Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,


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

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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