The Show Must Go On!
Staying close to home this holiday season gives us all a wonderful opportunity to explore the treasures of our own backyard. Whether you’ve got family coming to visit, or you’re just looking for a little extra fun, Orange County’s arts, entertainment, and attractions businesses have dazzled us with their adaptations.
Carving out time to ship online orders more frequently, Art From The Bark, a woodcarving studio, art gallery, and store in Rhoadesville, is still open for business. Showing off local and national artisans, Annie Gould Gallery represents over 50 artists. With a constant rotation of items, this gallery has beautiful decorative works and functional pieces, like wine accessories and jewelry! To visit the gallery, they recommend making an appointment. Same-day walk-in appointments are available depending on the day.
Similarly, The Arts Center in Orange is also open by appointment only. Visitors can schedule appointments to visit their current exhibition, Blue Ridge Sonnets, or their gift shop. They also have times available to reserve their ceramics studio. If you’re not up to leaving the house, their free Online Art Clubs are designed to promote creativity and connection.
Something we’ve all been missing is live entertainment. Four County Players, the region’s longest operating community theater, presents “Help Desk: A Stay-at-Home Play.” Hosted via Zoom, this play provides viewers the in-person show experience from the comfort of their own home! Performances are November 18-22, and tickets can be purchased online.
Orange County is full of Presidential, Civil War, and local history. During this momentous year, the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage has been cataloging and recording pieces of local history that we’re living through now in hopes of using it in a future exhibit. To see current exhibitions for yourself, they encourage visitors to call ahead and schedule a tour, especially if you have a larger group. The staff cleans exhibits, common touch-point areas, and restrooms in between tours to ensure visitor safety. The museum has facemasks, hand sanitizer, a digital temperature scanner, and sanitizing wipes readily available at their entry, which features a clear acetate protective screen.
Similarly, the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum appreciates that guests remain socially distant when visiting, wear masks, and abide by state regulations. They’re also offering private tours for guests who would like to explore the museum with their own group.
AJ Austin of the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum echoed this sentiment to visitors: “we’re thankful for everyone’s continued support and appreciate you helping us stay open.”
If you’re looking to explore history while remaining outdoors, the Germanna Foundation has approximately 7 miles of beautiful hiking trails open 7 days a week during sunlight hours. Explore the history of Fort Germanna by stopping by their Visitor Center, scheduling reservations to use the library, or schedule a private tour in Salubria, a Georgian-style manor built in 1757. Each of these amenities are open at a limited capacity and require facemasks and social distancing.
Arts, entertainment, and attraction-focused organizations are ready to welcome you back safely as you look to explore your own community! If you would like to be featured as part of the #RetailReady campaign, share your business’s story here.