This April sure looks different than April 2019. Normally, we’d be writing about upcoming outdoor activities and fun Spring spots to try out this month. Instead, we’re dedicating this post to a list of things to do that supports our community and keeps you from going crazy from the cabin fever during this COVD-19 quarantine. There’s definitely ways we can all stay entertained AND safe.

Wine with DeWine
Our governor’s daily 2 p.m. press conference has encouraged a new trend, as seen on social media. #WineWithDeWine is a chance to gather round the TV with a glass of wine (or beer or pop) and listen to the updates on the virus on Ohio. It’s a good way to stay informed, and a lot of people have found that doing so with a glass of wine offers a nice break in the day. Consider supporting our local wineries that are still offering carryout for your own #WineWithDeWine:

  • Dalton Union Winery: Order online and pick up seven days a week, or drop in during their open hours – Friday 2-8 p.m., Saturday 2-8 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m.
  • Bokes Creek Winery: Bokes Creek is offering carryout Monday through Wednesday by appointment, Thursday 4:45-7 p.m., Friday 4:30-9 p.m., Saturday 1-6 p.m. Don’t miss out on their special Marysville Bicentennial wine!

Local takeout and delivery
We have a master list on our Facebook page of local places still offering take out and delivery during this time, and it’s especially important to support local spots if you can. This lockdown is hard on local businesses that normally rely on in-person patronage. Recently, we’ve seen that Leon’s Garage, The Ville Grille and Fifth Street Cafe have takeout and delivery options.

Help our community
For those who are healthy and able, the Red Cross is encouraging people to still come out and donate blood. The coronavirus has made the need for blood donation even greater, and the Red Cross has increased their safety protocols. Sign up for the April 3 drive at the Union County YMCA.

You can also sign up to be a short-term member or volunteer of Union County Neighbor to Neighbor, an organization that provides for seniors in our community. Social distance-friendly volunteer activities including making calls to check on seniors, grocery drop-off and other errand running.

Brighten your home
The need to stay indoors has had a lot of us re-thinking our decor, taking on new projects and deep cleaning. One way to brighten up your home and bring a little Spring back to us is with flowers and plants from our local greenhouses. Dutch Mill Greenhouse and Scheiderer Farms are offering curbside pickup and online ordering, so we can still get our spring planting going!