The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase has been canceled for 2020. Organizers are looking ahead to the eleventh edition of the event in 2021.
“We have tried to move ahead with planning for a greatly reduced, and hopefully safe, gathering but the worsening coronavirus pandemic situation in the United States makes it obvious that to try and hold the Luthiers Showcase in October would be ill-advised, and possibly dangerous for all who attend,” organizers announced today. “The health and safety of all must be our primary concern, and we would be unable to offer the full experience and quality presentation that the community has come to expect from WILS.”
The event was originally scheduled for October 22–25 this year. It has been rescheduled to October 21–24, 2021, at the Bearsville Center and environs in Woodstock, New York.
“We hope to offer some virtual events and presentations this year over the weekend of October 23–25,” said organizers in the announcement. That would potentially include the annual String Sampler Concert featuring Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, along with other acts, with a livestreaming complement on October 25.
In addition, a charity raffle or auction will be held consisting of a custom, handmade acoustic guitar made by Eric Weigeshoff of Skytop Guitars in New Paltz, NY. More details will be announced on the Showcase’s Facebook page as they become available.