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

Friend’s Book Sale

Get an early start on the Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library in the large room of the Community Center tonight from 6 to 8pm. You have to be a Friends member, but you can join at the door, and you’ll have first pick of the thousands of books on sale. All sales benefit the library,

First Saturday

It’s a Wild West Theme for First Saturday today. A western style scavenger hunt, a self-guided history tour, and s’more makings the old fashioned way are all features. You can make a rattlesnake pet at the library.

I’ll be at the Friends of the Library book sale under the canopy at Overlook Park until 11:30, and will be taking reservations for the Library’s Golf Tournament on Sunday, October 1. After today the price to play will go up $10, to $85. Come with check in hand, or I can take your credit card number to get a discount on your ticket. Find three other golf nuts and have a great day at Tri Mountain while raising money for the library. It’s a 1:00 scramble.

BirdFest Banners are Up

I happened to catch the workmen putting up the Bird Fest Banner as I came back home this afternoon.

Workers put up the Bird Fest banner on Pioneer this afternoon

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.

Sportsman’s: Experience the Changes

Car Show this Friday

The American Legion Post 44 will have its Annual Bruce Crockett Car Show this Friday from 4 to 9 pm in downtown Ridgefield. There will be some spectacular cars on display.
David Watson  and his Jazz Band will play in the skate park at 3rd and Simon from 6 to 9.
We hope everyone will come down and enjoy the shade trees and music and cars. Enjoy dinner at one of our Ridgefield restaurants.