Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,

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The year 2020 has been one that we will remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. Some, because of loved ones we have lost, some because for the first time we have seen the world in turmoil and some because we have been unable to relax and do the things we would normally do. Whatever the reason is, we will get through this together.

It is not my job to interpret the reasons for everything that has happened in 2020, apart from my personal view that I can’t wait for 2020 to just sod off!!

But I digress, this short note is to keep you up to date with where we are for Pennsic 49 in 2021. In November, the Pennsic Staff group, the Coopers Management Group, and I had a joint physical and zoom meeting to discuss the way forward for Pennsic 49. The single message you need to transmit and the message you need to take from the meeting is that we are continuing to plan on having Pennsic 49 in July/Aug 2021 at Coopers Lake Campground.

The Pennsic Staff and Coopers Management are working jointly on plans to make Pennsic 49 as safe as it can possibly be for attendees. This will mean some changes to the way we do things, but we are committed to making those changes as seamless and simple as possible so that Pennsic 49 can happen and we can all have a great relaxing holiday and Pennsic War.

I want to thank you all for your support and most of all for your curtailing of the rumour mill, which I have to say has been nothing short of amazing. I will continue to be transparent in our planning and keep you informed so that any decisions we make will be understood and not a surprise to people.

As more things line up, I will update you all so that you can be kept informed and plan your Pennsic 49 journey to once again celebrate together in friendship and combat. Thanks again and please have a happy and safe Christmas and New year. Gregory of Lochswan Mayor Pennsic War 49

Campfires & Firewood Info

 

Campfires

     Firewood can be purchased at the camp store, or at an off-site location. Do not cut the campsite's foliage for firewood. Under no circumstances may garbage, refuse, hay, or straw be burned. Firepits must not be more than 3 feet deep. Before leaving camp, extinguish any fires so that they are no longer smoking or smoldering. Firepits must be filled in before you leave; the Coopers can provide extra dirt for filling holes, if you need it.
      
    Due to the Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests (see below)), please plan on purchasing firewood locally, or bringing in only packaged, kiln-dried firewood. If you have any locally-purchased firewood left over at the end of Pennsic, do not take it home with you.

    You do not need to burn all your leftover wood at the end of Pennsic. Please leave it neatly stacked at the nearest road to your camp. The campsite will be able to use it for fall bonfires. Do not put firewood into the dumpsters; the trash pickup company will not take wood and have to sort it out of the garbage.


About transporting firewood

Invasive pests such as Emerald Ash Borers, Gypsy Moths, Asian Longhorned Beetles, Sirex Wood Wasps, and Bark Beetles are easily spread when people move infested wood products.

From www.aphis.usda.gov: "It is up to all of us to contribute to the preservation of our Nation's forests by committing to not move firewood from where it is cut. By 'burning where you buy it' you can be sure that you're not accidentally moving these damaging forest pests into new areas. Movement of any type of firewood within Federal [EAB] quarantine boundaries (excluding protected areas) does not require Federal permits, but may require state permits." (see map)

Because of the complexities of which county, state, and international borders firewood can be transported across, we ask that everyone please bring only packaged, kiln-dried firewood from out-of-state, or purchase locally-grown firewood while at Pennsic. Please do not take locally-grown wood back to your home state with you.

Bullying Policy

THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

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