Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Tue, 22 May 2018 17:17:03 -0400 HamletHub.com Ridgefield Food Pantry Wish List, Food Drive Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/60020-ridgefield-food-pantry-wish-list-food-drive-tomorrow60020-ridgefield-food-pantry-wish-list-food-drive-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/60020-ridgefield-food-pantry-wish-list-food-drive-tomorrow60020-ridgefield-food-pantry-wish-list-food-drive-tomorrow

The Ridgefield Highway Department will hold a Food Drive tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23 from 9am to 3pm at 60 South Street in Ridgefield. 

Here is a Wish List of needed items (*Please note, no bagged rice due to high risk of pantry moths).




*Canned Fruit

Milk (shelf stable)







Cooking Oil olive/vegetable


Jelly (all flavors)

Brownie Mixes Cake Mixes





Peanut Butter *Tuna

Hearty Soups

Canned Stew

*Snack+ Pretzels/Nuts/Raisins


Fruit snack packs

Apple Sauce




*Canned Meats Chicken/Ham/Spam

*Tomato Sauce

*Rice Mixes

Pasta Mixes

Canned Beans



Soap/Body Wash




Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Laundry Detergent

Dish Soap


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 22 May 2018 11:19:58 -0400
RIFF film screening features rare footage of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley on Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60019-riff-film-screening-features-rare-footage-of-the-king-of-rock-n-roll-elvis-presley-on-thursday60019-riff-film-screening-features-rare-footage-of-the-king-of-rock-n-roll-elvis-presley-on-thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60019-riff-film-screening-features-rare-footage-of-the-king-of-rock-n-roll-elvis-presley-on-thursday60019-riff-film-screening-features-rare-footage-of-the-king-of-rock-n-roll-elvis-presley-on-thursday

“ELVIS” Is In The House on Thursday, May 24, 7:00 PM at The Ridgefield Playhouse

RIFF presents a Special Filmmaker Screening Event with award-winning director Thom Zimny featuring rare footage of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley

May 22, 2018, Ridgefield, CT:  Grammy and Emmy award-winning director THOM ZIMNY will present select clips from his acclaimed new HBO docuseries ELVIS PRESLEY: The Searcher, during a special filmmaker screening event on May 24th at 7pm at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., sponsored by the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (http://RIFFct.org).

The film features never-before-seen photos and archival film from the Presley Estate “Graceland,” where Zimny was given unprecedented access by Priscilla Presley who regards The Searcher as the definitive film biography of Elvis, known to fans throughout the world as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A Q&A with Zimny will follow. RIFF Festival Director Megan Smith-Harris says, "People may think they 'know' Elvis, but they may be surprised. The rare archival footage, photos, and interviews make this deeply layered documentary nothing short of revelatory."

The RIFF sponsored evening is the latest in a series of screening events leading up to the annual four-day film festival being held October 18-21 and featuring more than 50 films from around the world, as well as parties, panel discussions, and fun activities around Ridgefield.

Tickets available at RIFFct.org/events

General admission is $15  Students 18 and under are FREE.

RIFF operates as 501(c)(3) non-profit entity of the TownVibe Charity Fund supporting arts and culture in Ridgefield. All donations are tax-deductible.

kerry@ducey.org (Megan Smith-Harris) Events Tue, 22 May 2018 09:18:04 -0400
The Clairvoyants - The World Champions of Mindreading -- Come to The Ridgefield Playhouse on June 8th https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60018-the-clairvoyants-the-world-champions-of-mindreading-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-8th60018-the-clairvoyants-the-world-champions-of-mindreading-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-8th https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60018-the-clairvoyants-the-world-champions-of-mindreading-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-8th60018-the-clairvoyants-the-world-champions-of-mindreading-come-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-june-8th

Fresh from selling-out performances across the globe as part of The Illusionists, The Clairvoyants --  the World Champions of Mindreading -- open up a fabulous new world of mentalism and unique illusions. Their show offers amazingly entertaining elements of clairvoyance, modern masterpieces of trickery and unforgettable moments filled with thought-provoking fun – a great night out for the whole family! Thommy Ten & Amélie van Tass have astounded television audiences, including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” where they finished in second place and bewitched and befuddled not only the millions of viewers at home but also the judges: Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. Now they bring their feats of perception to the live theater at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, June 8th at 7:30pm, part of the Ridgefield Magazine Broadway & Cabaret Series and Ridgefield Academy Family Series. Make it a great night out: visit Dimitri’s Diner (16 Prospect St • Ridgefield) before or after the show and enjoy 10% off your meal when you show your ticket! Media sponsor for this event is WEBE 108, CTs Best Music Variety.

When they met it was magic, almost too intense, but they learned to manage their connection and use it to read your mind. Within in two months of their meeting, these two Austrian natives had created their show and began to tour Europe, eventually landing on “America’s Got Talent” where they wowed the judges and the audience with their incredible exploits of the mind. Now they bring their clandestine talents to Ridgefield where they will perform mesmerizing feats of mentalism utilizing randomly selected members of the audience. Come find out what you’re thinking about. These two already know!

For tickets ($55) 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.

jill@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 22 May 2018 07:40:20 -0400
Ancona's to honor those who served & sacrificed by supporting Ridgefield American Legion this Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/60017-ancona-s-to-honor-those-who-served-sacrificed-on-saturday-by-supporting-ridgefield-american-legion60017-ancona-s-to-honor-those-who-served-sacrificed-on-saturday-by-supporting-ridgefield-american-legion https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/60017-ancona-s-to-honor-those-who-served-sacrificed-on-saturday-by-supporting-ridgefield-american-legion60017-ancona-s-to-honor-those-who-served-sacrificed-on-saturday-by-supporting-ridgefield-american-legion

Ancona’s Event to Honor Those Who Served & Sacrificed

Memorial Day is the official start of summer, but it also marks a solemn and significant occasion. 

This Saturday, May 26 prepare for your weekend festivities while honoring those who served. Ancona’s Wines & Liquors will donate 10% of your purchase to the Ridgefield American Legion. Ancona's is open from9am to8pm. Pictured here with Mitch Ancona is Commander George Besse of Ridgefield American Legion Post 78.

The Legion organizes the annual Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade, in addition to other events and functions that honor our veterans.

A special selection of “all American” wines and beers will be featured at the store, and Ludo will be mixing up a commemorative cocktail for tasting.

Mitch Ancona’s business method and philosophy includes giving back to the community he serves.  Recipients of past donations include the RVNA and Ridgefield Library. A Father’s Day donation event will be held on June 16, with proceeds going to ROAR.

The Ancona family has a long and distinguished history of serving in the U.S. military. The location of the family’s first stores in Branchville was also the site of the town parade.

Ancona’s Wines & Liquors is located at 17b Governor Street, in the heart of downtown Ridgefield. Visit Ancona's online here.


kerry@ducey.org (Barbara Bangser) Charities Tue, 22 May 2018 06:58:01 -0400
Learn about the health of Long Island Sound with Soundkeeper, Bill Lucey on May 31 at Ridgefield Library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60016-learn-about-the-health-of-long-island-sound-with-soundkeeper-bill-lucey-on-may-31-at-ridgefield-library60016-learn-about-the-health-of-long-island-sound-with-soundkeeper-bill-lucey-on-may-31-at-ridgefield-library https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60016-learn-about-the-health-of-long-island-sound-with-soundkeeper-bill-lucey-on-may-31-at-ridgefield-library60016-learn-about-the-health-of-long-island-sound-with-soundkeeper-bill-lucey-on-may-31-at-ridgefield-library

Ridgefield Library and the Norwalk River Watershed Association Present: The Health of Long Island Sound with Soundkeeper, Bill Lucey on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 PM at Ridgefield Library.
Please register
This talk by Bill Lucey will give an update about the health of Long Island sound and provide background information about the Soundkeeper Movement, how pollution impacts the Sound, and how monitoring water quality is used to track progress. Lucey, a Wilton native who took over as Soundkeeper last year, is a fish and wildlife biologist, a former commercial fisherman and an experienced advocate. 
Most recently, Lucey served as project manager for the Kauai Invasive Species Committee at the Research Corporation University of Hawaii. After three decades of conservation work across North America, he decided the time was right to bring his expertise back to benefit Long Island Sound. In addition to regular patrols, the Soundkeeper, now part of Save the Sound, acts an advocate, organizer, and resource.
If you would like to attend the Norwalk River Watershed Association annual meeting to be held before the event please arrive by 6:30 PM.
kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Library) Events Tue, 22 May 2018 04:04:45 -0400
RHS Instrumental Music Spring Concert https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59921-rhs-instrumental-music-spring-concert59921-rhs-instrumental-music-spring-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59921-rhs-instrumental-music-spring-concert59921-rhs-instrumental-music-spring-concert

Ridgefield High School presents their Annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 23 from 7-9 pm 

The concert features:

Chamber Orchestra
-Brahms Suite

Percussion Ensemble
-Pipe Dream

Jazz Band
-Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie
-Queen Bee by Sammy Nestico
-Minor Attitude by Dean Sorensen
-St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins
-Scapegoat Blues by Jimmy Herring
-Mack the Knife by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, sung by Lindsay Spallone


Concert Band
-William Byrd Suite by William Byrd/Gordon Jacob
-V. Wolsey's Wylde
-I. The Earle of Oxforde's Marche

-First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst
-I. Prelude
-II. Intermezzo
-III. March

Overture for Winds by Charles Carter

Symphonic Orchestra
-Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
-Symphony No. 5, V. Rondo-Allegro (abr.) by Gustav Mahler

Ridgefield High School is located at 700 N Salem Road.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Michael McNamara ) Events Tue, 22 May 2018 04:02:00 -0400
Ridgefield Little League fundraiser on Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/60015-ridgefield-little-league-fundraiser-on-thursday60015-ridgefield-little-league-fundraiser-on-thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/60015-ridgefield-little-league-fundraiser-on-thursday60015-ridgefield-little-league-fundraiser-on-thursday

Please join Ridgefield Little League on Thursday, May 24, from 5 pm to 10 pm, at 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza for a fundraiser!  Ten percent of all sales from dine-in or take-out orders, as well as from all gift certificate sales, will be donated to the league.

All donations to the league will be part of RLL’s Campaign for Tomorrow’s Players, which is the league’s community fundraising campaign in support of the new lighted field being built on Route 7 in southern Ridgefield.

As part of the fundraising effort, the league is selling engraved bricks to be displayed at the new field. In addition to bricks, the new field offers several ways for local businesses and residents to be a part of the new field, including sponsorship opportunities of specific items at the ball field, signage, works-in-kind and financial contributions of all sizes.

Information on purchasing a brick in your family’s name, or other ways you can get involved, can be found on the league’s website at RidgefieldLittleLeague.org or by reaching out to fundraising@ridgefieldlittleleague.org.


terri@hamlethub.com (RLL) Charities Mon, 21 May 2018 13:37:44 -0400
Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade Steps Off From Jesse Lee on Monday! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60014-ridgefield-memorial-day-parade-steps-off-from-jesse-lee-on-monday60014-ridgefield-memorial-day-parade-steps-off-from-jesse-lee-on-monday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60014-ridgefield-memorial-day-parade-steps-off-from-jesse-lee-on-monday60014-ridgefield-memorial-day-parade-steps-off-from-jesse-lee-on-monday

Think SUNSHINE for the 2018 Memorial Day Parade in Ridgefield! Organized by American Legion Post #78, the Parade steps off at 11:30 am from Jesse Lee United Methodist Church on Main Street.

One of the biggest events kicking off summer in Ridgefield while honoring the men and women who have dedicated their lives to our country, the Annual Parade features a plethora of civic organizations, marching bands, and veteran's groups. Each year, hundreds of locals line Main Street to pay tribute to veterans near and far and celebrate our great country.

We sat down with George Besse, Commander of American Legion Post #78 to get the colorful details of the 2018 Memorial Day Parade. 

Who are 2018 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshals?

Grand Marshal is Dave Campbell.

Flyover this year?

Yes, we have a confirmation for it.

Tell me a bit about the various organizations participating in this year’s parade.

We have sent out 79 invitations to every organization that we know of and some responses are still coming in. Currently, there are over 50 organizations that will be marching in the parade. This includes the Firefighters and Volunteers from Ridgefield and surrounding towns. There will be an Army reserve unit from Norwalk that will be in the parade, as well as the Marine Corps Detachment Ridgefield and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The old expression is “if you are not watching the parade you are in it”.

Has the American Legion always been key organizers of the parade?

Yes, the American Legion started the parade in 1921 a year after we received our charter.  It was organized by Harry Hull, former Ridgefield selectman, and WWI veteran.  The American Legion has organized and run the parade ever since.

Can you give me a general overview of the program this year? Anything different?

The program is pretty much the same for the past several years.  It is scheduled to start at 11:30 from Jesse Lee Church with opening remarks, the rendering of Military Honors (21 gun salute) to start the parade which ends at Ballard Green with a closing ceremony that includes short speeches and patriotic music. 


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Mon, 21 May 2018 13:20:58 -0400
Enchanted Garden Presents Its Annual Recital on May 26 at Wilton High School https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/60012-enchanted-garden-presents-its-annual-recital-saturday-may-26-wilton-hs60012-enchanted-garden-presents-its-annual-recital-saturday-may-26-wilton-hs https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/60012-enchanted-garden-presents-its-annual-recital-saturday-may-26-wilton-hs60012-enchanted-garden-presents-its-annual-recital-saturday-may-26-wilton-hs

The Enchanted Garden School of Dance presents its Annual Recital on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Wilton High School Clune Center for the Arts. Performances are at 12pm and 5pm. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. 

This year’s recital, entitled “LIVE”, features local dancers spanning ages 3 through 18, with 16 of them graduating this year. There will be two large production numbers, “Showtime”and “Belle,” each featuring 86 dancers — the largest in the history of the School of Dance. Guests can expect to see all styles of dance featured, including ballet, jazz, tap, breakdance, lyrical, Broadway and hip hop. If your child has expressed an interest in or passion for dance, attending this year’s recital is the perfect opportunity to get an overview of the School of Dance program offered by Enchanted Garden. 

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the School of Dance at Enchanted Garden prides its success over the years on its mission to provide students with a strong foundation in dance on a level of education and training that can lead to professional performance. The school welcomes students who enjoy dancing primarily as a recreational activity. An accepting approach, age-appropriate learning and choreography, and attention to the individual interests and needs of each student have made the Enchanted Garden School of Dance among the most successful in the region. Ridgefield Magazine readers voted it “best kids dance school.” 

Director Jean Cobelli, a native of Ridgefield, started dancing at age three. She attributes her accepting approach and teaching style— and the nurturing environment they create — to her own experiences growing up as a dancer.  “Looking back, the dance teachers I had growing up have helped to inspire and shape who I am as a director today.  It makes me proud to say that every single dancer that comes through our doors and performs in our recitals is genuinely happy and excited. You don’t see stress or nerves. I think it’s because we don’t require anyone to audition or compete…they come simply for the love of dance.”

Photo show Back row- L to R Hannah Kaufman, Kelly Ingram, Carrie Broder, Lily Gold, Zoe Butchen, Lili Weinstein, Abigail Fennell, Middle Row L to R Sarah McLean, Madison Cone, Nicole Napoli, Grace Dinkel, Paige Tarpey, Front row L-R Lily Tango, Caroline Hinkle, Lindsay Pilot


socialscriptllc@gmail.com (Enchanted Garden ) Neighbors Mon, 21 May 2018 12:59:06 -0400
Ridgefield Youth Council to Unveil Kindness Mural on June 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/60013-ridgefield-youth-council-to-unveil-kindness-mural-on-june-1060013-ridgefield-youth-council-to-unveil-kindness-mural-on-june-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/60013-ridgefield-youth-council-to-unveil-kindness-mural-on-june-1060013-ridgefield-youth-council-to-unveil-kindness-mural-on-june-10

The Ridgefield Youth Commission is pleased to unveil its Kindness Mural on June 10.

The RYC has been working for a year to create this mural for the Ridgefield community. The abstract mural serves as a visible reminder for inclusiveness and kindness here in town. Joanne and Bruce Hunter, who own the Art Spot in Danbury, were commissioned for the project. They worked with dozens of members of the Ridgefield community in March to create the mural.

The event on June 10 will begin at 1:00pm. The Ridgefield Chorale will perform, as well as other musical performances, and speakers will include: Scotts Ridge Middle School principal, Tim Salem; Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield Executive Director, Mike Flynn; Jason Cianciotto, Executive Director of The Tyler Clementi Foundation.

Please contact RYC Chairperson, Denise Qualey, for more information via email dqualey@kidsincrisis.org.

Mission Statement of the Ridgefield Youth Commission

The Ridgefield Youth Commission shall serve as an advocate for the youth of Ridgefield to ensure community development of youth services. The Commission shall promote public awareness and understanding of local youth issues and needs. The goal of the Commission shall be to foster positive youth development throughout the community to enrich the lives of the youth and their families in the town of Ridgefield.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Youth Council ) Life Mon, 21 May 2018 12:37:16 -0400
Town of Ridgefield BOS Meeting on Wednesday: Fracking, Senior Tax Freeze, Land Donation https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/60011-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-on-wednesday-fracking-senior-tax-freeze-land-donation60011-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-on-wednesday-fracking-senior-tax-freeze-land-donation https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/60011-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-on-wednesday-fracking-senior-tax-freeze-land-donation60011-town-of-ridgefield-bos-meeting-on-wednesday-fracking-senior-tax-freeze-land-donation

Town of Ridgefield Board of Selectmen Meeting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018  6:30 p.m. Town Hall Large Conference Room

1. Public Comment

2. Fracking Ordinance

3. Ridgefield Graveyard Committee Interview—Sara S. Champion

4. Senior Tax Freeze Proposal—John Fisher

5. Brian Humes, Jacunski Humes Architects, LLC

6. Proposed Donation of Land on Lakeside Drive; Set Public Hearing & Special Town Meeting Dates

7. Lift of Town Emergency Declaration Resolution

8. Selectman’s Report

9. Approval of Meeting Minutes:  5/9/18

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Politics Mon, 21 May 2018 12:04:27 -0400
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos at The Ridgefield Playhouse on May 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60009-apocalyptica-plays-metallica-by-four-cellos-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-may-2960009-apocalyptica-plays-metallica-by-four-cellos-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-may-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/60009-apocalyptica-plays-metallica-by-four-cellos-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-may-2960009-apocalyptica-plays-metallica-by-four-cellos-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-may-29

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos on May 29 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

You’ve never heard Metallica sound like this! Nordic rockers Apocalyptica are best known for their recently re-issued 1996 debut, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos. The epic, cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy metal music, created their very own genre (classical rock!) and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for more than 20 years, with millions of records sold and sold out shows around the world. Apocalyptica brings their unique take on heavy metal to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30pm, part of the Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity.  Don’t miss your chance to hear the Finnish band’s groundbreaking album, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos, performed live in its entirety! Visit Ancient Mariner (451 Main Street ~ Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of an entree with your ticket! Media partner for this event is 99.1 PLR, Whatever Rocks.

Apocalyptica formed when four friends, recently graduated from the prestigious Sibelius Music Academy in Finland, got together to combine their two loves: classical cello and heavy metal music. The band became a household name with the release of their Metallica covers album, Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos. Metal fans all over the world purchased this first-of-its-kind re-interpretation of Metallica, and its follow-up, Inquisition Symphony, which covered other heavy rock bands like Slayer and Pantera. The band never toured the United States when those albums were originally released, but have been on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut since 2016. Don’t miss this great evening of classical rock!

For tickets ($45) 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.

jill@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 21 May 2018 10:02:21 -0400
The Discovery Center at Ridgefield Gears Up for Connecticut Trails Day https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/60007-connecticut-trails-dau60007-connecticut-trails-dau https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/60007-connecticut-trails-dau60007-connecticut-trails-dau

On the weekend of June 2 and 3, Connecticut is set to host Connecticut Trails Day—the largest National Trails Day (NTD) celebration in the nation with over 240+ free events scheduled statewide. This annual celebration features activities for everyone, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, and more. These events are guided by knowledgeable volunteers from local hiking clubs, parks and recreation departments, state agencies, conservation organizations, historic groups, education programs, and land trusts.

Join Allison Archambault and members of The Discovery Center at Ridgefield on Saturday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, for a leisurely flora and fauna walk along the Rail Trail.  Participants will enjoy the wildflowers, learn about the many invasive plant species, and possibly see some nesting turtles. Eastern box, snapping, and wood turtles return every June to lay their eggs in the sandy surface of this old rail corridor, which is also home to deer, rabbits, groundhogs, foxes, skunks, raccoons, bobcats, and many other creatures. This program is suitable for the whole family and comfortable walking shoes, water and a camera are recommended.  The rain date is Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.

As part of NTD, a nationwide hiking initiative established by the American Hiking Society in 1993, Connecticut’s weekend-long celebration is coordinated by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Connecticut’s land, trails, and natural resources. This long-standing event celebrates the state’s spectacular trails, the many joys and benefits they provide, and the countless supporters and volunteers who make them possible

The success of Connecticut Trails Day would not be possible without strong participation by organizations like the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), land trusts, town agencies, outdoors-oriented businesses, hundreds of volunteers, dedicated sponsors, and CFPA.

The full listing of events can be viewed on the online directory of events and interactive map at www.ctwoodlands.org/TD2018DIR or in the printed 2018 Connecticut Trails Day Booklet (widely available in May). CFPA members receive their printed booklet in the mail. Free printed booklets can also be picked up (while supplies last) at the CFPA headquarters in Rockfall, CT as well as at select public drop points: town halls, public libraries, nature centers, state parks, and outdoor retailers.


ctensa2@gmail.com (Claire Tensa) Life Mon, 21 May 2018 08:25:49 -0400
Ridgefield Rules the Runway for Ann's Place https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/60008-ridgefield-rules-the-runway-for-ann-s-place60008-ridgefield-rules-the-runway-for-ann-s-place https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/60008-ridgefield-rules-the-runway-for-ann-s-place60008-ridgefield-rules-the-runway-for-ann-s-place

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Audrey Road and ARkids presented a wide array of trending spring outfits at the 2018 Fashion At Its Finest show to benefit Ann’s Place at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The event raised an amazing $105,000 to help local residents facing cancer. The evening was hosted by Christine O’Leary with lots of laughs and fun for all. 

"It was a perfect evening of fabulous fashions from Audrey Road and ARkids, hilarious fun with comedian and host Christine O'Leary and the most generous audience donating to Ann's Place,” said Peggy Marconi of Neumann Real Estate, and Fashion Show Event Chair.

Hair and make-up were provided by talented staff from Adam Broderick and photography was provided by Ann Charles Photography.

“Ana and I enjoyed every minute working on the committee to being backstage at the runway show,” said Danielle Verrilli, Owner of Audrey Road and Co-Owner of ARkids. “All the models came out with so much energy – it was inspiring – we can’t wait to do it again next year!”

Audrey Road and ARkids, with the help of Hutton’s Fine Men’s Wear, outfitted 34 local men, women and children who modeled at the event. Models exceeded all goals by raising $42,500 through personalized online donation pages leading up to the event. This dynamic team included Kim Bishop, Liam Bishop, Brooke Blake, Maddie Blake, Riley Blake, Jen Conciatore, Cora Diamond, Katie Diamond, Rosie Diamond, Jennifer Dineen, Alex Fischetti, Elizabeth Gallo, Zoe Garbus, Dawn Grabover, Amanda Grose, Emily Haughney, PJ James,Ariel Langberg, Juliette Langberg, Rachel Langberg,Shira Langberg, Jessica Mancini, Lauren Messina, Anna O’Rourke, Trish Shantz, Glenn Shepard, Paige Shepard, Julia Signorelli, Pamela Simenou, Anne Stauff, Lyla Stubbe, Annalisa Verrilli, Mia Verrilli, and Christine Wohl.

“Helping lead this fundraiser was incredibly inspiring. From the sponsors to the models, everyone worked so hard to make sure people with cancer get the support they need,” said Ana Signorelli, Co-Owner of ARkids.

Chefs Warehouse was the presenting sponsorship for the evening. Other generous sponsors included Fairfield County Bank, The Bishop Family, Audrey Road, ARkids, John and Lori Berisford, Kevin and Elaine Cox, Michele Gay, The Grose Family, Wilda Hayes and Ron Olsen, Peggy Marconi, Adam Broderick, R. Webb Painting, Savings Bank of Danbury, Aries Data Collections, Union Savings Bank, Susan Blumenthal and Steven Silver, Anna and Bill O’Rourke, Marita McDonough and Neumann Real Estate.

“This event exceeded all of our goals,” said Shannon Cobb, President and CEO of Ann’s Place. “Thanks to the generosity of the models, sponsors and supporters we will be able to provide over 105 people with a full year of services absolutely for free.”

Ann’s Place provides help and hope to those living with cancer and their loved ones. The clinical social workers, facilitators and wellness experts provide a host of services aimed at improving quality of life during and after cancer. Ann’s Place relies on the generosity of donors to be able to continue providing these services free of charge. For more information visit www.annsplace.org or call 203-790-6568.

kerry@ducey.org (Lynn Stubbe) Charities Mon, 21 May 2018 07:54:02 -0400
Ridgefield's Movies Under the Stars Shows Ferdinand May 25th Outdoors at Jesse Lee Church https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59908-movies-under-the-stars-shows-ferdinand-may-25th-outdoors-at-jesse-lee-church59908-movies-under-the-stars-shows-ferdinand-may-25th-outdoors-at-jesse-lee-church https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59908-movies-under-the-stars-shows-ferdinand-may-25th-outdoors-at-jesse-lee-church59908-movies-under-the-stars-shows-ferdinand-may-25th-outdoors-at-jesse-lee-church

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with family fun under the stars with a FREE showing of the animated movie “Ferdinand” (rated PG) on Friday, May 25th at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT on the side lawn behind the church. The movie begins at dusk, but come earlier to purchase hamburgers/hot dogs onsite from the Zawack Shack food truck or bring a picnic dinner from one of Ridgefield’s many restaurants.

Kids Zone by Kiwi Country Day Camp will be open from 7-8 PM with bubbles, gaga ball, and more! Plus, Skips Good Humor ice cream truck will be there! Please, no alcohol allowed on church grounds.

Movies Under the Stars is brought to you by Kiwi Country Day Camp, Dr. Blaine Langberg Orthodontist, Ridgefield Prevention Council, and the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. For details, visit www.DestinationRidgefield.com or call (203) 438-5992. Can’t attend? Save the date for the evening of Friday, June 8th when the movie “Dolphin Tale” (rated PG) will be shown in the same location.

jmulhern@ridgefieldchamber.org (Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce) Events Mon, 21 May 2018 06:09:00 -0400