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Creativity Connects Ridgefield: Meet Anna Turner

Creativity Connects Ridgefield

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

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good.

Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Ridgefield. 

Creativity Connects us. Meet Ridgefield resident Anna Turner, student, swimmer and nature lover.

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

Having a huge sweet tooth and an immense love for ice cream are only two of the reasons why this place never fails to put me in a good mood. Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe is a staple of Ridgefield, and for many good reasons. Every time I go there, I am well aware of the fact that I will most likely run into at least five people I know. During summer nights, the line is out the door and the shop is overflowing with people. This is a place that you are never too old to go to. To this day, I have loved walking all the way down Main Street to get to one of Ridgefield’s happiest places. Opening the door, you are overwhelmed by the smell of chocolate and the laughter of the people around you. Although I always walk out of Deborah Ann’s eating a few too many bites of ice cream, I am sure to always be smiling. 

Any place in town where you go for inspiration? 

My mom once told me that the best place to take a break from everything that is going on around you is in the presence of nature. Whenever I am stuck on a chemistry problem, annoyed about performance in my last [swim] meet, having trouble coming up with my thesis for my final paper, or just can’t seem to perfect my gluten-free brownies, I always turn to nature. Ridgefield is the perfect place to live for this. With the countless lakes, trails, and beautiful scenery, I never run out of places to go to. A few of my favorites are Pine Mountain, Hemlock Hills, Martins Park, and Mopus Bridge Rd. Spending time in places like these allows me to reflect and enjoy the beautiful town we live in. 

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

Over the past couple of months, I have been blown away by the selflessness of the people of Ridgefield. Life has not been normal lately for anyone but instead of focusing on the bad, the people of Ridgefield used their creativity and imagination to create positive change in our society. From the Langis Sisters starting a virtual run for their coach who recently passed, local shops donating food to our front line workers, neighbors going grocery shopping for the elderly, and signs outside of people’s houses reminding those who drive by that everything is going to be ok. These simple yet important acts of kindness show how community-driven this town is. In times where we were told that we aren’t allowed to do anything, the people of Ridgefield pulled together and used their creativity to create good during difficult times. 

Creativity Connects Ridgefield is made possible by LIFEWTR.

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

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