Ridgefield happenings: Frankenstein, graveyard cleanup, and Evensong

The following events are coming up in Ridgefield:

Bruce Bennett talks customer service

The Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, RECDC and SCORE will continue their “Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success” series at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. with Bruce Bennett, founder of Bruce Bennett Nissan, who will share some of his customer service wisdom about how to improve and maintain customer and employee satisfaction.

Visit ridgefieldlibraray.org or call 203-438-2282 to register.

Architectural excellence with Centerbrook Architects

Nationally renowned architectural firm Centerbrook Architects & Planners will kick-off the Ridgefield Library’s ARTalk series on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. ARTalks are dedicated to exploring the creative process through lectures, films and workshops that focus on art, architecture and design. Since it was founded in 1975, Centerbrook Architects has received 380 awards for design excellence, including the National AIA Firm Award, the highest honor the American Institute of Architects confers. In this illustrated presentation, ARTalk, principals Jefferson B. Riley and Todd E. Andrews will highlight Centerbrook’s design approach through examples of its diverse portfolio.

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

Computer and tech classes

Technology, Apps and software classes through Ridgefield Continuing Education are available. Upcoming classes include: Excel Intermediate (Monday, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 3:30 to 6 p.m., $99); Excel Advanced (Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Monday, Nov. 26, and Dec. 3, 3:30 to 6 p.m., $99); Apple iCloud (Thursday, Nov. 8, 3:30 to 5 p.m., $30); Word Intro Plus File Management (Friday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $49); PowerPoint (Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $79); Using Instagram and Pinterest (Thursday, Nov. 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., $39) and iPhone Quick Start (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1 to 3 p.m., $39).

There is a small materials fee in Microsoft classes. Ridgefield senior discount available. Information and registration at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

Frankenstein celebration continues at library

The Ridgefield Library is continuing its Still Alive! 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this fall.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., there will be a screening and discussion of James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein.” Mark Edwards, who teaches media studies at Sacred Heart University, will introduce the films and lead a discussion afterwards.

Dr. Mark Schenker, Yale College, will be at the library on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. to give a lecture called Frankenstein’s Creature: A Monster for Its Time — and Ours. Attendees are encouraged to read the book before attending.

Retired English teacher Barb Jennes will lead a book discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

On Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., there will be a Frankenstein movie marathon. Check the library website for films and times.

Gail Carson Levine will be at the library to discuss her new companion novel, Ogre Enchanted on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. This program is for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Books will be available for sale thanks to Books on the Common.

There will also be many fun, Frankenstein-inspired programs for children taking place this fall.  

Still Alive! is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library. To register for program or for more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

Genealogy for beginners

Genealogy for Beginners is available through Ridgefield Continuing Education and will help you start researching your family history. The first class covers starting your family tree, understanding relationships, finding sources of information, using the Internet to find records, and keeping track of records using popular software.

The second session includes studying the United States Census from 1790 through 1930, locating immigration records, reading ships’ manifests, using other available records, and a brief introduction to finding records outside the United States. Class size limited. This class meets Thursdays, Nov. 8 and 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $49. Ridgefield seniors age 62 and over pay $37. Information and registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

Prayer workshop at First Congregational Church

Healing prayer will be the subject of a workshop given by Pastor Debbi Mygatt in the fellowship hall of the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

Pastor Debbi is the founder and senior pastor of Eastward Christian Fellowship, Inc. in Redding. She first developed a thriving healing ministry in Ridgefield, in 2002, and became a local pastor in 2008. In 2016, Debbi relocated to Redding and continues the ministry of Christian healing at Eastward, where she was ordained on Oct. 7, 2017, by Bishop Alex McCullough.

Visitors are always welcome at the First Congregational Church, located by the fountain at the intersection of Main Street and West Lane in Ridgefield. Worship is at 8:30 and 10 on Sunday mornings. For more information, visit the church website at firstcongregational.com or call the church office at 203-438-8077.

Graveyard cleanup

The town’s graveyard committee is seeking volunteers for its annual fall cemetery cleanup. This year, volunteers will be at the Branchville Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Participants are advised to bring gloves, wear long pants and long sleeves. There is poison ivy around and some people may be cutting and hauling brush. Also, bring tarps, pruners and loppers. If you’re available and want to help, meet at the cemetery entrance, located on the first right off Florida Road from the CVS shopping area.

Line dance classes

Line Dance for Fun and Exercise classes in Ridgefield Continuing Education start soon.  If you know your right from your left and can count to eight, you can line dance and burn fat and calories in the process.

This class meets Wednesdays, Nov. 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Farmingville School and costs $62. Students should bring a water bottle and wear leather or suede soled shoes. Information and registration at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

An evening with swimmer Diana Nyad

World-renowned champion long-distance swimmer, author and sports broadcaster, Diana Nyad will speak at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. This special event is part of the Noreen L. Papa — Mothers: Live Your Life series and is co-sponsored by the library, Books on the Common and Run Like a Mother 5K.

Registration is $5, which can be used that evening as a credit off the purchase price of a copy of Find a Way. Registration is required at ridgefieldlibrary.org. Call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Evensong at St. Stephen’s

The music ministry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, will present a Choral Evensong on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. Evensong, the centuries-old tradition of sung evening prayer, includes hymns, anthems and Anglican chant. It has been in practice roughly since the time of the Protestant Reformation and is one of the most beloved of the Anglican/Episcopalian traditions.

Music for this Sunday will be The Evening Canticles in D of Herbert Brewer (1865-1928), a stirring example of Victorian/Edwardian church music, and “Greater Love Hath No Man,” by John Ireland (1879-1962). Scott Toperzer will conduct the St. Stephen’s Choir, and organist Arno Steinig will accompany.

The service, which lasts about 45 minutes, is free and open to the public. All are welcome to a wine and cheese reception after Evensong.

#HandsOnHistory exhibition

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s #HandsOnHistory exhibition, Threading the Needle: From Field to Fabric, weaves Ridgefield history into an interactive learning experience about textile production in the 18th and 19th centuries. The #HandsOnHistory exhibition highlights the three types of textile fibers commonly produced in Ridgefield and the region in the 18th and 19th centuries — linen, wool and silk. Visitors will discover, and be able to try their hand at, the steps of producing these textiles, from the field to finished fabric to its use in clothing and decorations.

Visitors are invited to participate in a community weaving project to create a unique #HandsOnHistory tapestry on a large weaving loom. All weaving materials are sourced from the Ridgefield Thrift Shop. After it is complete, the #HandsOnHistory Tapestry will be displayed at the thrift shop.

Threading the Needle: From Field to Fabric is located in the historic Cass Gilbert Carriage Barn and is open to the public during museum hours, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., through Oct. 31. Admission is free thanks to underwriters: Ridgefield Thrift Shop, Rotary Club of Ridgefield, and the Wadsworth Russell Lewis Trust Fund.

For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org.