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It is unfortunate that Grotonfest 2007 has been scheduled on the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. In no way was there any “hidden agenda” when I set the date this year and I am very sorry this has happened. Due to signed contracts, booked artisans, business and nonprofit organizations and booked entertainers, it will be very difficult to reschedule. If we move it to the rain date and it rains, we have to move into the middle school, which is costly and a logistic nightmare.

I’ve spoken with so many people about this situation, from all religions including several people of Jewish faith, and I’ve decided to continue with the date of Sept. 22 with a rain date of Sept. 23. Yom Kippur runs Friday to Saturday, so if it does rain on Saturday it will not affect those observing the holiday.

In the future I will be more sensitive to the date of the holidays of all religions and perhaps those of us who present events in Groton will put together a town calendar (this has been attempted in the past) so this will not happen again. If anyone would like to work on this with me, please let me know.

JANE BOUVIER

Grotonfest coordinator

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