Out of a true concern for the safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers, and after consulting with health officials, we feel that we have no choice but to cancel this year's Butterfly Festival at the EmilyAnn due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are of course desperately sad about this as it is such a meaningful time for our community but also for us as a family.
In light of these unprecedented events, we are going to do our best to still bring the magic of the Butterfly Festival to our community! We will continue with any features of the lead-up that are possible. These are listed below.
For the day-of events we are going to try something new this year. We are excited to try and take as much of the Butterfly Festival virtual. We are working out the details and will share them here on the web site very soon!
Again, we are all sad about the situation but we must do what is best for our entire community. We are going to use the great power and symbolism of the butterfly to bring hope and healing to a world that is truly suffering right now.
4800 caterpillars are already at the EmilyAnn so they are being taken care of as we evaluate the school closure situation. We are working on release plans for those butterflies that will allow the children to participate in the magic of the butterflies in their last weeks before hatching and when they are ready to fly.