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Showing solidarity through song and sound amid crisis

Mystic — Fear may be spreading with the COVID-19 virus, but people are finding ways to support one another and show solidarity — at a safe distance, of course.

People gathered Saturday to sing “God Bless America" and “America the Beautiful" at the Masons Island Yacht Club in Mystic. They were told they could stand 10 feet apart or in stay in their vehicles with the windows down for social distancing to cut down the risk of spreading the disease.

The idea for the gathering was Linda Hart's, an actress and singer who has performed on Broadway and in movies, and she led the group in the songs. She said she got the idea from Italy, where people were singing from porches and balconies for one another to break some of the isolation caused by measures to stem the coronavirus, and decided why not do it on Masons Island.

Beginning Sunday night, First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough has asked residents to ring bells at 8 each night to show unity while people stay home during the pandemic.


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