Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Ambassadors

Following a younger family around town



Dad Ryan with Dylan, Brown, Rebekah, and mom Jan, at home.

Photo by Ron Triani

“My grandchildren will have to carry my body out,” says Jan Triani, regarding her attachment to her East Farm Lane house. “I’m not leaving Ridgefield.” Triani and husband Ryan Faulkingham bought their forever home after renting here for three years. Before that, the couple lived in Westport, where Faulkingham works in investments. “My parents told us to town shop,” says Triani, “and every time we came up here, I had great conversations with people. My friend in Darien kept saying, ‘You are so Ridgefield.’” The couple has three children, Ryan, eight, who they call “Brown”; Rebekah, six; and Dylan, three. 

Triani’s passion for the plentitude town offers her young family is infectious. “We do everything in town,” explains Triani. “We love the sense of community—the Halloween walk, Holiday Stroll, and tree lighting. It’s too good to be true.” Favorite restaurants include Eddie’s Pizza, where they eat as a family once a week, Dimitri’s, 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant, or Luc’s Café and Luna Rossa without kids. 

Ballard Park playground especially during summer CHIRP concerts and the Rec Center, where they also swim in colder months, are their go-to town parks. They also belong to Martin Park, where they enjoy the beach and lake but would love to see an outdoor town pool. That and a bicycle path to connect the town are two improvements they’d like.

The couple met at Lehigh University, where Ryan played football and Jan soccer—before retiring their cleats to pursue other interests. Exercise, however, continues to be an integral part of the couple’s lives. Triani, who has completed eight marathons, runs most Saturdays with the Ridgefield Running Co.

“Running doesn’t age discriminate,” says Triani. “I’ve run with 23-year-old medical students and 55-year-old lawyers.” Through the Ridgefield Bicycle Sports Club, Triani bonded with a wide variety of fellow athletes and motivators including Mike and Melissa Rodgers, a popular yoga instructor; Meagan Searfoss, who owns Ridgefield Running Co., and Jacqui and Sean Dowd of the Ridgefield Bicycle Co. 

Faulkingham is an avid mountain biker, who also plays tennis at Four Seasons in Wilton. Both work out at Train 2 Xcel. The couple owns a boat, which they moor at Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club. 

In addition to the many friends in the sports community, they connect with fellow parents at Ridgefield Montessori School. Erin Ray at Adam Broderick Salon cuts all five family members’ hair. Says Ray, “They let the kids be who they are. They are really laid back, but their kids respect them.”

Two of Triani’s favorite stores are Everywear on Main and Bella Home. “If you need any gift, you just walk in there,” explains Triani.

Faulkingham cites Books on the Common and Ridgefield Hardware as favorite shopping destinations. Triani praises designer Christy Kinsman, who has helped with ongoing house projects, including helping Triani choose the soothing paint colors in throughout much of the house. Triani loves Kinsman’s new store The Angel Cooperative.

Architect Merrill Brown, who built the house for the former owner in 1993 and has completed several updates for the family, notes that they are “very authentic—down to earth, good people.”  

Triani sells orthopedic implants amd recently left her coporate job to start a consulting business. She rents space at Work the Ridge on Catoonah Street. “It’s a good space and concept. It’s only going to get better as people discover its potential to be a community resource.” The couple relies on Cultural Care Au Pair for childcare. 

When asked if Triani might translate her enthusiasm for the town into a political career, she demures, but acknowledges that her phone number should be handed out for “town shoppers” looking for a great forever home. 

Add your comment:

Connect With Us

            

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Catch the Vibe Newsletter

See this weekend's events in the area!
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

How We Met: Their Friend’s Party

Sportscaster Leigh Diffey met his future wife Michaela dressed as Barney Rubble

Farmer Shaun

“I get to be outside, and I live in a beautiful place”

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading Local Professionals

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

February 2018

No Events

Explore the exciting world of printmaking in this all ages afternoon workshop. Turn potatoes into stamps, carve into foam sheets to make relief plates, and experiment with unusual surfaces to...

Cost: Free for members or with Museum admission

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
No Events

Come enjoy a free screening of Paddington on Wednesday, February 21st from 3:00-4:30 PM This is the first movie, not the sequel Appropriate for all ages, perfect activity for the whole...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 14-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
No Events

Broadway comes to Ridgefield! Daniel C. Levine directs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit Broadway musical, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, featuring an all-star Broadway cast. If...

Cost: $69.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 EAST RIDGE
RIDGEFIELD, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Magazine’s Broadway & Cabaret Series, Partially underwritten by Books on the Common and Adam Broderick Salon
Website »

More information

Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) will host its annual ROAR WITH LAUGHTER gala and fundraising event on February 24th at Rolling Hills Country Club in...

Cost: $175 per guest | table of 10: $1,650 | table of 12: $1,980

Where:
Rolling Hills Country Club
333 Hurlbutt Street
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »


Sponsor: ROAR
Telephone: 203-438-0158
Website »

More information

On Saturday February 24 at 7pm, join New Pond Farm’s team of astronomy volunteers and gaze through the telescopes at the 9-day Old Moon and several galaxies and star clusters. The team will...

Cost: $4 per New Pond Farm member ($12 max. per member family), and $6 per non-member

Where:
New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road
Redding, CT  06896
View map »


Telephone: (203) 938-2117
Website »

More information

Broadway comes to Ridgefield! Daniel C. Levine directs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit Broadway musical, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, featuring an all-star Broadway cast. If...

Cost: $69.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 EAST RIDGE
RIDGEFIELD, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Magazine’s Broadway & Cabaret Series, Partially underwritten by Books on the Common and Adam Broderick Salon
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags