Even as Maine reopens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are still unable to move forward with their summer seasons. This has led to some creative thinking on the part of two of Maine’s most prominent organizations, and OTELCO’s long-standing customers, The Ogunquit Playhouse and The Portland Sea Dogs.
This week we explore how each institution adapted to the pandemic’s “new normal” while keeping their loyal fans healthy and entertained.
The Portland Sea Dogs
Often you hear about the heartiness of Mainer’s. How, when the going gets tough, they pull themselves up by their bean-boots and persevere. That is precisely what the Portland Sea Dog’s, Maine’s Minor League Baseball team, did when it looked like COVID-19 was going to keep them from opening for the summer.
This year, instead of their regular season, the Sea Dogs have partnered with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to create Hadlinks! Hadlock Field will be transformed into a nine-hole golf course. Unlike traditional golf-courses, visitors will be teeing off from nine corresponding “sky-boxes,” following the boxes as they follow the holes. Social distancing will always be in effect, with no more than nine people playing at once to keep everyone as safe as possible. Fans of Hadlock’s many stadium snacks can also order their favorites to go this summer!
OTELCO asked the Sea Dog’s Bryan Pahigian how the organization developed this innovative idea. Pahigian told us, “Given the delay in our season, we are focused on developing new and creative ideas that we can stay connected with our community and allow fans to create more great memories at Hadlock Field.” We certainly think the idea is a “hole in one” and are excited to support the first season of Hadlinks.
Here is a complete schedule for the summer special. While you are visiting Hadlock, make sure to take advantage of OTELCO’s free stadium Wi-Fi!
- Thursday, July 9th – 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Friday, July 10th – 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday, July 11th – 8:00 AM-Noon
- Sunday, July 12th – 8:00 AM-Noon
The Ogunquit Playhouse
Just like the Sea Dogs, the Ogunquit Playhouse has been a summer staple for Mainers. The OPH is known for bringing Broadway-caliber shows to the coast of Maine, drawing in crowds from all over. Unfortunately, this summer, in the interest of their patron’s health, the Playhouse could not open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an alternative, the Ogunquit Playhouse is offering a variety of online programming through their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
Every Monday, a Playhouse staff member puts together a Musical playlist on Spotify, full of their favorite theatrical jams. This week’s playlist, Barb’s feel Good Music by OPH’s Payroll and Accounting Specialist Barbara Buldoc, is full of Burlesque bops and old classics like Singing in the Rain. (For research purposes, we listened to it all the way through, and it did indeed make us feel good.)
The Playhouse team is also putting together weekly interviews with past and present performers. The series highlights some serious talent, including Sally Struthers and Carson Kressley.
The Playhouse describes their Musical Meet-Ups as “a book club without the reading!” Instead of reading a book each month, the OPH Development team picks a new musical to discuss on Zoom. They post monthly-meet up information on their Facebook Page, where you can RSVP for the event.
Last but not least, the Playhouse is offering recordings of performances from all over. Their most recent offering was Menopause the Musical and was a big hit! Tickets are under $20 and are a fun and easy way to support the Ogunquit Playhouse as they sit their 2020 season out. Keep an eye on OPH’s social media for the next show!
Don’t Forget to Donate!
Right now, the Playhouse is relying on donations to keep them going through the COVID-19 pandemic. According to their website, they expect to lose over $3 million. Please consider donating to keep this treasured Maine institution alive.
Finding Creative Ways to Meet Your Business Needs
OTELCO prides itself on our creative business solutions. Our sales team works hard to develop custom solutions that meet our customer’s individual needs, like the new Managed Network solution designed to manage Wi-Fi to Hadlock Field or our efforts to simplify the move to telecommuting for the Ogunquit Playhouse staff with our Hosted Phone technology.
Right now, in our own effort to adapt to COVID-19, we are offering virtual visits. During these visits, our communications experts conduct commitment-free consultations designed to audit existing technology needs and find the most affordable way to meet them. We are also offering exciting promotions for anyone who books a visit, such as two months of free antivirus and 30 days of helpdesk support on us!