Greenwich Town Party tickets go on sale Monday

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The Greenwich Town Party has become an beloved event and this year tickets for the expanded party go on sale to Greenwich residents Monday morning. — John Ferris Robben photo

Tickets are set to go on sale Monday, April 7, morning at 10 a.m. for the expanded Greenwich Town Party.

The annual event will take place Saturday, May 24, and will be at two locations this year. The main stage will again be set up in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park featuring an all-day lineup of musicians headlined by the legendary Carlos Santana and Grammy winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy. Additionally, this year will have a second location at Havemeyer Field off of Greenwich Avenue between the Board of Education building and Town Hall. There will be live music there too with George Clinton bringing the funk as the headliner.

Tickets can only be purchased by Greenwich residents, Greenwich business owners or employees of either the town or a local business. There will be tickets available for both the Havemeyer and Roger Sherman Baldwin Park locations. To attend the traditional spot in the park it will be $80 per ticket. The price for the Havemeyer Field location it will be $50. Tickets for seniors are $20 and kids 12-years-old and under are free.

People are being urged to act quickly too as historically tickets have sold out in minutes, a major reason why the party is being expanded this year. Tickets can only be purchased online at Greenwichtownparty.com. Tickets will not be sold at Town Hall.

On Tuesday, April 8, people can redeem and pick up their purchased tickets at Town Hall in the lobby by the entrance. Tickets can be picked up Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After April 21, tickets will be available for pickup at Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proof of Greenwich residency or employment will be required to pick up tickets.

There will also be ticket opportunities beyond this. On Friday, tickets went on sale at the “neighbor tickets” level. These cost $400 and mean people can attend both locations as well as get special, designated parking and can enter the hospitality area. Additionally, there will be shuttle service provided between events for these ticket holders.

Sponsor packages are already on sale, starting at $2,500. Organizers say that this helps make the party possible as donations pay for 90% of the party’s expenses. Sponsor packages, depending on the level, provide multiple credentials with entry to both locations, premier parking, sponsor tent access and stage and web site acknowledgment.

Another donor opportunity for residents and businesses is the “Founders Circle,” which is a pledge of $5,000 each year for three years. These entitle the donor to six credentials, tickets to both venues and sponsor tent access, as well as public acknowledgments.

Every donation above $400 is matched by a donor to help fund the party. The Greenwich Town Party is a non-profit organization qualifying as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Those interested in providing support should go to [email protected] For additional sponsorship opportunities visit Greenwichtownparty.com.

“Buying neighbor tickets or sponsor tickets is a great way to participate and support the Greenwich Town Party while enjoying everything the party has to offer. We appreciate any contributions, large or small. We, as a community, all benefit when we all give a little more and help our neighbors,” organizers said.

The Greenwich Town Party, masterminded by Greenwich resident Ray Dalio, was “created entirely by the people of Greenwich for the people of Greenwich,” according to event organizers. They call it a “giant block party” with music, food and family activities and said the goal is “to encourage community spirit that extends throughout the year.”

But to make it all happen, the event is looking for volunteers to help. Volunteers are needed to keep ticket prices low for the all-day event. Some of the volunteers already committed include Greenwich Boy Scouts who will be helping set up the event and check people in, Greenwich Girl Scouts who will be acting as event greeters and members of Greenwich Green and Clean who will be handling the clean up afterwards. A limited number of volunteer positions are available for those interested in working an assigned time period during the event. Residents can apply at Greenwichtownparty.com and volunteers are given one free ticket for entry before or after their shifts.

“In the spirit of mutual generosity, we urge the community to embrace the Greenwich spirit and make this event bigger and better than ever by volunteering, buying tickets, donating to or sponsoring the event to make it more affordable for others. The day is an expression of contribution and how we help each other. Town-wide participation truly has made this party a success year after year,” organizers said.

The satellite location at Havemeyer Field comes a year after a series of bad weather events forced the cancellation of a second location at last year’s party. This year the plan is to make the second location even bigger and provide more opportunities for people to attend. Organizers said this will double the number of tickets, food and activities available to residents.

Both locations will feature live music with indie rock band Dr. Dog, funk/soul singer Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Beatles’ tribute band The Fab Faux and Band Together Connecticut Latin All-Stars also on the bill. Additionally, Greenwich bands Julia Zivic and the Brothers, Bobby Palatuf Band, Unchained, Mongolian Monkfish, Rang-A-Boom, the Brunswick School Honors Improv Band, Charlie Brennan with Whitney Rose Terry, The New Breed, RiverSideWays and Stella Blue’s Band will also perform.

There will be family activities will be featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations, including face painting by Faces by Wells, inflatable obstacles courses, bounce castles, carnival booths by Hollywood Pop Gallery and more. Local restaurants like Asiana Café, Aux Delices, Bobby Q’s Pit Stop, Burgers Shakes & Fries, Burke Catering, Fjord Fisheries, Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream, Organic Planet, Primary Restaurant and Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes will be at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park and Havemeyer Field will host an array of food trucks including Caffe Bon, Cowabunga Grill, Fire Engine Pizza, Fryborg, LobsterCraft, Maddy’s Caribbean Cuisine, Melt Mobile, Sugar Bakery, The Original Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and Wendy’s Weenies.

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