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stay in their cars: No tailgating, no soccer chairs and no
mingling with your friends in other vehicles.
This quickly gave way to a more user friendly drive-in
experience. Several promoters, bands and improvised
outdoor venues determined that each paying car could
additionally have their own sitting/dancing space adjacent
to the driver's side of their vehicle. So, in a checkerboard
fashion of alternating vehicles and sitting areas, attendees
were socially distanced and the music was indeed live
and loud. Such events have been held at non-traditional
sites including drive-in movie theaters (Frederick, MD and
Scranton, PA), arena parking lots (Wilkes-Barre, PA), and
fairgrounds (Augusta, NJ).
Finally, concerts have been held outdoors with seating in
designated " pods. " Various venues booked shows through
early November, often in temperatures better suited to
football games.

Denny found that he could host
Covid compliant concerts on the
adjacent one-acre grassy " sheep
fold. " He marked out eight-foot
square pods surrounded by a
six-foot perimeter on each side...
Attendees could bring their own
food, drink, chairs and blankets.
Masks were required to be worn
at all times other than when
seated in one's pod.

One such concert series ( " Events at the LNC " ) took place at
the Theodore Pitcairn estate, alongside the Pennypack Park
in Huntingdon Valley, PA. The estate is a unique 110-acre
" gentleman's farm, " part of which is also known as the
June Fete fairgrounds. Denny Horn explains that he began
promoting concerts at the Lords New Church (a/k/a the
LNC Event Hall) in mid-2019. With a modest capacity of
125, the facility had been hosting weddings and corporate
events, and wanted to expand to live music. Just as his
reputation was growing and ambitious bookings, including
a multi-band festival, were set for 2020... the pandemic!
In due course, and recognizing the potential of the unique
and sprawling grounds of the estate, Denny found that
he could host Covid compliant concerts on the adjacent
one-acre grassy " sheep fold. " He marked out eight-foot
square pods surrounded by a six-foot perimeter on each
side. Tickets were generally sold in pairs and priced at
$20-$30 each. Attendees could bring their own food,
drink, chairs and blankets. Masks were required to be worn
at all times other than when seated in one's pod. A proper
stage, sound and lights were rented and food, drink and
craft vendors were welcomed. Performers included Philly
favorite Richard Bush (formerly of the A's), up and coming
bands like Dogs in a Pile, and a variety of cover bands. To
further build its brand and the community at large, Events
at the LNC also presented free weekend afternoon shows.

to entertainment starved fans during the pandemic
as a " win-win. "
Unfortunately, the extended outdoor concert season
has since ended. Shorter days and gloomy conditions
describe not only the weather but also the outlook for
many performance spaces. Promoters, venues and artists
will need to stay creative and imaginative in order to
ply their trade over the coming months. Live music is
slowly returning to traditional indoor settings, but only
to those venues fortunate enough to be able to function
financially at a mere fraction of their pre-pandemic capacity.
Other venues will never reopen, and we will collectively
suffer their loss. 

Denny already knew that he was in the right place at the
right time, recalling the distinct energy he felt the very
first time he toured the farm and facilities. He describes
being able to keep the music alive by bringing live concerts

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