HAWLEY, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Coronavirus shut down the way many people make a living and performing artists got hit particularly hard.
Local musicians that rely on that income have been out of work for months. But Sunday, there was a glimmer of hope. Playing on the edge of a lake as people listen from the water.
“This is back to normal,” Ron Kraft said.
“We just said this feel so much better than to do the same old same old everyday,” Linda Kraft said.
It’s not your typical summer concert setup. But it’s how Settlers Hospitality group keeps live music alive.
“We were shut down for almost three months and as we went through the red, yellow, green, live, everyone else we were trying to reinvent different ways that we can still do entertainment,” Settlers Hospitality group CEO/owner Justin Genzlinger said.
At Silver Birches Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack, people enjoyed the show from a safe distance on boats, paddle boards and kayaks. It’s part of Lakeside Live, a series of concerts at three resorts in the area owned by Settlers Hospitality group. Genzlinger says they wanted to find a solution not only for the guests, but for the musicians.
“This was something we were able to pull off that met all of the guidelines but still gets a good crowd and some live music and it supports our local musicians,” Genzlinger said.
The concerts continued at the Ledges Hotel where musicians say they couldn’t wait to play for a live audience again.
“It feels good to be able to get back into playing. Even if it rains it’s still a beautiful thing,” singer Dustin Douglas of Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen said.
Douglas says it’s the first time his band has played in front of an audience since the shutdown. He’s grateful to have a place to perform, as most venues remained closed due to COVID-19.
“It means the absolute world to us. For anybody that buys a song on iTunes or keeps these kind of gigs happening, it means the absolute world to us,” Douglas said.
Breaking up the quarantine blues by singing the blues. The Lakeside Live events are scheduled to continue every Sunday through the end of August.