Try Something New in the New Year

The new year is a time of opportunity to refresh, renew, and invest in oneself. Step out of your comfort zone or rediscover an old passion. There are countless resources in Ridgefield to help inspire you to branch out and try something new this year. Our team has put together a series of articles to make navigating your resolutions more exciting and fulfilling. Here is the first in our series, focusing on ways to fuel your body, soul, and mind in 2024!

Wellness Reset

The new year is the ideal time to set new fitness goals. The Ridgefield Recreation Center offers diverse programs for the whole family that can help get your fitness program on track. They even offer a free one week fitness trial, which is a great way to try a new approach to your fitness this year. From yoga to pickleball, dance, swimming, horseback riding and everything in between – the Rec Center will surely add some spark to your fitness plan for the year.

Wellness Center at The Recreation Center
Indoor pool at Ridgefield Parks and Recreation

Working to get your body and mind aligned? Visit Stretch Lab Ridgefield, where you’ll find a number of benefits. Improvement of sports performance and posture, increase in flexibility, reduction of muscle and joint pain, and a reduction of stress are among the many advantages you’ll find yourself enjoying with stretch therapy. Work with Stretch Lab’s flexologists to determine goals and set an individualized plan to improve your daily life. A little stretch can go a long way!

Working with a personal trainer is also a great way to achieve your desired physical goals. Marco Franciamore Fitness + Lifestyle offers a wide array of physical fitness options including in-home/remote personal training, posture correction, holistic lifestyle coaching, mobility and flexibility, and even in-home gym design. Discover what works best for your fitness needs and feel completely supported along the way.

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Stretch Lab
Marco Franciamore Fitness + Lifestyle

Head Outdoors

Get out and enjoy nature for the most holistic (and cost-effective) fitness experience. Ridgefield is home to many lovely walking and hiking trails where you’ll be fully immersed in Connecticut’s luscious woodlands. Our preserves, state parks, hiking trails, and beautiful Main Street offer a delightful way to “get in your steps”. Take the family or take a solo hike to experience the natural beauty that our town has to offer.
Explore the trails in Ridgefield

Enrich your body AND mind by taking a leisurely walking tour of downtown Ridgefield’s Museum in the Streets, brought to you by the Ridgefield Historical Society. You’ll learn about our town’s rich history and the fascinating stories behind our landmark buildings and locations around town – all while enjoying a brisk walk and fresh air! Learn more

Weir Farm National Historical Park @weirfarmnhs
Hiking at Bennett's Pond State Park @jacobbergmeier

And to experience wildlife up close and personal, grab the kids and make your way to Woodcock Nature Center. Enjoy their gorgeous property and grounds, and take a lap around their playscape made entirely of wood from the surrounding area. You’ll feel completely immersed in nature without having to go far.

Learn Something New

What better resolution than to expand your mind and learn something new? You can find classes and groups around town where you’ll make some friends and take on a new journey together. Head to The Ridgefield Library, where you’ll be able to find book discussion groups spanning multiple disciplines so you’re sure to find one that suits your fancy. Snuggle up with an amazing book, mark your favorite spots, and get ready for a lively discussion!

History buffs will definitely want to make their way to the Ridgefield Historical Society to explore their historic headquarters and join the Ridgefield History Club, where members gather monthly to share memories and recollections from town. Come to discuss our town’s history, stay for the friendships and good times. The Keeler Tavern Museum offers classes on-site and virtually where you can learn all about Ridgefield’s history and engage with interactive lessons. You’ll hear stories from all throughout time, making your connection to town that much more personal.

Woodcock Nature Center
Scott House at The Ridgefield Historical Society

Explore your creative side

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists is a fantastic place to exercise your creativity. They offer the gamut of art classes – from life drawing sketching to abstract painting, from printmaking to watercolor for a start. And at their art lectures, exhibitions, and community outreach events, you’ll meet those who may just inspire your next work!

Creatives (or those who just want to be more creative!) can expand their craft or further their knowledge at RPAC Art Center and Academy. Begin your hand at Fashion Illustration, Tattoo Art Creation, Children’s Book Writing and Illustration, and Comic and Character Design. Explore your creative side this year and have fun while doing it.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists Art Talks
RPAC Art Center and Academy

Do you want to start the year off by writing that story that’s been rattling around in your head? From creative writing and poetry classes, to crafting and book discussions, you’ll find so many ways to feed your creative side at The Ridgefield Library. A wide array of programs and classes are offered for every interest. Find your new passion this year at the library!

Hollywood calling? Start your acting journey, or take it to the next level, at the Ridgefield Theater Barn. Adults can take an improv workshop, find your calling in comedy, or dive into a drama. Meet likeminded thespians and let the show begin.

Learn something new with author talks and special events at The Ridgefield Library
Improv at Ridgefield Theater Barn

No matter what your resolutions entail, we welcome you to put your best foot forward this new year in Ridgefield. With so many local resources ready to assist and serve you, you’ll check off every box and still have time for even more enrichment. Try a new experience, expand your horizons, or create something this year – and let inRidgefield be your guide!

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