Important Announcement from Caroga Arts
Around this time of year, Caroga Arts is usually hustling in preparation for the big Summer season and the Caroga Lake Music Festival. Volunteers are contacting prospective meal and housing donors, season schedule flyers are appearing in mailboxes, and artists are counting down the days until the festival begins.
For the last couple of months, however, we have been carefully analyzing the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore, it is with heavy heart and great sadness to share that due to COVID-19 we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the regularly programmed Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2020. The health and safety of our community, artists, and staff are our top priority and this was the most sensible decision for everyone in mind.
We are already hard at work planning the 2021 season which will celebrate the 100th birthday of Sherman’s and the 10th anniversary of Caroga Lake Music Festival. We are also developing virtual platforms for Caroga Arts to continue to engage with our community, friends and artists.
Here are some virtual programs we currently offer, and we will continue to expand our online activities in the coming months as well as explore social distancing possibilities. Whether close to home or from afar, we’re committed to reigniting the Caroga Experience.
- Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk (Thursdays): A fun interactive live webinar to get to know our CLMF Artists (free event, donations to the Virtual Tip Jar are split between artists and Caroga Arts). RSVP for today’s Music QuaranTalk here.
- “The Loon Call” (Mondays): A weekly podcast providing insight into Caroga Arts from Artistic Director Kyle Price. Hear “The Loon Call” here.
- Lakeside Classics (ongoing): A series of new videos of CLMF performances from our archives available on the Caroga Arts YouTube channel here.
- Your Body Is Your Strad Virtual Institute (June 2-13): With a lineup of star-studded faculty from the U.S. and Europe, the Virtual Institute is an enrichment program for students, professionals and educators worldwide. Learn more and register here.
- Caroga Reflections (coming soon!): A call for stories surrounding first-hand experiences at the MyHil/Schine property and Sherman’s Amusement Park to archive the properties’ history and help shape our vision for the future of the historic sites.
We are looking forward to building a bigger than ever Caroga Lake Music Festival season in 2021 on the grounds of Sherman’s Park – which our team will continue to make improvements on this summer – and throughout the community. It is your dedication to Caroga Arts that will carry us through these unprecedented times, and we are forever grateful. Caroga Arts will be waiting on the other side of the door with great anticipation, and as soon as we are able to open that door, together, we’ll celebrate the return of life and music in the serene backdrop of the Adirondack mountains. Thank you for your continuing support.
Stay well and healthy,
Artistic & Executive Director