Nobody needs any more bad news related to COVID-19. But…
Due to the extraordinary circumstances we are living in for the foreseeable future, we in the Chicago Chapter ARS are cancelling the April and May meetings. With conditions changing daily, it’s just not sensible to make definite plans at present. Given the drastic steps taken by so many other businesses and organizations, I don’t think we should do otherwise than cooperate. Covenant church has cancelled everything and closed its buildings until at least April. Chicago Opera Theater and Lyric opera have cancelled the rest of their seasons, not to mention all the other closed businesses, schools, bars, restaurants, etc. Certainly we can help fight the spread of this virus by waiting to play recorders in groups again, until it’s deemed safe to resume some semblance of public life.
I believe the biggest concern is unknowingly passing the virus on to someone else, before we even know we’re affected. We all still need to go out to stores for supplies, some to work, so we’re all possibly being exposed at least occasionally. So the most socially responsible thing to do is keep our ‘social distance’ for now.
If things improve so much, so quickly, that we can get together sooner than next September, then we will happily send out a special invitation to meet and rejoice, just to play with a group again!
On a related, entirely predictable note, the National ARS Board has cancelled its April meeting in Milwaukee, so the MARS chapter will not be having the planned potluck and playing session on April 25th. We’ll just have to consider having a shared event with the Chicago and Milwaukee chapters some other time.
So, until we meet again in person, stay safe, healthy and keep on playing recorders at home!
— ARS Board
Our season has been cut short as we join with many to do what we can to slow the spread of Covid-19. As sad as we are to miss our group music-making, I feel connected to you more than ever before. I think of you all–each member–and all that you bring to Chapter Sundays, and I thank you for this year, for seasons’ past, and for when we’ll meet again! Stay safe and be well!
— Lisette Kielson