Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:43:03 -0500 HamletHub.com HamletHub salutes small businesses and Fairfield County Bank for supporting Why Small Businesses Matter https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68131-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter68131-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68131-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter68131-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter

In 2010, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, American Express launched Small Business Saturday to encourage people to "Shop Small" during the holiday season. Here at HamletHub, we applaud this shop local movement and remind the community to shop small - 365 days a year!

Many small businesses lack the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in communities. Following discussions with Jeff Konchalski, owner of Nature's Temptations, about the importance of shopping small, on January 1, 2018, we launched "Why Small Businesses Matter".  This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

When the pandemic hit, we "reimagined" our Why Small Businesses Matter series so small businesses could connect with their customers and share their new and innovative ways of operation.  To adhere to CDC guidelines and make shopping safe and convenient in this new "now", local shops revamped their websites to offer online shopping, offered curbside pickup and delivery. They met our needs in creative ways. 

Thanks to the support of Fairfield County Bank, HamletHub is able to provide free exposure for small businesses. Our Why Small Businesses Matter series is a way to virtually open the door to Main Street in Connecticut.

Here's how it works: local business owners are asked a few simple, thought-provoking questions, and their answers are published on HamletHub.com, social media channels, and in our daily e-newsletter. Since January, nearly three hundred businesses have had an opportunity to share their stories.

On Small Business Saturday, we thank the many local business owners who work tirelessly to make our community the special place that it is. We are grateful to Fairfield County Bank for supporting our Why Small Businesses Matter series and joining us on our mission to make communities better.

To learn more about Why Small Businesses Matter or to inquire about how your business can be featured, email   localmatters@hamlethub.com

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Sat, 28 Nov 2020 07:00:37 -0500
The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Turkey Trot Results are IN! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68130-the-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-turkey-trot-results-are-in68130-the-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-turkey-trot-results-are-in https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68130-the-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-turkey-trot-results-are-in68130-the-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-turkey-trot-results-are-in

The race results are in and we have a tie for first place! Congratulations to Brian Rettger, of Millbury, MA and Cameron Tepfer, of Washington, DC, who both ran the Turkey Trot in 19 minutes and 41 seconds! Our first female finisher was Ridgefield's own Katelyn Thuss, who was close behind with a time of 20 minutes and 48 seconds!
We certainly have some fast Turkey Trotters - check out the full list of race results here! If you weren't able to pick up your neck gaiter we will have curbside pick-up available all next week at the Club from 10am to 6pm.
On behalf of all of us at the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield thank you for supporting the virtual Turkey Trot. It certainly has been an incredibly difficult year for us and for so many others, but your support of the Turkey Trot immediately helps to provide essential services to our Club members and their families. We truly can't thank you enough for helping us do Whatever It Takes for our Club kids, our Club families, and our Club community.
And a special thank you to our amazing Turkey Trot Sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Dr. Blaine Langberg, Orthodontist, Karla Murtaugh HOMES, Collins Hannafin, Hometown Family Dentistry, HamletHub, Ridgefield Running Company, Craig's Fine Jewelry, Qualey Tree Service, Ridgefield Police Union, Ridgefield Prime, Village Pizza and Pasta, and Thomas Cardillo Plastering. Their commitment and dedication to the Club makes it possible for us to continue to be a pillar in the Ridgefield Community - we truly couldn't do it without them! We encourage you to support these local businesses this year (we certainly will!).....they all do so much for so many organizations in our town.
We look forward to seeing all of you next Thanksgiving at the 40th Annual Turkey Trot - which hopefully will be a huge celebration! Until then, we wish you continued health for you and your loved ones.
Thank you again for supporting the Boys & Girls Club - we are incredibly grateful for all of you!
kerry@ducey.org (Mike Flynn) Neighbors Sat, 28 Nov 2020 06:47:36 -0500
Woodcock Nature Center Reimagines 2020 Wreath Festival - November 30 - December 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68129-woodcock-nature-center-reimagines-2020-wreath-festival-november-30-december-1268129-woodcock-nature-center-reimagines-2020-wreath-festival-november-30-december-12 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68129-woodcock-nature-center-reimagines-2020-wreath-festival-november-30-december-1268129-woodcock-nature-center-reimagines-2020-wreath-festival-november-30-december-12

Woodcock Nature Center has many adjustments to the 2020 Wreath Festival this season to make in-person decorating experiences possible while meeting strict health and safety guidelines. 

"Unfortunately, the Covid-19 positivity rates have drastically changed since our event was first announced in late October and we feel that it is no longer safe for us to hold in-person decorating experiences this season. While this is disappointing, our creative staff has come up with a fun and festive alternative solution!" Woodcock Nature Center explains. Please read below for important updates and the announcement of Build Your Own Kits and "Materials Buffet". 

All in-person decorating will now take place as a walk-thru "materials buffet" in our pondside tent. You may still make your selections from our array of natural materials and bows and choose your balsam wreath. All decorating will then take place in the comfort of your own home.

If you have already purchased tickets, we'll follow up shortly with your assigned 30-minute time slot to participate in the walk-thru "materials buffet". Rest assured that most time slots will be scheduled at approximately the same day and time as originally purchased and groups will be kept together. However, some adjustments will need to be made to help us meet health and safety standards.

If you do not have tickets, time slots are available for purchase here.

We regret that we will no longer be able to decorate together in-person this season but, we appreciate your understanding as we work hard to maintain our beloved Woodcock events which make our programs in environmental education possible all year long.

More details will about the walk-thru process as well as revised safety protocols are available here.

Should you have questions please email wnc@woodcocknaturecenter.org or call (203) 762-7280.


kerry@ducey.org (Woodcock Nature Center) Events Sat, 28 Nov 2020 03:35:39 -0500
James Taylor, Carly Simon, Jimmy Buffett (and more) Celebrate Livingston's 70th on the Stage of the Ridgefield Playhouse! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68128-james-taylor-carly-simon-jimmy-buffett-and-more-celebrate-on-the-stage-of-the-ridgefield-playhouse68128-james-taylor-carly-simon-jimmy-buffett-and-more-celebrate-on-the-stage-of-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68128-james-taylor-carly-simon-jimmy-buffett-and-more-celebrate-on-the-stage-of-the-ridgefield-playhouse68128-james-taylor-carly-simon-jimmy-buffett-and-more-celebrate-on-the-stage-of-the-ridgefield-playhouse

Special Guests James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Carly Simon, Gavin DeGraw and many others, joined Livingston Taylor on stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse this past Saturday, to virtually celebrate his 70th Birthday with him while he was doing a live concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse. 

On Saturday, November 21st , Livingston Taylor’s actual birthday, Taylor performed a socially distanced concert at The Playhouse.  As he recalled to the crowd, he was born on that day in 1950, and his older brother James was born in 1948, a detail that Taylor often takes joy in reminding everyone, especially his brother. The tone of the evening was celebratory in more ways than one, as Taylor seemed to relish the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience again and the audience relished the opportunity to hear live music. Because of state regulations, there were only 90 people in the 500 seat theater, but the sound of music, laughter and joy filled the room.

Fans were treated to a varied set of originals and cover songs including selections ranging from Rogers and Hammerstein to The Beatles. After Taylor’s encore, The Playhouse staff wheeled out a musical note adorned birthday cake (courtesy of Cakebox) and Taylor led the audience through the Happy Birthday song. To close out the evening, The Playhouse had one more surprise in store – a series of virtual birthday wishes from Taylor’s family and friends. Both Taylor and the crowd were pleasantly surprised to see familiar faces including his brother James Taylor, good friend Jimmy Buffett, Carly Simon, Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill, David Sanborn, Janis Ian, and a host of many others. Taylor watched from the stage with an elated expression and after the video finished, he returned to the microphone and told the crowd this was his most special birthday to date. 

For as difficult as 2020 has been, the occasion was a welcomed reminder that music still has the capacity to bring us together and lift us up, even for a short time.  

To watch the full birthday video, click HERE.

Livingston Taylor - Birthday Surprise!

kerry@ducey.org (Allison) Neighbors Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:01:53 -0500
Creativity Connects Ridgefield: Meet Kevin Briody, Emmy-Award-winning Songwriter and Musician https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68127-creativity-connects-ridgefield-meet-kevin-briody-an-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-and-musician68127-creativity-connects-ridgefield-meet-kevin-briody-an-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-and-musician https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68127-creativity-connects-ridgefield-meet-kevin-briody-an-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-and-musician68127-creativity-connects-ridgefield-meet-kevin-briody-an-emmy-award-winning-songwriter-and-musician

Creativity Connects Ridgefield 

What fuels a vibrant, connected, and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Ridgefield? 

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Ridgefield.  

Creativity connects us.

Meet Kevin Briody, an Emmy-Award-winning songwriter and musician

Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Ridgefield?

David Griffith and Judy Silver created a reading curriculum at Ridgefield High School that has become immensely popular and helps create a more vibrant reading culture in our students.  Together, they've changed the narrative by promoting books that resonate more naturally with their students, and creating a reading room where students can hang out, read, and discuss in soft chairs and less academic lighting.  By breaking the traditional mold, they've created greater access to all the worlds that a good book offers us. 

How does creativity connect you to Ridgefield? 

I am connected to Ridgefield not solely by creativity, but by the art that is born out of that creativity.  When people create, and then share that creation with our community, then it becomes art...and art is what connects us to each other, and to our surroundings.  It's the sharing part that connects us and helps to create our community culture.

Any place in town where you go for inspiration and creativity?

I find an immense sense of place at Tiger Hollow early in the morning.  I go there to run on the softer and more stable turf, which is more gentle on my old knees.  There I find quiet and expansive beauty.  I often see RHS athletes doing their daily individual workouts to get better - and I am inspired.  I feel rain, and wind, and sunshine, and the heat rising off the turf on hot summer mornings.  It's a time for me to run and think.  I often feel blessed to be there, and when I'm alone, sometimes I even let out a big Montana-type-holler of gratitude.

Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?

I feel good when I think about our American Legion Post 78 in town.  I coach the Senior Legion 19U Summer Baseball team, so I've gotten to know the organization and some of its members over the years.  In addition to providing the opportunity for dozens of teenage ballplayers to enjoy the game each summer, Post 78 orchestrates many civic services during the year.  Running the Veteran's Day Ceremony at The Ridgefield Community Center each November, as well as decorating the cemeteries in town during Memorial Day, are examples of how the American Legion adds to our community and to our perspective.  These people, led by Commander George Besse, volunteer to travel throughout the state in order to honor veterans during funeral services.  Post 78 also sponsors the Boys State and Girls State programs that offer the opportunity for high school students to explore and learn about our state and our government in order to help develop future leaders of our community.  Each year members of the legion decorate the Main Street lamp posts with garland, bows and lights just to add to the beauty and joy of the season.  Much of what the American Legion does is done quietly, but they do it for the right reasons, and I am thankful.

Finish this sentence: When I think of creativity in town I think of …

When I think of creativity in town I think of Rachel Valpone and her energy, Megan Searfoss and her sense of humor, Chris Curnan and his keen eye, Pete Mclean and his outside-the-box thinking, Pamme Jones and her passion, Tim Salem and his open-mindedness.

Creativity Connects Ridgefield is made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you have local creativity to share and would like to be featured in this series, feel free to email    CreativityConnects@HamletHub.com 

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:48:52 -0500
Hutton's Celebrates Shop Small Weekend November 27-December 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/68126-hutton-s-celebrates-shop-small-weekend-november-27-december-168126-hutton-s-celebrates-shop-small-weekend-november-27-december-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/68126-hutton-s-celebrates-shop-small-weekend-november-27-december-168126-hutton-s-celebrates-shop-small-weekend-november-27-december-1

Hutton's Fine Men's Wear on Bailey Ave is celebrating Shop Small Weekend with 25% Off and 1 regular price item November 27-December 1

Shop comfy flannels, outerwear, sweaters, casual and dress shirts and slacks by top brands like Viyella, Brax, Raffi, Peter Millar, Johnnie-O, and more! Also in stock - stocking stuffers like Happy Socks and Boxers, and quality wallets as well as scarves and shoes!

Stop into Hutton's and make the holidays merry for your dapper guy(s)!

Questions? Call Doug Hutton at 203-438-6989.

Hutton's is open Wednesday through Sunday 10AM to 5:30PM • TH: 10AM to 7PM • F-SAT: 10AM to 5PM • SUN: 12PM to 4PM

Hutton's is located at 15 Bailey Ave. Visit them online here.


kerry@ducey.org ( HH) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:32:06 -0500
Holiday Gift of Broadway from ACT of Connecticut, One Night Only https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68125-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only68125-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68125-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only68125-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only

A One Night Special Livestream Event Airs December 12

Join ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they “unwrap” all of ACT of CT's incredible productions to date. In this special livestream event, you’ll be given a backstage pass to see how ACT of CT’s musicals are conceived, designed, rehearsed, and finally put on stage!
And… you'll be amazed at what it takes to produce a musical. Hear from some of the stars, directors, and choreographers from ACT of CT's past productions, and the best part... you’ll get to experience some of your favorite ACT of CT musicals again! With songs and scenes from ACT of CT’s Mamma Mia!, Evita, Working, Austen’s Pride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Last Five Years – you’ll be overjoyed reliving some of your favorites! And, if you were not able to catch all of ACT of CT’s past shows, you’ll now have an opportunity to see what you missed! A perfect pre-holiday gift to open, you’ll love Broadway Unwrapped!!!!
This special one-hour livestream event airs on December 12th.

While donations are appreciated, this is a gift from all of us to all of you to enjoy!! 
Click HERE to secure your link for this special livestream event! or visit actofct.org.
kerry@ducey.org (ACT of Connecticut) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:23:55 -0500
Ridgefield Playhouse Black Friday Sale Starts NOW! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68124-the-ridgefield-playhouse-160649152668124-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1606491526 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68124-the-ridgefield-playhouse-160649152668124-the-ridgefield-playhouse-1606491526

The Ridgefield Playhouse is kicking off Black Friday with a bang!  See all the movies that you want in December!  Purchase a $50 Family 4-pack Movie Pass and you and your family can see an unlimited number of our December 2020 films!  Movies include - Stand!

The Movie Musical on December 1, Holiday Inn on December 2, The Big Chill on December 4, Elf on December 9, Fiddler on the Roof on December 14, Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirates Cove on December 15, Scrooged on December 16, Buttons: A Christmas Tale on December 17, Meeting The Beatles in India on December 18, Babe: 25th Anniversary Screening on December 20, The Polar Express on December 23 and Clueless on December 27!

Give the gift of LIVE entertainment this season - while shopping locally!  Stuff their stockings with gift cards and tickets to shows in 2021!  For every $200 gift card purchased, you will receive an extra $20 gift card on us!  We have something for everyone on your list - including tickets for Raul Malo of The Mavericks on February 20, Linda Eder on March 13, Tower of Power on April 13, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on April 16, Martin Barre of Jethro Tull on April 21, The Doo Wop Project on April 23, Jay Leno on May 9, Mandy Moore on June 20, Chaka Khan on June 25 and so much more!!

Visit our website at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203.438.5795. Black Friday box office hours are 10am - 4pm


lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:37:10 -0500
RSO All Hearts Holiday Auction PREVIEW is Here! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68123-rso-all-hearts-holiday-auction-preview-is-here68123-rso-all-hearts-holiday-auction-preview-is-here https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/68123-rso-all-hearts-holiday-auction-preview-is-here68123-rso-all-hearts-holiday-auction-preview-is-here

PREVIEW RSO All Hearts Online Holiday Auction!

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra is less than a week away from launching the RSO All Hearts Holiday Auction – online December 3rd-7th! But you can preview the auction now at https://rso.cbo.io

The online event is a fundraiser to benefit RSO musicians who have been unable to play with the orchestra since the pandemic began last March. “Performing artists have been particularly hard hit by the health crisis. This fundraising event not only benefits, but also acknowledges our superb professional musicians who make the RSO so special and such a valuable and unique cultural asset in our community” says RSO Executive Director, Laurie Kenagy.

The All Hearts Holiday Auction is also intended to highlight, promote, and bring awareness to our local merchant sponsors who, season after season, and this year under extremely challenging circumstances, continue to offer our community an excellent selection of good and services. Over 70 local businesses and non-profits have generously donated to support the All Hearts Auction, and the RSO extends a heartfelt thank you to these community partners. The RSO has been acknowledging them individually on social media and there is a complete listing at ridgefieldsymphony.org/auction.

Plan to include the RSO All Hearts Holiday Auction as part of your holiday shopping to share the gift of Ridgefield with family and friends, and look for sneak peaks of items this week!

To preview the auction and register to bid, go to https://rso.cbo.io

kerry@ducey.org (RSO) Neighbors Fri, 27 Nov 2020 04:46:32 -0500
TONIGHT! Ridgefield Welcomes the Holidays on Friday with Santa, Song, Emcee Ira Joe Fisher, Tune in From Home! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68103-ridgefield-welcomes-the-holidays-on-friday-with-santa-song-emcee-ira-joe-fisher-tune-in-from-home68103-ridgefield-welcomes-the-holidays-on-friday-with-santa-song-emcee-ira-joe-fisher-tune-in-from-home https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68103-ridgefield-welcomes-the-holidays-on-friday-with-santa-song-emcee-ira-joe-fisher-tune-in-from-home68103-ridgefield-welcomes-the-holidays-on-friday-with-santa-song-emcee-ira-joe-fisher-tune-in-from-home

The exciting news coming out of the North Pole is that Santa will make a visit during the VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION which is being held in lieu of the annual downtown countdown on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. Although there will be no in person activities, an exciting event is planned that people will be able to view in several ways:

• Comcast - Channel 24 • Youtube CHANNEL - Town of Ridgefield, CT - Access here.

• The Town Website on BoxCast available here.

 Ira Joe Fisher will return as Master of Ceremonies along with other participants including First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Sarah Grossman from the Chamber of Commerce and Mary Jones from Downtown Ridgefield.

While the lights on Main Street are already lit, ten-year-old Conner Curran, his twin brother Kyle and eight-year old brother William will “pull the holiday switch” during the virtual event to officially kick off Ridgefield’s Holiday season.

ACT, the Ridgefield High School Choir, the Ridgefield High School Orchestra, the Prospector, the Theatre Barn, the Ridgefield Chorale, The First Congregational Church, the Theatre Barn and more have planned an entertaining evening.

Santa’s much-anticipated visit straight from the North Pole via zoom will give children of all ages an opportunity to see Santa and to hear his 2020 message specifically for Ridgefield.

A special email address that goes straight into Santa’s mailbox has been set up for anyone wishing to send a letter. Send letters to Santa@RidgefieldCT.org.

“We wanted to find a way to celebrate even if we can’t be downtown in person for a countdown,” said First Selectman Rudy Marconi. “This is the year to stay home so we can all stay safe and some very creative people have put together a not-to-be-missed show. I’m pretty excited about it.”

Tune in at 5:45 p.m. for a very unique and special FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Friday, November 27, 2020.

For more information here.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 04:24:00 -0500
Tubby Tims Tree Farm in Ridgefield is Now OPEN! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/68104-tubby-tims-in-ridgefield-the-cheers-of-christmas-tree-farms-opens-nov-2768104-tubby-tims-in-ridgefield-the-cheers-of-christmas-tree-farms-opens-nov-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/68104-tubby-tims-in-ridgefield-the-cheers-of-christmas-tree-farms-opens-nov-2768104-tubby-tims-in-ridgefield-the-cheers-of-christmas-tree-farms-opens-nov-27

Tubby Tims, the "Cheers" of Christmas Tree (and Wreath) Farms

It’s the Cheers of Christmas Tree Farms - a place where you’ll meet your friends and neighbors and the staff is filled with the Christmas spirit and yes, they probably know your name and they're always glad you came.

Tubby Tim's Tree Farm is a Ridgefield holiday staple, owned and operated by longtime Ridgefielders, Mary and Tim Dent, the Tree Farm is located next to Limestone Service Station on Danbury Road and is the local go-to place for Christmas trees, wreaths, roping and holiday greenery. 

Tubby Tims will be Open 7-days per week from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 9 pm Saturday and Sunday - starting November 27th.

"All returning college students have gotten a Covid test since arriving back into town. We have face coverings required by all employees. We are also taking each employee’s temperature at the start of each shift," says Mary Dent.  

Tubby Tims will have premium Fraser for trees from North Carolina and balsam fir trees from Vermont along with wreaths and kissing balls.
"We are happy to deliver and leave a freshly cut tree outside someone’s home in a bucket of water if people would prefer to not come to the tree lot," says Dent, who adds, "Best way to arrange this is to call my cell phone at 203-715-8584 or send an email to marydent33@yahoo.com

And the name? Tubby Tims? We were curious too. “It is a play on words from A Christmas Carol. Instead of Tiny Tim, my husband thought Tubby Tim’s had a nice ring. Plus, we pride ourselves in working with farmers who grow a premium full (Tubby) tree,” explains Dent.

For more than a decade, Tubby Tim’s has opened for business the day after Thanksgiving and the outdoor stand remains open until Christmas Eve.

Stop by Tubby Tim's for some down-home holiday cheer. You’ll leave with something more important than a fresh and beautiful tree - the Christmas spirit.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 04:01:00 -0500
Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield Connects Us Virtually, Hundreds Run in 39th Annual Turkey Trot! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/68121-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-connects-us-virtually-hundreds-run-in-39th-annual-turkey-trot68121-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-connects-us-virtually-hundreds-run-in-39th-annual-turkey-trot https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/68121-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-connects-us-virtually-hundreds-run-in-39th-annual-turkey-trot68121-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-connects-us-virtually-hundreds-run-in-39th-annual-turkey-trot

Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield for connecting us by way of the 2020 Virtual Turkey Trot! Runners from as far as Ireland joined in solidarity in the name of the Club and in honor of Thanksgiving!

For the first time in history, the Boys & Girls Club Turkey Trot was virtual! This, the 39th annual event, took place over the course of six days, with runners logging their times on the official race page (If you haven’t recorded your time yet, click here).

connected this year, as we have Turkey Trotters running all over - in California, New York, Wyoming, Georgia, Washington DC, and even as far away as Ireland! Even though we can't all be together, the virtual platform has connected all of us this year from wherever we are celebrating and we are grateful for that.

And, while a virtual race means you can run from anywhere, some wanted to hold true to tradition and run the actual Turkey Trot route. The Club made it easy by marking the route and displaying a large Turkey Trot map in the parking lot. This morning, there were a few families running together and rest assured, we all made as much noise as possible to show our Turkey Trot support! 

Mike Flynn, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, said that nearly 300 people registered to participate in the 5k. Results are still coming in but you can check out the runners and times here.

Flynn said, “A heartfelt THANK YOU to this year’s Turkey Trot sponsors, all of whom are long-time sponsors of this annual fundraiser. We would not be celebrating our 39th Turkey Trot without their ongoing support and commitment to our Club and our Club kids. It’s no secret that this has been a difficult year for us financially, but we have made more of an impact in our community than we have ever before – thank you for making that possible. We are grateful to all!”

Fairfield County Bank

Karla Murtaugh Homes

Collins Hannafin

Dr. Blaine Langberg

Hometown Dental

HamletHub Ridgefield

Ridgefield Running Company

Qualey Tree Service

Ridgefield Police Union

Ridgefield Prime

Village Pizza and Pasta

Thomas Cardillo Plastering

Craig's Fine Jewelry

Thank you to Mike Flynn and his awesome team at the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield for creating great futures and hosting the 39th annual Turkey Trot! We are all grateful to you for all you do to enhance the lives of so many young people in Ridgefield. You are community heroes! 

Did you know? Your donation equivalent to a race entry fee ($35) will immediately provide a week of after-school childcare for a Club member whose family needs financial assistance.  

Turkey Trotters - don’t forget to tag the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield on social media so they can cheer you on virtually!
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Thu, 26 Nov 2020 08:09:03 -0500
Library Days at Books on the Common Returns Thanksgiving Weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68065-library-days-at-books-on-the-common-returns-thanksgiving-weekend68065-library-days-at-books-on-the-common-returns-thanksgiving-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68065-library-days-at-books-on-the-common-returns-thanksgiving-weekend68065-library-days-at-books-on-the-common-returns-thanksgiving-weekend

Library Days at Books on the Common Returns Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28, and Sunday, November 29

The Ridgefield Library has enjoyed a close partnership with Books on the Common for many years. Together they have brought the community dozens of author and book events each year.  Ridgefield is so fortunate to have an independent bookstore in its town. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to support both the bookstore and the Ridgefield Library and to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

The annual Library Days at Books on the Common will take place November 27 – November 29th.   Customers can simply show their Ridgefield Library card at the cash register, and 15% of the proceeds of the purchase will be donated by the bookstore to the Library.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Books on the Common continues to offer curbside pick-up.  During Library Days, customers can mention that they are Ridgefield Library card holders when they call Books on the Common at 203-431-9100 or email info@booksonthecommon.com to place an order and 15% of their purchases will be donated by the bookstore to the Library.

Bookstore Library Days hours are Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Ridgefield residents who do not have a library card can register for one at the Circulation Desk at the Library or by going to www.ridgefieldlibrary.org, click on My Account and Get a Library Card. 

The community’s support of Books on the Common, and the bookstore’s support of the Library, help keep Ridgefield an exceptional place to live, at the holidays and year-round.

For more information, please contact Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development, Ridgefield Library, lmbubniak@ridgefieldlibrary.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Library) Events Thu, 26 Nov 2020 04:03:00 -0500
Thankful for our Ridgefield community https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/68119-thankful-for-our-ridgefield-community68119-thankful-for-our-ridgefield-community https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/68119-thankful-for-our-ridgefield-community68119-thankful-for-our-ridgefield-community

Happy Thanksgiving, Ridgefield! On this celebratory day of gratitude, we want to thank YOU, our readers, for providing us the honor of being a part of your daily lives.  

Times are challenging, but Ridgefield has grown stronger and more united during the past eight months. We have witnessed our neighbors helping locals in need (some of whom are bringing Thanksgiving meals to our seniors and homebound today), our teachers and healthcare working tirelessly under unfathomable circumstances. Gratitude is overflowing for you.

Thank you, Ridgefield. We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thanks to Norman Rockwell for the timeless work of Thanksgiving art.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Thu, 26 Nov 2020 01:26:34 -0500
Holiday Gift Giving Event for Ridgefield Families in Need https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/68120-holiday-gift-giving-event-for-ridgefield-families-in-need68120-holiday-gift-giving-event-for-ridgefield-families-in-need https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/68120-holiday-gift-giving-event-for-ridgefield-families-in-need68120-holiday-gift-giving-event-for-ridgefield-families-in-need



The Gift List is Live!

WHO: The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield identified many families (within its membership network), who desperately need support this holiday season. “Now more than ever, our community needs help buying toys and essential clothing items for growing children,” said Mike Flynn, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield.  “We provide youth development opportunities and programs to more than 3000 children annually (grades 1- 12), in the greater Ridgefield community. The Club is a home away from home and a place for young people to find their passions and develop into responsible, productive and caring citizens.”

WHAT: This inaugural holiday gift giving event offers everyone an opportunity to help families in need.  “Due to safety concerns, the Ridgefield Fire Department had to limit the scope of our annual Fire Truck Santa event. Sadly, that means less funds we’ll be able to put back into the community this year,” said Captain Tony Cerulli. “We created this virtual gift giving event to complement our holiday fundraising efforts - now everyone can participate from the safety of their own homes.”

WHERE: Ridgefield Professional Fire Fighters Local 1739 posted the list of gifts in need. Please review the Google Excel sheet and initial purchased items indicating the gift is enroute. All new and unwrapped gifts can be shipped to the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield located at: 41 Governor Street in Ridgefield, CT 06877.  Alternatively, you can make a PayPal/Venmo donation by clicking the DONATE button on Ridgefield Professional Fire Fighters Local 1739 website. 100% of the funds will be distributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield.

WHY: ‘Tis the season of giving. “Many more families are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table this year. Buying holiday gifts for loved ones becomes an impossible task during tough times.  Our goal is to ensure that every child in this community has at least one present to open this holiday season,” said event organizer, Sarah Motta  “Afterall, giving, hope, love, goodwill and cheer are some of the feelings that embody the spirit of Christmas.”

WHEN: This charitable holiday gift giving event begins on November 27 and ends on December 18, 2020.  Gifts will be distributed to families by December 23.

CONTACT: For media information or questions regarding donations, please contact Sarah sarah@hi-impactcommunications.com  -or- 646.453.9453

terri@hamlethub.com (Submission) Charities Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:58:38 -0500