Well, most of us are anyway.
As I write this introductory note, nearly the entire Harrisburg area has entered the “green phase” of reopening, which means that most businesses can open back up, though, in many cases, under certain restrictions and at reduced capacity.
So, where were we when all this started anyway?
Oh, yes, I remember now. It seems like such a long time ago, in another reality, though it actually was just a few months back, in early March.
At that time, many of us were planning for a blockbuster year full of events, new projects and full-speed-ahead momentum. That, obviously, didn’t happen, but we are trying to oil the gears and get back to some sense of normalcy.
For us at TheBurg, this means a few things.
First of all, we’re returning to near-full distribution of our print magazine. For the past few months, we’ve had to scale back as most of our pickup spots closed, leaving some of you desperately searching for a hard copy. Most have now reopened, so we’re restarting the old printing press.
Secondly, we expect to revive our event sections, probably with the next issue. That said—these sections may be relatively slim until events around the area begin to get scheduled again.
Thirdly, we’re revving 3rd in the Burg back up. Each month, we organize and promote the monthly evening of arts, culture and nightlife. However, it is up to each venue to plan and run their individual events. So, please check with them to learn what they’re up to and to understand their restrictions and limitations.
I saved the best for last.
For nearly a year, we’ve been holding open a reporting position so that our summer intern from last year could fill it. So, please welcome Maddie Conley to our staff full-time. Maddie is local, a Messiah College graduate who grew up in Lancaster County. With Maddie on board, we hope to do a better job covering this community.
We want to thank the greater Harrisburg area for supporting us over the past few months. Like so many small businesses, it’s been an extremely difficult time for TheBurg. Our ad revenue dropped enormously, while the demands on our tiny staff were stressed like never before. Truly, we are here today only because of our community publishers and our sponsors—and because more than 200 of you joined our new membership program, Friends of TheBurg.
Thank you, Harrisburg!