downtown Ridgefield

Wine & Chocolate Festival

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 4, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus three tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 300 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance online at Eventbrite.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include artisan Moonstruck chocolate from Blue Heron Floral, chocolate cake bombs and chocolate dipped biscotti by Killabites, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, and all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors. While you sip and nibble, you can enjoy live music from Justin Sheehy and Faisal & Mitch.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, and wine- and chocolate-based products. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—complete with a Gingerbread House Contest!—sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting, arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and free chocolate samples.

Wine & Chocolate Festival in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 4, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus three tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 300 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance online at Eventbrite.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include artisan Moonstruck chocolate from Blue Heron Floral, chocolate cake bombs and chocolate dipped biscotti by Killabites, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, and all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors. While you sip and nibble, you can enjoy live music from Justin Sheehy and Faisal & Mitch.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, and wine- and chocolate-based products. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—complete with a Gingerbread House Contest!—sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting, arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and free chocolate samples.

First Saturday in Ridgefield: The Wild, Wild West

Slap on your spurs and saddle up your pony, then trot over to downtown Ridgefield and revel in western-themed fun, local lore and more, including zucchini races, country music and dancing. What’s all the hootin’ and hollerin’ fer? It’s fer Heritage Day and Wild, Wild West, September’s theme for First Saturday in Ridgefield—a series of family-friendly events in downtown Ridgefield, happening on the first Saturday of every month year-round.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Overlook Park with a Farmer’s Market, a place to make your own horse from a pool noodle, apple printing with the Ridgefield Art Association, and the much-anticipated Zucchini 500: a veggie-tastic race where participants create speedy wheeled vehicles out of zucchinis. Ridgefield will provide you with a zucchini and a Lego chassis, or bring your own speedy zuke.

At 10 a.m., look deeper into local history at the Ridgefield Community Center with a Clark County Historical Museum workshop: Researching Historical Buildings, Homes, and Property. Use the research tips from this class to learn who used to live and work in your home or on your property. You can also join the CCHM’s Historical Walking Tour of downtown Ridgefield from noon to 1 p.m., starting at Overlook Park. Reserve your space for the workshop or the walk by calling the museum at 360-993-5679. At 2 p.m., you can round out your day of historical enrichment by watching free Ridgefield history stories on the Old Liberty Theater‘s big screen.

At 11 a.m., Overlook Park will become a music jamboree with live country music on stage, a beer garden, and BBQ. Then, starting at 1 p.m., you and your young’uns can join in country line dancing with CJ’s Country Dance Instruction. Stick around for evening entertainment, because the award-winning Koi Pond Cellars will be on-site at 7 p.m. with chalk mural art and wine tasting. End the day at 7:30 p.m. with a rootin’, tootin’ Western Swing concert with Brian Oberlin at the Old Liberty Theater; tickets are $15 for all ages.

Walking Tour of Downtown Ridgefield

You’ll get an up-close-and-personal look at many of downtown Ridgefield’s historic buildings and hear the stories behind the people who built them and lived there, stepping back in time to Ridgefield’s founding and growth. Stops include the Old Liberty Theater and the white “belltower cathedral” building, among many other interesting places. The walking tour ranges from one to two miles, and it will happen rain or shine, so dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water. After the tour, you’ll want to stick around for the Big Paddle Festival along the waterfront; rent a canoe or kayak or enjoy the dry-land activities like the Farmers Market, live music, food, a scavenger hunt, obstacle course, and local arts and crafts vendors.

Tickets are $5 for Clark County Historical Society members and $7 for non-members. You can purchase a season pass for all summer walking tours for $50 (members) or $75 (non-members). To RSVP for the Officers Row walking tour, contact the Clark County Historical Museum at 360-993-5679 or info@cchmuseum.com. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.cchmuseum.org.

Walking Tour of Downtown Ridgefield

The Clark County Historical Museum is taking a field trip from its location in downtown Vancouver to share the fascinating history of downtown Ridgefield. This walking tour will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, meeting at Ridgefield’s scenic Overlook Park (at the intersection of S. Main Ave. and Pioneer St.).

You’ll get an up-close-and-personal look at many of downtown Ridgefield’s historic buildings and hear the stories behind the people who built them and lived there, stepping back in time to Ridgefield’s founding and growth. Stops include the Old Liberty Theater and the white “belltower cathedral” building, among many other interesting places. The walking tour ranges from one to two miles, and it will happen rain or shine, so dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water. After the tour, you’ll want to stick around for the Big Paddle Festival along the waterfront; rent a canoe or kayak or enjoy the dry-land activities like the Farmers Market, live music, food, a scavenger hunt, obstacle course, and local arts and crafts vendors.

Tickets are $5 for Clark County Historical Society members and $7 for non-members. You can purchase a season pass for all summer walking tours for $50 (members) or $75 (non-members). To RSVP for the Officers Row walking tour, contact the Clark County Historical Museum at 360-993-5679 or info@cchmuseum.com. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.cchmuseum.org.