Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Bernie Williams, 6/8
The legendary Yankees slugger and chart-topping guitarist, Bernie Williams will return to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, June 8, as both a musician and award-winning athlete. After one of the most storied careers in baseball (which included four Gold-Glove awards, six American League pennants and an ALCS MVP award), Bernie Williams launched his second career as a jazz guitarist and didn't miss a beat. Having topped the contemporary jazz Billboard Chart with #1 singles, recorded albums with guests as varied as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Secada, and having accepted an invitation to sit in with The Allman Brothers Band at their storied Beacon Theatre residencies, Williams instantly established himself as a formidable talent. An afternoon Celebrity Softball Game with Bernie and Friends in the ballpark adjacent to the Playhouse will start at 1 p.m. A No. 109 Cheese & Wine complimentary wine and cheese tasting will take place in the lobby from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Bernie takes the stage at 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hillside Food Outreach and the Playhouse Arts for Everyone Program. Piccolo Pizza & Jazzeria (24 Prospect St., Ridgefield) is offering a free glass of wine with dinner the night of the show when tickets/stubs are presented. This event is part of the No. 109 Cheese & Wine Art, Wine and Jazz Series?and is underwritten by Anita and Nicholas Donofrio with partial underwriting by Cultec.