Reminder- Eclipse Viewing

Just a reminder that a group of people from Ridgefield will gather at the Methodist Church parking lot tomorrow  morning, August 21, starting at 9:00 am to view the eclipse.

Vendor Spaces Available for “Experience Ridgefield” Event

Come help celebrate Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present and promising future!  Vendor spaces are still available for “Experience Ridgefield” hosted by the Ridgefield School District.  The community carnival, now in its second year, is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at Ridgefield High School  from 3:00 – 7:30 pm.

Click here for a Vendor Application and more information.

All vendor applications are due September 1.  Applications received by August 23 will be entered into a prize drawing.

For more information, please call Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or email or

Images from a Past Eclipse

Paul Snoey found this image online while looking for instructions on how to photograph an eclipse. He feels anywhere in Ridgefield with trees will see something like this.

Main Street Meeting

What: Ridgefield Main Street Monthly Community Meeting
When: Thursday, August 17, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Sportman’s Steakhouse and Saloon
Who: The businesses and community members are invited to join us and hear our guest speaker, Shawn Donaghy, new CEO of C-TRANS. He will be updating us on their future plans, including how Ridgefield fits in.
As always, complimentary coffee will be served, and breakfast service is available!
The members of Ridgefield Main Street are involved in improving the downtown core of Ridgefield.

CHAIR-ity Event a Big Success

Last night’s CHAIR-ity fund raiser for the library was a big success. Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer Tevis Laspa kept things moving along, and the crowd responded by donating lots of  money. Small student chairs painted by local artists were auctioned off, as well as the table centerpieces, three barbecue books by Rick Browne, and a little library.

Food by Bubba’s BBQ was a big success, as were the cookies and cupcakes baked by Jan Robinson.

Thanks to the table hosts who found seven other people to attend and decorated their tables, brought drinks and centerpieces. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our next big fund raiser is the Golf Tournament on October 1. Keep tuned!

BirdFest and Bluegrass

BirdFest & Bluegrass, taking place the weekend of October 6-8th, is an annual celebration of the fall migration of the Sandhill Crane. This year’s festival will bring some exciting developments, with new family-friendly events at Overlook Park, expanded hikes and workshops on the Refuge, and a bluegrass picker’s festival throughout town.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, there will be a screening of ‘Love Thy Nature’ at the Old Liberty Theater. Saturday and Sunday are packed with activities for all ages, all over town, including the always popular Audubon Live Bird Show, raptor displays, craft stations, and more! From bird walks and bird language workshops to sandhill crane tours and a variety of hikes! Kayaking and Big Canoe river trips can be reserved in advance by visiting the website link below. A special offering that makes our BirdFest unique is the sandhill crane tours. Not only do you get to view these unique birds, you get an exclusive opportunity to visit an area of the refuge not usually open to the public. Reservations can be made here

The weekend will also include a watercolor workshop, a digital photography workshop, the Birders’ Marketplace, and stick around Sunday for a traditional salmon bake with complimentary samplings. Visitors can also get an early start on holiday shopping.

Lastly, enjoy bluegrass music throughout Ridgefield, with pickers jamming in businesses, venues, and parks around town. Dan Varland, founder/director of Coastal Raptors, professional ornithologist, and amateur entertainer will give a keynote presentation entitled “The Turkey Vulture: Love at Second Sight”, followed by a joint presentation with Tony Starlight, professional entertainer and amateur ornithologist. Dan and Tony will discuss how a tagged turkey vulture brought them together. Their presentation will include some original music, Tony’s discovery of the joys of birding, and some photography and comic commentary on birding.

Purchase your commemorative festival button at the following businesses downtown: Buckets, the Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield Floral and the Sportsmans. They are $5 each, and may also be purchased at City Hall. This button gets you into several events, and supports the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information and a schedule of events, go here.

I’m Up and Running

Hi all you faithful readers! I’m amazed at how many of you still checked the blog while I was on vacation and then when the computer was turned off while we moved.

Anyway, we’re settled (more or less) in the new house, and I’m loving living downtown. We had a few glitches (movers broke the door off the refrigerator, plugs were the wrong size for the stove and dryer, movers broke the hose on the wash machine, etc.), but the major problems seem to be over. We are re-doing the pantry, so all our canned goods are on the floor in the living room, and the painters are still here, finishing up, but it’s starting to feel like home.

I tried going without a land line for a couple of days, but decided to keep it, so you can revert back to using 360-887-2160 again.



Getting ready for the Eclipse

The picture above shows a practice shot Paul Snoey took to see how his new filters worked for viewing the eclipse on August 21. In case you missed it, Paul will have his camera at the Methodist Church parking lot for people who want to view the eclipse.

By all  means DO NOT look directly at the sun. Paul has purchased 20 pairs of viewing glasses, and I think the library is providing a few, or you can buy them at the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer for $1.99.

The moon will hide the sun starting at 9:00 am.

Solar Eclipse

On Monday morning August 21th, we are going to have a partial eclipse of the sun. Actually it will be 98.4% covered here in Ridgefield.  It will be 100% if you go to Salem but then there’s all that traffic. Paul Snoey has ordered some solar filters for his cameras and wants to take pictures.

The Methodist church on Hillhurst has invited people to use their parking lot to view the eclipse, and they invite others to view. The library has some viewing glasses for children available to see the eclipse but no scheduled activity.

These are the times:

Start of eclipse is at 9:06 am

Maximum eclipse at 10:19 am

End of eclipse is at     11:38 am

At the beginning of the eclipse the sun will be about 10 degrees south of due east and about 1/3 up from horizon to overhead. At the end of the eclipse it will be about halfway up the sky and further south of due east, so there should be a good view from most places in Ridgefield.

There are lots of warnings about not looking at the sun without eye protection and not taking pictures of the sun without protecting your camera.  If Paul can figure out how to do it, he plans on having his camera hooked up to a laptop for a good view.


Ridgefield School District to Hold Annual Surplus Sale

Ridgefield School District will hold its annual Surplus Sale on Monday, August 7 at Union Ridge Elementary School Gym from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The one-day event will offer a variety of surplus school items for sale, including computers, laptops, Google Chromebooks, kitchen items (pots and pans) and tons of books.  Surplus school furniture (chairs and desks) will also be available.

For more information, please contact Ridgefield School District’s Maintenance Office at 360-619-1390.

First Saturday – It’s a Picnic!

The sultry days of summer are upon us. So saunter downtown for food, friendship and fun at August’s First Saturday. It’s a picnic! Bring your food, or buy some at Overlook Park.

Shop the used book sale, vote on your favorite pet photo, enter the watermelon eating contest and perform at the first “Ridgefield’s Got Talent” show.

Make it 2 m

Here’s another of the chairs that will be auctioned off at the CHAIR-ity event on Friday, August 11.

This one was painted by Barbara AW Wright.

The menu for the evening is pulled pork with real Hawaiian Seasoning rub; red, white, and blue potato salad with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, honey bourbon RRQ beans, creamy honey and nut coleslaw, Texas homemade BBQ sauce and buns from US bakery. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

There are still a very few spaces left – if you want to be a part of this exciting evening, call me at 360-624-7359 to reserve your space.


National Night Out

Tonight is National Night Out. Come to Abrams Park for fun, food and friends. There will be all kinds of vendors, games, and many of your neighbors.

The photos are from last year’s event. See you there!

Ellie and Raffee Need a Home!

Ellie the Elephant and Raffee the Giraffe were painted on a small student chair by Jean Meyer. The delightful chair, with others, will be auctioned off at the CHAIR-ity benefit for the library building fund at a dinner at the Community Center on August 11.

Each unique chair has a story behind it, and would make a great gift for grandparents to give their young grandchildren.

There are still a few tickets left for this dinner auction – please contact me at 360-624-7359 or if you would like to attend. Tickets are only $20, and if you are a Friend of the Ridgefield Library, you get a $5 discount. Dinner will be pulled pork with accompanying items, prepared by Dave Palenshus of Bubba’s BBQ and Rick Browne the Barbecue Man.

It’s going to be a great evening in Ridgefield! Buy your ticket today.

Thought for the Week

Ten more rules for life.

It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, but the second one is up to you and no one else.

When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save them for a special occasion. Today is special.

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.