First off, we want to thank everyone for their patience while we’ve worked to determine the feasibility of holding Constellation 2021. In a second year of uncertainty and isolation for many in our community, we understand the desire and almost NEED to burn and all be weird together again.
However, after weighing all the factors, we have decided not to hold an event this year. We know this is disappointing to hear, but please trust when we say that we did not make this decision lightly. We discussed and debated all the ways we could potentially have the event, and how we could ensure the safest and most “normal” event possible. But when it came down to needing to make an announcement two months before opening up the gates, we decided to err on the side of caution.
The biggest deciding factor has been the increase in community transmission due to the rapidly-spreading Delta variant. When we first started hearing accounts of Delta, we wondered if cancelling the event was too risk-averse: were we making a rash decision based on a small amount of data? But in just the last few days, case counts and hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 have skyrocketed across the country, and the likelihood of holding a “safe” event has (in our minds) diminished significantly.
But “Safety Third!”, right?! As strong proponents of personal responsibility, we can understand the mindset of wanting to take the risk, of encouraging radical self-reliance, of keeping Burns “potentially fatal”. However, as the event producers, we need to take into account the benefits and risks to the greater community — including the surrounding residents of Elkins, WV — and we’d rather look back and think “oh darn, we could have done it!” than feel responsible for promoting potentially dangerous behavior during an ongoing global pandemic.
We miss you. We really do! We miss the shenanigans, the hugs, the dancing, the art, and (most of all) the community we create with all of you. We even miss the middle-of-the-night wake ups because someone put one of those damn sheep right outside our tent again, the music that won’t someone just turn off already so we can get some sleep, and, yes, even the mud.
At this time, we are not planning for a virtual event, so we look forward to seeing you in 2022! We’re already scheming how to make the event better, how we can incorporate the lessons we’ve learned over the past 18 months, and if you have any ideas, please send them our way!
Taking a break has the added benefit of giving the team some time to plan for future improvements — most importantly around the topics of inclusion, accessibility, and consent/conduct. If you’re interested in helping, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org as we’re looking to start up a few advisory committees/task forces over the next few months. We’re also looking to fill a few key positions for 2022 in case you’re looking for a way to help out!
We encourage everyone to talk to your friends and campmates. Reach out to each other. Have fun together. But, above all else, be safe. We can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces again as soon as we can!
Emily, Toaster, and the FPCS Board of Directors
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Together, let’s build an interactive, experiential, sustainable environment that encourages a culture of play, artistic creativity and freedom of expression.Please take a look at the links for each department on the sign-ups page and join us in making this the best Constellation to date.
Yes, an additional 25 car passes are going on sale on October 8th. Please read the update for more info.