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Some summer staples set to return

They are getting started a little bit later than usual and they will come with some new guidelines, but two events that have become staples of the Tri-State Area’s summer season are set to get under way.

The Berkman Concert Series at Historic Fort Steuben and the downtown farmers market in Steubenville will open Thursday.

COVID-19 and the restrictions that have been imposed and guidelines that have been put in place in response to the pandemic had left both events in limbo. That didn’t stop oragnizers from working diligently to find a way to hold the outdoor experiences, though.

They are both ready to open for the season Thursday, beginning with the farmers market, which is scheduled to run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 29 at its familiar location at the corner of South and North Fourth streets. Organizers said they would like to reserve the first 90 minutes of each session for higher-risk individuals. And, social distancing guidelines and other safety protocols will be in place.

And then at 7 p.m. Thursday, music will return to downtown Steubenville when Spinning Jenny and US Kids perform at the Berkman Amphitheater in the first of eight planned concerts. As with every year, the lineup features performers that cover a broad spectrum of genres and tastes.

Aftermath will appear June 25; the Fossils and the Ron Retzer Trio will perform July 2; Stevee Wellons Band and Bill Toms and Hard Rain will appear July 9; Gospel Music Night is set for July 12, a Sunday; Easy Street and Hoard and Jones will perform July 16; the Joseph Sisters and Original Fantasys will appear July 23; and the season will conclude with the Stereos and Shades of Blue.

Those who attend will notice a few differences: Standing and dancing will not be permitted, handwashing stations will be set up and there will be 6-feet social distancing required between family groups. Respecting those guidelines and following appropriate precautions will help to protect everyone.

Organizers are able to present the outdoor music at no charge, thanks to numerous area individuals and businesses. Their support ensures residents from around the region will have access to live music once again this summer.

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