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Evenings on Elk MASKquerade: How following guidelines creates normalcy

MASKquerading will be brought to a whole new level by Evenings on Elk next Friday.
One of the main goals? Bringing back a sense of normalcy, while doing so safely.
“Our community’s health is a top priority and we want to keep everyone well and entertained,” described Chasity Thompson, founder of Project MOVE. “We encourage everyone to help stop the spread so we can continue to find ways of enjoying our town.”
The event will be taking place on Friday, Oct. 16, in downtown Elizabethton from 5-11 p.m. Social distancing, sanitization and masking are highly encouraged.
Masking made its way into the event’s name as it is highly encouraged to allow for more future fun.
“We’re asking that everybody wears their mask so that we can have more events like this,” she said. “It’s just a mask. Pop it on.”
Thompson said she hopes this event can help set the stage for more in the future, despite the craziness of this year.
“I would like for Elizabethton to set the tone and show that we can safely gather for some events outside, and that we can set the standard of doing what we are supposed to,” Thompson said. “It was a long hard year. We’re ready to get back to normal, but in a way that will keep everyone safe.”
So, what’s in store for this event? Well, it will be jam packed with music, food trucks, spooktacular yoga, activities, performances, shopping local, a fall festival, booths and even a self-guided ghost walk called “Hauntings on Elk.”
“We have lots and lots going on,” Thompson said. “We have something for everyone, something for all ages.”
The event will be outside and social distancing fits well into the agenda, as does masking. Among the activities in store, mask decorating and even a mask contest are going to be taking place. COVID-19 information booths as well as sanitization stations will also be present.
The event is being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Elizabethton Arts and Cultural Alliance is among the collaborators.
Project MOVE was founded and created by Thompson, as was Evenings on Elk. In the work she does, Thompson works to support small businesses and boost events through growth and connections.
“Evenings on Elk is a collaborative initiative to utilize the evening hours and join together with local organizations and performers to bring focus to what Downtown Elizabethton has to offer and boost revenue with fun for all ages,” described Thompson.
For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.