We will all make it through this together.

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. It has been a crazy two months since our March newsletter went out. At that time, we were about to enter our busiest month on record. By this time, we estimate that we would have exceeded 10,000 visitors within our first 18 months of being open. Sadly, like so many businesses and nonprofits that you know, we closed our doors until further notice. 

Since that time, our Executive Director, Monique Priestley, has switched much of her focus to participating in local, regional, statewide, and national community organizing efforts. Monique has established and coordinated Bradford Resilience, a grassroots community support effort that is now a formal commission under the Emergency Management Department. She has served as an advisor with Vermont Council on Rural Development's Community Response Coordinating Team, participated in the Economic Recovery Work Group organized by Vital Communities, and has assisted organizations such as Catamount Arts and local Selectboards in transitioning to online events. Early on, Monique hosted how-to Zoom/Slack webinars and co-hosted a webinar with the University of Washington that provided support to public librarians moving offerings online.

The Space On Main has opened its fiber Internet WiFi to the public for free - a resource that is being used often. Through the support of Doug Teschner, The Space On Main has been able to offer a series of by-donation leadership workshops. The Space On Main has offered a variety of Zoom meetings simply to allow people to connect with one another and to share their experiences with others. If you would like to help with online events, please get in touch. Monique has been trying to figure out ways to bring more support to the community, artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses who are trying to find their way in all of this.

Although we are continuing to offer community programming, we are concerned about our future. As a grassroots, bootstrapped organization, we have survived off of monthly memberships and donations. Our memberships are paused as people are not able to enter The Space and we are riding very low on donations needed to pay our basic bills. We are going to do everything we can to pull through to the other side of this, particularly since the things we do the best are going to be needed more than ever post-COVID: supporting remote workers, facilitating community connection, showcasing local artists, and fostering business and entrepreneurship. If you are fortunate enough not to have been affected financially by this pandemic, we would like to ask for your support to make it through these uncertain times. We promise to do everything in our power to support our community back to its feet. And in the meantime, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to support individuals and organizations who need assistance navigating everything from leadership to fun community connections.

Be safe, well, and please reach out if you have any questions or ideas!


Online Events Available to the Public

THE SPACE'S SILENT READING PARTY Inspired by one of our Executive Director's favorite quirky events, The Stranger's Silent Reading Party (Seattle), The Space On Main is hosting its first Silent Reading Party. Make yourself a snack, pour yourself a drink, and read whatever you feel like reading silently to yourself. Relax as musicians Don Sinclair and Jenn Grossi (D&J Music, Summer Street Music) delight our ears with acoustic music. It's an excellent excuse for you to make time for you, take a break from your day-to-day, and to feel a little less lonely while inside the comfort of your own home. This event is by donation. Proceeds will be split between The Space On Main and our guest musicians. Thursday, May 14th 6:00-7:00pm Register Online by Donation

We all need to feel our work has meaning yet, sadly, many people spend their work hours minimally engaged and watching the clock.  Successful leaders instill a feeling of purpose in their employees, communicating why work matters, and aligning individual roles with the organization’s purpose. This 1.5-hour workshop led by Dr. Douglass Teschner will explore methods to instill passion at work, promote a sense of belonging and connection, and optimize workplace relationships. The workshop will provide practical tools to enhance motivation, work satisfaction, and productivity. Presenter Douglass Teschner, Ed.D., founded Growing Leadership LLC to partner with business, nonprofits, and government to unlock leadership potential and inspire people and organizations to thrive and grow. Friday, May 22nd 12:00-1:00pm Register Online by Donation

Social distancing getting you down? We figured it might be helpful to have a just-for-fun Zoom call. Open to anyone. Bring your own morning beverage. People won't be judged for joining in PJs, with kids running around (although please mute, lol), or cats who end up blocking their video cameras. Every Friday 9:00-10:00am Join Zoom

Code for Upper Valley Projects Are Well Underway

COVID-19 hasn't stopped the Code for UV Brigade from getting together and working on local projects. Code for America Brigades are volunteer groups that collaborate with local government and community partners to put technology to work for the benefit of their local communities. Our bridgade has been working away on SQL reports for our local libraries, an app to help citizens report their network speeds to local broadband efforts, and an app to help Little Rivers Health Care address food insecurity by mapping out food resources with contact info, hours, and more. To join or learn more, visit:

Recorded Tutorials Available

During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Director, Monique Priestley held several webinars to help step people through online tools including Zoom and Slack. If you missed these webinars, you can access Zoom here and Slack here. If you have software or an app in mind that you would like to step through online, please feel free to suggest it.

Sustaining Spark!

Looking to support The Space On Main? Become a Sustaining Member for $15/month! You will get: That Fuzzy Feeling, Inbox Treasures & Invites, Membership Directory Access, Stylish Swag, Bumper Bling, The Magic of Automation, and All The Discounts. Visit our website to learn more.

Thank you so much for all or your support. More updates soon!

Monique Priestley (she/her)
Executive Director & Founder, The Space On Main |
802-449-MAIN (6246) | Personal cell: (802) 222-1909
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