Pandemic sidelines Flushing Area Concerts in the Park season

FLUSHING — Committee members with the Flushing Area Concerts in the Park have decided to cancel the 2020 concert season, due to coronavirus concerns.

Prior to its cancellation, Concerts in the Park was set to return for its 33rd season at Flushing’s Riverview Park. Pam Clough, chairperson for Flushing Area Concerts in the Park, said that the tough decision to cancel was reached at a virtual committee meeting on May 13.

“The problems presented by the pandemic were discussed, including limitations of the park itself,” Clough said. “Also, due to the wide age groups of concert attendees, we don’t know how many would feel safe to attend these events.

“This was very difficult for us, as we had put together a dynamite lineup, a season sure to please virtually all concertgoers,” Clough added. “But the good news is that the very same lineup has been retained for the 2021 season.”

Clough said that the committee is encouraging its loyal support base of businesses, organizations and individuals to keep the concert series in mind for donations in 2021.

“Many Flushing residents and those from outside the area are regular patrons,” she said. “In talking to them, we know they look forward to each concert and wish the season was even longer.”

Throughout the years, Flushing Area Concerts in the Park has featured a wide variety of bands and musical acts, including folk, country western, R&B and Big Band. Themed shows, such as Irish Night and a patriotic Fourth of July program, have also been a mainstay of the series. — B.G.