Beverly Homecoming to Feature Citywide PorchFest, Virtual Talent Show August 8-9
June 26, 2020 (BEVERLY, MA) – Beverly Homecoming will take place in a modified form this year. While large public events such as Lobsterfest and the Homecoming Fireworks will not take place, organizers with the Beverly Homecoming Committee say that COVID-19 has not dampened, but redoubled, Beverly’s community spirit. On August 8 and 9, Beverly Homecoming will hold a citywide event, the Beverly PorchFest Weekend. To participate, residents are encouraged to visit BeverlyHomecoming.org and make a donation to receive a Beverly Homecoming lawn sign and starter kit home decoration party pack. Signs can be used to thank local frontline workers and proceeds will be used to fund next year’s Beverly Homecoming events. Sponsored by the Institution for Savings, a bandwagon featuring live music from acoustic trio Rule of 3 will cruise throughout the city on August 8, visiting homes that purchased the Homecoming lawn sign/decoration kit. Residents are encouraged to break out holiday lights and “light up the night” in homage to the Homecoming fireworks tradition. Events may be added as public health directives continue to evolve.
“Public health and safety is our number one concern,” says Medley Long III, president of Beverly Homecoming. “While we could not guarantee that some of our signature events would fall within the governor’s phased reopening guidelines, we still plan to celebrate. This year, Homecoming is an invitation to the community to get creative with your neighbors and to make some Homecoming memories of your own.”
Beverly Homecoming is partnering with The Cabot, which is now celebrating its 100th year, on PorchFest entertainment. “We are looking forward to welcoming people back to our historic theater,” says Casey Soward, executive director of the Cabot, “but in the meantime, we are excited to continue finding ways to bring the entertainment to you.”
In lieu of the annual lip sync contest at Lynch Park, youth participants in Beverly’s summer Parks Program are encouraged to submit videos to a Virtual Talent Show to be hosted on the Beverly Homecoming Facebook page. Submissions should be under five minutes and must be submitted by August 6 to be included in the contest. Large video files should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org via WeTransfer.com.
“Especially when times are tough, Beverly comes together as a community,” says Long. “While the events may be different this year, the spirit behind them remains unchanged, and perhaps we will add some new traditions to the mix.” Residents with questions may reach Long at email@example.com or 978-473-4948.
Beverly Homecoming is a nonprofit organization funded almost entirely by sponsorships and private donations. More information is available at BeverlyHomecoming.org.