Live music, good food and cold beverages will all be served under the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Art’s marquee during their first live event since the pandemic hit in March, next …
Live music, good food and cold beverages will all be served under the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Art’s marquee during their first live event since the pandemic hit in March, next Sunday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
The live but intimate performance will feature local singer-songwriter Cassandra House as part of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Sundays in the Street. Food will be provided by PeraBell Food Bar and beverages by the Blue Point Brewing Co., a true local event.
“I’m most excited to experience the direct interaction of a live audience again,” House said of her first live event featuring her original music with an actual audience. “After livestreaming from my home, I would often miss just the general vibe having other people there to perform in person. It’s a certain energy. I can’t wait.”
Adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be limited to nine tables of four with a maximum of 36 people. Tables will be placed 10 feet apart with chairs six feet apart, and masks are to be worn when not at tables. There will also be limited bathroom access to 10 people at a time. All staff and volunteers will be in masks and following safety precautions.
“The Patchogue Theatre has been a leader in success of our downtown business district, and it is fitting that we play a key role in its reopening,” explained Jack Krieger, deputy mayor and Patchogue Theatre board member.
Food to be provided by PeraBell includes choices from their popular crispy teriyaki cauliflower, fried calamari, buffalo wings and much more. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase.
All attendees will be required to practice six feet apart social distancing. Tables are $250 and include four appetizer choices and two beverages per person, per table. No tables are to be shared. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 16. The event is currently sold out!
Executive director Michele Rizzo-Berg talks about the semi-reopening plans.
Q: Are you excited for your first event?
A: It’s exciting and yet a little nerve-wracking. This is something new for everyone, but we’re thrilled that we sold out the event in just over four days.
Q: What does it mean to you?
A: It’s special because it’s the first event we’ll be doing since closing in April. If all goes well, this may be the start to a new entertainment concept.
Q: Different times call for different measures... what do you expect from this event?
A: Since we are not part of Phase 4 reopening for indoor events and the nonessential gathering for outdoor events is 50 people or less, doing an event outside just made sense. We want to give people the opportunity to enjoy something that has been missing in their lives for a few months, a live performance and time with their friends.
Q: What are you most looking forward to?
A: Of course, seeing Cassandra House live is always a pleasure. But we’re really looking forward to being active out on Main Street and partnering with the chamber and local business. We want to show our community that we’re doing everything we can to sustain ourselves so that, when we’re allowed to welcome people inside the theatre, we can bring back the big name shows.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misattributed the Q&A portion to another staff member.