Some communities experienced the shift to virtual presentations faster than others, but most were experiencing a demand for ways to clearly indicate an event was an online offerings from the beginning of May 2020 onward. The good news was, this offered a way for our Network Member’s calendar to still be relevant to their community if the virtually presented content was available. Our data suggests that almost all events submitted to our Network Calendars from April 2020 to March 2021 were virtual. As vaccinations began to have an effect, the weather began to improve and restrictions began to ease in many parts of the country, we began to see a slow drop in virtual events and a gradual increase in outdoor, ‘mask-required’ in-person events from mid March 2021 through May 2021. June 2021 has seen a sharp drop in virtual event, and a leap in in-person events across the country.
Many of our Network Members are now scrambling to ramp back up staff hours and re-vamp content on their sites and calendars. And while it has us stretched a bit thin trying to respond to the flood of support requests, to be honest, we couldn’t be happier to be a part of the chaos of reopening. Here’s to the rising tide raising all of our Network ships!