BANGOR — Maine has not been immune to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on people’s health and wellbeing but Greater Bangor Visitors and Convention Bureau Executive Director Kerrie Tripp says local businesses have been hit hard as well.
“It’s not just the concerts that we have lost in Bangor, it’s the car show, it’s the festivals, it’s the outdoor events, the fair, it’s all of the Live Nation shows that have come in and all of the shows that the Cross Insurance Center had booked,” she said.
Tripp said outdoor activities are more popular now than ever.
“The natural scenic beauty of Maine is getting more attention, even by Mainers who have lived here their whole life. They are rediscovering how wonderful our state is,” she said.
And now Mainers have the opportunity to enjoy concerts outside.
Cross Insurance Center General Manager Tony Vail said their outdoor concert earlier this month exceeded his expectations
“I felt like it was something nice to offer to the community. To come out sit on the lawn and enjoy music. After it ended, we had a lot of people asking when our next one is going to be so I said let’s do another one so here we are,” he said.
While at the venue, concertgoers may remove their masks within the white circles spray painted on the lawn. The circles are 6 feet apart. But just like restaurants, those who decide to get up and leave their designated circles must put their masks back on until they get to another circle.
This Friday’s entertainer will be local favorite Chris Ross. For more information, go to crossinsurancecenter.com.