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 facilities does the campground have?

 
•  A large camp store, located in the building across from Town Hall, carries an extensive variety of groceries, produce, baked goods, refrigerated and frozen items, camping supplies, and personal amenities. Bags of ice and gallons of water are available at the front of the store, along with a propane tank exchange.
 
•  There are ATM machines at the front of the camp store and in the food court.
 
•  There is a small coin-op laundromat on site, but the wait for washers and dryers can be very long during peak hours. If you prefer not to wait, there are several laundromats nearby on Route 422 in New Castle and Butler (check the Merchant Guide for their listings).
 
•  The campground has several shower houses with flush toilets at different points around the site, and during Pennsic a large number of portable toilets are placed all around the campsite. While the showers are all heated, the high attendance at Pennsic leads to a high demand on the hot water, often resulting in a tepid or even cold shower. Many people prefer to bring solar shower bags and erect shower stalls in their camps, and some even build heated showers.
 
•  There are water spigots located all over the site, and one should be within a block of your camp. If you don't want to make repeated trips to the spigot, you can run a hose to your camp. You must use a Y-splitter (so that you leave at least one open spot for others to connect a hose), and a backflow preventer (to prevent water from being sucked back from your hose into someone else's). These are sold at the camp store.

You should be aware that the water at Pennsic has a very high mineral content. While it is safe to drink, many people don't like it, and prefer instead to buy bottled water. Also note that there is no bathing or washing permitted at the water spigots, and you must dispose of your wastewater in a sump pit.

•  Electricity is available at a few campsites, including the one for Disability camping, but don't count on having electricity in your particular campsite. There are outlets at the bathhouses which you can use for hairdryers and grooming appliances. While there are public outlets at various buildings, you are not permitted to use them for cell phones or other electronic devices. Volunteer for a Pennsic department - they will gladly allow you to charge your phone while you are working a shift!

•  Cell phone service is pretty good at the campground, but realize that you will be sharing service with 10,000+ other people, so your network may not function as well as usual.

•  Internet / WiFi: the Cooper's Lake Internet Cafe (CLIC) is located at the front of the camp store (near the ice sales) and is open 8 am - 9 pm. They provide printing/copying/scanning/fax services, secure cell phone & device charging, PC's available for public use, and tables with electric access. WiFi is available around the camp store and battlefield, and access packages can be purchased. See CLIC pricing.

Special facilities during Pennsic:

•  There are two food courts; one near the Troll Booth, and another near/in the Barn.

•   The Coopers operate a (limited) bank inside the Barn where you can cash travelers checks and get change for large bills. They don't provide foreign currency exchange or credit card cash advances.

•   Pennsic Postcards and other memorabilia are sold in a tent located between the playground and Currie Road. In some years, if you mail a postcard from here, it will be struck with a special commemorative postmark for the Pennsic War. This tent is also where you can purchase/order the aerial photos that are taken of Pennsic each year.

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