Redding's HamletHub Wed, 23 Oct 2019 06:22:02 -0400 Memorial Service Planned for Redding Resident Ellsworth Potter Johnson at Meadow Ridge

Ellsworth Potter Johnson died October 14, 2019 at the Meadow Ridge Life Plan Community in Redding, Connecticut where he and his wife retired.  He was born June 15, 1921 in Springfield, Massachusetts to LeRoy and Anne Helene Potter Johnson.
His family moved to White Plains, New York in 1928 and he graduated from White Plains High School in 1940.  He married Susan Doris Lamprey on January 24, 1948 and they were together for 64 years prior to her death in 2012.  They were members of the Church in the Highlands.  He was a member of the of the White Plains Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.  Ellsworth and Susan moved to Meadow Ridge in 2001.  While there, they were members of the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield.
He graduated from Colgate University with a BA in English in 1945 and was a member of the Konosiono Senior Honor Society and the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity.  He interrupted his college studies in order to serve in World War II with the 15th Army Air Force,  49th Wing, 451st Bomb Group, 727th Squadron based in Italy from 1944 to 1945.  He was a 1st Lieutenant Aerial Navigator.  After the war, he re-enlisted with the U.S.A.F. Reserve retiring in 1981 having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He spent most of his career in textile sales for the Malone Knitting Co. and Joseph Bancroft & Sons.
He is survived by two sons – Douglas Potter Johnson and Walter Randolph Johnson.  There are three grandchildren – Brian James Johnson and twins Peter Randolph and Rachel Sue Johnson.
There will be a memorial service on October 25th in the Meadow Ridge auditorium.  Interment will be at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
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Redding Police Officers Put Down Razors To Help Those Battling Cancer

Officers of the Redding Police Department will be putting down their razors to raise funds to raise money to support the mission of the CT Cancer Foundation. 

Make a donation HERE

The funds raised benefit the CCF Cancer Patient Assistance Program to provide assistance to Connecticut cancer patients in support of their basic needs: rent/mortgage, utilities and food. Cancer becomes a financial burden to so many every day. Jobs placed on hold; mortgages unpaid; increased medical co-pays, etc. Patients and their families should never have to worry about going hungry or being evicted from their homes during treatment.

For the entire month of November, our officers will not shave. Can you support them with a donation?  ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of your donation will go to CT cancer patients.

Make a donation HERE

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Can You Fly? Interactive Open House at Ridgefield Academy

Ridgefield Academy invites parents and students entering Grades 4-8 in 2020-21 to take part in a fun, interactive 2-hour Open House on Saturday, November 2. Parents can enjoy learning more about RA’s Middle School program, meeting our administrators, and touring RA’s facilities.

Students will take part in an aerodynamic design project in our beautiful makerspace. After learning about flight, students can try their hand at creating a cardboard flyer, and shape it on a laser cutter. Set a new flight record as we test all the flyers!

This program starts promptly at 9:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. We would be delighted to have you, but registration is required. Call Associate Head of School & Director of Enrollment David Suter, at 203.894.1800 x112 or click here to RSVP for this exclusive event!

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity.

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Satisfy your appetite for superb Broadway and see ACT of Connecticut's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!

Sometimes, it takes blood, sweat, and tears to create something that’s so special, you leave hungry for MORE. 

Enter: Act of Connecticut’s Little Shop of Horrors.

For 2 ½ hours, you will leave the quiet, safe streets of Connecticut and enter an unsettling urban “hood” where street urchins linger, a doomed flower shop (Mushniks) and defeated owner (William Thomas Evans as Mr. Mushnik) exist. That is until suddenly, one shop employee (Robb Sapp as Seymour) unleashes his inner botanical genius. 

ACT's Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine kills it as the sadistic Orin Scrivello DDS, a role he revisits after earning acclaim 15 years ago as the “The Dentist”.  Watching Levine masterfully transform into eight different characters during the course of the musical had audience members sitting on the edge of their seats (with, at times, jaw-dropping gasps interlaced with laughs). 

Audrey, performed by Laura Woyasz (WORKING at ACT, Glinda in WICKED on Broadway) shines as Levine’s meek and controlled girlfriend whose self-confidence and character grow alongside her namesake "out of this world" plant.

The show is bursting with powerful voices in the form of three street-savvy urchins (with serious attitude) performed by Kadrea Dawkins, Rachelle Legrand and Ashley Alexandra Seldon with Jaclyn Mercer, Ian Shain and puppeteer Thomas Bergamo.

The musical is directed and artfully choreographed by Jason A. Sparks and P. Jason Yarcho (WICKED on Broadway). Bryan Perri is the resident music supervisor and Isaac Hayward is the associate music director.

When the show concludes, Little Shop of Horror attendees are invited to take a "selfie" with Audrey II while supporting ACT's free sensory-friendly productions. The suggested donation is $20.00. 

With limited shows remaining (the Broadway musical runs through November 3) buy your tickets and enter skid row, if you DARE.

The showtimes are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information about ACT of CT and the upcoming Broadway Unplugged series, click HERE.

*Image courtesy ACT of CT Facebook Page.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:09:53 -0400
It’s Not Your Homework: A Workshop for Parents at Mark Twain Library

“It’s Not Your Homework: A Workshop for Parents” at Mark Twain Library on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 pm

Help your child get organized and get things done. Join us for a parent workshop that focuses on executive functioning where Stacy O’Neill, respected Executive Function specialist, will teach simple strategies for reducing stress around academics and homework for children of all ages. Workshop will include:

• How to create organizational strategies that work for your child and family

• How to help your child get started when they feel “stuck”

• Self-monitoring strategies to help your child take ownership of their school work

• How to be supportive and involved without taking over

Bring your questions and concerns, time will be available for Q&A

Please register online, at the Library, or call (203) 938-2545 for information.

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Ellsworth Potter Johnson, 98, of Redding, has Died

Ellsworth Potter Johnson
Ellsworth Potter Johnson, 98, of Redding, passed away on Monday, October 14. He was the beloved husband of the late Susan (Lamprey) Johnson. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield.


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For Sale in Redding: 6 Windy Hill Road

Magnificent Home for Sale: 6 Windy Hill Road, Redding

Extraordinary colonial set back privately on park-like level 3 acres in most desirable West Redding location. Approximately $250K in improvements by current owners including top of the line kitchen remodel; bath updates; in-ground pool, pool house, outdoor shower and extensive professional landscaping; automatic generator; custom millwork/moldings; surround sound; finished bonus room; full interior/exterior painting and new garage doors.

Impressive from the first glimpse with Belgian block lined circular drive, two-story entry foyer, plus light, bright, and open floor plan featuring dramatic family room with brick fireplace and two-story windows. Designed for gracious living and entertaining featuring living room w/angled bay window; elegant dining room offering butler's pantry w/wet bar; and state of the art chef's kitchen showcasing center island with bar seating, granite counters, French doors from the bright breakfast area to the backyard pool and patio, plus stainless steel appliances including Fisher Paykel drawer dishwasher, SubZero wine fridge, and double ovens. Convenient main level laundry, two-car garage, and luxurious master bedroom suite featuring double walk-in closets and spa-like private bath with marble-topped double vanities, separate soaking tub and frameless shower.\

The second floor features three additional bedrooms, two with a shared bath, and one with both a private bath and a large bonus room. Resort-like backyard with stone patio, heated pool, and custom pool/party house with kitchenette, sitting room, half bath, and outdoor shower. Incredible!  

Take a virtual tour of the property here
To learn more about this property, contact Laura Freed Ancona here.
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Redding Parks and Rec Plans Haunted Graveyard Trip to Lake Compounce

Redding Parks & Rec is planning a Haunted Graveyard Trip to Lake Compounce on October 25 and only 12 spots remain! 

To sign up, contact Rob Blick Park and Recreation Director 203-938-2551 ($66)  
This trip is NOT for the faint of heart. ALL participants MUST go through the extremely scary Haunted Graveyard. Recommended for grade 5 and up.
Bus leaves JRMS at 4:00pm returns approximately 11:00pm
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Redding Community Day Golf Outing Benefits Police

Redding Community Day Golf Outing on Monday, October 28 benefits Redding Police Department. 

The event will take place at The Redding Country Club. 

9am Registration

10am Shotgun

3:30 pm Lunch Reception 

$85 per person

Register by contacting Captain Marc DeLuca or call 203-938-3400

Reserve your spot by Friday, October 25

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Junior Golf Hub & GPC Host Fall College Prep Series November 9 & 10

College Prep Series Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, hosted by the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield

Back by popular demand, Junior Golf Hub and Golf Performance Center announce College Prep Series and deliver the information and evaluations junior golfers need to reach their goals in a fun, interactive environment.

Register HERE.

Top 5 Reasons to Register

1. College Coach Panel
2. Find out if your game is ready for college golf. How? We measure.
3. Player Panel
4. Get Top Tips on the College Golf Recruiting Process
5. Leave armed with your PDS Index, personalized report and road map for success!

What do these Top 5 Reasons mean to YOU?

Learn more and register here

Questions? Please e-mail:

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King Upper School Students Stage Climate Week Strike To Raise Awareness & Encourage Action

King School Upper School (US) students Samantha Berman '21 and Sarah DiModica '21 are taking a stand on climate change. On Friday, Sept. 27 they organized a Climate Week strike during the US Advisory period. The entire Upper School community was encouraged to join in for a variety of speeches and interactive features, which included:

  • sign-ups for further action, both on campus and beyond.
  • opportunities for students to record video messages in response to several prompts.
  • resources for contacting local governmental officials and advocating for political action.
  • opportunities to speak with student leaders as general sources of information on both the climate change issue as well as a variety of other pressing environmental concerns driven by student interest.

"We're really happy with the outcome of our climate strike. The enthusiasm we saw is evidence of the power and urgency of this movement," comments Samantha. "We are fighting for our right to a secure, sustainable future. The government and major corporations continue to prioritize the economy over the lives of billions of people, and that isn't permissible. Our planet is dying and we will not accept inaction or empty promises any longer."

King's commitment to service affirms the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive citizens, locally and globally. Samantha and Sarah certainly illustrated that belief on Friday as they planned the strike to raise awareness about the climate crisis and get King students involved in the movement.

"The support from our volunteers, King faculty and the student body was an amazing thing to see. In the future, we want to continue to fight for various ecological crises and decisive political action. This is a fixable issue, but only if everyone in the world commits to the solution," adds Samantha. 

Learn about King School HERE.

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New Pond Farm's Annual Harvest Festival & Nature Day on Saturday!

Annual Harvest Festival & Nature Day on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am – 4 pm

Join an exciting family-friendly afternoon amidst the beautiful fall foliage.

There will be historical demonstrations including Open Hearth Cooking, Rope Making, Kettle Corn Popping; livestock encounters of horse-drawn wagon rides through the pasture with a visiting team of majestic Percherons (1-3 p.m.); New Pond Farm's own Romney Sheep get their fall shearing and dairy herd, in addition to great harvest crafts and the toe-tapping tunes of Redding's own Ball & Chain!

The Special Afternoon Event will be Master Falconer Brian Bradley from Skyhunters in Flight at 3 p.m. Don't miss the breathtaking sight as Brian's beautiful and beloved falcons, hawks, and owls demonstrate their hunting skills as they soar and dive over the pastures. Great for all ages and included with admission.

$5 per person (3 years old and up) or $20 per family * There will be small additional fees for crafts and food

Please visit our website for more information.

Please, no dogs!

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Two Years On Tap: Nod Hill Brewery Celebrates Anniversary

Nod Hill Brewery Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Nod Hill Brewery, Connecticut’s first 100% solar-powered brewery, is celebrating its second anniversary as part of the Ridgefield community. On October 26 the public is invited to come out from 12:00-10:00PM (after 4PM must be 21+).

There will be valet parking, three different bands providing live music, and food from the Green Grunion burrito and Cousins Maine Lobster trucks in addition to an extended tap list, casks and specials.

Nod Hill has been a fundraising supporter of Ann’s Place and as part of giveaways will include tickets to the 2019 Taps & Trees Craft Beer Festival benefitting Ann's Place.

Learn more about this special event here.

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Memorial Service Planned for Mary Lou Beitzel, 90, of Redding, Generous Supporter of Katonah Museum of Art

Mary Lou Beitzel, 90, of Redding, CT., a longtime resident of Chappaqua, NY, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2019.  She was the loving wife of the late George “Spike” Beitzel.
Mary Lou was born in Chester, PA on April 8, 1929; a daughter of the late Thomas Nelson Elliott and Mary Green.
Mary Lou began her career as a fashion illustrator upon graduation from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1951, and worked professionally as a watercolor artist since 1953.  She had exhibitions at the Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; the Original Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY; Cassandra Gallery, White Plains, NY; and the Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, NY.  Her paintings are included in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia.
Mary Lou was involved with the Katonah Museum of Art for over 50 years, and most recently served on the Board of Trustees, where she was a member of the Executive Committee.  She served as a trustee of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a board member of the Westchester ARC.  She was also a board member of the Philadelphia University of the Arts, and of the Bowery Mission of NYC, where she particularly loved supporting their Kids With A Promise camp. 
Mary Lou was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved spending time with her family and was known for her sense of adventure, open hearted generosity towards all, and love of life.  She was also an exceptional tennis player, and loved skiing with her family.
Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Smith of Glen Mills, Pa., her son Skip, and her daughter Tish Vredenburgh, as well as six grandchildren. Mary Lou was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Spike and her son, David.
A Memorial Service will take place on October 26 at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.  There will be no calling hours, interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Katonah Museum of Art, Development Office, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536, or online at, which is the online donation page.
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Author & Activist Talia Carner at Mark Twain Library on Wednesday

Talia Carner to Give Author Talk in Redding, Newest Novel Inspired by the “Jewish Mark Twain”

Join us in welcoming back author and activist, Talia Carner to the Mark Twain Library. Carner will discuss her most recent novel, The Third Daughter (HarperCollins, 2019), on Wednesday, October 16, at 7:30pm.

The book, which is Carner’s fifth novel, was inspired by one of Sholem Aleichem’s short stories, The Man from Buenos Aires. Aleichem, one of the most well-known classical Yiddish literature figures (Fiddler on the Roof was based on his writings) is often called the “Jewish Mark Twain” for his tendency to write about serious subjects with stylistic humor.  

“I reinvented the story of one of Tevye’s daughters after the family flees a pogrom and meets this mysterious, shady character,” explains Carner.

In The Third Daughter, Carner brings to light a little-known piece of history: the sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 19th century. A powerful story of finding courage in the face of danger, and hope in the face of despair, The Third Daughter brings to life a dark period of Jewish history and gives a voice to victims whose truth deserves to finally be told.  

Carner tackles controversial subjects in all of her books by creating characters that face oppression from global human rights violations to the subordination of women. She last visited The Mark Twain Library in 2007 with her novel China Doll, which was based on the horrific abuses and infanticide perpetrated against female newborns in China. 

“Talia has the ability to not only share her talent for crafting a story,” said Mark Twain Library Adult Programs Coordinator Elaine Sanders, “but she also invokes meaningful discussion on challenging topics.”

With her new novel, Carner continues her mission to save and empower women. During her author talk, she will also speak to actions that can be taken today to abolish human trafficking. 

The Mark Twain Library is owned by the Mark Twain Library Association. It was founded in 1908 by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain himself – one of Redding’s most celebrated residents. Visit, for more information.

Register online at here or call the Library at 203-938-2545 for information.


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