Guild School News COVID-19 Update March 2020
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June 13-19
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The Best Week of the Year!
Update on Guild School 2020 and COVID-19

We are all still hoping for Guild School to happen – still in “wait and see” mode; weighing excitement with caution. It’s all fluid and fast moving. Now I wish it would move faster and be over with, just in time for June. Wishful thinking.

This excerpt made me think of our Guild School community and how important it is that we stay connected:
  • "I’m checking in during this unprecedented time of uncertainty to assure you that you’re not alone -- we will get through this together. It won’t be easy. Not only is there an immediate and grave health threat, but there is the pain and confusion of isolation as we all take the responsible steps of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. In any other kind of national disaster, we would rush to gather together. If it were a flood, we would be gathering to prepare sandbags. If it were a recovery from an earthquake, we might organize fundraisers and benefit concerts to support the victims. In the all-too-common mass shootings recently, Americans have stood in line to donate blood. But this time, we must do something truly new: find a way to come together even while being kept physically apart. "(from a comment made by former presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg)
Similarly, a Guild School student shared a summary of something her local mayor said:
  • "Our Chicago Mayor Lightfoot ended her news conference this afternoon by saying that we are strong, resilient and we'll get through this together. She emphasized that we must love each other now more than ever-the people we know and those we don’t. And most important-we need to stay in touch with one another while we are experiencing social isolation."
Social Distancing - Let's make it fun!

Stay Busy and Connected

I’ve been in contact with friends during our shelter-at-home policy thru social media. Just had a FaceTime chat with 5 friends. We plan to use Zoom to include more friends next time. Here are some thoughts people shared regarding what they are doing, anonymously, of course, to protect the innocent.
  • I am walking up a storm because I can! Going out for a walk now – my goal is 5 miles a day.
  • I bought some exotic alpaca yarn in Peru and plan to begin a knitted neck scarf tonight. (Perhaps I should sip whiskey while I do this?)
  • We have cleaned cupboards under sinks, cleaned wooden shutters in every bedroom, weeded the garden….to the tunes of the Mamas and Papas.
  • I did have corned beef and cabbage with some friends on Tuesday…at a safe distance with lots of Irish whiskey – known to be an antidote for many viruses!
  • Puzzles continue to be a source of entertainment, but hard to stay in on such a beautiful day
  • Having a cul de sac cocktail hour tonight outside – bringing chairs with a cocktail – sit in a circle 6 feet apart, of course.
  • After frittering away the first couple of homebound days, I decided that I needed to be productive and have something to show for my distancing time. Purging the basement junk came to mind - for a second - but then I decided to throw caution to the wind and do something fun instead. For starters, I am dressing a small doll who’s been naked for at least 15 years. She got her knickers today and is ever so grateful. Getting my stitching fingers working again, I will go on to dress all those little miniature people lined up in their storage box and dress the bed I made in Carol Hardy’s Williamsburg class at least 10 years ago.
  • Also set up a little work-out space and previewed some aerobic, strength and yoga DVDs. Gotta be fit to survive this. And then there’s all those books……and wine. Mariano’s is limiting milk-one to a customer-but you can have as much wine as you think you’ll need!
  • I'm spending part of everyday outside with the birds and the water...very calming. 
  • We are in the throes of major overhaul inside and out - finishing the basement, so after 30 years of loving miniatures we will actually have a work shop at home!!!  And I am personally battling another invasive ground cover, again, that a nursery sold to me years ago!  
  • He is cooking double size dinners, half for us and the other half for our neighbor up the hill who is 83 and his son who lives with him.
  • I am weaving of course.
  • Just took my yoga class on Zoom. It was great.
  • I have dressed 6 dolls in 1920’s - 30’s era dresses for my row of shops.
  • And I am sewing face masks for the hospital. And instructing the 4-H girls how to do it by the Internet. It makes me feel good to be able to do a tiny bit to combat the virus.
  • Oh, and the dogs now get 2 walks a day - so there are some positives in staying home.
  • Try to grocery shop online. Most markets will deliver to your door. Amazon via both Fresh and Whole Foods, which are on the Amazon site deliver to your door. Help flatten the curve! 
Stay connected with family and friends.

Recent Updates Q & A

Payment. Many of you checked the box on your Registration Form for me to charge the balance of your tuition on April 1. I am moving the payment deadline to April 15. That will give us a little more time as we narrow in on May 1 and maybe less bother if we need to make refunds.

Refunds. You will still get all refunds, minus the $200 non-refundable deposit, whether school is canceled or if you have to cancel due to the COVID-19 situation. I have to hold the deposit because of expenses already incurred – the catalogue, shows, postcards, advertising, postage, etc.

Seminars. The due date to get your class choices to me is March 25. That remains the same. After that, you can sign up at school for any seminars available. However, I am not conducting the seminar lottery drawing until later so there is less chance of making changes.

Instructors. As usual, our instructors are the best. Nearly all of them are willing and able to make this work, if school is a go. The biggest concern is social distancing and travel restrictions. We just don’t know if these will be lifted safely before June. If instructors do need to cancel, I will be re-assigning students all at the same time so we don’t get into a domino effect.

Communication from Instructors Regarding Tools and Supplies. This is usually April 1. Instructors will let you know what materials you will need for their class, but I am suggesting that students hold off a bit. I know you want to be prepared, but you also don’t want to spend money on supplies/tools and then have the class or school canceled.

MMA. Even if all looks like it will work out for school, perhaps smaller, we still have to follow the requirements of the state of Maine regarding the academy holding events and allowing us on campus.

2021 Guild School. If we go ahead with school, but some instructors have to cancel, they can put in the same proposal as 2020 if they wish to and if their enrollment was good. If school is canceled, they have the same option. Another option is that we just repeat the entire year in 2021 (like the Olympics) with same projects, instructors, class schedule, etc.  

Let me know if you have questions or ideas.
Barbara Davis, Guild School Director
831-464-4638 (landline) or 831-325-6833 (mobile)

Keep your fingers crossed that we will have a safe and successful school year.



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