Contingency Plans – COVID-19

We value everyone’s health and, as the Story Crossroads Board, we constantly monitor the COVID-19 situation.  As a result, we have already made some adaptations.

The CDC has given us guidance and you can find more here:

Current Position of Story Crossroads (3/16/2020, more details by 4/9/2020):

Postponing full 5th Annual Story Crossroads Festival from May 13, 2020 to May 12, 2021 – will still live-stream in 2021 though looking at virtual options to still celebrate storytelling on May 13, 2020

Pause on in-person house concerts though will offer virtual house concerts when we are past the Urgent Phase in Utah…hopefully by August 2020 though will keep up with news and also the guidance from leaders

Participating in the April A to Z Blog Challenge with first blog post on April 1, 2020

Details being Worked Out (check back 4/9/2020):

Celebrating the Premiere of Story Crossroads Spectacular in place of the usual Festival on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 with two 90-minute virtual workshops with sliding scale payment ($5 minimum, $25 suggested) plus two 1-hour free virtual concerts with Q&A at the end (donations accepted) – American Sign Language automatically part of virtual workshops and concerts

Adaptations and Re-workings, subject to change:

  • Offering 90-minute workshop by Dr. Csenge Zalka about how to research folktales on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm MDT from a computer near you through Zoom, sliding scale price of minimum $5 and suggested $25 with paying $25 or more receiving audio/video from virtual workshop
  • Offering 90-minute workshop by Bruce Walker about how to research family/genealogy stories on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm MDT from a computer near you through Zoom, sliding scale price of $5 and suggested $25 with paying $25 or more receiving audio/video from virtual workshop
  • Two 1-hour virtual concerts would be on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 with times to be determined, seeing if one can be during the day and one at night so that the daytime one could be virtual field trip opportunities for distance-learners/homeschoolers, etc. for free (donations accepted), the best platform is being researched
  • These two 1-hour virtual concerts will have a Q&A at the end, and people can send in questions ahead of time or in the moment
  • Working out details for a Zoom Panel/Webinar for free (donations accepted) that delves into Historical Storytelling/Chautauqua by scholars and sharing the humanities of why we as people are drawn to these kind of presentations as well as the cultural studies and linguistics necessary to do these presentations justice
  • Exploring other ways to post videos with no more than 4 people involved and/or asking our community tellers to record their stories so we can post–with permission–on the Story Crossroads YouTube Channel
After much consultation and deliberation, we know it is best to postpone the 5th Annual Story Crossroads Festival to May 12, 2021.  We are thrilled to offer ways to experience virtual storytelling…we all know that live is best.  Save the date now.

Please remember:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

You can check back on this page at any time to understand what we plan to do.