Ridgefield happenings: Thrown Stone, SummerFest, and Nutmeg Festival donations

What's going on in Ridgefield? Glad you asked. Below is a list of happenings for this week — and beyond. Read more on page 12 of this week's newspaper.

Crochet classes

Beginning Crochet classes are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Participants learn the basic stitches of crochet and work on fun projects. Note: the instruction is for right-handed crochet. There is a $10 fee for basic hooks, practice yarn, accessories and patterns payable to the instructor, Eileen Burton, at the first class.

This class meets Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Venus Building. Tuition is $92. Ridgefield senior age 62 and older pay $69. Advanced registration is required at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Elks Lodge to collect suits for vets

The Danbury Elks Lodge, along with Save-A-Suit.org, is sponsoring a suit drive to collect men’s and women’s business attire to help military veterans obtain the confidence and presentation skills necessary to succeed in civilian life.

Donations of suits, coats, pants, dress shirts, dresses, shoes, etc. that are clean and in good condition will be accepted and put to use helping veterans. Donations can be dropped off at the Elks Lodge, 36 Sugar Hollow Road (Route 7), Danbury, or Stonehouse Commons, 635 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, up to Sunday, July 15.

There is also a collection day at the Ridgefield Stop & Shop, 125 Danbury Road on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 203-438-6010.

Founders Hall artists to hold show at Keeler Tavern

More than 30 artists from Founders Hall will display their work during a reception at Keeler Tavern Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29.

After the reception, the show will be open Saturday, June 30, through Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including the Fourth of July during the museum’s Watermelon Fest. Admission is free. All artwork will be available for sale. A portion of the artists’ sales will go towards the restoration of the historic Carriage Barn, which was designed and built by renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1910. Purchases are by cash or check only; no credit cards will be accepted.

More information may be found at keelertavernmuseum.org.

Margarita Run to benefit Sunrise Cottage

The Margarita Run 5K, sponsored by Southwest Cafe, turns 11 this summer.

The event, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., will benefit the Sunrise Cottage.

After the race, runners can enjoy one free margarita at Southwest Cafe.

For more information, visit southwestcafe.com.

Nutmeg Festival drop-off dates

The 112th St. Stephen’s Nutmeg Festival will take place at St. Stephen’s Church Saturday, Aug. 11.

Community members looking to drop off items to be sold at the event can donate Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Future drop-off dates are July 14 and July 28.

Donations will be accepted behind the church.

Festival proceeds, including 100% of the raffle and silent auction proceeds, will benefit St. Stephen’s outreach programs, which focus on non-profits in the greater Ridgefield and Danbury areas.

Outdoor photo shoot workshop

Outdoor Photo Shoot is a new class at Ridgefield Continuing Education. This class will offer outdoor portraits with available light and with various modes of flash fill light, as well as landscapes, street shooting and some architecture.

This class meets on Wednesdays, July 11 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Venus Building (former high school). Cost is $49. Senior discount is available. For information and registration, visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Painting workshop

Painting the Landscape from Life is a new Ridgefield Continuing Education workshop. The landscapes to be painted include trees, bushes, rocks and fields.

The first class meets at the Venus Building for a brief lesson and then to Ballard Park to paint.  Participants bring painting supplies (see suggested list on website), a portable easel and camera to take pictures of the scene.

This class meets on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $92 plus materials. Ridgefield seniors, age 62 and over pay $69 plus materials. Advanced registration is required. Information and registration at ridgefieldschools.org or Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Blood drive at St. Mary’s

Ridgefield residents may give blood at St. Mary’s School, 183 High Ridge Avenue, Sunday, July 1, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

SummerFest is July 21

The Chamber of Commerce will host its annual SummerFest on Saturday, July 21, in Ballard Park.

The kick-off event is yoga in the park from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The event also offers live music, food, and plenty of activities for kids.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit destinationridgefield.com.

Thrown Stone prepares for two plays this summer

After its debut success in the summer of 2017, Thrown Stone Theatre Company will put on two productions in July and August of this year.

The company will feature The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger and Where All Good Rabbits Go by Karina Cochran.

Both performances will be held at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance on Main Street from July 23 to Aug. 4.

For more information, visit thrownstone.org.

Watermelon Fest returns to Keeler Tavern

It’s not summer without a slice of watermelon.

The Keeler Tavern will kick off the Fourth of July holiday with its annual Watermelon Fest from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.

The event will include a reading of the Declaration of Independence, lawn games, free tours of the museum, and a slicing ceremony that features a watermelon being split in two.

For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org.