Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Wed, 18 Sep 2019 06:11:19 -0400 HamletHub.com Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: Cellar XV https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64279-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-cellar-xv-156875701864279-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-cellar-xv-1568757018 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64279-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-cellar-xv-156875701864279-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-cellar-xv-1568757018

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

Three questions with Betsy Thompson, owner of Cellar XV.

Why did you start your business?  

It was an unexpected beginning.  Doug began working for the previous owner as a part-time job and came to find he really liked the wine business and more than that, he was really good at it!  Much to his own surprise, he found he has a very discriminating palate and palate memory that comes in mighty handy when he’s sharing details about the different wines to our customers!  

Best selling product/service?  

Our focus on smaller production wines and vineyards allow us to bring our customers a variety of delicious every day, splurge and cellared unsung heroes of the wine-world you simply won’t find in other shops!  (We kiss a lot of frogs before we actually find the princes we bring in!) Partner to those great wines is our Wine of the Month Club with each month featuring wines of a different region, wine notes, maps, and recipes.   This is a real treat for beginners or experienced wine drinkers alike! 

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We love to be a part of the shop local energy in Ridgefield and regularly have wine dinners with Bailey's Backyard, Bernard's, and Gallo.  We rely on Squash's and the Ridgefield UPS Store for our office needs.  Keep an eye out for the next non-profit event you attend in Ridgefield.  We do our best to support local needs in town as well!  Helping to keep ‘local’ healthy, will help to keep us all healthy!  

Cellar XV tags Bailey's Backyard.

Cellar XV is located at 88 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. Visit them online here. 

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible! 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:50:18 -0400
Swing by Golf Performance Center on Saturday, October 5 and find out if you've got what it takes https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64278-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes64278-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64278-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes64278-swing-by-golf-performance-center-on-saturday-october-5-and-find-out-if-you-ve-got-what-it-takes

Is your goal to play high school or college golf? You want to qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National? If yes, there's a place for you at The Golf Performance Center.

"Swing by Saturday" on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 2pm at The Golf Performance Center.

Do you have the elements in place to play at the next level?
Come discover if you have what it takes through GPC's unique "5 Elements of Success" Evaluation System. The system is designed to asses a player's desire, ability to be coached, physical function for performance, mental game and equipment so we can design a customized plan to achieve your goals.
We know the path to playing college golf isn’t easy. It takes grit, determination and an incredible amount of work. Swing By Saturday is your opportunity to meet the team that will coach you on your journey, both on and off the golf course. 
Come learn how our coaches have helped 100+ athletes get to over 80 colleges and universities with multiple NCAA All-Americans, hundreds of junior golf wins on numerous junior tours as well as professional wins on the PGA’s Web.com tour and the Canadian PGA. 
Whether you’re 7 or 17, we're certain you'll leave with a better understanding of what it takes to reach your desired level of golf.
RSVP requested but not required. Click here to RSVP.
The Golf Performance Center | 824 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield.
We are proud to welcome The Golf Performance Center(GPC) to our family of sponsors. This full-year Golf Academy for all ages integrates state of the art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. Beginning with the unique "5 Elements of Success" Evaluation, GPC golf academy delivers customized golf instruction designed to provide aspiring athletes with improvement strategies for long term success. With 25+ years of experience, PGA and TPI certified founder Roger Knick and his golf academy staff provide coaching, focused on the "5 Elements of Success:" Desire, Coaching, Physical Performance & Nutrition, Mental Game and Equipment.

Learn more about the GPC here.
kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:58:16 -0400
Musician George Brennan Performs at 850 on Thursday to Benefit Ridgefield Youth Football and Cheer https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/64277-musician-george-brennan-performs-at-850-on-thursday-to-benefit-ridgefield-youth-football-and-cheer64277-musician-george-brennan-performs-at-850-on-thursday-to-benefit-ridgefield-youth-football-and-cheer https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/64277-musician-george-brennan-performs-at-850-on-thursday-to-benefit-ridgefield-youth-football-and-cheer64277-musician-george-brennan-performs-at-850-on-thursday-to-benefit-ridgefield-youth-football-and-cheer

Ridgefield singer/songwriter George Brennan has announced a fundraising performance for Ridgefield Youth Football and Cheer (RYFC) at 850 Wood-Fired Restaurant this Thursday, September 19 from 6:00-7:30pm.

Ten percent of all proceeds will be going to RYFC. 

850 Wood Fired Restaurant is located at 424 Main Street. Visit them online here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:41:45 -0400
Farmingville School PTA Produces Candyland Funfair! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64276-farmingville-school-pta-produces-candyland-funfair64276-farmingville-school-pta-produces-candyland-funfair https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64276-farmingville-school-pta-produces-candyland-funfair64276-farmingville-school-pta-produces-candyland-funfair

More than 300 of Ridgefield’s parents and children will attend The Farmingville Elementary School PTA’s annual “welcome back” event this Friday.

The school’s all-new and reimagined "Back-to-School Candyland Funfair" takes place Sept. 20 from 5-7pm.

The annual gathering, produced to welcome PTA families back to FES, has been reimagined as a live Candyland fair featuring games, fun interactive activities and a bbq dinner. The Farmingville playground/side lot and lower field grounds will be transformed into a “sweet” experience featuring life-size Candyland, Ginger Bread Craft Stations, Peppermint Stick Hurdle Races, Licorice Pull Tug of War, Ice Cream Cone Relays, Jelly Bean Balloon Toss, Bubble Gum Kerplunk and more. (Advanced sign-up required.)

dhanover@red7media.com (Ridgefield School Events) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:20:00 -0400
Third Saturdays, Artist Talk, and Drink & Draw at The Aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64275-third-saturdays-artist-talk-and-drink-draw-at-the-aldrich64275-third-saturdays-artist-talk-and-drink-draw-at-the-aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64275-third-saturdays-artist-talk-and-drink-draw-at-the-aldrich64275-third-saturdays-artist-talk-and-drink-draw-at-the-aldrich

Three great events in September at The Aldrich: Free Third Saturdays, Artist Talk with Sara Cwynar and Silas Munro, and Drink & Draw

Third Saturdays on Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 5 pm

Free admission all day!

View our exhibitions, take a guided tour at 12 noon, and make experimental paintings in The Studio.

Artists Talk on Color Sunday, September 22 from 3 to 5 pm

Both formally trained as designers, artists Sara Cwynar and Silas Munro will discuss color and how it influences us through media and marketing. In conjunction with our exhibition Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age. 

Drink & Draw on Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 9 pm

Enjoy a glass of wine and learn the basics of figure drawing.

Register at shop.aldrichart.org


And... don't forget to stroll through the museum "Sculpture Garden" - always free outdoor gallery features works by contemporary artists Radcliffe Bailey, Tom Friedman, Tony Tasset, and Nari Ward.


The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street. Visit the museum online here.

*Image courtesy of The Aldrich shows Sculpture Garden. Left: Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, Collection of Gregg Rechler and Mitchell Rechler, Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. Right: Nari Ward, Apollo / Poll, 2017, Originally presented and commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul. Photo: Claire Ritz

kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:12:38 -0400
Whip Salon Announces ACT Hair Raiser & Ticket Giveaway https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64274-whip-salon-announces-act-hair-raiser-ticket-giveaway64274-whip-salon-announces-act-hair-raiser-ticket-giveaway https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64274-whip-salon-announces-act-hair-raiser-ticket-giveaway64274-whip-salon-announces-act-hair-raiser-ticket-giveaway

Whip Salon Hosts ACT Hair Raiser on 9/29 and Ticket Giveaway!

Whip's ACT of Connecticut Ticket Giveaway 

Want to win two FREE tickets to see Little Shop of Horrors? Visit Whip Salon Ridgefield or Whip Salon Westport between Monday, September 16th and Sunday, September 29th to automatically be entered to win! 

Call 678–WHIPPED or visit our website www.whipsalon.com to book your appointment.
Whip Salon is a proud sponsor of ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre). ACT of Connecticut, founded and led by three Broadway professionals, is a non-profit Equity theatre that brings Broadway-caliber productions, new works and reimagined revivals to your backyard.
Show your support - Hair Raiser for ACT of Connecticut on September 29
Join us for a Hair Raiser on Sunday, September 29th in support of ACT of Connecticut. 10% of all service sales at Whip Salon Ridgefield and Whip Salon Westport will be donated to the theatre company.
More about Little Shop of Horrors:
"Look out! Here comes Audrey II”!!!  When experimental botanist Seymour Krelborn discovers a plant from outer space, he is quickly thrusted into the limelight and becomes the most popular guy on the block. But what is the price to pay for fame? LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is the comedy rock musical that has taken the country by storm. With music by ACT’s Artistic Advisor Alan Menken, this show is sure to be an “out of this world” smash hit! With hit songs like “Somewhere That’s Green”, “Suddenly Seymour”, and “Feed Me”, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will leave Fairfield County screaming “Don’t feed the plant!” (and trust us, you don’t want to miss seeing her live on the ACT stage!). NOTE: This production contains some adult language, and is suggested for children 12 and up. Children under 6 years of age will not be admitted. Learn more: https://www.actofct.org
kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:00:21 -0400
Ridgefield Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony During RPAC Grand Opening Reception on Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64273-ridgefield-chamber-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-during-rpac-grand-opening-reception-on-thursday64273-ridgefield-chamber-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-during-rpac-grand-opening-reception-on-thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64273-ridgefield-chamber-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-during-rpac-grand-opening-reception-on-thursday64273-ridgefield-chamber-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-during-rpac-grand-opening-reception-on-thursday

Ridgefield Pride Art Center (RPAC) Gallery, located at 410 Main Street, opened its doors today, Tuesday, September 17. A Grand Opening Reception is planned for Thursday, September 19th from 6PM – 9PM. Ridgefield Chamber will be present for a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting. 

The reception, featuring guest artist Leslie Cober-Gentry, will include wine, snacks, music, and an exclusive viewing of Cober-Gentry’s joyful and uplifting illustrations and designs.

For more information, please contact RPAC Gallery via phone at 475.215.5740, email at  info@RPACartartcenter.com, or online at RPACgallery.com. RPAC Gallery is located at 410 Main Street.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:46:40 -0400
Services planned for longtime Ridgefielder, volunteer, former VP school employee, Bernadette Kelly Denoyer, 70 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64272-services-planned-for-longtime-ridgefielder-volunteer-former-vp-school-employee-bernadette-kelly-denoyer-7064272-services-planned-for-longtime-ridgefielder-volunteer-former-vp-school-employee-bernadette-kelly-denoyer-70 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64272-services-planned-for-longtime-ridgefielder-volunteer-former-vp-school-employee-bernadette-kelly-denoyer-7064272-services-planned-for-longtime-ridgefielder-volunteer-former-vp-school-employee-bernadette-kelly-denoyer-70

Bernadette Kelly Denoyer, 70, of Ridgefield, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday morning, September 16, 2019. She was the loving wife to Mr. Bernard Denoyer of 47 years.
Brennie (as she was known to many) was born on September 22, 1948 in New Rochelle, a twin daughter of Bernadette and Edward Kelly of Larchmont, New York.  One of seven children, she lived in Larchmont until attending college in Virginia. She spent many of her early years sailing with her siblings and friends on Long Island Sound out of Larchmont Yacht Club. She attended Holy Child Academy in Rye and Marymount College in Alexandria, Virginia. After college Brennie did a six-month merchandising internship in Paris, France, then worked for Young and Rubicam in New York and American Thread in Stamford, Connecticut.
In addition to her husband, Brennie is survived by her four brothers, Bill, Joe, Peter, and John Kelly; three children, Terry Denoyer of Mystic, Tim Denoyer of Columbus, Indiana and Kate Fitzpatrick of Ridgefield; and six grandchildren, Kelly, Nora and Ryan Fitzpatrick of Ridgefield, Gracen and Clara Denoyer of Columbus, Indiana and Frank Denoyer of Mystic.
A resident of Ridgefield for the past 44 years, Mrs. Denoyer was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She volunteered for many years at The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk and also worked at Veterans Park Elementary School in Ridgefield.  An avid gardener and dog lover, she enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Traveling often to her weekend home in Groton Long Point, Connecticut, she especially loved walking “by the water.”
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her identical twin sister, Barbara Funk of Annapolis, Maryland and her older sister Sheila Ihlefeld of Essex, Vermont.
Friends will be received on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1:15 PM at St. Mary’s Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research - tjmartell.org; The Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association RidgefieldVNA.org; or St. Edmund’s Retreat  - Endersisland.com.
kerry@ducey.org (The family ) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:38:56 -0400
RA Lower School Campout: An Annual Tradition Under the Stars https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64271-ra-lower-school-campout-an-annual-tradition-under-the-stars64271-ra-lower-school-campout-an-annual-tradition-under-the-stars https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64271-ra-lower-school-campout-an-annual-tradition-under-the-stars64271-ra-lower-school-campout-an-annual-tradition-under-the-stars

Tradition is woven into the RA experience. Traditions are important here because they bring together individual students, faculty, staff and families into one vibrant community. Children learn how to be part of our school community and see themselves as valued members. A favored tradition of the Lower School is the Annual Lower School Campout.

The 13th Annual Lower School Campout took place on Friday evening, September 13, and was attended by over 100 people. The prediction of the Harvest Full Moon made the anticipation of this year’s campout especially charged. Students went excitedly through their school day until 5 pm when Lower School families ventured onto the lower field with tents and camping gear. Through a child’s eyes, the campout offers an experience that is simultaneously cozy and thrilling. It’s a chance to wonder under the night sky without the distraction of screens, sleep in a tent with their families, overnight at the school no less! It is also a time to try something out of the ordinary, which infuses the campout with a sense of vitality and happiness.

Setting up a tent is a family affair and many children, like first-grader Landon, and his sister, second-grader Gabby, helped their parents. This was Landon’s very first Lower School Campout. What did he look forward to the most? “I am most excited about sleeping at the school.” Older sister Gabby was most excited about “what the tent will look like on the inside!” For Grade 3 students like Lilah and Sophia, this will be their last campout before moving up to Grade 4. With many memories formed during Lower School Campouts, Lilah’s favorites are “roasting marshmallows by the fire” while Sophia enjoys “sleeping in tents and having fun with my friends.”

Third Grader Aidan is also a seasoned Lower School camper. His advice for first-timers is this: “If you feel comfortable, do the whole thing! If you don’t feel comfortable, just try to be happy!”

There were many happy faces, as after a BBQ dinner in Perry Commons, families gathered around the campfire to make s’mores and listen to not-so-scary stories performed by Director of Facilities & Security Larry Curry. After an evening of fun, families enjoyed breakfast together before departing on Saturday morning. The Annual Lower School Campout is a great way for families to connect with other LS families and get to know teachers outside of the classroom. For children, the tradition helps them create lasting memories while stimulating wonder and strengthening their sense of place within the RA community. 

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 with 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

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:31:24 -0400
Town of Ridgefield BOS Meeting and Public Hearing on Wedesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/64270-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-and-public-hearing-on-wedesday64270-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-and-public-hearing-on-wedesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/64270-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-and-public-hearing-on-wedesday64270-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-and-public-hearing-on-wedesday

Town of Ridgefield BOS Meeting, Public Hearing and Town Meeting on Wednesday, September 18

The BOS meeting will take place at 6:30 pm at Town Hall. The Public Hearing and Town Meeting will follow at 7:30 pm. Both meetings will take place in the large conference room.

Public Hearing to consider the following changes in Ridgefield Article IV. Tax Deferment for the Elderly § 317-11 Program Adopted and Town Meeting


1. Public Comment

2. Proclamations Honoring: Christine Robertson, Kathleen Brennan & MaryAnn O’Grady

3. Appointments:

a. Andrea Beebe – Commission on Aging

b. Lynn-Marie Wieland - Commission on Aging

c. Laura Giovannoli - Commission on Aging

d. Cathleen Savery - Commission on Aging

4. Deer Management & Implementation Committee - 2019/2020 Hunt

5. Town Rental Agreement – 729 North Salem Road. Ridgefield, CT 06877

6. Sphere Bus Purchase

7. Fema Reimbursement Transfer Request

8. Public Informational Meeting - Set Date

9. Selectman’s Report

10. Approval of Meeting Minutes: 8/21/19

Visit Town of Ridgefield online for additional information.


kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield ) Politics Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:54:35 -0400
Friends of Ridgefield Library Fall Used Book Sale https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64269-friends-of-ridgefield-library-fall-used-book-sale64269-friends-of-ridgefield-library-fall-used-book-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64269-friends-of-ridgefield-library-fall-used-book-sale64269-friends-of-ridgefield-library-fall-used-book-sale

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library (FORL) Fall Used Book Sale

Please take note: the General Sale coincides with Fall in Love with Ridgefield Weekend.

Children's Books Sale - October 11 - 14
Friday 10:00 AM - 12 noon Early Bird $10 entry (free to Friends members)
Friday 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM $5/grocery bag - bring your own bag

General Sale - October 18 - 21
Friday 10:00 AM - 12 noon Early Bird $10 entry (free to Friends members)
Friday 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Monday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM $5/grocery bag - bring your own bag

On both Mondays, bring a grocery sized bag and fill it for $5. 
The sale is at the library at 472 Main St., Ridgefield.
kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:40:11 -0400
Nature's Temptations Healthy (and Delicious) 300 Calories Meals in Grab & Go Case https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64267-nature-s-temptations-healthy-and-delicious-300-calories-meals-in-grab-go-case64267-nature-s-temptations-healthy-and-delicious-300-calories-meals-in-grab-go-case https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/64267-nature-s-temptations-healthy-and-delicious-300-calories-meals-in-grab-go-case64267-nature-s-temptations-healthy-and-delicious-300-calories-meals-in-grab-go-case

Nature's Temptations has their Grab & Go case stocked with six varieties of healthy, balanced 300 calorie meals!

Chef Liz has been busy creating 6 healthy, balanced, and delicious meals that are just 300 calories. All nutritional info is listed on each label including Protein, Fiber, Fat, Carbs and Sugar.

Choose from:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
Nature's Temptations is located at 32 Prospect Street.  Call: 203-438-5443 or visit them online: naturestemptations.com
kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:17:26 -0400
Ridgefield Academy Science Teacher Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro in Honor of Older Brother, Presentation at Ridgefield Library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64268-ridgefield-academy-science-teacher-climbs-mount-kilimanjaro-in-honor-of-older-brother-presentation-at-ridgefield-library64268-ridgefield-academy-science-teacher-climbs-mount-kilimanjaro-in-honor-of-older-brother-presentation-at-ridgefield-library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/64268-ridgefield-academy-science-teacher-climbs-mount-kilimanjaro-in-honor-of-older-brother-presentation-at-ridgefield-library64268-ridgefield-academy-science-teacher-climbs-mount-kilimanjaro-in-honor-of-older-brother-presentation-at-ridgefield-library

Ridgefield Library Presents "Kilimanjaro, Red Sweaters, and Zebras: A Teacher's Spring Break of a Lifetime" on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm.  Please register.
Mac Rand lives in Ridgefield and teaches science at Ridgefield Academy. This past spring he joined seven other hikers and reached the summit of 19,341 foot tall Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for leukemia research after losing an older brother. But that wasn’t all. He then spent a week visiting the Mungere School and the Red Sweater Project, and he hopes to build a connection between Mungere and RA.
Finally, he spent a day in Ngorongoro Crater observing wildlife and was fortunate to see the “Big Five”. His presentation will appeal to anyone interested in Kilimanjaro, education in Tanzania, African wildlife, and family bonds and how we deal with loss. 
Please register.
Ridgefield Library is located at 472 Main Street in Ridgefield.
kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Library) Neighbors Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:40:34 -0400
Community Members Raise a Glass at the Sold Out Sunset Wine Party https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/64266-community-members-raise-a-glass-at-the-sold-out-sunset-wine-party64266-community-members-raise-a-glass-at-the-sold-out-sunset-wine-party https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/64266-community-members-raise-a-glass-at-the-sold-out-sunset-wine-party64266-community-members-raise-a-glass-at-the-sold-out-sunset-wine-party

Ridgefield's Second Annual Wine Week came to a grand close last night with a Sunset Wine Party - a sold-out event which took place at the Lounsbury House and benefited the Ridgefield Food Pantry. The event’s major sponsor was Ancona’s Wines & Liquors.

HamletHub would like to raise a glass to Ridgefield resident Paula Alonso, the brainchild and powerhouse behind Ridgefield Wine Week and co-founder and CEO of Wine Revolution, USA.

Did you know? The (grape) seeds were planted in 2018 when local realtor Peggy Marconi met Alonso and had the privilege of finding her the perfect home in Ridgefield. Learning about Alonso’s desire to bring a seven-day wine experience to town while promoting the consumption of wine in local businesses, Marconi reached out to some wine-loving locals, one of whom was Mitch Ancona. With the help and support of many local businesses, the seeds that were planted quickly germinated and Ridgefield Wine Week was born.

The fruits of Alonso’s labor were truly appreciated last night as hundreds of guests flocked to Main Street to taste over 100 wines carefully selected by Ancona's Wines & Liquors and to sample decadent food pairings provided by The Chefs’ Warehouse and expertly crafted by Executive Chef Giuseppe Castellano from Gallo Ristorante. Top wine distributors in the region shared their wine knowledge, giving tasters insight into the vineyards, the farming history of the crops, and even the pioneers behind the vintage. Wines were available for purchase. 

A walk up the iconic staircase of the Lounsbury House and, new this year, guests basked rosé, rosé and more rosé! What's more, two of the rooms became havens for those yearning to learn more about the fruits of the vine from experts in the field.

Thank you to all who made Ridgefield’s second annual Wine Week and Sunset Wine Party one to cheer about!

*Image courtesy Amy Pal

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:38:44 -0400
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-Winner Jeffrey Tambor Brings 6-Week Creative Workshop to Ridgefield Playhouse this Fall https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/64265-golden-globe-and-emmy-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-brings-his-6-week-creative-workshop-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-fall64265-golden-globe-and-emmy-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-brings-his-6-week-creative-workshop-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-fall https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/64265-golden-globe-and-emmy-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-brings-his-6-week-creative-workshop-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-fall64265-golden-globe-and-emmy-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-brings-his-6-week-creative-workshop-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-fall

Classes Begin October 15 – Limited Spots Available

We are pleased to announce that Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Transparent”) is bringing his 6-week creative workshop, Performing Your Life: The Art of the Personal Monologue to The Ridgefield Playhouse, Tuesdays, 7-10pm, October 15 - November 19. Over the past four decades, Tambor has been an inspiration both on and off-screen, bringing many iconic characters to life while cultivating a uniquely personal approach to his craft. Tambor's workshop guides actors, writers and directors through the art of the personal monologue in a hands-on exploration of process. This empowering class focuses on identifying and conquering the fears that keep us from trusting our own creative voices. The class culminates with a performance on November 26 on The Playhouse stage, starring some of the students of the class showcasing the monologues they have worked on. Students will walk away from this workshop with a five-minute monologue – perfect for an audition -- as they move on with more courage, confidence and creativity in their career. This workshop is part of the Adam Broderick Salon & Spa Whole New You Series with support from Reliance Merchant Services.

"All art is personal. This is why we are calling this creative workshop ‘Performing your Life’," explains Tambor. “We want all types of artists in the classroom – actors, writers, directors. In this first six-week session, we will explore through the art of the personal monologue how to get more authentic, ENJOY and rediscover play and freedom in our work: whether it be acting, writing or directing. And hopefully kick fear and worry out of the building. This is why we started as artists because it was so enjoyable, freeing and well...exhilarating.”

Tambor has been a teacher for nearly forty years, teaching acting at Wayne State University, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Santa Monica Playhouse, SXSW and the American Program Bureau lectures series. Students rave about their experience saying things such as:

"Jeffrey is a brilliant actor; that has been long-been established. But as a teacher and ‘curator’ of actors and artists, he is remarkable. I never had a teacher like him. He was probing, funny, and stunningly incisive in locating what it was that may be in your way - as he puts it “what’s stopping you." - Michael Laskin (Actor | Writer | Instructor)

"Jeffrey develops many tools for his students to use including imagination, self-examination, and finding that unexpected choice. His no-nonsense, 'just do it' advice along with reminders to be a person, a real, whole authentic person, are priceless tools for a creative life." - Leslie Zemeckis (Actress | Producer - Behind the Burly Q, Bound by Flesh, Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer)

"Jeffrey and his workshop brought the joy of acting back into my life. Through his guidance, I was able to shed the weighted cloak of technique — and release my imagination into the NOW." -- Larry Clarke (Director, Three Days With Dad)

Jeffrey Tambor has created some of the most iconic characters in television history from The Larry Sanders Show's Hank Kingsley to Arrested Development's George and Oscar Bluth to Transparent's Maura Pfefferman. Throughout his career, Tambor has developed a unique teaching style based on his own artistic philosophy. He is co-owner of Skylight Bookstore in Los Angeles and is also the author of his popular memoir Are You Anybody. He created and hosts the podcast “Acting Schmacting.”

To register ($450) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or, to learn more, go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

jill@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:14:02 -0400