Social Distancing is a shared experience that we all are dealing with in unique and varied ways. We thought if would be interesting to see how people across the Upstate are handling this situation and get their outlook on things going forward.
Today we talk with from our friend Morgan Allen Executive Director at euphoria. Morgan manages euphoria’s full-time staff, expand the annual event’s corporate sponsorship base, serve as the year-round community representative and enrich the talent pool of nationally acclaimed guest chefs and musical acts
- What has surprised you most about Social Distancing?
The number of people hoarding toilet paper!
- Do you see Social Distancing having a lasting effect or do you see this as a temporary phase that will be unlikely to affect the way we live and interact longterm?
I think social distancing is something we’ll be doing for the foreseeable future. Exactly what that means is yet to be determined, but I do think it will impact the way we interact for a while.
- What’s the first thing you plan on doing once this is all over?
The first thing I’m going to do is hug my friends and colleagues. Then I’m going out to eat! I can’t wait to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal inside a restaurant. The hardest part will be deciding which one to visit first!
- What’s your favorite way to cope with Social Distancing?
I’ve been spending a lot of time on my porch, drinking wine, enjoying fresh strawberries and this gorgeous weather we’ve been having.
- Has your view on what’s essential changed over the past few weeks?
Absolutely. I am beyond grateful for the chance to live a simpler life. It’s been really nice to slow down for a change and enjoy more time with my family. I’ve also been reminded of the importance of supporting local restaurants & businesses.
- Name one thing you thought you’d miss but really don’t.
I love going downtown every day and working in an office, and I miss my colleagues like crazy. But I’ve learned to embrace working from home, even with a toddler! I’ve found ways to be productive, as my team and I work hard to plan euphoria’s 15th anniversary, knowing that our community needs us now more than ever. I have always enjoyed a simpler life, which I think this situation has allowed for. The silver lining in all of this has definitely been the extra time to bond with my family.
- Tell us about your organization or business and how we can help promote what you are doing during this challenging time.
We’ve spent the last 14 years making a positive impact on our community, and now we need financial support to keep our mission alive. Monetary donations would be incredibly helpful and much-appreciated. This year, for our 15th anniversary, we will be dedicating the festival to our culinary and music arts community, and all donations will go directly to our grant program.
There are several other ways people can support euphoria right now:
– Consider joining our exclusive Producers Circle. As a member of the Producers Circle, you become an integral part of euphoria by supporting our mission, and you get a customized experience unlike any other.
– Purchase a VIP pass or one of our discounted weekend hotel & ticket packages.
– Sign up to volunteer. Each year, the festival relies on over 100 volunteers to ensure the success of the 4-day weekend.
– Continue to support local restaurants, businesses, and musicians who continually support us. They are the ones who have helped make this festival one of the best in the Southeast year after year.
- Learn more at http://euphoriagreenville.com
Together with Fete Magazine and GVLMedia, iOnGreenville will be sharing this new 5 Questions Series as a way to hear from a few of the voices that make Greenville a great place. We will also be using this space to help people easily support our local organizations these people represent.
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