Hello to all the Members, Friends and Supporters of Historic Cold Spring Village,
We hope you are all staying safe and taking the necessary precautions in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic. We wanted to appraise you about what we have been doing at the Village as we navigate our new reality of closing businesses, social distancing and other protective measures.
The Village’s buildings and grounds are closed until further notice. Our administrative staff is still at work, but we have been limiting how many are in the office at any one time. We have also been making preparations to be able to work remotely from home in the event that it becomes necessary.
Normally, this would be a very active time for the Village staff as we prepare for our summer event weekends, hire new staff, welcome back returning staff, book school field trips, and coordinate plans for the museum’s signature fundraising event, Feasting On History.
As of today, Friday March 20, all programmed events through March, April and May have been cancelled or postponed. This includes Feasting on History. We regret having to make this decision, as we were all looking very forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the event in 2020; however, health and public safety comes first. Adjustments have been made with respect to staff hours; several have been dismissed (hopefully temporarily), and full-time members reduced with the possibility of future reductions.
As necessary as these steps are, they are obviously going to have a dramatic impact on not only Historic Cold Spring Village, but arts, history, and cultural organizations throughout the county, state, and nation. With everything shut down, we do not anticipate revenue-generating streams for the forthcoming future. We depend highly on the income from school field trips and Feasting on History to jump-start our activities, allow us to pay our staff and continue the mission of historic preservation, history education, and heritage tourism; the Village is now entering its 6th decade!
If we ever needed continued community support now is the time! We know times are going to be tough for a while, but ask you to please help keep us going if you can. There are many ways you can support us through this time. You can renew your membership, participate in our Pave Your Way Into History buy a brick program, donate money you might have used for tickets to Feasting On History, or simply buy an advance ticket to be used when we do reopen. All of these options can be found on our website. Any and all options would be very gratefully welcomed!
We know this too shall pass, and we look forward to inviting you all back to the Village once conditions improve. Until that happens, please stay safe!
With kind regards,
Volunteer Executive Director/President
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Marketing
Group Tours, Special Projects Coordinator
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