These days it is hard to keep up with where we’re going and what we’re doing. Directions and priorities are being challenged on all levels as the world seems to spin out of control.
The calendar tells us that this weekend is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Are we already at that point in the year when the days will get shorter and the nights longer? Does time ever slow down so we can catch our breath?
So much has happened since the beginning of the year. It seems we are moving at an ever-faster clip towards a new reality. It is a reality fraught with uncertainties and anxieties about a virus that has held us hostage for months. But it is also a reality filled with hope and bold aspirations for a more equal world as we watch thousands of young people of all colors and nationalities march – arms locked – to protest racism and racial inequalities.
We are taking a hard look at our site’s history to make sure that we are telling our stories truthfully and accurately and founded on solid recent scholarship, especially regarding race, gender, and privilege. We will update you as we work through this challenging task.
We have decided not to re-open the Museum to the public, at least through the end of August, at which time we will reassess the situation. We feel that we cannot comply with the strict COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff while protecting our historic assets. However, our outdoor self-guided walking tour is open for everyone’s enjoyment. You must see the walled garden in June in its fullest bloom!
We welcome you to explore our many events this summer, including a new Keeler Kids Virtual Summer Camp, Make Music Day this Sunday on Father’s Day, a lamb decorating contest, and a virtual 4th of July celebration. And that is only over the next few weeks. Sit back, relax, and scroll down for details; we have a lot going on!
We also encourage you to support our friends at ACT of Connecticut at their virtual Gala coming up on June 26.
As always, please send us your thoughts, comments, and ideas. We miss you and look forward to those days when we can meet again at our favorite gathering place!