What does community look like? Something like the scene outside Truro Public Library where popular bands come out on a weekly basis, performing live music for the public every summer.
On some nights, there’s jazz. Other nights, folk music. And of course, there’s lots of good old-fashioned rock n’ roll. This summer, local favorites The Grab Brothers, Chandler Travis Philharmonette, The Rip-It-Ups, and Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys were among the bands who entertained audiences of all ages.
It’s all part of the Truro Summer Concert Series, organized by the Truro Concert Committee, which drew an average of 200 people each Thursday night this year.
After the pandemic shut down the series in 2020, performances were curtailed the following year – there were four concerts instead of the typical eight. “It rained two out of the four dates, so we look at it as a lost year,” said Committee Member Patricia Wheeler. “We basically lost two years.”
When it finally returned last year, there was a mixture of joy, relief, and excitement for events which bring the community together in song and dance.
It was those same emotions that Wheeler expressed when she initially heard the news in January that the committee was the recipient of a $4,000 sponsorship from the Arts Foundation for this summer’s concerts. “This is a bit of a lifesaver. The concerts have been in existence for 27 years and I’ve been doing it for 21 of those 27. It is near and dear to our hearts,” she said. “This is wonderful, wonderful news and it made my day, my month, my year, my everything.”
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