Ridgefield happenings: ARTique, Craft Fair, and Flubber Bros. at Blue Bus Music

The following is a list of events happening in Ridgefield over the next couple of weeks:

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 Thursday, Nov. 15, in St. Stephen’s North Hall, 6:30-8:30. ARTique continues Friday, 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.

November astronomy at New Pond Farm

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield and New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Road, West Redding, are offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. At 5:30, there will be an optional mini-lesson for participants, especially children, to better understand what they will be viewing. This will take place in the classroom and is included in the price of the program.

Participants should bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory and dress for the weather. The program is $4 for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For non-members, the charge is $6, with a maximum of $24 per family. Registration is required and can be done at ridgefielddiscovery.org or by calling 203-438-1063. If the skies appear cloudy, check the website after 4 p.m. for program status.

Sculptor Meredith Bergmann to speak at library Nov. 18

The Ridgefield Library and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists will present award-winning sculptor Meredith Bergmann on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Ridgefield Library.

Bergmann will show images of work from her 40-year career as a sculptor who seeks out public commissions that explore issues of history, race, human rights, disabilities, and the power of poetry and music. Bergmann will talk about her creative process, the research that inspires her to bring history to life, and some of the many issues involved with competing for commissions and making public monuments. She will also share stories about what inspires her smaller and more personal sculptures.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Cardio classes

New sessions of a variety of movement classes have started through Ridgefield Continuing Education. These one-hour classes meet for five to eight sessions and will keep you fit.  

Fit for Life Workout, a cardio/endurance/core and strength program that includes light weights, starts Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m.; Pilates (light weights optional) starts Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.; and 60 Minute Calorie Burner starts Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m.

Cost is $62 (five sessions) to $96 (eight sessions). Ridgefield senior discount available.  Advanced registration is required. Details on what to wear and bring to class are at ridgefieldschools.org or phone at 203-431-2812.

Genealogy classes

Genealogy Publishing Made Simple: How to Turn Your Genealogy Findings into an Exciting Book is available on Thursday, Nov. 29 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $31) through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Class will include step-by-step instructions on how to prepare genealogy material for a book, including organizing findings, preparing images for best reproductive quality, writing an introduction and conclusion, and printing options and cost factors.  

Ridgefield senior discount is available. Registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for more information.

Knitting classes

Studio Knitting for All is available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. This is a class for both beginners and those who want to continue from where they are. The participant will learn the basic stitches and develop skills in maintaining an even tension in the piece. Practice needles and practice yarn will be provided until the participant determines a project. After the selection of a project, the participant purchases the necessary supplies. Projects have included knitting a scarf, sweater, blanket, and handbag.

This eight session class meets on Tuesdays, Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Park School. Cost is $169. Ridgefield seniors pay $126. Class size limited. Information and registration at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Holiday art show opens at Keeler Tavern Museum Dec. 2

This year’s Holiday Art Show at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center’s historic Carriage Barn will feature new works by Ridgefield artist Tina Cobelle-Sturges. The exhibit opens on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 p.m. with an artist’s reception, and continues during the week of Christmas luncheons, from Tuesday, Dec. 4 to Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 to 3:30.

A portion of the artist’s sales will go toward the restoration of the historic Carriage Barn, which was designed and built by  architect Cass Gilbert in 1910.

More information about holiday events as well as online registration for the luncheons may be found at keelertavernmuseum.org/events or by calling the business office, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 at 203-438-5485.

Woman’s Club Craft Fair

Following a long tradition, the Ridgefield Woman’s Club will sponsor a Craft Fair to be held on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School, as the club’s major fund-raiser. One hundred vendors from Connecticut and New England will offer a wide variety of handmade or hand-embellished items, including holiday decor, woodwork, pottery, blown glass, knitted items, textiles, gourmet food products, and recycled goods. The club says there’s something for everyone and every age. Admission is $8/adults; $6/seniors; free/children under 12. Snacks and lunch are available in the cafeteria. All proceeds will benefit scholarships for Ridgefield High School seniors and community organizations.

Thanksgiving interfaith service at Jesse Lee is Nov. 20

The annual interfaith Thanksgiving service will be offered on Tuesday night, Nov. 20, at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

This year’s service will begin at 7:15 and will include musical contributions from the Ridgefield High School Chamber Orchestra, the Ridgefield Choral, and the Jesse Lee Hand Bell Choir.

Selectwoman Barbara Manners will read the Thanksgiving proclamation and clergy from throughout the town will lead in this time of worship.

The Rev. Beth Anderson from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church will bring the sermon. A special offering will be collected in support of the Ridgefield Food Pantry and the Association of Religious Communities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the food pantry. The theme is fostering a compassionate community. All are welcome.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists fund-raiser

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, will be hosting its 14th annual Festive Home preview party fund-raiser on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $20, payable at the door.

Festive Home continues Saturday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, but closed Mondays and also on Nov. 21 and 22 for Thanksgiving. Admission  is free. For more details, the guild may be reached at 203-438-8863, visit rgoa.org, or email rgoa@sbcglobal.net.

Flubber Bros. live at Blue Bus

Local band the Flubber Bros. will perform at Blue Bus Music (6 Prospect Street) on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. Comprised of local singer/songwriters Chris Belden, Robert Drescher and Kevin McCarthy, the Flubbers write catchy, literate tunes in the vein of The Band, Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen. Admission is free.