Thursday, March 12, was the last Surrey folk dance evening and was also Marj’s 80th birthday party. The party was planned ahead, before we knew about the coming virus crisis. Events of more than 250 people were still allowed, but by the next week, the schools were shut down. Actually it was Spring Break which gave authorities time to think, but it didn’t take long to decide to close the schools. Now gatherings of pretty much any size are forbidden. So SIFD is cancelled.

Social distancing was starting to be recommended so we had our party and danced individual dances. Some people were worried and didn’t attend, including Marj, so we had her birthday party without her. See SIFD final newsletter here. Birthday party photos and movie are in the newsletter.

Tuesday, March 17, was going to be Burnaby Folk Dancers St. Patrick’s Day party. On Sunday, March 15, the reminder email went out and the party was going to happen… but it was finally cancelled on Monday, March 16. The situation was changing so fast! See BIFD final newsletter here.

Sunday dancing in my home also cancelled as of Sunday, March 15.