A few months ago, a small group gathered via Zoom to consider the Academy Art Museum’s Spring Event. The annual event has been approached as a lovely gala held at the Museum or at one of the Museum member’s homes in past years. Either way, close to 300 friends showed up for an enjoyable evening to raise funds for the work of the Academy Art Museum.
The Zoom call focused quickly on the reality that there would be no Gala. But, the group was decidedly in favor of finding a path to an event that met all regulations for safe gatherings – understanding that things would change — while providing donors and guests with a chance to enjoy the refurbished Museum, an outstanding exhibit, and as much social interaction as possible.
On Saturday, May 1st, the weather was perfect and a couple hundred people enjoyed the program, staggered all afternoon and into the evening to insure the numbers inside the Museum were never too large and the tent outside could easily accommodate parties at tables where all enjoyed lobster or vegetable meals served in a take home bento box.
Who would have thought over a year ago that it would take until May 1st for people to feel comfortable. The vaccinated patrons enjoyed Saturday afternoon and evening. As one proclaimed, “…we’re back, almost!”
The Spy appreciated being in attendance, especially to spend time with the just appointed new director of the Academy Art Museum, Sarah Jesse.