A three-day concert series at Abbey Gardens will celebrate the return of live music to Haliburton County.

From Aug. 6-8, musicians from Ontario and beyond will play sets as part of Music at the Gardens under Abbey Garden’s new marquee tent.

Abbey Gardens developed the concert in tandem with the Haliburton Folk Society.

“All the music is going to be good. It’s a really great idea to try and inspire people and get them out enjoying live music again,” said society president Walt Tose.

On Aug. 6, celebrated vocalists Richard and Lauren Margison will kick off the weekend. Matinee shows and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday will feature world-renowned tenor John McDermott, the smooth harmonies of Boreal and more.

Alcoholic drinks and food will be available for all shows. On Aug. 6 and 7, shows include a seated dinner.

“It feels more social when you have some food in front of you, maybe an alcoholic beverage or any sort of drink in front of you,” Tose said.

Janis Parker, who is organizing the event on behalf of Abbey Gardens, partnered with the Folk Society to fill out the list of performers.

“I’m thrilled,” said Parker. “It’s indoor, outdoor — it’s just going to be wonderful.”

The concerts will take place under a large tent that’s a new addition to Abbey Gardens. It sits outside Haliburton Highlands Brewing Company.

“This concert wouldn’t have happened without the tent,” Parker said.

It allows Abbey Gardens to host larger events in inclement weather, while still following COVID-19 guidance.

“When you have an outdoor concert, then you’re always susceptible to the elements,” said Tose. “This now provides a venue in the community that provides for rain or shine.”

Full weekend, single day, or combination tickets are available. For more information, visit abbeygardens.ca

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