RHS grad helps CHIRP receive $15,000 grant

Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks (CHIRP) has received a $15,000 grant from the state’s Office of Economic and Community Development. Abby Fennell, who graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2018, helped secure the grant for CHIRP as a summer intern last year. Fennell is a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston. “While I put the finishing touches on the grant … read more

In town, on the lake: Music festivals offer array of sounds

Ridgefield is set to become the music capital of Fairfield County this weekend with not one but two festivals planned — one in the village that’s jazz-themed and spread across five venues this weekend, and another on Rainbow Lake that’s more folky and set to run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The four-day festival that will take … read more

C.J. Chenier takes the stage in final summer CHIRP concert

C.J. Chenier

CHIRP fans, we close out our summer season with the great C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band, one of CHIRP’s all time favorites. Join us in the park at 7 p.m. Thursday evening for this lively event which is partly underwritten by the Ridgefield Rotary Club for music that will set your feet moving. Don’t wait till dark … read more

Ridgefield happenings: Art Walk, Cannon Grange, and final CHIRP concerts of the summer

Looking for something to do in town before Labor Day weekend? The Press has plenty of options. Below is a list of this week’s Ridgefield happenings. Art Walk returns this weekend The fifth annual Art Walk kicks off Friday, Aug. 24, with receptions in many of the stores around town from 5-8 p.m. “It’s a strolling gallery of sorts, when … read more

David Myles show moves indoors to Playhouse Tuesday night

CHIRP’s Tuesday night concert in Ballard Park is moving inside to The Ridgefield Playhouse. The concert will feature David Myles, who is making his CHIRP return at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. CHIRP will host a special Wednesday night concert in the park featuring Eliza Gilkyson. “We hope to be able to be in park tomorrow,” said CHIRP founder Barbara Manners … read more

CHIRP concert moves indoors to East Ridge Middle School Thursday night

Thursday night’s CHIRP concert featuring The Steel Wheels has been moved to East Ridge Middle School. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium, according to CHIRP concert founder Barbara Manners. “Don’t miss this awesome bluegrass band who are making their first appearance in Ridgefield,” she said.

Ridgefield happenings: Theater Barn improv, Erin Harpe, and Margarita Run

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers make CHIRP debut Aug. 9 Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers will be performing for the first time at Ballard Park on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Harpe is a Boston-based blues singer who has won multiple awards in the city. For more information, visit erinharpe.com. Rain venue is the Ridgefield Playhouse, located … read more

Ridgefield happenings: Nutmeg Festival donations, rescued animals and the secret life of beavers

Ridgefield Library to host rescued animals Aug. 1 Chris Evers, director of Animal Embassy, will bring rescued animals to the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. In the presentation, called “Nature Rocks,” Chris will take participants on a journey around the world with a unusual group of animals representing diverse habitats. Families will discover some of the musical instruments used by people … read more

Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend is Sept. 13-16

Music lovers be alert: Ridgefield will host its first ever Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend Sept. 13-16. The jazz-rock fusion band Project Grand Slam leads off the four-day weekend on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Ballard Park, part of CHIRP’s (Concert Happenings in Ridgefield Parks) free outdoor concert series. On Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., the leader of the Cuban … read more

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