WASHBURN, WI -- Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua officials announced Monday they have canceled the Bayfield-area music venue's entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Big Top Chautauqua officials, the decision was made last week due to the "uncertainty surrounding the safety of large gatherings."
"We are heartbroken to have to make this decision. Our musicians and crew rely on income from our summer shows and the greater Ashland/Bayfield area relies on the economic impact of our events. Our patrons rely on us to find inspiration, entertainment and fellowship. We are painfully aware of the ripples that will proceed from not being able to produce our season”, Terry Matier, Big Top’s Executive Director, wrote.
Ticket holders will receive an email with the option to make a contribution to the nonprofit performing arts organization, put their money toward future Big Top Chautauqua shows, or receive a refund.
"During this Long Intermission, Big Top will still provide our Tent Show Radio for the airwaves and produce our newest virtual program, Tiny Tent Show. We will also continue to improve our facilities and plan for our much anticipated return in 2021," Big Top leaders wrote on ther website.
Big Top Chautauqua has been hosting "Tiny Tent Show" virtual performances during the "Safer at Home" order to help support struggling artists.
You can find more information about the closure by clicking here.