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

Disability Services' other facilities / utilities

 

Handicapped Parking Area

Handicapped parking is available in designated areas of the parking lots.

  • You do not need to register with Disability Services to park in the Handicapped Parking areas.
  • You will need to display your Pennsic car tag and a state-issued handicapped license plate/placard/hang tag in your vehicle.
  • Only those with state-issued license plates/placards/hangtags will be allowed to use handicapped parking.

All vehicles must be parked in either Handicapped Parking or regular parking. There will be no Medical Waivers issued. No exceptions!


Transportation / D.A.R.T.

Transportation around the campsite is provided by buses on set routes. We also have a limited number of Disability Transportation carts (DART) to assist individuals who are unable to use the buses.

D.A.R.T. Cart Routes

There is one DART cart for each of the 3 routes: North, South, and West. All three routes stop at the Watch, Disability Services, and Disability Camp. Riders can switch routes at any of these three points.

DART North serves Disability Camp, northern 'E' lots, Great Hall and Pennsic U, outer 'N' Lots, North Parking, Handicapped Parking (North).

DART South serves Disability Camp, outer 'W' Lots, 'E' Lots, Great Hall and Pennsic U, inner 'N' lots.
Weather permitting, the South route will include service along the unpaved portion of Hill Road (block E-11). Initially, service will be about once per hour, on every other circuit. The schedule may shift during War Week.

DART West serves Disability Camp, Battleground, West Parking, Handicapped Parking (West), 'B' Lots, and Archery.
Service to the "M blocks" on top of Mt. Eislinn and the hilltop parking area is on the West bus route. As always, the West route may be altered depending on weather and road conditions.

Times: Currently, DART runs 9am-9pm daily, and 9pm to 1am during Midnight Madness. DART begins service at Pennsic as soon as its carts arrive from the rental company, and continues until the carts have to be cleaned and prepared for return to the rental company.

DART FAQ's

Q: Who does DART serve?
A: DART's primary mission is to transport the disabled who CANNOT negotiate getting into and out of the Campground Buses. Our secondary mission is to transport the disabled, generally, who need transportation along our routes, if we encounter them along our routes and the cart is not already at capacity.

 

Q: What is the capacity of the carts?
A: DART carts can carry up to 4 passengers, including the driver. The rental company providing the carts has limited us to a total weight capacity of 600 pounds per cart. The DART carts all have rear seats that fold out to become cargo storage, so we can carry stranded scooters and batteries in need of recharge.

 

Q: How can I recognize a DART cart?
A: DART carts have the international handicapped symbol and a route identifier on both sides, and on the front and rear of some carts.

 

Q: Do DART carts offer on-demand, door-to-door service?
A: No. On-demand, door-to-door service hasn't been available for several years.

 

Q: I waited 30 minutes for a DART cart and finally gave up
A: The North and South routes take about 40-45 minutes to run. The West route takes about 25 minutes, on average. Run times are affected by many things: road conditions, weather, number of stops made, passenger needs, drivers, other vehicle traffic, pedestrians, maintenance.

In hot weather, the carts must stop to cool down for 10 minutes out of every hour. Drivers may leave their shift early, show up late, or fail to show at all, requiring finding substitutes to drive the shift. Vehicles frequently block the road for buses and carts, alike, throughout the event. Sometimes, carts must be taken out of service, briefly, for maintenance.

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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