SEPT. 9th 11-6 pm

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On September 9th, 2017, the 3rd annual Wataba Lake Fest will be held at “Hippie Hill” (25 Clearview Drive) in the Rainbow Lake neighborhood of Ridgefield. There will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, and children’s activities, with food and drink provided by Tiger’s Den restaurant and Gigi’s ice cream truck.

Organized by Rainbow Lake residents Roger Grannis and Kevin McCarthy, the Wataba Lake Fest (named after Rainbow Lake’s original moniker, Wataba Lake) is open to the general public, with all proceeds going to the Ridgefield Lake Association (RLA).

The first Wataba Lake Fest, held in October 2015, was an unqualified success, with an attendance of more than 250 guests, and raising $1,200 for the lake association. “The festival was amazing,” says Roger Grannis. “People really came together, and not just from the lake but from all over Ridgefield. It was like a family-friendly mini-Woodstock!”

For the 2016 Wataba Lake Fest the organizers have expanded the seating area and vendor space to accommodate the demand. As at the inaugural festival, local artists and craftspeople will sell their products throughout the day, including Philomena’s Sweet Tooth, Florealis jewelry, Kim Staiti (hand-sewn stuffed animals), LimeLight by Alcone (chemical-free skin care) presented by photographer Michele Williams, and jewelry by Deanna Finnegan and Anjelique Joseph. There will also be several raffles, with prizes donated by such local businesses as Luna Rossa, The Dapper Den, and Cellar XV Wine Market.

Live music will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Wataba Fest stage. Scheduled acts include:

  • Singer/songwriters and Rainbow Lake residents Chris Belden and Kevin McCarthy, each performing a set of original Americana music
  • David & Francine Wheeler, founding members of the group Swanky Hotel, playing literate, catchy original pop tunes as well as tasty covers and a few children’s songs

Sponsors of the 2016 Wataba Lake Fest include Blue Bus Music, which will provide the sound system, as well as Tiger’s Den and Ridgefield Supply.

Admission to 2017 Wataba Lake Fest is a suggested donation per person. All proceeds go toward the RLA Lake Improvement Fund. Advance tickets can be purchased online at at the top of the page.

Rain dates for this year’s festival are Sunday, September 10th, and Saturday, September 16th.

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