PENNSIC 49 – COVID 19 UPDATE

24th April 2020

 

G’Day Everyone,

COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our Pennsic Attendees, Cooper’s Lake Family and Staff:, the entire Community of people in and around Cooper’s Lake Campground we interact and depend upon, and our numerous vendors who supply our event. They are all part of the “Pennsic-War-Family”.

When I took on the office of Mayor of Pennsic 49, I promised to, and was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, we have decided to postpone Pennsic 49, scheduled for July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020 to July 30, 2021 through August 15, 2021.

 

This postponement will come as heartbreaking news to many of you – and it has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make. Since the first Pennsic Wars at Cooper’s Lake we have been so proud to welcome people from all over the Knowne World to beautiful lands of Aethelmearc, but this year, sadly we cannot gather together as before.

 

As many of you have read in my previous COVID-19 updates, the impact of this terrible pandemic has effects that reach far past just those that attend Pennsic War. I will not go into all our considerations here again, you can all read my previous two posts that outline many of the factors we considered before making this decision. However, on this one occasion the emotion of Pennsic needed to be removed and the hard decision made.

 

It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2021.

If you desire a refund, please go to www.cooperslake.com and log into your pre-registration account.

 

Even if we cannot be together this July, we remain optimistic that the situation will soon improve. I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. My Pennsic team and I send you our very best wishes. We cannot wait to share time together at Cooper’s Lake again with you all.

 

Yours,

 

Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
Mayor
Pennsic 49

School of European Dance

 

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Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance

Master Gregory Blount
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The European Dance Tent is a lovely place to spend time at Pennsic. There's ample shade, iced water, plentiful benches, a beautiful dry floor, constant music – and dancing! We are at the corner of Chandler's Road and Dragon's Trace, across from the Great Hall (see map).

You can join in the dancing or just come to watch. Classes are taught all day, from the youth-oriented classes in the morning straight through until dinnertime. Then, we turn on the lights, set up the music stands, and revel far into the night. Everyone can learn to dance, and the more the merrier.

Please visit pennsicdance.aands.org for information on this year's Dance activities.


European Dance Activities

Details about classes and evening dancing will be posted online at the Pennsic School of Dance website.

The dance class schedule can be found on Pennsic University, and will be listed in the Pennsic Guide Book.

At Pennsic, watch the message boards for postings about balls, revels, merriments, and socials, or check the main schedule in the Dance Tent.


Musicians

Greetings to all those inspired to play music for dancing!

Musicians are needed and welcome to play most nights at the European Dance Tent. During the day, many dance class teachers also welcome musicians to play for their classes. Music will be provided. All skill levels of musicians and all acoustic instruments (period or modern) are welcome.

Dance Musician support information can be found at pennsicdance.aands.org.


Revels and Socials

We will be dancing every evening in the dance tent. We would like to encourage everyone to come to the Beginners' Ball on Sunday, August 4. It will be in the dance tent starting at 9pm. All dances will be taught, and no partner or experience is needed!

Dance Updates & Announcements

Please visit our Facebook page for updates and announcements about this year's Pennsic School of European Dance.

If you would like to receive email updates, please send an email request to the Dean.

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