Millie and Pramad pause their conversation to smize for the camera during July’s potluck.
August Outdoor Potluck Modified with COVID Safety in Mind
Please join us this Wednesday, August 18th at our home at 34 Blue Ridge Avenue, Asheville from 6pm to 9pm. Unfortunately, nationally and locally, we are in the middle of an exponential uptick of COVID 19 cases and the Delta Variant, with some areas experiencing an unprecedented surge, putting a strain on healthcare systems, and impacting the lives of individuals, families, and communities. While cases continue to mainly occur among people who are unvaccinated, breakthrough cases are occurring among a small percentage of fully vaccinated people. Please refer to the CDC and the NCDHHS for the latest information and data. New guidance includes a recommended “booster” vaccination for immunocompromised individuals.
At the same time, we cannot wait for official guidance to best take care of our community, in the spirit of an abundance of caution.
**This gathering will be modified to minimize potential droplet exposure.**
1. We will continue to gather outside
2. Instead of sharing dishes as with a traditional potluck, we ask that if you plan to have supper, to pack a personal picnic for your own pod.
3. We ask that individuals wear a mask when moving about in case distancing is not possible, until you can be stationary in seating/gathering areas.
We will provide single serving beverages.
Hopefully, we can maintain the sense of community that these gatherings bring while also keeping vigilant for one another during this ongoing pandemic. Please leave pets at home (service animals excepted). To keep a comfortable distance, and with consideration for very young and otherwise more vulnerable people, it will be still be capped at 40. Please RSVP by following this link if you plan to attend.
Masks will be available, along with plenty of space outdoors, and outdoor handwashing station.
We welcome neighbors, friends, people interested in or involved with end of life work, and colleagues to come together to share a meal and strengthen connections. Meet new people; expand and deepen your community.
The grounds include a paved driveway, and while navigable by wheelchair, the yard pathways are grass with some uneven areas. There is a ramp into the house for bathroom access. Please continue to wear a mask if needing to use the bathroom inside.
(While there are a few parking spaces right next to the house, please reserve this for people needing to park close. Please do not park on the grass – there are fig trees planted there. There is a Baptist Church on the corner of the next street over, Mitchell Ave, and Haywood Road, that has a large parking lot 0.2mi from the house. There is also street sparking on Haywood Road. The house itself has a ramp that can be used by people who use a wheelchair to get into the main floor of the house if needed; all activity of the potluck will take place outdoors.)