Upcoming events scheduled, postponed
Freeman: ‘Everyone around the world is learning to adapt; so is Cassville’
As the world deals with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it stands together in awaiting new information, new policies and how to deal with this “temporary” reality on many levels.
Those levels include national, state, community, workforce and family changes.
Rachael Selby Freeman, director of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce and Community Foundation, said at this time it is important for the community to stand together and think of positive and hopeful messages.
“At this time, events that have been canceled are things like the Rotary Club and First Friday Coffee,” she said. “Other events are being looked at with the mindset of postponing.”
Trout Fest, a new summer event scheduled for June 5 and 6, may be postponed until August.
“We are working with the city of Cassville to coincide with the 175th anniversary of Cassville,” she said. “We are not wanting to cancel shows, we are remaining hopeful. Hopefully soon there will be a day that things go back to normal.”
Freeman said everyone around the world is learning to adapt, and so is Cassville.
“There will be a light at the end of this tunnel,” she said. “Cassville, as well and the rest of the District 8 Chambers are in constant communication. Every community is different, and in our community, tourism is a big part.”
Freeman said the Chamber is looking at the Cassville community aspect of things and discussing a soft opening when the coronavirus threat is over.
“I think an important thing to keep in mind is the mental health side of this,” she said. “Physically, we are distancing, but we don’t have to socially distance. Reach out to other community members. We are all in this together.”
At this time, every event is being looked at and rescheduled for a better time.
“The May 15 Chamber Golf Tournament is looking to be rescheduled for some time in June,” she said. “Using this method of staggering the events, we are going to be able to get the best use out of the time we will have available in the spring and summer.”
For example, Trout Fest, originally set for June is moved to August, and the Golf Tournament, usually held in May can be moved to the June slot.
“Active planning for events has virtually stopped at this time,” Selby Freeman said. “Some things are still on the schedule, but planning can’t commence because the Rotary Club can’t meet.”
Ribbon cuttings in the community have all been postponed.
“Each year, at the end of the school year, there is an award ceremony to announce the Cassville Education Funds grant winners,” she said. “We are looking at options like Facebook live to do the announcements.”
It is important to remember that a lot of the city and community events are planned in conjunction of Roaring River and tourism.
“So, if that doesn’t open back up until say June, a lot of these events are going to have to rely on that schedule,” she said. “We are hoping that by the August Kid’s Fishing Day, people will be ready to get outside and experience events.”
The worry with expecting people to get out and about the moment social distancing is over, is that mentally people will need time to adjust, just like they have had to learn to adjust when this all started.
“Luckily for us, we are having more summer and fall events, but this is still a waiting game,” she said. “We are also dealing with some losses.”
However, although a couple of donors removed their donations, other local donors are stepping up.
“We are still in this,” Freeman said. “Not a day goes by that I am not thinking about how I can help my community and chamber members through this and help them after as well.
“Our community has an ‘all in this together’ mindset, and that is amazing.”
Freeman said she sees that people want to get back to the things that bring them joy, and one way to do that is to keep moving forward.
“We are blessed by our beautiful scenery,” she said. “I hope people remember that and utilize it. As a community, we want to come together and celebrate after this, to be outside with friends and good food, we are all going through this in our own way.”