Ridgefield happenings: 'Vote and Vax,' Civil War lecture, and 'Cops and Robbers'

The following are a list of events happening in Ridgefield over the next several weeks:

Keeler Tavern to host American Craftsmen Show

Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center will host the American Craftsmen Show Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring award-winning and nationally known artists and craftsmen offering their work for sale.

Admission is $10 each day. Many of these creations are inspired by the traditions, methods and styles of the early American craftsmen. Featured works include pottery, wood carvings, painted furniture, textiles, holiday folk art, and more.

The show’s website for a list of all participating artists at theamericancraftsmenshow.blogspot.com.

Art for the holidays

Three local artists, Tina Phillips, Annie Weed and Joan Ogren, are opening their two month art show at Ridgefield Parks and Recreation, with a free reception, open to the public, on Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Watercolors, collages, and mixed media paintings will be on display and for sale.

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.

eBay classes

Buying and Selling on eBay, with instructor Eileen Burton, is a Ridgefield Continuing Education class that provides hands-on experience using eBay.

Class meets on Tuesdays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the town hall annex (left of Yanity Gym). Cost is $79. Registration and information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

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.

Ridgefield remembers First World War

Dr. Mark Schenker, associate dean at Yale College, will present a lecture and discussion about The First World War in Literature: British Soldier Poets on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street.

A handout of more than a dozen poems by five poets — Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon and Edward Thomas — will be available at the library’s circulation desk from Nov. 1 onwards. 

This program is part of the town-wide Remembering World War I series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The series is co-sponsored by the library, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Society, American Legion, Graveyard Restoration Committee, Marine Corps League, Daughters of the American Revolution and Ridgefield Playhouse. This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Silhouette portraits

On Sunday, Dec. 2, the Ridgefield Historical Society is presenting an opportunity to have silhouette portraits created for you, your family and pets — just in time for the holidays. Hand-cut silhouettes by Deborah O’Connor will be held at the the Scott House, 4 Sunset Lane, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each silhouette is cut entirely freehand and the sitting time for each subject is just five minutes. The original silhouette is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. All extra copies are $15 each. Appointments required at 203-438-5821. For pet silhouettes, bring your pet or a picture of the pet’s right profile. For more information, including the entire price list for mats and frames, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Soirée at the Peter Parley

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., the historical society will host a quintessential New England soirée at the Peter Parley Schoolhouse, (intersection of West Lane and Route 35), specially decorated for the holidays. This event will feature light fare, seasonal punch and music. A few surprises will be in store the night of the event and guests may bid on a selection of silent auction items. Parking is at the Silver Spring Country Club and a shuttle will be running continuously throughout the event. In case of inclement weather, the snow date will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8. Space is limited. Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non-members. RSVP to 203- 438-5821 or ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net by Dec. 4. For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org.

iCloud class

Apple iCloud is a new workshop available through Ridgefield Continuing Education for people with a basic Mac background who have a Mac laptop or desktop or iPhone, Apple account. Attendees bring their Apple-Mac device to class. iCloud is built into every Apple device, so all photos, files, notes, and more, are safe, up to date, and available wherever you are. And it works automatically. Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to start, and it’s easy to add more at any time.

The class meets Thursday, Nov. 8, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the town hall annex (left of Yanity Gym). Cost is $30. Ridgefield seniors pay $24. Registration and information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

America’s story in maps

Joel Third, Keeler Tavern and History Center board member, will give a talk at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., called America’s Story in Maps. The talk accompanies an exhibit of Third’s antique map collection, which will be on display in the library’s gallery through November.  A reception will follow the talk from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Civil War lecture at Keeler Tavern

Historian and historical fiction author William D. McEachern will present a lecture, The Battle of Glendale: Lee’s Lost Opportunity to End the Civil War in a Day, at the Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 132 Main Street, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. No advanced registration is required — suggested donation is $10.

McEachern lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with his wife. He practiced tax law for nearly 40 years, before becoming a full-time historian, writing novels of historical fiction. An avid reader of history, he thoroughly researches and travels extensively to lend authenticity and realism to his works. His areas of expertise include the Roman Empire, Early Christianity, Scotland, and United States History with an emphasis on the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Photography class

People and Places Photography, with instructor Dan Tual, is a new course in Ridgefield Continuing Education where participants learn how to see the world like a professional photographer — the in’s and out’s of how to photograph your family and friends, techniques and organization.

The class meets on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall annex (left of Yanity Gym). Cost $31 per session. Ridgefield seniors pay $24. Registration and information at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313.

Cops to host 5K to benefit Women’s Center Nov. 4

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association will host a race titled, “Cops and Robbers 5K” that benefits the Women's Center of Greater Danbury Sunday morning, Nov. 4.

All participating runners get a head start in the race, which is set to start at 7:30 in downtown Ridgefield.

After the runners go, Ridgefield police officers will “give chase” trying to catch up, and $1 will be donated per runner for every runner that the officers collectively catches — or in this case, passes — on the roadway.

Visit runsignup.com/Race/CT/Ridgefield/RPDCopsRobbers5k to sign up. The cost to run is $30.

Music in the Meetinghouse Concert

The Ridgebury Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is hosting its second annual “Music in the Meetinghouse” concert to benefit the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care’s Pediatric Hospice Programs Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.

The concert will include Danbury’s Hat City Flutes; the Black Rock Brass Trio; Claire Kuntze, recent winner of the CPTV PBS Kids sponsored National Celebration of Music Talent Search and other vocalists and musicians.

Tickets are available at the door, with a suggested donation of $20. A reception will follow the concert across the street in Shields Hall. The Meetinghouse is located at 605 Ridgebury Road, at George Washington Highway. Parking is available at Shields Hall.

For more information, call 203-748-2806.

RVNA to host ‘Vote and Vax’ clinics on Election Day

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, the RVNA will be administering the flu vaccine at East Ridge Middle School and Scotts Ridge Middle School

The program, titled “Vote and Vax,” is annual clinic hosted by the RVNA. They will also have a booth at the Redding Community Center in Redding.

All clinics will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Flu vaccines will also be offered at RVNA on Election Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are advised to stop by and take a stand for a flu-free season.

For further information, visit ridgefieldvna.org or call 203-438-5555.

Novel or short story writing

“Striking the Right Tone with Your Novel or Short Story” is a new course through Ridgefield Continuing Education with author Michael Canavan. The class is for people whose novel or short story is fairly far along, but needs some extra help.

Advanced registration is required. Cost is $109. Class is Thursdays, Nov. 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6 and 13 at Veterans Park School. Visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-733-0313 to register.