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CHIRP concert series starts tonight

The Stray Birds, a young trio of musicians from rural Pennsylvania, performs acoustic Americana Mountain music.

The Stray Birds, a young trio of musicians from rural Pennsylvania, performs acoustic Americana Mountain music.

CHIRP, the series of free Tuesday evening concerts in Ballard Park, begins its season of outdoor concerts tonight Tuesday, May 28 with the Stray Birds, a trio of artists quickly gaining wide repute with their original but traditional sounding mountain music.

This concert has been moved to the Ridgefield Playhouse, same start time of 7 p.m.

CHIRP, begun in 2002, is now in its 12th season of fulfilling its mission of presenting  musicians who would not normally otherwise have a venue in the area. Its primary goal is to help preserve and further build a strong sense of community through opportunities for people of all ages, ethnicities and economic strata to come together to enjoy music that is affordable to everyone.

CHIRP’s lineup this summer includes 10 groups new to Ridgefield as well as many acts that its audience has loved and requested back. (This season’s schedule can be found in the Datebook.)

CHIRP hopes to present 23 concerts in all.

CHIRP is still seeking underwriters for several of this summer’s concerts, but many of its most reliable supporters have returned. Once again a number of Ridgefield families and foundations are helping as well as local businesses Ridgefield Music, Ridgefield Cleaners and Purkiss Capital Advisers, LLC all of whom have underwritten for many years.

In 2013 CHIRP welcomes new underwriters Ridgefield Pet at 23 Danbury Road and The Bayou North, in Copps Hill Commons, a new Cajun/Creole restaurant that has live music on selected evenings.

Co-underwriting businesses again include the law firm of Cohen & Wolf P.C. as well as The Ridgefield Thrift Shop, along with new co-underwriter Fairfield County Bank. To become one of CHIRP’s major donors,   contact Barbara Manners, CHIRP’s producer at info@chiirpct.org.

The entire series is co-sponsored by The Ridgefield Press and the town of Ridgefield through its Parks and Recreation Department.

To make a contribution, send a check to CHIRP c/o Town Hall, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield CT 06877.

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