FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Democrats are hosting a nonpartisan “Concert for Essential Workers” on Friday, September 10. The concert will honor essential workers such as medical personnel, grocery store workers, public safety officers and teachers.

Organizer and Franklin Democratic Party Board Vice-Chair John Rosenwald said that the group decided “there should be some sort of celebration for everybody who helped us, who enabled us to survive.”

Rosenwald emphasized that though the event is being organized and run by the democratic party, “we want to make this nonpartisan.” As a result, politicians from both sides of the aisle, as well as the Franklin County Republican Party have been invited to participate.

Rosenwald and the democratic party’s events committee have planned for music with speeches from a multitude of people including Dem. State Representative Scott Landry, Rep. State Senator Russell Black and essential workers in the audience. Rosenwald said that Governor Janet Mills, who is from Farmington has also been invited, though it’s unclear yet if she will attend.

So far the committee has booked Sandy River Ramblers, Ruth Hill and the Racket Factory to perform at the concert.

During the event, organizers will also call on specific essential workers to stand and be celebrated for their work during the pandemic.


The concert will be held behind the University of Maine at Farmington’s Emery Center, with the full support of Center Director Ann Bartges.

Rosenwald said that the entirely volunteer-run event is being organized by individuals such as himself, John Tarbox, Scott Donahue and Jo Josephson, members of the Franklin County Democrats Board and events committee.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of students, a lot of townspeople, a lot of people coming from elsewhere,” Rosenwald said. “It’s very exciting to be able to pay tribute to the essential workers.”

The Concert for Essential Workers will take place Friday, September 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. behind the Emery Community Arts Center.

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