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CAC to bring back live concerts

Alix Raspe from Vermont plays her harp with some of the Caroga Lake Music Festival artists at Peck Lake on July 29, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Paul Valovic)

CAROGA — After over a year without live, in-person concerts, entertainment venues in New York can re-open at 33 percent capacity, and that includes the return of Caroga Lake’s Music Festival in time for it’s 10th anniversary and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Sherman’s Amusement Park.

Caroga Arts Collective announced the return of the CLMF this summer with concerts scheduled to start July 24 and will last through Aug. 22 according to a news release. While the detailed programming schedule will not be announced until later this spring, Caroga Arts is planning to bring the CLMF and audiences safely back together in Caroga.

The 2021 season will feature acclaimed debut artists and returning favorites from the classical, bluegrass, pop, rock, jazz, folk, and ragtime genres.

According to the release, Caroga Arts also look forward to partnering with local businesses and organizations once again, such as Stump City Brewery and Caroga Historical Museum. Businesses interested in getting involved can contact info@carogaarts.org.

In March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that arts and entertainment venues could reopen at 33 percent beginning on April 2 with up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors; if all attendees present proof of negative COVID-19 tests prior to entry capacity can then increase to 150 indoors and 500 outdoors. Social distancing and face covers will be required by all attendees.

“In accordance with the CDC guidelines, we are planning on 200 person capacity at each of our presented outdoor events — taking place at the Sherman’s Bumper Cart Pavilion,” said Kyle Price, founder, artistic and executive director of Caroga Arts. “We are using a ticket reservation system, that is inclusive of free and priced tickets, to help monitor our capacity. We will continue to observe health guidelines as they evolve over the next months to determine if this number changes.”

According to the release, the health and experience of the audience, artists, community and volunteers and staff are of the utmost priority. Caroga Arts has put together a Protocol Advisory Team that is meeting weekly to develop the best protocols for the concert-going experience, while following CDC, New York state, and Fulton County Public Health department guidelines.

Price said the Caroga Arts has put together a protocol advisory team that is meeting weekly to develop the best protocols for the concert-going experience, while following CDC, New York state, and Fulton County Public Health department guidelines.

“In addition to the continuation of various CLMF concerts being recorded and made available on YouTube as in past years, we are exploring various virtual opportunities through select livestream broadcasting on our social media pages and special performance/interviews with guest artists that would also be featured on the Caroga Arts YouTube,” Price said.

For all CLMF concerts and events held at Sherman’s Park, Caroga Arts plans to use the Sherman’s Bumper Car Pavilion’s open air environment with socially distanced pods for audience seating. Given the ever-changing pandemic landscape, Caroga Arts will continue to monitor, adapt, and communicate the guidelines to ensure a positive experience for the audience and performers.

“Similar to seating strategies implemented by Glimmerglass and other notable music festivals, we will outline and draw pods of various sizes at the venue to fit the desires of the patron while maintaining six-foot distance,” Price said. “We will release more information on the specifics of our pod seating setup later this spring as we continue to monitor health guidelines and protocols.”

The complete season schedule will be announced in late spring. Concert goers may sign up to receive notifications through the Caroga Arts newsletter on CarogaArts.org and check back on the website for full details.

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