Main Street Gratitude Breakfast

Ridgefield Main Street invites you to join them this Thursday, December 19, for their Annual Gratitude Breakfast. It’s at the Sportsman’s Public House, 121 N. Main Avenue, from 8:30-9:30 am.

This has become a December tradition for RMS to show appreciation for the support of our community and also features the awards for the Downtown Decorating Contest. Come enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, on us, and be part of the celebration!

You’re invited!

It has been an incredible year for RMS as we expanded programs, welcomed new businesses, grew our sponsorship base and helped companies take full advantage of the Tax Credit Incentive Program. Thank you to the Board of Directors, committee members and volunteers who help make this work possible. Together we’re making a difference downtown, which will always be the heart and soul of Ridgefield!

—Marykay Lamoureaux

Getting Ready for Hometown

They were putting up the tree at Overlook Park this morning when I happened to walk by.

Lifting the Tree

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Now the fun part begins: securing it and stringing the multiple lights that make it so festive. Thanks to Scott Anderson of RS3 Homes who donated the tree.

This Saturday is Hometown, a celebration started 20 years ago by forward-thinking citizens like Allene Wodaege who wanted to provide residents with a local tradition so they wouldn’t have to drive into Vancouver. It’s a full day of fun, and with Rosauers opening this weekend Ridgefield is going to be a busy place.

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday.

9AM: The day begins with the Ugly Sweater Fun Run with Ridgefield Runners. Visit runridgefield.com to register. There is a special prize for the Best Ugly Sweater!

9AM-3PM: Continue the fun in the Holiday Food & Gift Marketplace at Overlook Park, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Shop Farmer’s Market vendors, Holiday gifts and decorations, roasting nuts and more under large canopies with outdoor heaters. Live music from singing groups and bands from Sunset Ridge, View Ridge & Ridgefield High School will fill the tent from 10 to 3.

9AM-4PM: Visit the Ridgefield Community Library for hot cider, cookies, and crafts as well as a Used Book & Gift Sale sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library.

10AM-1PM: Find live Reindeer at Allstate Insurance on the corner of Pioneer and 5th Avenue.

11AM-3PM: Get creative with holiday-themed games, crafts, cookie decorating, a 20th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and more fun in the Holiday Kid’s Activity Center at Tailored Fitness.

Noon-3PM: And let’s not forget about Santa! Head over to Old Liberty Theater for pictures and more activities. Bring your own camera and take pictures with Santa for free, sponsored by Ridgefield Mini Storage.

4:30PM: Enjoy the Tree Lighting Festival with a holiday dance-performance from DanceFusion NW, community sing-along with Bethel Church, hot chocolate from Trinkets Tearoom and cookies. You can enjoy the Tree Lighting from the comfort of the adults-only Windy Hills Wine Garden area. The Wine Garden will be open from 2-6PM.

All day activities are everywhere with downtown businesses decorated, open and ready with sales, give-aways, hot cocoa and Holiday Village displays with activities like kids games and crafts at Hookum Brewery and a Christmas Shop with holiday arrangements, gifts and hot cider at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts. You can tour the town on the Port of Ridgefield Holiday Trolley Rides with Rudolph from noon to 3 and see musical performances on the street corners by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Band. And, don’t forget to cast your vote in the Holiday Decorating Contest!

End your evening by attending the Acoustic Guitar Summit at Old Liberty Theater. Enjoy an annual concert favorite with a winter inspired sound scape from Grammy-winning guitarists Terry Robb, Mark Hanson and Doug Smith at 7:30pm.

 

 

 

Refuge Calendar now Available

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest Calendar is back for the 2020 calendar season! Check out the winners from the 2019 contest, and stay up-to-date on important events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Support volunteer programs like habitat restoration and educational programming, and host beautiful photos of wildlife and your refuge in your home the whole year through.

The calendars cost just $18 and can be purchased at Seasons Coffee Tea and Remedies in the Old Liberty Theater.

Welcome New and Relocated Businesses

A good sized group of people showed up downtown this afternoon to welcome the new shops and changes to our cityscape. The Main Street Program had ribbon cuttings celebrating all the changes.

The owner of Fin and Feather has had an online presence for several years. and his customers asked him to open a retail store.

Even the Raptor mascot was there!

Coach’s Cuts is moving to the former location of Ridgefield Liquor, End of the Road restaurant is relocating to Battle Ground, Bain Boutique  is doing great business.

Around the corner, Merilee Lee, owner of the Main Street Studio building on Main Avenue, is upgrading the building with new signage,  freshened brick work and a cleaner look.

A surprise to me was the announcement that the space between the former Coach’s Cuts and End of the Road restaurant will now be a game center.

Check it out!

The Main Street Design Team

Celebrate Downtown

The Main Street Program invites you to celebrate downtown this afternoon, November 8, from 4 to 7 pm in the alley between the new location of Coach’s Cuts and Bain Boutique. Sip, munch, and meet our new business owners. There will be street music and the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Roundabout Red Label to be Chosen

Saturday, at 3:00 pm during the Chickadee bazaar in the Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield Art Association will have the honor of having wine maker Gary Gouger choose one entry from the RAA membership entries for the new label of the soon-to-be-bottled Roundabout Red. The labels will be on display all day long so come down and see what the artists have created.

Ridgefield Roundabout Red is made from the grapes grown at the roundabouts and is a potential award-winning wine. We’d like for many folks to come down and see the entries and be there when he makes his choice.

First Saturday Roaring 20’s

Support the Friends of Ridgefield Library during First Saturday in November when Overlook Park will be transformed into a jazz-filled speakeasy housed under large canopies with heaters & chandeliers for a Roaring 20’s themed wine tasting and celebration! Come enjoy the bounty of the wine corridor surrounding Ridgefield and participate in a day of 1920’s themed fun.

Friends of the Library will be pouring, and there will be a wine wall, where you can take a chance on a choice bottle of wine for $20. This is a major fund-raiser for our new library, so come and support the Friends.

Vinnies Pizza Gives Cash-Back

For the last four years, Vince and Elena from Vinne’s Pizza have sponsored a cash-back night, where they not only donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening to the Friends of the Library, but match that amount.

Here’s Elena presenting the check to yours truly.

Good news! Elena told me they’d like to do it again in January. Keep posted!

When you order your pizza or other Italian food from Vinnie’s, please tell them ‘thanks’ for supporting our library.

New Store in Town

Samantha Bain

We have a new specialty shop in town – Bain Boutique. Samantha Bain started her business online and decided to open a store front in Ridgefield because of the friendliness of the people here.

She carries women’s clothes in sizes extra small to 3X. Many of her products are one-of-kind from local artists. She prides herself on having quality merchandise at reasonable prices.

Bain is at 218 Pioneer Street. Stop by and say ‘hello’ and ‘welcome to Ridgefield.’

Bain carries a wide assortment of items

 

 

Getting in the Hallowe’en Spirit

As you drive around town you’ll see all sorts of creative decorations for Hallowe’en. Everyone’s getting in the spirit!

What Makes Ridgefield so Special #14

Everyone came to Birdfest yesterday: by car, by truck, by  motorcycle, and by walking, but someone very special rode horses.

Since horses are not allowed at Season’s Coffee Shop, their owners made sure they wouldn’t get away by hitching them to the ring on the sidewalk outside the shop.

Only  in Ridgefield!

Apartment for Rent

The bottom level of this charming coach house in downtown Ridgefield is for rent. It’s a great space for one person, and will be available November 1. Approximately 600 square feet, the apartment is clean and fresh and rents unfurnished. Utilities are included in the $900 per month rent. The space is air conditioned and heated. Contact Carol Pinnell, 503-313-9975. Please do not disturb the current tenants.

                 Details

Laundry facilities on premises.

Walkable to downtown and parks and public garden

First and last month’s rent plus security deposit

1 year lease

No smoking or pets

Utilities included

Parking space on street.

Small gardening areas available for personal use

Community Garden Gets a Refresh

The Community Garden got a refresh this week: new gravel on the roadways and bark on the paths. It looks great!

People are planting for fall gardens now – lettuce, strawberries, broccoli, onions, beets, Swiss chard, etc. The garden is at 5th and Sargent if you haven’t been there before – check it out.

Lots happening this week in Ridgefield

This will be a busy week for us, starting Thursday, May 2, when Brad Richardson of the Clark County Historical Museum will speak at the Old Liberty Theater about the history of Ridgefield. It’s a free event, starting at 7:00 pm, and is a part of the new initiative by the museum to celebrate the local businesses, architecture, and history.

“Downtown Ridgefield and its businesses have a long and torrid history,” said Richardson. “We feel it’s important to discuss the stories of our communities at, or in, the places where they took place. It harkens to the idea, ‘If these walls could talk.’ The Old Liberty Theater provides the perfect setting for this exploration and discussion.”

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Then Friday and Saturday the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold the Giant Used Book Sale at the Community Room of the library.

Friends of the Library can enter the sale at 10am and have two hours before the public is allowed. Memberships will be available at the door, so you can join then if you want. Doors open at noon for the general public.

On May 4, the sale runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Attention ALL book lovers! Mark your calendars. We will have tons of used books in every genre you can imagine for prices you won’t believe. This is a public sale, so everyone is welcome.

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Also on Saturday May 4, the Ridgefield Garden Club holds its annual Plant Sale at the School District’s Maintenance Shop at 3rd and Pioneer. It starts at 9 am – come early to get the best selection of hanging plants, shrubs, trees, and best of all – homegrown items from our members.

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It’s also the May Day Spring Festival, sponsored by the City and the First Saturday Group. Activities take place at Overlook Park, including the Farmer’s Market.

If I forgot anything I apologize – write and let me know and I’ll post it.

Clean Up Day

Today is the downtown clean up day, sponsored by the Ridgefield Main Street Program.  The City will be planting trees on Main Ave., Garden Club working on planters and weeding and we’re looking for volunteers, and hopefully some students to come after school for some general clean up, window and door washing, etc.  Some merchants will be sprucing up their storefront entries.

Come on down and join the fun!