WEBSTER—Each year, the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum hosts nights of music in the park every Saturday, but for the time being, the shows have been cancelled.
Music in the Park is an outside music show fundraiser that helps to keep the lights and other utilities on and the museum open, and Museum Curator Olive Ricketts revealed that they hated to have to cancel shows this summer, but due to health concerns, it had to happen.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce to everyone that the shows are cancelled until Sept 5,” she said. “I am very sad to do this not only for the loss of income for the museum but not being able to see people I care about.”
Ricketts revealed that some of the Anna Jarvis House Band members fell victim to the Coronavirus disease, and in an effort to keep other safe, the shows were halted.
“Some of the band has gotten the virus,” she explained. “They did not contract COVID from here, but from family members.”
She said that visitors of the shows do not need to be concerned that they were potentially exposed, because shows were cancelled as soon as the positive tests were reported.
“We have not had any shows since their results came back, so there was not possible contamination of guests,” she explained.
While Music in the Park was set to pick back up this evening, featuring the Anna Jarvis House Band, open mic performers and special guest Flannel, the show was once more cancelled, due to health issues that Ricketts herself is dealing with.
“I feel that I will be stronger by September 5, and everyone will be ready to play again. I hope everyone will pray for all of the band members and also me,” she expressed. “Everyone stay safe and pray that this virus will end soon, and God will be with us all. Love to all.”
September 5 will also feature the annual Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum Car Show, where folks from all around will show off their snazzy automobiles.
The event showcases muscle cars and antique automobiles, live music, food, raffles and museum tours.
“This is also one of our major fundraisers that we do for the museum,” Ricketts noted. “We are hoping for a good turnout this year, despite the current pandemic. The event is held outside and social distancing will be followed.”
For more information on Music in the Park or the annual Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum Car Show, please contact Ricketts by phone at 304-265-5549.