December 10, 2021-
For some, it was a chance to engage in a mass dance performance, based on the pop song “Baby Shark”. For another singer, it was a chance to regale an infant girl and her family with that same silly little tune.
For most, the evening was a chance to raise funds for arts education programs in our area. It was also a chance to get yet more photos of the magnificent light display on Courthouse Square. I have posted such photos, in years past and may yet get better shots this year.
For some, it meant crowding into Raven Cafe, The County Seat, or other such eateries, to relax as much as one can in a standing room only setting. There were also those who stood in a long line, outside a real estate office, where live music was also on offer. Then, there were those places, like two of our three downtown bookstores, which opted out of the festivities. Bill’s Pizza had no choice in the matter-Omicron is believed to have come calling, earlier this month and one of the best little pizzerias in Prescott is temporarily closed.
For me, it meant taking in a couple of performances, and leaving a tip in each fund-raising jar. It was quite a crowded event, but with so many places opting out of this year’s participation, the mood was a bit more subdued.
I think, though, that Acker Night will endure, and be a fine fundraising event for years to come.
Omicron is here just in time for holiday gatherings. I scares me silly but with boosters and keeping with the vaccinated family I feel safe. I hope some of the social traditions endure despite the pandemic!
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I am not curtailing any holiday gatherings, unless I get Omicron, which is unlikely. We are resilient as a species and will not buckle under to real or contrived threats. Yes, I do regard disease as one of the former. The overreaction, in some circles, qualifies as one of the latter.