Whether you're a new member of Ridgewood, NJ community or a longtime resident, joining clubs (or groups, or societies, or organizations, or whatever you want to call them) is a great way to establish and expand your social circles. These social groups can range from general interest groups that appeal to just about everyone to fringe groups with a shared interest in the esoteric. Be it religious or secular, social or philanthrophic, plain fun or just plain strange, there's almost something for everyone to join in on. Here is a list of just a few local groups to help get you started in exploring the diverse community at Ridgewood (click on the names to be redirected to their respective sites):
A social group run by the YWCA of Bergen County aimed at newcomers looking to make friends with other newcomers and become better involved in the Ridgewood, NJ community. Its aims are to help you and your family make an easier transition in your new community.
A group for both part time and full time stay-at-home mothers and their children. They offer support through a variety of activities, such as playgroups, park outings in the Ridgewood area, MOMS Night Outs, and coffee or brunch dates.
A group that operates the Schoolhouse Museum building, one of the first public schools in the village of Ridgewood. With a history dating back to 1907, the society continues to preserve and present Ridgewood's history for the community and current generation through the curation of artifacts, photographs, and ephemera.
A group that meets at the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month to discuss and educate its members in public speaking and leadership skills development. An international organization with widespread chapters, members develop together the essential communication skills of speaking, listening, and thinking.
A club that operates in a historic building on W. Ridgewood Ave. and was incorporated back in 1914 to serve women and children in need within the Ridgewood area. The club does philanthropic work through various events and fundraisers and by supporting other charities and organizations in the community.
A vocal group with over 50 members currently under the musical direction of John J. Palatucci. The Orpheus Club performs major choral works and performs between eight to twelve times each year, with four formal concerts.
A club that boasts nearly 500 members whose goals allow for post-secondary educational opportunities for young women, providing needs-based grants and interest-free student loans. Opportunities are also offered to men at the graduate level of study. This is all done through generous donations and various fundraising activities such as book fairs, fashion shows, and the College Capers.
Founded in 1937 and the largest camera club in New Jersey. The club aims to educate photographers and photography enthusiasts of all skill levels through sharing knowledge and techniques in the pursuit of excellence in the art medium.
A running club open to all ages and all skill levels, helping members achieve their fitness goals with weekend runs and coached workout sessions in an encouraging atmosphere.
A coven-run spiritual group that teaches and trains members interested in practicing Wiccan high magick, meditation, tarot card reading, astrology, energy healing, and past life regression, among other things. Events and rituals are held throughout the year.
The local organizational unit of the Freemasons in Ridgewood. This secret/not-so-secret society opens its doors to a select few, but who knows? You might just be one of the few allowed in.