With sweeping cancellations of summer concerts and festivals due to COVID-19, audiences are hungry for the arts. Like many organizations, Washington Depot-based dance company Pilobolus has offered online programs in the last few months, but nothing is the same as an in-person arts experience.

When the Pleasant Valley Drive-In of Barkhamsted opened for the season on the second Friday in May, owner Donna McGrane was worried because it was pouring rain. “But we were packed!” she says. On the following night, “There was a crazy blinding blizzard. We sold out!”

As an animal-care specialist at the Beardsley Zoo, Bethany Thatcher takes care of the Bridgeport facility's two Amur tigers, Reka and Zeya, sisters born in 2017, as well as its Amur leopards. Unlike the roadside zoos depicted in Netflix’s hit documentary series Tiger King, the Beardsley Zoo …

Moses Pendleton often sits at home by a roaring fire, listening to classical music and studying how the logs break apart and form abstract shapes. Flames leap and dance hypnotically, almost like the serpentine movements of the dancers who bring his choreography to life.