Tuesday, June 15, 2021

"We All Shine On"

 Main Street was full of energy on Saturday.  Musicians.  Artists and craftsmen.  Food.  Merchants' wares.  Strolling families.  It was a blocks-long event called "We All Shine On."  No special explanation.  Just an excuse for townspeople to get out, visit with friends, be entertained and maybe buy something.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Julia and David

Julia and David were the hosts of Saturday's garden tour.  They have lived in the former carriage house for 13 years and have developed the gardens over the past ten years.  They have done an amazing job.

And, of course, they were generous and gracious hosts for the garden tour.  Thank you!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Garden Tour


Yesterday we toured very special Ridgefield gardens that were open to benefit a garden conservancy.  The gardens are on the grounds of the former carriage house and outbuildings of an estate.  

They are a lovely mixture of highly formal gardens and more naturalistic areas.

Have I mentioned how wonderful it is to be in the same town as my plant-loving granddaughters?

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Book Sale

The Ridgefield Library had a book sale.  I picked up three books of photographs (Edward Steichen, Yousuf Karsh and National Geographic) for three dollars apiece.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Laura and Fred


Walking down Main Street, I stopped to talk with Laura and Fred.  They live across the New York border in South Salem.  Laura is a retired educator and Fred is a singer-songwriter.

They are lovely people and enthusiastic Ridgefield supporters.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Flower Share

I bought a "flower share" at Millstone Farm.  

Every week I pick up a locally grown bouquet.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


A handsome horse  offered a profile to my camera at Millstone Farm.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Sybil Ludington

Danbury and Ridgefield, Connecticut, have their own "Paul Revere," though ours was a 16-year old girl.

In 1777, Sibyl Ludington's father headed the local militia.  Upon learning that British forces were coming to burn Danbury, he tasked his daughter with riding 40 miles around the countryside in Connecticut and New York to knock on doors and assemble 400 soldiers for the militia.

The militia arrived too late to save Danbury from being burned down, but the patriots chased the British to Long Island.  A statue honoring Sybil Ludington and her ride stands in front of Danbury's library.

Monday, June 7, 2021


 I met Bobbie -- where else?  -- at Starbucks.  She likes big, bold, colorful jewelry.

Bobbie is a retired nurse.  She volunteers at the local thrift store and loves gardening and reading. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Peony Season

The previous owners of my house planted peonies.  Lucky me. (I added pots and planted native plants.)

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Path to the Nature Center

 This leads to Woodcock Nature Center, but it is wet in a low area.  A neighborhood woman just funded a project to bridge the wet area with a simple boardwalk, connecting the neighborhood to the nature center.  

Thank you, Deb.

Friday, June 4, 2021


Elizabeth is an artist.  She paints portraits in oil.  In response to my question about her style, she said they are kind of like Lucian Freud's . . . but regrettably they don't sell for as much.

Elizabeth also has a ceramics studio.  One of her main product lines is reproducing children's artwork in ceramics, sold through the kids' schools.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Prospector Theater -- III

 The moving force behind the Prospector Theater is Val Jensen, who has a sister with Down Syndrome and through her family experience learned that 80 percent of disabled adults are unemployed.  

So, the irrepressible Val founded the Prospector Theater.  75 percent of the employees are disabled.  

Can you see the polka dots on her stockings and the butterflies on her shoes?

Val kept the theater open on a limited basis throughout the pandemic, except for about two months.  Despite the financial strain, she paid all of the employees throughout the pandemic.  

(The sparkly question mark asks, "What is next?)  

In April, the Prospector and Val were featured on ABC's Good Morning America.  It is worth ten minutes of your time to see the video.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Prospector Theater -- II

The theater has wonderful signage, highlighting many of the employees, or "Prospects."  Everything in the theater is colorful, positive and uplifting.

 A small upstairs theater has comfortable seating and stars in the ceiling.

Charisse is a volunteer who gave me a tour on a quiet afternoon when no movies were showing.

Thanks, Charisse.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Prospector Theater -- I

Prospector Theater is in downtown Ridgefield.  There are five (I think) screens of various sizes.  The most important thing about the Prospector is that it is a nonprofit staffed by "Prospects," individuals with a variety of disabilities.  What a wonderful place!  It reopened last Friday with lots of community support.


Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

Memorial Day at the Lounsbury House.  Built in 1896 for a former Connecticut governor, the house has served as a center for the Ridgefield Veteran's Memorial Community Association and for the last 60 years has been Ridgefield's community center and an event venue.