Ridgefield middle school hosts inaugural arts festival

RIDGEFIELD — Scotts Ridge Middle School’s inaugural Visual and Performing Arts Festival was hot, but not because of the steam rising off the parking lot after a passing thunderstorm or the sauce from Twins BBQ’s food truck.

This week, families and faculty were palpably thrilled to gather together again thanks to the musical stylings of the middle schools’ joint symphonic orchestra and Scotts Ridge’s jazz band.

The festival was the brainchild of Shane Peters who conducted the orchestra without a hitch even though it was their first time playing together. The only full-ensemble rehearsal was called off because of rain. The jazz band, under the direction of Andy Clavi, had everyone snapping their fingers to favorites like “The Pink Panther” and Santana.

Nearby, SRMS art teachers Christine Riegel and Tressa Ringkamp had organized elaborate art displays, which reflected the depth of their students’ creativity. Food trucks dished out scrumptious BBQ, wood-fired pizzas, Chez Lenard hot dogs and sorbet.

Peters said, “This collaborative endeavor hopes to put a very positive ending to a very different school year!”