Virtual meetings, masks everywhere, no hugs or handshakes, social distancing: we’ve made a lot of adjustments to our lifestyle this year, but when, on the news, the Prime Minister stood and pleaded with us to stay home at Christmas, the whole thing took another turn. Now we are messing with tradition. No noisy dinners with extended family, no festive drinks with friends or neighbors, no community or church get-togethers. Things we often take for granted just can’t happen this year.
When we first announced the VOS’s Community Centre Stage fund; a fund to use money we had already committed to theatre venue rental to instead be given to charities, groups, or individuals who need help now more than ever, we received an email from Merle Gingrich wanting to donate $300 to the fund, ($10 for every year the VOS has been operating) suggesting the money would be given to food banks. An amazingly generous offer that allows us to extend the fund further into the new year. While the food banks always need donations, this time of year, and especially this year the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank needs it more than ever.
So for this month’s Community Centre Stage donation, we are donating $300 to Fare Share Food Bank’s Holiday Turkey dinner drive. We donated through Holton Flowers in Port Hope but there are many donation locations. Every $20 donation gives a family in need a full turkey dinner for the holidays.
Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank is dedicated to serving Cobourg and Port Hope, by collecting and distributing food and other necessities to individuals and families in need in our community. 2,200 individuals are helped by the Food Bank each year, distributing 350,000 pounds of food.
If you have a little extra this year, you can donate food or money to Northumberland Fare Share. Visit www.fareshare.ca for info or look for the Holiday Turkey Drive sign in Cobourg and Port Hope stores.
As I watched the snow coming down this yesterday I thought about what VOS Theatre volunteers are normally doing over Easter weekend almost every year. We are normally moving a set in or working a tech weekend. We’re putting the finishing touches on costuming or holding a sitzprobe with our fabulous musicians. We are normally juggling time with family and VOS family but almost always we’re building a set.
We’ve loaded in with sunshine and with freezing rain and snow – because it’s April! We’ve even moved a car up those historic steps at Vic Hall.
So this weekend enjoy the family you live with and remember the family you create theatre with is only a phone call away. There may not be techie cake but at least there’s time to watch a couple VOS videos and smile.
This one, in particular makes me smile! This video was put together for our 25 anniversary. We’ll do a bigger and better one with more recent shows when we meet for our 30th Celebration. Take a look back…….
We are sending this blog to our 30th Gala mailing list rather than just the membership. We may not be celebrating in person next week but we still wanted to say thank you to our volunteers. We think it’s worth remembering from a physical distance that the past 30 years have been a hell of a ride.
If you are so inclined upload your favourite VOS photos to our Facebook page.
Eat well. Stay well and get out in the sunshine. No tap dancing, hauling of sets and costumes or late night rehearsals this weekend!
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