I am doing some work with the Smith Mountain Arts Council — just press releases, but that’s enough that they invite me to monthly board meetings — and it’s a sad time for the arts council because we are having to cancel all of our events, of course. This was the subject of some conversation at our last meeting (on Zoom); the council comprises many talented and energetic people (mostly retired) who want to offer some kind of outlet for performance and give their neighbors a chance to get out for an evening.
One of the guys in the group finally spoke out, confessing that he and his wife would absolutely not be going out until they were completely comfortable that it was safe. There was much agreement.
Then I ran into a neighbor this morning who expressed some exasperation that businesses aren’t opening back up quickly enough. I was a little surprised by her reaction, and I’ll admit that was because she is well into her sixties, in a demographic that I assumed would be more on the side of keeping things locked down a little longer.
But that’s just my oversimplified thinking, obviously.
I do a lot of thinking about the people who are “From Here’s” — whose families have lived in Franklin County for hundreds of years, who have Confederate soldiers in their family trees, and who have seen the fortunes of this place rise and fall with manufacturing, tobacco, the railroads, and farming. On the other hand, a lot of us folks around the lake are “Come Here’s” — people who are mostly retired, and who have moved from places in North Carolina and Virginia, certainly, but many of whom are from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (where my neighbor mentioned above originated).
I fall into the trap of thinking that the Come Here’s think one way, and the From Here’s think another. But my conversations over the last couple of days once again illustrate that that’s more than a little naive. Then I default to thinking, gee, I wish I was a historian or sociologist, just to try to make sense of it all.
Tomorrow, I promise, I will lighten up and talk more about fun quarantine activities and pondering if our college son will ever get out of bed before mid-afternoon.
2 thoughts on “From Here? Come Here?”
Anne – Your son will never get up before mid afternoon unless he stops staying all night playing video games. But not to worry, this just means he is normal!
As far as the Arts Council goes, have they tried organizing local artists/performers in doing an online concert or performance? There are many possible platforms, Facebook Live, You Tube, even WebEx, Zoom, etc. You can advertise locally or globally. It is a great diversion for a short period and keeps the council active and in the forefront of helping to “fight” the virus in the way they best know how. Good luck!
Larry, it is a relief to know the boy is normal (another friend said her kid was doing the same thing). And the benefit is, the house is nice and quiet until 3!
The arts council is starting up a YouTube channel to feature performances, called SMAC-Tube! All submissions get reviewed for content appropriateness and off they go. My next job is to tell the local papers about it.