Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Mon, 27 May 2019 00:42:11 -0400 HamletHub.com Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield's Torch Club Wins Two National Awards! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63307-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-s-torch-club-wins-two-national-awards63307-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-s-torch-club-wins-two-national-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63307-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-s-torch-club-wins-two-national-awards63307-boys-girls-club-of-ridgefield-s-torch-club-wins-two-national-awards

The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield just received even more exciting news from Boys & Girls Clubs of America! The Club announced on Facebook that their Torch Clubs won two National Program Awards, bringing their grand total to 7 awards in the past 3 years!

They won 1st Place in the core area of Health and Fitness for their Glow in the Dark Laser Tag Night, and 2nd place in the area of Service to the Club and Community for their year-long Seasons of Kindness events with their friends at Ridgefield Crossings.

There are only 6 Torch Club Programmatic Awards given out each year, and all 4,600 Club's Nationwide and Overseas are eligible to win - The Club's Torch Club keeps coming out on top! These awards are sponsored by Old Navy, and the Torch Club will receive a $4,000 grant for their hard work. 

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield and the Club's Torch Club members! 

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kerry@ducey.org (Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield) Neighbors Sun, 26 May 2019 15:19:07 -0400
Former Ridgefield Resident Joan Elizabeth Mac Donald, 87, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63306-former-ridgefield-resident-joan-elizabeth-mac-donald-87-has-died63306-former-ridgefield-resident-joan-elizabeth-mac-donald-87-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63306-former-ridgefield-resident-joan-elizabeth-mac-donald-87-has-died63306-former-ridgefield-resident-joan-elizabeth-mac-donald-87-has-died

Joan Elizabeth Mac Donald

Joan Elizabeth (Seyfried) Mac Donald, 87, formerly of Ridgefield, passed away at Filosa Nursing and Rehabilitation in Danbury on May 24, 2019, after an eight year struggle with dementia.

Joan was born in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 14, 1931 to Oscar and Evelyn (Robert) Seyfried. She was educated in Washington, and graduated from Immaculata Junior College with a degree in Home Economics.

A life-long performer and teacher, Joan started taking tap and ballet lessons at the age of three. She also studied Hawaiian dancing with the world famous Momi-kai. She started teaching dance at age 16. Over the years, she performed as a traveling Rockette, at USO shows, and in half-time shows at Washington Redskins games.

After dating in junior high, high school and college, Joan married Robert Mac Donald in 1954. In June, they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They had three children: Carrie, Craig and Kyle.

In 1970, Joan opened her own dance studio in her Westmoreland home. Her first class was made up of eight children. Over the years, she grew the studio to more than 400 students from age three to adult. Many of her students became third generation dancers at the studio. Her adult group of tap dancers won national awards, and some continue to dance more than 35 years later.

In 1972, Ridgefield Parks & Recreation asked Joan to open a dance program, which she ran for 28 years until her retirement in 1999. Later, her daughter Carrie joined as a partner, forming the MacDonald-Pin dancers. The annual recital was known for its outstanding dancing and high production value. Joan regularly arranged for her dancers to perform at area nursing homes, senior centers and town events.

She and Bob were very active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 34 years, including as Eucharistic Ministers. Joan spent the last eight years at Filosa Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Danbury.

Joan is survived by her husband Robert Mac Donald of Danbury, CT; children Carrie Pin and husband Gregory Pin of Danbury, CT, Craig Mac Donald and wife Linda (Gray) Mac Donald of Brentwood, NH, and Kyle Potvin and husband Glen Potvin of Derry, NH; grandchildren Adam, Erik, Karina and Allegra Pin; Dylan, Maddy and Duncan Mac Donald; and Jack and Jeff Potvin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at10:15am in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield with the Rev. David Franklin officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, May 28th, from 4pm-7pm at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute or to St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield for Pro-Life.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Sun, 26 May 2019 14:40:41 -0400
Wally Goodman is Grand Marshal of Ridgefield's Memorial Day Parade, Annual Event Includes Military Flyover https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63174-wally-goodman-is-grand-marshal-of-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-annual-event-includes-military-flyover63174-wally-goodman-is-grand-marshal-of-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-annual-event-includes-military-flyover https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63174-wally-goodman-is-grand-marshal-of-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-annual-event-includes-military-flyover63174-wally-goodman-is-grand-marshal-of-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-annual-event-includes-military-flyover

The Memorial Day parade TOMORROW, Monday, May 27th, organized and run by Ridgefield's American Legion Post 78, will step off at 11:30 am at Jesse Lee Church, march down Main Street and conclude in Ballard Park.

The parade will begin with opening remarks and a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument in front of Jesse Lee, including a military honors gun salute and the playing of taps.  

The parade’s Grand Marshal is Walter (Wally) Goodman who is a highly decorated WWII Navy veteran who served extensively in the Pacific during the war. 

The parade features seven marching bands, over fifty organizations and a military flyover. 

At the conclusion of the parade, there is a closing ceremony with patriotic music and short speeches by the Grand Marshal and other Veterans organizations. 

All veterans who don’t belong to a veteran organization are welcome to march with the American Legion marchers.   

Marchers will begin lining up at 10 a.m. on the grounds of Jesse Lee church, located at the corner of Main Street and King Lane.  All vehicles and floats will line up at 9:30 a.m., entering King Lane from High Ridge Avenue. The parade is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 a.m.  King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the parade.

Parents of participants may drop off their children in the staging area by entering King Lane from High Ridge only as a participant's drop-off area.  There will be absolutely no parking permitted in the staging area except for authorized vehicles.  American Legion volunteers will be in all areas to ensure that children get to their designated area. Parade floats and vehicles will be directed by Legionnaires to their assigned position.

If your organization would like to participate in the Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade, fill out our online registration and join the fun. Sign up link here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Sun, 26 May 2019 11:27:00 -0400
Lonestar Comes to Ridgefield Playhouse June 20 with Hits and More Hits Tour https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63305-lonestar-comes-to-ridgefield-playhouse-june-20-with-hits-and-more-hits-tour63305-lonestar-comes-to-ridgefield-playhouse-june-20-with-hits-and-more-hits-tour https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63305-lonestar-comes-to-ridgefield-playhouse-june-20-with-hits-and-more-hits-tour63305-lonestar-comes-to-ridgefield-playhouse-june-20-with-hits-and-more-hits-tour

Lonestar is bringing their Hits & More Hits tour to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, June 20 at 8pm. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the band's triple-platinum Lonely Grill album, which featured four songs to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "Amazed" (also a #1 Hot 100 hit), "Smile,”  "What About Now" and "Tell Her." Lonestar will showcase much of the album along the Hits & More Hits trek, along with other fan favorites! Auguste & Alden will open the show, which is part of the Mountain Dew Country Bluegrass Series built by Ring’s End. Visit 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant (424 R. Main Street, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary draft beer with purchase of an entree when you show your ticket! Media partner for this event is 92.5 Country.

"We are celebrating another milestone in 2019," keyboardist Dean Sams proclaimed in a message to fans.  "It's the 20th Anniversary of the release of our Lonely Grill CD that had four number 1 singles on it and sold over 4-million records. Hope to see everyone out to celebrate with us on our Hits and More Hits Tour in a city near you! After all, it's you the fans that made it happen!!!"

Lonestar --Richie McDonald  (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar & backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Dean Sams (keyboards & backing vocals)-- has been rehearsing for the tour and recording new music in Nashville since the wrap of their late 2018 Not So Silent Night tour with Phil Vassar.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved ten #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed" (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983's "Islands in the Stream" to top both charts). The band's awards include ACM Single of The Year for "Amazed" (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, as well as a 2017 People's Choice Award nomination for best country group. With over 100 dates worldwide per year, they are celebrating over 25 years together. Lonestar's latest album, Never Enders, features ten new original songs that bring the band's trademark sound into the contemporary arena.

Auguste and Alden are a New England based sibling duo, accompanied by drums to make them a strong unique power trio. Growing up as homeschooled kids on the road playing music all over the country, Auguste and Alden have written a catalog of over 200 songs. The unique sound of their original songwriting as well as their signature blood harmonies have led them to share their music at incredible events and venues such as Infinity Hall, Daryl's House, NAMM, Rockwood Music Hall, Nectars, Gathering Of The Vibes, The Ridgefield Playhouse, Soulfest, Arlenes Grocery, Bowery Electric and many more.

For tickets ($65) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or 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.https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sun, 26 May 2019 07:00:59 -0400
Battle of the Chefs Benefits Founders Hall on June 2! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63246-battle-of-the-chefs-benefits-founders-hall-on-june-263246-battle-of-the-chefs-benefits-founders-hall-on-june-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63246-battle-of-the-chefs-benefits-founders-hall-on-june-263246-battle-of-the-chefs-benefits-founders-hall-on-june-2

Local culinary masters are sharpening their knives and preparing for 2019 Battle of the Chefs

Now in its 7th year, the event will take place on Sunday, June 2 from 4 – 7 PM at Founders Hall. The format of this year’s event will be a first of its kind: six chefs who’ve competed at the event in the past have been paired up in a random drawing. The dueling duos will compete in a fast-paced cooking showdown.  

Purchase your tickets HERE.

The six local area chefs have been selected:

  • Jehan de Noüe, JSN Catering/Albano Appliance    
  • Sal Bagliavio, Bailey’s Backyard  
  • Bernard Bouïssou, Bernard’s of Ridgefield
  • Sarah Bouïssou, Sarah’s Wine Bar                 
  • Frank Bonnaudet, Sucre Sale      
  • Art Michaelsen, Bartolo

And.. the teams

  • Sal and Frank: Team Sucré’s Backyard
  • Sarah and Jehan: Team SAJE
  • Bernard and Art: Team B-Squared

The event has been described as a cross between Food Network’s Chopped and Bravo’s Top Chef. There are three phases to the Battle: appetizer, entrée, and dessert.  There will be a panel of three expert judges:

  •          Brendan Walsh, Dean from The Culinary Institute of America
  •          Amy Kundrat, CT Bites
  •          Erik Ofgang, Author and Senior Writer, Connecticut Magazine

Here’s how the Battle works:

Appetizer: Each duo will prepare an appetizer that must incorporate a required ingredient. Guests will be focused on tasting each appetizer and will then vote for their favorite.  The judges will also taste the appetizers and select their favorite. This portion takes place inside and will feature tasting stations and passed appetizers.

Entrée: Next, we move outdoors. During this phase, the chef teams will be cooking al fresco in individual outdoor kitchens while guests watch all the action!  Each duo will be given a basket of four secret ingredients and will have 60 minutes to complete a cohesive entrée featuring all four ingredients. The will also have access to a well-stocked fridge and pantry.  Completed entrees will be presented to the judges.

Dessert: Last, guests will move back indoors to enjoy desserts prepared by the chef teams.

Judging: Over dessert and refreshments, guests will hear comments from the panel of judges and the results will be announced. A total of 80 points can awarded to each team in the categories of taste, presentation and the use of the secret ingredients. One third of the final scores comes from the appetizer round and two thirds from the entrée round.  

Throughout the event, guests will have access to an open bar and will be served a plethora of passed savory and sweet eats – many of which include the secret ingredients from both the appetizer and entrée rounds of the competition. Local vendors will be offering food/drink samples to guests and there will be live music for all to enjoy.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Founders Hall, a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60+. The event is being sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and The Chefs Warehouse. Media Partners include HamletHub and Edible Nutmeg.

To learn more and to order tickets, please click HERE.

ABOUT FOUNDERS HALL: Founders Hall, a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older, is located at 193 Danbury Road. For more information, call 203.431.7000, email  Founderhall@founders-hall.org or visit founders-hall.org. 

*Image courtesy Michele Williams Photographer

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kerry@ducey.org (Founders Hall) Events Sun, 26 May 2019 06:32:00 -0400
Bach, Brunch & Bubbly in Ridgefield on June 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63270-bach-brunch-bubbly63270-bach-brunch-bubbly https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63270-bach-brunch-bubbly63270-bach-brunch-bubbly

Join us on Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for a gourmet brunch buffet by Ciao! Catering and Events while experiencing the great sounds of Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s very own pianist, Kathleen Theisen. Add some bubbly & friends for a perfect Sunday outing at Ridgefield’s 19th-century treasure!

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children (ages 2-12).

To purchase tickets or view this amazing brunch menu, visit us online at LounsburyHouse.org. 

 

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melanie@lounsburyhouse.org (Lounsbury House) Events Sun, 26 May 2019 06:28:00 -0400
Secretary of State To Speak June 1 in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/63210-secretary-of-state-to-speak-june-1-in-ridgefield63210-secretary-of-state-to-speak-june-1-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/63210-secretary-of-state-to-speak-june-1-in-ridgefield63210-secretary-of-state-to-speak-june-1-in-ridgefield

 

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will be the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 1 to kick-off a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversaries of the League and the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The public is invited to hear Secretary Merrill speak about “Voting in Connecticut” at 10:30 am at the Ridgefield Library, 400 Main Street.  The League's business portion of the meeting will be held from 9:30 – 10:15 am. All are welcome. Register on the Library website at www.ridgefieldlibrary.org whether attending just the talk, or the talk and the business portion.

The Secretary of the State's office is responsible for overseeing elections and voting. Since taking office in 2010, Secretary Merrill has focused on modernizing Connecticut's election process and making voting easier.  She will address the early voting amendment, no excuse absentee balloting, the National Popular Vote Compact and other topics of interest to the community.  A question and answer period will follow.  The speaker’s program beginning at10:30 a.m. is free and open to the public.  Registration on the Ridgefield Library’s Website is requested. Light refreshments will be served.

Prior to her election as Secretary of the State, Mrs. Merrill served as State Representative from the 54th General Assembly district for 17 years, representing the towns of Mansfield and Chaplin. During that time, she was Vice Chair of the committees on Education (1994-98) and on Government Administration and Elections (1994-96). She was House chair of the Appropriations Committee from 2005-2008 and House Majority Leader from 2008 to 2010. She was elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State for the 2016-17 term and serves on the Board of Advisors to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
 
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lilischroppe@yahoo.com (League of Women Voters of Ridgefield) Politics Sun, 26 May 2019 05:54:00 -0400
Danbury Fire Department Fundraiser Benefits Ridgefielder, Brooke Blake https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63304-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake63304-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63304-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake63304-danbury-fire-department-fundraiser-benefits-ridgefielder-brooke-blake

 

Danbury Fire Department Local 801 5th annual Fundraiser benefits Ridgefield resident, Brooke Blake

The 5th annual Danbury Professional Firefighters Local 801 Fundraiser on June 9 from 3 to 9 pm at Molly Darcy's will benefit Brooke Blake. The cost to attend is $20 and one free drink is included.

Come join us for a fun afternoon enjoying a few beverages and Live Music all while supporting a great cause. Brooke is an 11-year-old Ridgefield resident who has been Battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma since the age of 7.

This journey has not only been difficult emotionally but it is certainly costly. Insurance coverage does not extend out of the country and Brooke's treatments are done in Mexico. The Blakes never have allowed cost to decide the type of treatment Brooke will receive. With a lot of hard work, family, friends, and the support of the community, Brooke and her family have been lifted with love and strength and reminded that when there is faith, there is hope.

Molly Darcy's is located at 39 Mill Plain Road in Danbury.

Learn more here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Fire Dept Local 801) Neighbors Sun, 26 May 2019 04:28:00 -0400
Ridgefield's Memorial Day Parade, the Colorful Details https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63300-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-the-colorful-details63300-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-the-colorful-details https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63300-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-the-colorful-details63300-ridgefield-s-memorial-day-parade-the-colorful-details

Wally Goodman is Grand Marshal of Ridgefield's Memorial Day Parade, Annual Event Includes Military Flyover

The Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27th, organized and run by Ridgefield's American Legion Post 78, will step off at 11:30 am at Jesse Lee Church, march down Main Street and conclude in Ballard Park.

The parade will begin with opening remarks and a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument in front of Jesse Lee, including a military honors gun salute and the playing of taps.  

The parade’s Grand Marshal is Walter (Wally) Goodman who is a highly decorated WWII Navy veteran who served extensively in the Pacific during the war. 

The parade features seven marching bands, over fifty organizations and a military flyover. 

At the conclusion of the parade, there is a closing ceremony with patriotic music and short speeches by the Grand Marshal and other Veterans organizations. 

All veterans who don’t belong to a veteran organization are welcome to march with the American Legion marchers.   

Marchers will begin lining up at 10 a.m. on the grounds of Jesse Lee church, located at the corner of Main Street and King Lane.  All vehicles and floats will line up at 9:30 a.m., entering King Lane from High Ridge Avenue. The parade is scheduled to get underway at 11:30 a.m.  King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the parade.

Parents of participants may drop off their children in the staging area by entering King Lane from High Ridge only as a participant's drop-off area.  There will be absolutely no parking permitted in the staging area except for authorized vehicles.  American Legion volunteers will be in all areas to ensure that children get to their designated area. Parade floats and vehicles will be directed by Legionnaires to their assigned position.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Sat, 25 May 2019 12:56:29 -0400
Ridgefielders Graduate from University of New Hampshire https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63295-ridgefielders-graduate-from-university-of-new-hampshire63295-ridgefielders-graduate-from-university-of-new-hampshire https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63295-ridgefielders-graduate-from-university-of-new-hampshire63295-ridgefielders-graduate-from-university-of-new-hampshire

Durham, NH - The University of New Hampshire held their commencement ceremony for the 2019 school year on May 18th. Many Ridgefield residents are among those awarded at the ceremony.

 

Congratulations to:

Spencer Assiff of Ridgefield, CT graduated with a MA degree in Economics

Timothy Barton of Ridgefield, CT graduated with a BS degree in Environmental & Resource Econ

Kyra Evarts of Ridgefield, CT graduated with a BA degree in Sociology

Jacob Lantner of Ridgefield, CT graduated with a BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering

Talyah Uslianer of Ridgefield, CT graduated with a MSW degree in Social Work

 

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 13,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students.

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willb6049@gmail.com (University of New Hampshire) Neighbors Sat, 25 May 2019 06:56:43 -0400
Believe in Brooke - We Believe! Yard Sign Sale and Spiritraiser https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63303-friends-of-brooke63303-friends-of-brooke https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/63303-friends-of-brooke63303-friends-of-brooke

Have you seen the pink and white signs around town and wondered what they are for?  

We invite the Ridgefield community to show their love and support for Brooke Blake, an 11-year-old 5th grader at Barlow Mountain Elementary School who is currently battling DIPG, a rare, untreatable form of pediatric brain cancer.

Purchase a yard sign and display it in your yard in Ridgefield and help us show Brooke and her family that the community is rallying around them and Believes in Brooke! Our goal is that signs will blanket Ridgefield so wherever the family goes, they will see and feel our community's spirit, faith, love and support.

To purchase a sign, please click here

For questions, please email believeinbrooke06877@gmail.com 

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kpcerulli@gmail.com (Friends of Brooke) Neighbors Sat, 25 May 2019 06:37:06 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: KickFit https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63302-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-kickfit63302-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-kickfit https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63302-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-kickfit63302-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-kickfit

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 Lyndsay Clark, owner of KickFit.

Why did you start your business?
 
In short, I’ve always had a passion for teaching others, and a love of martial arts, and thus KickFit was born! In a little more detail, I grew practically living in my father’s martial arts studio (Connecticut Martial Arts) and have been training actively since I was 3. Eventually, this led to me teaching classes there when I was about 15. The studio was my second home and the students were family. That community of people was like no other, and my goal was to recreate a similar community here in Ridgefield. Although we don’t wear uniforms, test for belts or spar with others, we do practice the techniques of Muay Thai and deliver it in an energizing, fun and friendly format.  We strive to deliver classes that will make you sweat and provide a great workout that will beg you to come back for more!
 
Best selling product/service?
 
At this time, our one-month introductory program is our best selling, and best value, program.  For the cost of what some spend on coffee and lunch a week, you receive your own pair of gloves, access to all of our class times, the opportunity to try, both our 35 minute and 45-minute classes, and take classes with all of our different instructors. Our instructors have been trained by either myself or my father. Combined, the KickFit Team has over 38 years of Kickboxing experience! You’ll always get the same format (warm up, stretch, & workout) in every class, but each teacher writes their own unique class plan for each day! This will keep your mind and body guessing with every visit.
 
How many people do you employ?  Any youth or seniors from the community?
 
With over 35+ classes a week, KickFit employs a pretty lean (not mean ;) )  crew of 5. Two are Ridgefield residents, & one of which, whom, like myself, was born and raised in Ridgefield. TIGER PRIDE! KickFit, like Whip Salon also participates in the Senior Internship program; teaching and learning from the soon to be RHS graduates.
 
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!
 
KickFit is located at 109 Danbury Rd Suite B, Ridgefield. Visit KickFit online here.
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Sat, 25 May 2019 03:50:04 -0400
Christian McBride & Tip City Come to The Ridgefield Playhouse June 5 for a Night of Swingin’ Soulful Jazz https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63301-christian-mcbride-tip-city-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-june-5-for-a-night-of-swingin-soulful-jazz63301-christian-mcbride-tip-city-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-june-5-for-a-night-of-swingin-soulful-jazz https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/63301-christian-mcbride-tip-city-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-june-5-for-a-night-of-swingin-soulful-jazz63301-christian-mcbride-tip-city-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-june-5-for-a-night-of-swingin-soulful-jazz

With a career now blazing into its third decade, six-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a 

boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has taken a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. The Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. Christian McBride & Tip City bring an evening of soulful, swingin’ jazz to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, June 5 at 8pm, part of Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series. Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for a complimentary wine tasting and an art show by Chris Osbourne. Media partner for this event is Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Media for the Curious.

Raised in a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There, he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. Call it a change in curriculum: a decade’s worth of study through hundreds of recording sessions and countless gigs with an ever-expanding circle of musicians. He was finding his voice, and others were learning to listen for it. Since then, McBride’s list of accomplishments has been nothing short of staggering. As a sideman in the jazz world alone, he’s worked with the best of the very best — Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. In the R&B world, he’s not only played with, but also arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. In the pop/rock world, he’s extensively collaborated with Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby. In the hip-hop/neo-soul world, he’s collaborated with The Roots, D’Angelo, and Queen Latifah. In many other specialty projects, he’s worked closely with opera legend Kathleen Battle, bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, the Shanghai Quartet and the Sonus Quartet.

McBride is a well-known radio personality, having hosted “The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian” on satellite radio, and “Jazz Night in America” on National Public Radio. His 

expertise has also been tapped for advisory positions, including Artistic Advisor for Jazz Programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Artistic Director for Newport Jazz Festival, and Associate Artistic Director at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Away from the bass, Christian has become quite an astute and respected spokesperson for the music. In 1997, he spoke on former President Bill Clinton's town hall meeting "Racism in the Performing Arts." In 2000, he was named Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In 2005, he was officially named the co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Also in 2005, he was named the second Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Completing the circle is his work with Jazz House Kids, the nationally recognized community arts organization founded by his wife, vocalist Melissa Walker. Exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz, the “Jazz House” concept brings internationally renowned jazz performers to teach alongside a professional staff, offering students a wide range of creative programming that develops musical potential, enhances leadership skills, and strengthens academic performance. This shared celebration of America’s original musical art form cultivates tomorrow’s community leaders and global citizens while preserving its rich legacy for future generations.

For tickets ($40.00) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or 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.

https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 25 May 2019 03:38:16 -0400
Memorial Day at The Historic Lounsbury House https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63299-memorial-day-at-the-historic-lounsbury-house63299-memorial-day-at-the-historic-lounsbury-house https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63299-memorial-day-at-the-historic-lounsbury-house63299-memorial-day-at-the-historic-lounsbury-house

Bring family & friends to picnic on the historic grounds of Lounsbury House on Memorial Day!

You are invited to watch the Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade from the best location on Main Street! Enjoy lawn games, activities for the kids, food trucks from Zawack Shack, and much more.

All ages will have fun mingling with neighbors while the kids enjoy Americana-inspired crafts.

Thank you to our co-sponsors Barts Tree Service and Minuteman Press of Danbury for their gracious support!

See you there!

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial Day Parade Picnic will follow the parade schedule.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Lounsbury House) Places Fri, 24 May 2019 13:07:44 -0400
Memorial Day Weekend Schedule, Deals, and Cleanse at The Pilates Barre https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63298-memorial-day-weekend-schedule-deals-and-cleanse-at-the-pilates-barre63298-memorial-day-weekend-schedule-deals-and-cleanse-at-the-pilates-barre https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/63298-memorial-day-weekend-schedule-deals-and-cleanse-at-the-pilates-barre63298-memorial-day-weekend-schedule-deals-and-cleanse-at-the-pilates-barre

Kick Off Summer at The Pilates Barre

Saturday, May 25th

8am Barre Fusion w/the Arcs -Sharon

9:15 Barre - Andrea 

9:15 Reformer 1-2 - Sharon

Sunday, May 26th

9:00 Pilates Mat and Tower - Kathleen

Monday, May 27th

7:15 Pilates Mat - Amanda

8:20 Bodhi Challenge- Sharon

9:30 Reformer 2 - Sharon


Pre-Summer Cleanse

11 days with a Personal Coach!
5/28-6/7  or  6/3-6/13
Email the desk for details or call 203-438-2222

June Package Special

5 Week Deals To Get in Shape for Summer!

4 Classes a Week for 5 Weeks at $350 

That's $17.50 per class for Barre, Pilates Mat, Pilates Tower or TRX/Pilates Combo!

Starts Memorial Day and Ends on July 1st

The Pilates Barre is located at 35 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. Visit the studio online here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 24 May 2019 10:24:42 -0400