Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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 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
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.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Saturday, June 5, 2021
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
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
The theater has wonderful signage, highlighting many of the employees, or "Prospects." Everything in the theater is colorful, positive and uplifting.
Charisse is a volunteer who gave me a tour on a quiet afternoon when no movies were showing.