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, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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