To the Editor:

As the sun finally came out Friday, it shined on musicians playing from Main Street all the way to The Marketplace at Copps Hill Plaza for International Make Music Day. People gathered to listen to an array of musical performances -- some scheduled, some impromptu.

The day wouldn’t have been possible without the Ridgefield creative community’s collaborative spirit. Thank you to Amy Piantaggini from the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for hosting the stunning Steinway piano; to Allison Stockel from The Ridgefield Playhouse for securing the piano from Steinway of Greenwich and making sure Jon Batiste made it in time to delight audiences; to Laurie Kenagy from the RSO for securing the tent at Town Hall and providing RSO musicians and the Western Conn. Youth Orchestra; to Mary Jones for getting the ball rolling on those gorgeous pianos created by Rachel Volpone’s Abstract Class, Luiza Budea, Viorica Ghetu-Vuono and Isabelle Camillo and the DiLaura and Aronow families; to Rodier Flowers, Blue Bus Music and Kafo for hosting the pianos; to Ridgefield Hardware for donating the paints and supplies; to Adam Cirillo from School of Rock for scheduling the stage at Ballard Park; to Mary Harold for taking pictures; to Parks and Rec for the use of Ballard Park; to Rudy Marconi to saying yes to the idea; to Lindy Olszewski for offering a Zumba class in the park; to Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Lounsbury House, The Ridgefield Library and the Enchanted Garden and all the other venues for joining in; and to the musicians - Brian Butler Quartet, Danbury Madhatter Chorus, Strings CT, Debbie Swanson, Maggie Seligman, The Flubber Bros., Suzuki School of Music, Bach to Rock, Room de Dark, The School of Rock House Band, The Prospect Band, Cantor Ceborah Katchko Grey, Dana Scofidio, Will, Mat & Dan, Avery Collins, Michael Dean and the Generosity, Marcel Marcel and all the other performers - you made Ridgefield sing!!

Most of all, a very special thanks goes to Jennifer DiLaura for planning and organizing this day. She dedicated an incredible amount of her time to bring this to Ridgefield. It was Jennifer’s dedication to the arts that made this day possible.
Mark Meachem
Ridgefield Arts Council, chair