Rumor Has It
Party in the Park
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
All in all, when it comes to the pandemic, I have little about which to complain. I remained healthy, am now vaccinated (go get poked, people!) and am still able to write about such things and have you read them. In a year marked by so much loss, simply treading water feels like progress.
However, some things will stick with me for a long time. As a person who has spent most of my adult life writing about events of some kind or another, that period of time last year when events were canceled, one after another, still lingers. I understood the necessity of the cancellations and appreciated how gracefully those whose lives and livings depend on such happenings absorbed the bitter blow of having the calendar wiped clean. But I won’t pretend it was an easy time for anyone.
What a difference a year makes.
I would not say that our standard packed roster of annual events is roaring back to life—that’s a reality still far down a long road. But the hesitant heartbeat of hope that has sustained us for a year is growing stronger with each vaccination and every sign, no matter how small, of normalcy. And the calendar that was once a seemingly endless string of blank days is now marked by events here and there.
I don’t know for sure what Marla Bronstein has been up to for the entirety of the past year, but I do know she’s baked some cookies (that I have eaten), made some toffee (that I have also eaten), and basically holed up and tried to keep herself and those around her safe. She’s dabbled in theater because even during a pandemic she can’t quit the stage, and, best of all (except for the cookies and the toffee), she’s planned the comeback of the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series.
Yep, if all continues on an upward, healthy trend, Elizabeth Park will once again be alive with the sound of music. In typical, not-fooling-around fashion, Marla already has the bands confirmed and the whole thing booked.
Of course, it won’t be the crowded free-for-all that the series has been during summers past. Our reality dictates new rules and a modicum of decorum be embraced where there was once a surfeit of humanity and an occasional touch of chaos. A new reservation system will be implemented, capacity will be tightly enforced and all will be as safe and orderly as possible.
But there will be music in the park once more. The series kicks off on July 1 with the Cheryl Hodges Trio and ends Sept. 2 with bandZandt. In between, you’ll see and hear the likes of the Sweet Goodbyes, High Mountain String Band, Free Harmony, and more. And it will sound so, so sweet.