Members of the RHC are excited and energetic about the work they are doing and are dedicated to retaining and improving the many special qualities of Ridgway. From Christmas lights to watering the summer flower baskets, many volunteers work year-long on projects to enhance the beauty of Ridgway.
The Heritage Council has many accomplishments to its credit, including a highly successful Historic Facade Program, an Annual Historic Tour of Homes, the creation of the "Lily of the Valley" National Historic Register District, and community gardens, and a historic homeowners plaque program. Projects currently underway include a complete downtown streetscape renovation incorporating new Victorian benches and historic street lighting (in cooperation with Ridgway Borough), the continued renovation of the welcome center, and the development of one of the key downtown historic buildings. Proceeds from the Tasting in the Wilds helps to benefit programs all year long.
The annual wine, beer, food, and art festival celebrating the tastes of the Pennsylvania Wilds has become a yearly "must" for families and friends, with people traveling back home to Ridgway just for this festival. This year will be different from previous events with a standard $5 Entrance Fee for everyone entering the Fireman's Lot, where the event will take place, rain or shine. A wristband will be given when a proper ID is provided showing the attendee is over 21. . Due to changes in the law, Beer, Wine, and Spirits vendors will have drinks to sell and offer a tasting if attendees would like. There is a "chalk-Bomb" zone and a homemade beer and wine contest. Check out the Festival website at tastinginthewilds.com for more information.