Creative and Innovative Responses to Covid

We’ve been impressed with the adjustments local organizations and businesses have made over the past six months as they work to stay connected and stay in business.  We found these efforts inspiring, and encourage you to support these and other local and regional organizations.

  • The City of Stillwater, MnDOT and local restaurants worked together to create outdoor restaurant spaces, to encourage people to return to restaurant dining.  There’s no need to worry about a parking ticket at these spots!
  • The Zephyr Theater, also in Stillwater, recently offered ‘Shakespeare in the Park…ing Lot’ by converting part of their front steps and parking lot into a stage and outdoor theater.  They have more music and other events throughout  September, be sure to check out their events.
  • YMCA Camp Northern Lights, outside of Ely, has announced they have upgraded a group of cabins to now include wifi, and they are encouraging families to consider working remotely and doing distance learning in the north woods.  They even expect to offer some youth enrichment programming and family meal options!  Seems like a creative use of this family camp, and a great way for families to get away yet still meet their work and school requirements.
  • Unless you signed up during the first few minutes tickets were available, you missed it, but didn’t you love the idea of the State Fair Food Parade? Seemed like such a fun idea. If anyone participated in the food parade, let us know what you thought.
  • The Clearing Folk School has been in existence since 1935 and usually offers week-long residential programming where people share conversation, nature and hands-on learning.  This year the folk school suspended their regular programming but is offering ‘Clearing Retreats’ where visitors can create their own personal retreats on the 128 acre campus.  If you’re looking for a place to get away to, within driving distance, this may be it!.
  • Franconia Sculpture Park has been offering free outdoor ‘drive in’ movies all summer.  This upcoming Saturday, September 5, see ‘The Wicker Man’ from 9 – 11 pm.  $5 parking per car. 
  • Cantus Vocal Ensemble, the local full-time men’s chamber chorale, has offered amazing online quarantine concerts, providing voices of hope.
  • Famous children’s author Mo Willems jumped in as soon as the country shut down in March and began to offer Lunchtime Doodles for kid audiences.  There are several episodes that the kids in your life will enjoy.