Barbershop festival Saturday
Well, the 56th Annual Barbershop Festival will be on in spite of the pandemic. For years we sang at St. Andrew Church on Chapel Street. Tickets were $20 each and all net proceeds went to the Mary D. Fund. This year, because of Covid, it will be significantly different. It will be held at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion on Saturday, July 24 at 4 p.m. It will be free. We are confidant that next year we will return to an evening performance at St. Andrew Church. Quartet and chorus singing will be directed to the beach on a public address system. The pavilion has become a musical presentation spot. Blues on the Beach and ConserFest have performed there many times.
Quartets will be first-rate, as always. Mike Maino’s quartet will be featured. They have competed internationally for many years. They simply can not be topped. There will be other quartets you have heard, including Southeast Light. The singers all come here at their own expense. They donate their entire day to the Mary D. Fund. The Fund, organized in 1975, supports year-round Block Islanders who are in financial difficulty.
So, bring your beach chairs and your favorite refreshment for a wonderful, free afternoon and evening of entertainment. Believe me, this is singing at its very best. If you would like to make a donation there, you may. See you there.