Tippet Rise summer concert series canceled in Fishtail

Posted at 6:11 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 20:11:35-04

The Tippet Rise summer season has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summer season held in Fishtail was officially canceled last week for concerns centered around travel and social distancing, Pete Hinmon, co-director of Tippet Rise Art Center, said Tuesday

“Tippet Rise brings musicians from across the country and even around the world, in addition to all of our neighbors in surrounding communities. So, when we looked at those factors, ultimately given the number of people we attract from far and wide. We thought that it was safest to not be a gathering place this summer,” says Hinmon.

Hinmon says the events usually bring in 9,000 to 10,000 guests from around the world each year.

For current ticket holders, Hinmon says refunds will be issued. Those people will be notified via email regarding refunds. People can also choose to not receive a refund and instead donate to the Montana Food Bank Network, where the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation will be matching all donations.

Hinmon says at this time the Tippet Rise summer concerts are scheduled to proceed as normal in 2021.

Tippet Rise has also made the decision to close all of its hiking and biking trails until further notice.

“When we factor in the whole picture of getting people into Tippet Rise and then out to enjoy their hiking and biking adventures. We still felt that it would be unsafe for them and for our staff to have the trails open, at least at this time,” says Hinmon.

Hinmon says while summer concerts are canceled at the art center, people should stay tuned to the Tippet Rise website where they can find plenty of virtual content, such as films, podcast, and past concerts.

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