One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic: Artists, performers, cooks and other city dwellers leave Broadway, Hollywood and other places to return to their roots and wait.
When we enter Phase 3 of the reopening here in Massachusetts, it means that events with world-class star power and talent emerge practically in our own backyard.
Take Plymouth – in the coming weeks, two Broadway players will treat the public to a dinner concert at an outdoor restaurant and the “Chopped” star will hold the first of what he hopes will be many pop-up dinner beer paired around the South Coast.
First, have a beer dinner. Chef Stephen Coe lives in Plymouth (he also Johnson and Wales trained and led The Mirbeau for some time), and is known throughout the world for some epic moments about the popular “Chopping”.
Coe recently started building a fleet of food trucks, one repurposed from SWAT trucks, the other dedicated to all things lobster.
On July 27, Coe and his team will be set up under a tent in the Mayflower Brewing Co. parking lot. There, he will show off his “Minced” meat by serving a beer paired dinner plus four desserts.
“The theme will be summer and we will play with summer tastes paired with Mayflower drinks,” he said. Picnic tables will be set to the correct distance. Guests will choose in the summer and seafood choices such as shrimp toast, pork in blankets and fresh stripers, all paired with beer.
The dessert will be Mayflower’s newest beer game, brewed with blueberries and lemons.
“Working with Stephen produces a great sense of excitement. Every time he calls, I know there is something new and different to put on the table, “said Sarah Annis, retail and event manager for Mayflower Brewing. “Staying relevant in these difficult times is a challenge, but Stephen’s exploration of new concepts is very good for creating interactive experiences for everyone.”
“We have recently released a new version of our kettle and sour beer series called Resistance is Fruitile. This version is brewed with blueberries and lemons, providing a slightly acidic and refreshing drink to pair with food, “said Drew Brosseau, president and owner.
“We are very pleased to see how Stephen paired this release with his dessert.”
Mayflower brewing is far from silent. First, they debuted a special release for this year which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey and landed in Plymouth called the Mayflower 400 Double IPA.
“We are sad that all the celebrations planned for this year have been postponed, but we hope that beer helps people celebrate it themselves,” Brosseau said.
And to help raise funds for the Plymouth One Fund to help local businesses, May’s virtual concert called Couchella sold out one afternoon. Coe has also helped the community, using his food truck to feed the first respondent.
Dinner requires a reservation. Tickets are available at mayflowerbrewing.com for $ 65.
Coe will plan other pop-up events in the coming weeks and months too.
Broadway goes home to Plymouth
In non-pandemic times, you have to travel to Broadway or take a top national tour to watch Jeremy Morse and Alex Tripp perform.
But the married couple left their NYC apartment for the home of Tripp’s mother in quiet South Plymouth. For a moment, they thought, Broadway would wait. But when the reopening there was pushed back, the couple decided to take things into their own hands.
On July 17, they will feature Broadway music performances, pop songs and some surprises.
“At first we did not feel like performing, because we were very sad and really missed it,” said Tripp, who grew up in Plymouth. “But with all Broadway still closed, we’re just starting to feel ready.”
Morse played the lead role of Ogie in “Waitress” on Broadway, and on a national tour. Alex joined her on a national tour in the choir (which has three members) and as Mrs. Pomatter, doctor’s wife.
Morse is set to play the Duke of Weselton in “Frozen” when the pandemic strikes.
That night will be set at the Farmers’ Table, owned and operated by Tripp’s mother, Lynn (who is Professor Coe at culinary school), and her sister Olivia. They will serve flat bread pizza and have a cash bar.
“It’s great to find ways to perform, and make people enjoy the performance, in a safe way,” Morse said. “We will be outside and keep our distance.”
While they hope the tickets sell quickly, they plan to do more shows. You can learn more at farmerstableplymouth.com.
Morse said they hope many of their artist friends start doing things like that.
“People are eager to do it,” he said, “whatever we can.”
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