Salvaging the summer…
Amid COVID-19 lock-downs and safe social distancing, here’s what some Letters readers are doing to salvage their summer and yet stay safe. Lots of creativity here. Read on.
Alicia Mickenberg has been chalking the street in front of her house with positive messages, while her wife, Kathleen Fitzgerald, has been busy since January 1 with a daily drawing/painting challenge. She posts a drawing or painting on her Facebook page every day and plans to keep it up until the end of the year. “We hope we are bringing smiles in these anxious times,” says Alicia. Mike DeFlavia, has been enjoying dinners at home, but he has also been supporting downtown businesses, like the Pines and Blue Moon by going to some of the shows and for drinks at Aqua and Diego’s. He reports “They all do a great job of distancing and managing capacity.” Lana Warfield says real estate sales are crazy, “because everyone wants to be here!” She misses getting together with friends and “I so miss our Cloud 9 days more than ever. I think that experience helped build our fantastic women’s community.” Meanwhile, she says she’s drinking more wine and losing sleep because of Mr. T. Ron Bass and George Robbins report spending almost every day attacking the weeds in their garden. “And the weeds are gaining on us!” says George. Ron says, “We exercise, read the paper, work in the garden, prepare lunch, work in the garden, prepare dinner, and if the weather is good, work for another brief period in the garden. As soon as we get a vaccine I’m heading to a restaurant!” Bonnie Quesenberry has taken a break from home improvement projects and has become a census worker, masked up and staying far, far away from everyone she interviews.
And Dottie Cirelli is behind the wheel of various boats traveling up the Broadkill and down the canal into Rehoboth Bay. That Freedom Boat Club sure is popular. Kerry Hallett and Anita Broccolino are settling in to their new jobs at CAMP Rehoboth, both of them coming up with cool new ideas and projects (see page 18) for Kerry’s new project…. For Murray Archibald it’s been about salvaging Sundance to salvage summer—and he, Sondra Arkin, and lots of volunteers have a virtual Sundance Experience coming up that will knock your socks off! Chris Beagle says, “Saturday nights redefined:Cucumber martinis, London broil marinating, happy pups, amazing husband! No place I’d rather be....”
“I’m in my Hollywood mancave, reading, writing, streaming, zooming, and falling in love all over again with porn stars long dead.” - Comic Bruce Vilanch
I’m doing online shows, editing videos about 10-12 hours a day, chatting online for half an hour Monday-Friday, then drinking heavily on Saturdays. But having a ball." Comic Jennie McNulty
For my first full summer at the Lewes house in years, I’m figuring out what to do with all my tomatoes. I’ll be totally broke by Christmas so it’s a good opportunity to do a little canning and Martha Stewarting.” Broadway Stage Manager James FitzSimmons##