Thursday, March 19, 2020

Stay In! The (Non) Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann

Hello All,

I thought about keeping the Get Out! events column going with a list of streaming shows and activities you can join via Zoom or some other live-participation app. Not quite the same, is it? And it wouldn’t fill a need, as the internet right now is teeming – no, exploding! – with lists of virtual things to do and places to see remotely. Just one example: Eventbrite, the most popular online source of IRL (in real life) events has converted itself into a listing of live-stream and virtual events:

Here's a Washington DC-based site that’s made a game -- “Washington DC Social Distancing Bingo” -- out of all the things you can do online and at home:

However, I will make one suggestion for an actual, physical thing you can do in DC in the coming week: Take a long walk – keeping a safe, six-foot distance from other walkers, of course – down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms at peak bloom. From Cleveland Park, it’s about four miles each way. According to Google Maps, that should take the average walker about an hour and twenty minutes.

Now here's something you can do tonight, at home: At ten minutes to midnight (11:50 PM EDT on 3/19/20) , it’s the Vernal Equinox. That’s something to celebrate, even in the time of Covid-19. And this year it’s happening on the earliest date since 1896. We’ll have no gatherings to dance under the moonlight, but you can learn all about the 2020 Equinox here: ….and maybe dream about another spring when people are able to assemble in mass numbers at any of the grand sites for celebration around the world:  

Hoping for an early end to the corona shut-down, and until then, wishing you health and perseverance as you shelter in place!

-Peggy Robin
CP Listserv Moderator

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