Editorial: Sandywoods — Say it ain’t so!

It was startling and sad to learn that Sandywoods in Tiverton has decided to cut deeply into its offerings of concerts, classes and fun, healthy things to do.

The problem is an all too common one in this stay-at-home age of internet, Facebook and big screen TV. People simply aren’t attending Sandywoods’ many fine events.

Billed as a welcoming arts/farming community, Sandywoods wasted no time keeping that promise after opening several years ago.

An ambitious concert series began bringing in top notch local, national and even international acts to Sandywoods’ intimate hall with its sweet acoustics and reasonable prices. Experts from inside and outside the neighborhood offered courses in everything from art and agriculture to Pilates and Zumba. There were open mic nights and even a farmers’ market. Listing everything going on there for the next couple weeks took over a half page of newspaper space.

But last week came word that the farmers’ market, some classes and the open mic nights have been cancelled. And Sandywoods has ceased booking musical acts beyond the 50 concerts already slated through next June.

“In a nutshell, it’s all about lack of attendance, lack of participation and lack of community support,” a spokesman said. If nobody buys tickets, there’s no money to pay the performers.

The one ray of hope in all this is that there is still time to change minds. The concerts will continue for awhile and the best way to send a message is to fill seats. Up next are Forever Young (Neil Young tribute) on Nov. 23; Abbey Rhode (Beatles) on Nov. 30; and Amy Block Band on Dec. 7. Check the Sandywoods Music website for details.

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

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