Ridgewood Sophomore Sophia Swanson is Going for the Gold

About 8 months ago, Sophia Swanson had an idea. A big idea. After passing the empty bandshell probably hundreds of times, she had a vision of the town’s bandshell being returned to its glory, filled with sounds of music and the town coming together to listen. She had a vision of an event that would bring the town together for a evening of music by Ridgewood’s most promising talents.

She’s worked tirelessly since the fall collaborating with the school’s administration and the student-run ARTBeat Committee to create Ridgewood ARTBeat 2017. As an adult, a parent and an HSA president, sometimes I have difficulty navigating that field. But here, this determined 16 year old, made it happen. She called on Five Ridgewood bands: Take 4, RHS Maroon Men, Common Ground, Havana Affair, RHS Acabellas. Genres include a cappella, rock, pop, and blues music.

This spectacular event will earn Sophia her Girl Scout Gold Award community service project. The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it. Sophia certainly will have done that!

So grab a blanket and cozy up with your kids to join TipsFromTown at this beautiful location on Tuesday, June 6 from 8:30 to 9:45 pm for a night that is sure to leave humming and tapping your toes. Let Sophia know you’re coming: ArtBeat Facebook Page.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!

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