Ridgefield Main Street

Ridegfield Main Street’s monthly Community Involvement Meeting is Thursday, July 19 at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon. This month will be a community round-table format – and we are are looking forward to hearing YOUR input, ideas and comments on growth of our downtown area. Hear about the Destination Downtown Project.

As always, complimentary coffee is provided, and breakfast service is available. (121 N Main Ave)

Walking Tours of Ridgefield

Let’s get the word out. The Clark County Historical Museum walking tour of downtown Ridgefield is sponsored by the City of Ridgefield and is free to all Ridgefield residents in zip code 98642. The walk is Friday, August  3, at noon,  and Saturday August  4 at 9:00 am.

CCHM Sign-up page: https://cchmuseum.ejoinme.org/summer_walking_tours.  Ridgefield zip code residents only us this discount code below: 98642

Both of our Downtown Ridgefield tours are FREE to Ridgefield residents. Many thanks to our sponsor, the City of Ridgefield, for their generosity!

What’s going on at the Fire Station?

Lots of work going on at the downtown Fire Station. Workers were busy on Saturday finishing the new outdoor stairs, and there are four large boxes waiting to go on the roof. Keep tuned!

It Rained on our Parade…

But not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the Union Ridge students who paraded through downtown for our annual Culture Parade this morning. Each grade level chose a theme for their costumes, and some even stopped and put on little shows on the way. This is what Ridgefield is all about! Thanks to all the people who made this possible – it’ a lot of work to co-ordinate a parade.

 

Family Fun Nigh at Sportsman’s

Ridgefield Farmers’ Market

Did you know the Ridgefield Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 10th year of operation? When we first started to talk about creating Overlook Park someone made the comment that we could have a farmers’ market there and I just laughed. I thought there was no way little Ridgefield could ever support something like a farmers’ market. And now it’s been 10 years and they’re still going strong!

A variety of vendors provide fresh local produce, breads and pastries local honey, fresh flowers, candles, jewelry, plants, clothing, and other items. There is a co-op table available for farmers to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables. Come on down to Overlook Park any Saturday and see the exciting things going on.

Julie Huffman is in charge of the market, so contact her at rfm98642@aol.com if you’re interested in being a vendor.

First Saturday, Part III

It is the Third Anniversary of First Saturday. Join us to usher in a fresh new season complete with Maypole dance, Farmer’s Market season grand opening, outdoor games, scavenger hunt, art, food and more!

This is the schedule of activities

9:00AM – Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, third and Pioneer

9:00-3:00PM – First Saturday, Spring & Cinco de Mayo Activities at Overlook Park

Ridgefield Farmer’s Market 2018 Grand Opening

Ridgefield Art Association Spring Art Fair & Sale

Wine Garden with Windy Hills Winery & Spudder’s Crest Wines

Fun outdoor games & activities

Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Ridgefield Main Street

Make flower crowns with Blue Heron Floral 

Fun outdoor games & activities

Live music, chips & salsa and snacks

9:00AM – Blue Heron and May Day Themed Kayak Paddle and SUP Tour @ Ridgefield Kayak/Alder Creek. Preregister at www.aldercreek.com.

10:00AM – Make a May Basket @ Ridgefield Community Library, then pick up flowers at merchants around town to fill your basket.

11:00AM – First Saturday Anniversary Celebration featuring a Maypole Dance performance by DanceFusion NW at Overlook Park

11:30AM – First Saturday Anniversary Celebration @ Overlook Park With Cinco de Mayo cupcakes and pinata fun

Noon-4:00PM – Cathlapotle Plankhouse Season Opening Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

7:30PM – Three Together Concert @ Old Liberty Theater

AROUND TOWN

Breakfast with May-Pole Syrup @ Sportsman’s Steakhouse @ Saloon

Sweet & Savory Waffles @ Season’s Coffee/Old Liberty Theater

Planting Seeds Activity @ Ridgefield Floral & Gifts

5th Anniversary Celebration & Customer Appreciation Day with prize drawings @ Main Street Studio

Sidewalk Sale @ Ridgefield Hardware Store

Main Street

The Main Street Program meets at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Please join us this Thursday at 8:30-9:30 am to hear Sen. Ann Rivers speak, updating us on what’s happening in Olympia.
Complimentary coffee, and as always, breakfast service is available.
Looking forward to seeing you!”

Meet Your Local Merchant

With so many new people in town, I thought it would be cool to highlight some of our local businesses. This is the first in a series of articles about stores and people in Ridgefield. We hope you’ll check them out yourself.

The Old Liberty Theater and Seasons Coffee Shop

Don and Earleen Griswold moved to Ridgefield 20 years ago because it seemed like a good place to raise their children.  Their passion for good coffee led them to purchase the building that now houses their two businesses: The Old Liberty Theater and Seasons Coffee Shop at 115 North Main Avenue.

World recognized performing artists love to play at the theater because they receive such a warm welcome and the intimate space allows interaction with the audience. Many community events are also held in the Old Liberty, most recently the Meaningful Movies series on the last Wednesday of the month, and the performances during Youth Arts Month.

Saesons Coffee Shop is open seven days a week serving gourmet organic wood-roasted coffee, sodas, pastries, bagels, waffles, ice cream, etc. It’s the true living room of our town – where people go to relax and enjoy talking with others in the community.

If you mention you saw this article on FYI 98642.com, Don and Earleen are offering a free ice cream to kids with the purchase of a coffee drink. Give it a try! Offer good through April.

Ridgefield Umpqua Closes Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last day of business for Umpqua Bank in downtown Ridgefield. We will miss having a bank close enough to walk to, and our older citizens who don’t drive will have a problem doind their banking business.

Come down and say goodbye to the staff at the bank, especially Debbie Raffelson who has seen the building transform from to First Independent to Sterling to Umpqua. She will be going to the Salmon Creek branch, and says she’ll miss the friendly citizens here and especially the large windows looking out into greenery.

We’ll miss you!

Main Street Awards Decorators

Congratulations to Sage Organics, winner of the Most Creative Award in the Main Street  Community involvement program. Theme of the display was “Naughty Elves.” Owner Lauri Lanza  admitted she did some campaigning to win the award.

Lava Java, owned by Phuong Tran, won the People’s Choice, which was awarded by Jessica of Merry Heart Events.

The Most Nostalgic or Old Fashioned Award was won by Lily Wiggans, and Best Use of Decoration Both Inside and Outside was won by Amy of All State Insurance.

Be sure you get downtown to see all our businesses gussied up for the holidays – it really puts you in the mood.

Main Street Program

Join us on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon for complimentary buffet breakfast and fellowship. This is our annual “thanks for your support” get-together, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Winners of the Downtown Holiday Decorating Contest will also be announced, and awards presented.

Be a Secret Santa

There is a Secret Santa Tree set up in Seasons Coffee Shop, next to the Tteater. The tree is to help make Christmas special for the residents of the Ridgefield Assisted Living facility at the bottom of Pioneer Avenue.

Please stop by and pick a gift tag off the tree. Pick up a gift (or two or three) for one of the residents (or more). Their wants and needs aren’t great. Once you have purchased your gift, please return your UNWRAPPED gifts, with the tag attached, back to Seasons Coffee Shop. There isn’t much time, as all gifts must be received by December 19th. Thank you in advance for giving back to our little town we love!

Reminder: Dedication Tomorrow

Our new ‘Wings of the World” sculpture will be dedicated tomorrow, Saturday, November 18, 4:00 at Overlook Park.

This beautiful sculpture of a soaring eagle was created by Sharon Agnor and commemorates the lives and efforts of five significant people who had the vision for and helped create Overlook Park: Allene Wodaege, Jim Maul, Sydney Reisbick, Amy Montoya, and David Dines.

This community gathering will include a history of Overlook Park, music and refreshments. Please come.

Celebrate at the Sportsman’s