Events are a major source of funding for our restoration work. In the era of Covid, it meant rethinking how we do things to keep visitors safe. This meant our annual Memorial Day Open House transformed into a “virtual” celebration complete with flags honoring loved ones.
One program that didn’t need tweaking was our movies. Because they are outdoors where spacing is easy, the attendance was terrific! We grew the series from one to seven movies, complete with food trucks and picnicking.
Tales From the Crypt that usually takes place inside the Abbey became a scavenger hunt. Participants were given a map and sent into nearby streets to meet our “residents” in front of their old homes (in small groups that could be properly spaced). The evening was finished off with ghost stories told around a bonfire.