RIDGEWAY — Ridgeway will celebrate the holidays in a new way as it hosts its first-ever Christmas on the Ridge on Friday night. From 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. the sounds, scents and tastes of Christmas will be on display in downtown Ridgeway.
Event organizer Phyllis Gutierrez took the popular Arts on the Ridge event and adapted it to Christmas as a way to show off student artwork and nurture the surrounding artistic community.
Gutierrez said hand-painted ornaments will be for sale in the Century House in Ridgeway and for sale by local merchants. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the artist but a portion of the proceeds also goes back to the Christmas on the Ridge Committee.
The committee will then use those funds to buy art supplies the Fairfield County School District can use in an ongoing collaborative partnership for future Fairfield County Arts Council projects and Arts on the Ridge projects.
“Schoolchildren will have art displayed in the Century House and at businesses throughout the county,” Gutierrez said. “We are excited for them and for the opportunity to show off the plethora of artistic talent in Fairfield County.”
In addition to artwork, Christmas on the Ridge includes a Victorian Hanging of the Greens with accompanying Christmas carols. Gutierrez said the greens are symbolic and have been used in church history as preparation for the Advent season.
Santa Claus will see children at the Old Station Vegetable Stand down the street from the Century House from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be carriage rides available and refreshments at Laura’s Tea Room.
“This is a partnership with the Ridgeway Merchants Association and with First Friday in Ridgeway,” Gutierrez said. “We want to remind people that arts is not just painting. There are other forms of artwork and we want to showcase that to encourage others to become involved in these efforts.”
Area churches are involved as well. Music will be performed at St. Stephens Episcopal Church at 6:30 p.m. including the Johnson Family Trio and Beverly Anderson. The Victorian Christmas with hanging of the greens starts at 7:30 p.m. at Aimwell Presbyterian Church.