In this challenging time, all of our lives have changed. Most of us are spending LOTS of time at home. Some of us are doing jobs from home while juggling kids and never ending distractions, while some of us are suddenly unable to work. People are baking, planting, worrying, zooming, reading, and watching the news (if we have the stomach for it).
What about ACO?
ACO remains open during regular business hours, with our staff working from home. We are all continuing to meet (just not in person, of course) and our staff, board, and committee members are continuing to work on defending and celebrating heritage in these trying circumstances, to ensure that support for heritage conservation remains strong.
If you are a member wondering about the Spring issue of Acorn Magazine, do not dismay! The printer was forced to shut down several weeks ago just as we were about to go to print, but they have reopened (with reduced staffing), and the magazine has finally gone to print. We’ll let you know when it’s on its way to you. Canada Post is also slow right now, so some patience will be required. Perhaps ironically, this issue’s theme is Heritage Tourism, which will definitely be affected by the pandemic this year. Fortunately the wonderful stories in this issue are not time-sensitive, and we hope you’ll visit many heritage sites once everything is open again. They will need your support!
If you have any extra time on your hands right now, why not nominate someone for an ACO Heritage Award? Nominations opened just a few days ago and will close at midnight on June 30. Every nominee will be recognized online, at the event, and in a special Fall Issue of Acorn magazine featuring the awards. Can you think of a better way to give recognition to people doing great work to save, restore, transform, and celebrate heritage? Note: creating a strong nomination takes some effort. Doing it in advance of the deadline (and definitely not five minutes before the deadline) will be much more enjoyable for you, and give you time to seek help if needed.
The Avon Theatre – which features a proscenium stage – on Downie Street in downtown Stratford. The Studio Theatre – which features a thrust stage – is visible on the right (back of building). Jaan Pill photo
Thank you for your continued support of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the work we’re doing on behalf of all Ontarians. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need assistance, we’re here for you.
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You can read an advance copy of one of the Spring 2020 Acorn Magazine articles here: