Yes, we’re still here. We stay in our homes, behind our masks, hopefully lost in working from home, distance learning programs and a hobby or two.
Businesses large and small are still out there, too. And, they’re continuing to come up with creative and helpful ways to stay engaged with a distanced public in this time of Coronavirus. This brief guide lays out some of those special efforts in an optimistic invitation that others might join in either by searching for these kind of attractions or putting some fresh examples together themselves.
Tourism-based businesses like the resorts and restaurants at Colonial Williamsburg turn to social … [+]
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Colonial Williamsburg Resorts : Like many dining spots, the historic resort town’s Sweet Tea & Barley provides the public with curbside pickup menu that incorporates many of its signature items and classics. With visitors unable to enjoy live music inside its walls, Sweet Tea & Barley is now offering the same experience virtually. Every Thursday, guests can pick up food and cocktails, pairing them with live music to enjoy in their homes with LIVE From Good Shot Studios. The informal concerts feature the jazz swing ensemble band Good Shot Judy. The live performances go out every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on the resorts’ Facebook and YouTube pages.
Palmaz Vineyards: The Napa Valley-based winery is temporarily unable to invite visitors by appointment for facility tours and high-end tastings. So, its leadership and staff looked to develop new ways of interacting with customers, including the WineStream weekly YouTube wine tasting series.
Milwaukee Art Museum: One of the truly underrated fine art museums in the U.S., MAM was quick to put a selection online tours on its site and YouTube channel once it had to close its doors due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sadly, that closing cancelled the institution’s Art in Bloom event in which the entire museum fills with flowers, including floral arrangement designed to mimic or inspired by MAM collection works by Warhol, Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe and others. This year’s Art in Bloom went online with flower arranging workshop videos via social media.
Don Papa Rum: The Philippines’ rum runners announced the Sugarlandia Sessions, a new weekly global music and entertainment social platform. Each Sunday, DJs showcase their skills as they “sip and spin” for consumers worldwide. Meanwhile, the company’s Facebook page serves up a Mask Making Contest with the Artist of Masks’ Charlotte Dillon inviting the public to tap into their creativity while staying at home. Participants who post a photo or video wearing masks and use @DonPapaRum with the #Sugarlandia hashtag have a chance to win tickets to the next Don Papa invite-only Sugarlandia Mask Party – when we can have parties again.
Ducati Motorcycles launched the #raceagainstCOVID fundraiser to support the Policlinico di S.Orsola … [+]
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Ducati Motorcycles: The Italian superbike builder announced the international #raceagainstCOVID fundraiser across its social media channels to support the Policlinico di S.Orsola Hospital in Bologna. Funding starts at €100,000 with members of the Ducati board kicking in donations and adding those of employees. The amount collected was then doubled by the company. The effort runs through May.
Galpin Motors: One of the largest automotive dealerships in the U.S., Galpin can sell you a new (deep breath) Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Volkswagen, Mazda, Lotus, Volvo, Jaguar, Porsche or Aston Martin. The join is also home to the museum-worthy car collection of Beau Boeckmann. As a special virtual attraction, Galpin’s YouTube page invites to see that plethora of four-wheeled creations online.