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What a Treat!! A Break from COVID-19 Monotony!

Thank you Beller’s Music!!!

Not much has been happening in the Manchester area since the COVID Quarantine started in mid-March. Absent are the MCC Band Shell Concerts, Yard Goats Baseball Games, Senior Center classes, recreational opportunities, and TheaterWorks and LTM productions.

Even with a partial reopening in the state, we have felt the need to continue being cautious about social distancing and wearing a mask. We haven’t visited any indoor dining establishments or attended summer social gatherings.  When we were out for our nightly walk around the block with Esther earlier this week, we were surprised by a sign advertising a concert at Center Memorial Park.

A quick look at the Beller’s Music website revealed this flyer.

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We decided to check it out. Most people arrived wearing masks and kept them on until they were seated safely. There was a big sign letting us know how far apart to sit.

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The weather was perfect. A socially distanced audience, relaxing music, and plenty of shady spots to sit created a joyful, soul-nourishing and much appreciated night out. The five-piece band, Autumn Mode, played selections made famous by Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Marvin Gaye, and Steely Dan, to name a few.

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We eagerly anticipate attending more Beller’s Music Thursday Night Concerts during this pandemic summer!

3 thoughts on “What a Treat!! A Break from COVID-19 Monotony!

  1. That looks like fun. Did the band pass a hat?

    1. I think its hard to social distance while passing a hat. The local music store, Beller’s, on Main St sponsors these concerts. It’s a great little music store with lessons taught in the back rooms. I took ukelele lessons there a few years ago.

  2. I’ve known of Beller’s for years tho’ I’ve never played a musical instrument. I think many years ago, in the latter 1950s or 1960s they sold records in a small store under their music studio on Purnell Place. I think I might have bought a few records but I don’t remember, as that was sixty-plus years ago. Over the years I’ve lived in Ellington, prior to the COVID-19-pandemic, on Sunday evenings, there have been various musical concerts, bluegrass, country, rock & roll, Connecticut’s Bristol Old Time Fiddlers Club, and many others. I used to attend some of them, and since their speaker units are turned up high, I can hear quite a bit as I am a short distance from Arbor Park.

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