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Virtual May Day Spring Festival Celebrate the season and the Anniversary of First Saturday with your community in an online format!

Welcome! Think of this web-page as your guide to today's Virtual First Saturday experience.

We hope you will enjoy today's activities and virtual events and share your experience with us and the rest of your community by interacting on Facebook and posting your photos on social media with #VirtualFirstSaturday

Virtual events & activities

9AM: Wake-Up Workout with Tailored Fitness. Visit Tailored Fitness' Facebook for a live workout class to start your day out!

11AM: Virtual Talent Show premieres live on City of Ridgefield's Facebook page. Ridgefield's Got Talent and we want you to see it!

NOON: Order lunch via delivery or pick-up from a local restaurant. Find a list of what is open here.

1PM: Maypole Dance Video & First Saturday Anniversary Celebration. Tune in to a live premiere of a slideshow of 5 years of First Saturday festivities then look back on previous Maypole Dances. Enjoy your made-at-home Anniversary Cupcakes while you watch!

ANYTIME ACTIVITIES

Virtual farmers market

It is important now, as is always, to support our local farmers, growers, and ranchers. Here we have gathered information from local farms that are currently offering pick-up or delivery options.

C.S.A. = Community supported agriculture

CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture and is a way to buy fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer in your local community. Supporting local agriculture is a way to support your local business community, your neighbors and keep your food dollars in the local economy.

The concept of CSA is simple. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included such as fruit, fresh eggs or honey.

Consumers may purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

The following local farms offer CSA:

The following local farms are operating their farm store currently:

Ridgefield Farmers Market Vendors

  • Grampa in the Dell - offering hand made items from repurposed wood by John Knoten; also original works from bonafide artist Ed Gedrose. Pick up and shipping available.
Starting your own garden this spring? Check out Ridgefield Forward's Victory Garden Contest!

toilet paper art show

The RAA challenged all of your favorite local artists to create something out of toilet paper rolls, a hot commodity these days. View their creations and vote for your favorite!

downtown scavenger hunt map challenge

How well do you know Downtown Ridgefield? We challenge you to fill in this map as far as you can from memory!

Can't quite get it done by memory? Take a walk or drive through downtown to fill in the gaps. Please observe physical distancing.

may day flower crown

One of our favorite activities at the May Day Spring Festival is making flower crowns! For our virtual format, Ridgefield Floral has provided silk flower kits and an instructional video so you can make your own flower crown at home.

How to make your crown:
  1. Grab your kit you picked up from City Hall or gather the following materials: assorted Silk flowers and greens, glue, ribbon (optional), un-coated light-gauge floral wire (enough to go around your head twice), coated floral wire (enough to go around the head).
  2. Head to Ridgefield Floral's Facebook page for an instructional video. (Or follow the instructions below).
  3. Complete your crown and take a picture wearing it.
  4. Share your pictures with us on Facebook or Instagram with #VirtualFIirstSaturday - we want to see your beautiful creations!

How to make a flower crown with your kit:

1. You will need some sort of Glue ~ craft glue, hot glue gun, or floral glue and something to protect your counter like newspaper.

2. Pour out the contents of your bag and separate the flowers, greens, wires and ribbon.

3. Take the 4 wires (not the coated one) and hold two wires (one on top of the other) in each hand. Put the ends together and secure them with ends of the wire, twisting them together. You should now have 1 long wire. Place the wire around your head and hold it together for the size that fits your head. Now twist the other ends of the wire together to make a circle. You can wrap the remaining wire around the circle so that you don't have any ends sticking out.

4. Once you have your wire in a round shape that is the size you want, take the brown coated wire and start wrapping it around the metal wire, spreading it out as you go. This just gives your crown base a bit more structure.

5. Place your "greens" on the wire where you'd like them positioned and glue them on. Once you get all of your greens places and glued, turn your circle over and glue along the underneath just to secure the greens to the wire better.

6. While the base is drying, put flowers together in "bunches" as to how you'd like them on your crown. Once the base is dry, lay out the flowers on the crown. This will allow you to see how it looks (balanced) before you glue them into place.

7. Once you like the look, start gluing the flowers in place.

8. Finish it with a "tied" bow

9. Enjoy your Crown

Make your own anniversary cupcakes

Follow this recipe or your own to make some delicious cupcakes, then celebrate spring with one of these sweet cupcake designs. These fun cupcakes are perfect for May Day festivities. Pick a design or try all 7!

ANNIVERSARY CUPCAKE RECIPE

Each year, we celebrate the anniversary of First Saturday with cupcakes! This year, its up to you to bake and design your own cupcakes to celebrate spring!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line one 12-cup standard muffin tin or two 24-cup mini-muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. While beating, gradually pour in the melted butter and then the vanilla.
  4. While mixing slowly, add half of the flour mixture. Then add all the milk, followed by the remaining flour mixture; take care not to overmix the batter. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin tin.
  5. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, rotating the tin about halfway through baking time, 18 to 20 minutes for standard cupcakes or 10 to 12 minutes for minis. Cool the cupcakes in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on the rack completely. Frost and decorate as desired.

Now try out one of these decoration ideas!

Try out one of these cupcake decorating ideas, or think up one of your own!
Share a photo of your cupcake creations with us on social media with #VirtualFirstSaturday

ridgefield garden club

May First Saturday is typically the Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Here is an update on what the club is up to these days:

  • As always, they are taking care of the planter boxes in downtown and adapting the type of plants to allow for a lower maintenance summer.
  • While there won't be the big annual plant sale we are used to, they still have homegrown starts and plan to sell them in June at the Farmers Market.

thank you for joining

Credits:

Created with an image by Marisol Casben - "Clean eating"