Founders’ ideas underlie American life today

“I’m a great believer that the founding principles continue to resonate in American life,” said Todd Brewster. A journalist, author, and professor at Mt. Holyoke College, Brewster will orchestrate what’s envisioned as a deep look into some of the thinking in America’s founding documents to see how the founders’ ideals and principles show up in today’s America, helping shape the … read more

Ridgefield illustrated: Visitors’ map showcases town’s assets

A map with pictures is worth a thousand babbled directions. Even when “past the light, then there’s a bunch of big white houses” is enthusiastically ornamented with pointing, arm waving and reassuring nods. The spires of St. Stephen’s, St. Mary’s and Jesse Lee rise over the village, with familiar sites — from the famed fountain and Keeler Tavern north to … read more

Revisiting the Founding Era kicks off in town Jan. 27

The Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Ridgefield Historical Society, Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR, Books on the Common, Ridgefield League of Women Voters, and the Connecticut Project for the Constitution, are pleased to launch a new series of programs called Revisiting the Founding Era. The series will kick-off with a lively, panel discussion and community conversation … read more

Talking to kids about sex is subject of library forum

The Ridgefield Library will host a program called “Birds and Bees: How to Talk to Today’s Kids About Sex” Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The program is part of the Parenting the Selfie Generation at the library. Jennifer Gaines, a public health program specialist, will lead the discussion on talking about sex and offer tips on what to say, … read more

Ridgefield Library chosen for ‘Founding Era’ public programming grant

The Ridgefield Library has announced that it has been awarded the Revisiting the Founding Era Grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes. “The library is honored to be one of only a hundred libraries nationwide, and one of only two in Connecticut, to receive this grant,” said Brenda McKinley, Ridgefield Library … read more

Fall In Love With Ridgefield: Pumpkins painting, popcorn tasting to spark village

Hayrides, scarecrows, and scavenger hunts — it’s time to Fall In Love With Ridgefield once again. The annual fall festival presented by the Downtown Ridgefield kicks off Friday, Oct. 19, in the afternoon with the Keeler Tavern’s scarecrow contest and runs through Saturday, Oct. 20, with with popcorn tasting around the village. The popcorn contest harmonizes this year’s festival with … read more

Pictorial visitors map will promote the town

“It’s sort of a whimsical, not-to-scale map,” said Ellen Burns. Books on the Common gave her a perspective, and a map depicting a corner store view of Ridgefield that will be available to the rest of town — and folks from farther off. “At the bookstore, being so centrally located, and open seven days a week, we get an enormous … read more

Where’s Waldo? Find out in July

Where’s Waldo? In Ridgefield, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will be visiting 25 local businesses throughout the community this July. The Find Waldo Local is a summer vacation activity that’s a way to support local businesses and the shop local movement here, including merchants in downtown Ridgefield, Danbury Road, Copps Hill … read more

‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold:’ Library to host book talk May 2

Gail Rogers Fields, a Ridgefield-raised artist who died April 7 at the age of 75, was widely known for her paintings, especially of Cape Cod, where she had lived since 1991. But her most unusual accomplishment as an artist occurred in 1977, when, as Gail Glissmann, she designed a medal honoring America’s most notorious traitor, Benedict Arnold. The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield, at which General Arnold, leading patriot troops, was considered a hero and had his horse shot out from under him. The medal, originally issued in silver and bronze, was so popular it was restruck in 2002, the 225th anniversary of the battle. Next Wednesday, April 27, will be the battle’s 239th anniversary. No special events are planned for the occasion.

Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm will discuss her new book, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold, at the Ridgefield Library on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. Malcolm will talk about the life and conflicting allegiances of Arnold during the revolutionary period. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the … read more

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