To be held at 2:00 p.m. as a precaution to EEE Virus
Pawtucket – Every year, the Slater Park Fall Festival, part of the City’s Pawtucket Arts Festival, offers a wide variety of outstanding artistic events for people of all ages. And every year, one of the most highly anticipated and most beloved events of the two-day festival is the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s “Pops in the Park” concert. Thousands of people from all over Rhode Island and beyond come to Slater Park to enjoy the wonderful music by the Pops orchestra.
City, Festival and Philharmonic officials want to be sure that this year is no exception and that people who come to the show will be safe and will feel safe in doing so. With concerns over the EEE virus, officials have decided to err on the side of caution and move the start time of the September 14th Philharmonic concert from the traditional 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., which will allow for the performances to conclude before dusk.
“We want as many people as possible to come to Slater Park this weekend to enjoy the entire festival as well the Pops concert,” stated Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “But we also need to be sure that we are protecting the health and safety of everyone who comes. While no cases of EEE have been found in Pawtucket, we believe the 2:00 o’clock start time for the concert is the right thing to do as a precaution.”
“Aside from these time changes affecting some of our outdoor events, we expect the weekend to proceed as normal with plenty of fun activities for the whole family,” said Festival Director Anthony Ambrosino.
Ambrosino also recommends that people check the Pawtucket Arts Festival website at www.pawtucketartsfestival.org, to get the latest schedule of events.
Contact: Anthony Ambrosino, Festival Director
Contact: Wil Arboleda
- Mayor Donald R. Grebien