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Barbecue and Bach? Dinner benefits Spokane Symphony; Festival at Sandpoint canceled

UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Charley’s Grill & Spirits is located at 801 N. Monroe St. (Jed Conklin / The Spokesman-Review)
Charley’s Grill & Spirits is located at 801 N. Monroe St. (Jed Conklin / The Spokesman-Review)

Two items of music news to note:

Spokane Symphony

Charley’s Grill & Spirits and the Spokane Symphony are kicking off grilling season with a grill-and-serve dinner of marinated chicken skewers, Caesar salad, garlic herb potato foil pack and Texas toast to benefit the symphony.

Charley’s, located at 801 N. Monroe St., is donating 20% of proceeds to the Spokane Symphony. A meal for two is $25 and $50 to serve four, and cooking instructions are included.

The meals must be ordered by 8 p.m. Saturday at, and they can be picked up at Charley’s parking lot from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday.

Festival at Sandpoint

The Festival at Sandpoint announced May 4 the 2020 festival is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer would have marked the festival’s 38th concert series, which is now rescheduled for August 2021.

Here are excerpts from a statement issued by Ali Baranski, the festival’s interim executive director:

“It is with heavy hearts that we have made a difficult, but what we feel to be the most responsible, decision to postpone the 2020 Festival at Sandpoint season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that a global pandemic does not stop at the Long Bridge, and it would be irresponsible to gather 30,000 people this summer over the course of our two-week event.

“It is possible the Festival at Sandpoint will resume our education programs and produce smaller events prior to our 2021 season, but we will ultimately assess those opportunities as conditions evolve and through the lens of prioritizing the health and safety of our fans, students and our community.

“The heart of our decision is centered on you, our Festival at Sandpoint community, and ensuring we can collectively remain strong and connected for years to come.

“The Festival at Sandpoint’s summer concert series is the primary annual fundraising event for the nonprofit. Unfortunately, this year’s cancellation due to COVID-19 will have a significant financial impact on the organization. The Festival at Sandpoint is gratefully welcoming donations to help continue to offer its 2020-2021 programs.

“Thank you for all your support. Stay well, and stay in touch!”

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