The character of many Northwestern towns was found in their grange buildings. A community gathering place, they were used for everything from weddings to special events, from concerts to bingo nights. That grand tradition is carried on in a former grange building in Ridgefield--with an upscale twist that brings great character to the small town.
The owners have invested a great deal of time and money in restoring the building to its former glory. Neglected for many years, it is again a proud resident of Pioneer Street. Functioning as an art gallery, a retail space, and an event venue, the Pickled Heron serves many needs in the small community. There are art classes available, gallery shows from time to time, and even the occasional wedding reception. It stages concerts for nearly all of the major Ridgefield events, including a great bluegrass jam during BirdFest. Its space includes a multifunctional event space with hardwood floors and great acoustics, a downstairs retail area with art supplies, a certified kitchen, and even a small classroom.
In a world that is all too ready to rip down old buildings and put up another Starbucks, the Pickled Heron gives Ridgefield yet another reason to claim its right as a charming small town. It's definitely worth a visit.