Groovin’ On the Green concert series canceled

The Village Green recently announced that the Friday night summer concert series, Groovin’ On the Green is canceled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Since early March, The Village Green has had to make several difficult, but important decisions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes closing the children’s playground, also known as the Village Play.

“We have considered each closure, event cancellation or program modification with regard to how we lead in modeling social responsibility and protecting the safety and health of the community,” said Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green, Cashiers 13+ acre privately conserved central park. “This has been our primary operating motivation for The Village Green. Because of the uncertain and ever-changing circumstances, it is nearly impossible to make definite plans. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.”

Self added that like everyone else, “we’re doing the best we can.”

Governor Cooper’s announcement that North Carolina will not move into Phase Three for at least three more weeks confirmed the decision to cancel the outdoor concerts.

Self said that several scenarios were considered in early June, but without clear direction for outdoor gathering numbers in the future, none of these provided a feasible path forward.

“While we are deeply sad and disappointed, we feel this is the correct decision,” she said. “We want to exercise an abundance of caution in safeguarding our residents and visitors.”

However, The Village Green is already looking to 2021 with optimism.

“We will gather together again one day for concerts and other events,” said Self. “The newly completed Commons Hall will also provide an indoor venue for the community.”

Self said that for many in Cashiers, The Village Green has become more valuable and meaningful than ever.

“The Village Green has become a sanctuary for our local population to escape the news and the ever-present anxiety we all feel from time to time,” she said.

To read a sample of what Groovin’ on the Green is, check out an article from last year’s performance by High 5 by clicking HERE.

To learn more about The Village Green click HERE and follow @cashiersgreen on social media.

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