by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 05/02/2021
March,2020 – we closed up shop. Our building, shuttered. Our routine, shattered. Things taken for granted were taken away. A sad and uncertain time.
As dark months crept by, the building lost its vibrance. Hibernating.
“ Is this really necessary? Seems extreme.” Or, so some part of me thought at the time. We all knew little then. It’s not over just yet, but we know more now, We know what to do; what not to do, and we have vaccines and protocols.
Armed with that knowledge, we are currently planning to reopen the studio in the weeks ahead. We will do so safely, with limited staff on premises. But, we will be open nonetheless. I consider reopening (however cautiously) as an act of defiance. It’s a step toward some normality in a post-pandemic world.
May is a naturally optimistic month. Classically primavera, it brings us flowers and a warm hug. It encourages us to ‘do something – anything’. So, indeed we shall.
There won’t be any fanfare. No ribbon cutting, balloons, streamers or flag banners. Just unlocking the front door and turning the lights back on will be enough. We will have one or two of our staffers present during normal business hours, and our doors will be open to visitors on a limited basis. Step-by-step.
Life, albeit limited, will return to our studio. That’s the ‘grand’ part.
And – in this most enthusiastic month, we will remember. Memorial Day is an oddly appropriate way to wrap up May’s natural optimism. We take pause to remember that there were front-line heroes in all this.
For those among them who are no longer with us, we welcome May.
Thanks to them, we get to reopen.
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching.
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