It’s starting to feel A Lot like normal again! Every adult in the US is now eligible for a vaccine and the majority of Americans have already received their first shot. By the end of May, many states will have removed all gathering restrictions, with only indoor mask-wearing remaining in some cases.
You know what that means: mailboxes are filling up with invitations to everything from weddings, to birthdays, to long-delayed graduation parties. These days, the only thing harder to find than an open day in our calendars is venue availability. It’s a nice problem to have, but essentially doubling or tripling an already busy summer season with all the postponements from 2020 means we need to get creative with event space.
Look to the Past…
Let’s look to the (recent) past to give us a vision of the future. On the list of things that stepped up to save the day/year in 2020 (somewhere below front line workers and medical researchers, but above Joe Exotic) are parking lots. Seriously. If you saw live music, standup comedy, or went to the movies last year, 99% of the time it was in a parking lot. They became our dining rooms, gyms, and sometimes classrooms. President Biden even used one for his election victory speech! The inventors of Drive-In movies envisioned this in 1933, but for some reason we slept on it for nearly a century.