Rain becoming familiar dampener for Windsor Lake performances this summer

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NORTH ADAMS — Rain, rain go away, come again when the bands don't play.

As storm clouds rolled into Northern Berkshire County on Wednesday, it was an increasingly familiar sight for city event organizers.

By 2 p.m., the announcement was made: The Windsor Lake performance by Boston-based Honey Talk was canceled due to the weather — the third consecutive date to be canceled.

Nearly half of this summer's concerts at Windsor Lake have had to be canceled due to rain or the threat of storms.

The city hosts the free concert summer from June to August every year, lining up artists of various genres to play for crowds of 100 or more local residents each Wednesday evening.

Of the 10 concerts slated for this summer, four have been canceled — The Eagles Band, Trio Candela, Bang on a Can, and Honey Talk.

With larger groups like the Eagles Community Band and Bang on a Can, playing in the rain is a nonstarter.

"They have a lot of instruments and musicians that would be hard to keep everyone dry and safe under the pavilion if rain happened to roll through," said Suzy Helme, the city's director of community events.

The city usually holds a single reschedule date open at the end of the season for the typical one or two shows that might be canceled throughout a summer.

"This summer has been particularly bad for mid-week events so I'm working to reschedule as much of the dates as possible," Helme said.

Trio Candela will instead play at the city's annual Downtown Celebration. The Eagles Community Band concert has been rescheduled for Sept. 5, while Helme hopes to work with Honey Talk to reschedule for an upcoming Tuesday or Friday night.

Bang on a Can can not be scheduled because its annual festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is now over.

The next scheduled concert at the lake is the JP Murphy band Aug. 22.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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