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City Introduces “Community Connections” Online Video Series

Post Date:04/24/2020 12:00 PM

The City of Williamsburg uploaded three episodes of its first online digital video series to YouTube and its website today. The series, called “Community Connections,” is designed to bring the community together, even though separated while trying to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The pandemic has temporarily closed many businesses and isolated families and individuals in order to stop the spread of the virus. City Council felt that, collectively, people were missing that important connection with shop, restaurant, church, organization and business people. They asked staff to see if they could find a way to re-connect the community while keeping within pandemic public health and safety guidelines.

Each episode features an introduction by City Manager Andrew O. “Drew” Trivette, a guest interviewer and a guest interviewee although Trivette occasionally serves as the interviewer. “We’ll be talking to people you know or know of,” said Trivette. “A guest may be someone you miss seeing at the grocery store, in the coffee shop or while walking your dog along Duke of Gloucester Street.”

Many of the same questions are asked of each guest. The first three guests are the City’s Public Information Officer, Lee Ann Hartmann; Williamsburg Farmers Market Director, Tracey Herner; and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President, Cliff Fleet. Among the questions are how the pandemic has changed their lifestyle, how it has affected them at work and ends with what they want the City of Williamsburg to know. “We want these conversations to be interesting, insightful, fun and uplifting,” said Trivette, “and the people of Williamsburg don’t disappoint.”

New episodes are planned weekly but will depend on staff availability. The “Community Connections” series can be found on the City’s website via YouTube.

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