Meet a Local Merchant

This is another in a series of articles about businesses in our downtown core.

Today we meet Jon Taylor, the owner of the Farmers Insurance Agency on Pioneer Street. Jon has been an insurance agent for 19 years. He prides himself on fast, fair and friendly service, and if you let him give you a quote on your insurance needs he’ll give you $5 in Main Street Moola. That scrip can be exchanged for goods at any participating merchant in the downtown area.

Farmers provides auto, home, recreational vehicle, life and commercial insurance, and Jon says he does it with a smile.

Jon moved into Ridgefield because he loves the downtown area, and his office is now closer to his home. Give him a call for your insurance needs.

Note from Kathy – Jon has already immersed himself in volunteer activities in Ridgefield. This is the type of business owner we really appreciate! If you would like to  have your business featured on FYI98642.com, please email me: kathywinters179@gmail.com.

Farm to Table Dinner

A few tickets are still available for the Farm to Table dinner on August 18.

The festivities start at 6:00 with beverages and appetizers, with dinner at 7 and dancing under the stars to the music of Justin Sheehy.

It’s an evening of food, wine, draft beer and conversation and a chance to showcase our local farmers, brewers, wineries and caterers.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the city  office, 360-887-3557.

American Legion Car Show

The 8th annual American Legion car show was a huge success. There were over 50 cars parked along the streets of downtown Ridgefield.  It was great to see so many local families come out and look at all the cars. A special thanks to Terry Hurd and the Sportsman’s for donating a portion of the dinner proceeds back to the American Legion. The Legion ended up receiving a $250 donation from the Sportsman’s.

 

First Saturday

It’a  picnic in the Park this month as we celebrate First Saturday. Take a walk around town with the Clark County Historical Museum at 9 am – it’s free for residents of the 98642 area code.

The Farmers’ Market will be in full swing at Overlook Park, with zucchini races at 9:30, a talent show from 11 am to 1 pm, water balloon games from noon to 1.

Order sandwiches at the End of the Road Grill (360-887-4990) and they’ll have them ready for you at Overlook Park.

The wine garden will be open from 11 to 2 featuring wines from Windy Hills Winery and Spudder Crest wines.

Ridgefield Arts Space Opens Downtown

New to Ridgefield, The RAS- Ridgefield Arts Space, can be found just above the hardware store at 208 Pioneer, in downtown. The RAS is established to provide a place of arts, learning and events granting access to artistic, social, and educational experiences regardless of economic standing. The effort aims to maintain and enrich a true sense of community in and for Ridgefield, by the charitable contributions of the residents of Ridgefield.

The event-based schedule varies between 9am-midnight, 7 days a week, and after only opening the doors July 4, Summer Camps are in full swing, with weekly classes being added to the calendar daily. The “Arts for ALL” program of offerings eliminates the need for our residents to commute to outside areas for programs that should be offered right downtown. As founders Liz Kollings and Spencer Velott put it, “We live here and felt the most powerful contribution we could offer our neighbors was providing a community-based space for arts, learning, and fun that supports ALL members of Ridgefield—regardless of their financial situations.”

As a federally registered pending 501(c)(3), Non-Profit organization, a significant portion of every class/event registration dollar—be it for Ballet, Hip Hop, Comedy Improv, Baby Camp; Me classes, Summer Arts Camp, Teen Lounge Nights, or on “RAS Bucks” to buy your sweetheart a drink after dancing at our Date Night event, a significant portion silently goes to provide these very same experiences to those of us whose budgets simply cannot accommodate such extras. If you are one of the folks whose budget can’t afford access to the arts, but also want these enriching experiences for your family, please reach out to us and know that your privacy is secure. If you would like to sign up for classes, or to donate additionally please also email info@the-ras.com, call (360) 947-4484, or visit www.The-RAS.com.

To kick things off for the month of August, if you present a single receipt from ANY business in Old Town Ridgefield, you will receive $5 in “RAS Bucks” for every $25 spent.

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!