JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Britt Festival concerts are expected to return this summer starting in late July, according to Britt president and CEO Donna Briggs.
In a message to supporters, Briggs said that they have "every reason to believe" that 70 percent of Oregonians 16 and older will be vaccinated in time for Britt to start holding concerts. Governor Kate Brown has designated that vaccination percentage as the benchmark for lifting most COVID-19 restrictions, though aspects of that promise remain nebulous.
"Let’s all plan to Come Together as a community filled with heart and soul and appreciation for one another," Briggs said. "We are beyond excited to announce that we fully expect to have a 2021 concert season!"
The Jacksonville organization plans to hold "a once-in-a-lifetime celebration" of Britt Presents concerts and Britt Festival Orchestra performances beginning by the end of July and running through mid-October. Announcements of the particulars are expected early this month.
"Please be patient as we prepare. There are many tasks to accomplish before we can let you know which artists are coming," Briggs said. "The venue needs TLC, as well as enhanced health and safety equipment. Volunteers still need to be recruited and trained. Food vendors and wineries must be secured, licenses and permits acquired. Most importantly, artists are still being booked. Our staff is working tirelessly to prepare for this historic return."
Briggs indicated that announcements will be staggered, with Orchestra reveals set for June 7 and 25, and Britt Presents announcements on June 14 and July 14.
Accompanying Brigg's announcement was a notice that Britt will henceforth be a fully non-smoking venue, with smoking or vaping banned on the grounds.