Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:06:00 -0400 HamletHub.com Miss the Sunset Wine Party? Featured Wines Available with Support to RIFF and Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61115-miss-the-sunset-wine-party-featured-wines-available-with-support-to-riff-and-ridgefield-playhouse61115-miss-the-sunset-wine-party-featured-wines-available-with-support-to-riff-and-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61115-miss-the-sunset-wine-party-featured-wines-available-with-support-to-riff-and-ridgefield-playhouse61115-miss-the-sunset-wine-party-featured-wines-available-with-support-to-riff-and-ridgefield-playhouse

After the sunset, there's still wine... and support local nonprofits! Ancona's extends Sunset Wine Party donation to RIFF and The Ridgefield Playhouse

Thanks to Ancona's Wines & Liquors, 10% of the proceeds from all purchases made last night will benefit the Ridgefield Playhouse and the Ridgefield independent Film Festival.

If you did not place an order last night or simply could not make it to the party, Ancona's Wine & Liquors has announced that they are extending this amazing offer until Wednesday (9/26).

This means that all of the wines that were featured at last night’s event are still available for purchase, with 10% of the proceeds from each order going to the Ridgefield Playhouse and the Ridgefield independent Film Festival.

Purchase wines featured at the Sunset Wine Party here.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:55:17 -0400
Niece of Rebel Without a Cause actor gets personal, see the film on Wednesday at Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61114-niece-of-rebel-without-a-cause-actor-gets-personal-see-the-film-on-wednesday-at-ridgefield-playhouse61114-niece-of-rebel-without-a-cause-actor-gets-personal-see-the-film-on-wednesday-at-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61114-niece-of-rebel-without-a-cause-actor-gets-personal-see-the-film-on-wednesday-at-ridgefield-playhouse61114-niece-of-rebel-without-a-cause-actor-gets-personal-see-the-film-on-wednesday-at-ridgefield-playhouse

This Wednesday, September 26, the Ridgefield Playhouse will screen the legendary movie, Rebel Without a Cause Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo.

Prior to showing this classic film, there will a special movie introduction by Jo Mineo and Victoria Mineo Cory, nieces of Academy Award nominee Sal Mineo. In addition, all ticket holders will be entered to win a piece of movie memorabilia courtesy of Jo and Victoria! Purchase your tickets.

Here, we take you inside the life of Sal Mineo, with the help of his niece, Ridgefield resident, Jo Mineo.

Tell me about the relationship between you and your uncle, Sal.

My sister [Victoria]and I grew up in a family where Sunday dinners were generally with our grandparents.  We spent much time together and were always present when the phone rang from Uncle Sal. Regularly, he would call and we passed the phone around to get private talk time. It was awesome as we too treated Uncle Sal also as an actor!  Sometimes we were nervous to ask him for autographed pictures for our friends and teachers, but he was always nice and mailed them right away.

Let’s talk Rebel Without A Cause. How did this movie shape Sal’s career?

Clearly, Rebel Without a Cause was a huge impact for Sal.  How amazing to have such a young talented cast make such a difference in the movie world! James Dean was 24 yrs old, Natalie Wood was 17 and Sal was 16.  I think Rebel Without a Cause gave all three actors a new life.

Tell me a bit about Sal’s career as an actor. How did it begin?

Sal's first performance was at age 11 in the Broadway play The Rose Tattoo. Although the part was very small, he was then cast to play Crown Prince of Siam on Broadway with Yul Brenner. From there, everything was falling into place with his 1st debut in a movie called Six Bridges to Cross in 1955 at age 16.

Sal did 23 top name movies (13 of them between 1955-1960), over 52 television performances, had 2 top singles on the charts and directed 2 plays. He was too young to die at age 37 when he was working on his play in Hollywood.

How did this legendary movie and stardom impact your family?

Our parents, Ann and Victor were instrumental in Uncle Sal's life.  Our father was his bodyguard and manager early on. Our mother was in charge of the Sal Mineo Fan Club and was responsible to handle promotional mailings of buttons, photos and send reply letters to all the fans.  I was born in 1959 and was too young to understand all the excitement Uncle Sal created as a young actor. Only until we were about 6 yrs old did we really know and feel the love Uncle Sal shared with others in his acting.  

Did you ever meet your uncle’s co-stars or his celebrity friends?

Our parents, grandparents and Sal's brother Mike and Sarina met many actors and actresses along the way. They attended awards dinners, opening nights - movie debuts at the theaters, did promotional engagements for the fans.  We have many home movies and photo's with our family in the presence of many actors/actresses. Victoria and I were either not born yet or too young to experience. We often prepared special cakes at my grandmother's house and had them shipped all over the world so he could share with his friends and fellow actors. There was always a thank you letter in return from David Cassidy, John Davidson, Jill Haworth and others for the treats. That was fun and we did not have Amazon to help us ship!   A different world back then.

Favorite story or memory of Uncle Sal?

I think the first special engagement I can remember was being at the opening of Krakatoa East of Java in 1969.  But our most exciting day was when Uncle Sal arrived in NYC and took my grandmother Josephine, Victoria and myself to a show in NYC and Sardi's Restaurant.  We were so proud and to see all the people come to ask for an autograph was exciting. Still today we each have the autographed menu. I do believe this was the last time we saw Uncle Sal which was in 1975.  

How do you want people to remember Sal Mineo?

I want his fans and new fans to understand the impact he made in theater and with much hope as a family we will do our best to keep Sal Mineo's name alive.  Victoria's children, Alex and Rachel and Sal's sister Sarina and daughter Samantha and I will work collectively on creating a legacy. Who knows, maybe a family book or special feature show is next. Stay tuned!

Purchase your tickets to Rebel Without a Cause on screen at the Ridgefield Playhouse this Wednesday and meet Jo Mineo and her sister Victoria, nieces of Sal Mineo.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:49:16 -0400
Cheers to Ridgefield's Inaugural Sunset Wine Party! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61112-cheers-to-ridgefield-s-inaugural-sunset-wine-party61112-cheers-to-ridgefield-s-inaugural-sunset-wine-party https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61112-cheers-to-ridgefield-s-inaugural-sunset-wine-party61112-cheers-to-ridgefield-s-inaugural-sunset-wine-party

Ridgefield's First Annual Wine Week came to a grand close last night with a Sunset Wine Party which took place at the Lounsbury House. Benefiting The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, the event’s major sponsor was Ancona’s Wines & Liquors.

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

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

With the help and support of many local businesses, the seeds that were planted quickly germinated and Ridgefield Wine Week was born.

The fruits of Alonso’s labor were truly appreciated last night as hundreds of guests flocked to Main Street to taste 80 wines carefully selected by Ancona's Wines & Liquors and to sample decadent food pairings expertly crafted by Executive Chef Giuseppe Castellano from Gallo Ristorante. Top wine distributors in the region shared their wine knowledge, giving tasters insight into the vineyards, the farming history of the crops, and even the pioneers behind the vintage.

The evening was perfect - as guests sipped wine on the picturesque balcony of the Lounsbury House, they were even treated to a Ridgefield sunset.

Thank you to all who made Ridgefield inaugural wine week and Sunset Wine Party one to cheer about!


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:38:42 -0400
Services on Sunday for Sharron McCleery Lavatori, 61, of Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61111-services-on-sunday-for-sharron-mccleery-lavatori-61-of-ridgefield61111-services-on-sunday-for-sharron-mccleery-lavatori-61-of-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61111-services-on-sunday-for-sharron-mccleery-lavatori-61-of-ridgefield61111-services-on-sunday-for-sharron-mccleery-lavatori-61-of-ridgefield

Sharron McCleery Lavatori, 61, of Ridgefield, wife of Stephen Lavatori, mother of Jeffrey Lavatori, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Funeral services will take place on Sunday, September 30,2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church; 351 Main Street, Ridgefield with a reception to follow at North Hall. There will be no calling hours. Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in care of funeral arrangements.

Last year, about this time, Sharron stopped by our HamletHub office to drop off a donation for Drink Pink, to benefit Ann's Place. This was one of many nonprofits Sharron supported. Thank you, Sharron, for all you did to make Ridgefield a better place. We will miss you.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:29:22 -0400
Ballard Park Goes To The Pumpkins in 2018 Weigh Off! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61110-ballard-park-goes-to-the-pumpkins-in-2018-weigh-off61110-ballard-park-goes-to-the-pumpkins-in-2018-weigh-off https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61110-ballard-park-goes-to-the-pumpkins-in-2018-weigh-off61110-ballard-park-goes-to-the-pumpkins-in-2018-weigh-off

Pumpkin growers from around the region greeted community members, pumpkin enthusiasts, and lovers of all things fall in Ballard Park yesterday for the Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off!

Sponsored by Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, the popular event was organized and supported by two Ridgefield giant pumpkin fans - Jessica Collins, and pumpkin grower, Steve Maydan.

As in year's past, in addition to tremendous (pun intended) bragging rights, pumpkin growers competed for cash prizes ranging from $2,500 for first place, to $100 awarded to a youth grower.

Thanks to the many local artisan vendors, as well as local businesses who set up shop in Ballard Park with wares, animals (Henny Penny Farm!), and creative goods! In addition to the many vendors, there were a host of fall activities for kids including a pumpkin decorating contents and pumpkin-themed games!

Earning the top award for the second consecutive year was Ron Wallace, returned to Ridgefield from Rhode Island with another giant beauty weighing in at 1,806.5 pounds!

Joe Jutras set a world record last year with a squash that weighed in at over 2,000 pounds! Today his squash took home first place at 927.5 pounds!

Collins remarked that it was a special day for Eddy Giarrusso whose pumpkin started the day with a ferry ride from Prudence Island, Rhode Island. Giarrusso set a personal best and took home 2nd place with this giant who topped the scale at 1.659.5 pounds!

View all winners of Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off on Jessica’s website here.

Congratulations to all who participated in the 2018 Weigh Off and many, many thanks to both Jess, Steve and the Chamber for all of your hard work! This is such a fabulous town event!

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:52:17 -0400
RIFF presents an intimate conversation with Allison Williams on October 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61109-riff-presents-an-intimate-conversation-with-allison-williams-on-october-2061109-riff-presents-an-intimate-conversation-with-allison-williams-on-october-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61109-riff-presents-an-intimate-conversation-with-allison-williams-on-october-2061109-riff-presents-an-intimate-conversation-with-allison-williams-on-october-20

2018 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Presents: “RIFF’ing WITH…ALLISON WILLIAMS”

 An Intimate Conversation moderated by New York Times Best-selling Author Rich Cohen 

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT

Sponsored by Audi of Danbury

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) announced today that actor, singer Allison Williams (Get Out, “Girls”) will be the featured guest in the inaugural “RIFF’ing With…” a newly launched series of live interviews with filmmakers and actors that explores their careers and provides an insight into what it takes to remain a top-notch artist. Williams, who hails from New Canaan, CT and stars in the upcoming Richard Shepard film, The Perfection, will discuss before a live audience her career in film and television, Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Aldrich Museum. Rich Cohen the New York Times best-selling author, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone contributing editor, and co-creator of the HBO series Vinyl, will sit down with Williams for an engaging conversation. RIFF’ing With…Allison Williams and wine reception is sponsored by Audi of Danbury. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.riffct.org.

Williams is best known for her role as Marnie Michaels on six seasons of HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning television series, “Girls.” Williams also starred in Jordan Peele's Academy Award-nominated film, Get Out, for which she garnered a Screen Actors Guild ensemble nomination for her performance. Most recently, Williams appeared opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Showtime’s Emmy® Award-nominated limited series Patrick Melrose.”

 Ever since her beguiling performance singing the “Mad Men” theme song in a viral YouTube video, Allison Williams has been on my radar. I absolutely loved her on “Girls,” where she was tasked with depicting a narcissistic character but somehow, managed to tap into Marnie’s more vulnerable and likable side making her an instant fan favorite. Allison’s portrayal of Rose Armitage in Get Out had me on the edge of my seat and I can honestly say that I will never again look at a white turtleneck the same way. RIFF is delighted to have Allison as our very first ‘RIFF’ing With…’ guest. To also have the inimitable Rich Cohen conducting the interview makes us feel like we’ve truly landed a dream team.”

Williams won over critics from The New York Times to The Hollywood Reporter starring as ‘Peter Pan' in NBC’s live-action musical event, “Peter Pan Live” in 2014. In February 2013, Williams guest-starred on “The Mindy Project.” In 2011, she starred as Kate Middleton in a four-part, self-written original mini-series for Funnyordie.com called "Before Happily Ever After...Will & Kate."

In Spring 2010, Williams graduated from Yale University with a BA in English. Afterward, she began working on a video that released on YouTube in October of 2010: "Mad Men Theme Song...With A Twist". She moved to Los Angeles just before releasing the video, which quickly became a viral sensation and garnered much attention in the blog and entertainment world. Among the video's fans were Judd Apatow and the executives at HBO, who, upon seeing the video, reached out to Williams for an audition for “Girls.” Ironically, within a month of moving to Los Angeles, Williams was back in New York, filming the pilot episode.

kerry@ducey.org (Marlea Willis) Events Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:15:56 -0400
Celebrity Voice Coach Workshop with Samantha Cole Starts Wednesday, September 26 at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61108-celebrity-voice-coach-workshop-with-samantha-cole-starts-wednesday-september-26-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse61108-celebrity-voice-coach-workshop-with-samantha-cole-starts-wednesday-september-26-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61108-celebrity-voice-coach-workshop-with-samantha-cole-starts-wednesday-september-26-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse61108-celebrity-voice-coach-workshop-with-samantha-cole-starts-wednesday-september-26-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

Calling all singers, songwriters and musicians of all ages and levels -- beginner to experienced performers! The Celebrity Voice Coach Workshop at The Ridgefield Playhouse, taught by international recording star Samantha Cole, begins this Wednesday, September 26. This six-week course teaches students of all ages professional vocal techniques to take their vocal performances to the next level! Warm-ups, proper breathing, stage movement, mic technique, approach, songwriting and song choice are just some of the topics covered in this class.  Cole has recorded and toured with several hitmakers including the Backstreet Boys, Shaggy, David Foster and Nile Rodgers. In addition to vocal coaching, Cole shares her experience in songwriting and studio recording, as well as how to navigate the music business.  The  Celebrity Voice Coach Workshop takes place Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 from September 26 – November 7 (no class on Halloween) at The Ridgefield Playhouse and is part of the Adam Broderick Whole New You Series and partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services.

Samantha Cole is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer turned vocal coach and talent manager.  Cole was discovered by Universal Music’s Doug Morris and Daniel Glass, and promptly signed to Universal Records.  She co-wrote eight of the songs for her self-titled debut album, produced by an all-star team of hit-makers: David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Richard Marx and Rhett Lawrence. The album spawned the Top 40 single “Happy With You.” The follow-up single, “Without You” (written by Cole and Foster), soared to #1 in Asia and was later covered by American Idol stars Kimberly Locke and Clay Aiken. She is also known for her top 5 global hit, “Luv Me Luv Me”, on which she is featured with international superstar Shaggy. Cole has toured with Backstreet Boys, Shaggy and 98 Degrees and has collaborated with Boyz II Men, Robin Thicke, Diane Warren, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith songwriting teams, and more. She was also signed to EMI Publishing as a songwriter.

Cole prepares students throughout the year for vocal competitions such as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “The X Factor” and “The Four.” She is also currently recording and producing some of her students’ EPs and albums. With her connections and relationships in the music industry, Cole offers a unique background that is truly special and hard to find.

To sign up ($425) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org for more info.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

Celebrity Voice Coach

jill@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:24:49 -0400
Honoring Patti Capilli while raising funds for breast cancer research at The Ancient Mariner on October 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61107-honoring-patti-capilli-while-raising-funds-for-breast-cancer-research-at-the-ancient-mariner-on-october-1361107-honoring-patti-capilli-while-raising-funds-for-breast-cancer-research-at-the-ancient-mariner-on-october-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61107-honoring-patti-capilli-while-raising-funds-for-breast-cancer-research-at-the-ancient-mariner-on-october-1361107-honoring-patti-capilli-while-raising-funds-for-breast-cancer-research-at-the-ancient-mariner-on-october-13

The community is invited to honor the legacy of Ridgefielder Patti Capilli while raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

This fundraising event will take place at The Ancient Mariner in Ridgefield on Saturday, October 13 from 6-10:00 pm. The evening's Guest Bartenders are Tommy Shearman, Chris Dykes, and Don Baker. Enjoy cocktails, great silent auction prizes, and camaraderie! 

Please visit the Remembering Patti donation page HERE.

All funds raised will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization which has raised $569.4 million to support clinical and translational research at medical institutions worldwide.

A message from the event organizer, Paula Shearman:

It’s that time of year and I am excited to be planning our 7th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser!

We will again honor my wonderful friend, Patti Capilli, who lost her battle to breast cancer last year. I think of her every day and I am proud to fight for a cure in her memory.

I choose to donate the money we raise to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Their research focuses on the most promising advancements in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Their goal is not only to make new discoveries and invent new methods to address all aspects of breast cancer, but also to do it in record time.

Time is so important, every 2 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with Breast Cancer. We need research to develop breakthrough treatments and ultimately find a cure.

If you can't attend, please consider making a donation here. 

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:55:08 -0400
Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House on Sunday, September 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/61083-the-ridgefield-historical-society61083-the-ridgefield-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/61083-the-ridgefield-historical-society61083-the-ridgefield-historical-society

Sundays at the Schoolhouse Peter Parley Schoolhouse Open House on Sunday, September 30 from 1 to 4 pm

The Ridgefield Historical Society is pleased to present Sundays at the Schoolhouse on September 30, from 1 to 4 pm, rain or shine. This afternoon series is free to the public and engages visitors of all ages through interactive tours of the schoolhouse and hands-on learning experiences with docents and historical craft makers from the Colonial era. On September 30, a presentation of the Historical Society’s exhibit, WWI: Ridgefield Answers the Call, will feature display posters created by local graphic artist Bil Mikulewicz. The exhibit commemorates the end of WWI and centers on the contribution Ridgefielders made during the war.

The Peter Parley Schoolhouse, also known as the West Lane Schoolhouse or the Little Red Schoolhouse, was in operation from 1756 to 1915 and served five generations of Ridgefielders. On the tour, learn about Samuel Goodrich (alias Peter Parley), a Ridgefield native and one of the most famous children’s book authors of his time, who attended the school from 1799 to 1803.

The town of Ridgefield owns the Schoolhouse and its grounds. In February 2012, the Ridgefield Historical Society took over its operations and, today, it is open the last Sunday of the month from May to October.

The Ridgefield Historical Society is committed to enhancing its public outreach to the community, both at the Scott House and the Peter Parley Schoolhouse, as well as in collaboration with local institutions. For more information, please visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-438-5821, or email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net. The Sundays at the Schoolhouse program is generously supported by Fairfield County Bank.

The Schoolhouse is located at the intersection of West Lane and CT Rte 35 in Ridgefield, CT

ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net (Elizabeth Reid) Places Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:27:03 -0400
Fall In Love With Ridgefield & RIFF Weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/60610-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-riff-weekend60610-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-riff-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/60610-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-riff-weekend60610-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-riff-weekend

Downtown Ridgefield has just announced that they will be hosting the annual Fall In Love With Ridgefield weekend Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20. Live music, food, window decorating, scarecrows and MORE will make this a perfect fall weekend to frolic! Stay tuned for details!

Fall In Love With Ridgefield weekend coincides with RIFF, Ridgefield Independent Film Festival. Learn more about RIFF and upcoming performances here.

RIFF Trailer

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:04:00 -0400
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, October 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61106-friends-the-musical-parody-coming-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-wednesday-october-2461106-friends-the-musical-parody-coming-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-wednesday-october-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61106-friends-the-musical-parody-coming-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-wednesday-october-2461106-friends-the-musical-parody-coming-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-wednesday-october-24

Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Chandler are Back in FRIENDS! The Musical Parody at The Ridgefield Playhouse October 24

Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Chandler are back in FRIENDS! The Musical Parody coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, October 24 at 8pm. Enjoy songs like “495 Grove Street – How Can We Afford This Place?”; “How you Doin?” and “We Were on a Break!” in this hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s “Friends” and celebrates the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. Fresh from a successful Off-Broadway run, this delightfully naughty confection plucks the best moments from the show’s ten years and recreates them through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. For mature audiences only. This show is part of Barts Tree Service Comedy Series, Ridgefield Magazine Broadway & Cabaret Series and STAR 99.9 & Western Connecticut Health Network’s Pinktober.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is an unauthorized musical parody based on the wildly popular television series. Additional songs from Friends! The Musical Parody include: “Oh. My. God. It’s Janice!” sung by Janice-– yes, they’ve brought back Janice!–– “Will They or Won’t They” by Ross and Rachel; “The Ballad of Fat Monica”; “The Chick and The Duck Song”; “I am Marcel, the Monkey!”; “Could I BE Anymore...in Love with You” by Chandler; “The One Where We Make a Million Dollars an Episode” and “We’ll Always Be There For You.” “It’s smart, funny and moving,” proclaims Broadwayworld.com. The show is produced by Right Angle Entertainment and McSmith Family Entertainment.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody was created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the pair behind Full House! The Musical, Showgirls! The Musical, Katdashians! The Musical!; Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical (NYTimes Critic Pick), 90210! The Musical and

 The Office! A Musical Parody! coming this Fall to The Theater Center (Times Square, NYC) -- yes, they have a yen for popular television series of the 80s, 90s and 00s. Special attention to detail was given to costumes designed by David Rigler.

“A lot of thought has to go into re-creating something that is so ingrained in people's memories, especially with such a vast amount of material to work from -- because the show aired for 10 seasons, there is an abundance of research to pull from” says Rigler. “The collaboration with the creative team was key, but even more so was the contributions the cast made to the costumes. Our cast brought these characters to the stage in a brilliant way and once I honed in on their versions of these characters, the process of designing the costumes became much less daunting.”

For tickets ($39.50) 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.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:00:03 -0400
Support RHS Tiger Football at 850 on Sunday, September 30, Live Music by MOJO! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61105-support-rhs-tiger-football-at-850-on-sunday-september-30-live-music-by-mojo61105-support-rhs-tiger-football-at-850-on-sunday-september-30-live-music-by-mojo https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61105-support-rhs-tiger-football-at-850-on-sunday-september-30-live-music-by-mojo61105-support-rhs-tiger-football-at-850-on-sunday-september-30-live-music-by-mojo

Ridgefield High School Football Fundraiser at 850 Degrees Wood Fired on Sunday, September 30 from 4-9pm with live music from 5 to 7:30 by MOJO!

This fundraising event will feature Tiger Football's own George Rioseco!

$20 suggested donation. 

All tips to the band and 10% of all of the evening's proceeds benefit RHS Tiger Football. 

Dine in or take out. 

850 Degrees is located at 424R Main Street in Ridgefield.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:04:28 -0400
Whip Salon Hair-Raiser Benefits Dylan's Wings of Change on Sunday, October 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61104-whip-salon-hair-raiser-benefits-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-sunday-october-761104-whip-salon-hair-raiser-benefits-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-sunday-october-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61104-whip-salon-hair-raiser-benefits-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-sunday-october-761104-whip-salon-hair-raiser-benefits-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-sunday-october-7

Whip Salon HAIR RAISER Benefits Dylan's Wings of Change on Sunday, October 7 in both the Ridgefield and Westport Salons!

Giving back never looked so good. Simply book an appointment for any haircut, blowout or color appointment and we'll donate 10% to Dylan's Wings of Change. Ladies, guys and kids cuts too!

Whip Salon is pleased to announce a Hair Raiser that benefits Dylan's Wings of Change on Sunday, October 7th across both locations in Ridgefield and Westport. 


A "Hair Raiser" is a salon fundraiser where 10% of all services go towards a special cause.

Dylan's Wings of Change is a foundation dedicated for the memory of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14th, 2012. The foundation has created the Wingman program, which teaches the universal values of compassion and empathy and inspires all children to go above and beyond to create strong, inclusive communities. 

Learn more here

kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Charities Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:50:13 -0400
Meet the Ridgefield Doughboys at Mapleshade Cemetery in Ridgefield on September 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61093-meet-the-ridgefield-doughboys-a-self-guided-cemetery-tour-of-ww161093-meet-the-ridgefield-doughboys-a-self-guided-cemetery-tour-of-ww1 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61093-meet-the-ridgefield-doughboys-a-self-guided-cemetery-tour-of-ww161093-meet-the-ridgefield-doughboys-a-self-guided-cemetery-tour-of-ww1

 Meet the Ridgefield Doughboys: A self-guided cemetery tour of WW1 at Mapleshade Cemetery on September 30  - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a stroll through Ridgefield's participation in the War-to-End-All-Wars

Here are just a few of the heroes you'll meet -

  • His friends knew him as "Pinky" and he became famous as one of the country's finest makers of custom fly rods - yet nobody knew his top-secret assignment during the war. Come and read about his secret mission.
  •  Joe was wounded, captured by the Germans and imprisoned. But he escaped and sneaked all the way to the Netherlands   ... where he crossed to England.
  •  This Ridgefielder was a hero both in the war and after. Then he went to jail.

And 26 other veterans.

To learn more, join us at Mapleshade Cemetery on September 30.

Entrance is through the Mapleshade Cemetery on the corner of Mapleshade and North Street. Please follow signs for parking.

Rain date: October 14th









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109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield is HIRING https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/61102-109-cheese-wine-in-ridgefield-is-hiring61102-109-cheese-wine-in-ridgefield-is-hiring https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/61102-109-cheese-wine-in-ridgefield-is-hiring61102-109-cheese-wine-in-ridgefield-is-hiring

Ever consider a career in the cheese world? 109 Cheese and Wine in Ridgefield is looking for a few great people to help them grow!

Both full and part-time positions are available.

Cheese knowledge is preferred but not necessary. 

Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

Email Monica at monica@109cheeseandwine.com for more information.

109 Cheese and Wine is located at 109 Danbury Road, in the Marketplace at Copps Hill.



kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:58:29 -0400