Ridgefield happenings: Kindness talk, award-winning sculptor, and Veterans Day concert

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

Ridgefield Chorale to perform  ‘Always Something Sings’

The Ridgefield Chorale will host its fall concert, “Always Something Sings,” Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury.

The concert’s theme is about “the connection of life and human experience, of the presence of music all around us, from the chirping of crickets to the music of the spheres.”

The Ridgefield Chorale will premiere a performance piece composed by Thomas LaVoy, to honor Director Daniela Sikora, who is celebrating her 20th year directing the chorale. LaVoy will be in the audience, too.

Tickets ($20 adult, $15 for seniors/students) can be purchased online or at the door. Since the venue is small, the chorale strongly suggests that tickets be purchased in advance through eventbrite.com.

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group meeting

The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group of Ridgefield will be meeting at the St. Stephen’s Church South Hall building Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The group meets the second Thursday of every month.

For more information, call Tina Moskwa, 203-438-6240, or Maria Victor-Smith, 203-894-8241.

Craft Fair returns to East Ridge Nov. 17

The 2018 Craft Fair, sponsored by the Ridgefield Woman’s Club, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at East Ridge Middle School, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, free for kids under 12, with $6 tickets for seniors.

By clipping the coupon which appears in the Press, you can save a dollar on admission. Attendance helps the Woman’s Club to donate money to local charities.

Last year, $17,000 was raised which went to support scholarships and fuel emergency assistance.

Fountain Music Concert Series

The Fountain Music Concert Series at the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield presents popular guitarist and composer Doug Hartline, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. 

Doug will join forces with keyboardist Nick Bariluk, bassist George Skidd, drummer Alan Pugielli, sax-flautist-mandolinist Gary Blu, and vocalist Ginny Hartline.

The suggested donation is $25. For more information, call 203-438-8077 or 203-744-2337. A reception with the performers will follow the concert.  

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.

Irish Mythen to perform at St. Stephen’s Nov. 11

Irish Mythen will perform at St. Stephen’s Acoustic Celebration concert Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m.

The concert, to be held in the church’s North Hall at 351 Main Street, costs $20 online and $25 at the door.

For tickets, go to acousticcelebration.org.

‘Bible and Broadway’

Bill Pfohl, the senior pastor at Jesse Lee, and Henric Ideström, the director of music ministry, have put together a series for Jesse Lee’s Contemporary Service called “Bible and Broadway.” Each week, Henric and the music team perform a selection from a Broadway musical, and Bill integrates the song and the story into his message.

They started it in October, and are continuing it through Nov. 25.  It’s a novel approach to “church,” and has helped boost attendance during this service, according to Pfohl. It’s described as “maybe a safe, comfortable way into church for folks who generally don’t come to church.”

The remaining schedule: “Razzle Dazzle ’em” from Chicago; Nov. 11, “For Good” from Wicked; Nov. 18, “Memory” from Cats; Nov. 25, “All for the Best” from Godspell.

Contemporary service is at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays in Jesse Lee’s Carriage House.

NCL Nutmeg Chapter meeting

The National Charity League’s  Nutmeg Chapter is hosting a prospective new member informational meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Keeler Tavern Garden Room, 132 Main Street.

All current sixth grade girls and their mothers are invited to attend to learn more about NCL Nutmeg Chapter and the special opportunities it offers.

For more information, contact Connie Marsala at conniemarsala@comcast.net.

Photoshop classes

Photoshop Elements 18 Intro is a Ridgefield Continuing Education class that reviews Photoshop’s tools, selections, layers and masks. Image size and image, print and screen resolution will be demystified so whether residents want to post a small image to the web or make a large print, they’ll know how to save images in the right format.

Attendees may bring their own laptop or use one of the class’ Windows computers.

This six-hour class meets on Wednesdays, Nov. 27; Dec. 4 and 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. ($119). Classes meet at the Venus Building (old high school). Advanced registration required. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

Tai chi classes

Tai chi is available starting Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Tai chi helps relieve stress, increase strength and flexibility, improve balance, coordination and circulation that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, sex or athletic ability.

Beginning Tai Chi (Yang Long Form) is available on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.  Tai Chi Intermediate meets from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Tai Chi Exercises meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes meet for seven sessions (Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19; Jan. 9, 16 and 23) at East Ridge Middle School. A Friday section of Tai Chi Exercises starts Nov. 30 (10 to 11 a.m. at the Town Hall Annex). Class size is limited. Cost is $84. Ridgefield seniors, age 62 and over, pay $63. Advanced registration required. Information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

Wreath Festival at Founders Hall

Founders Hall, 193 Danbury Road, will be hosting a Wreath Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, where you can shop for handmade wreaths, swags, holiday gifts, décor and more. Founders Hall is also debuting its first-ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest for the 5- to 12-year-olds in the community. Houses will be displayed throughout the festival and winners will be awarded. There will be an art show with more than 50 unique pieces on display. Local singers, dancers and musicians will perform throughout the weekend. The festival is free. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 203-431-7000.

Yoga classes

New sessions of yoga start in November through Ridgefield Continuing Education help participants develop core strength and flexibility; build bone density and strength; improve posture and sense of balance, and meet fitness goals.

Gentle Yoga with Shanta Marshall Ballou starts Monday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 28 (7:15 to 8:30 p.m.); Morning Kickstart Yoga with Miriam Zernis starts Monday, Nov. 19 (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.) and Yoga for Body, Mind, and Spirit starts Wednesday, Nov. 14 (8:30 to 9:45 a.m.);  Align and Flow Yoga with Jessica Outlaw starts Tuesday, Nov. 27 (7 to 8:15 p.m.).

Classes meet six to eight sessions and cost $73 to $96. Ridgefield senior (age 62 and older) or disabled discount available. Advanced registration required. Attendees bring a water bottle, blanket and mat. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313 to register.

Saving money on marketing

Mike Brooks, founder and principal of Nuclear Chowder Marketing, LLC, will speak at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. about how businesses can save money on digital and paid marketing.

This program is part of the Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success, a series of workshops and programs designed to help small businesses, home-based professionals and entrepreneurs not only survive but thrive. This series is sponsored by the library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission with support from 98Q.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Kindness subject of parenting talk

The Parenting the #Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life series will continue with a talk by Chris Kukk, Ph.D., about the value of kindness in relationships at Scotts Ridge Middle School on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Kukk has written a book on kindness which is titled The Compassionate Achiever. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event thanks to Books on the Common.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Exploring the creation of public monuments

Award-winning sculptor Meredith Bergmann will show images of work from her 40-year career as a sculptor who explores issues of history, race, human rights, and disabilities, during an ARTalk at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

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, including the Boston Women’s Memorial, the Sept. 11

ARTalks are co-sponsored with the Guild of Artists and the library. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Veterans Day concert commemorates end of WWI

On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, will host a quartet of some of Broadway’s finest musicians to present a concert called Greatest Music of the Great War.   

The years around WWI saw a period of change and rapid evolution in American popular music. New syncopated rhythmic elements introduced by African Americans, like Scott Joplin and other ragtime composers, would prove to be the catalyst for the Jazz Age revolution to come. The social dance phenomena of the two step, foxtrot and tango were all the rage. Wartime songs figured prominently in the nation’s collective psyche, via George Cohan and a young Irving Berlin.

The concert is free thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

This program is part of the town-wide Remembering World War I series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.