Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra marks 50 years

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s golden anniversary season will begin Oct. 4 with a concert at Ridgefield High School. Shown at the orchestra’s annual meeting in June are, from left: Larry Kopp, new executive director; Jerry Steichen, music director; Gina Wilson, retiring executive director; Donna Case, outgoing board president; and Chris Bennett, board president.

The ad read: “Starting a symphony orchestra in Ridgefield. All interested instrumentalists phone Marcus Fischer for time and place of first rehearsal.” The ad, which ran in The Ridgefield Press in 1964, attracted 20 players. Five were professional musicians. The others were teachers, ...

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CT-DEEP Report: Stripers are coming in

Striped bass.

LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is reported has been fair to good. Places to try include Lake Lillinonah, Congamond Lakes (pm), Rainbow Reservoir, Twin Brooks Park Pond, Stillwater Pond, Billings Lake, Gardner Lake, Tyler Lake, Burr Pond, Lake Saltonstall, Shenipsit Lake, East Twin Lake, Candlewood ...

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Gifts and thank-you’s, texts and titles


Q.  When my 6-year-old son is invited to a classmate’s birthday party and he either can’t or doesn’t want to attend, do we have to send a gift anyway? A.  No. A gift is expected if he attends, but there is no obligation to send one if he can’t be at the party unless the... Read More

The Hundred Foot Journey — Cinematic comfort food

Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren in The Hundred Foot Journey.

Like a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant, The Hundred Foot Journey warms the palette with its touching story of a young man who discovers his destiny as a master chef. While the characters can feel familiar, and the situations may become predictable, the film is prepared with so much ...

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Jurassic Park and Ford thrillers coming up

Jurassic Park

Take a break from the start of the school year to savor some entertaining movies from the Hollywood archives. Here are a few offerings this weekend on broadcast television and non-premium cable. Jurassic Park (1993) No matter how many times you have seen this Spielberg classic, some moments ...

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Afterdark — galas, in the clubs, under the stars

  Since performances are always subject to change, call ahead to confirm. To submit listings, mail or e-mail deadline is two weeks in advance of publication to: Arts & Leisure, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, P.O. Box 1019, Ridgefield, Conn. 06877 or arts@acorn-online.com. * = Suitable for ...

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Dance — participatory and performance

Thursday Night Ballroom Dance Party, 7:30 to 11 p.m., all levels, no partner necessary, Ballroom Dance & Latin, $12/person; hosted by Ballroom DanceSport at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 35 Norfield Rd., Weston; info., 203-454-9200 or visit ballroomdancesportct.com. Premier Ballroom Dance ...

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