If Main Street is the front door to Ridgefield, then Lounsbury House is its window \u2014 or perhaps something more exquisite.\u00a0\u201cI\u2019d like to think this building is this great magnificent jewel on Ridgefield\u2019s front door,\u201d said Suzanne Bellagamba Brennan, who took over as the executive director of Lounsbury House last fall.\u00a0\u201cThis house encapsulates everything I love: family, friends, community, history, the future,\u201d she added. \u201cIt really is a home. And, like any home, it brings you warmth and help you build memories.\u201d\u00a0Brennan\u2019s goal is to turn around the perception that Lounsbury House is inaccessible to the larger Ridgefield community."Everyone is welcome and we can accommodate events at a variety of levels \u2014 from modest to most elegant," Brennan said.\u201cRentals support the house but that doesn\u2019t mean that you can\u2019t walk in and or set up a picnic on the grounds out front or even host a seminar for your business.\u201d\u00a0 Recently the RVNA and Fairfield County Bank have utilized Lounsbury for corporate training.\u00a0\u201cThe house wants to be bustling throughout the week and that\u2019s why I\u2019m working with people all over town to set up events \u2014 to show this building for what it is, a community cornerstone. ..\u201cWe\u2019re much more accessible than one thinks.\u201dOther examples of organizations that have taken up Brennan on her offer are the Ridgefield Police Department and the volunteer firefighters who have hosted promotion ceremonies and fundraising events, respectively.\u00a0\u201cWe\u2019re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,\u201d Brennan said, \u201cthe town owns this property and our part-time staff takes care of it because of our passion for the building. ...\u201cI\u2019d like to think all the work is a gift \u2014 we\u2019re building memories here every single day.\u201dHappiness is everythingUpcoming events include a senior luncheon with the Lions Club on Monday, May 20, and the Memorial Day Parade picnic on the grounds Monday, May 27.Later in the month on Thursday, May 30, Lounsbury will host a workshop titled \u201cHappy for No Reason.\u201d\u201cHappiness never goes out of style,\u201d said Brennan. \u201cBring friends, bring family. That should be a very timely program.\u201dIn June, the house will partner with the town\u2019s Compassion Project and participate in the Make Music Day on June 21.\u201cOur front porch lends itself beautifully for a number of performances, from the barbecue and music festival [that took place last weekend] to Make Music Day in June,\u201d Brennan said. \u201cI love having the young energy in the building and I love having the ability to give these young musicians a platform. It\u2019s a natural fit for us.\u201dSpeaking of music, Lounsbury will collaborate with Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra on June 9 for Brunch and Bach in the ballroom. It will feature food from a local chef and Bach being played by a local musician.\u00a0\u201cI firmly believe in the rising tide approach because it works,\u201d Brennan said. \u201cForget about being king of the hill. This is a community that is great and will continue being great by people going out and doing something nice for their neighbors. It doesn\u2019t have to be a random act of kindness.\u201d\u00a0History and futureIn between all the June events, there will be Father\u2019s Day and another senior luncheons \u2014 and probably a few weddings.\u00a0\u201cThere\u2019s no brighter moment that lights the future than starting a marriage,\u201d Brennan said.\u00a0While it\u2019s nice to be a bride or groom, Lounsbury is about more than just love.\u00a0\u201cWe can do anything for any age for almost any reason,\u201d Brennan said. \u201cQuincea\u00f1eras, Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries. ...\u00a0\u201cAnd we love celebrating anniversaries, too, because they let us celebrate our history together.\u201dAnd if there\u2019s anyone who loves Ridgefield\u2019s history, it\u2019s Lounsbury\u2019s new executive director.\u201cThey said Phineas [Lounsbury] could see the Long Island Sound from the roof,\u201d Brennan said. \u201cA lot of that time lives on here ... I like to think we are all products of those who came before us and I love being part of that relationship with history. \u2018What was\u2019 has become \u2018what is.\u2019 ... We\u2019re all connected through being part of the legacy of Ridgefield.\u201d\u00a0For more information about Lounsbury House, visit lounsburyhouse.org or call 203-438-6962.