The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood History
Founded in 1914, the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood started as a small group of women who wanted to make a difference in their community. Three years later, members did just that. They sold Liberty Bonds and sewed hospital gowns for the Red Cross during World War I.
The building of The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood was constructed in 1928 as a Woman’s Club. It was built with a weathered sandstone front and a gable roof, in the design of a fine Dutch Colonial home. Many architectural details from historic Bergen County homes were incorporated in the building.
Later, during the Depression, the group sponsored a food pantry and a food exchange network. And after learning about a bank in town about to fail, members held an emergency meeting and bought a newspaper ad, proclaiming in large font, the bank had “Plenty of Money.” The advertisement helped prevent tens of people from depleting their accounts and helped save the bank.
In the midst of World War II, the Woman’s Club and other prominent citizens launched a patriotic Fourth of July parade and celebration. The parade, with firetrucks, floats from scout troops and civic organizations, continues today, and is beloved by many for one of the most successful small town parades.
For decades, the organization functioned as two groups, one for older women and one for younger. Recently, in keeping with the philosophy that a range of age difference is viewed as a positive benefit, the two groups merged, providing more camaraderie for all.
The building contains a spacious Ballroom with a stage, brass chandeliers, and graceful 25 foot ceilings. The Ballroom is 65 feet by 40 feet and is large enough to seat up to 200 people comfortably with room for dancing. Twenty 60” round tables and 225 chairs are available for use during rental of the building, as are six and eight foot rectangular tables. There is an attractive bride’s room off the Ballroom.