Events on the Horizon

Summertime usually means a wide range of exciting events to choose from, like the Frankenmuth Bavarian and Bay City Country music festivals. Yet COVID-19 meant a halt to nearly all gatherings throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. Venues and concert halls are starting to look at how to  get events back on the schedule as restrictions in Michigan continue to ease.

Both the Midland Center for the Arts and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort are hopeful about hosting large-scale events in October.

“We currently have our first performance event scheduled with the Midland Symphony Orchestra in early October,” said Terri Trotter, Midland Center for the Arts president and CEO. “For that program, and all of our symphony events in the upcoming season, we will offer a livestream option to patrons.”

Trotter said the arts center expects fewer events in the fall. She also anticipates some people will be hesitant to return to large events based on research from around the country.

“Our staff is working diligently to plan for an environment in which our patrons can return to the center feeling safe and comfortable to enjoy an in-person experience,” she said.

Soaring Eagle President and CEO Mike Bean said the casino has spent a lot of time researching how to safely host events amid COVID-19. Masks, social distancing and increased cleaning will be routine until a vaccine or therapeutic is in place, he said.

“We appreciate all parties (guests, staff, entertainment partners) … that are working with us to figure it out as we go,” Bean said.