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This year’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts and Riverwalk Festival canceled due to pandemic

It was announced early this week that Lowell’s two biggest summer events - the Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts and the Riverwalk Festival - will be canceled this year to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
In mid-May, LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce sent out a survey to gauge responses from the community on whether to move forward with these events. There were over 350 replies with comments. Those involved said their decision was “a way of honoring health providers, vulnerable community members and visitors.”
“We know that these concerts provide summer fun and times to gather with friends, celebrate our fantastic regional musicians and provide an opportunity to dance and engage with the performers,” said LowellArts executive director Lorain Smalligan.
“We are saddened because this decision has not come easily,” said Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Liz Baker. “We have weighed both sides of the scenario through a thoughtful and heartfelt process. Our organizations have a responsibility to follow executive orders set forth and we owe it to everyone to keep our community whole.”
Last year’s Riverwalk Festival was that event’s 25th anniversary and, if it goes ahead as scheduled, the 2021 Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts will be the 20th anniversary of that event. Organizers said that the musicians scheduled for 2020 have been placed at the top of the list for consideration for the 2021 lineup.
“We were SO looking forward to bringing joy to the Lowell crowd this summer, but fully realize that it is far better to err on the side of safety during this pandemic,” said lowell musician Roger MacNaughton. “Hopefully, we will be back making music for our Lowell friends sooner rather than later.”

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