postheadericon Furry Picnic cancelled for 2017, and a word from us – it’s us, not you!

Folks, awesome folks, we need to talk.

First off, I need to thank every single last one of the great people who have attended and supported and believed in Furry Picnic from its start in 2013.  It’s still amazing how far this event has come, and I can safely say it isn’t over yet; I’ll explain in a moment.

All of you who have helped the event become a huge success, either by lending a hand, or attending all the years, or any year, well, you’re amazing.  I had never expected so much excitement and enjoyment would have come from hosting this event, and making it real for all of us, but I can safely say, it has been a very personally rewarding experience.  From your smiles, your laughter, your energy, and you fondest memories and moments that we all shared in at the Furry Picnic, the spirit of coming together in the name of what you enjoy and love, you have ensured an amazing legacy of living passionately, in being a part of the Furry community – and most of all, being you.

So why is something so awesome being cancelled?

In short, life got real.

Okay, to be specific, the current organizers, my spouse and I, are sacked with a few noteworthy burdens that make hosting event this year impossible.  One is her immigration to the US, and keeping her here.  There’s an notable number of tasks, like organizing paperwork, presenting evidence, and filing applications, and paying fees and expenses that a family needs to pull together, to ensure an immigrant can continue lawful permanent resident of the United States.  The concern of submitting this”football” of paperwork as we’ve nicknamed it, and the expenses associated with this process, in a timely and complete fashion, must take priority for us.  This is a task we had anticipated allocating for before planning this year’s event, but we did not anticipate how the current administration has made many changes and how it has impacted entirety of immigration recently, and the unpredictable nature of how it will be shaped in the future.  Regardless of political opinion, the fact remains that changes have been made, and we do not wish to risk our family being separated by any reasonable, controllable factors that we can be responsible for, namely paperwork, evidence, documentation, and how we much more we will have to prepare and pay for this, in so many ways.

Don’t worry, we’re not paying for it with *your* money – your registration fees will be refunded back to your PayPal accounts over the weekend, as well as making revisions to website and Twitter that will formally announce the cancellation of the event, but you do deserve to know the reasons why we’re forced to cancel.

Additionally, my spouse and I caregivers to an elderly family member, and this task has also kept our family busy – very busy.  In late 2015, we both needed to step down from our roles at other fandom conventions to focus on our dependent family member’s needs.  Since then, her health has deteriorated more.  We anticipated this, but what anyone who is caring for anyone who is a caregiver for a dependent elderly person is how sometimes this happens fast, or suddenly.  Her needs have increased, and the time and effort that is required of us to ensure her health, happiness, and well-being has also increased, again, leaving us just a wee bit tired, and a tad bit occupied.  Still, for the love of family, it’s worth it.

So, is it too late?  Is the Furry Picnic doomed?  Can anyone save this splendid event???

Well, not this year, but yeah, you can 🙂

We expect the Furry Picnic to return in the summer of 2018, and host smaller gathers in Connecticut until then.  The first of these was Christmas day, and we hope to have at least 1 or 2 before next year, and at least Christmas.

The best way to help is just keep being you, the amazing folks, and support the Picnic when it come back.

That, and always have fun – everywhere, all the time.  Be yourself, and don’t let life stop you.  Seriously.

Also, don’t sweat when you have to make a few changes now and then, it’ll ensure that you can keep making change forever.

Let’s do this again soon, it’s been a blast – and we look forward to Furry Picnic again soon.

 

Sincerely,

Kasi Frost, Tiffany Fox

Organizers. Furry Picnic

 

 

postheadericon Furry Picnic 2017 registration and hotel reservations are live!

Thank you for your patience!  Our apology for delays in opening registration!

We’re live –  go register!  Need a room? – go get one!

Also remember to customize your badge here after you register!

We look forward to seeing you at the picnic!

postheadericon Furry Picnic 2017 – Revenge of The Fifth! Date confirmed!

Yes folks, it’s back!  We’re locked in at the Wickham Pavillion for the 5th installment of the Furry Picnic on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017!

More details, including hotel and registration, coming in late January/Early Feb!

– FP

postheadericon 2016 Pre-reg – Custom badges, color print, and our thanks!

We always have encouraged everyone to per-register, and why wouldn’t you! Pre-reg makes it faster to get into the picnic and have fun, gets you a custom badge, and a custom art print exclusive by Foxy! The Tigress is back for her 4th appearance!  Your early registration helps us with head counts for food, and we really appreciate that, so much, we will hook you up!  It’s another way we can say thank you for being a part of the fun!

We now have an online form to submit your request for a custom badge – click here! (https://goo.gl/kUQsWg)

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postheadericon The 2016 Furry Picnic Mug – Double-Side Excitement!

They’re here! The new mugs for Furry Picnic 2016! 🙂 Double sided, and intensely pink, with purple, and huskies!!! As always, our mugs feature the artwork of Tod Wills!

Everyone gets a mug!  It’s yours when you register or pay at the door!  Woo-hoo!

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Our mugs also change from pink to purple in ice, it’s so chillingly good!

postheadericon Furry Picnic 2016 Registration now open!

We’re back and we’re ready for the Fourth on The Fourth!  Furry Picnic 2016 is here again, at its home in Wickham Park, Manchester, CT!

The date this year is Saturday, June 4, 2016, Wickham Park, Manchester, CT – back to back with the CT Diner Meet in Rocky Hill, on Friday night!

 

Non-stop fooding and fun times to ensue – only $10!

Just a heads up, parking has increased slightly to $7.00, and we’ve added 2 new rules at the request of Wickham Park, for fursuiters and all guests. Read here

 

Visit our Registration page here, and if you’d like to stay the weekend, check out out Hotel page here our rate info for 2016 will be updated shortly, but whether you make Furry Picnic a day trip or party all weekend long, Furry Picnic is ready to rock!

postheadericon 2015 Door Prize Raffle Grand Prize Announced!

Last year, we gave away a Nexus 7 tablet, and this year, we would like to give to one lucky Furry Picnic guest more awesome tech…

The Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android

We love the Pebble!  It’s a great watch, waterproof, works on Android & iOS (not just some models of phone), and has lots of developers kits and apps!

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We hope one lucky person will enjoy it as much as we do.  It’s another reason the Furry Picnic is fun, more stuff!

One entry per person, must be present at the time of drawing to win, and the drawing starts at 5:05 pm, Saturday, June 6th at the Picnic!

postheadericon CT Diner Meet Friday & Crash Space at Baymont Inn!

It’s not an accident, Furry Picnic is back to back with the monthly CT Diner Meet at 7:00 pm, Friday, June 5th at the Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill, CT!  This will replace our usual meet at the 99 Restaurant in Vernon, making it the Furry Feast Megaweekend extravaganza.

And we know this should be an amazing weekend, we plan on one hell of a good time, and don’t forget, king, queen, and double queen rooms are still available at the Baymont Inn for only $69 (+tax) for both Friday and Saturday night! Check our hotel info page for the info, and be sure mention Furry Picnic for the exclusive rate when you book directly by phone!

postheadericon More prereg swag, 2015 Furry Picnic print teaser!

We always have encouraged everyone to per-register, and why wouldn’t you! Pre-reg makes it faster to get into the picnic and have fun, gets you a custom badge, and a custom art print exclusive by Foxy!  The Tigress is back, and we hope you are too!  Join us for Furry Picnic!

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postheadericon 2015 Furry Picnic Mugs! They’re heeere!

Woohoo! Check this out! Now with the new Pizza Fox art by Tod Wills! Mugs for everyone!

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Color change fun for everyone! (Except the fox, he seems really freaked out being stuffed in a mug…)