When the world was just entering pandemic shutdown, many people were enchanted by viral video footage of Italians who came stood on their balconies to sing and play instruments together, sharing the beauty and joy of music while social distancing. The scenes were a beacon of connection and hope in an uncertain world.
More than 4,000 miles away, those images inspired some residents of Knollwood, an eastern Towson neighborhood of 380 homes, to bring out their own talents in celebration of good health, good communities and good music. Knollwood Association president David Riley created a musical event, “A Walk Among the Music 2020,” as a way for neighbors to share an outdoor walk surrounded by live music.
A Walk Among the Music took place on the evening of June 20. Knollwood residents were encouraged to walk the entire loop (7/10 of a mile) and listen to the diverse offerings of musical styles and influences, while adhering to appropriate social-distancing protocols. Many folks walked the loop more than once, for health, musical enjoyment and a welcome distraction from the woes of the world.
What was originally envisioned as a one-hour, three-stage event featuring Knollwood performers ultimately developed into a three-hour, five-stage event, with musicians from all over Towson, plus two food trucks (Kona Ice and Doughboy Pretzel Co.).
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