Editorial: Eat, stroll, listen, enjoy!

Warm summer evenings, great music in a beautiful park, Ridgefield’s lovely Main Street sidewalks to stroll down — what a delightful surplus of simple pleasures. Let’s not diminish them by being stubborn, or willfully blind about parking.

The Tuesday night summer concerts presented by Barbara Manners’ organization CHIRP — Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks — started up last week with bluegrass from Mile Twelve, and continue Tuesday at 7 with Marcia Ball, the “queen of Gulf Coast party music.” Thursday night concerts begin June 21 with the Fairfield Counts — big band swing!

The Parking Authority has a new parking plan designed to accommodate concert crowds while saving a reasonable number of spaces for nearby businesses. Concert-goers may park directly in front of CVS, but the rest of that lot — behind Prime Burger and The Toy Chest, near the liquor store and ice machine, over by The Ancient Mariner — are for the businesses’ customers. When the area in front of CVS is filled, passengers may be dropped off in front of the park but drivers will have to park elsewhere in town.

That’s not so hard.

Manners’ CHIRP website asks concert-goers: “Please follow the directions on the signs and of the parking personnel to locate parking. Please be considerate and do not park in front of open restaurants anywhere in town unless you are also eating there.”

And why not make it an evening and eat out in the village?