April News Letter 2020
Wow this is really difficult!
I am sure all of you are feeling the isolation right now.
Like all businesses in Vermont, Zack's Place of course is closed. Our clients are at home. I am trying to send them ideas for projects. I send emails out from participants to their friends but it is hard to keep them going! After all, the isolation of home is why we have Zack's Place in the first place. By sending out an art project via email or a virtual music video project, it just doesn't cut it. I think Tanner said it in his post below! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see it. Below is our happy times in March before COVID-19. We however will hang in there and look forward to coming out on the other side of this!
 From the Board, Staff and participants we are hoping that you and your family are safe and healthy. We are sending you our gratitude and blessings.
March in Review
As I sit down to write March in Review it brings up a lot of different emotions…. It certainly has been a difficult few weeks, very sad and very scary, for so many people. First and foremost, I hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy! I know it is not easy staying home every day, we are all missing our families and friends, our programs, our work and the many other activities that we all do on a daily basis. Right now, however, it is very important for us to follow these guide lines and restrictions, that have been laid out for us by the CDC and our government, in hopes that we can stop the spread of Covid 19 and get back to our normal lives. I know how much I miss being at ZP and seeing all of your smiling faces each and every day. I have certainly enjoyed the emails and pictures that many of you have sent, keeping us informed and letting us know how you are doing and what you have been up too.😊

Before this out break occurred, we were off to a wonderful start in the month of March at ZP. We actually made it through a full week and a half before we were advised to close our doors and begin weathering the storm. During that time, we enjoyed many wonderful activities.

On Sunday March 1st, many of us went to Suicide Six ski area to join the Upper Valley Hawkes in their special Olympics, participating in the unified snow shoe event. We were very fortunate to be included in their festivities… the event, the awards and the potluck lunch were all fabulous. A big shout out to the Upper Valley Hawkes for organizing the event and to Suicide Six for hosting it!                                                                                                                                 In that first week and a half, we stayed limber and fit playing games with Carl, doing yoga with Jamie and Tita, fitness games with Bari, swimming at UVAC and skiing with Vermont Adaptive, which was our last Tuesday ski of the winter! 

On the musical side, we did karaoke with Kitty and singing with Kerry and we welcomed our new friend Bob Horan, a wonderful musician, who came to play music with us and who we are hoping, will join us again, in the future. On the theatrical and creative side of events we were very busy…we went to Artistree for pottery, we went to the HOP to see “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” which was fabulous. We went to the LOH to see “Dog Loves Books” also amazing and we were invited, including complimentary tickets, to Northern Stage to see “Citrus” which was an incredible show and is always a treat! We walked to Pentangle in Woodstock, our local theater, to see the movie “Olympic Dreams” which was wonderful, we are very fortunate to have such an amazing theater right in our own back yard!
We also managed to squeak in a day of bowling, always such fun and some delicious cooking with Doug…. yummy!Last but not least, we began play rehearsals in March for this year’s musical production “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” I know we are all very excited about our play which will definitely take place at a later date so… stay tuned……😊

Overall, we were pretty busy in that first week and a half of March and once we return to ZP, we will be busy again, as we continue with our wonderful programs and activities!

Until then…. please stay safe and healthy and remember to check in with us from time to time to and let us know how you are doing and what you have been up to. We certainly miss you all more than you know!