258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone: 203-438-4519.
Meet James Clark, The Aldrich's guest music curator and one of Connecticut's most accomplished fife & drum musicians, at Books on the Common (404 Main Street, Ridgefield) and stroll up to the Museum accompanied by tunes played by a company of fifers & drummers. At Old Hundred, the Museum's historic administration building, explore Allison Smith's Rudiments of Fife & Drum, a free exhibition that examines the relationship between music, handcraft, national identity, war, communication, and entertainment in American history. See the Museum's conference room, the town's general store from 1783 to 1883, transformed into a "period room" with furniture, textiles, ceramics, drawings and seven custom-made Cooperman Company drums, handcrafted with traditional tack work by Smith. James Clark, a musical historian and noted fife & drum musician, is a founding member of Connecticut Valley Field Music, a fife & drum band based in Middletown, Connecticut, and the author of the book Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition, published by Wesleyan University Press (2011). Clark has performed worldwide, including the Tambour Festival, Liestal, Switzerland; Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia; and the New England Conservatory in Boston.