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Out & About: Barnard concert series returns with crowd limits

  • Interplay Jazz, which includes, from left, Billy Rosen, Sabrina Brown and Fred Haas, along with Tim Gilmore and David Westphalen will kick off the Thursday Night Music Series in Barnard on Thursday, June 18. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/10/2020 9:33:00 PM
Modified: 6/10/2020 9:32:50 PM

BARNARD — The Thursday Night Music Series will go on in Barnard this summer, though — like most things during the coronavirus pandemic — it’ll be a little different.

The performances, which are held in collaboration with the Feast and Field Market, will resume next Thursday, June 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Interplay Jazz Jam kicks off the series this year. Reservations will be required via and admission is a sliding scale of $5-$20. Attendance will be limited to 50 people per show under guidelines from Vermont, said Linda Treash, executive director of BarnArts Center for the Arts, which sponsors the events. The concerts can return because Feast and Field has an outdoor dining license.

“We’re able to open up under them as a restaurant at this time,” Treash said. “We have a very large outdoor space. Fifty people would disappear in it. We kept hoping there was a way to accommodate more than the restaurant permit of 50 and we’re hoping at some point we’ll be able to accommodate more.”

Members of the Feast and Field collaborative (which costs $25 per individual and $50 for families) will be given first priority for reservations. The concerts have also moved to Fable Farm Fermentory’s outdoor orchard.

“There is an apple orchard and a big field where our 40-by-40 tent will be set up,” Treash said.

If there is a heavy rainstorm, the concerts will be moved to Friday that week. The concert series will continue on Thursdays through Sept. 24, pending changes in state regulations put in place due to the pandemic.

The concerts, which have been taking place for more than six years, usually draw 200-400 people, depending on the night. While the new format will not allow those crowd sizes, Treash said she’s grateful that BarnArts can continue the concert series in some way.

“I think it’s really important to our community that we offer this opportunity to come together to enjoy music and food and being outdoors. This event has been really important to Barnard and the neighboring towns and people come every week to enjoy their friends and the countryside,” she said. “We also care very much about our musicians, and I know many musicians have been unable to perform and we’re committed to giving them an opportunity to perform this summer.”

Upcoming events

■ Join a “What are you reading?” book discussion hosted by Howe Library librarians Jared Jensich and Megan Coleman at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Email for the Zoom link.

■Six Upper Valley storytellers will share their stories on the theme of “Pulling Together” during AVA Gallery and Art Center’s “MudZoom” event beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is free, but donations to the nonprofit organization’s “Here to There” fund are encouraged. For the Zoom link, visit

■The Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Vermont Land Trust are co-hosting a program titled “Exploring Meadow Habitats” from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Friday via Facebook Live. Visit the Facebook page “Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)” for more information.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>Thetford’s Latham Library is hosting a “How To Get Started with YouTube” online class at 10 a.m. Monday. It will be taught by Scott Ellis, Thetford Outdoor Program coordinator and curator of YouTube page “Guide You Outdoors.” Email for the Zoom link.

■If you have an interest in sharing (or listening to) poetry, music or stories, tune in to Windsor Public Library’s Virtual Open Mic at 7 p.m. Monday via Zoom. Visit for more information.

Editor’s note: Please email Upper Valley-based virtual events to

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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