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Golf carts help keep Collingwood concert goers at a safe distance

The South Georgian Bay Music Foundation brought back the summer concert by putting the cart before the lawnchair

The organization responsible for Collingwood's weekly Jazz and Blues at the Station wasn't content to let summer go by without concerts, but instead of jumping through hoops, they pulled out the cartwheels. 

South Georgian Bay Music Foundation and its champion Charlie Gudaitis joined with sponsors to put on the "world's first-ever golf cart, physically-distanced, Bands Over the Bay," on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The show was held at Duntroon Highlands Golf Club featuring a live performance by the Mike McCarthy Band, and the audience was seated and separated in golf carts. 

Gudaitis had help from the golf club owners and staff to set up the seating arrangement and offer food and beverages to concert-goers. CHS Productions provided the stage and sound for the Mike McCarthy Band performance, and an anonymous "major donor" kicked in support along with Monaco and Georgian Bay Spirit Company. 

"They all support music, arts, and culture in our area," said Gudaitis. "It was a spectacular summer evening."

The South Georgian Bay Music Foundation hosts regular events through the year, including Jazz and Blues at the Station to raise money for area school music programs. Last year the foundation donated $15,000 to high school and elementary school music programs. 

The money raised at Bands Over the Bay will be put toward the same effort.




Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor. She has 12 years of experience as a local journalist.
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