Series: Documenting Ridgefield's Response to COVID-19

Cultural history

Thomas Main, Head of School, Ridgefield Academy

Thomas Main, Head of School, explains how Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschools faced the Covid-19 pandemic with resolve and extensive planning, so that after a spring of remote learning all of the students could be offered on-campus school. Mr. Main talks about how the first 12 weeks of the fall have gone.

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Cultural history

Laurie Kenagy, Executive Director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s last indoor performance was in February, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Like the town’s other arts organizations, the RSO has had to reinvent its programming on the fly, starting with online presentations and continuing with outdoor performances, in collaboration with Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Ridgefield Playhouse. Meeting the requirements of social distancing means careful arrangements when dealing with musicians, particularly those playing horns or other wind instruments.

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Cultural history

Pam Stoddart, Executive Director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Pam Stoddart explains how a very hands-on, people-oriented organization, where interaction is key, has adapted to the realities of social distancing. As she explains, artists are “creative people” and the Guild has come up with some new ways to keep moving forward. There are more challenges ahead as Ridgefield heads into fall and winter, but the Guild of Artists members are continuing to work and express their artistic vision.

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Cultural history

Tony Phillips, Ridgefield’s Director of Social Services

Ridgefield’s Director of Social Services Tony Phillips describes how his department, with the assistance of many volunteers and donations from a variety of sources, has worked to meet the needs of dozens of families whose lives have been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic. Normal programs of food distribution had to be redesigned and new clients assisted.

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