Furry Picnic 2024!

We’re back for 2024, we’re really back!

June 15th at our favorite Wickham Park, at the Wickham Pavillion.

Stay tuned for more information, coming Wednesday 14th February.

(Yes, what else says Valentine’s Day like the thought of picnics?!)

Furry Picnic 2022 cancelled – The COVID dilemma

To our furry friends, and those who’ve supported us year after year, and since the beginning, it saddens us to say that Furry Picnic 2022 has been cancelled due to risk of COVID.  After looking at the aftermath of Furry Weekend Atlanta, and the high volume of positive tests, and friends we personally know that are positive with the current variant of the COVID-19 virus, either asymptomatic and positive, or very symptomatic and positive, we cannot hold this event with the reasonable assurance of community safety.  We need to be honest and real, the pandemic is still persistent, and boosters are not enough.  FWA was a vaccination required event; all the attendee positives were effectively “breakthrough cases”, cases where even though someone is vaccinated, folks became sick, or detectibly infected.   This fact, combined with the trending increase of positivity in Connecticut for coronavirus make our decision the clear choice, and the safe choice.

Those who have signed up for Furry Picnic this year, we thank you – it would have been our pleasure to have you as our beloved guests.  For those who’ve held back on attending, we also thank you.  The smart choice is not always the most thrilling or exciting, but it does keep you safe.  Let’s hope for a safer world, and a safer fandom experience in the future, but until then, please be excellent to each other, and stay safe.

With our sincerest love, and hope for just one more Furry Picnic someday,

The Furry Picnic Team

Registration for Furry Picnic 2022 is now open!

Yes, we’re back!  Furry Picnic is on Saturday, June 4th, 2022!

Our staff took a good long time to decide on if the event is possible this year, and we say YES!   Now, there are some changes to make things safer and more convenient in the works, including a no-questions-asked refund policy for pre-registered attendees.

Our Covid-19 policy will meet or exceed the State of CT and CDC Covid-19 policies for outdoor events, but there’s currently no vaccination, testing, or masking guidelines for the event – this may change.  However, there will be changes to seating, food service, beverage service, and an emphasis on contactless transactions for payment and other amenities.  More clarifications on these policies will be made this week.

Furry Picnic 2020 cancelled – Together, we stay safe.

Friends,

Furry Picnic 2020 is cancelled.  Initially, we considered rescheduling the Furry Picnic to August, but there are too many factors that are formidable in doing this safely, as we have previously discussed, that do not leave us feeling comfortable in pushing forward with a modified event.  The risk of just one person getting Covid-19, despite all the efforts we would have to make in modifying the event to make it safe as possible, make cancellation of the 2020 event a simple decision.  No vaccine, no proven therapeutics, and asymptomatic spread – these are very real elements of SARS-CoV-2 – this is not the time to risk anyone’s health.

We continue to cherish and value your continued support over the years, and look forward to the prospect of the Furry Picnic in 2021.

Our financial loss is limited.  We’ve lost no more than $250, the only expense being the cost of our reservation with Wickham Park.  We will not be seeking a refund from Wickham Park, even if one was to be offered.  Wickham Park is a private park – the loss of revenue by our 150 attendees or more at $9 a car could mean a casual estimated loss of $750 to $1500 dollars in revenue to the park, donating our reservation fee is the least we can do, as other events will likely cancel as well.

If you would like to help us recover some of the cost of the reservation, we will be accepting donations via PayPal – our address is info@furrypicnic.com.   Please note, as stated, our loss is limited – a 2021,  or future picnic is not contingent on donations, but it is a loss nonetheless.  If you choose to donate, please do so as long as your personal financial situation is stable – everyone is shaking the cup right now, but keep yours filled before ours.  We will be appreciative of any any all donations and support.

Your support.  Your love.  Everything that is right with the Furry Fandom.  This is why we do this – you.  It may not be easy to believe a cancellation is also something we are doing for you, but it is.  We look forward to another chance for coming together as friends and family –  passionate, strong, and alive.

Together, we stay safe.

See you at the next Furry Picnic,

Kasi Frost (Vulpes Automata) & Tiffany Fox (Foxy)

Stay, Reschedule, or Cancel – 2020 Furry Picnic Options

Folks,

Let’s talk options – we want to here from you!  Check out our poll on Twitter:

Check back soon when the poll closes!

– FP

COVID-19: Coronavirus & The Picnic – Will it happen?

Folks,

Let’s be honest.  The COVID-19 pandemic is here.  Speculation of what this means to an outdoor event, and what level of impact our communities will be experiencing on June 6th is unknown, specifically – will it be safe to host this event?

Let’s go with what we do know instead:

Effective today, the State of Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont, issued Executive Order 7 –  Notably – “Prohibition of Large Gatherings. Throughout the State, gatherings of 250 people or more for social and recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; movie screenings; plays or performances; conventions; and similar activities; are prohibited. Such prohibition shall remain in effect until midnight on April 30, 2020, unless modified by a future Executive Order.”  Although our Picnic doesn’t anticipate attendance of 250 people, it would be remiss not to acknowledge this prohibition and evaluate for its net effect; health and safety.  Also, this may preempted by the closure of Wickham Park, should it fall under the criteria of the Executive Order 7 prohibition, or a future order, or the discretion of Wickham Park.

Next, let’s discuss feasibility, and our responsibility to our guests and ourselves.   Our Picnic does self-impose health and safety standards to ensure food served to you is safe, and our event is produced in consideration of your comfort and safety.  Now, examining what might be needed, or altered, to ensure we could produce the event with coronavirus in mind, such as additional health and sanitation steps, and fundamental change of the event, we come into some considerations.  Some of these include an increased serving staff, increased use of disposable utensils, serving containers, and other equipment, increased personal protection requirements, alteration of dining footprint, discontinuation of several communal events and activities, modification to food purchasing expense, such as individual portion snacks and beverages – just to name a few items we could implement.  As we have had this discussion, it appears that going ahead with these measures would have a few results – event cost would increase, the enjoyment of the event would be impacted, and despite our best efforts, people could still spread coronavirus easily.

We strive to ensure the health and safety that would be within our scope of influence or control, and even could implement the most stringent steps, but individuals who may present with no symptoms, either before or after being symptomatic of COVID-19  (or not),  could still attend the event, and inadvertently spread coronavirus to others by any means of transmission.  So, even with all the steps we could take,  the interaction and behavior of our guests could undermine our precautions without much effort.

Facing life head on  – it’s how we’ve come to appreciate this event and how we’ve continued to be successful growing it, even after personal events impacted us as organizers and the 2017 Furry Picnic cancellation.  We like to be honest, transparent, and communicate sooner then later – proactive.  2020 is no exception.

You, our furry family, have thanked us by your continued support in light of all the ups and downs, but that thanks and respect has been earned.   So, let’s not make our family ill – a Picnic or a family with one less at the table, is no Picnic at all.

As we will come to see how community and world events unfold, the facts will be evaluated, followed by a final decision Expect this announcement at any time from this point forward and certainly no later than May 1st.

We will continue to update you all on our posture and thoughts as the situation unfolds.  Regardless of outcome, we with to thank you again for your continued support and understanding.

… and stay safe.  We care.

Sincerely,

The Organizers and Crew of the Furry Picnic

Furry Picnic 2020 Registration now open!

Get ready to rumble! Furry Picnic 2020 The Seventh! has arrived,  at its home in Wickham Park, Manchester, CT!

The date this year is Saturday, June 6, 2020, Wickham Park, Manchester, CT!

Non-stop fooding and fun times to ensue – only $10 ($15 at the door)! Please note, new for 2020: Parking is $9.00 a car.

 

Visit our Registration page here, and if you’d like to stay the weekend, check out our Hotel page here our rate info for 2020 will be updated shortly, but whether you make Furry Picnic a day trip or party all weekend long, Furry Picnic is ready to rock!

The 4th Furry Picnic Christmas, etc. Meet @ Denny’s, 621 Queen St, Southington, CT – Wednesday, December 25th!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Snow is on the ground (maybe), Sleigh bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and we’re going to ignore all of that and celebrate in our unique ‘Furry Picnic takes over Denny’s for the evening’ way!

Starting 7 pm and ending when everyone has eaten too much, there will be food and gifts (varying in quality) and frivolity galore!

Ooops, our WordPress theme broke!

Okay, it was 6 years old, but we loved it… and now… it’s gone.

That’s okay, we needed something better for the 7th edition of the Furry Picnic… maybe we’ll get a new one at Denny’s at our 2019 Christmas Meet… stay tuned!

Please bear with us as some pages may be inaccessible.  We should be readjusted by January 2020.

Sincerely,

The Furry Picnic Crew

 

Furry Picnic 2019 is TODAY!

Quick, look at the weather!

https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ct/east-hartford/KCTEASTH67?cm_ven=localwx_today

82 F and all sun – could be the hottest Furry Picnic yet!  LOOK AT THAT UV INDEX – ouch, sunscreen and hats please! So let’s do this smart!  Stay cool, and stay hydrated!

Hey look – a map!  This is where we are in the park – please drive slowly!

Let’s review what you might want or need:

  • $7.00 cash for parking
  • ID, or your parents!
  • SUNSCREEN! SUNGLASSES! A hat? Yes! And antihistamines for all that pollen.
  • Fun furry things – fursuits… things you like and want
  • Stuff to do with friends, or yourself
  • Food? Drink? Stay hydrated – we’ll help!
  • Maybe a change of clothes?
  • A little bit of money and a little bit of love for our charity raffle!

We’ll also be selling mugs from other years, so you can complete your collection!

 

Preregistration is closed, but just come today, it’s all you can eat and all the fun for only $15 – cards, cash, or PayPal, we’re easy!

 

We can’t wait to see our furry friends, CT Humane Society, and YOU today – see you there!