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Belfast Summer Nights concerts to be performed from footbridge

Jul 08, 2020
Annadeene Fowler and Ando Anderson practice celebrating keeping friends and families healthy by masking up, distancing and playing some recent hits!

Belfast — This year’s Belfast Summer Nights offerings celebrate the community’s ability to take care of each other by distancing and masking while still enjoying life in these crazy times in this crazy city. The concerts will be performed from the center of the Belfast footbridge, which will be closed to all traffic from 3 to 8:30 p.m. on those afternoons. Audience members have lots of options on the east or west side shorelines of Belfast Harbor in lawn chairs, or even better — you may see and hear the shows in a personal or family seafaring recognizance vehicle (POFSRV), aka boat. More on this later.

Shows are scheduled for July 16, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. Due to the small number of shows, organizers will be having some limited optional dates in case of poor weather. Keeping with the Belfast Summer Nights tradition, all shows will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

As good as this idea is, there are some possible problems. The concert series doesn't want to do anything that will compromise the health of anyone, especially friends and neighbors who have supported many schemes and ideas over the last 40 years.

Here are some requests organizer Ando Anderson makes:

• Please join in the fun spirit of this celebration to keep friends and neighbors healthy. Give plenty of distance and mask up.

• Please attend the shows with your family or household groups. There’s plenty of room to spread out between the footbridge and the edge of Belfast Harbor. Watch from the water to multiply the fun, but don’t forget to maintain distance and mask up.

• Decorate your POFSRV, aka boat, with Keeping Friends and Neighbors Healthy themed artwork. Weekly prizes will be be awarded and new categories will be be announced at the shows and via Facebook.

Many usual business sponsors have spent much of this year with closed doors. If you would like to help out in making this celebration possible, you may send a check to: Waterfall Arts/Belfast Summer Nights, 256 High St., Belfast, Maine 04915.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Michael Corden | Jul 19, 2020 12:47

I have a couple of suggestions regarding future physical setup.  During this concert, when I arrived at the east end of the footbridge about a half hour after the start, there were few people there. The biggest apparent reason is that the band couldn’t be heard. I drove around to the west end and the sound was much better.  Was that due to speaker placement?  I don’t know.

Suggestion #1 is that the band be positioned closer to the west end so that the majority of people attending can hear—and possibly see—better.

Suggestion #2 is to leave the bridge open, to relocate the band to the Front Street pier next to the bridge, and to point most of the speakers at the bridge.  If the organizers feel that the bridge is wide enough to accommodate both an audience lining one side of the bridge (at appropriate intervals) and walkers using the other side--everybody wearing masks, of course – then this might be a better way to go. There’s such a nice breeze across that bridge.

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