The Quarantine Postings: Opus News, Resources and Hello


I had hoped that the first Opus News item of spring 2020 would be all about the gorgeous season we planned. Guided by our mission to serve as the region’s premier destination for arts, culture and nature enthusiasts, we significantly expanded our offerings for the 2020 season and launched our brand-new website designed to showcase the uniqueness of the property and the diversity of our programming. We had so much to tell you about, so many voices to celebrate, so much art and music and performance and brilliance to share. And we still do, but now that we (like so many organizations the world over) are closed for the next bit in accordance with safety protocols, we are going to have to adjust how we  share.

We are moving to online for now…with offerings from friends and fellow quarantines throughout our community, our country and our world. Opus-Online has arrived, with ever-expanding and updating features, in the hope that sharing our art across boundaries can ease some of the isolation that our audiences are feeling, and we can continue to be a resource for you all.

Opus-Online offers free or sliding-scale workshops, performances and resources from our local communities and around the world. We will be offering updates on our season/opening, notes from the Opus 40 community of staff, board and artists, and photos and videos from our site here. We will also share useful resources, updates on services from local businesses and links to online art and opportunities.

If you want to share your news here or ask questions, please reach out to

We wish you all safety, calm, wellness, and connection through times of stress and loss…and we

Opus 40 Saugerties Map by Kaitlin Van Pelt for Chronogram

A colorful map of Opus 40 and surroundings

share your hopes for what will emerge on the other side of this crisis. We are with you for the duration. The Quarantine Postings will happen once a week or so, depending on how much is happening.

Our first round-up of links and resources is below. Sending warm and healing wishes, Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director of Opus 40

Resource Roundup #1

Shout Out To:

  • Our friends and partners for the Spring Stomp (our first cancelled program, originally scheduled for April 4) at Processional Arts Workshop for their amazing work making masks for healthcare workers HERE
  • Rough Draft Bar & Books delivering coffee beans, beer and featured books to locals for the duration. Check them out HERE
  • Red Hook Responds is doing so much to help local families. Check them out HERE
  • Restaurants participating in Project Resilience including Dallas Hot Weiners, Hudson Valley Dessert Company, Sue’s Restaurant in Saugerties, and Provisions, Santa Fe in Woodstock.

Practical Information & Grant Information etc:

  • Project Resilience, all kinds of resources for Ulster County residents in need HERE
  • Emergency Relief grants for visual artists over 40 who identify as women HERE
  • NYCON Roundtable on Nonprofit COVID Impact HERE
  • Creative Capital Resources for Artists HERE
  • Info on fast growing plants for the quarantine HERE
  • Grocery Shopping Recommendations HERE

Art & Ideas from Around the InterWebs:

  • Using Skype for performers HERE
  • Puppetry in the Window from Madrid HERE
  • Online Tolstoy Reading Group HERE
  • The Social Distance Dancing Festival HERE
  • Free Viewing of Oliver Sachs documentary HERE
  • Montreaux Jazz Fifty Free Streams and archival concerts (Johnny Cash, Nina Simone etc.) HERE
  • Tara Brach on Facing Pandemic Fears with an Open Heart HERE
  • Dolly Parton Reads Goodnight Stories for your kids HERE
  • Some Quarantine love for the Hudson Valley from Jimmy Fallon HERE