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

What is the weather like?

 
During Pennsic, days can be very hot and humid – temperatures of over 100°F (37°C) are not uncommon. Meanwhile, temperatures can drop drastically at night, even into the 40's (4°C). There is usually at least one big rainstorm during the two-week period, sometimes with high winds.

Because you'll be outdoors many more hours of the day than usual, be sure to wear sunscreen, even on overcast days. A hat or veil on your head will not only keep the sun off your skin and out of your eyes, but will also help to keep the sun from cooking your brain. While sunglasses are not period, many Pennsic-goers do choose to wear them. Be sure you drink enough water and keep your electrolytes balanced, and remember that alcohol and caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you. Heat can also diminish your appetite, so be sure you eat enough for your activity level. Don't count on having trees in your camp – if you want to have shade, bring a shade fly to create your own.

For those times that it gets cold or wet, a good cloak is a treasure. But if you don't have one, don't hesitate to wrap a blanket around yourself, wear a raincoat, or even use an umbrella. Staying warm and healthy is far more important than looking historically accurate. As a precaution against serious storms, many people keep a dry set of modern clothing in a waterproof container or in their car.

Bring enough bedding to keep you warm at night. A dry cloak makes a great extra top blanket when the temperature drops. Also, a snug cap will keep your head, and you, warm. Remember that air mattresses act as convection cells, and will suck the heat out of your body and pump it into the ground. Try to get it off the ground, or put something (carpet, blanket, etc.) between it and the ground to insulate it. Also, if you make your bed before the sun sets, it will keep the evening dew from settling on your bed and leaving you with clammy sheets.

There are more details about Pennsic weather patterns in Bart the Bewildered's Pennsic guide.

Forecasts for Slippery Rock, PA can be found at: Weather.com, and National Weather Service

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