A tiny glimmer of normalcy

Last night, we attended our first live performance in almost two years. It was awesome! The crowd was smaller than usual and folks were spaced out…but no masks were required! Some attendees wore their masks, but most did not. Our community COVID transmission rates have fallen sharply over the past several weeks. Mask mandates in the Atlanta exurbs have started to loosen, but the City of Atlanta is determined to keep them in place as long as possible.

Mask mandates and the increased crime rates are why we opted to celebrate our anniversary outside of the city, rather than our favorite venues in the ATL. COVID canceled the big plans we had to celebrate last year with a trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. The trip was available this year, but the requirement to wear a mask 12-14 hours a day while on the train was not appealing at all – especially with the price tag of our proposed trip.

Instead, we decided to go north to a small town with a really vibrant town square. Lots of retail, restaurants, B&Bs and two theaters. The city had a fall festival going on yesterday. We had fun watching all the kids playing as we strolled through the vendor market. We ate an excellent meal and attended a live concert by a Chicago-style tribute band. B&Bs were within walking distance. All in all, it was a great way to reconnect and celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary.