Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:57:10 -0500 HamletHub.com ACT of Connecticut presents Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING, tickets now on sale https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61556-act-of-connecticut-presents-stephen-schwartz-s-working-tickets-now-on-sale61556-act-of-connecticut-presents-stephen-schwartz-s-working-tickets-now-on-sale https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61556-act-of-connecticut-presents-stephen-schwartz-s-working-tickets-now-on-sale61556-act-of-connecticut-presents-stephen-schwartz-s-working-tickets-now-on-sale

After completely sold out runs of MAMMA MIA! and EVITA, ACT of CT’s next spectacular upcoming production is now on sale. From the composer of WICKED, we are thrilled to present Stephen Schwartz’s WORKING.

WORKING is the extraordinary musical from Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (WICKED) based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce. This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the school teacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.

This world-premiere version of WORKING features new music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (HAMILTON) with additional contributions by Daniel C. Levine.

Purchase tickets here.

ACT of Connecticut is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield, NY 


kerry@ducey.org (ACT of Connecticut) Events Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:26:34 -0500
RSO Passport to the Arts Program – Get those passports stamped! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61512-rso-passport-to-the-arts-program-get-those-passports-stamped61512-rso-passport-to-the-arts-program-get-those-passports-stamped https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61512-rso-passport-to-the-arts-program-get-those-passports-stamped61512-rso-passport-to-the-arts-program-get-those-passports-stamped

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra "Passport to the Arts" program is off to a great start! 

Over 1200 passports have been distributed featuring performing arts organizations holding performances through the end of December. Along with the Ridgefield Symphony, the participating Passport organizations include Ridgefield Playhouse, ACT of Connecticut, Ridgefield Theater Barn and the Ridgefield Chorale.  

Passport holders should have their Passport stamped at the venue when attending a performance.

Eligible shows in November and December include:

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra: "Love Letter" (12/1) concert

Ridgefield Theater Barn:  "Piano Bar...n!" (11/16 & 11/17) and "A Year with Frog and Toad" (November and December)

Ridgefield Chorale:  "Holiday Pops"(12/16) concerts

Ridgefield Playhouse:  Any live show in November and December!

Passports with three, four or five stamps can be redeemed through January 15, 2019 for FREE tickets to RSO subscription concerts during the 2018-19 or 2019-20 seasons! Three stamps get two Section C tickets ($50 value), four stamps get two Section B tickets ($90 value) and five stamps get two Section A tickets ($120 value).

“This is a great way to explore the performing arts in Ridgefield this fall!” says RSO Executive Director Laurie Kenagy. "The idea is to promote arts organizations and live performances, and get free RSO concert tickets as well.”

Passports are available at each of the participating performing arts organization's locations and events and are downloadable from www.ridgefieldsymphony.org or by calling the RSO office at 203-438-3889. 

kerry@ducey.org (RSO) Neighbors Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:24:00 -0500
Ridgefield Guild's Festive Home is Coming! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61537-festive-home-is-coming61537-festive-home-is-coming https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61537-festive-home-is-coming61537-festive-home-is-coming

"We are one week away from the opening of our 14th Annual Festive Home," says Mary Pat Devine, President of Ridgefield Guild of Artists.  "It's been a labor of love for many volunteers and we are almost ready!"  The annual fundraiser opens with a special preview night on Friday, November 16th from 6-8pm.  For an admission of $20, be the first to get a peek at the holiday showcase, all while enjoying festive food and drink.

Festive Home then continues free of charge for five weeks from Saturday, November 17th - Sunday, December 23rd, open Tuesdays - Sundays, 11am-5pm.  Closed November 21 and 22 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Now in its fourteenth year, Festive Home is the Guild's biggest fundraiser of the year.  Funds raised help to keep the doors open and improve program offerings.  The holiday showcase features vignettes by local designers, original member artwork, unique artisan goods, plus loads of hand-selected gift and decorating items for the holidays.

The Guild is located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield.  For more information, visit rgoa.org or call 203.438.8863.




rgoa@sbcglobal.net (MP Devine) Life Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:36:00 -0500
VOTE for Two RHS Athletes for Ruden Report-Fairfield County Bank Player of the Week! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61555-vote-for-two-rhs-athletes-for-ruden-report-fairfield-county-bank-player-of-the-week61555-vote-for-two-rhs-athletes-for-ruden-report-fairfield-county-bank-player-of-the-week https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61555-vote-for-two-rhs-athletes-for-ruden-report-fairfield-county-bank-player-of-the-week61555-vote-for-two-rhs-athletes-for-ruden-report-fairfield-county-bank-player-of-the-week

The Ruden Report-Fairfield County Bank has named six male and six female finalists for The Ruden Report-Fairfield County Bank Player of the Week vote. Two of the finalists are Ridgefield High School athletes, Owen Mathews and Tasha Riek.

The polls close at noon on Thursday, November 15.

VOTE for Ridgefield High School football player Owen Mathews. The Ruden Report says, "Mathews threw three touchdown passes in a 29-0 win over Fairfield Warde."

VOTE for Ridgefield High School soccer player, Tasha Riek. The Ruden Report says, "Riek’s goal lifted the Tigers to a 1-0 win over Darien and a spot in the Class LL semifinals."

The winners will receive our Player of the Week T-shirts.

Go Tigers!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:45:05 -0500
Downtown Ridgefield's Art on Main Invites You to Opening Reception of Farewell to Fall on Thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61554-downtown-ridgefield-s-art-on-main-invites-you-to-opening-reception-of-farewell-to-fall-exhibit-on-thursday61554-downtown-ridgefield-s-art-on-main-invites-you-to-opening-reception-of-farewell-to-fall-exhibit-on-thursday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61554-downtown-ridgefield-s-art-on-main-invites-you-to-opening-reception-of-farewell-to-fall-exhibit-on-thursday61554-downtown-ridgefield-s-art-on-main-invites-you-to-opening-reception-of-farewell-to-fall-exhibit-on-thursday

Ridgefield Art on Main, located at 448 Main Street in downtown Ridgefield, is a new artist-run gallery dedicated to bringing recurring art to Ridgefield's Main Street.

The Gallery announces Farewell to Fall, a group Exhibit of Ridgefield and local artists that will open this Thursday, November 15th with a free reception open to the public starting at 6:30 pm.  

The painting shown here was created by local artist Lynn Savini and depicts the trees at the Ridgefield Recreation Center. In addition to Savini, artists include Alice Hayes, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Doris Mady, Charice Shirvell, Frances Goulart, Jim Pascucci, Bobbie E. Mullen, Jon Gordon, Lisa Thoren, Edwina Casey, Allison Grey, D. Johnson, Chris Mambane, and Mary Faethingtem.

The exhibit will be on view through December 15. 

Luiza Budea is the gallery's organizer and curator, she is a Manhattan artist who recently moved to Ridgefield. 

Questions? Email citypaintings@gmail.com


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:51:26 -0500
Ridgefield Winter Club heads to fifth Public Hearing tomorrow at ERMS https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/61553-ridgefield-winter-club-heads-to-fifth-public-hearing-tomorrow-at-erms61553-ridgefield-winter-club-heads-to-fifth-public-hearing-tomorrow-at-erms https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/61553-ridgefield-winter-club-heads-to-fifth-public-hearing-tomorrow-at-erms61553-ridgefield-winter-club-heads-to-fifth-public-hearing-tomorrow-at-erms

Ridgefield Winter Club heads to its fifth Public Hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School.   

After a formal application was received by the Planning and Zoning Commission in July of 2018, the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club has received three Public Hearings on September 4, September 26, October 16, and October 30 when public finally had an opportunity comment.

According to Town Planner Rebecca Mucchetti, "The applicant, the intervenors, and peer review have presented at the hearings on September 25 and October 16.  We anticipate further presentations at the November 13 and November 27 hearings, and the final public hearing on Wednesday, December 12."


Applicant Rising Ridge Inc, proposes to build a Winter Club on the grounds of Pinchbeck Nursery at 340 Peaceable Street. There continues to be strong opposition for the Winter Club. Peaceable Street neighbors have created the Peaceable Neighbors Alliance

View tomorrow's Public Hearing Agenda here. 

Read Ridgefield Winter Club FAQs on their website here.

Read opposing views via Peaceable Neighborhood Alliance here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:28:04 -0500
Police Food Drive in Ridgefield is Hugely Successful! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61552-police-food-drive-in-ridgefield-is-hugely-successful61552-police-food-drive-in-ridgefield-is-hugely-successful https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61552-police-food-drive-in-ridgefield-is-hugely-successful61552-police-food-drive-in-ridgefield-is-hugely-successful

Food Glorious Food! Thanks, Ridgefield!

Last week, Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association (PBA) hosted a Food Drive at Stop & Shop to support Ridgefield Food Pantry.  The donations were plentiful!

"The Ridgefield PBA would like to thank everyone who generously donated in support of our food drive. It was a tremendous success," officers said. 

*Image courtesy Ridgefield Police Facebook Page.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:14:50 -0500
Local Jewelry Designer Is ARTique Guest Artist https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61551-local-jewelry-designer-is-artique-guest-artist61551-local-jewelry-designer-is-artique-guest-artist https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61551-local-jewelry-designer-is-artique-guest-artist61551-local-jewelry-designer-is-artique-guest-artist

Jewelry designer Emily Santella of Ridgefield makes her debut as a guest artist of ARTique at the high-end boutique’s gala opening Thurs., Nov. 15, in St. Stephen’s North Hall, 6:30-8:30, 351 Main St. in Ridgefield. The evening includes live music and refreshments. ARTique continues Fri., Nov. 16, noon to 7, and Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 to 5.

Santella, who will show an eclectic collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets, works in sterling silver and Argentium silver, which is brighter, purer and more tarnish resistant than traditional sterling. She often incorporates stones that she has collected on beaches from as far as Turkey to nearby Block Island.

Also juried into the show are 10 other guest artists, who will showcase works ranging from hand-painted silk scarves and photography to forged iron, turned wood and much more.

ARTique is sponsored by Connecticut Clay Artists, who will exhibit their wares in clay and porcelain. Admission is free.

Caption: Emily Santella, wearing one of her jewelry creations, a versatile Argentium silver necklace with detachable pendant.

Berry2079@comcast.net (LindaBerry) Neighbors Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:27:28 -0500
Stamford Marriott Employees Living The Journey for Decades https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61550-stamford-marriott-employees-living-the-journey-for-decades61550-stamford-marriott-employees-living-the-journey-for-decades https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/61550-stamford-marriott-employees-living-the-journey-for-decades61550-stamford-marriott-employees-living-the-journey-for-decades

What makes the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa extraordinary? Yes, it’s the only hotel in the area with an indoor/outdoor pool, spa, award-winning restaurant, bar, and a fully equipped gym. All of these attributes make the hotel one-of-a-kind, but, they aren’t the things that matter most.

What makes the Stamford Marriott a true stand-out are the dedicated and passionate employees who eagerly walk through the doors each day with a mission to make guests as comfortable and happy as possible.

Did you know? Many hotel staff members have been part of the Stamford Marriott family for nearly forty years. In this video, employees share their reasons for calling the Stamford Marriott home for decades. 

  • Jocelyn Joseph is celebrating 39 years of employment in the Housekeeping department.
  • Jose has been part of the Stamford Marriott team for thirty-eight years.
  • Lilly, the manager of the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa Cafe  (affectionately called “Lily's Place”) has been with the hotel for 20 plus years.

When we questioned these longtime employees about why they have spent decades at the Stamford Marriott, all of them mentioned one word: family. And, throughout the years, happy employees have equated to satisfied and loyal guests.

Part of the Meyer-Jabara family of hotels, Stamford Marriott employees are trained in a company culture called “The Journey”, a collection of the small actions and big strategies, the monumental decisions and the minute interactions which make up each day.

The Stamford Marriott employees are living the Journey.

Learn more about Meyer Jabara Hotels and their company culture HERE.

Learn more about the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa HERE.

30+ Years of Commitment from Meyer Jabara Hotel As...

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:23:46 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: Designs By Emily A. https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/61549-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-designs-by-emily-a61549-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-designs-by-emily-a https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/61549-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-designs-by-emily-a61549-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-designs-by-emily-a

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!

You're IT Designs By Emily A.

Three questions with Emily Arcamone, owner of Designs By Emily A. 

Why did you start your business?

I have always enjoyed making and receiving handmade gifts rather than those from the store. I found a fascination with those who had hidden talents such as knitting/crocheting, baking, etc. and I wanted to find my hidden talent. I took up many hobbies along the way, however, nothing stuck as it has with the crayon banks. The business has allowed me to use my creative talents and produce a product that everyone is familiar with and loves.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could help children learn the value of saving money for their future education. The initial draw of the crayons banks is the size and color, but the banks are so much more! Teaching children the value of a dollar and how to save an allowance really goes a long way!

Best selling product/service?

The best-selling product that Designs By Emily A creates is our personalized crayon bank. The banks are available in seven different colors. The crayon banks are piggy banks in the shape of crayons that we then personalize with names/phrases specific to the customers' order. Our customers have been incredibly creative using the banks in a variety of different ways, such as; a vacation fund, table centerpieces, party favors, painting activities and much more. 

Visit Designs By Emily A. online HERE.

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

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:24:25 -0500
Dine in or take out at 850 Wood Fired on November 15 & support Ridgefield chapter of National Charity League https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61548-hey-ridgefield-join-us-for-a-great-dinner-and-help-a-great-cause61548-hey-ridgefield-join-us-for-a-great-dinner-and-help-a-great-cause https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/61548-hey-ridgefield-join-us-for-a-great-dinner-and-help-a-great-cause61548-hey-ridgefield-join-us-for-a-great-dinner-and-help-a-great-cause

The Mothers and Daughters of the NCL - Ridgefield Chapter serve over 30 local philanthropies and donate approximately 5,000 hours of service to the greater Ridgefield community each year.

Eat In or Take Out at 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant on Thursday, November 15th and 850 will donate 10% of your purchase to The National Charity League - Ridgefield!

All are welcome! It's an easy, no-fuss night out!

*From 5:00-10:00 p.m., Nov. 15, 2018, includes dine-in, take-out orders and gift certificate sales.

850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant, 424 R Main Street, Ridgefield (just behind Main St. shops)

kvoghelk@icloud.com (karen v kleinman) Charities Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:08:27 -0500
Ridgefield Woman's Club Craft Fair on November 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61545-rwc-154202920661545-rwc-1542029206 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61545-rwc-154202920661545-rwc-1542029206

Ridgefield Woman’s Club 48thAnnual Craft Fair.  November 17, 2018, 10am-4pm, East Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield.  A juried craft Fair with 100 vendors featuring handmade or hand embellished crafts including pet and children gifts, food gifts, home décor, holiday gifts, knits, jewelry, pottery, and much more. Refreshments and light lunch available for purchase.  All proceeds support local scholarships and community programs sponsored by the Ridgefield Woman’s Club.  For additional information visit rwc-craftfair.com.

For $1 discount bring this coupon for a single admission. Be sure to enter the drawing at the event for the $50 gift certificate from the RWC.

margjw3@gmail.com (RWC CF) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:38:13 -0500
Nature's Temptations Thanksgiving Catering Menu Order Deadline is Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61386-nature-s-temptations-now-taking-fresh-turkey-orders-for-thanksgiving61386-nature-s-temptations-now-taking-fresh-turkey-orders-for-thanksgiving https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/61386-nature-s-temptations-now-taking-fresh-turkey-orders-for-thanksgiving61386-nature-s-temptations-now-taking-fresh-turkey-orders-for-thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13 is the last day to place your Thanksgiving catering order from Nature's Temptations!

Limited quantity - stop by the market or call us at 203-438-5443 to reserve yours today!

View Nature's Temptations Thanksgiving Catering Menu HERE. There are Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto options as noted on the menu. All orders need to be placed by Tuesday, November 13th. 

Need a fresh turkey? There are only a handful left! Stop by the market or call us at 203-438-5443 to reserve yours today!

Nature's Temptations is located at 32 Prospect Street in Ridgefield. Visit them online here.

kerry@ducey.org (Nature's Temptations) Life Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:07:00 -0500
Second Annual Walk for Mike on Sunday, December 2 in Downtown Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61546-second-annual-walk-for-mike-on-sunday-december-2-in-downtown-ridgefield61546-second-annual-walk-for-mike-on-sunday-december-2-in-downtown-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61546-second-annual-walk-for-mike-on-sunday-december-2-in-downtown-ridgefield61546-second-annual-walk-for-mike-on-sunday-december-2-in-downtown-ridgefield

The world would be better if we were more like Mike. Let's do this.

The 2nd Annual "Walk for Mike" in memory of Ridgefielder Mike Nardone will take place on Sunday, December 2 beginning at 10 am in Downtown Ridgefield.

A beloved Ridgefielder affectionately known as "Walking Mike" passed away on Thanksgiving day in 2017.  Saddened by his passing, hundreds of community members gathered outside of RVNA on Governor Street in the name of Ridgefield's walker, Mike Nardone. The community event was organized by Ridgefield resident, Debbie Haughney who stated that the mission of the heartfelt event was simple - be like Mike - no headphones or cell phones, in true Mike-style, today's walkers talked, smiled, shared good wishes with passersby, and told their Mike Nardone stories.

The 2nd Annual "Walk for Mike" in memory of Mike Nardone will take place on Sunday, December 2 beginning at 10 am in Downtown Ridgefield. "Take a stroll, make a new friend and spread Mike's kindness," says Haughney.

Please stay tuned for additional details including meeting location. 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:47:22 -0500
Ancona's Wines Announces Lear Wine Pairings from A Master SOMM! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61544-ancona-s-wines-announces-lear-wine-pairings-from-a-master-somm61544-ancona-s-wines-announces-lear-wine-pairings-from-a-master-somm https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/61544-ancona-s-wines-announces-lear-wine-pairings-from-a-master-somm61544-ancona-s-wines-announces-lear-wine-pairings-from-a-master-somm

Taub Family Wines Tasting at The Annex November 14 from 6:45 P.M. -- 8:00 P.M.

You are invited to join the Ancona's Wine team on Wednesday, November 14th as they present: "A Master Class In Wine Pairing”  with Master Sommelier, Brian Cronin of Taub Family Selections.

You might be asking yourself “What is a Master Sommelier?” Mitch Ancona, owner of Ancona's Wines & Liquors explains, "The Master Sommelier (MS) diploma is the highest distinctions a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service. In order to be able to call yourself a Master Sommelier, candidates must pass an exam that requires years of preparation and, more often than not, multiple attempts. It’s offered once a year by the Court of Master Sommeliers."

According to Ancona, presently, there are only 229 men and women in North America who can amend the highly-coveted “MS” to the end of their title,  and on Thursday, November 14th, Ancona’s will be welcoming one of them to The Annex. 

Enter Master Sommelier Brian. "He passed his exam in 2005, is the Brand Ambassador for Taub Family Selections – a portfolio of benchmark varietal expressions from all around the world. Brian will be joining us at The Annex where he will taking us through a flight of 6 different Italian wines from the Taub Family portfolio," says Ancona.
Space is limited, sign up online here or email carey@anconaswines.com to reserve your spot.

Wine Lineup

"Island Kingdoms of Italy…a taste of Sardinia and Sicily."

Sella & Mosca, Vermentino di Sardegna La Cala

Planeta Etna Bianco 2016

Sella & Mosca Cannonau 2014 

Planeta Etna Rosso 2015

Planeta Cerasuolo 2015

Planeta Santa Cecilia Nero D’Avola 2014

Visit Ancona's Wines & Liquors online: www.anconaswines.com. Learn about The Annex here.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:02:40 -0500