While we wait

Like everyone, Klinkhart Hall is rethinking how it does things in the time of a pandemic. There is nothing like gathering in person for a concert, play, or performance. Listening to the buzz of the audience before the show begins, gossiping with neighbors while you wait, meeting people you haven’t seen in a while during the intermission. Laughing, crying, being overwhelmed by emotion. Being entertained. Having a good time with friends, family and neighbors. In normal times, this is what we do.

These times will return, but for now we have to find another way. That’s why we started working with our partners at Clausen Farm to live stream some events while we wait. Specifically, the two concerts above were streamed exclusively to the residents of the Arkell Hall Center in Canajoharie. The regular schedule of live entertainment for residents was cancelled when the pandemic began, so board member Betty Gavin-Singer orchestrated a series of events, live streamed, “zoomed,” or live on the lawn at Arkell House.

It was a small scale effort with an out-sized reception. And it convinced us that, while we wait, we can do more. The 2020 Poetry Festival will be online only, again with the help of Clausen Farm, and it is likely we will move the Klinkhart Conversations online for a while. Online is not the same as live in person, but it is great while we wait!