New Year Brings Exciting New Events in Ridgefield

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With the New Year here, there’s no better time than now to explore new ways to enjoy our time here in Ridgefield. With plenty of art, culture, and history around town we encourage you to indulge in all the offerings around Ridgefield this month – and year!

There are plenty of events around town for every interest, take a look:

Outdoor Guided Tours
January 9th – March 28th
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
Starting Saturday, January 9th Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center will offer docent-led outdoor tours. Tours are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 2 p.m., and Wednesdays at 11 a.m., weather permitting. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. Link for registration coming soon.

Virtual Cocktail Party & Conversation with RSO Music Director Yuga Cohler
January 9th @ 6:00pm
Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra
How does a fun, casual evening right in your own home sound? Join us for a lively virtual cocktail hour with RSO Music Director Yuga Cohler. Talk music, conducting, the cultural relevance of classical music, and topics of your choosing, (or just sit back and listen) and join in making a Boulevardier, Yuga’s favorite cocktail, or make your own favorite drink to enjoy.

New Year Fresh Start Retreat
January 10th @ 12:00pm
The Angel Cooperative
Release what no longer serves you and create an intuitive picture of the coming year. Experience a creative and expansion journey that includes yoga, crystal singing bowls, guided meditation, reiki, tarot, crystals and crystal gridding, vision board and MORE!

Tavern Tastings
January 12th @ 6:30pm
Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
Join chief curator Catherine Prescott and Fraunces Tavern Museum’s Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli for our January Tavern Tasting program. This month, it’s all about apples. Register online today!

Virtual Family Tour: Making Art and Making Change
January 15th @ 3:30pm
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
We are bringing our popular series back for this Virtual Family Tour! Join us for an exploration into the ways in which artists and individual works of art have played important roles in the fight for social justice, shared respect, and equality. Our tour will culminate with a series of suggested art-making activities to further enrich your family’s in-home learning, perfect for a Friday afternoon!

Ultimate Women’s Only Self-Defense Course
January 15th @ 7:00pm
Ridgefield Kempo
This will be a comprehensive, realistic self-defense course on how to defend yourself and feel safe and confident in any situation. ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE! The event should run for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Masks are required and we are following all state safety protocol.

Shake it Up! Member Show
Starts January 16th
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Guild members, 2020 is nearly behind us now and a new year with better vibes (we hope) is on its way. Our lives may still be out of our control, but we can still be creative, right? So, try something new and different, or stick to your tried-and-true. Either way, let’s all show our true colors and Shake it Up! for our first show of the new year. See this Member Show online!

25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
January 18th @ 11:00am
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Every year The Spirit of Dr. King Award is given to a Ridgefield resident for their outstanding commitment to community service and selflessness, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year will be special, not only because it is the 25th Anniversary of this event, but because, for the first time, it will all be done virtually. In addition to the awards ceremony, which will be available on the Town of Ridgefield’s YouTube channel, the virtual event will include performances by The Ridgefield Chorale, KEYS students (including the Talmadge Hill Choir), The Phil Ramone Youth Orchestra, The Ridgefield Diwali Committee, Poet Laureate Barb Jennes, students from A Better Chance, and actress Kimberly Wilson- who has also been a part of the entertainment every year since the first celebration. Sharing their own reflections on Dr. King, Rabbi Jon Haddon and Deacon Arthur Miller will give the invocation and benediction.

Virtual Artist Talk: Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned of ILSSA
January 21st @ 6:30pm
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Join artists Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned, the duo behind Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), joined by Exhibitions Director Richard Klein and Director of Education Namulen Bayarsaihan in a conversation about their participatory mail art ballot project the day after the presidential inauguration.

SNAPSHOTS: A Musical Scrapbook
Starts January 30th
ACT of Connecticut
ACT of CT will be premiering a version of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Snapshots that has never been produced in this manner before! Mr. Schwartz and ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine are currently collaborating on this unique and exciting production, and our audiences will be the first to view it before a wider audience. Snapshots incorporates over two dozen of Schwartz’s songs, including songs from Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, Rags, The Magic Show, Working, Children of Eden, and Enchanted.

Frida – Viva la Vida
January 30th @ 4:30pm & 7:30pm
The Ridgefield Playhouse
Frida – Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love. With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

For all the events happening in town, visit our Events Calendar.

Let us know how you are spending the beginning of 2021 by tagging us at @inridgefield