June 16, 2020
ARCADIA – The Arcadia Round Barn museum and gift shop are scheduled to re-open on Friday, June 19, and will be open for the time being on weekends only.
The Round Barn closed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In late May, the loft was re-opened to visitors on weekends only, and live music was resumed in an outdoor setting.
“The downstairs had remained closed as the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society board worked on a plan to re-open under the safest conditions possible for volunteers and visitors,” said Linda Simonton, president of the board.
“After the loft re-opened, our visitors were understanding when they learned the museum was still closed. Many told us they agreed there was no reason to rush, especially since most of our volunteers are retirees,” Simonton said.
When the museum re-opens on Friday, volunteers who chose to resume their duties at the Round Barn will be wearing masks and will encourage visitors to wear masks or gloves and maintain social distancing. Restrooms and touchable surfaces will be sanitized several times during the day.
The loft and museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The loft will also be open on Mondays.
The Red Dirt Rangers will perform as part of the Elm Tree Concert Series from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21. All concerts are free but donations are accepted. Visitors should bring lawn chairs.
The Eats and Beats Food Truck will be serving a full menu at the Round Barn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The museum will return to its seven-day-a-week schedule once all volunteers are ready to return, Simonton said.
The Round Barn is located six miles east of Interstate 35 on Historic Route 66.