CARMEL — In Carmel, July 28 may be remembered as the day everything was canceled. Well, not everything, but an awful lot of scheduled events and activities are being called off because of the pandemic.
The first announcement came from the Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) at The Center for the Performing Arts. Its 2020-21 season is canceled. Always…Patsy Cline will now be the potential opener for the 2021-22 season. The theater also had Lombardi, The Big Bang and Damn Yankees on the schedule for this season.
“We are very disappointed to have to make this decision, but we feel it is the right thing to do as our country continues to try and defeat this potentially deadly virus, COVID-19,” said Jim Reilly, Executive Director of Actors Theatre of Indiana.
ATI is now focused on a variety of other opportunities with small-scale shows, outdoor events, fund-raisers and virtual productions of “From Our Homes to Yours,” which have become very popular for Friday night Facebook viewers.
The City of Carmel announced a long list of other cancellations Tuesday:
- Carmel Christkindlmarkt
- Winter ice skating at Carter Green
- Art of the Dog
- Carmel on Canvas
- Late Night on Main
- Chinese Mooncake Festival
- Music on the Monon
- Holiday at Carter Green
- Holiday in the Arts District
“After much thought and consideration of many options, we have had to make a tough call and cancel these large events,” said Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations and Economic Development.
“These community events are loved by so many and we are grateful for the ability to provide an outlet to gather with friends in the community each year. However, it’s important for us to prioritize the long-term health and safety of our vendors, sponsors, attendees and event coordinators," said Heck.