Saved by the Bell? RidgeCon After Dark to test 80s, 90s pop culture knowledge

Break out your shoulder pads, bridesmaids dresses, and mix tapes for an 80s and 90s themed evening of trivia, drag, music, karaoke, and themed drinks.

That’s right, RidgeCon — the Ridgefield Library’s annual celebration of pop culture and fandom — turns five next month with a two-day event that features everything from scary stories in the dark to a Pokemon tournament to a sing-along tea party.

While the Saturday activities are more focused on families with kids, the annual RidgeCon After Dark is an adults-only celebration that will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

RidgeCon After Dark made its debut in 2016. This year, the event will be 1980s and 1990s themed featuring a special performance from emcee Summer Orlando.

“We’re going to have 80s and 90s trivia, karaoke, and a costume contest,” said Kristina Lareau, head of children’s services.

There will also be a photobooth, games, and themed cocktails.

There will also be fandom snacks, like Gushers and Pop-Tarts.

“We’re so excited about it” Lareau said.

Last year’s After Dark was Megagame-themed and sprawled across the library.

“We definitely wanted to centralize it some more this year,” said John Casiello, the library’s adult collection specialist. . “We’ve done trivia before and had the whole team dynamic and really like it so we decided to keep that idea and build off it. We added karaoke and a drag performance from Summer Orlando.”

The inspiration behind turning the trivia and karaoke 80s and 90s?

“The 80s is always a big draw and with Stranger Things just coming out we knew we would have some passionate fans of the show interested in doing trivia,” Casiello said. “We broadened it a bit to add the 90s because there is a lot of stuff in that decade that’s coming back now, too. There’s Toy Story and Lion King and The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. A lot is coming out for people who grew up as children of the 90s and that seemed very fitting for an event that’s 21 and up.”

After Dark has a capacity of about 50 people and registrations can be made online at

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate two decades,” Lareau said. “We know they each have pretty passionate fandoms.”

To buy tickets, click here.

For more information, call 203-438-2282 or visit

Here’s what the event promises to offer:

80s & 90s Trivia emceed by Summer Orlando

Drag performance by Summer

Prizes for best dressed

Door Prizes

Best trivia team name

Karaoke & Music


Themed cocktails and snacks

Note: Trivia teams will be a max of 6 players; smaller groups or individuals may need to combine with other groups.

All attendees must be 21 or older. Registration required. $25 per person.