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

What do the merchants sell?

 
You may have heard about the shopping at Pennsic, which is perhaps the best in the Known World. There are two merchant areas, one in the vicinity around the camp store, and the other across the road from the Troll Booth. In these areas you will find hundreds of merchant tents and booths covering several acres. It is often said that you can arrive at Pennsic with nothing but the clothes on your back and an unlimited budget, and outfit yourself completely for the entire war. While this isn't completely accurate, almost anything you might need for Pennsic or any other Society event is for sale at the merchants.

Most merchants will accept personal checks with proper identification, and an increasing number take major credit cards. Few, if any, will accept foreign currency. If you'll be buying armor, be sure it meets your Kingdom's standards. If you'll be buying weapons, be sure you won't have any problems transporting them home, across any state or national borders or customs checkpoints you may need to pass.

When browsing the merchants, keep a list of things you are interested in, noting the booth numbers of the merchants so you can easily find them again. If your list exceeds your budget, remember that many merchants will do mail order – get their business card or make a note of them in your merchant directory so you can contact them after Pennsic.

 

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