina Pessoa. (Sunday, October 18 @ 6:00 PM LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)


Comedy Shorts include #PrincessProblems by Maritza Gomez; 40 Minutes Over Maui by Michael Feld and Josh Covitt; Age of Bryce by David Feagan and Brian Elliot; Bee’s Knees by Alex Grossman; Jam by Brendan Canty; One Actor Short by Yuval David; and Participant by John Piazza. (Sunday, October 18 @ 4:00 pm LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)


Documentary Shorts include Ghost Mountain by James Taing and Virginia Lynch Dean; Shannon Amen by Chris Dainty; The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev; and Watching the Earth Melt Away(Friday, October 15 @ 9:00 pm LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)


Human Relations include Alina by Rami Kodeih; Before Boys by Florence Faure; Cool for Five Seconds by Dani Wieder; Encounter by Ivan Lowenberg, On the Whistle by TJ Noel-Sullivan. (Thursday, October 15 @ 9:30 pm LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

It’s Complicated include A Glimpse by Tom Turner; Broke is the Reason by Barrington Vaxter and Benjamin Handler; How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic by Michael David McKernan; Intermedium by Erik Bloomquist; Ruby by Michael Creagh; and The Neighbour’s Window by Marshall Curry. (Saturday, October 17 @ 4:00 pm LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

International Shorts include Anna by Dekel Berenson; Ashmina by Dekel Berenson; Azadeh by Mirabbas Khosravinezhad; Golden Minutes by Saulius Baradinskas; Il Vaccino by Edoardo Ferraro; Maradona’s Legs by Firas Khoury and Pizza Boy by Gianluca Zonta (Wednesday, October 14 @ 9:00 pm LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Option)

Psych Night Shorts include 1971 by Magnus Hall; Abe’s Story by Adam H. Stewart; Bakemono by Sumire Takamatus and Jorge Lucas; Bottleneck by Mans Berthas; Canal by Piers Hunt and Michael Jinks; Choker by Orson Cornick; Deadme by Paul Hart-Wilden; Our Boy by Kyle Sims; Per Tutta La Vita by Roberto Catani; Shift by Josh Armstrong; The Ooze by Emma Keating; and Unspoken by Alessandro Girolami

(Friday, October 16 @ 9:15 pm LIVE at RTB + Virtual Screening Options)


We take our commitment to nurturing Connecticut screenwriters and filmmakers very seriously. With the generous sponsorship of the CT Office of Film, Television & Digital Media, we are proud to showcase the work of 10 Connecticut filmmakers along with the winner of our SCENE IN CT Screenplay Competition. 

SCENE IN CT Award Winner

Saving Mark Twain by Staton Rabin, is an historical dramedy inspired in part by the  true story of Twain’s unexpected friendship with a young journalist and aspiring author, Rudyard Kipling. RIFF judges found the script to be “playful,” “exciting,” “witty” and felt that Staton managed to bring a brief chapter of history alive in an engaging manner while “driving the story forward with non-stop action.”


Stevenson: Lost and Found by Sally Jean Williams

The Hoy Boys by David Simonds

The Missing Girl by A.D. Clavo

Ghost Mountain by James Taing and Virginia Lynch Dean

Participant by John Piazza

Intermedium by Erik Bloomquist

On the Whistle by TJ Noel-Sullivan

Out of Left Field by Owen Boyle

The Ooze by Emma Keating

Unspoken by Alessandro Girolami


40 MINUTES OVER MAUI (Comedy Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short  (13:00)

Directed by Michael Feld, Josh Covitt

1971 (Psych Night Shorts)

Sweden - Narrative Short (7:21)

Directed by Magnus Hall

A GLIMPSE (It’s Complicated Shorts)

UK - Narrative Short (10:00)

Directed by Tom Turner

ABE’S STORY (Psych Night Shorts)

Ireland - Narrative Short, Animated (12:20)

Directed by Adam H. Stewart

AGE OF BRYCE (Comedy Shorts)

USA - Family Friendly Short  (9:50)

Directed by David Feagan, Brian Elliot

ALINA (Human Relations Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short (24:51)

Directed by Rami Kodeih

ANNA (International Shorts) 

UK - Narrative Short (14:59)

Directed by Dekel Berenson

ASHMINA (International Shorts) 

UK - Narrative Short (14:59)

Directed by Dekel Berenson

AZADEH (International Shorts) 

Iran, Islamic Republic of - Narrative Short (9:30)

Directed by Mirabbas Khosravinezhad

BAKEMONO (Psych Night Shorts)

USA - Supernatural Short  (10:00) 

Directed by Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas

BEE’S KNEES (Comedy Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short  (3:39)

Directed by Alex Grossman

BEFORE BOYS (Human Relations Shorts)

France - Narrative Short (21:53)

Directed by Florence Faure

BOTTLENECK (Psych Night Shorts)

Sweden - Narrative Short  (8:00)

Directed by Mans Berthas

BROKE IS THE REASON (It’s Complicated Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short (8:18)

Directed by Barrington Vaxter, Benjamin Handler

CANAL (Psych Night Shorts)

UK - Narrative Short, Suspense (17:00)

Directed by Piers Hunt, Michael Jinks

CARLOTTA’S FACE (Animated Shorts)

Germany - Animated Short, Documentary (5:00)

Directed by Valentin Riedl, Frederic Schuld

CHOKER (Psych Night Shorts)

UK - Narrative Short, Environmental (4:07)

Directed by Orson Cornick


UK - Documentary Feature (57:00)

Directed by Alastair Lee

COOL FOR FIVE SECONDS (Human Relations Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short (12:00)

Directed by Dani Wieder


Czech Republic - Animated Short (14:50)

Directed by Daria Kashcheeva

Animated Shorts

DEADME (Psych Night Shorts)

USA - Sci Fi/Horror Short  (12:00)

Directed by Paul Hart-Wilden

ENCOUNTER (Human Relations Shorts)

Mexico - Narrative Short (18:00)

Directed by Ivan Lowenber


USA - Documentary Feature (97 min)

Directed by David Charles

GHOST MOUNTAIN (Documentary Shorts)

Spotlight on CT Film

USA - Documentary Short (40:00)

Directed by James Taing, Virginia Lynch Dean

GOLDEN MINUTES (International Shorts) 

Lithuania - Narrative Short (10:00)

Directed by Saulius Baradinskas

GROWN UP MAN (Animated Shorts)

France - Animated Short  (1:36)

Diretor - Noemie Blondel

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE IN A PANDEMIC (It’s Complicated Shorts)

Ireland - Documentary Short  (10:23)

Directed by Michael David McKernan



USA - Documentary Feature (87 min)

Directed by Taryn Southern, Elena Gaby

IL VACCINO (International Shorts) 

Italy - Narrative Short (15:00)

Directed by Edoardo Ferraro

INTERMEDIUM (It’s Complicated Shorts)

Spotlight on CT Film

USA – Narrative Short (20:00)

Directed by Erik Bloomquist

JAM (Comedy Shorts)

Ireland - Narrative Short   (9:20)

Directed by Brendan Canty


US - Documentary short (6:38)

Directed by Ben Moscona, Jason Edelstein 

MAESTRO (Animated Shorts)

France - Animated Short (1:34)

Directed by ILLOGIC

MARADONA’S LEGS (International Shorts) 

Germany - Narrative Short (20:00)

Directed by Firas Khoury

NAPO (Animated Shorts)

Brazil - Animated Short (16:28) 

Directed by Gustavo Ribeiro

ON THE WHISTLE (Human Relations Shorts)

Spotlight on CT Film

USA - Narrative Short (20:00)

Directed by TJ Noel-Sullivan

ONE ACTOR SHORT (Comedy Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short  (9:25)

Directed by Yuval David

ONE AFTER ANOTHER (Animated Shorts)

France - Animated Short (12:56)

Directed by Nicolas Pegon

OUR BOY (Psych Night Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short, student (13:22)

Directed by Kyle Sims

OUT OF LEFT FIELD (Animated Shorts)

Spotlight on CT Film

USA - Animated Short, Student (1:59)

Directed by Owen Boyle

PARTICIPANT (Comedy Shorts)

Spotlight on CT Film

USA - Narrative Short  (7:19)

PER TUTTA LA VITA (Psych Night Shorts)

Italy - Animated Short (5:20)

Directed by Roberto Catani

PIZZA BOY (International Shorts) 

Italy - Narrative Short (15:00)

Directed by Gianluca Zonta


USA - Narrative Short  (18:43)

Directed by Maritza Gomez

ROBERT THE ROBOT (Animated Shorts)

UK - Family Friendly Animated Short (4:00)

Directed by Jonathan Irwin

RUBY (It’s Complicated Shorts)

Ireland - Narrative Short (20:00)

Directed by Michael Creagh

SHANNON AMEN (Documentary Shorts)

Canada - Documentary Short (15:00)

Directed by Chris Dainty

SHIFT (Psych Night Shorts)

UK – Supernatural Thriller (10:00)

Directed by Josh Armstrong


Spotlight on CT Film +Q&A with Josie Merck

USA - Narrative Feature (76 min)

Directed by Sally Jean Williams


Spotlight on CT Film + Filmmaker Q&A

USA - Documentary Feature (73 min)

Directed by Dave Simonds


Spotlight on CT Film + Filmmaker Q&A

USA - Narrative Feature  (89 min)

Directed by A.D. Calvo 

THE NEIGHBOUR’S WINDOW (It’s Complicated Shorts)

USA - Narrative Short (20:37)

Directed by Marshall Curry


Festival tickets & passes for live and virtual events available now at

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Ancona's Announces Savings on Sloop Brewing Co. Beer

Ancona's Wines & Liquors Offering 10% Savings on all Sloop Brewing Co. Beers

This Hudson Valley brewery (Fishkill, NY) came to fame with the production of "Juice Bomb". 

Click Here to see their quartet of beers on sale this week.

Shop Here.

Ancona's has three locations: Ridgefield, Georgetown and Wilton. 

You can shop in-store or place orders ONLINE.

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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze of the Hudson Valley 2020

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. New for 2020, a fire truck—making a special rescue—and witches stirring up a spell. Tour the Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac.

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, capacity is extremely limited. By purchasing a ticket, visitors agree to follow our COVID Courtesy Code, which includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least six feet of social distance.

All proceeds from Blaze and our other Halloween events support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, a non-profit education organization.

Click the link below to get your tickets

Blaze: Hudson Valley 2020

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'Stop Making Sense' at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Cohen and Wolf P.C. Movie Series
Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity

Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove ofTalking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit. The group’s energy virtually explodes from the screen in this innovative concert film.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is following Connecticut Safety Guidelines in order to continually serve and protect our patrons and community. We ask that you observe the following:

Keep it “contactless” and save money! Tickets purchased online are only $10! Please purchase your tickets online and you’ll save $2!
Purchase concession via our mobile site Available up to two hours prior to the start of the movie- you can pick up your concessions on your way in! The app will be open throughout the film as well.
Ushers will seat you – All tickets are General Admission.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the lobby and bathrooms.
And remember: FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES! Please maintain a 6 foot distance from others.


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CSGA Amateurs Defend at 49th Challenge Cup

The 49th playing of the Julius Boros Challenge Cup between the best Connecticut club professionals and top state amateurs will take place Wednesday at New Haven Country Club. 


Originally scheduled for May and then tentatively moved again before Wednesday’s date was set, the event honors Connecticut’s greatest player, who won both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. CSGA Captain Roger Everin’s side has won the past two matches, but his main concern has not been a three-peat. 

“I’m just happy that we’re able to have the event. It’s a 'reward' event, not like a regular tournament where anyone can sign up. These guys have really earned it and I’d hate not to be able to play,” said Everin this week. “The event itself is the reward, the friendship and camaraderie, it’s something you don’t get from other formats.”

Though he has what he believes is perhaps his best team in four years of captaincy, Everin thinks predicting a winner this year is especially tricky given the complications of a pandemic season. 

On the plus side, he chose his team back in January and, despite two postponements, all 16 players will compete. “Normally we have guys who can’t make it because of injuries, or family matters or conflicts and I thought sure we’d have that, but everyone committed. No one dropped out. So on paper anyway we have our strongest team. Because last year we had some players who were not able to play.” 

But those who did played well. 

After an six-year drought, Everin’s amateurs won in 2018 and then again last year, resoundingly in each case. In 2018 the score was 36.5 to 26.5. In 2019 it was 46.5-25.5. Everin is quick to remind everyone of how those scores evolved. “Really, it may have looked one sided, but last year we happened to win the final few matches. Up until that point it was even.” And those matches, he says, often came down to the final hole. 

What’s more, said Everin, this will not be the same team as those. Of the 16 who competed last year for the CSGA, only seven return.

The final element of unpredictability, the former Connecticut Amateur champion argues, is the timing of the event. “It’s different in that we’ve always played early in the year and everyone was kind of on the same page as far as their games go, but this year the regular guys have completed most of their major tournaments while the seniors are just starting.” (The Connecticut Senior Amateur will be played September 29-30 and the Senior Match Play, usually played early in the season, will go October 5-7.)

For its side the PGA Connecticut Section will have a new captain, Ian Marshall of IAMGOLF and the Northeast Performance Institute, and he himself will be competing.

Also different this year: The first match will begin at 9:30 a.m., instead of the usual early afternoon start. The course, which measures about 6700 yards and plays to a par 70, is expected to be faster and firmer than it typically is in May. Finally, there will be no indoor dinner, often the highlight of the event. The trophy presentation, along with a light dinner, will take place outside on the club’s patio. 

Competing for the CSGA amateurs: Brian Ahern, Ben Conroy, Nick Cook, Ben Day, Rick Dowling, Rick Hayes, Patrick Griffin, Bill Hermanson, Mike Kennedy, Bob Murphy Jr., Dick Stevens, Cody Paladino, Jamie Sheltman, John Steinberg, Dave Szewczul, Peter Tomlinson. 

Competing for the PGA Connecticut Section: Ed Altobello, Marc Bayram, Adam D’Amario, Jeff DelRosso, Jordan Gosler, Brian Keiser, Donny Kirkpatrick, Kevin Mahaffy, Fran Marrello, Ian Marshall (captain), Mike Martin, Bob Mucha, William Street, Chris Tallman, William Wallis, Jan Wivestad.

(For pairings and live scoring, see the home page).

Three members of the CSGA team are members or former members of New Haven Country Club: Ben Conroy, Ben Day and Mike Kennedy. New Haven head pro Bill Wallis and former New Haven assistant William Street will compete for the PGA side 

The format will not change. Players will compete in teams of two, with those individual matches played simultaneously. Each match, team and individual, is worth 3 points, one for the first nine, one for the second nine and one overall. Nine points are at stake in each foursome. The teams compete for the Julius Boros Trophy, donated by Boros, the former PGA and U.S. Open champion who hailed from Connecticut. The PGA holds a 34-14 match record over the CSGA. The members of the professional team qualify by finishing among the top eight in section PGA Player of the Year point standings and the top four seniors in the section Senior PGA Player of the Year point standings. Also joining the team are the reigning Connecticut PGA Champion, the PGA Professional from the host club, and two captain’s selections. Members of the amateur side, in both regular and senior categories, likewise earn points in a Player of the Year competition and are chosen accordingly. All points were earned in 2019. 

2020 will mark the 45th time that New Haven Country Club has hosted the Challenge Cup. Founded in 1898, New Haven Country Club was first designed by Robert D. Pryde, with the present layout completed by Willie Park, Jr. in 1922. In addition to hosting the Challenge Cup, the club has a rich history of hosting the state’s top amateur and professional events. It has hosted eight Connecticut Open championships, including the 2018 Open, won by John VanDerLaan, now competing on the Korn Ferry Tour. New Haven has hosted 16 Connecticut Amateur Championships and one Connecticut PGA Championship, as well as many CSGA and USGA qualifiers.

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Redding's Bluebird Estate Sales Warehouse OPEN and EVERYTHING Discounted Thursday thru Sunday!

Redding's Bluebird Estate Sales Warehouse OPEN and EVERYTHING discounted Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 3pm. The Warehouse is located at 18 Old Mill Road in Redding.

This is a giant OUTDOOR Tag Sale! The showroom is packed with furniture, decorative accessories, art, rugs, collectibles, household items and so much more from luxury homes all over Fairfield and Westchester Counties. 

Stop in and find your perfect home decor or unique gift for that special someone!
View photos HERE.
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Connecticut Fall Foliage Report

Connecticut’s brilliant fall foliage season is right around the corner! The State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) interactive fall foliage report map is now available. It forecasts the progression of color across our corner of New England. According to current estimates, peak foliage will arrive in the northeast and northwest corners of the state around Columbus Day and extend to the lower Connecticut River Valley and shoreline through early November.

Magnificent foliage season predicted for Connecticut

State foresters predict Connecticut will have a magnificent foliage season this year with vibrant colors. Better yet, Connecticut’s foliage season typically runs longer compared to northern New England states, offering travelers even more opportunities to see and experience the autumn beauty.

According to Christopher Martin, Director/State Forester, Division of Forestry, Bureau of Natural Resources, DEEP, “This Fall’s foliar display will likely be impacted by current drought conditions, but not necessarily for the bad.  While some might conclude fall colors could be drab, previous observations during drought years prove otherwise.  Earlier and longer lasting colors is what we can expect in Connecticut. Dry conditions will cause trees to start their annual fall/winter shut down during September and will be especially noticeable on thin soil ledgy areas.  Also, the maples, birches, hickories, and yellow poplar will lead the color parade with oaks and beeches waiting later to October.  In a normal or wetter year, the trees tend to change color together however this year with the stresses brought on by drought individual tree characteristics will be more prominent and longer lasting. September precipitation and overnight cooler temperatures will determine the final outcome."

Peak foliage timeframes

The leaves will change in the northern parts of the state first, around Columbus Day, and then move down into the valleys and down toward the shore. Here are estimated peak foliage timeframes for each section:

  • Connecticut Northwest/Northeast Corners: October 3 – 8
  • Connecticut Eastern and Western Mid-State Counties: October 16 - 23
  • Shoreline and lower Connecticut River Valley: October 24 - November 6

A little known fact is that the Connecticut River, starting at the mouth of Long Island Sound (between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme) and going up toward East Haddam, will hold the foliage the longest – into the first week or so of November.

The diverse range of destinations and attractions across the state provide hundreds of interesting and unique vantages from which to view the gorgeous foliage. From Mystic Seaport Museum’s harbor to a farm in the quiet countryside, from the top of Gillette Castle to the middle of a classic Connecticut corn maze, fall in Connecticut is not to be missed.

Links to additional resources

For those planning visits to Connecticut for the foliage season, a good additional resource is DEEP’s Connecticut’s Fall Foliage pages:

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