On May 1 Anacortes Arts Festival Director Meredith McIlmoyle reported: “We have been doing our best to stay abreast of rapidly changing guidelines as they relate to our industry. As of today, we are still planning a festival. We will continue to do so until our state or local officials tell us we can’t because of safety issues – or until we get to a point in our planning, where it is not financially prudent to move forward without more reassurance.”
A new festival protocol designed to create as healthy and safe of an event as possible includes:
• More space between each booth artist
• Hand sanitizing stations
• Health kits for our volunteers, including masks
• Density control in beer gardens and at the fine art show
• Increased cleaning and sanitizing in gathering spaces
• Ample signage with current CDC guidelines
• Ample signage with foot traffic guidance
• New artist check-in and check-out processes
• Booth Artist guidelines or suggestions for doing business in their spaces
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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