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What is CHIRP?

CHIRP. is an acronym for Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks and was begun in the summer of 2002 to foster a stronger sense of community among residents and to enhance Ridgefield’s much treasured “small town feel.” Its concerts seek to bring townspeople together in a relaxed atmosphere comfortable for people of every economic strata, age bracket and ethnicity. Its mission is to afford them the opportunity to hear and hopefully to enjoy a variety of world and alternative music only infrequently performed in this area.

Who is CHIRP?

Barbara Manners, Producer

Barbara Manners, Producer

Currently in her sixteenth year as a Selectwoman in Ridgefield, Barbara is a retired attorney who volunteers much of her time to promoting the arts in Ridgefield. She first founded the Ridgefield Playhouse and then went on to establish CHIRP and The Acoustic Celebration. She was also Director of First Fridays- New Haven, (2006-2010) a monthly acoustic music series at First Presbyterian Church in New Haven as well as Director of the CT. Folk Festival 2006-2008.  Barbara served on the board of The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra for nine years and was also a member and  President of the Ridgefield / Redding / Wilton branch of the American Association of University Women. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury and is on the Advisory Board of the CT. Folk Festival & Green Expo which takes place every Sept. in New Haven.  When not volunteering her time to the arts and the town of Ridgefield, Barbara devotes herself to her family, her husband and her numerous dogs, all of whom are rescues.
E-Mail Barbara at barbara@chirpct.org

Paul Roche, Operations Director

Paul Roche, Operations Director

Bob Schneider, Facilities Director

Bob Schneider, Facilities Director

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