History is in the making. Significant events happen that we look back on our entire lives. COVID-19, the coronavirus, the 2020 Pandemic; however you name it, we will all remember. Our first concern is the health of our loved ones -- families, friends, and those most vulnerable. May we all stay healthy as we get through this.
Danish America is just like the rest of the world. As you scroll through the postings on our website, you see nearly every event is postponed or canceled. Venues have been restricted in some way. Museums are closed or have restrictions; Danish churches have canceled services; and Danish Homes for the elderly are effectively quarantined to ward off the virus. As well, the annual Rebild National Park Society conference in Arizona is canceled. Almost all Danish American gatherings are affected. We will wait this out until the threat eventually passes.
In a few weeks, we all hope things will return to normal, but it could be longer. Before we know it, festival season will begin in May with Elk Horn's Tivoli Fest. Danish language and family camps are being planned for the Spring and Summer. In addition, many of us are planning to attend the 4th of July Rebild Festival in Denmark. We pray that the next two seasons' calendars will take place as scheduled.
While we abide by the changes required of us, let's keep in "touch". In the words of Victor Borge, "A smile is the shortest distance between two people." So, post your smiles :-), "hygge" with each other, send a "hilsen" using phones and social media. At no other time in history could we be more closely connected while more physically apart. Let's use the tools at our command to lift each other's spirits!
As circumstances unfold in Danish America, we will keep you updated.
Warm regards, mange venlige hilsener, and may this soon be history, Katrine, Linda, Karin and Bruce.
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