In the Loop What's going on in and around town

In the Loop provides you with a variety of opportunities to see and enjoy what Ridgefield and its surrounding areas have to offer.

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze

October - November, Various Dates 

525 South Riverside Ave. Croton-on-Hudson, NY See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o' lanterns in this elaborate walkthrough experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display undefined all made of jack o' lanterns!  Adults, $20; Children 3-17, $16  (Saturdays $25, $20) FREE for children under 3.
Info & Tickets. (Tickets sell out quickly!)

Exhibit:  Transformations Through Paint by The Watercolor Group

September 20 - October 29 

Transformations Through Paint, an exhibition of the Watercolor Group opens at the Ridgefield Library on September 20 and will run through October 29 in the Gallery on the Library's Lower Level.More information. 

The Big Read 2014 - Ridgefield Reads the Great Gatsby 

October and November, various events. 

Join The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts and the Ridgefield Library this fall as we organize a community-wide reading initiative of The Great Gatsby under the auspices of The Big Read through lectures, movie screenings, book discussions, live music and more. Click here for more info, and a list of dates and events! 

WyldLife "Roll-Out - Ridgefield Younglife

On Friday, October 3, join middle school students from Ridgefield, Danbury, and Southbury to go on a wild ride all over Greater Danbury. We will travel by bus to the Jericho Samaritan Center for a crazy WyldLife Club, then head to Fun Factor to race through inflatable obstacle courses, jump around in the bounce houses, get stuck to the velcro walls, and have pizza/drinks. We will finish the night with an intense game of broomball as we take over the Danbury Ice Arena! Click here for more information and registration forms! 

Annual Blue Buffalo/ROAR Paws for the Cause Dog Walk

Sunday, October 5th at 12 noon in Ballard Park

Doggie Talent Show, Face Painting, Popcorn, Ice Cream, DJVibes, Doggie Fun Zone and Pet Photo Booth are all happening at the ROAR Dog Walk.  More information, click here.

Info Session on Rides for Ridgefield

Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Ridgefield Library’s Main Program Room.

Rides for Ridgefield provides information and rides to seniors and residents with mobility disabilities free of charge. Rides founder Dr. Margaret Thompson will explain how the program works. Speakers from several of the Provider Alliance members will be on hand to tell about the services they offer. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend. Help is needed to answer phones in two-hour shifts, drivers and new members to join committees. 

An Evening with Mark Bittman at Yale

October 8, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm - FREE and Open to the Public

Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona 114, 1 Prospect Street, New Haven

New York Times columnist and lead food writer for The Times Magazine, Mark Bittman, will visit in conjunction with the release of his newest book, How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food. Let Bittman equip you with the necessary tools to make daily cooking convenient, sustainable and enjoyable in our politically-charged food culture.  CT Bites Article Click Here.

Lyn Evans Fall Charity Fashion Show

Thursday, October 9th, starting at 6:30 pm at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
This year's theme "A Whole New You".  Proceeds will benefit RVNA.  Tickets $20. Click here for more information.


Sunday, October 12, noon - 4pm, Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk

Chowdafest is a culinary competition pitting award winning chefs & restaurants against each other where YOU are the judge! When you arrive, you get a pencil, ballot and spoon. Then slurp down 36 decadent samples of chowder, soup and bisque!  It's up to you to determine who has the best! Try our our Italian section called "Ciao-dafest" or our new Chowda-Mex section.  Sample craft beer, award winning wine & cheese, premium ice cream and much more - all included in your ticket.  For more information, and discounted online tickets, click here!

Annual Halloween Haunted Hayride - Ballard Park

Friday, October 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

This free event sponsored by Ridgefield Parks & Recreation will scare and delight people of all ages.

Fall in Love with Ridgefield

October 18, starting at 9:00am - Main Street
Sponsored by Downtown Ridgefield

The Aldrich - Opening Reception: Celebrating 50 Years

Sunday, October 19 · 2 pm to 5 pm, Free

Please join us at the Opening Reception celebrating the third installment of The Aldrich’s 50th Anniversary series of exhibitions, highlighting both the Museum’s legacy and the relationship between the era in which it was founded and our current social, political, and cultural landscape.  More information.

Community Sing Along - Just for the Fun of It!

You are invited to a series of Community Sing-Alongs on Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm. You're musical hosts are Deborah Katchko-gray and Faith and Edwin Taylor. 

  • October 19: Ridgefield Community Center
  • December 14: St. Stephen's Church
  • February 15: Temple Shearith Israel
  • April 12: First Congregational Church

Songbooks will be provided. Just bring your voices and/or instruments! 

For additional information contact

Family Howl Prowl

Friday, October 24th starting at 5:00pm - Woodcock Nature Center

Adults and children should bring their flashlights to enjoy a night spotting scavenger hunt along the boardwalk trail and raft trips onto the pond. WNC naturalists will be bringing out some of the resident animals, and David Havens from the Norwalk River Watershed Association will be running presentations with our owls. Between activities, participants can warm themselves by a roaring fire in the pavilion and enjoy s’mores.  Cost $40 per family for this fundraising event. For more information, click here.

Destination Wellness Healthy Living Expo

Saturday, October 25th, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Ridgefield Recreation Center.

This first annual community-wide Celebration of Healthy Living will focus on health and wellness, with many educational sessions and demonstrations.

Ghosts of Ridgefield, Discovery Center

October 25; 6:00pm - Members: $7, Non-Members $12 

The Ghosts are BACK! This popular program is a night hike back in time where you will meet characters from Ridgefield's past. Ghosts of Ridgefield" has become a Ridgefield Halloween tradition. More information. 

Project Resilience Parent Forum

Wednesday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Masterminds & Wingmenand Queen Bees & Wannabes, will discuss cliques, gossip, bullying and social peer groups, along with helping parents develop effective strategies for communicating with their teens. Tickets are $25.  For tickets, please contact or 203-438-5795.

Essex Steamtrain and Riverboat 

Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day (May-Oct) 

See nature in a new way when you embark on the “Gillette Castle Connection”. An old-fashioned train will take you to the Hadlyme flagstop where you’ll catch any number of ferries across the Connecticut River. Enjoy nature at its best along the 3/8-mile hike to Gillette Castle.Don’t forget to bring your picnic lunch! Order tickets online at


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