Giving Thanks: Fall Party at Keeler Tavern

To the Editor:

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center was the place to be in Ridgefield on Saturday evening, Sept. 14, as the regional history center threw a spirited party and fundraiser to benefit its school programs. Some 150 attendees enjoyed signature cocktails in the historic taproom, food by Sara Bouissou Catering, dessert by The Cake Box, live music in the barn by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Combo, and entertainment throughout the gorgeous gardens and candlelit four-acre campus, including a live auction and paddle raise hosted by comedian Christine O’Leary.

Thomas Broderick, Scotts Ridge Middle School eighth grade teacher, received the 2019 Anna Keeler Award for Excellence in History and Civics Education.

Thank you to the Fall Party committee, Christine Boris, Josh Fischer, Jenn Hansen and Lisa Terry, for organizing a magical night, and thank you to our guests, sponsors, and donors for supporting this important fundraiser. Our school programs benefit thousands of students across the region, including Title 1 schools, by offering a living classroom experience for teaching history and civics. We thereby help students become well-informed, civic-minded and eager to engage in our democratic traditions.

Hildegard Grob

Executive Director

Art Walk

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ sixth annual Art Walk was a great success and we thank our storeowners, local artists, Rudy Marconi, and residents for coming out and supporting our efforts to bring art into our community. In six years, we’ve watched Art Walk grow in popularity and town-wide enthusiasm.

Fifty-six artists and forty-two local businesses participated in our strolling gallery event in downtown Ridgefield and The Marketplace and Copps Hill Common. It was great to see the turnout for our opening festivities on a beautiful late August weekend. Over fifty pieces of art have sold and though the Art Walk has ended, sales are still coming in!

Our major mission at the Guild is to provide opportunities for our artist members to exhibit their talents, and Art Walk expands their reach out into our Ridgefield community. We are so lucky to live in Ridgefield where the arts are such an integral part of our identity.

We also thank our sponsors for this event: Books on the Common, Fairfield County Bank and Sturges Brothers for their support.

Art Walk is a fundraiser for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Proceeds from Art Walk help to fund the many programs and art classes offered at the Guild, a 501©3 non-profit organization. We can't do it alone! Thanks for your support.

Mary Pat Devine

President, Ridgefield Guild of Artists