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Groovin’ On the Green canceled

Crowds gather at a past Groovin’ on the Green event. Crowds gather at a past Groovin’ on the Green event.

The Village Green has announced that the Friday night summer concert series, Groovin’ On the Green is canceled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Since early March, The Village Green has had to make several difficult, but important decisions related to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes closing the children’s playground, also known as the Village Play. 

“We have considered each closure, event cancellation or program modification with regard to how we lead in modeling social responsibility and protecting the safety and health of the community. This has been our primary operating motivation for The Village Green,” said Ann Self, executive director of The Village Green, Cashiers 13+ acre privately conserved central park. “Because of the uncertain and ever changing circumstances, it is nearly impossible to make definite plans. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.” 

Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement that North Carolina will not move into Phase Three for at least three more weeks confirmed the decision to cancel the outdoor concerts. Self said that several scenarios were considered in early June, but without clear direction for outdoor gathering numbers in the future, none of these provided a feasible path forward.

“While we are deeply sad and disappointed, we feel this is the correct decision. We want to exercise an abundance of caution in safeguarding our residents and visitors,” said Self. or @cashiersgreen on social media.