The Marysville Opera House’s Outdoor Speaker Series will return in the first time in about a year.

Since closing down last March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the downtown Marysville Opera House has not held any public events.

“We have had a few weddings here with COVID restrictions, but this will be the first event that is back open to the public,” said Chris Taylor, cultural arts supervisor with the city’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

The first program back will be the Outdoor Speaker Series, which brings speakers to the community to talk about their outdoor recreation passions.

To follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, fewer people will be allowed into the building than normal.

“We are excited to be able to do this in a socially distanced environment,” said Taylor. “We’re going to follow all of the safety measures and all of the requirements necessary to fulfill state mandates." 

The series will return March 9 and is planned to continue on the second Tuesday of every month.

The first speaker is McKenzie Johnson with Recovery Beyond.

Johnson is eight years sober and an advisor at Recovery Beyond, a Washington state nonprofit organization that supports people recovering from alcohol or drug addiction with healthy outdoor recreation activities.

“I’m looking forward to hearing her story which I think will be a very positive message for our community,” Taylor said.                             

Interested attendees can pre-register or pay at the door if seats are still available.

“We are encouraging pre-registration because that helps with our COVID compliance,” said Taylor.

Refreshments and snacks will not be provided at the series at this time because of COVID-19 safety guidelines. Bottled water will be available.


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