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Ridgefield Magazine Holiday Issue 2019

This is the time of year when we cordon off our life, embracing only family, friends, and good thoughts. And open up to connecting with the spirit of the season. ~ Editor Geoffrey Morris
THIS ISSUES CONTAINS MANY TERRIFIC ARTICLES, INCLUDING:

Editor’s Choice–Marc’s Place

Luc’s Café has for nearly 20 years provided an outstanding dining experience. It was on the leading edge of Ridgefield’s restaurant renaissance. When the authentic French bistro opened in 2001, the other upscale options were Bernard’s, The Elms, and Stonehenge,… Read More

How We Met — Living the Dream

Cindy Zhang was an emergency-room nurse in Shanghai, China, when she met her future husband. It was the 1990s—the era of the one-child rule; the era of limited choices and little freedom. And for Cindy, the American dream was as… Read More

 

Ten Minutes with A Cyclist and Videographer

Noah Manheimer is co-owner of Enchanted Garden in Ridgefield, where he is director of the school of music, and also acts as a video instructor. In November, an avid cyclist, Manheimer rode 500 miles with Beyond the Team, a… Read More

 

A Triumphant End–Regional Hospice and pediatric care

Chelsea Wheeler was a special girl, something goosebumps confirmed as we talked in 2013 about her dream of becoming a chef—both inspiring and heart-wrenching. Chelsea, then ten, was unable to eat, relying on an IV for nutrition as she and… Read More

Tied With a Bow–The Trials of Wrapping Gifts

It’s deeply embarrassing, but no one in my immediate family can decently wrap a gift. It’s much worse than mere bungling; it’s awful, including reusing last year’s wrapping paper because I’m thrifty and don’t Brits do this? I believe this… Read More

Casting a Spell–Working with composer Stephen Schwartz on Godspell

(Photo: Wicked and Godspell composer Stephen Schwartz (left) and ACT artistic director Daniel C. Levine at the ACT office.) You arrive at ACT of CT, and a smiling usher shows you to your seat. House lights dim, and the show… Read More

The Secret Biennial Tiger Hollow House Tour

It’s as tightly guarded as the Academy Award winners and the recipe for Coke—what houses are on this year’s Tiger Hollow Holiday House Tour. Six homes—resplendent in holiday décor—will be open to ticketholders on Friday, December 6. This biennial… Read More

What’s the deal with the blue tree on Wilton Road West?

Mimi and David van Wees and four children live in a beautiful blue classic home, where Main Street becomes Wilton Road West. When they bought the house in 2004, this birch tree was growing close to the house. Says David:… Read More

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to give this holiday season? We have an outstanding guide of local goodies to choose from! Browse our special gift guide––featuring Eco-friendly items, local liquor, CBD, gift cards, getaways, entertainment, hostess gifts, unique items and more! Take a Read More

Road Bonds–The joy of car travel

I’ve been a fan of the road trip since I was a kid. I have fond memories of traveling with my parents and three brothers in mom’s olive green Ford Country Squire wagon, resplendent in all its woodgrain glory. Being… Read More

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