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With a Road Race in Middletown this Sunday, that will constrict and block access to much of Wesleyan Campus and the surrounding area, WESU 88.1FM has decided to cancel the Annual WESU Spring Community Record Fair, scheduled to occur this Sunday from 10am-4pm. The Road Race, which brings thousands to the streets of Middletown, weaves its way through the Wesleyan University campus and surrounding neighborhoods down to Main Street. “I’ve been working to develop an access plan for patrons to get to our venue but in the last 24 hrs I have learned that the only viable plan will create undue burden for vendors and patrons.” laments Ben Michael, WESU General Manager. “This is an important event for our community and our fundraising efforts. We feel awful about this decision but we feel it is prudent to reschedule and are working on a date in the near future.” Michael says.
The popular annual event features dozens of vendors from across the North East who sell Records, CDs, cassettes, and music memorabilia and is enjoyed by students and a wide range of record crate digging patrons from across the region. For ten years WESU has been organizing these events in the fall and spring. The Funds raised roughly 10% of the station’s annual fundraising needs. “The WESU Community Record Fairs have developed a great reputation among patrons and vendors alike. It pains us to cancel this weekend’s event, but ultimately we feel it is in the best interest of our community to do so.” Michael claims. Due to the race route, both roads (High St and Washington Terrace) that access the fair venue on Wyllys Ave will be closed for much of the duration of our event and the closest parking options for patrons would be several blocks away, making the event inaccessible for anyone with a physical disability or mobility issues. Beyond that, patrons would have to navigate the race route, barriers, and police escorts to cross intersections to get to our event. Stay tuned for information about a new date for the Record Fair in the coming week.
Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries.
Martha Redbone will be interviewed on Tuesday, March 14th at 2:30 PM on WESU’s own For Women Over 40/Conversations with Cyma!
moe. is performing at College Street Music Hall on 03/31/2017, and WESU Middletown, Manic Productions, and Premier Concerts want to get you in the mix with the sounds of progressive jam performed live!
JD McPherson and Girls, Guns & Glory are performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space, Hamden on 03/09/2017, and WESU Middletown, Manic Productions, and GO KAT GO! want to get you out to see rock and roll performed live!
Polyphia, Jason Richardson, and Covet are performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space on 03/02/2017, and WESU Middletown and Manic Productions want to fill your ears with wailing instrumental grooves performed live!