Day: January 6, 2018

The Creative Side of town

A new children’s art school opened on Route 7 on the Redding/Ridgefield town line in early November and has been buzzing with activity despite the fierce weather Mother Nature has unleashed. The Arts & Nature School offers art, musical theater classes, birthday parties, “Splatterday” splatter painting events and one-of-a-kind glow parties. The studio features a wide variety of offerings for children and families including paint and sip, teen paint and pizza night, Mommy & Me Music & Movement, Kid’s Karaoke, knitting, workshops and much more.

The Arts & Nature School of Ridgefield was opened by Wendy Mitchell, local resident and a member of the Ridgefield Arts Council and Ridgefield Youth Commission. Wendy, a singer/bass player and writer, was the founder of the nonprofit healing arts studio Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK), founded by her after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in her hometown in 2012. She has taught musical theater in the Greater Danbury area for the last 15 years, and will continue to do so at her new school.

“My philosophy centers around the concept that each child is different with unique talents and abilities. My job is to help develop those talents while building their self-esteem in a nurturing environment. Through theater games, improvisation, vocal and theater instruction, we’re helping kids develop lifelong skills,” Mitchell said.

Art activities are largely based on using recycled and upcycled materials and items found in nature.

“When I was little we used to play outside all day long making tree forts and collecting pine cones and leaves in the woods. Now kids are hooked up to technology and studies show this can be detrimental to their health. We want to create projects and experiences that make kids ask questions about the earth and bring them back to nature to encourage imaginative and creative play, collaboration with their peers and social interaction between children.”

In the two months since she has opened, Wendy has held fundraisers and events for the greater Danbury Women’s Center, Dylan’s Wings of Change, Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs, Family & Children’s Aid and Meals on Wheels. You many have seen Wendy and her 17-year-old daughter volunteering under the tent doing face painting at the Georgetown Winter Festival to raise funds for the Redding Fire Department and Rising Starr Horse Rescue.

The next Splatterday splatter painting event for kids ages 2-10 is on Friday, Jan. 19 from 4-6pm, Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10am-12pm or 3-5pm and Sun. Jan. 22 from 12-2pm.

The Arts & Nature School’s Winter Session begins on Monday, January 8, 2018. Click here for class offerings and registration information.

Instagram: @artsandnatureschool

ERCCC Meeting

Come join us on Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm for the
Easton Redding Community Care Coalition Parent meeting

Are you, your teenager or a family member struggling with stress and anxiety?

Our meeting will include a presentation by Kathy Katts, Holistic Wellness Counselor, and Mindfulness Expert.  Kathy will discuss the root of anxiety and introduce HOW TO strategies to allow for immediate shifts in mindset. Scientific research from a holistic and consciousness perspective will be presented.  The presentation will end with a guided technique to allow all participants to experience a physical and mental shift.  To learn more about Kathy, go to her website:

In this ever-changing landscape, the time is now for us to learn and implement new strategies to evolve and grow with equanimity.


by John McCleary

Thank you for selling out the Redding Road Race, “A Run For The Cows” super-fast, as usual!!

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We’re going to have a lot of fun in the upcoming months.  While I’m busy ordering gifts and assigning bib numbers here are a few race notes:


  • Joan Benoit Samuelson will be our very special race guest this year.  The last two year we had the greatest American male long distance runner at the race, so, it’s only fair that we now get the greatest American female long distance runner to join us!!
  • Newsletters – we publish about 10 newsletters prior to the race – send me your human interest stories as these are the heart of the newsletters.  Past newsletters can be viewed on the website.
  • Sponsors – we’re always looking for Mile Marker Sponsors
  • Pasta Dinner – We’re planning on doing some type of pre-race party with a band, a bar and a chance to meet Joan – stay tuned.
  • Giveaways – Complimentary giveaways are better than ever – with registration, you will be getting: a coolmax shirt, coolmax hat, coffee mug, insulated lunch bag, cow bell, bumper sticker and personalized bib.  Mighty Cow participants will also be getting an extra gift or two.
  • Own an aid station – If you’re willing to get 4 or more volunteers together to “own an aid station” you registration will be refunded.
  • Waiting list – The registration site has started waiting lists for all races.  I don’t envision being able to accommodate any more 7 milers, but will be able to take in a few more half marathoners and Mighty Cowers. So, feel free to tell any friends who may have missed registration.
  • Documentary – Check out our documentary, starring Bill Rodgers, Liz, Ann, Sharon and Heather.  It’s on the front page of the website (along with other videos) and, if you haven’t watched it, it’s worth the 23 minutes.
  • Host Hotel – La Quinta Inn, $94 night I think??  116 Newtown Rd, Danbury CT 06810,  203-798-1200, tell them you’re running the race.